How we save you thousands
We use technology that is largely free (or 'open source').
We never hide the technology we use from you. We want you to know what we're doing and why. One of the things we do here at Reservoir Digital is to show you how to use these systems so that you become self-sufficient. (If you want).
You therefore don't have a massive cost overhead when we build you a site. In fact, all you normally have to pay for, in terms of the technology, is your domain name and hosting. We don't do hosting on behalf of our customers, that's because we want you to get the best deal possible from a specialist Internet Service Provider. We have no relationships with ISPs for that reason.
Here's what we use to build your site:
WordPress Content Management System
Although there are many Content Management Systems, our belief is that WordPress is the best all-round system for business websites. It is free, flexible and very powerful. There are many WordPress developers around who can build specialised requirements if needed. However, where WordPress scores highly is the number of plugins available to do specific things, and most of them are free. There are plugins that allow you to build almost any conceivable requirement from specialised navigation menus to e-commerce, Learning Management, Membership Systems, all of which we have used with great success.
Elementor Hello Theme
Themes are important because they are the fundamental building blocks of any website. There are so many themes that it’s impossible to work with all of them. There are specialised themes for Learning Management Systems, e-Commerce, membership systems etc. For most websites we tend to stick to a couple of all rounders – Astra & OceanWP. In most circumstances the Astra theme or OceanWP can do most of the things we need. Occasionally we might use a simpler theme if ultra fast load speeds are important, having said that either Astra or OceanWP will normally do the job, and they’re free. Because we use Elementor we also use their free theme ‘Hello’.
Elementor Page Builder
We no longer have to build websites in code. Page Builders help us to build websites really quickly and give you incredible power and flexibility. Elementor has been our Page Builder of choice since we first found it 3 years ago. We no longer use any other technology for building pages because Elementor is so powerful and under continual development. Elementor has a free version and a paid version. In most cases we use the paid version as it gives us a great deal more capability to build the website you want. The cost is roughly $50 (£42) per year.
Woo Commerce – e-commerce system
Woo Commerce is the WordPress e-commerce system of choice. It’s powerful and flexible and can be up and running in a few hours (We’re not kidding – ask our customers.) WooCommerce is a flexible, open-source eCommerce solution built on WordPress. Whether you’re launching a new business or taking an existing brick and mortar store online, you can get started quickly and build exactly the store you want.
Lifter LMS – Learning Management System
Lifter LMS is a comprehensive LMS Plugin for WordPress. This is one of the best WordPress LMS Plugins that can be used to easily create & sell courses online. Each course curriculum can be made with lessons & quizzes which can be managed with the easy-to-use interface. With Lifter LMS, you can quickly and easily create education, online school, online-course websites.
Membership and Security System
Ultimate Member is the #1 user profile & membership plugin for WordPress. The plugin makes it a breeze for users to sign-up and become members of your website. The plugin allows you to add beautiful user profiles to your site and is perfect for creating advanced online communities and membership sites. Lightweight and highly extendible, Ultimate Member will enable you to create almost any type of site where users can join and become members with absolute ease.
GeoDirectory – Directory Management System
Let’s say you wanted to set up a website for a local restaurant directory or a website for tourist attractions, then GeoDirectory is what you need.
GeoDirectory is the world’s most advanced and scalable WordPress directory plugin. Today, GeoDirectory is the only WordPress directory plugin on the market that can scale to millions of listings and withstand the battering of traffic that comes along with that.
Mailchimp email Marketing
There are more email systems for Marketing out there than you can shake a stick at, but the one we keep coming back to is Mailchimp.
If you have a small database of people then if that number is under 2000 then Mailchimp is completely free. You can go up to 50,000 and it’s still only around £7-8 per month.
Comparative Pricing Table
How do we save you money?
Typical Costs from a Web Agency
Costs from Reservoir Digital
Cost of Design and Build
Typically from £4000-£12000 although it can vary immensely. Design is usually separate and can cost around £4000-£8000.
Dependant upon complexity but it can be as low as £1000 or as high as £4000. The higher price includes at least one add-on module like e-commerce.
Domain and Hosting
Typically from £600-£1000 per annum although again it can vary immensely.
Cost over three years: £1800 to £3000
You can choose any host you want and this is usually around £100 per annum
Cost over 3 years: £300
Cost of add-ons, themes and plugins.
Varies – possibly included in the Domain & Hosting Charges.
Cost over 3 years: £300 – £1000
Typically there is usually only a charge for one or two elements and this never exceeds £100.
Cost over 3 years: £300
This varies from agency to agency but we have seen prices ranging from £350 to in excess of £4000 per annum.
Cost over 3 years: £1000 – £12000
Our support charge is typically 10% of the original cost of the website build, but it’s not mandatory. Anything from £100 to £400 per annum
Cost over 3 years: £300 – £1200
Varies – usually an hourly charge from £60 to £300 per hour, but varies immensely.
Over the course of 3 years this could add up to the same price as the original build around £4000 or more
Small enhancements are usually free, covered in the annual support charges.
Cost over 3 years: £0
Costs over three years
Low Figure: £8400
High Figure: £50000
Low Figure: £2000
High Figure: £6000
Taking an average of each cost, this is how it turns out over 3 years.
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