"I just want a simple, static website."
"I don't want to spend the extra money on a CMS. I don't have time to manage a site. I don't know HTML. I just want something quick."
I've had this conversation more than I'd like to admit over the last couple years. Luckily for me and them, very few people leave Freelock with an actual static website.
And heres why:
- I don't want to spend the extra money on a CMS
Good. We don't want you to either. A Drupal site has a higher initial investment, both in terms of cost and time. But spread out over 5 years (which is what I believe a website's engine should last), the cost significantly decreases. With a static website, you have not only the initial investment, but the cost of constantly updating content. We have several clients that spend over $1000 per year having us simply update content, all because:
- I don't have the time to manage a site
OK. Who is going to write the content to fill your static site? And the content updates when things change? And explain it to someone else so they can spend their time updating the site? If the answer is "me", then you have time. Using a CMS means you can update your site when you feel like it, how you'd like, and without spending anything except time doing so. But...:
- I don't know HTML
Well thats too bad. You could have made it big in the late 90's if you knew HTML. Today, HTML is generated behind the scenes. So if you understand how to use Microsoft Word or OpenOffice, then you can use Drupal. So fine, but what I really am thinking is:
- I just want something quick
I would recommend Drupal then. We have launched simple sites in a few hours, complex sites in a few days. The beauty of Drupal is that it allows us to work on content, look, menus, slideshows, and forms at the same time.
So OK, you got me. Now what does it cost?
And the dreaded answer that even I hate: It depends.
On what? Well, complexity, scope, content, look, functionality. The easiest way to think of it is a house. How much should a house cost? Well, it depends. It depends on what it looks like inside and out, the components needed, the arrival date of the custom ordered marble from Italy, and how many workers are needed to meet the schedule.
The bottom-line is this: Drupal speeds our development. Better blueprints also increase our speed. Our speed lessens your cost. You save money.
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