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    What to charge to convert a site to responsive >

    I usually go by hours and just give them an invoice at the end at my price per hour. But this guy wants a set price at the start. Is there a place to check out web pricings like that? or what should i charge to convert a site similar to www.SILENTBLAST.COM

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    His site is done he just wants it responsive now

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    If the site was not created with responsive in mind, doing a rough hack job of it could take easily 4-6 per page (that time includes overall schema averaged per page). This doesn't include complications like javascript or flash. Add those in and you're looking at much more.

    And if you want to do it right so it actually loads in a timely manner, things move smoothly, you're about easily an 80 hour project for a site like that. Again, not including javascript/flash.

    There's no such thing as "responsive now". Responsive is a very complex methodology, and is a system of design on its own. Shoehorning responsive onto sites that aren't built for it and don't fit well into it will just result in problems on problems.

    Responsive is also at the top end of development in my opinion. Its easily worth 50% over your usual rate if you know what you're doing.
    Last edited by Keleth; 08-26-2013 at 09:30 PM.

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    I only make responsive web pages, someone contacted me to make his site responsive. So keep all the same content and just make it responsive, which saves a lot of time Like the site I linked up there seems like it would fit well into responsive webpages nesides the large banner,

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    The javascript seems problematic, and it doesn't seem very mobile friendly.

    Regardless, if you only do responsive sites, why the difficulty in coming up with a rate?

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    Well I do sites from scratch, I design, code, do the front end and back end myself. This guy watns just to make his companies site which is already made into a responsive site which then puts my foot in the door for new oportunity. I just want to figure out a fair price for both of us so we dont scare each other away u know?

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    You'll face almost the same challenges. You have to get used to the CSS of whomever made the site, you'll have to adapt the CSS and DOM to fit with a responsive build, you'll end up having to recode portions of it to actually be responsive. It'll most likely end up being around 60-75% of what you'd normally do, and if the guy wants an upfront cost, you'll HAVE to give yourself a big buffer just in case things go wrong. Either that or quote him a total price for a certain number of hours.

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    Do you got a general figure in mind? what would you charge

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    I have no idea, I don't charge flat rates per project, I do a rate per hour, even if the number of hours is accepted ahead of time. Like I said, do it based on your own current rate.

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    He really just wants to know what the budget will be. Charge him the same as if you're doing it from scratch, because you're gonna end up starting over anyway. Go back and look at what you charged other clients for sites of similar size and charge him that amount. Explain exactly what the process and challenges are so that he understands the number. If he balks, you dodged a bullet.
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    Depends on where you stay.

    In us rates are $50-75 per hour.

    In India rates are $15-20 per hour.

    Shouldn't be much of a problem by including 2 new css in header called tablet.css and mobile.css and render the site to be responsive regardless of any javascript.

    So in my opinion not more than 10-15 hours of work.


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