Durban Website Design Company
Shava Consulting is a top Durban website design company. We build awesome websites from the ground up and also do redesigns for small businesses throughout South Africa.
Your new website will be designed and built leveraging our user experience (UX) expertise in such a way that it will help generate more leads and clients. If you are looking for a good website design company here in Durban, then you are in the right place.
Your website advertises your business 24/7, and in most cases is the first impression for most of your customers when they are searching online for your business in Durban! If you are looking to choose the right Durban website design team for your new website then you have come to the right place!
Here at Shava Consulting, we strive to give every single client of ours, a 5-star experience regardless of location. Our goal is to impress each and every client not just with our remarkable set of website design, website development and marketing expertise, but with our ability to communicate efficiently, meet project goals and deadlines.
We welcome you to have a look at our Durban website design portfolio, pricing and client reviews. Then if you are interested in potentially working with us, contact us to discuss your unique website design project.
Picking us as your Durban website design team will keep you from wasting money hiring an unprofessional person or team that will end up with you needing a new website design!
“We truly care about each and every project and always put ourselves in the shoes of our clients. We understand the fears, confusion, and apprehensions you may have when looking for the right website designer and strive to provide the best possible website design and development experience here in Durban, South Africa.”
~ Gift Shava (Founder at Shava Consulting)
Featured Website Design Projects
We have built a ton of websites in alignment with each of our client preferences, needs and goals. Below we just featured a small part of our portfolio just to give you a sample of our website design work and we invite you to have a look at some of those past website design and development projects.
Featured WEBSITE Project
Brendmo Website Design and SEO Marketing
Brendmo is a growing modern accounting firm in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. We built their current website and are helping them to attract the type and quantity of clients they want online through SEO marketing.
Featured WEBSITE Project
Meluleki Electrical Website Design
Meluleki Electrical provides reliable electrical services at the best value and best rates in South Africa. When we first got in touch with them, they had no website and we helped them build a new one from the ground up in accordance with their preferences.
Featured WEBSITE Project
Preferred Construction and Projects Website Design
Preferred Construction and Projects is among the best construction companies in South Africa and other neighboring African countries providing a range of construction services. When we first got in touch with them, they had no website and we helped them build a new one from the ground up in accordance with their preferences.
Now that you’ve seen our portfolio of some of the website design and development work we’ve done, let’s talk about what you’re probably most interested in………
Durban Website Design Pricing
The question “how much does it cost to build a website?” can only be answered once the details are in place and after both parties understand the scope of the website design project. The big thing to remember here is that a professionally designed website is an investment, not a cost. Sounds like a cheesy tagline we know but for many of our clients, the websites we build for them are the lifeblood of their business and can be yours too.
Below is our current pricing structure to give you somewhat of an idea on what to expect but ultimately, all clients are unique and we encourage you to contact us to discuss your unique project and pricing.
WEBSITE DESIGNWe will build a customized WordPress website for your business (Up to 10 pages)
- We will build a conversion-optimized website with standard functionality. Below are some important things to note about our web design service:
- • If you need any advanced functionality with premium plugins, that will be done at an additional fee.
- • If you need extra website pages, those will be done at an additional fee of R1,105 per website page.
- • In addition to the web design activities we will do for you, we will provide up to an hour of monthly updates and maintenance for your website. Any changes can be sent on to your dedicated project manager.
SEO MARKETINGWe will create and help implement a custom SEO strategy for your business website.
- We will increase your visibility online and help you generate good leads and clients every month. Below are some of the activities we will do for your business:
- • Keyword research and custom SEO marketing strategy
- • Up to 10 landing pages, on-page and GMB optimization
- • Monthly rankings, traffic, conversion rates reporting
- In addition to the SEO Marketing activities we will do for you, we will also give you solid advice on other things to do to fully maximize the results from our efforts and possibly become a long term industry leader.
Need something more custom? No problem! Feel free to contact us to discuss your unique website design and/or marketing project. We look forward to learning more about your organization, and how we can help you achieve even greater success.
Shava Consulting is a top Durban website design company. We care about each and every client. But you don’t have to take our word for it………
Hear From Some Of Our Clients
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of our most frequently answered Durban website design and development questions. Feel free to contact us to speak to a human website design and development consultant.
Do I have to be in Durban to work with you?
No! We work with clients all over South Africa and can communicate and collaborate through email, phone calls and Zoom meetings.
Who provides the content for the website?
We require that you provide all of the text, images and/or video content for your website and we will help with the design and development side of things. You are the expert on your business, so it’s mostly best if the content comes from you.
However, we also understand that it can be very hard for you to provide good content without really knowing in advance how the structure of your website will look. Hence we are more than happy to guide you in the content creation process because your content directly affects the end product – “how your completed website will look.”
It’s important to note that a successful website design and development project is reliant on teamwork between both the web designer (us) and the client (you).
How much input do I have in the website design process?
A lot! Your input and feedback is crucial to our website design and development process. We’ll start with a lot of questions about your needs, your likes, your wants, and work with you to design and develop just the right look and functionality for your website.
We also request you to provide sample or example websites before we begin your website design and deveopment project. Remember this is your website and we need your help and direction as to your final vision. We believe in teamwork and look forward to hearing your ideas.
Do these website design packages include a logo design as well?
No, our monthly packages do not include a logo. If you need a professional logo, we have graphic designers who can assist with the logo design.
Do you provide website hosting, a domain name and an SSL certificate?
Yes, we will get all those 3 things above, a domain name (.co.za or .com), a valid SSL certificate, and website hosting.
-We will Register the domain in your name so it is your property, your ownership. Should you already own a domain, we can transfer or point the domain to our servers.
-We will host your website in one of the largest data centers in South Africa ensuring your website will always be up-and-running. It is our responsibility to make sure it does. We will also have an SSL certificate installed on your website.
There are so many good and horrible website designers and developers in Durban charging different prices. But for you as a business owner, how do you know what makes good pricing for your website design and development project.
How Much Does Website Design Cost in South Africa?
Nowadays there are so many people doing websites such that you can basically go outside kick a tree and a couple of web developers will fall out and they’re basically charging all kinds of pricing.
We’ve seen websites as low as R1000 all the way to R50,000+ pretty much all for the same service. So that leaves a lot of business owners like you wondering how much does website design cost in South Africa?
Below, we’re going to go through the basic cost or investment to build a decent website and discuss some of the hidden costs that you don’t want to be surprised about.
What Is the Cost to Build a Website in South Africa?
When answering the question of how much does it cost to build a website we need to break it down into details because this question is just way too general for a proper answer. It’s like asking how much does it cost to buy a car? Well, it depends – on a lot of things.
Do you want a BMW or a Sedan? Do you want to Mercedes Benz or a Toyota? What model do you want? Do you it new or used? The answer to the question – how much does it cost to buy a car – is it literally depends on multiple factors.
Well, the same applies to the question, how much does website design cost in South Africa? When you’re dealing with a professional website design and development company, they’re going to ask you questions like (among other questions)…
1. What is the purpose of your website?
2. Does it need membership capabilities or online registration capabilities?
3. Do you need e-commerce or any kind of financial transactions going through your website?
4. Do we need to do any kind of custom programming because you have something very specific for your website that you need us to build which is not standard?
These four questions (among others) will impact the final price but right now I’m going to give you a general average if you are tire kicking a few web developers you are interested in.
Generally, a 3 to 10-page small business website built in South Africa by a professional website design agency is going to cost you anywhere between R5,000 and 15,000. For a larger type of business that may have 30 to 40 pages with a little bit of customization, will cost you anywhere between R45,000 and R55,000. When it comes to e-commerce websites, We have not seen a properly built e-commerce website for less than R100,000.
Most website design and development agencies charge by the hour and if you want to hire a decent agency, they will charge on average between R300 to R500 per hour for website development.
So if a website design and development agency is charging you R10,000 for a website and their hourly rate is R300, you know you should be expecting that agency to be spending at least 33 hours on your website.
In our years of developing websites and with developers and marketers working for us, it takes on average about 30 to 45 hours to build a decent or good 10-page small business website.
So when we get a business owner come to us telling us that they got a quote for R500 for a website, we know in our heads that it’s going to take about 30 hours or more at least for a decent website. Hence our immediate question is, what corners are they going to have cut or how good could that website even be?
Remember that at the core it takes about 30 to 45 hours to build a good 3-10 page website any way you slice it. You got to get the content right, you got to get the pictures right, you got to get the titles, the heading, and all that stuff, and trust us, We’ve been doing this for years. Building a good website in less than 30 hours is very challenging.
More Detailed Breakdown
Let us break it down for you to show you how you get to thirty hours or more. Let’s take the average small business website to be about a 10-page website.
It will take the average web designer/developer between five to eight hours to develop the home page alone so that’s eight hours right there, gone.
Once the home page has been built, you’ve got a big chunk of the development done but you need to do the other pages and We would expect a web designer/developer to take about two to three hours per interior page and if you have about nine of them, that’s almost twenty-seven hours just for the interior pages.
So twenty-seven hours for the interior pages and five to eight hours for the home page. Well, you do the math, it’s about 32 to 35 hours.
And remember we haven’t even discussed managing the project which means that there’s going to be at least one, two maybe three conference calls that are going to need extra time.
We should allocate probably four to five hours just for that then there’s going to be the tweaking or revisions phase. That’s probably three to four extra hours just for that.
The estimates above are for a small business website with standard features. Your website may need more advanced features which significantly add more hours to the project.
You can add up all these hours and can see that it easily takes you 30 to 40+ hours any way you slice it. So now that you have a good sense of the time it takes, a good website design and development agency is going to charge you about R300-500 an hour but there are some freelancers out there that are willing to work for less.
The only real challenge may actually be finding a good enough freelancer who can work with you long-term and not only understand website design and development but understands digital marketing as well.
What Are Some Hidden Additional Costs Related to Website Design You Should Be Aware Of?
We all want a website designed for a reasonable price, and that’s exactly what we do! But there are some additional add-ons that you might want to think about before you spend all your money on the design.
If your budget for everything is R6,000 and you spend all of that on your design, you will be upset when you can’t get the hosting you want or the fact you can’t spend any money on marketing to bring in traffic and sales.
This is why we always let people know about the additional charges, that are usually required if you want to start running a website. These extras are:
1. Domain Name and Web Hosting
Every single website out there must have a domain name, which means you’ll need one as well. You can purchase these through popular domain registrars and most of the time you can purchase them when you set up a web and email hosting plan for your website. You’ll need to pay to renew your domain name each year and your hosting can be paid every month or on an annual basis, that’s up to you.
We always recommend you get your domain name and hosting from a popular domain registrar and hosting provider in South Africa called Domains.co.za. However, should you purchase web design services from Shava Consulting, your domain name and web hosting are included in our website design package.
2. Online Marketing
Most new website owners think “If you build a website, the traffic, leads and clients will come” and that’s far from the truth. In order to get plenty of traffic to your website and then leads, you will need a proper marketing campaign up and running for at least a few months before you start to see a positive ROI.
There is a small chance that you could be profitable relatively quickly, but we wouldn’t expect it since it tends to be competitive when you’re a new website fighting your experienced and older competitors in order to obtain clients.
Online marketing comes in many forms, such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), SEM (Search Engine Marketing), SMM (Social Media Marketing) and PPC (Pay Per Click Marketing).
Each has it’s own strengths and takes a long time to learn, so we highly recommend working with a credible marketing company if you want to start doing any sort of online marketing.
3. Website Content
If you’re writing up all your own content, and even your own blog posts, this isn’t going to cut into your overall budget at all.
But, writing your own content is hard and if you’re not the best writer and you need someone to write up your home, sales pages, product pages, blog posts, etc. it would be an additional charge because this takes time and effort in order to be done right.
If you want images within the content, they will likely have to be purchased from a stock image company in order to prevent a lawsuit from unlawfully using images you found online. Even better though, you should hire a professional photographer.
4. Website Maintenance
Most website design and development agencies are going to offer a bundle price for maintenance and basic support. We would say you would need to budget at least R200 to R500 a month to get the maintenance and the support that you’re going to need.
Having someone you can rely on to help you with support and maintenance on your website is probably easily worth that R200+ a month. You also need to be aware that if your website is on WordPress, it is going to have to be maintained which means that the plugins, theme, and WordPress itself need to be properly updated on a monthly basis.
Otherwise, your website will gradually become slower over time, it may break, stop working and/or even get hacked.
There is a lot that goes into building a good website. In the front end, it may seem simple but we hope this blog post sheds some light on true website design cost and other hidden fees you may not be aware of as a small business owner. Finally, we welcome you to also have a look at our website design pricing.