View Full Version : Small Developer, Big Client

02 Aug 2010, 01:00 PM
I have just started freelancing web sites and wanted to start off small but lo and hold, my first client is asking for the biggest project I have ever faced. In short here are the parameters of the project:

1.) Client needs redesign for existing website which is 200-300 pages in size
2.) Client is at top of google search for a pretty general search phrase and wants to keep his high ranking
3.) Also wants CMS functionality on a few select pages.

I can code in html, css, and php
My questions are the folllowing:

a.) In general, for a average web designer, approx. how long would it take to convert 200-300 pages of html to a newly coded design.
b.) any ideas on professional ways to charge for this
c.) any ideas on how to accomplish this with out affecting google rankings
d.) any ideas on how to integrate CMS functionality on a few selct pages without having to redesign entire website in, for example, Joomla

I would really appreciate any suggestions as I feel like I;m about to have a heart attack.


11 Aug 2010, 04:35 AM
I am going to answer it point wise as you have asked:

1. Approximately it might take about 1/2 an hour to re-design each page depending on any number number of graphics you might have to design for each page. More the number of graphics, more time its going to take.

2. Usually webdesigners charge at an hourly rate. Fix your hourly rate and charge accordingly.

3. Google rankings depend upon a number of factors:
3.a Your page should have content accessible by search engines
3.b The content should be based on high ranking keywords
3.c Proper meta elements should be there

4. I believe it would be far much better if you convert the entire site in Joomla. Since barring a few pages, the whole site would have a similar look and feel, you may create a particular template and render those pages with it.