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2 questions about rewriting a website

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I have a potential client for whom I may be doing some
non-web-related consulting. I've pointed out to them
that their website is very poor, which they acknowledge.

I've suggested they consider having me "rewrite" the
website. This would use their existing content - it's
not really about "redesign", and I've told them that I don't
purport to be a 'web designer' or 'graphics designer'.

1)
How do you decide what to charge for this type of thing?
The existing site consists of:
- homepage with some text and one image
- 4 pages about the parts of their business, each with
a page of text and about 4 images
- a Links page
- a missing "Contact Us" page
Some of the existing problems that I'm looking to fix:
- use of frames(even worse, the frame'd content opens
in a new browser window, not the "main" frame!)
- authored in Frontpage, so remove "all that crap"
- black body background
- the company's name isn't even in the page Titles
- broken links
- etc
I'm looking at doing something simple - along the lines
of my own website, but avoiding some of the mistakes
that are evident on it(which I haven't yet had time to fix).

2)
I'm looking for two "consise checklists":
- One that I could leave with the client after the rewrite,
as a "list of good things" that they should insist on
if in the future thay have anyone else work on their website.
For example, such a list would include valid pages, proper
use of alt text, etc.
- The other would be a more technical checklist for use by
me as a yardstick to make sure I haven't forgotten anything
when doing the rewrite. We all know that having a valid page
doesn't mean that the page is "correct".
Anyone have any suggestions?

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Dave Patton
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Jul 20 '05 #1
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From: no**@none.com (Dave*Patton)
I've suggested they consider having me
"rewrite" the website. This would use their
existing content - it's not really about
"redesign", and I've told them that I don't
purport to be a 'web designer' or 'graphics
designer'.
How do you decide what to charge for this
type of thing?


There are two ways to charge them (more I suspect, but): A Flat rate, or
T&M (Time and Material)...

Figure out approximately what you think they will pay you for a complete
job, and charge em... base it on a figure below other Designer's Rates
(Google it)

Or figure out what your hourly time is worth, and go ahead and do the
work, and send them the bill... perhaps with a pre-payment or deposit,
and maybe one "draw" when you finish approximately 1/2 of the job...

Good Luck

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