Hidden Costs: The Proposal Edition

Updated: May 25, 2020

In the midst of putting together a proposal for a would-be client it became clear that we needed to be super clear with this client on it's costs. Here's what you need for a site when using a platform like Wix or Squarespace:

  • Domain Name - most times these are included for a year, free, in platforms like the above. I do use Namecheap to buy domain names as I own several

  • Sites like Squarespace and Wix are no code platforms. You're not paying for development. You're paying for the template they're providing. You're paying either a monthly cost or a yearly cost. Most times, there's a discount incentive to make an up front yearly payment.

  • You're not paying for the SSL certficate. Ever been on a site that's branded as "Not Secure"? Here's more on that from Neil Patel. While it doesn't cost much for the digital certificate, it's a pain in the ass to implement it. A friend of our's just did this on their Wordpress site and it took several weeks to complete because there's a level of technical proficiency to do it after a site is live.


The tally so far includes a domain and a platform. Many times people don't understand that's a separate "line item" because you still need to work out payment to the designer. You can do it yourself, but you're still stuck paying the platform, and depending on the type of site all the integrations the costs vary on the type of plan.


The goal at ContractorWrx is to make sure our clients are aware of everything going on in the background and what it truly costs so you can make an informed decision. Hit us up and let us show you what we're talking about.


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