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How does one evaluate a current website in order to bid on a re-design?

Hello everyone,

Thanks for any assistance you have to offer.

Is there a way to simply count the number of pages on a website?  All I want is a simple tabulation of the number of pages.  Everything but that seems to be readily available.

Thanks. . .  :-)
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That is a million dolllar question that I think every web design company would like the answer to.

Looking at page numbers, is easy with a package like http://home.snafu.de/tilman/xenulink.html (free)

If the page is static then you can quote by the number of pages, but keep in mind

Home page is where you do the majority of your initial design, and inner pages are really just a copy and paste of code...so you should charge less

Are you writing the content ?  adding in the content?

If any of the pages are dynamic eg require programming .asp, .php this in some cases reduce the development time dramitically but depending on the functionality may increase the development dramatically

You also need to think about design aesthetics and usability. You can build a website, but it doesn't mean customer scan utilize it in an effective manner.

My rule of thumb has always been a complete tear-down of the site, taking into account what the client wants to do (update the design, or convey a very specific marketing message, etc.) and then calculate hours based on that.
elgin229Author Commented:
Thanks, all good comments.  Let's see where this goes because as BDL said this is something all web designers need to know.

Thanks. . .
One small note of caution: be sure to clarify what the custiomer means by "site redesign".
If it is a completely new site, you need to clarify if this includes such things as "keeping digital assets", ie:
- the current content might be in a database: who is in charge of data transfert AND redesign/conversion if needed
- the design might change the page titles, ie the old page titles would generate an error 404 if nothing is planned for: who will?

Most probably this situation is NOT in the site redesign... but again, your customer might have just a vague idea of these problems and so not having a clear idea of the limits or constraints.
elgin229Author Commented:
All the comments are appreciated.

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