This is just a curiosity question.  Please forget the name brand I'm using as an example but how much would a professional developer charge for a site with the functionality similar to this site:

Just the development and CMS implementation, not the graphic design or anything.  

Like I said, I'm just wondering.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEConnect With a Mentor Developer & EE ModeratorCommented:
@rgranlund, it is not a stupid question at all.  It just needs more qualifying.  

From experience, when I get shown a site and ask to bid on duplicating it, there is not much understanding as to what goes into it.  It can be easy or complex on the inside but visually look similar.  

If you look on, you see a lot of people that will create a site using for $500 for a 5 page site and all they are doing is using one of weebely's premade templates.  For many, that is good enough.  

And there are agencies that will throw a team of people at something and won't touch anything under $25K.  Either situation will work.  Either situation could cause 10 experts completely agree or disagree with what is done.  

Right now, I am booked up through October early November.  If somebody wants something this week, my rates are going to be pretty high.  If it is a period where nothing is going on, I may bid lower.   Ultimately, people are not buying 10 screens of content, they are buying the person/team/company to create the 10 screens.

I do think your question could be better phrased as either from a client's point of view or developers.

1) I am a developer and have been asked to bid on a project.  The project will have pages A,B,C,D,E...  Page A will have the following functions; a,b,c.  Page B will have the following functions; a,b,c ...Page E will have the following functions; a,b,c

I am planning on using a designer to create the look and feel and considering these options to create pages A,B,C,D,E.  I think it will take me about xx hours with this method.    

I am looking for comments on your own experience to do the same thing or other suggestions to get the same effect.  What are the pro's/con's estimated hours.

Based on these pages and functions, what would be a high/low bid for this?

2) I am looking to hire somebody to develop my website.   I like the functionality of this site  I have a designer to do the graphics.  They said it would cost $xxxx to give me all the graphics I need for somebody else to create the html and database functions.  

I am looking for the following functionality in my site:  A)...... B)...... C)...... D)........ E).........  and I would like to work on getting my site top of mind for people that would be interested in xyz.

What are some options I can expect to do A,B,C,D,E and what range of hours would you expect to complete this project?  What is a typical range I can expect to be charged for this.

The point is, when you are more specific you can get more specific answers.  But $200 to $20,000 does sound about right.   There will be some starving marvin that will happily tell you they can do it for $200 and they will probably use you as their training wheels and make all sorts of good mistakes.  I do think $20,000 could very well be a top end for this.  $3,000 to $7,000 would be more likely.  Just know each person *sees* this as a different type of project.   And only after submitting exact specs  to prospective developers will you get a better understanding.  

This a good video to watch either way
There is nothing untowardly complicated in the code. So it shouldn't cost too much.
As for price, that would depend on what exactly you want, what kind of backend system etc.
The system is built on .net which can cost more than what a php developer would charge
Two to five hundred dollars should cover it
Ray PaseurCommented:
The forum uses ZenDesk.  The rest of it is pretty standard stuff - links, pictures, etc.  Getting the videos was expensive.  Why not contact Pioneer directly and ask what they paid for it?
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
> How much would a professional developer charge?
> Forget about the brand name

Personally, I don't like these types of questions.  What you are thinking and what I am thinking are 2 different things.   Typically I would answer back in a way to get the exact details of what the project is. I might even uncover some items you didn't think of.  The sample site for instance has a few pages that that are broken and there is a password protected site.  Which parts do you want?

It comes down to what is your budget?  I can sell you a car to go from A to B.  Can you afford the used Yugo? or can you afford the new Rolls Royce or Aston Martin One-77 at $1.5 million.  More then likely, you just want the honda that just works.

You might just want an exact answer, "I can use wordpress and x and y and do it in xx hours and give you what you asked"  I would answer, but the site is old, it is not fully functioning, it has a lot of errors and is not responsive so it will not work with mobile/tablets very well.  Let's work on modernizing it...    Back to the car, do you want the used Yugo?, the Aston Martin? or maybe something that most can afford and appreciate.
Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
bluefountainmedia charges minimum of $100,000

a cheaper COMPETENT company may quote you for $20,000
Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
The website you showed has a very old style, from the 90's
it uses ASP.Net for the backend, which is essentially

I would suggest you get it done with PHP, microsoft was never good with websites
$20,000 for a few html pages lol
rgranlundAuthor Commented:
@all So basically if I'm understanding  all of these answers is this;
Its a stupid question, probably cost between $200.00 and $20,000.00, and if someone was to build the site today they should use PHP and not ASP.Net.

That's a good idea but I doubt a big company like that would let me know just cause I'm curious?
Ray PaseurCommented:
Why not?  Call investor relations.  I agree with @padas:  There are so many underlying variables that it's not really possible to estimate it just by looking at the finished work product.  SitePoint has an entire book about estimating!
rgranlundAuthor Commented:
@padas Thanks for that detailed explanation, my curiosity is satiated.
Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
padas is right, it really depends who does the job for you

Bluefountainmedia is the company who made and hundreds of other main websites, they wont go any lower than 100k

For something like that, you can do it yourself with a wordpress website. it will cost you from free to $200 (templates/plugins..etc), but if you ask someone else to do it, you will be paying for their time, and their guarantee that it is a finished product. If you are not satisfied with them, they will be losing more time fixing it
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