75 NZD per hour, 400 NZD per day.
25% discount for choosing to create a more accessible website.*
120 NZD per hour for maintenance on a WordPress-powered website using a 3rd-party editing tool (i.e. not the native WordPress editor).†
* New projects only, please see “So, what is accessibility?” for more information.
† The reason for the increased rate is simple: page builder tools and the themes that typically utilise them offer a huge variety of layout options and presets. This is an attractive selling point and makes for an easy “feel good” purchase, but, for this reason, it helps defer important decisions around what is the best approach for your specific project. The result is usually a mess behind-the-scenes. Long-term, with these themes you are buying into a large codebase of which the majority is redundant. This is a great example of what is termed "technical debt" because the large redundant part still needs to be accounted for when any remedial work is performed.
While WordPress is often a great all-purpose solution, it always depends on the specific project. This means it’s not my default go-to option.
The promise of a content management system (CMS) like WordPress is the ability to easily update a website. The reality is a CMS is powered by a bunch of code connected to a database, all of which needs regular ongoing maintenance. It’s always about picking the right tool for the job.