With the growing competition in the market, the importance of building an outstanding online presence is undeniable. Are you wondering, how to create a website for travel agency? Do you want to calculate your budget in advance? Read on to find the answers on website solutions depending on the size of your travel business.
Choosing right tech stack
With a plethora of technologies to choose from, PHP development has much to offer, especially when it comes to development of a website for travel agency. While WordPress would be a great starting point from a small to medium-size company, custom PHP-based software development gives free rein to large entities with a strong intention to grow and develop.
Please, take a look at the list of essential and nice-to-have features (modules) for a typical travel website that we’ve highlighted and which can be easily modified depending on your unique idea and vision. All the given data on costs and development time are based on the long-term experience of R-Style Lab company. The average hourly rate that European developers charge ranges from $28 to $35 per man-hour, which is surely not an upper limit of possible dev costs. This rate is an average one for the mid-price segment. Surely, there are companies that charge more, but that price segment won’t be reviewed in this piece. Nevertheless, European prices are rightly considered to be a more affordable option, especially when compared to the American ones. The dev costs are notably higher in the US, which naturally gives a pause for thought while considering pros and cons of outsourcing.
Travel website basic modules and development costs
Custom PHP. Custom development will start with 70 man-hours, which will include around 30 man-hours to design and 40 to write the code. This is surely an approximate number and may considerably exceed 70 man-hours, depending on the desired look and feel and functionality of the landing page. For this module you’ll pay around $1,900 - $2,500.
Custom PHP. If you've decided to have this module hand-coded, then the dev costs will be $11,200 - $14,000 for approximately 400 man-hours of work.
Custom PHP. Building this module from scratch would equal to $8,400 - $10,500 for not less than 300 man-hours of work.
Custom PHP. The development of such integration from scratch for a single provider will take 150-170 man-hours and cost you at least $4,200 - $6,000.
Custom PHP. Each new service of the kind will equal to around $2,250 - $2,800, which is 80 man-hours of work.
Custom PHP. Hand-coding to create authorization, log in, password reset with all the necessary messages and notifications will take around 150 man-hours and cost you $4,200 - $5,250.
Custom PHP. If you want this module to be customized, it will take around 60 man-hours and will equal to $1,680 - $2,100.
Custom PHP will take 150 man-hours and cost you around $4,200 - $5,300.
Custom PHP. Depending on what loyalty program you intend to use, the dev time will take not less than 250 man-hours and the price for this website module will range from $7,000 to $8,750.
Having made all the necessary calculations, we get around $19,800 - $23,850 to make a travel website based on WordPress and around $45,030 - $57,200 for a custom developed solution. These are surely approximate figures that can vary depending on a company you choose. Nevertheless, high hourly rates do not guarantee the high quality of development as well as low dev costs may surely save a part of your budget but result in much more notable losses on quality, for instance. Hitting a happy medium will definitely play into your hands! For example, at R-Style Lab to develop a travel website will cost around $20,640 - $20,960 for WordPress and $51,520 - $52,160 for a custom PHP-based solution. The choice of a professional vendor is not a piece of cake and must be taken seriously. While you are the one to choose, remember, buy nice or buy twice!
Why would anyone want to create a travel agency website that would cost 2.5 times more? This question has been multiply answered when comparing custom development with out-of-the-box solutions. Besides saving time and budget, WordPress still has certain security issues, lack of customization possibilities, limited scaling possibilities in case of a need to expand. This is likely to lead to much higher expenses in the end. When in need for more features and functionality, you might be forced to migrate to a custom solution with its flexibility, stability, high level of customization and scalability.