Flat Rate Web Design Pricing vs. Hourly Web Design Pricing

There has been a long time debate over which is better for web design; flat rate pricing or hourly pricing. Vivid Candi, a Los Angeles website design company, knows that each client is different and has different needs. Ultimately it is up to the client to decide what best works for their company. Here are some advantages and disadvantages for both flat rate and hourly pricing:

Flat Rate


  • The cost of the website is agreed upon in advance. What the client agrees to pay is what they pay; preventing the likely hood of going over budget.
  • Vivid Candi lays out everything in an agreement so that the client is aware of what they are getting into, which, makes the web design experience less stressful.
  • Vivid Candi gives the client a projected timeline so they may have a better idea of when a website will be completed.
  • Due to the projected timeline, the Vivid Candi team is strongly motivated to work efficiently to be cost effective.


  • By using flat rate pricing The client will pay more upfront
  • Additional requests that not in the website agreement will cost the client extra


  • Hourly pricing allows for more flexible payment options. A client can complete one project at a time, paying only for that project. In this case for a website that client can complete the one page at a time.
  • Clients consistently making requests can help to build a good relationship with Vivid Candi for future work.


  • Hourly work has some risk involved. There is a possibility of going over budget depending on the amount of projects requested.
  • Sticking to a timeline can also be a disadvantage. It might take longer for a client to get a full website completed because it was broken up into smaller projects.