Today I came up with the most common question that comes in the mind of every business owner or a startup think
i.e How much does a website cost?
See its not just a simple question with a simple answer.
It’s really quite a complex one. There are many more questions I need to ask you before starting on a job to build a website.
These and many other questions will determine the cost of a website. That can range from zero to hundreds of thousands of dollars for something like the Amazon or Flipkart website.
Lets First get something straight!
While wandering for the answer of this question you may be definitely looking to build a website or hire someone for the same.
Am I right?
If you are looking to hire a freelancer then I need to know one thing that you are buying a service, not a product.
So I wish that by the end of this article you will have a estimated idea of the cost involved in creating a website.
The cost can be divided into two types i.e –
- Ongoing Website Cost
- Website Design & Development Cost
Website Ongoing Cost
The progressing expenses of running and dealing with a site or blog can fluctuate from a couple to a huge number of dollars every month/year. Everything relies upon the choices you take when beginning on this journey.
The first progressing cost is the Address or Domain of the site. Second is Hosting, either utilizing a fully managed solution or deciding to host it yourself. Other progressing expenses can incorporate a CDN or Content Delivery Network.
Website Address or Domain
Every site needs one and you can buy a domain for zero to a huge number of dollars. On the off chance that you go for the free form. Your own assistance gave by Strikingly or some other then this is generally free and is possessed by Strikingly themselves.
Most .co.uk, .com and others can be bought for a normal of $10 every year. From places like Go Daddy and Crazy areas. In any case, there are premium spaces like this one which I bought for $217+ a couple of months back.
Fully Managed Hosting
Lets first move these and get to the great stuff. The completely overseen locales like Wix, Shopify, Squarespace, and Weebly. Are splendid for those of you that need to construct a site for yourself.
Although you don’t need to stress a lot over security with these you are limited to some degree to their plans. And include and expanding the site can cost you more over the long haul. As I clarify in the contrasts among a pro and custom theme.
The costs for these completely overseen locales can extend from Free to Hundreds of dollars a month. A large portion of these is ordinarily around 10 to 40 dollars per month. And these generally incorporate a space name for you to use.
Hosting it Yourself
Completely oversaw are acceptable in the event that you simply need an essential web nearness. And you need to begin a little side interest sort of business.
However, in the event that you need to begin a genuine business or blog. At that point, a self-facilitated website is the best approach. As you will get significantly greater usefulness and these, for the most part, are much progressively proficient.
Hosting your own Website or Blog
It’s somewhat of a minefield out there with respect to facilitating. So much decision from organizations competing for your business. I have a couple of general admonitions while picking site facilitating.
- Never go to a hosting company to known for domain name registration
Websites like GoDaddy and Crazy Domains are extraordinary to buy your area name as that is their essential plan of action yet they suck at facilitating so never go for their facilitating arrangement.
- Speed, Customer Service and price
My general standard while picking a customer is to search for one not very gigantic with a great many records and one that is not very little to adapt to my requests.
One that pays a special mind to their customer and one that isn’t tied in with purchasing other littler organizations to broaden it’s own. Probably the best website to search for average facilitating is Web Hosting Talk.
I have discovered an incredible arrangement in 20i and been with them for about a year now. I have all my own just as my customer’s sites with their affiliate account.
The cost is right on the money, they utilize the best innovation and equipment so the speed isn’t an issue and their client care is best in class. The entirety of my bases covered.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
My account with STACKPATH costs me a mere ten dollars a month just for this blog. This means it has an average load time of 1.6 seconds depending on where in the globe you are reading this.
Website Design and Development cost
With over a decade of experience in designing and developing bespoke websites for clients across the globe, I have a fair and competitive pricing structure. I always try my best to keep my costs down as much as possible and to always go above and beyond the call of duty.
My fees depend on a lot of variables but essentially I base these on four different types of websites that I create around my client and their wants / needs.
|Type of Website||Features||Ideal for||Cost|
|Basic||This is my ‘brochure’ style solution and like all my creations is built from the ground up around your wants and needs. These usually consist of one to five pages with a custom built contact form.||Small Businesses or newly self-emplyed in traditional businesses and want a web presence without the need to update the content regularly.||£500 +|
|Small business or Blog||Similar to my Basic website but with a lot more features like: WordPress CMS, social media and Google my Business integration. Analytics and more||Bloggers and Freelancers just starting out and want to grow their business or blog quickly.||£2500 +|
|Ecommerce||Same features as the small business but with the ability to sell your services and products direct from the website, Order management and a direct chat system.||Small to medium business looking to sell online. Those who already have traditional bricks and mortar businesses.||£3500 +|
|Bespoke||highly advanced database driven websites like a social network, Ecommerce or a bespoke site where the WordPress CMS just wont cut it.||Established Businesses requiring complex functionality and highly bespoke features.||£5000 +|
Basic Website Costs.
Consider this website package as a glorified business card but with much more content. As I have alluded to a few times before in this and other posts I develop websites from the ground up and to my clients wants and needs. This way I know the site is going to be fast loading and my client gets exactly what they want.
Developing a site this way means I can easily extent the site with more functionality and features for my client in the future and as my clients business grows.
This makes sense as lots of templates and themes are often overbloated with code and comes with every possible feature a website owner does not want or need. It also means that I do not have to dig into hundreds of thousands of lines of code to add or modify a feature of the website which in turn saves on time.
My basic websites are of course handbuilt and designed from scratch, Include 4 or 5 pages including a home landing page, about us, services and a contact page and are designed for people and small business owners looking to develop an online presence.
How much does a basic website really cost? Well these usually take me about one week to design and code with custom graphics, hosting setup and email account creation and usually start at the low price of five hundred pounds.
Small Business or Blog
Although basic websites are good to people wanting to start out with a business and are looking to gather interest, leads and customers. It’s usually better to start with a Small Business website and Blog included because I build these ontop of WordPress CMS and are easily extendable.
Just like a Basic website, I build these from the ground up to my clients wants and needs but are also designed for my client to update the site on a regular basis without having to consult and rehire myself all the time.
These sites offer a lot more than just a basic site like social media integration, Analytics, custom domain email accounts, Review and Testimonial integration and finally Google My Business.
How much does a Small Business or Blog website cost? Well naturally this is a lot more involved than just building a basic one in HTML and CSS and of course, I have to also provide training on how to use and update the website. This kind of website can usually take me anywhere between three and six weeks. Because of this my fee usually starts at £3000.
Most of the websites I build from scratch are the small business ones above but sometimes you want all those features and more like selling your products and services direct from the website.
Perhaps you are a bookstore or a theater and don’t want to use any third-party integration to sell your tickets or books because they take a commission. This is where Ecommerce integration comes into play. These sites are much like the Small Business or Blog websites above and include the custom theme creation but are a lot more involved.
How much does an Ecommerce website cost? On top of the bespoke theme I would have to integrate a lot more functionality into the site, Are you selling physical products or a service? order management, tracking delivery, delivery costs, live chat, stock levels, product description and variations of a product are just a few of the features I build into these websites.
This of course takes a lot more time to work on and to train my client. Because of this these Ecommerce websites start at £3500.
Bespoke Websites and Apps
Sometimes WordPress just will not do and a truly bespoke and unique database-driven website or PWA (Progressive Web App) is required. WordPress is great and although some themes can take me six or more weeks to work on, generally WordPress can be setup in a day or so with a downloadable theme or template.
Although rare, I do from time to time get a client wanting something very unique and bespoke with a budget to match. These websites usually have highly advanced and specific features the owner wants and needs.
It could be a bespoke eCommerce website with a highly advanced feature that’s not possible within a WordPress theme or Plugin. Also, it could be a bespoke Social network or Forum like Facebook or Twitter. It could be an advanced PWA (Progressive Web App) that can be added to a mobile home screen and work offline (much like most apps from Google Play Store or Apple).
How much does a Bespoke Website Cost? As with most things of this nature it takes a lot of time and skill to research, design, develop, test, & finally deploys. As I need to take it into the different browsers & devices the website and app will have to run on. Safety and Security as well as Legality’s and user data, Website & App speed, Database structure, PHP, MySQL, Design and so much more.
Because of all this, a bespoke site can take anything from four months to build. And as such my fee usually starts from £5000.
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