How Much Does a Website Cost

February 6, 2018 by in category Web Design, Website Maintenance tagged as , , , with 0 and 2
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We break down the real cost of website design

If you have decided that your business requires a new website you may not know where to start or how much it costs or even the type of website which best suits your business.

Website Design Costs

There are various stages to building a website and each of these has its own associated cost. There are a number of online services which allow you to build a website with minimal outlay although in most cases these tend to be very basic and don’t cater for anything other than the most basic websites. (Read how ThePixel ranks against Wix, Weebly and SquareSpace.) The code used to create these websites is usually very difficult to maintain and doesn’t lend itself well to search engine optimization which is obviously a very important factor if you would like your website to reach good results in the search engines.

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Another option is to purchase pre-designed templates but these lack individuality and don’t benefit from the knowledge and experience of a professional in the web design or development industry which can be problematic when any maintenance is required further down the line.

Domain name

Each website will have to have a unique domain name. The cheapest options are .info, .net or .biz usually costing around $5 to $8 a year whereas a .com domain name can cost as much as $10 a year. If a particular domain name that you’re interested in is already taken it is possible to apply to purchase it from the owner but this may prove to be very costly. Make sure your domain is setup to auto renew, you don’t want your website to go offline.

Web hosting

The next step after finding domain name is to find a web host provider. As with the actual website design web hosting prices vary depending on the features you require. For standard features such as unlimited bandwidth, unlimited email addresses, monthly off-site backups and 24/7 support by phone or email as little as $25/month. View our web hosting and managed services.

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What is the actual cost of building a website?

So you’ve bought a domain name and you have a web host, the next stage is to actually have a website designed.

Start-ups and small businesses who require brochure type websites detailing information about the company, the services they provide, a means of contact usually via an online form and maybe even a gallery of photos can expect to pay upwards of $40 to $50 per hour through a design agency whereas freelance web developers can cost anywhere from $10 to $70 per hour depending on their experience. Bear in mind a simple website such as a brochure website would usually take about four or five days to build.

Ecommerce websites or websites which require a greater level of complexity the website cost increases due to the time involved in building such web sites and it and it is a good idea to get a quote based on the price of the project rather than the price per hour.

Cost of small brochure website

Domain name and hosting for one year $10 – $40
Website templates & custom $500 (templates) $1,250 (custom one-page)
Ongoing maintenance Starting at $75/mo
Total cost $1,335.00
Cedar Rapids, Iowa Marketing Agency

Ongoing costs

As your business grows then your website is going to need scaling. Things to consider with ongoing costs are:

Have clear goal

You should have a clear idea of what it is you require when approaching a website designer, this will ensure that the designer has a clear idea of exactly what you need, things like how many pages, functionality, do you wish to sell online? Will you be providing images? If not the cost of stock images will need to be considered.

Having a good rapport with your designer is very important, you want the process to be a smooth, hassle free experience. So when choosing a website designer make sure they understand what your goals are and what you want to achieve. Remember cheapest does not necessarily mean value for money.

A good website designer is more than just a designer. What I mean by that is they are also someone who will help with strategy, helping the client understand how to set a strategy for their online business. Helping the client to achieve more customers, more leads, more donors, or whatever their strategic goals are.

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