How Much Will A New Website Cost?
Perhaps your business is in start-up mode, and you want to have that all-important online presence. Or maybe you’ve been kicking butt and taking names for a while, basking in the glory and revenue that you get from word-of-mouth referrals, and now you realize that you’re in great shape to take your business to the next level.
You’ve decided you want a website. Scratch that. You’ve realized that you need a website. And now you’re thinking about the details.
One of the first details that crosses everyone’s mind is money. How much, exactly, is a new website going to cost?
The short answer: It depends.
The slightly more detailed answer: You can get someone from Fiverr or Upwork to build a website for you for as little as $50.
A professional freelance contracted designer/developer will build a custom website starting around $500.
An agency, with separate departments for the various aspects of the design & development process, will start in the $3,000 – $5,000 range.
Some of the factors that determine final cost are:
- size and complexity of website (how many pages you have, and how they’re linked together)
- if your website will be used to sell products or services
- how much original copy you require to be written for your website
- if you already have a logo & high-resolution graphics
- number of revisions of design
- length and complexity of the discovery process
But it’s easy to overlook the things not included in the design and development fee. Some others things you should consider are listed below.
Non-Design Website Costs
- Domain name ~ $18/year
- Domain privacy (recommended) ~ $12/year
- Web Hosting (WordPress/shared server) ~ $40/year
- Security certificate: free with some hosting plans, at most ~ $10/month
- High-quality stock photos ~$4-12 each
- Content updates, one blog post or page revision ~ $50/month
- Website maintenance plan ~ $150/month (what’s this?)
A couple of notes:
You will purchase your domain name and hosting service from a third party. These payments go directly to the service provider, not to Boost Outsource. This is part of you owning your website and being in control of who has access to it.
Until a couple of years ago, only websites that used online shopping carts needed to be secure. But now, you’ll need a certificate because Google will lower your site ranking if you don’t have one. Also, visitors will see a little broken padlock in your address bar, letting them know your site is insecure and prone to hackers. They will sometimes get nervous and click away.
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