How Much Will It Cost You to Build Your Website?

How much can a car cost you? Well, it solely depends on the car brand that you are fascinated with, the specific features (within the car) that you demand, availability of the car in the market, and many other factors. A singular fancy cannot determine the amount you need to set aside to buy a car.

The same logic applies to your website-making too. Before the website designer and developer can give you, any cost estimate you need to lay down the specifications first. Let us get back to the original question – how much will your website cost you?

Broadly speaking, these are three-pointers to help initiate your website plan-

  • Building the site on WordPress
  • Developing a site using a website builder
  • Use coding to build up the site from scratch with the aid of a developer/development team.
Initiate Your Website Plan 1

Let’s for a while assume that you are a non-technical person and you are here, sheerly because, you’ve contemplated an online presence of your business! If so, you are in the right place. In the case of your business you are in total control of the undertaking as you are fully aware of ‘what’s going on’ at the back end, however, you may have no idea about things that can affect your website cost? The most common idea of website development will let you understand this. Again, assuming that you are non-technical, have a look at the following 3 factors.

  1. Website cost varies with the number of functionalities –

When you have decided to take your brick and mortar business online, sit back, and think of the number of features or functionalities that you want to add to your website. It could be simply informative, have a photo gallery for marketing purposes, a chatbot, an e-commerce functionality (so that customers could make purchases), a membership portal, etc.

The initial set of your business goals need to be crystal clear for this. Once you are sure about your goals, you know what features are to be added and what not! Remember, merely adding more features may at times be confusing. Hence, keep your goals clear and your website, “user-friendly”.

  • The size of your website

This makes sense. The greater number of pages and templates you add to your website, the costlier it becomes. Now, these pages may have the same templates, or, different ones too. Mostly, your content management system plays a role in determining the number of pages. But you can customize things according to your requirements.

Going by the size of the website, you will see yourself in any one of these 3 levels –

  • Beginner’s website or a face-to-face site

Start-ups may begin with these. They are simple websites for new business projects. They might only be inclusive of official information about the business, membership, or customer enrolment section, and at the most a query corner. However, these websites are designed in a manner so that new sections, contents, and functionalities may be added to the site later on.

  • Extension of the face-to-face version

The ‘small’ sized sites are usually an extension of the face-to-face version. These sites have about 20 pages. They involve only the addition of pages. Design customizations or the addition of new features and functionalities are usually absent.

  • Medium-sized websites

Medium-sized websites usually bear 20 to 40 webpages. Also, additional features like an e-commerce functionality or a vivid web catalog are included in such websites. These websites are complex ones and need the coordination of professional developers and web designers to create an online facility. Availing maintenance and up-gradation support are highly recommended in such cases.

  • Large websites

Large websites are the ones with higher than 40 to 50 pages. These are large scale businesses that have a large online presence as well. They possess a huge e-commerce corner, where selling and buying in large amounts take place. These incur not only huge development costs, but support and maintenance services are also needed and they add to the costs too.

  • Technologies that are used

Variations in the programming language that is used (be it Python/PHP/C++/JavaScript and so on) varies the cost of website development. This is coupled with a few other determinants like the CMS, database, external tools, plugins, apps, etc.

  • Other factors

It’s easier to amalgamate the numerous factors that affect the price of website-making under one head. Yes, there are several other affecting factors.

  • On page optimization
  • Social page integration
  • Integration of Google webmaster tools,
  • Custom theme and layouts (different ones for different pages),
  • Number of payment gateways to be added (in cases of an e-commerce facility),
  • Mobile compatibility,
  • Addition of the blog section, FAQ section, etc.,
  • Google Maps on the Contact page
  • Hosting and domain costs

These are the most basic requirements to boost sales in the small business that I have come across in my professional life. How much your website will cost you solely depends upon what you want out of your website. A good web development team necessarily has professionals like content writers, SEO experts, designers, etc. These are support and developmental services that the client can be provided with!

Doing the Job with a Website Builder

If ‘cost’ is your main concern, try building your website this way. Using a website builder is one of the cheapest way to help you attain your goal. On the other hand, although WordPress is a free online open-source platform, paying for things like hosting, themes, and plugins escalates your cost. Also, while building your site on WordPress, you might need the help of a professional developer! All of these would add to your costs.

Coming back to the use of a website builder, we will walk you through the cost breakdown of building up your website this way:

Cost of HostingFree
Cost of Themes Free
Security CostsFree. All security features (to protect the website from external threats) are built-in.
Professional helpSince a Website Builder is user-friendly, no professional help is required.
AppsWhile some apps need to be paid for, some apps are free

The table has already provided you with reasons to go for a website builder. To enlist a few virtues –

  • They are ideal for technical novices
  • The best option for business owners who are in a hurry to get a live website

You might have heard that the pricing of website builders goes up to $500. However, our topic of discussion is ‘the cost of building up a new website’ and for a new website building, the cost remains anywhere within the $50 bracket.

Let’s find out why website builders are such popular?

To answer this the ‘elephant in the room’ – the free plan needs to be addressed first. Remember, free plans come with a lot of limitations – the most significant ones being:

  • Unwanted and unnecessary advertisements being displayed on your website
  • No e-commerce features are attached. So no buying and selling online is possible
  • The storage capacity, as well as bandwidth allowances, is very low
  • The domain is a free and non-custom one that displays the name of the website builder!

Despite these limitations, the plan being offered free of cost attracts users and customers from all corners. Free plans are best suited for building venture sites and are a way to help design a functional website in the long run when there is an increase flow of business and branding becomes inevitable.

Building it up using WordPress

For individuals with some amount of technical knowledge, especially those who are planning to expand their business and hence require a large website (with e-commerce, blogs, and other functionalities) WordPress is of great help. In fact, WP is perfect for every serious business owner –

  • Having a more or less sound technical knowledge
  • If he/she wants full customization of the new site that is to be built
  • If the website needs to serve multiple functionalities

Now the cost breakup of website building on WordPress –

Cost of Monthly Subscription Free
Cost of Themes Free themes are available. But premium themes are chargeable.
Security Costs Free. You can also choose from the premium security plans and not the built-in ones (if you are not tight on your budget!)
Professional help You may/may not need the help of a developer and costs do depend largely upon that.
Plugins Some are free and some need to be paid monthly or annually.
Hosting An annual payment between $3 to $35 needs to be incurred as hosting charges since a monthly payment facility is rarely found.

Decided to hire a professional finally?

To cut a long story short, from the viewpoint of costs, you need to hire a professional website developer if you do not want to worry of individual cost of themes and plugins as these are usually included in the designer’s quote. When you order the tailoring of your website, you mention your requirements; the designer provides you with themes and plugins as required.

Hiring a professional developer does not really allow you to sit back and relax. You need to coordinate with the designer to build up the site close to your imagination.

You often opt for hiring a website designer when you have zero time to invest (in the site-building process), zero technical knowledge, and there is a need for a large website. But before you move out to hire, get a clear idea of what you want by answering these questions –

  • Is it a complex website?
  • Will hosting, domains, and plugins be handled by the designer or provided by you?
  • Will the designer be vested with the responsibility of site maintenance?
  • How big will the website be and what are the functionalities it needs to serve?

If all of this seems to be too much to consider at one go, ponder upon your budget first. That’s the most important thing, even when you chose to hire a freelance web developer (no matter how big and complex you want your website to be)!

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