You’re ready to start a business and you know that you need a website. Or you already have a business that’s up and running, but your online presence is minimal or non-existent. So, what the real costs are is a hot topic.
The truth is your range of choices is vast and the scope and choice of website builder will pretty much determine the final price. If your budget is limited, there are resources to help you create your own site for an average of $200 with your typical DIY website builders, including Wix and Squarespace. Average monthly maintenance here will be anywhere from $12-50 per month. Inreact has customarily guided people who did not have money to pay for their own website. We have offered a host of online resources, including free tools and website builder recommendations.
This excellent online post gives you a beginners introduction to the difference between free and paid website builders… and where to take it from there. We have also advised concerning free domains: you can always go to Freenom, the world’s only free domain provider.
A middle of the road option tends to be the ever-present WordPress. Because it is open source and has an almost endless catalogue of resources at your command, building your website with WordPress is normally a bit more expensive. Upfront costs are anywhere between $35 to $800, with monthly maintenance capped, as above, at $12-50.
Finally, if you don’t feel confident about jumping into the world of website creation without support, hiring a web designer to create and maintain your site can cost as little as $1000 for a pre-packaged solution, to anywhere in excess of $30,000 for the finer, more edgy and potent websites. The average here is set at $6760.
What Main Factors Go into the Cost of Creating a Website?
The look of your site is crucial to getting your message across. Graphics, images, typefaces – all these contribute to attracting users and securing this badly-needed foot traffic once they’ve arrived. Your theme, the layout of elements, the overall look, feel and style of your website can be part of the pre-bundled design tool of an online website builder or you can hire a specialist to help you customize them for an average cost of $750.
For your website, you’ll want the interfaces to work smoothly and the progression to be seamless and logical. This is typically the realm of plug-ins, which give both you and the user what you are looking for. This feature tends to go hand in hand with design, since a sharp-looking site is only as good as its functionality. Functionality, of course, starts with getting a domain name (usually around $14.99 per year) and web hosting (usually around $7.99 per month).