Website Costs

How much does a website cost?

If you’re launching a brand new website, here are few upfront costs to consider.

  • Domain name: $12/year
  • SSL Certificate: $0 to $1,000/year
  • Web Hosting: $29.99 & up/monthly

These are an upfront cost, not related to the development of the website. The business requirements will consider the web design and development cost. A business website will cost less to develop, whereas an E-Commerce site will have a cost based on the number of products and web pages

Digital Facelift

If you’re considering giving you’re website a facelift or would like to someone to maintain the site. The cost would be considerably lower.

Also, there can be a significant cost difference between doing it yourself with a website builder, hiring a freelancer, or hiring a web design agency.

Each business model has its pros and cons. Below, we’ll break down each option:

Website Builder

A third party website builder requires web design experience, UI knowledge and, most importantly, TIME. It can take anywhere from two hours to 30+ days to develop a simple site due to lack of experience. However, this is the most inexpensive option when building a website. You’re not paying anyone to create the site, which generally can cost between $50 to $150 an hour. Now, the question is- What is your time worth? The cost to use a website builder is between $100 – $1,000.

Freelancer

Hiring a freelancer is easy, and it can cost less than a web design agency. However, working with a freelancer is not always a pleasant experience. Freelancers usually work out of their homes and are often from a different country- which means different time zones, languages, and an understanding barrier. They don’t have a set schedule and often have no urgency to complete the task due to the low cost or deliver within the given deadline. A cost for a freelancer to develop a website can range between $700 – $5,000 for a single site.

Web Design Agency

A web design agency is typically the most expensive option. However, the saying “you get what you pay for” is true here. Agencies tend to be more reliable, as they pull from a team of expert graphic designers, web developers, and content writers, and typically work from an office setting. The agency can be local or regional, can meet in person or have a web meeting or call, usually have no language barrier and, most importantly, they have the ability to understand your needs. A web design agency’s cost to develop a single custom website can be from $2,000 – $20,000+.

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