How much should you expect to pay for a business website and how much to maintain it.

Cost of a website

How Much Should a Website Cost You?

In current times it is critical that a business invests in a well-designed website. The company’s success can be primary from a website. Whether you create the website yourself or have a professional complete the project for you, here are some important factors to consider.

Domain Name – Start with your company’s or website’s name

You need a domain name, so your website can be identified. You can choose a brand new domain which costs anywhere between $10.00-$20.00 depending on the hosting company. If you want an aged domain name, which already exists then be prepared to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Some aged domains have even been sold in the millions.

Hosting – Storage of  your website

In order for your website to be seen by millions of people online you have to choose a virtual host so that your website can run. There are three types of host servers available.

  • Shared Host – Cost Effective, Great for small informative business websites
  • Private Host – Good performance, Great for small eCommerce websites
  • Dedicated Server – High price but fast, Secure and great overall performance

The website developer should help you choose the best option, have in mind that the hosting fees are typically not included in the design and development fees.

Standard fees for hosting:

Shared host:  Spend as little as $3.95 a month.
Virtual Private:  Expect to spend at least $29.99 a month.
Dedicated Server:  Expect to invest roughly $99.99 a month.

Design and Development

Once those choices have been established you concentrate on the website’s design and development. Visual material such as color selections, pictures, and writing content can be discussed at the beginning of the project.  You also work with the website developer to come in agreement how many pages of content you think your page will need. Your page can be as simple as have About Us page and a blog to having it personalize based on purchased history for each visitor. Making your website mobile responsive could be included or require an extra charge. You can save some fees by providing that written information or have the developer provide the content quality. Your most basic website such as a brochure website which is there to provide basic information about your business can run anywhere from $2,000-$5,000.00 and up.

Depending on what you decided along the way, plan to invest in a well-made website that will give you back what you spent and more.