The vast majority of new entrepreneurs share the same question: how much does it cost to create a website?
While there is no one answer for everyone, we can say that it all comes down to the amount of work involved in creating it, i.e. how big and complex your website will be.
In this post, you’ll learn what you can expect when you create a website for your business, including pricing and what’s needed to have a professional website.
To start estimating how much you will spend to create a website from scratch, you need to determine the niche of your business and the type of infrastructure needed.
A 10-page corporate website with a standard design will certainly cost less than an e-commerce website with 50 highly customized pages, with all the features needed to display products and sell online.
In terms of values, the cost of building a simple website for a company, with few navigation pages, can vary between $2,000 and $5,000. More complex sites can easily exceed this value.
That’s a wide price range. So let’s get things straightened out, so you can get a true estimate of how much it will cost to design and develop your own website.
If you’re not a programmer and don’t have one on your team, you’ll need to hire someone if you want to create a website for your company.
In a brief search on the internet, you will realize that you have two options: hire a freelancer or an agency specializing in websites.
Independent developers may have lower prices than those listed above, depending on the number of pages on the site and the amount of customization required.
If this is your option, ask for a portfolio of work already carried out, agree deadlines, draw up a contract and, if possible, talk to previous clients to make sure you are a serious professional.
Beware of exceptionally low prices. They are often synonymous with poor quality workmanship, delays and generally an unpleasant experience where you are left without what you wanted.
An agency specialized in software creation is undoubtedly a safer bet, as it has a complete team to work on your website, contracts, consolidated client portfolio, technology, infrastructure and much more.
So our advice: determine your business needs, create a budget and decide what works best for you.
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In addition to all the more complex factors involved in developing a website, there are the costs of “building materials”, so to speak, which despite being relatively low, there is no way around:
Domain: It costs $40 to register a new domain and maintain it, and must be paid periodically.
Hosting: Costs start at around $100-500/year or more if your website reaches a large amount of traffic (100,000+ visitors/month), at which point you can upgrade to a more powerful server. Attention: if you need to host a large number of files, such as an e-commerce platform, you will also need a more robust server, so prepare your wallet.
SSL Certificate: Even if you don’t intend to sell products directly on your website, it’s important to protect it with the HTTPS protocol. Some hosting companies offer a free SSL certificate as an incentive for hosting your website with them.
Plugins: Do yourself a favor and invest a few dollars in quality plugins. Yes, there are many free plugins and many of them are good. But there are also many faulty plugins that don’t work as advertised and will waste your time.
Images: Unless you are a good photographer, you will probably need to purchase some images to put on your website. There are high quality stock photo platforms online. They usually have lots of high-quality royalty-free images at reasonable prices.
In total, you’re looking at $300 to $600 in upfront costs.
Building a modern, well-designed website takes a lot longer than most people realize. Therefore, your development cost may end up being quite high.
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Even after creating a website and running it, the work is not done.
Just like buying a house, you will need to invest time, effort and money into maintaining it.
For example, you will have annual hosting and maintenance expenses, and possibly also licensing fees for plugins and premium services.
You may need to hire employees or freelancers to help you create content and boost your marketing efforts.
Answer: Hiring a specialized agency
If this is an option for your business, it is highly recommended. Nothing better than having a personalized website created for your company.
In addition to all the ease of using something already built, tested and approved, you get rid of all the bureaucracy of creating a website on your own.
Building a modern, professional website that generates leads and sales for your business is much more difficult and time-consuming than most people imagine.
Therefore, trust an agency like DUNA’s Digital Marketing Agency to create your website. Contact our team and get a quote!