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21 Aug 2018

How Much Does a Website Cost?

Greetings readers,

Are you planning on starting a website? The first question that pops up in your mind is probably “How much does a website cost?”

We all know a website is the most important thing when it comes to business success today, but one thing that’s hard to determine is how much it will cost you to have one built. Find out how to set your budget for a web development project, and what to consider.

Domain Address

Every website needs a domain address to be hosted online.
“What is a domain, anyway?” . Well, take a look up there at the top of the screen. See that part at the top of your browser window in the URL bar? It’s the part that starts with “http://” in the address bar. The second part of the URL is the domain. In our case, it’s https://axongre.com/

You can either buy a brand new domain name, or purchase a domain that’s registered.

  • Brand new domains will cost about $10-15 a year, depending on registrar and TLD. Mostly the Local domains are a bit expensive than .com domains
  • Aged domains can cost hundreds, or even millions of dollars.
    • Price depends on many factors including:
      • Age of domain
      • Keywords
    • Examples:
      • SEO.com: sold for $5 million in 2007
      • Beer.com: sold for $7 million in 2004
      • Hotels.com: sold for around $11 million in 2001
    • You will pay a domain fee every year to keep the domain, which varies depending on registrar.

Total Cost (estimate): $10/year – hundreds, thousands, and even millions of dollars.

Web Hosting

Every website needs web hosting to be online. Your web designer/developer can help you secure web hosting, but this is not typically included in the design and development fees.
“What is hosting, anyway?”
Lets say it like this,  You have a house or a property, The domain is similar to the address of the house/property and hosting is the house.
Hosting is the place where you store the website files, your web design, your emails, your data etc.
So when a user types your domain address in their browser, the domain will point to the hosting and it will display your website.

Types of Web Hosting

  • Shared : Many websites are hosting on the same server.
    • Think of a server as an apartment building.
    • Each “apartment” gets its own space and web address, but you are stuck with whatever the apartment building gives you.
    • Cost effective way to host a website.
      • Spend as little as $3.95/month
  • Virtual Private Server (VPS): Many websites are hosting on the same server, but each account gets more control, similar to what dedicated servers provide.
    • You’re still sharing the server, so you get an “apartment” but you have the freedom to do what you want with the apartment.
    • More expensive than shared hosting, but gives you more control over the hosting environment.
      • Expect to spend at least $29.99/month.
  • Dedicated Server: You are in control of the server.
    • You get your own apartment building, and are in complete control of it.
    • You choose what software to run, how many websites to host, etc.
    • Dedicated servers are best for sites that are highly trafficked, and need extra security.
    • Dedicated servers are the most expensive way to host a website.
      • Expect to spend at least $99.99/month

Total Cost (estimate): $47.40/year – $1,199.88/year

Design and Development

Costs can vary significantly depending on the scope of work required.

  • Design
    • Will a pre made theme work? (Price range: Free to ~$49)
      • This is more cost-effective than something that will require heavy modification, or something that will need to be built from the ground up.
      • Custom designs will cost you a bit more than this price
  • Content
    • How many pages of content will your website need?
      • Are you providing that, or will the designer need to do it?
    • Will you outsource it to a copywriter, or write it yourself?
      • If you write it yourself, do you have the time and ability?
    • Content quality will vary depending on who you hire, and cost varies with quality.
  • Functionality (Development)
    • Do you need more than simple contact form?
    • Will you need a forum?
    • Do you want to include a blog?
    • Will your website be membership based?
    • Do you want your site to deliver dynamic content?
      • Content that’s customizable for each visitor?
        • Example: com’s homepage is personalized based on purchase history.
    • Will you need an ecommerce platform?
    • Will your website need to be compatible with any third party platforms?
  • Updates and website maintenance incur additional costs.

Total Cost (estimate): $200+

Total Cost

Depending on which decisions you make along the way you can plan on spending hundreds, or even thousands of dollars. Low end amounts come from shared hosting with pre-made themes and graphics, higher end amounts come from dedicated hosting and/or completely custom design and coding robust features.

You get what you pay for: quality matters. But basically you can get a basic website done for $275

Visit and contact us, Our team will answer all your questions https://www.axongre.com/web-agency-sri-lanka

 

Sources

How Much Money Does A Basic Website Cost? [2018 Data]

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