When you decide to commission a website for your business, the first consideration is how much is your website going to cost. You need to consider both your budget and what you will get for your money.
The cost of a website can range from £50.00 to £10,000.00+, so it’s important to know what options are available and what the positives and negatives are for each option.
In this blog post, I will break down the options open to you, so you can make an informed decision about your website project and the best course of action for you.
Option One – Build your own website – cost £50.00 – £100.00
The cheapest option is to build your own website. The cost of this is minimal, but the downside is the time and learning curve involved.
Costs: Domain registration and website hosting: £50.00. Software (WordPress) and theme: free. The biggest downside to this option is the time it will take to build your website and the learning curve required to learn WordPress.
- Cost effective
- Sense of achievement
- Steep learning curve
- Time you must invest
- Free themes may not be suitable for your business
- No tech support immediately available
Option Two – Hosted Website – cost £150.00 – £250.00
Costs: The cost of a hosted website service can range from between £150.00 to £250.00 per year and this includes domain registration and web hosting. You also get access to premium design themes and customer support should you need it.
- Still cost effective
- You’re part of a community
- Customer service available
- Access to add-on services such as ecommerce and bookings
- You don’t own your website
- If the service providers site goes down, so does yours
- The service provider can advertise on your site
Option Three – Hire a budget website designer – cost £250.00 – £500.00
Costs: You can hire a budget web designer from Fiverr or Upwork for anything from £250.00 to £500.00 and they will build a website for you (usually using WordPress). This saves you time, but you may have communication and post-launch support.
- Time saving because you’re not building the site
- Potential communication issues if the designer is in a different country
- Little or no control over the quality of the work
- Little or no post-launch tech support
Option Four – Hire a mid-range web designer – cost £500.00 – £1,500.00
If you have a healthier budget, you may want to consider hiring a mid-range website designer who will take a more pro-active approach to your web project.
Costs: Mid-range designers tend to be more sympathetic and pro-active towards your project, whilst sourcing and using tools that keep the cost of the project down. Budget between £500.00 and £1,500.00 for your project.
- A more professional approach to the web design project
- Higher level of communication
- Template based design keep cost down
- Your site may appear to be generic as the design is template based
Option Five – Custom website design – cost is anything from £2,000.00 to £10,000.00+
At the top end of the scale is a custom built website, created by an agency. This option is only recommended if you have the budget and your business is highly scalable.
Costs: Agencies charge anything from £2,000.00 to £10,000.00 and above, depending on the complexity of your project.
- A truly unique design for your website
- Highly professional
- High quality post-launch support
- You will likely have to deal with multiple staff members
- You may incur high ongoing management costs
As you can see from the options above, the cost range of a new website is huge. The best course of action is to establish your budget and then see which type of web design project best fits your budget.