How Much Does A Website Cost?
As WordPress developers, one of the first questions people always ask us when building a
website is how much does it cost? The truth is, the cost of building a website depends on your
personal budget and goals. In this article, we’ll show you the ins and outs of building a website
so not only you know the process but the entire process.
Depending on the complexity of your website, for example, the number of pages, plugins you are
using, the amount of custom coding you have, whether it’s an infomercial website or an
ecommerce, your cost will fluctuate.
A good developer costs you anywhere between $150 and $180 per hour. While that may seem
like a lot of money, is completely worth it because the end product will reflect you and your
brand. Having said that, at the end of this post, we’ll give you some tips on how you can save
money and bring that cost down. (Don’t skip ahead!)
So what do you need to build a website? Here is the play-by-play of the steps you should take.
At a very basic level, your domain name is your website’s address on the internet. It’s what your
customers type into their browsers to access your website. Once you register a domain name with
a company like GoDaddy or Bluehost, you’ll get the right to use that name for your website for
however long your purchased it for. You are required to renew your domain after the term has
Web hosting is like the home of your website. This is where you store the content and images of
your website. When a visitor tries to access your website by typing in your web address, they’ll
be directed to the website files stored on your web hosting server.
There are a lot of different types of web hosting services such as shared hosting, VPS hosting,
cheap hosting, WordPress hosting, and dedicated server, just to name a few. When you’re
starting out, we recommend you choose shared hosting or WordPress hosting because both are
the best for most website owners in terms of affordability and needs. When your website
becomes more popular, you might want to switch to dedicated hosting.
A website builder makes it easy to create a website the way you want it to look. There are many
outs there including the most popular – Shopify, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, but we always use
and recommend WordPress. WordPress is the platform of choice for around 30% of all website
owners. It gives you endless possibilities to create your website the way you want. It also gives
you complete control over your website so you can customize it in both the front and back end.
One of the key features of WordPress is it is free and open-source software so there are
thousands of different tools to help you.
Estimating the Cost Based on Your Goals
Now you know what it takes to build a beginners website, you might want to consider just hiring
someone to do it for you. If that is the case, the first thing you should consider is what is the
website going to be used for. If it’s just a placeholder then you probably don’t want to spend a
ton of money, but if you’re going to put through hundreds of transactions a month, then it’s
worth it to spend a little more money.
Do You Need A Custom-Built Website?
Installing a pre-built WordPress theme is the easiest way to roll out a new website. It also helps
you save on costs and looks amazing. The downside, of course, is that your website won’t be
super original and might even look similar to your competition. While not ideal, it might not be a
deal-breaker for you and you could still choose a theme.
However, if you want to give a unique look and feel to your website, then you’ll have to build a
custom WordPress theme. With a custom site, the sky is the limit. You can do whatever you
want and add any type of element you can dream of. Whether this is worth the extra cost, well…
you’ll have to decide.
What Features Will You Need?
When starting out, you won’t need all the extra bells and whistles. Even if you start small, it’s
essential to write down the list of features you’ll need down the line. This helps you streamline
the entire development process and focus on features that are of high priority and those that are
just nice to have. When you hire a developer, it’s critical that you communicate which features
are absolutely must-haves. However, keep in mind that these might just be personal preferences
and might not be the same must-haves for the people visiting your website – your customers.
Does Your Website Need To Take Transactions?
If your website needs a portal to take transactions, it will probably increase the cost as it’s harder
to develop an ecommerce website than an infomercial website. However, as more people are
buying products online, it might be worth it to spend a little extra money and give your
customers the convenience of buying in their underwear.
The RAD Deal
Now I told you that I would show you how to save money on your website, didn’t I? At RAD
website, we have a unique way of pricing our services. We generally bill our time in blocks of hours
our Hourly Rate is $150/hour, for both development and marketing.
If you purchase a 5-hour block of time that number goes down to 135/hour
a 10-hour block of time, drops the hourly even further to 125/hour. Purchasing a 20-hour block it drops to 110/hour. 25hours gets you $100/hour. and Purchasing a 40+ hour block gets our best available rate of $75/hour. So you see we also give Rad bulk discounts for people who want to use additional time towards
marketing or extra services. in fact here at Rad Websites, you can cross the streams. if you have time left in your hours’ block and you don’t have any more development work this month we can switch the remainder to a marketing spend. Wow thats Rad, am I right?
Finally depending on how much marketing you want, you can get the best
value at $75 an hour and with this package, you can not only have an amazing website but can also
promote it through various channels. Please contact us for more details on pricing.