Having a strong website behind you is key to the success of any business. It reflects your brand and people will make a clear first impression based on your site; this is why you need to make sure you invest in a well thought out website and its design. While this is all well and good, not everyone can afford a website for their business, especially if you’re a new start up! Here we take a look at the cost involved.
Do you have to pay monthly for a website?
In short terms – yes and no! With most agencies, new websites can be paid outright or monthly, as they are a much higher cost than maintaining an existing website. However, for those needing maintenance and hosting; this will be a monthly cost as it is a continuous service.
With website design, this is a big job – hence why it costs more and pay for it in one go, as it is a one-off payment. With maintenance and hosting, it is a cost associated as long as the site exists; meaning it is paid on a monthly basis. In most cases, whatever your circumstances and needs are, your web designer will work around these to try and best suit you.
How much does it cost to buy a website domain?
A domain name is essentially the name of a website. It is something that is unique to each and every sight and needs to reflect around what your business does – in most cases, it being your business’ name. Depending on what you want your domain name to be, the price of this can vary on how popular a name is. Factoring in whether you want your domain name to consist of .co.uk or .com, also affects the price. To buy the domain name itself, it is usually quite cheap – starting from as little as £4.99. Additionally, hosting is needed for the site to stay on the internet. Meaning an extra cost each month, although it is inexpensive.
How much does a 5 page website cost?
A 5 page website is a fairly basic page and doesn’t allow much scope for your business. Even so, this may be the right fit for your business. This size of website will still set you back a few hundred pounds; most likely learning towards the £1,000 mark, as you are still paying for the skills and experience in the person creating your site. When you look at the time and effort involved; along with the content needed and any interactive elements you want, such as a ‘Contact Us’ page.
How difficult is it to set up a website?
In the nicest way possible, setting up a website is very difficult! Many people forget just what goes into creating a sight and the SEO that is also needed in order to optimise it. So creating a website without this know-how would make your site pretty inefficient. When creating a site, you also need to factor in the coding it may need; along with the professional layout, relevant images, working links and interactive elements. All this takes time away from your business, so not only would creating the site be difficult – but so would focusing on the success of your business.
Even though it is difficult, you can still be involved in the process. In most agencies, especially here at TeeGee; we work closely with our clients to ensure their site meets their vision. Including any ideas you have, so you can always be included!
Can I build my own website?
Yes, you can! But as we’ve said, this may not be the best idea. If you have the time and patience for this, as well as the skill set needed; then it would be a cost effective way for your business to have its own site. Many platforms are available for you to create a site yourself; but there are costs for using these, not forgetting buying the domain name and hosting the site. However, if this doesn’t apply to you – its what website design agencies are here for.
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