- Domain Name
When it comes to cost to build a website, the very first thing you must concern is the domain name – the unique address of your website. It is basically obtained for a year and so the cost is given for the year, ranging from $10 to $100. There are several extensions available like .com, .in, .org, .co, .in and so on, which decide the cost you have to pay.
Web hosting is another important factor in web designing. Hosting that means where your website runs. When you host your website, it means that you are creating your website live for the audience. The hosting cost which depends on upon the type of hosting you prefer for your website:
- Cloud Hosting ($100+ a month): This gives you access to load balancing, autoscaling, replica databases and other technologies that allow to scale to any size. Everything is hosted in the cloud making it an extremely fast and resilient solution.
- Dedicated Server ($40+ a month): This is basically a single dedicated server that you host everything on. This is much faster than virtual hosting, but for most sites it will be more than sufficient. The disadvantage is that you are relying on a single point of failure. If your server goes down so does your website.
- Shared/ Virtual Hosting ($5+ a month) This is very cheap and fairly reliable for light traffic websites. Many virtual hosting packages also have very low bandwidth limits so they could take your site down for extended periods if you exceed the limit.
There may be some sites that offer free hosting of some kind, but inevitably there will be some kind of catch – such as displaying ads all over your site. Hosting multiple sites is very expensive and there’s no charity that will pay for true hosting without any revenue.
- Quality of Web Developer
To evaluate a good web developer, you should look on their number of experience, their qualifications and their actual portfolio. It seems that these criteria are directly proportional to the fee you have to pay if you compare among local developers. However, it is not true for all the cases. Since the labor cost offshore is generally much cheaper, the cost for hiring a good web developer might be lower with the same capabilities. For example, for 1 working hour you must pay $60-150 for local workers but pay only a hard or even less for the ones from other countries.
- Website Designing
Website designing process includes various steps from designing mockup to final template designing in HTML. Depending on your requirements and level of customization, it usually costs you between $400 – $2500. In some web design and development agencies, they offer a bank of available design templates for you to choose. If you agree to use one of those templates (with minor changes), the cost is relatively low. In constrast, if you ask for a unique design – 100% customization, the cost would be obviously very high.
- Website Development
Website development is all about functionalities – What would you like to have in your website. To be more specific, it is related to content management system, order management, checking and payment, customer management, product and service management, and so on. Web development cost is flexible and depends on the number of modules and features. (at least $500 for a basic website)
- Support & Maintenance
Most of the web design and development companies offer support and maintenance services after building the website. Some of them include this fee when calculating the total cost and make it higher while others charge it separately. As a result, sometimes a firm requires a lower cost for building a website but there is a hidden charge of maintenance that make the total cost is even higher.
In conclusion, there are 6 factors deciding the cost to build a website that you have to consider. Based on these factors, you can avoid to be overcharged and feel easier to evaluate different offers from web design and development companies. Last but not least, we want to give you a suggestion that don’t hesitate to ask the agencies why they give you that price. Owing to that you can know what are included and what are not and then select the best website builder.