Last Updated on August 29, 2019 by Sunny Staff
Starting a business? Well, no point in having one if you won’t have a website. The world has gone digital years ago. Ok, you’re a newbie. That’s fine. If you need help with setting up a website, hosting or maintenance, we’re your guys. But we’re not here to talk (just) about our services, we’re here to help you out. You might have clicked on our result first, but also, you might have gone through several websites. Be patient, we’re going to give you a breakdown of the costs to start a website.
So, the question is, how much does it cost to start a website? The answer isn’t always clear nor is it consistently the same across the board. There are conditions and exceptions and differences.
To get more traffic, you will probably have to spend more
In the simplest of terms, upfront investments, whether it is in the tens or hundreds of dollars will yield a higher return for your business or clients through a website.
When you launch a website there are steps that automatically need to be taken. First is to register a domain name and of course registering space on the host server you have selected. For these registration fees, there will be recurring fees monthly from the provider. You may be given a single price month to month or you will be given the opportunity to receive a package price.
Another cost you will need to consider is whether you are paying the host of your web domain to take care of monthly maintenance or if you will need to hire a freelancer/independent webster to take care of your website updates, SEO, etc.
The cost to start a website – breakdown
- Purchasing a domain – A domain will cost anywhere from .99 to a couple million dollars. Seriously! In 2012 the domain PrivateJet.com sold for a cool $30.8 million dollars! Purchasing a domain through GoDaddy.com will on average cost between $10-$20 per year to purchase.
- Hosting – A host is simply a company or companies that own servers from a WWW (world wide web) station. They own these servers with kind of like a piece of internet real estate and you can buy space anywhere from $1/month or more depending on the WordPress support offered or the specific host quality, size and security options offered. HostMonster and HostGator are two of the more popular companies.
- Web developer or web designer – A web developer or web designer will cost at the very most basic beginning point at $500 and go upwards even into the $20,000-$50,000 range depending on the size, range, and complexity of the site. Monthly maintenance fees from the web developer will depend on the complexity of the site and the time it takes to maintain
- Additions – Content, analytics, marketing, SEO and other add-ons will increase the monthly cost greatly. You will want updated content because your website or business is bound to change on a monthly or yearly basis. Analytics help to make sure you are getting what you pay for and to see when and where traffic is being driven to do more of what works with marketing strategies
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