Many people wonder how much a website really cost. There are many options available (from freelancers to website design agencies). Website design cost varies depending on the requirements
However, you might wonder why some website design companies charge more or less than others. I can’t answer this question, but I can explain the implications and possible cost of what a website design requires.
I found an infographic that could help you understand why you are being charged for your new website. Also, it can help you to feel more confident choosing the company or person that is going to work on your project.
First things first
You will need a domain name, a hosting provider, and last but probably the most important thing: Design your website.
If you want a website you will need a domain. You can buy a brand new domain or purchase one that has been registered. Brand new domains cost about £6-£12 a year while domains already registered could cost hundreds or millions
You have your domain and your website, you need to host it somewhere to be online. Usually, the cost of this is not included in the design of your website. But, your designer can definitely help you choosing a suitable option for you. Basically, there are three types of hosting: Shared hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS) and Dedicated Server.
Design and Development
There are three things to consider here: design, content and functionality (development). Cost vary depending on the requirements and the scope of work required.
You have two options here: go for a pre-made theme or have a bespoke design (exclusively for your website). To be honest, I suggest going for the first option unless you are a large company, a pre-made or pre-design theme is cost effective and in most of the cases it looks like a bespoke website, it depends on the designer. One more thing to consider: if you are a large company, probably you will have your own designers in house so you would not be looking for a design agency o freelancer.
Many people have contact me asking me to design their website. Some of them do not have content, some have an idea of what it could be, some do not have any idea. It is really important to have good quality content. The options here are: would content be part of the design, are you writing it yourself, pr are you hiring a SEO writer? Just make sure it is high quality content as it is important for Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
- Functionality (Development)
What do you need in your website? It is an online shop (eCommerce website) or an informative website (CMS website), would you need social media integration, Google Analytics integration, contact form, forum, etc. Most of these things are included in most of the website packages. However, make sure you include in your requirements all what you need.
Now Let’s Talk About Website Prices
Now that you have an idea of all what is behind your new website. Take a look at the average starting prices
- Brochure websites
They are very basic websites, it is informative rather than functional. Most of the modern design companies do not offer this kind of websites anymore because Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress are more effective, flexible, offer more options and can be updated by the client without technical knowledge.
Prices start from £610. It includes Home, About us, Services/Products and Contact Page
- Content Management Systems websites
CMS websites are more user friendly, they allow to create more functionality. You can have blogs, forums, dynamic content. You can update your website or contact the designer to update it for you. Usually, updates are faster. You will have more interactivity, animations, etc.
Prices start from £1165. It includes including Home, About us, Services/Products and Contact Page
- eCommerce websites
This option will allow you to have a shopping cart, update/add products, Accept and Process Payments.
Prices start from £1660. It includes including Home, About us, Services/Products and Contact Page
Thanks to WhichWebDesignCompany.com, data information was taken from its infographic.