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How Much Does It Cost to Make a Website?

Updated on January 15, 2016

How much does it cost to make a website? This is one of the major questions inexperienced web developers have when starting their career. Is it cheaper to create a website from scratch or contact a professional web studio? It is close to impossible to find the right answer to this question without being aware of the financial aspect.

Creating a Website on Your Own – Using a Website Builder or a CMS?

To be precise, there is no significant difference here. It does not really matter whether you use a website builder or a CMS – you will still have to invest almost the same sum of money into the project. So, what will you pay for when choosing a CMS? Basically, you will have to pay for the following:

  • Domain name – starting from around $10-15 per year in the .com zone.

  • Hosting – the cost here depends upon the plan, in most cases it starts from around $3-5 per month.

If you wish, you can make use of free PHP or MySQL hosting service, but it will involve specific restrictions, such as storage capacity, traffic, the amount of uploaded content etc. Apart from that, free hosting services frequently lack support, which may pose substantial problems for beginners. So, it really makes sense to invest into an affordable plan and use all the benefits provided by the host.

Now when everything seems quite clear with CMS, let’s explore website builders. How much does it cost to create a website using a site builder nowadays? Advertising campaigns of these services promise that it is possible to cope with the task without any financial investments. When it comes to the practical aspect, though, it becomes clear that building websites for free is possible with uCoz only, although there are some nuances here as well (a third-level domain, the copyright of the service on pages etc.).

What you should know is that all website builders offer free plans or trial periods, but if you really wish to avail a chance to use all the tools the service provides, you will have to purchase a premium account. It will cost you almost as much as a hosting service if you choose the plan with minimal benefits (such as absence of ads, a second-level domain etc.).

In case you wish to make use of all the features provided by a website builder, you will have to invest a more substantial sum of money. The average price is offered by uKit and constitutes around $4-5 per month for the ability to use all the benefits provided by the platform.

So, this is the approximate sum of money you should count on when creating a website. There are somewhat cheaper solutions, but in this case it may be quite difficult to maintain the website because of the set restrictions and the low level of servicing provided by the administration of a builder.

Using Professional Web Development Services

How much will it cost to order the creation of a website from a professional web studio? There is no definite answer to this question. The cost of the project will depend upon the complexity of the site (for example, a simple business website generally costs less as compared to an online shop) as well as the professionalism and reputability of the web studio you will hire.

The minimum cost starts from around $100. Thissum of money may be spent to hire a freelance web developer who, having created a site once, believes that it has already been a success. Well, you will be lucky enough to hire a newbie willing to learn the basics of the job and working for small sums of money just to gain valuable experience in the business. In most cases, however, customers get hastily created websites with redundant codes, the further modernization of which becomes a real headache.

How much does it cost to order a professionally created website? The price starts from around $500 and more depending upon the preferences and needs of a client. If you are not against of using a pre-made template and have the idea of what you eventually expect to get, then the final cost will be somewhat lower as compared to individual projects, the owners of which dream of “one-of-a-kind” websites, but cannot explain what exactly they wish to get as in the end.

Conclusion

Creating a website on your own is an extremely valuable experience that will still come in handy to you, even if the website does not meet your expectations. If everything works out, though, and the project proves to be profitable, then you are always welcome to order a new website from a professional web studio and move there from the old site.

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