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How Much Should I Pay For a Website?

Updated on July 30, 2014
How much should I pay for a website?
How much should I pay for a website?

If you're planning to buy a website, it can be hard to weight up getting a good price against getting a quality website. It's easily to end up paying thousands for a website that does no more than the basics.

What Is A Basic Website?

Even for a low price, you should expect the standard website basics. Generally a basic website has just content (including, if needed, a blogging function) and/or an eCommerce store.

These days, a website that has just information, a contact form and/or a shop is quite simple to set up, unless you need very specific functions.

So How Much Should You Pay For A Professionally Designed Website?

  • If you're going with a standard blog, content or buy and sell website, you should expect to pay somewhere between $250-$1000 depending on which of the above listed features are included.
  • If you supply all the content for the site (or they make you a shell website to upload your own content) and don't need any membership or shop features, you should rarely have to pay more than $500.
  • If you need a website that has multiple features
  • You should not be fooled into paying hundreds extra for features such as custom comments, subscription lists, or any website basics. Many of these can be easily done using premade plugins or support websites.
  • For a website that is coded from scratch, instead of a built on a template, along with training and graphics, you can expect to pay up to $2000.

What Can Raise The Website Price?

  • Custom Coding - Many people are under the impression that their site will be built from scratch using complicated codes. Although this can be the case for more indepth sites, the majority of webdesigners these days use premade templates and then change around the basic design, fonts and graphics. Most basic functions are easy to add. However if you need something custom designed for your site (for instance a membership site with member goal tracking, or a shop that is automated to send out emails to different companies, the customer AND you when a product is purchased) you may need custom coding.
  • Graphic Design - This area can get quite costly if you're not careful. Sometimes it's a better idea to shop around for a cheap graphic design package and then give these to your webdesigner to use on your site.
  • Complexity - Sites can vary widely in price based on what you want them to do. If you're just after two standard features (such as a shop and blog) you shouldn't expect to pay too much.
  • Support & Training - The level of training you receive (and how many members of your business also need training) can impact on the price. If you're only receiving an hour of training, or a written guide, this shouldn't get too pricey.
  • Changes & Alterations - The more times you change your mind, the more hours your webdesigner will put into your site and probably add on to your bill. Make sure you have a good idea of what you want first, by looking at competitors websites and seeing what you like.

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      Aspen 3 years ago

      You mean I don't have to pay for expert advice like this anre?ymo!

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