While many small businesses recognize the value in having a website, they tend to face the website building process with much apprehension. This is mainly due to the projected cost to build a website and the stress it can potentially cause on their already strained operating budget. To ease your cost-related worries, we have prepared some guidelines on the actual web creation cost.
How much does a website cost?
How much you should spend on a website is dependent on several factors. To be fair, the question of cost is too general to be answered with a specific amount. It’s much like asking, “how much does a house or a car cost?” There are too many variables affecting the final price. You need to be specific with what you want from the website and the resources that you need to access.
Web creation cost is dependent on the following factors:
- Time you want to devote to this project
- Technical capability or knowledge to build the website
- Design knowledge or your willingness to learn web design to fulfill this project
Many small business owners lack at least 1 of these factors so you want to ask yourself which resources are available for you at the moment. If you don’t have coding skills but you have a lot of time, you can learn how to code first and then build the website after.
It is common for individuals to focus on the dollar value of building a website but to be quite honest, it’s probably the most flexible resource. It’s either you have the first three or you don’t but with money, we all have some level of budget that we can spend on a project. It could be a dollar or a few hundred dollars. Now the real issue is how are you going to spend whatever budget you have?
From $0 to thousands of dollars
The table above shows indicative annual pricing for different services if you get a professional web developer to handle your web building project versus doing the project yourself. As you can see, the cost is relatively minimal if you use a website builder because you will be doing the site creation on your own. Based on Strikingly’s pricing structure for paid accounts, you can expect to pay at least $96 for the ability to have a custom domain, access to a collection of website templates and reliable customer support among others.
Depending on what kind of service you require, you can create website free of cost or expect to spend thousands of dollars on professional web design services. If budget is a huge issue and you’re not ready to fork over money for professional web development, the cost of entry for website creation is very minimal.
Website builders make it possible for individuals and small business owners to create a website free of cost. Strikingly, for instance, enables you to start off with a free account so you can get your site up in minutes. The best part is that you don’t even need to have programming or web design knowledge to get started. All you need is a good idea of what you want from your website, the right kind of content to go with it and a few minutes of your time.
A free account, admittedly, comes with a few caveats. For one, your domain is tied to the website builder’s branding and some platforms will require their ads to pop up on your website. If you want to sign up for a paid service, however, you can still expect to pay a lot less than how much you could potentially spend on a professional web development service.