How much does a website cost?
Explanation: A website isn’t just one thing, there are four main parts to a “website”.
- The name
- The host
- The site
- The management
The name: The name of your website is it’s domain name. Your domain name should be something that is easy to remember and easy to spell (and your name should explain who or what you are).
My domain name is “FreelanceWebManager.com”!
A domain name must be registered and managed by a hosting company. Expect to pay about $25 per year for your name.
The host: The host of your website is the place where the actual files that make up your website are stored (hosted). The hosting company will also provide email services for your domain name.
Expect to pay about $120 per year for a shared hosting plan. A shared hosting plan is good enough for a personal or small business website.
*The hosting company will usually register your domain for free as part of an annual hosting plan.
The site: There are tons of options when it comes to building and designing your website. I recommend using a Content Management System (CMS) like Joomla or WordPress.
Customizing an existing WordPress theme is the most cost effective way to build a website. There are some really great themes at ThemeForest .
A WordPress theme will cost around $50 and customizing the theme could cost anywhere from $500-$1,500 depending on the complexity of the site.
The management: Now that your website is up and running, someone needs to watch over the site and keep it up to date and safe.
To keep your site secure, your WordPress themes and plugins will need regular updates.
Regular backups should also be done and your content should be kept fresh and relevant.
This type of freelance website management can cost as little as $50-$100 per month.
The best way to be found on Google is to keep your content fresh and relevant, so don’t scrimp when it comes to keeping your site up-to-date and fresh!
Good luck with your website! If you need any help or advice, feel free to contact me anytime.
By: Mike Benny