The average cost of a website design/development can range anywhere from $100-$10,000+. But like all things you pay for what you get. When it comes to your business you should stay away from cheap and fast. You don’t want your customers first impression of you to be cheap and easy, do you? Hiring a professional to create a user friendly, and appealing website may take a few days to a month to design around your business. But in the end it is well worth it. Rome wasn’t built in a day. If you are looking around here is are some things you should know. Basic website design takes about 20-80 hours of work to get website looking and feeling how the customer wants it to be. So would you want to work for $100 for 40 hours? That is less than $2.50 per hour.
You may have heard about resources such as WIX, Shopify, etc. These companies make it easy for you to craft a simple website if you are just starting out in business. They catch you with the “FREE” everywhere. But once you have built the website you like they hit you with $FEE$ for hosting and all the other upsell. For many website designer/developers the software is free to use. But in order to have your website online you have to pay hosting. Hosting is average $8.99 a month and the longer your purchase for the cheaper it becomes. Are you selling products or requesting information from your customers? If so then you will also need a SSL certificate. This certificate ensures that if your website is hacked that your customers information will not be compromised. Meaning no lawsuits against you!!!
I hope this helps everyone reading and shows the true meaning to actually owning a website. The old saying ” You pay for what you get” is true here. Many freelancers can say I’ll make you a website for $100. Just think about how many hours and the type of work you are going to receive. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of our posts.