Every business needs a website to spread its wing over internet. But most small to midsize companies often hesitate to build one as they fear that it will cost a lot to them. But building a website without plan is like constructing a building without blueprints as it is very difficult to figure out the exact costing of building a website.
A website building cost mainly depends on the amount of contents it will have. A less expensive site will have less content while a costlier site will be enriched with contents, extra plan elements and functionalities. The main point is that the cost is dependable totally on your need.
Set Your Target
First you need to fix the purpose and goal of your website. What is it for? For selling products or just to gain publicity. So its very important to identify the purpose and fix the targeted traffic. You should target the monthly visitor of your site, how many do you expect will sign up for your newsletter, how much sales will you achieve in a month etc. Google analytics tool will help you to monitor your website’s performance over time.
You must always fix a budget for your website expenses no matter how big or small company you are. Research the market, Google your queries and you will definitely get an idea of the different costs of web designing, hosting, programming etc. Be wise to choose a healthy team of experienced. Insightful, knowledgeable members who has a number of successful works, so that you don’t need to regret later for a down listed site.
The thing is that you can build website in $150 also but it can’t be compared with the website that costs $1500. It’s like the comparison between a cycle and a car. Both will take you to your destination but the journey, the comfort everything will be different. The designer who charges you more will definitely give you something more than who charges less. At initial stage, you can save by hiring low cost designer but it will harm you in long run because its not possible to build a website several times. So its better to hire a good, skilled and experienced one for better present and tomorrow also. Everyone associated with your team should be aware of their roles and functions and must stay abreast of deadlines and new developments.
Set the features of your website. In now-a-days people browse net in mobile or tablet more than pc. So you have to make your site responsive also beside normal website to reach more traffic at a time.
Cost of web development
Time, technical ability, designing expertise all are involved in designing a website. If you choose to use a CMS platform such as WordPress and designing a basic one based on themes and features provided by the platform, you will save some money initially but the outcome will not be satisfactory unless you are aware of the following things.
- You have experience of setting up hosting, designing and managing a website
- Minimum knowledge of designing and development without help of any programmer
- Have enough time to learn and build an a platform such as WordPress.
Even if you are building on WordPress, there are some extra costs that you have to bare. Like the domain and hosting buying charge and the pre-made basic templates will cost around $30 – $50. The premium or paid templates cost around $80– $200. You can also think of hiring a designer at a lower cost to customize the pre-made templates into something you specifically need. You can expect a cost of about $300 and $800 to hire an expert designer for customization of templates.
This price may vary based on the requirement of pages, designs, images, graphics, layout etc.
Custom Website Planning
$5000 – $10,000 should be expected for a unique and custom web site if you approach an experienced and reputed web development company. It is advisable to speak to a few number of agencies about the scope of your project. A will featured website may cost well over $30,000.
Bacancy Technology provided this general budget guide for eCommerce website development:
- eCommerce Store Development Having Prebuilt Theme: $500 USD- $1000 USD
- eCommerce Store Development Without Prebuilt Theme: $1,000 USD–$2,000 USD
- Ecommerce Store along with mCommerce Mobile App: $3,000–$5,000 USD
- Porting and Migration: $1,000-$2,000 USD
- CMS Development services: $1,000-$5,000 USD
- QA/testing/Automation Testing: $500-$1500 USD
- Blog and Widgets/Plugins for eCommerce: $500–$1,000 USD
- Front End Development for eCommerceWebsite using AngularJS/NodeJS/BackboneJS: $8,000 – $10,000 USD
- Admin Panel Development: $1,000 – $10,00USD
- Monthly Support and maintenance: $500- $1,000 USD
Web designing is not at all a one time process. It needs further update, change the layout and adding more features for the sake of the traffic. So while approaching a web designing/ developing company, it is also advised to inquire about these future costs to take better decision.
These are a few things that we can keep in mind while fixing a budget for designing a website. All you need is to do a little research to identify the exact requirement for your project. The more idea you will have , the less you will be fooled. And above all you will get a proper website which will help in exploring your business and you will have a good profit.