What does a website cost?
It’s difficult to judge the cost of a website by just looking at the design. It’s the same as asking how much should a car cost? You have to be more specific.
What type of car do you want? – How much can you spend? – What will you use it for?
It’s quite a complicated question when you start to break down
Let’s break down the cost of website if you have limited resources.
When it comes to building, managing, and operating your website, there are 5 main phases you need to go through in every website project:
- Website setup
- Learn how to use a website builder
- Designing the layout
- Content creation
- ongoing maintenance
For each phase, you have to determine if you have the time, technical or design skills to accomplish each one of them.
You can build a website in a few ways:
- Custom Build Your Website From the Ground Up
- Use a Website Building Software like WordPress
- Use online Drag & Drop Website Builder
cost changes depending on which type of builder you use.
Here is the cost of each method:
A Custom built website starts at around R50 000 and goes beyond R 300,000. This is really for enterprise companies that need something very specific.
Using WordPress as a website builder
- Setup Costs (expect to pay R60 – R 3000 a month for hosting depending on the size and traffic to your website, initial setup on your hosting provider could be free if you do it yourself, if hiring a pro expect to pay R600 – R 2500 once off for the setup)
- Learning how to use WordPress (only if you are going to do stuff yourself, it will take you a few hours to learn the very basics and weeks to months to learn WordPress, you can get free tutorials or pay up around R600 a month for premium tutorials)
- Design Costs (basic templates will cost R400 – R700, premium templates R1000 – R3000, template alterations free if you do it yourself note there is a massive learning curve, to hire a pro or agency expect R 4000 – R 20 000)
- Building Costs (this is putting the right pages in the right places, adding modules, plugins, contact forms, populating content etc again free diy massive learning curve, R250 – R1000 per hour hiring a pro and expect to pay anywhere R6500 – R 50,000 plus depending how much content and pages)
- Maintenance Costs (hiring a developer would cost you about R1000 – R2500 per hour, expect to budget for R6500 – R12,000 annually)
In conclusion to do it yourself could cost you as little as R 1500 to get started but, learning to do it yourself would take months and a lot of aggravation.
An agency or freelancer could get the job done starting at around R 8000 – R 15 000 for basic templates no content creation and for something more premium with content anywhere from R20,000 – R100,000 plus depending on the scope of the project
Using a drag and drop web builder
- Setup Costs (automated setup free, domain registration would still cost you a minimum of R60 annually)
- Website Builder Software Learning Costs (learn in a few minutes or hours)
- Design Costs (templates are free some have upgraded premium templates)
- Building Costs (you can put everything together yourself or a pro would cost you R250 – R800 an hour, content creation and population would cost you R 6000 – R20 000 plus depending on the scope of the project)
- Maintenance Costs (each platform charge you a monthly fee starting R60 a month scaled up with packages to R600 a month)
You might say “why not just go for a website builder it’s much cheaper” Choosing the right option really comes down to your goals for the website. Each option has pros and cons.
Choosing the cheapest option does not mean it’s the right option for your business.
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