HOW MUCH DOES A WEBSITE COST?
Article Feature - by David
What's the price of a website?
Now that's a big question!
Some people don't like to tackle the touchy subject of website
But I'll give it a go.
So what is the cost of a website?
Well, it depends.
Now please don't go away at this stage. I'm not avoiding
the question. It really does depend.
Let's imagine for a moment that you're looking for a new
You've heard Ford make some good cars, so you decide to take a
look at their website.
At this moment in time, there's a brand new, beautiful looking
Ka, available from £8,725. Not a bad price.
But would it suit you?
If you have a family of 6, probably not.
So let's look at the Ford Galaxy instead.
A much bigger car, seating 7 people.
This one's available from £25,165 (that's an extra
So let's click the Galaxy's "build and price"
You decide to choose the smart looking Titanium X
Of course, you prefer the 2.0 PowerShift Auto engine rather
than the 1.6 manual, so let's add that one.
Wait a minute... they do that in the diesel instead for another
More economical ...gotta be better. Let's have
No one seems to go for a plain colour nowadays ...it has to be
The ebony leather trim goes well.
Now what sort of options...? There are simply too
Let's limit it to
- 17" 5x2-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Run Flat Tyres
- Adaptive cruise control
- Keyless entry
...because you don't really need the "Multi-Media DVD and Rear
Seat Entertainment for an extra £1,750.
The £25,165 starting price has suddenly increased to
That's an increase of more than £9k - just because I wanted a
bit more functionality.
And an incredible £25k more than the Ka!
The price of a website is a bit like that.
No! It shouldn't cost £34,000, unless you want a big e-commerce
site ...or you're looking to compete with the BBC (and if you are, you would
have a lot of catching up to
As I said right at the start, the price of a website... er,
It depends very much on what you want in your site - and its
- Do you want a basic website?
- Do you need to make sales from
- Do you want lots of animations and video on
- Do you need it to be optimised so that it's more likely to
appear on page 1 of Google, ahead of the millions of other pages?
These are just a few of the extras to consider when deciding on
your new car... er, I mean your website.
I've seen website prices vary from absolutely nothing,
You can create a blog at Wordpress.com, or on the Google
Blogger, and it won't cost you a penny.
But beware. They could close your website down at any time if
they want to. That's happened to a friend of mine.
You also need to remember that you'll have their name in your
URL too. It will be something like www.YourBlogName.blogspot.com.
It's fine for a blog or a simple website, but I wouldn't
recommend it for commercial purposes.
Weebly will allow you to create a nice looking website for no
cost. Again, their name would appear in your URL.
A friend of mine had a budget 4 page website made for him by a
local company. He paid £100 for it.
Unfortunately his website didn't rank on Google for any of the
keywords he wanted to be found for.
But that's what he's paid for ...a very basic website without
The company hadn't done anything wrong. They'd simply sold him
a basic website - because that's all he wanted.
In the end, my friend asked me to create him a brand new
website, and to optimise it.
That website is now on page 1 of Google for a number of
keywords. And if I may say so myself... it looks much nicer!
A typical basic starting price for a quality website seems to
be around £250.
Of course, that price can increase to any amount, depending on
the number of pages and the time spent on
For a business website, you're typically looking at prices
starting around £600.
So you see, the price of a website really does
It depends on whether you're looking for a Ka ...or a
...or a Mercedes.
Now that's another story.