Your website is one of the most important investments that you’ll make for your business. It should be an integral piece of your business’s marketing and advertising plan. To that end, you should understand that your website will be an ongoing investment in the success of your business.
Basic fees to get a website up and running:
Website design & development: $1,000-$5,000. When you hire a web developer, they should set up your domain, website software, design your site, help you organize text and optimize images for the site, in addition to programming it. Depending on how many pages you want and what you want it to do, a professionally designed website will cost between $1,000 and $50,000. However most small business sites fall into the range of $1,000-$5,000.
Web development fees do not cover the following, which are necessary for every website:
Domain name: $10-$40/year. To start, you have to register a domain name/web address like yourcompany.com. Your domain name will represent your business and brand and should be memorable. Domain names are often on sale or come bundled with a web hosting account. Regularly, they cost between $10-$40 per year, which is paid directly to the registrar, and renewed yearly. If you haven’t yet registered a domain, consult with Moss Web Works for the best name to represent your business.
Web hosting account: $30-$80/year The hosting account is a rental of computer space where your website files are physically located. You want to host it with a company that has great, responsive support and a secure network. Many hosts give you deep discounts for the first year to gain you as a customer. Moss Web Works has good experience with both GoDaddy and BlueHost and can recommend both companies.
Note: For ease of management and technical support, we recommend you register your domain and host your website with the same company. Please read the article on Why your web developer should not host your website.
Email account: $20/year+ If you want an email account @yourbusiness.com (matching your domain name) you’ll also have to pay for that. This is paid directly to the company that is hosting your website or domain.
Website upkeep and maintenance: $75-300/month. It doesn’t help your business to create a website and then forget about it. You must update the software and plugins regularly for security, and keep your content fresh to obtain and retain new customers! Moss Web Works provides a monthly maintenance program to help you with this.
Remember, your website is one of the most important investments you can make for your business, and you want to do it right. It might be tempting to have your sister’s neighbor’s kid design the site for you for a hundred bucks, but do you really want to take that gamble? Hire a professional.
For a website quote, please contact us. Moss Web Works will take the time to meet with you and create a plan that is customized for your business and budget.