How Much Does Web Design Cost?
There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to paying for web design services. I’m sure we have all heard the horror stories of someone overpaying and under delivering on services. I have been building websites for 15 years and in that time I have had many clients stress their concern of being ripped off. Most clients have amazing visions but lack the skills necessary to bring their vision to life. So I wanted to cover the topic and give a general guideline of what to expect when paying for web development and what to watch out for.
There seems to be a flood of amateur web designers & agencies now a days all claiming they will build your dream website at the lowest price point possible. As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” but that is not to say that you have to pay an astronomical price for your project. With that said each project is different and pricing is determined by what you want to accomplish with your website. If you’re in need of a basic website and you will be providing the developer with the content you can expect to pay less than if the developer was not only designing the website but needed to create all the content to go along with the site.
The first thing you will need for your project is a domain name. The Domain is the name of your website (“www.yoursite.com”). You will buy the URL at a fixed yearly price. The average cost of a domain name is $10-$12/ a year. Depending on your site extension you may pay more or less. .COM’s are the standard but recently there has been a ton of different site extensions to choose from.(.LY, .CO, .INFO, etc)
Second, you will need a hosting plan. A hosting plan is used to host the website. The host is where the content management system(CMS) & Database is installed. The price of a hosting plan varies based on how much storage space and bandwidth you will need for your website. Hosting plans start at $3-5/ Per month and go up to $1000+/ Per month. If you are just running a basic website you will be in the $3-5 range but if you are running an online business or eCommerce store you will be paying $15-$30/ Per month. Hosting companies such as HostGator or GoDaddy offer many discounts. You may also pay yearly at a reduced rate.
Any good web design agency will offer you the option for them to get your domain name and hosting for your project or even host your website with them. There are some benefits to having the web developer do it for you. They will pick out the correct hosting plan that you will need and they will also set up your accounts. That takes away any issues you may encounter if you were to do it yourself.They include the domain cost & hosting plan in the total price of your project.