I get asked the question “how much does a small business website cost?” often from small business owners. That’s a question I can’t answer without knowing your needs.
No matter what the size of your business a website an essential marking tool is to get your services and products in front of potential clients and customers.
But how much will it all cost? Well that depends on what you are trying to achieve. On-line sales, contacts, awareness, sign-ups. You may only need something simple or you may need a slick design.
You may need a content management system or a brochure website to compliment your other marketing activities.
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Online DIY Website Builders
You can create your small business website yourself with one of the many on-line website builders available online. WIX, Squarespace and webbly are just a few of the more popular ones. A drag and drop web-based Website builder that allows you to create a website without any knowledge of code.
33% of websites are powered by WordPress according to a survey published by Netcraft.
In my opinion it is one of the best content management systems around, allowing the user to make quick changes without having to go into the code. You can add your news items and blogs easily. There are also over 55,000 plugins available, from adding social media share buttons, sliders, and forms to a full ecommerce setup to sell your wonderful products.
90% of all the websites I build have WordPress on the back end allowing my clients to make updates to their own websites.
Anyone can download WordPress and upload to your own hosting subscription and create a website. You can even go to the WordPress website and build your website on their platform.
You don’t need to know how to build a template, you can use one of the 1000’s available. Some free and some paid for. But keep in mind you will be using a template that 100’s or even 1000’s of other websites will be using.
Many small businesses find a template they like and add text to fit the design, when you should be creating a design that fits around your text and clearly displays your message, products and services.
Small business website cost using an online service
Business & eCommerce: from £13
Online Store (Basic): £20
Online Store (Advanced): £30
Depending on your domain type (co.uk .com etc) It will cost you £10 or above to register your first year. Some domain suppliers will sell you a domain for 99p for the first year and then go to the normal price on the second year.<
For the More Serious Small Business Websites
There are many companies who can build you a bespoke site. The web design cost can be thousands of pounds to create, charging from £50-£100 per hour for design and SEO. So, depending on your needs the price can vary. A one-off cost of approx. £500 for a basic small brochure site then add on your yearly hosting cost (where your website ‘lives’) of £60+ depending on the service you need.
Some hosting companies will charge extra for email addresses too.
Pay Per Month Websites
You can also use pay per month option for your small business website. Useful for smaller businesses who need to budget their web design cost, hosting, email and SEO services.
The service is used by many small businesses to help grow the business in the early stages. Developing the website over time and upgrading when the time is right.
Using the services of an experience designer will help heaps. Giving you advice on content, links and images. Starting with a blank canvas will give you more options than an off the self-templated website. Putting the content first and designing the website to give the user the best experience possible. Keeping the site loading fast, good SEO, content and useable are all factors google takes into consideration when ranking your website.
There are many website agencies offering small beings website solutions, including ourselves.
Pay monthly websites can start as little as £29.99 depending on the level of service you need. Giving you the option to upgrade to more services as your business grows.
WOW Creative Media is a UK based website design company offing bespoke pay monthly websites.
Read more about DIY websites: Professionally design or DIY your website?