If you are looking for a new website, then one of the first questions you will have is ‘How much will it cost?’. This is important information to know for two reasons. First, you might need to get the amount approved. Secondly, you will want to know the payback time.
Now, there are a lot of factors that go into a website, and therefore that can affect the final cost. These factors can include size, complexity, the technology used, hosting and maintenance.
A new website can cost anywhere between £500, for a very basic out-of-the-box website, to as much as £50,000 or more, depending on the size and complexity of the site. As you can imagine, building a complex e-commerce site like Amazon is a lot more costly than setting up a five-page website for a local restaurant.
The Technology Side
The technology used has a significant impact on the final cost. This is because some are more labour-intensive than others.
There are 3 main ways to build a site, with each having pros and cons to using them.
The Low-Cost Website Builders
The most cost-effective way to build a website is through a website builder. These companies such as Squarespace or Wix, allow people to set up a website quickly with little to no coding knowledge. That being said, it can take a lot of time and effort to get the end results you are looking for. Especially if it’s your first attempt at building a website. However, while these platforms have improved a lot in the last few years, they still lack functionality in some areas. They are targeted towards people who are just starting out and want a low-cost option to begin establishing your business’s online presence. Therefore you might be limited in what changes to can make and how the website performs.
Middle Of The Road Website Packages
The second option is to choose a website design package. These packages take all the work off your hands but can get your website up and running quickly.
They can either be adapted from an existing template or be. a custom design that is built on a system such as WordPress. Not only can these be used for new businesses in the same way as those from a website builder, but they also offer a lot more flexibility so they can be developed moving forward as your business grows. This option also gives you the flexibility of having an e-commerce store built-in with additional flexibility in how it looks.
Bespoke Premium Websites
On the other end of the scale is custom website building. This is the most costly option since you are hiring a professional to work with you to build a website that is specific to all your wants and needs but takes all the work off your hands. These bespoke websites offer the most functionality for your website, however, they do come with a premium price tag. This price tag is often prohibitive for most businesses. So you commonly see these types of websites in enterprise applications and large-scale websites.
Additions To The Website
The new website isn’t the only thing you have to consider. You should also take into consideration the hosting and maintenance of your new site. Just because you have Once your website is live you might then look at other digital marketing services to promote your website to your potential customers.
E-commerce websites will incur additional costs compared to a brochure site, this is because they require additional set-up and coding to work effectively. EPR Marketing is among the Top Shopify Developers in the UK so you can rest assured that the development of your new website is in good hands.
If you are looking for a new website for your business or want to update your existing website then get in touch with me.