In regards to web design cost, we get this question a lot. In our last two articles we discussed the importance of a strong web presence as well as how to choose the right web designer. At Next Level Studio, we understand how expensive it can be to start a business. Along with renting an office space, you can go ahead and add a new website to your list of major start-up purchases. Many people underestimate the importance of a high-quality website, but as with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. So, how much does a website cost exactly?
There are a variety of factors that can affect the cost of your website, including:
- Domain and hosting
- Graphic design
- Content creation
- Custom functionality
- E-mail setup
- Responsive design for mobile
- E-Commerce and payment gateways
- SEO and link building
Therefore, web design cost can range from dirt cheap to quite expensive. Some business owners make the mistake of purchasing a cheap template for their page, which can lead to major problems down the road. Not only does a cookie cutter template look unprofessional, functionality flaws can also steer impatient customers away from your website.
The cost of a website is completely dependent on the size and type of business you own. For an independent contractor or freelancer, you may only need a couple of pages with minimal design features to showcase your services. However, for e-commerce or large-scale companies, you’ll need to find a qualified web developer that can provide you with the bandwidth and software for a successful online operation.
Here are some broad estimates for web design cost:
- Small business: $1500-$8,000
- Medium-sized business: $6,000-$15,000
- E-Commerce/ heavy customization: $7000+
You should also take into consideration the ongoing monthly costs of a website. If you know the basics of coding or you have a user-friendly content management system (such as WordPress) you can save money in this area. Generally, your maintenance and hosting fees can range from $25-$100+ each month. This helps to ensure your site is running smoothly and remains properly updated with the newest technologies. In our case, we offer Managed Hosting plans to our clients which include, 99.9% up-time guaranteed, maintenance, nightly backups, heavy security, and customer support.
At Next Level Studio, we can customize your website to fit the brand and functionality of your business, without the outrageous costs. Learn more about our web design services, check out our portfolio, or contact us today for your free quote.