What goes into building a website?
Building a business website yourself can be an amazing challenge, full of learning and rewards but it can also be all consuming as you navigate what can be a steep learning curve. A lot will depend on what structure you use and how much time you can dedicate to learning how to put your website together. For beginners, something like Wix or Squarespace can be pretty reasonable to get started ($12 – $40 month) and you’ll have access to some nice layouts or templates to get you going with basic functionality and customization options.
WordPress websites are more customizable and power over 35% of the web these days. They require technical knowledge and regular maintenance to ensure everything runs smoothly and is safe, fast and secure, which is why a website care plan will be key to your overall success should you choose to hire help. Customization options are endless which is why so many designers and developers prefer WordPress.
Third party developers build apps and plugins to expand the functionality of WordPress. There are thousands of free options as well as paid premium. Whatever you decide to use, the below chart can help you get a ballpark idea of the costs involved to DIY.
How much can I expect to pay to build a website myself?
|What You’ll Need||Website Set Up Costs|
|Purchase Domain||Google Domains – $15+ yearly|
|Website Hosting||$30 – $500/monthly|
|Plugins, Apps, Integrations||$0 – $250/yearly for each|
|Website Template or Theme||Free – $249/yearly|
|E-Commerce||$0 – $100|
|SEO & Marketing||$500-2500/mth|
|Professional Help (optional)||$55 – $200 hourly|
Overall, it can be very inexpensive to build a website yourself but what is your time worth? If you’re just starting out and need a basic site, you can expect to pay around $250 upfront and monthly costs of about $50 to maintain it. SEO and marketing your website is an ongoing time cost which depends on the campaigns you’re using or who you hire.
If you hire a designer or developer however you can expect to invest at least $4500 for the initial site build and design, and ongoing costs for maintenance support available around $1500 yearly.
Hiring A Professional Designer in 2021
Whether you’re looking to build a new website or refresh your current one, you’re probably wondering – how much does web design cost in 2021? That also depends!
As mentioned before, the cost to professionally design and develop a website varies greatly! You can expect to pay anywhere between $1000 to more than $100,000 depending on the needs of the business and how custom the work needs to be.
Here’s a sample breakdown of the costs for one year for a WordPress website built by us. This is by no means a complete list as your project will be custom. If your project is more involved and has more than 5 pages, it will cost more.
After the one year mark, ongoing costs will change based on need.
|Components||Hiring a Web Designer|
|Branding & Logo||$500+|
|Set Up Domain on Server, Install WordPress, Redirects from Previous Host if Needed||$100+|
|Design & Development||$4500|
|Content Creation||$500 (5 pages)|
|WordPress Dashboard Tutorial||$500 (5 hours)|
|Website Care Plan||$1200 (Starter Plan $120/monthly)|
|Total Cost for One Year||$7300|
Still have questions?
If you still have questions about what it costs to build a website in WordPress, we’re here to help!