You are planning to create your website but you would like to get an idea of the cost? Estimating the cost of a website in 2020 is not easy with all the solutions available to you.
The cost of a website design depends on several factors:
The type of website: do you want to create a blog, a presentation site or a store website to sell online
The complexity of the site: several criteria such as the number of pages, the diversity of features required or the level of customization needed will generate differences in prices.
The degree of autonomy desired: obviously, creating a website by yourself will be really cheaper than having it created by a professional. The intervention of a service provider or the purchase of a turnkey site involves high costs that could be avoided.
From the free solution to the custom-made site, there is something for every budget! Which solution is the most suited to your project and budget?
You want to create a blog, a portfolio or a professional website? You can find affordable solutions depending on your project.
A one-page website is made up of a single page. It allows you to have a minimalist online presence. It doesn't have much content because it is aimed to deliver a message.
Most of the time one-page sites are used to encourage action: call a plumber, download a form, request a quote, etc...
The cheapest solution is obviously to create your own website. To create your own one-page site, the most affordable is to use a SaaS software like SiteW that offers free subscriptions. You will then be able to modify and improve your website at any time, freely.
If your project is more complex and requires the help of a professional, the cost of creating your site can vary from $100 to $8 000 depending on the complexity of the project. In addition to that, maintenance costs may be required for updating or upgrading the site.
A multi-page website allows the user to navigate between different pages that are each related to a topic or area of interest: home page, company presentation, product presentation, customer testimonials, blog, etc... This type of site (used for blogging) is also the most popular among small and medium businesses.
To create a multi-page website at a low price, it is better to use a SaaS solution that offers cheap subscriptions. All you have to do is choose the offer that suits you best. At siteW, we offer a free package and two paid plans starting at 3.99€ per month to create your website.
If you use a service provider to create your website, you should expect to pay between $500 and $20,000 plus maintenance fees.
If you hesitate between a one-page or multi-page website, feel free to consult our guide: One-page website or multi-page website.
You want to create an online store to sell your products or services online? The creation of an e-commerce site allows you to make purchases and / or orders directly on your website through an online payment service.
Several providers offer monthly subscriptions allowing the creation of an online store. The price will depend on the solution you choose but also on additional factors such as:
Online stock management
The number of payment methods available to customers
Automated management of features: shipping, invoicing or accounting
A promotional tool to offer discounts on your products and services
An integrated e-mailing system to send newsletters to your prospects and customers
Creating your e-commerce website with a SaaS solution will cost you between $10 and $40 per month depending on the provider and the offer you choose. On the other hand, count between $2 000 and $100 000 for a website designed by a professional
Be careful, the cost of an online store via an open-source solution is very difficult to estimate because of the way it works. Creating a basic website can be free but the key elements required for a successful website must be paid. Count between $100 and $1000 per feature.
Here is the solution that requires a big budget but that is good if you want to have your website made by someone else. Several types of providers can provide this service for rather high costs.
Hiring a web agency to create your website is a solution if you don't want to take care of it. However, you may be charged monthly fees for maintenance, as well as additional costs for certain changes.
Web agencies usually quote a price based on the time needed. It will be necessary to count between $1 000 and $8 000 for a presentation website that includes some pages. If your project is more complicated and requires more work from the agency, this amount can reach up to $100 000.
The cost of hiring a web designer is based on the same principle as a web agency, ie, the time needed to create your website. However, the price will be lower than an agency. Count a minimum of $100 per day of work. So depending on the complexity of your project, count between $500 and $50 000.
The turnkey solutions allow you to get a professional to create your website in a more affordable way than hiring an agency or a graphic designer. This solution works on the basis of a subscription. Halfway between an agency and a standalone solution, this solution charges a monthly subscription between $40 and $100 per month depending on your plan.
When you create your website, additional costs that were not anticipated may be charged:
To operate, your site must have a hosting provider. There are several types of hosting services:
Most of the time, the cost for hosting your website is charged monthly or annually. Count between $2,50 and $500 per month depending on the type of hosting service and the chosen solution.
The domain name is the address of your website. When creating your website, you will have to choose a domain name that is not used by any other company. The payment is made either to your provider, or to your SaaS service, depending on the plan you chose.
The maintenance of your website includes all the changes you want to make: adding content, changing images, fixing a technical problem... Maintaining your website is very important both to prevent problems in advance but also to optimize SEO. It will be easier to make changes if you have free access.
SaaS solutions like SiteW for small budgets.
As already seen, the most affordable option is to use a SaaS solution by paying a monthly subscription. This allows you to create, modify and improve your website by yourself. Most providers offer customizable templates, and advanced features to meet your needs.
Among various SaaS solutions, we have compared the subscription prices, for both the creation of a simple site and the creation of an online store.
At SiteW we offer several packages depending on your needs:
The free "Starter" package.
The "Blog" package from 3.99€ per month ideal for the creation of a blog or a simple website
The "Premium" package from 7.99€ per month adapted to professionals and nonprofit organizations
The "E-commerce" package from 15.99€ per month to create a small online store with a few products
The "Pro" package from 23.99€ per month to create an online store with an unlimited number of products
You will have understood that the price of creating a website depends on what you want to do with it. You will have to ask yourself the right questions:
How much money do I want to allocate to my site?
How much time do I want to spend on this project?
Do I want to have autonomy and freedom when creating and maintaining my website?
Last update: January 20, 2022