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Basically What Does the Cost of a Website Consist of?
What Does the Cost of a Website Consist of?
As a first step let’s look at everything that costs money when creating your own website and how that translates into final costs in different scenarios.
Website Cost Factors
While the price of a website is highly unique, some things are universal in every website creation process and determine the cost of a website:
- Type of website — Websites are not made equally. The price is depends highly on the type of site you are building. A simple blog is easier to set up than an online shop, a small business website has fewer pages than an enterprise site.
- Domain & Hosting — Every web presence needs a home and an address you can reach. In terms of websites, that’s a server and a web domain. You can either get those yourself or acquire them as part of a website service. We have written an extensive article on the cheap and best web hosting companies in Kenya. You can read it here.
- Basic technology — All websites are powered by some kind of software in the background. This can be pure HTML or PHP files, a content management system like WordPress or something else. Depending on your choice, costs will differ. Some web design technologies are easy to implement thus cheaper to implement while others are much more complex hence are associated with high prices. For instance, some websites have real-time capabilities, super fast and can be used by more than a million users concurrently, this types of websites are powered by modern, reliable and stable technologies. Acquiring such technologies for a small website might be unreasonable, but for a large web app, the advantages are clear.
- Components — The basic technology is not everything. Depending on what functionality you need, you might need additional plugins, apps or third-party services, many of which will cost money.
- Setup/Design/Development — Building a website is not just about acquiring the parts, they also need to be assembled. You can do that yourself or hire someone else to do it. If you do the latter, you will have to pay for that.
- Maintenance — Additionally, it’s not just enough to build a website, you also need to keep it running. Ongoing maintenance (including marketing) is also a part of your website cost blueprint.
As you can imagine, for many of the factors above, you can either invest money to have someone do those for you or the time to learn to take care of those yourself. Depending on your capabilities, this will also change the final cost of a website. Here are a few scenarios and the final prices of the website.