Different options for different budgets
The cost of website design varies across different businesses and the type of website that your business needs. Depending on your budget, bespoke websites are better, but there are some really good premium themes available that you can use as a base.
How much does a website cost to run?
Ongoing Website Fee’s
Before we get on to building the website, there are other things which need to be taken care of first. The domain name and hosting are mandatory fees but the ongoing website support and updates are optional. If you’re confident in updating the website yourself, or more importantly if you have the time – this would save you at least £420 per year in maintenance fees.
A domain name is simply your website address, or URL (eg. www.yourdomain.co.uk). Choose one which is relevant to your online business and try and get both .co.uk and .com versions if possible, it also helps to prevent cybersquatting. Domain’s are relatively cheap and come in lots of different flavours! New TLDs (Top Level Domains) are also available which enable you to have a different extension such as .guru, .digital as opposed to the usual .co.uk, .com, .org etc.
Every website needs a place to live in cyberspace, a place to ‘host’ your website. Web hosting usually comes with an enticing first year offer but then sting you for the renewal, be sure to read the small print. If you go for a website built on the WordPress CMS platform look for website hosting which enables a ‘one-click’ installation of WordPress, and has Litespeed Cache enabled – more on that later. We use Guru as our webhost.
WordPress core and security updates need to be taken care of and installed promptly. Any themes or plugins which are used on your website also need to be updated accordingly to ensure a smooth, secure operation of your site.
Custom Built Website vs Themed
WordPress Themed Websites
Themes are a great cost-effective option if your business needs a basic WordPress website. They provide the code and overall layout for a website and it’s ready for customising to your company branding. Websites requiring a ton of customised features might be better served with a fully custom coded site.
WordPress Themed Websites should cost between £300-£600 depending on the price of the theme itself, and if web hosting is included or not.
Custom Built Websites
Custom built websites are completed by a web design specialist. They build the exact website you want, including specific design and integrated features. Bespoke builds are great if your business needs a website with advanced functionality and lots of custom code. The website wireframe and pages are designed, then the unique pages are coded into WordPress template files using HTML, CSS and php. Custom websites are more expensive and take longer to create than WordPress themed websites.
An example 5 page custom built website and blog should cost between £700-£1500+ depending on lots of things including what functions are required, how much custom code is needed, and if web hosting is included or not.