How much do websites cost?

The answer to this question is probably going to surprise you.

To cut to the chase, a website should cost you nothing. £0, nil, nada, NOTHING!

The reason for this is that your website should be an effective tool that generates enquiries, leads and new customers for your business. So, it should make you money, not cost you money.

Of course, you have to pay something to make your website. But, if your website is well though out and includes the right content, you should get way more revenue coming in from it than you spend each month.

With that bold statement out of the way. I’m now going to give you the answer that you probably wanted. The answer to this, which is the real question…

How much should you expect to pay create and maintain a website?

There are 3 parts to this:

  • Your website
  • Your web hosting
  • Your domain name

Every website needs all of these things and they all have a cost associated with them.

So, what are these things and how much do they cost?

Your website

This is your physical website. You’ll need a set of files which includes things like your website pages with the words you want to display and any images you want to show on your website.

There are basically 2 ways you can get a website and the cost can vary hugely.

First, hire a web designer. This is someone that specialises in creating websites for businesses and other organisations. They work with you to create your website look and feel and the content and then take this to make your actual website.

The best way to approach this is to do a Google search to find a reputable local web designer. With things like Trustpilot and Google reviews, it’s quite easy to find someone you can trust to do a good job. Alternatively, ask other business owners you know if they can recommend their web designer.

As far as cost is concerned, for a fairly basic information based website, expect to pay at least £300-£500 and possibly more. Anything less and you should make sure you see examples of the web designers work to make sure they’re of a good standard. (Regardless of the price you’re quoted, it’s always a good idea to ask to see some live websites they’ve created).

Second, you can crete your website yourself using a website builder. This might seem like a huge undertaking, if you know little about websites. But, it’s actually very easy.

Usually, you choose a template to use as the basis of your website, add your content and then launch your website. Your chosen website builder should guide you through the whole process in simple steps.

YourSimpleSite is a website builder that works in this way. Feel free to try it out. Or, again, a Google search will give you other options to try.

The cost for a website if you use a website builder is usually £0 (yes zero). That’s because you’re given a tool to make your website yourself. You’re not paying someone else to do it for you.

If you’d like more information on using a website builder to create your website, check this out…

[Blogpost] Should You Use A Website Builder To Make Your Website?

One thing to note! If you choose to find a web designer to create your website, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re paying for them to do all the work for you. They’ll still ask you to create some of the content that you want to use on your website.

So, if you’ve got to create content anyway, it’s probably easier to try a website builder in the first instance.

We’ve created a free guide: How To Make A Website: The Complete (But Simple) Guide

It walks you step-by-step through the whole process of making an amazing website that will flood your business with leads, enquiries and new customers. It’s our proven blueprint that’s been used by loads of other businesses to create their website. The guide is designed to show you how to make a website that makes you money, not costs you money.

Here’s a quick comparison for creating your website:

  • Cost for a web designer: £300+
  • Cost for a website builder £0

Web Hosting

Every website needs to be physically hosted (stored) somewhere. So, all the files that make up your website are stored in your web hosting so people can access your website.

Regardless of whether you use a web designer or a website builder, expect to pay around £10 per month for this.

You can get it cheaper, but that usually means you’ll have to work it out for yourself. (E.g. Find the right hosting company, upload your website and manage the hosting ongoing).

Both a Web Designer and Website Builder will take care of all of this for you.

Here’s a quick comparison for your web hosting:

  • Cost for web hosting: £10 per month
  • Cost for web hosting: £10 per month

Domain Name

A domain name is the bit that starts with www. Our domain name is www.yoursimplesite.co.uk.

Basically, when someone enters your domain name into their web browser (or clicks on a link from Google or somewhere else), the domain name tells the web browser where to look to find your website. It points the browser at the correct web hosting location and your website is displayed on the person’s screen.

There’s a cost to register a domain name. Different domain extensions (also called TLDs), cost different amounts to register. .com, .co.uk and .net are all examples of TLDs. A .co.uk is usually around £5 one-off to register it.

So, that’s the 3 elements. Let’s do a quick total for each for the 1st year’s total:

Hiring a web designer:

  • £300 for your website
  • £120 for your web hosting (That’s £10 a month for 12 months)
  • £5 for your domain name

Total for 1st year: £425

Do-it-yourself with a website builder:

  • £0 for your website
  • £120 for your web hosting (That’s £10 a month for 12 months)
  • £5 for your domain name

Total for 1st year: £125

As you can see there’s quite a bit difference. (£425 for a web designer and £125 for a website builder).

This isn’t to say a website builder is always the answer. But, you can easily have a look at one or two before you commit the time and effort to finding and working with a reputable, talented web designer.

If you want a website, remember you can view our free guide: How To Make A Website: The Complete (But Simple) Guide

Check it out now if you want to know how to make a website that will flood your business with leads, enquiries and new customers. One that’ll make you money.