Did you know that, according to PR Newswire, 28% of small businesses don’t use a website for their business? However, most do, with 71% of small businesses reporting that they use a website for their business.
If you’re considering starting a website for your business, like most businesses do, you may be worried about the cost of a website.
After all, it’s an important investment. But, how do you figure out what’s reasonable to pay for and how to budget for one? If you don’t have this information, you might feel stressed or overwhelmed.
That’s why we’ve put together this article. In it, we’ll review everything you need to know about website costs. Finally, you can create a website for your business in Dallas or surrounding areas at the right price for you. Read on to learn more.
The Cost of a Website
Whether you’re hiring a professional website designer or creating your website yourself, the cost of a website can greatly vary from $1,000 to $100,000. The price depends on what your needs are in terms of website complexity, functionality and size. We’ll give you specific costs for the average web professional to build a site later in the article.
Additionally, costs can vary depending on if you build your website yourself or hire a professional to create it for you.
Designing the Website Yourself
If you’re designing your business website yourself, there are some costs you’ll have to pay for. First of all, you’ll have to pay for your domain name, which usually costs between $10 to $12 a year when registering a new domain.
You’ll also have to pay for website hosting. This can be as cheap as $100 a year, but the most robust hosting options are available for between $300 and $500. This is better if you expect a lot of traffic or if you are concerned about keeping the site secure.
An SSL certificate will cost you anywhere between $50 and $300 a year, though sometimes you can get one for free through a web hosting company. If you want a premium website theme, this will cost you between $100 and $350. That is only the design, you still need to create your own content, load your own photos, etc.
Additional costs include premium plugins, stock photos, and education. At the end of the day, you’ll likely be spending between $300 and $600 to get started.
But you’ll also be losing a lot of time, probably between 20 and 40 hours building your website.
This is time you won’t be spending running your business, which means lost money. You’re likely better off hiring a professional web designer.
Hiring a Web Designer
There are many benefits of hiring a professional web designer, such as them knowing about current web trends and changes that happen in the industry. Additionally, if they work with a digital marketing agency, you can also get help with SEO, PPC, and Google Ads.
The cost of a web designer building a small business website will usually cost between $4,000 and $10,000, though it could be as much as $20,000.
You might be wondering, “What is the cost of hiring a legitimate company and why?” We’ll review that now.
The number of pages on your website will impact the cost of designing it. Usually, a web design company will have a set amount for a certain amount of pages, like a website of 10 pages for $3,500. Usually, for any extra pages, you’ll pay $100 for each on top of the original price depending on the needs of the page.
Site Layout Customization
We custom build each site to fit the needs of the client. Each site may have similar components, an About Page, Testimonials, etc., but each website design is created for that brand. Overall the average site can vary, but most sites range $1,800 to $3,500.
Custom Logo, Images, and Graphics
These extras will also add to how much you pay for your website. A custom logo will usually cost between $100 and $1,000 if it’s designed professionally, and these other features will also impact how much your website costs in total.
Depending on what your needs are as a business in Dallas, you might want customized programming for your business website. This might include a payment calculator, membership portal, or image carousel, shopping cart or other specific functionality.
These will all come at an extra cost, but if the customized programming is essential for running your business, it will be worth it.
Search Engines and Optimization
Not everyone builds a website that is optimized and ready for a search engine. Our sites all include unique title tags, keywords and meta descriptions for every page. In addition we also submit a sitemap to Google, optimize images and condense CSS files for faster page loading.
Website Content Development
Many high-ranking sites have high-end content in them. Design isn’t everything, after all, and having content that interests your audience and keeps them informed and entertained can be incredibly powerful.
If you hire a website designer who provides this service, they’ll add it to the cost of your website.
Design Revision Number
Finally, a website designer will have a certain amount of design revisions they’ll do for your website. If you think you may need more revisions, you should choose a designer who offers more of them (even if their base price is higher).
Otherwise, keep in mind that a designer who offers fewer may charge you for future revisions if you ask for them.
Want a Reasonable Cost of a Website?
Now that you know all about the cost of a website, you might be looking for a web designer whose costs are reasonable while also being high-quality. In this case, you should look no further than Key Element Media in Rockwall, TX serving the entire Dallas area.
We’re website design experts, and we serve new and established businesses that need marketing and web design help.
We also give back and serve our community in various ways, by volunteering and donating to organizations and nonprofits. We’ve been around, founded in 2003, and will continue to be here. To learn more, contact us now.