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How much does it cost to build a website?
Explore your options
and make the investment.
Marketing your small business is important. And it’s no secret building a website is a necessity. But what will it cost you? There are no fixed prices because no two websites are alike. Websites have their own brand, design, content and features. These variables will cause website cost to fluctuate. It is beneficial to research your options and begin the website building process with a plan. Your personal goals and budget will make the difference. And, if you do it right, it will be worth the investment!
Most website builders offer “free” services at some level. But, expect unavoidable fees related to domain name, website hosting and website design. Other fees may include the cost of a SSL certificate or online marketing.
If you are doing it yourself, small businesses can spend $200 to $1,000 for a basic website. If you plan to hire someone to help you, a small website can cost between $1,500 and $4,500 or more. The larger and more customized your website, the higher the price.
A good website is a valuable tool
Making a good impression is important. Small businesses should define their target audience. Then highlight services and products with engaging, current and accurate content. Website page designs should be simple and easy to navigate. Drive website traffic by connecting with new customers and fostering repeat business. Your message should also include a call to action. When you follow these simple suggestions, your website will be effective. Don’t be afraid to spend some money to make a first and lasting impression.
Which website builder is right for me?
No matter what your experience level, you must use a website builder to create a website. If you want to avoid writing code, a content management system (CMS) is right for you. You’ll be able to create and edit your website with ease. Many CMS options exist for small businesses with limited budgets. These platforms offer basics such as templates, drag-and-drop tools and easy navigation.
When you take time to review top CMS platforms, you will consistently find Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress at the top of the list. All three platforms offer insightful publishing and content management options. You can build almost any kind of website with any one of these free options. But, let’s be honest. WordPress will give you the best bang for your buck!
WordPress supports more than 30 percent of all websites worldwide. And, there are at least 100 reasons why WordPress is leading the way. You’re getting ready to make an investment. Consider the following WordPress perks:
Modern Designs. Select a trendy website design and customize it with your brand, content and features.
Themes and Plugins. Choose from more than 6,000 free themes then match your theme with more than 50,000 plugin options.
User Friendly. Design your website with drag-and-drop tools and easy navigation.
Domain Registration. Customize and manage your domain name.
Blogs. Communicate worldwide with blog posts and comments.
E-Commerce. Generate more business with popular E-commerce plugins.
SEO Ranking. Maximize web traffic with keywords.
Security. Gain peace of mind with consistent security updates.
HELP IS READILY AVAILABLE
Still not sure you have the time or expertise to build a website? Another WordPress advantage is the availability of developers. Consider hiring a professional webmaster. Your budget needs to include initial setup and design fees. Don’t forget to ask about monthly or annual maintenance costs.
Dviso is a part of the WordPress community. We understand the platform and use it every day. Let Dviso help you build a tailored website at a reasonable price.
a maintenance agreement could include a few hours a week, part-time emphasis or a full-time commitment.
Anne Kirchner completed a degree in public relations at a liberal arts college in central Kansas. This was the first step toward a professional career in non-profit management, restaurant ownership and community relations. As a writer for Dviso, Anne focuses on website content for our customers. She also writes about travel, food, tourism, city government, crisis management, fundraising, college recruitment, special event planning and church development. Anne’s free spirit welcomes the opportunity to learn more!