You might be surprised how little it costs to create a website. Let’s say you have a lot of knowledge in a particular field and you were looking at starting a blog. If you can look after most of the setup process yourself, you could have a blog set up with a domain name and web hosting for less than £30. Perhaps cheaper depending on what specials are out there at the time. Now before we get too carried away, this is only for your basic web hosting. If you’re building a site that you plan on getting a lot of traffic to you’ll want to go for a premium style hosting plan which will set you back a bit more.
Three main components that go into building a website are:
To get an accurate picture of the cost involved for a website domain it depends on the type of domain you’re looking to purchase. A .com is generally the cheapest type of domain while still portraying quality. You can often pick up a .xyz for peanuts, but if you’re in business, the problem here is how would this appear to your customers. It might be seen as cheap. On the positive, there are a large number of .xyx domain available so getting the name you prefer shouldn’t be a problem. If you have a business in the UK and currently don’t have a website you want to get a .co.uk domain name. You can usually pick one up for under £10. If you are struggling to find an available domain with the name you would like, you might consider purchasing a .uk domain as there are many more domain names to available. My favourite site to buy .uk domain extensions is Nominet.
If we delve further into the cost of setting up a website from a business perspective, you’ll want to sign up with a good quality web host. One who provides an unlimited number of email addresses, a good level of security, a responsive support service, very minimal downtime and free SSL and HTTPS as part of the standard package is always a plus. Another point to consider is that the speed of your website is an SEO ranking factor in Google, meaning the faster your website loads for a visitor the higher it will rank in Google for related search terms to your business. About 18 months ago now we moved our website over to Siteground. In the space of a few short months, we saw a noticeable increase in our search engine ranking in Google for some good volume local keywords. Hosting can range anywhere from $10 per year up to hundreds of dollars per year, even thousands. To provide an answer to the question of how much does website hosting cost, let’s take a look at this table:
Design Your Website
WordPress is a free website content management system that can be used to design a website without a thorough understanding of HTML, CSS and all that jargon. Using WordPress to develop a website is one of the most affordable options out there. WordPress also provides a great platform to optimise your site for search engine optimisation. There are plenty of free online tutorials that will instruct you on how to design a beautifully created website using WordPress. My personal favourite is tyler.com where you can learn How To Make A WordPress Website for under £100. If you own a business, the best way to look at a website is as an investment in the future of your business. A web designer will help your business stand out above the crowd.