How Much Does a Website Cost to Build? DIY vs. Professionals

 points out some great elements of website design costs.  The cost represented in the article are really for what I would call baseline websites. There are tons of templates both DIY and agencies use. However, they tend to look just like that templates.

Website design is not a trivial task. Most business website’s are designed to attract visitors and convert them into sales. You must pay attention to SEO, User eXperience (UX), User Interface (UI), call-to-action (CTA) buttons, site speed and encourage visitors to sign up for free. Speed has a big impact on your website conversion rates. If your website loads too slowly, it’ll kill your conversions. So don’t be cheap here, get the best hosting services with a good content delivery network (CDN) service you can afford.

Website design is all about following a process to get your desired results. You’ve built a sound strategy, benchmarked current standings, and made a plan on how it’s all going to get implemented. Now it’s time to get the pen to paper and start designing.

The cost of building a website depends on how the website is set up. For example, a website costs between $50 and $250 per year with a DIY platform like WordPress or Weebly. Professional designers cost around $500 to $1,000 or more if they’re designing the website from scratch instead of using an existing template or theme. Completely custom website development can cost $2,000 to $10,000 or higher.

DIY Website Costs

Free Website Builder (not recommended)
WordPress
Weebly
What It’s Good For
A simple personal website like a blog or informational web page.
All business websites. It’s the most feature-rich platform but can be harder to use.
Some small business websites. It’s easier to use, but not as feature-rich as WordPress.
Starting Price (Per Year)
$0
$36 (via Bluehost)
$96
Domain Costs
Not available (must use subdomain)
Free custom domain for 1 year (then $16/year)
Free custom domain for 1 year (then $20/year)
Other Costs
None
Optional themes and plug-ins ($10 to $100+ extra)
Optional e-commerce upgrades ($48 to $204 extra)

There are three main options when it comes to building your own website:

  • Free website builder: WordPress and Weebly and other free hosting services let you build a website at no cost. There is always a catch, however, like limited storage or bandwidth, no custom domains or nonremovable ads on the site footer. A free web builder can be suitable for a personal website but is not recommended for professional use.
  • WordPress: WordPress is the most popular and proven website platform. It can accommodate just about any industry or website use-case but can be a little difficult for beginners.
  • Visual website builders (Weebly, Wix, Squarespace): This newer generation of website builders is the easiest to use but costs a little more than WordPress and has limited integrations with other systems.

Now, let’s dive into the two best options for professional business websites: WordPress and visual website builders like Weebly.

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