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

Jeremy Marsan from Fit Small Business points out some significant elements of website design costs.

The cost represented in the article is 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 those templates.

Website design is not a trivial task. Most business websites 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.

Fast and Painless – Website Redesign

The Result? A beautiful, fast, SEO tuned and mobile friendly website.

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.

Free Website
(not recommended)
What It’s Good ForA 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)
Domain costsNot available (must use subdomain)Free custom domain for 1 year (then $16/year)Free custom domain for 1 year (then $20/year)
Other CostsNONEOptional 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 builderWordPress 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 non-removable 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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