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Well, dearly beloved, the answer to that is a resounding “THAT DEPENDS! BUT PROBABLY NOT AS MUCH AS YOU THINK!”
There are so many things to consider when you are thinking about a website. Personal or business? ECommerce? Fancy or plain? And the list goes on….
There are three elements to a website: (1) choosing and registering a suitable domain name, (2) picking a reliable and trustworthy architect to build the website and (3) selecting a hosting company to host the website on. And those are the basic costs you’ll need to consider. Let’s go over these one by one.
(1) Domain Registration – the domain name is that bit of information that comes after “http://www.” For instance the domain name of this blog is OggieSEZ.com. You don’t really ever own a domain name; you lease it. And you pay a modest amount each year to do so. Once you’ve got it though it will remain yours forever—as long as you keep paying for it of course.
You should be able to get the domain name you want relatively cheaply, depending on whether you want it to end in “com” or “net” or “org” or something political like “democrat” or “republican” or something pretty exotic like “guitars” or “webcam”. There are more becoming available every day.
Pricing? You should be able to pick up a “com” or “net” for not more than $10 per year. Sometimes domain registrars have sales. GoDaddy frequently sells “com” domains for $.99. That’s for the first year of course. After that they up the price on you. And the more exotic you get, the pricier they become. Check out NameCheap to see what suffixes are available. Then head on over to The Networthy Net and we’ll set you up.
(2) Choosing the webmaster who will build your website. If you’re familiar at all with working with word processing software and if you decide to use WordPress, you can actually probably do this by yourself. I can’t recommend WordPress highly enough. It is by far the best, most popular and most reliable website and blogging platform in the world, and for good reason. One of the best reasons is that, once you’ve chosen your hosting company (You should really choose The Oggie Web!), they will be able to set you up with WordPress for free! Yes, that’s right, for free!
If you’re going to have someone else act as your webmaster, the pricing will be all over the map. But for a simple attractive website, you should never have to pay more than $500 or $600 for it to be setup. Again, that’s for a pretty basic website. And you will want to pay your webmaster for servicing the website. This encompasses things like upgrades and minor changes and add-ons you’re going to want to make. On the other hand you might be able to pay him by the hour. Sometimes that’s cheaper.
(3) Hosting – That website software that your webmaster ginned up for you has to reside on an actual physical piece of hardware—a computer or server—located somewhere, so that it can be reached by the people who want to visit it. That’s what this hosting thing is all about. It doesn’t matter really just where that place is, as long as the hosting company you choose is reliable. Hosting isn’t really all that expensive either.
For the record I charge anywhere from $20 to $50 per month for combined hosting and servicing. I also offer a $60 per year plan for those of you who are technologically friendly and want to handle everything by yourself.
So, Oggie, what’s the bottom line for having a website, you ask?
OK, as I said, that depends. If you want to be the absolute god or goddess of your website and want to do it all alone from your place on high, you should be able to get away with $70 a year or so ($10 per year for domain registration and $60 for hosting.
But be careful. But don’t do this if you don’t know what you’re doing. It might pay you to shell out a few hundred dollars to get off on the right foot and have someone else get you going for a year or so before you give going it alone a shot.
More Information on the Cost of Websites
Here’s another blog post of mine on the same subject for you to take a look at: How Much Should a Website Cost? In it you’ll find a couple of links that might help you answer your question too.
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