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so... how much should a website really cost?
the answer you'll hear the most: it depends. even though that's true, it doesn't have to be a total mystery.
the cost of a website can vary greatly based on the types of features you're looking to include, but the cost of website design should fall within a general range. instead of having to ask lots of web design providers for quotes, we've put together some guidelines for website prices:
simple, custom-designed websites (1-10 pages): $500 - $10,000
i.e. site designed from scratch
complex sites (10+ pages or websites with lots of enhanced features): $5,000 - $30,000
i.e. customized social media integrations, automated relationship management tools
for reference: a typical small business website costs between $1,500 and $6,000.
CAN I GET A CUSTOM WEBSITE FOR LESS THAN $1,000?
absolutely, but you probably won't be happy with the end result. you can get a custom website for as low as $400 - $500, but like almost everything else, you get what you pay for. if you want to use your website as a tool to help your brand and business grow and succeed, spend a bit more on a higher quality site. a quality site from a U.S. firm will typically start around $4,000, depending on the size of the firm and your site's unique features. with e-commerce functionality, sites typically start at $6,000.
WHAT ABOUT HOURLY RATES?
clients often ask about hourly rates and you may run into some designers that charge by the hour, especially freelance designers. but if you're working on a big project - like a website - proceed with caution. your budget could go out the window if your designer hits a snafu or isn't honest about keeping track of their time. try to avoid hourly rates and get estimates by project. if you do pay hourly, make sure you sign a contract that specifies a maximum number of hours you can be charged.
typical hourly rates:
Internationally-sourced work: $5 - $40/hour
Freelance: $30 - $90/hour
Professional: $45 - $120+/hour
OTHER WEBSITE COSTS
domain registration: approximately $15/year
Registering your domain annually grants you the exclusive right to use your domain name. You can register a domain on your own or have your web design form register one for you. Note: web design firms can sometimes take advantage by charging a client an unreasonably high domain transfer fee ($500+!) To prevent that situation, you can ask your web design firm to register the domain in your name rather than theirs.
website hosting: $5 - $50 /month
Your website hosting fee is basically like paying rent to house your website on the internet. Simple websites shouldn't need more than 1GB of storage per year and 3-10 GB of bandwidth. It will depend on your file storage, features and number of visitors, but your web designer can help to determine what hosting capabilities your site needs. Note: you do not need to change hosting providers in order to redesign your site. most web design firms will work with your existing hosting provider (if you already have one).
THAT'S ABOUT IT!
Rhapsody Creative typically charges $1,500 for a small business website which includes a high quality, custom design, a collaborative approach with the client, and marketing support to launch your website. Contact us to get a free, customized quote for your website project.