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Budgeting for a Website

May 28, 2019
May 28, 2019 Vanessa Taylor

The most frequently asked question we get from the business owners is “How much my website will cost from scratch?” The answer they usually get is, “It depends.”

The real cost of building a website varies from the specifications and functionalities required by the client. Can it be a hundred dollar? Maybe. Can the cost escalate to hundreds of thousands of dollars? Probably.

It’s essential that you know where your hard-earned money is going. It can really help you being responsible with your spending. Don’t let someone else make that decision for you. Grab the bull by the horns and steer it in the direction where you exactly want your finances to go.

Budget forecasting can help you with that.

To provide an accurate estimate, we are sharing down here some guidelines for creating a website budget so you can develop a great looking website without exceeding your finances that much.

Before going down in details, let me share the basic necessities of a website development process:

Basic & Compulsory Website Components:

  • Domain
  • Hosting
  • Web Design & Development
  • Maintenance
  • Online Marketing

Questions we Recommend you ask yourself.

1: What should my new website look like?

Determining your business specific needs is a must-to-do thing. It is a better to list down the most important requirements and think about it to get a clear image of your website which will help in calculating the exact amount required to build it.

  • Who will be my targeted audience?
  • What will be the functional and technical requirements?
  • What should the design look like?
  • What should be my plan for delivering the site objectives?

The right answer to these questions will end up in delivering the best-looking website with better results in a more efficient and less expensive process.

2: What can I get for my budget?

Maybe you need a basic site with fewer pages that gives a detailed overview of the products. In that case, it won’t cost too much on your pocket. While on the other hand, a highly customized website with lots of bells and whistles can give you a blow on the budget. If you are making an e-commerce website, you need to consider…

  • SEO services
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Multilingual
  • Graphic Designs
  • Stock Photos

The average cost for a professional looking website varies from hundreds to thousands. Start with a grand total including other things like content development, site architecture which covers your entire project. Break it down to see how much it will cost for an individual part and stick to the basics if you are on a tight budget.