One of the main questions we get when people are thinking about building their own website is, “How much does it cost to build a website from scratch?”
This is not an easy question to answer exactly since the cost of your website depends on your business goals, budget, and the type of website you need—not to mention the approach you take to build it.
If you hire someone, which is one approach, then the more advanced your website is, the more expensive it will be…as you might imagine.
If you do decide to do the website yourself (the other approach), an advanced website will require a huge time investment, which is costly in its own way. There are also certain fees you will have to pay when taking this approach.
Let’s compare these two options to get a breakdown of the specific costs.
If you already have an idea about how much creating a website costs and need tips on how to pick a good web designer instead, check out our “website designer near me” agency checklist.
The Cost of A DIY Website
If you do not have the budget to hire a web design agency, you can create your website by yourself using web builders such as WordPress, Wix, and Squarespace.
Although these builders are fairly cheap, they are not totally free since you will have to pay for the following basic features:
- Web hosting – $100 to $1,000 yearly
- Domain name – $35 to $600 yearly
- Website builder – $100 to $500 yearly
If you want a more advanced website or an eCommerce website, the price you pay to these web builders can easily run as high as $1,000 (or even more), depending on the themes, apps, and plugins you use.
The Cost of Hiring A Professional Web Designer
Hiring a professional web designer costs anywhere from $75 to $200 per hour, with an average of $150 per hour.
Project totals range anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 (or more). Where you land on this scale depends on the scope of your business and how advanced you want your website to be.
Hiring a professional web design agency costs more upfront, but they also take care of everything for you.
Some of the services a good web design agency provides are:
- Web hosting
- Domain name
- Best plugins for your business
- Monthly maintenance
- Ongoing technical support
- Content management
- SEO and marketing
You are paying more for years of experience and industry know-how, that you otherwise would not be able to acheive on your own. We always say, “Manage your business, let us manage your website”. We have tens of thousands of hours of collective experience, and its this experience that is most valuable to you, the business owner.
Which Option Is Better?
There is no perfect choice because every situation is different.
If you are just building a hobby website or doing a personal project, then you might consider going the DIY route, as this would save you money and teach you a lot about how websites are made. It also does not tie a ROI or require the immediate function that a business website might have.
If you are a professional firm, offering a product or service, and need professional results, then hiring a professional web designer is almost certainly the best choice in every case. Make sure to vet your vendor of choice well, and check out our many other posts on our blog for more info on how to make the right choice.