How Much Does It Cost To Build a New Website?

How Much Does It Cost To Build a New Website?

Posted by: Chirag Shivalker | Posted on: June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in: Web Design and Development Guide

Our articles about “website cost” have attracted fair amount of readers. We certainly agree that business owners are confused and concerned by the vast difference in estimated prices offered by website designing and development service providing companies from across the world. And they are true as the variance is as huge as $5,000 to $100,000.

This is an alternative answer to the universal question “How much will it cost to make a website?” It is an effort, which you will appreciate, to create a win – win situation for you and all your customers. It becomes a bit subjective to answer this question as it also depends largely on the industry you want your website for including Automotive, Construction, Banking and Finance, eCommerce and retail stores, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Education, Travel and Hospitality, Telecommunications and many more.

However; before we figure out a potential option and estimated cost, I would need “YOU” to help me.

Select one of the following, that describes your situation and needs, and we will take you directly to a website design and development estimate – especially derived for you.

What is the Cost for first-time websites? How much should professional small business website design cost for a startup? Who are the best web design agencies for startups?

I own a medium sized business and want to know, how much will it cost me to make a website? From where can I hire website designers and developers?

How much does it cost to build a new website for my large business, a website that will enhance my brand? Which are the best offshore outsource development firms?

I want to know, if there are any other costs associated for a website?

One more thing before we move ahead; a clarification that I would want to share about custom databases & 3rd-party integration:

Custom Database: We use a database to hold your content to be displayed on your customized website pages. Here we anticipate that you are looking out for an out-of-the-box database and not a customized database

3rd-Party Integrations: In our estimate, we do include a “3rd-party”, an outside application or service within your website, such as Google Analytics and some standard plug-ins, but the cost of integrating outside applications such as ERP systems and other complex outside services are not included here

First Time – Small Business – Informational – eCommerce Website

Definition of a Small Website for this Article

A website consisting of up to five main sections, and total count of pages should not exceed 10

Custom plug-ins or databases not needed

For an eCommerce website we integrate PayPal or a hosted cart solution like Shopify

No 3rd-party integrations

Things You Should Consider

Website budget is decided basis the estimated number of hours needed to design and develop it

Various Website developers are likely to give you different quotes

Offshore Web design and development Company: $10 – $40/hr

Established US Web design and development Company: $60 – $200/hr or more

Solo/individual web developer $25 – $100/hr

Successful web design is to optimize several distinct disciplines including marketing, user experience – U/I design, Visual design, programming and project management. Are you thinking of a solo web developer; hard to find all these skills together in a one person shop

Offshore companies are cost effective while they are equipped to offer convenient communications – across time zones

Equipped with design sensibilities that match your market, they understand your business goals – well

To Do List

Prepare a requirement list – common for all service providers, which will give you a fair chance to compare apple to an apple and not oranges

The not so lengthy or complicated document should describe:

What kind of website you want

What types of pages you want (News, Contact, Services, etc.)

Desired functionality

Your business goals for the website

Reference sites as examples

We have prepared a Client Questionnaire that will give you a head start to document your requirements. Email us your duly filled questionnaire at info@crispycodes.com and our web designers will get back to you.

Your first website or the start-up business is inspired by popular portals such as Airbnb, Google, eBay, Facebook, YouTube, Uber, etc., – be extra cautious in defining your website, as these business spend millions of dollars developing, managing and updating their websites – whereas we are looking out for a cost effective solution by the best offshore website design and development service provider firm.

You also may come across pre-built, open source “clones” of popular websites but they all have their limitations. I have highlighted the hurdles you might face opting for such free options in one of my previous articles. But, let me tell you one thing; these free options are shadows of the original websites and they underscore the importance and goals of your website and business

If you are looking out for a website that is informational or a store to sell few simple products, we will easily assist you by developing a website that you envisioned, the one that will accomplish your business goals and create strong brand awareness.

Website Cost Estimation

Planning – $0 – $600

UX (sitemap, wireframes) – $0 – $1200

Visual Design – $1,200 – $2,400

Programming – $3,000 – $4,800

Content Support – $240 – $600

Client Training / Documentation – $240 – $600

Testing and Launch – $960 – $1200

We anticipate a short and simple approval process without repeat revisions. For further queries, please email us at info@crispycodes.com or via our Inquiry Form. There are many more informational articles on our blog that will help you gain more success.

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Mid- Size Business Website, eCommerce Website

Definition of a Mid-Size Website for this Article

Website comprising of up to seven main sections & total count of pages not exceeding 30, not for an eCommerce site

Custom plug-ins or databases not needed

No or minimal 3rd-party integration

For an eCommerce website

Hosted cart solution like Shopify or,

ECommerce extension like WooCommerce

Things You Should Consider

Owning a mid-sized business; you can make an educated guess as to how important it is to have an online partner who assists you in achieving your business goals

We also assist companies and business houses, who are looking out for a website support person or a reliable web design and development service provider, as their initial arrangement did not work well

We can also help you enhance your current website, for which we do an initial investigation of your existing website framework to see if it can be modified to help you achieve your goals

Transforming your existing website to be mobile responsive may be a bit difficult task, but we can surely rebuild it – incase the situation warrants so

But, if things favor, we can migrate the current database into a newer, responsive framework. That will reduce the overall costs

To Do List

Check out whether your website is already mobile responsive or not?

Is your website really in need of a design/brand refresh, new content or improved conversions?

In situation where we are not required to rebuild the website, total expenses are likely to reduce by 50%. Flexible process is what we offer, and hence have provision in form of monthly retainers, to help you hire website designers and developers at discounted rates for a minimum number of hours every month.

Website Cost Estimation

Planning / UX (sitemap, wireframes) – $600 – $ 2400

Visual Design – $1200 – $2400 (some visual design elements will need to be modified due to mobile responsive specifications)

Programming – $3800 – $4800 (for smaller websites)

Programming – $4800 – $9600 (for larger websites)

Content Support/ Migration – $600 – $1200

Client Training / Documentation – $0 – $600

Testing and Launch – $960 – $2,400

Total Cost: $7,160 – $13,800 for smaller websites  *and up, depending on Requirements

Total Cost: $8,160 – $18,600 for larger websites  *and up, depending on Requirements

For further queries, please contact us for free consultation. Please email us at info@crispycodes.com or make an Inquiry…!!!

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Large-Size Business Website

Definition of a Large-Size Business Website for this Article

Website comprising of up to eight main sections & total count of pages not exceeding 40, not for an eCommerce site

Custom plug-ins or databases not needed

No or minimal 3rd-party integration

No ERP integration

For an eCommerce website

eCommerce solution like Magento CE or WooCommerce

Things You Should Consider

Larger the business – greater is the need to have a great website, which means you need a more reliable full service online partner

Outsource your website design and development if in case your onboard team is not well versed with contemporary web standards and trends or maybe they are too busy to attend this call out of their routine to-do list

Large business or large company means multiple branches and divisions, in need of a complex website with multiple sections and subsections of content. It means the database and page templates require increased efforts to be built

This is the era of mobile-responsive websites, and that is possible only by rebuilding the entire site over again by using newer framework

To Do List

Check out if your website is mobile responsive or if the existing desktop version suffices what your business is looking for – we may just go ahead with a latest design, add/improve the content and conversions. This would bring down the cost you may incur for a new website

Try and figure out if your existing setup – your website can be modified to achieve your business goals

Is it possible for your outsourcing partner to migrate the current database into a newer, responsive framework or not? This will reduce the overall cost, unless the website needs to be changed radically in the newer version

In situation where we are not required to rebuild the website, total expenses are likely to reduce by 50%. Flexible process is what we offer, and hence have provision in form of monthly retainers, to help you hire website designers and developers at discounted rates for a minimum number of hours every month.

Website Cost Estimation

Planning / UX – $1,200 – $2,400 *and up

Visual Design – $2,400 – $3,600 (some visual design elements will need to be modified due to mobile responsive specifications)

Content Support/ Migration – $600 – $1800

Programming – $7,500 – $15,500

Client Training / Documentation – $600 – $1800

Testing and Launch – $2,400 – $4,800

Total Cost: $14,700 – $29,900  *and up, depending on Requirements

For further queries about a large business website, our website designers and developers would be more than happy to help you. Please email us at info@crispycodes.com or make an Inquiry…!!!

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Additional Costs Associated with a New Website

Apart from the fundamental cost of designing, developing and building a website, there are some more expenses that are capable of impacting your budgets.

Enlisted are the costs to be taken into serious consideration across the development and for ongoing maintenance basis:

Domain name – $10/year (or less)

Hosting – $50 to $100+ every year depending on traffic and hosting services. The cost may likely increase depending on services incurred for regular website backups and additional security features

Cost of licenses and plugins:

Various plugins, widgets, modules, extensions and applications are available to put your business amongst the best websites, and all these at minimal fees of $0 – $300 or annual license fee of $20 – $1,000+

Not to forget that aforesaid plugins are mini-applications have versions and expiry as well. Updating the version or renewing the application may be a single click activity or our developers will have to upgrade or update them. This persistent website maintenance and upgrades may cost $1,000+ per year, depending on level of support and updates required

Stock art photos and graphics may cost you from $15 – $100+ each, based on the license fees and usage

Dear reader – you have reached the last paragraph of this article, which certainly tells me a lot about your patience and that you are serious looking out to have the top business website. Request to please share your view and comments about the cost of building a website, if I missed out on any

Your interest in this article also indicates that you are looking out for one of the best website designing and development service providers, eager to partner your new start-up.

Just click the button below and let us get back to you ASAP with recommendations and solutions – best across the industry. Please email us at info@crispycodes.com or make an Inquiry, for an interesting conversation that would certainly benefit your business, small, large or mid-sized.

About the Author:

 

Chirag Shivalker is one of the very few business writers with flair of social commentary through his technical writing. With A decade long experience in technology writing and trend analysis Chirag is an expert in technology and technological trends along with business writing. Technology in mind and words at will Chirag is an all-rounder who has established his writing capabilities’ in multiple technology disciplines.

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