How much does it cost to build a website like Airbnb?

How much does it cost to build a website like Airbnb?

Posted by: Chirag Shivalker | Posted on: May 26th, 2015 | Posted in: Web Development

Airbnb are the pioneers to the trend of sharing economy and have their presence across 34,000 cities and 190 countries. A trusted community marketplace with multiple functionalities, where one can list, discover, and book accommodations, online or through a smart phone or tablet. It works as one of the most convenient options to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

A website like Airbnb; is just a part of the product, if you desire to offer services. The key element is the inventory of pictures, descriptions, providing customer support and much more. It would be one of those big portals with Omni functionalities which certainly would need a team of skilled thought leaders, developers and designers.

Cost of designing and developing a state of the art website like Airbnb, will certainly attract expenses of coding + designing + user acquisition. And trust me this certainly will range in millions if not a billion.

Website design and development companies have mushroomed and so you are likely to receive quotes varying from $3 per hour from a company based out of a tier 3 country and $150 per hour from a company based out of a tier 1 country. However; you are a professional who understands that website design and development process revolves around price, which is a variable largely affected by various factors.

Website Development Costs Vary Depending on:

Geographic Location of Project Execution

In-House: In-house Development Team $120 – $150 per hour


Near-Shoring $70 – $100 per hour

Offshore Development $30 – $50 per hour

Kind of Website Development

Ready to deploy solutions available in the market pose great challenges when it comes to flexibility. This compels you to develop a custom website solution from scratch. You are already inspired by the idea of Airbnb – why do you want to use a ready to deploy solution? Instead get yourself build a custom solution, where you can add up your own flavors and elements.

We at CrispyCodes provide Website Design and Development solutions that encompass stages of Design, Backend Technology, Payment Gateways, Front End Implementations and many more.

Technology Stack

I am of the opinion that instead of thinking about the cost of building a website like Airbnb as a first step, one should think of selecting the appropriate Technology stack in the initial stage. This aspect is capable of turning the table of your budget, scalability and development time.

CrispyCodes provides flexible solutions for next generation staffing needs & profitability through Microsoft .NET Application Development, Web Designing, E-commerce Portal Development, Content Management Systems (CMS) & Custom Application Developments, at competitive prices.

Website Design and Development Team

Develop your website in house or you can outsource it; but mind well, the ideas and technical competencies of a development team plays a vital role which certainly will reflect in the architecture to the UI.

Crispy Code’s 22 years’ of experience is “priceless”, but we know that it only gets better if shared and utilized. So what you pay as cost-to-build-a-website like Airbnb, is for the value addition that we provide in form of highly scalable designs, thriving graphics & layouts with features such as quick loading and user friendly navigation.

Content and Curation

What kind of content you populate on your site and how do you curate it, is the next most important thing on your task list. On acquiring the Content – developing a CMS based website is not that tough – where coding covers only a small portion of the execution. But do you have a team competent enough to manage these activities appropriately?

Airbnb is approaching the mark of one million guests per night, which also means that more than 800,000 people will stay in an Airbnb on any given night this summer. Airbnb has gained popularity due to its user acquisition strategy – a masterpiece in itself.

It will be unfair to evaluate the dollar value in form of 30 man days or 100 man days – the efforts, innovations & synergies that we have developed for delivering web design & development solutions.

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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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