How much should a website cost you?

While it is true that the attractiveness or visual appearance of the design can give a clue, it is not always the case.

What if I told you that website A is a custom-made design whose apparent cost could range from $5000 to $10,000, while website B is a free Wix.com template?

You would not believe me!

And, just by looking at the design, it is very difficult to assess how much a website costs.

It can be stated as follows: it is indisputable that the Lamborghini Spyder is a striking car. And yet, what most of their enthusiasts love is not their appearance, but how it sounds: it is the roar of the V10 engine that makes the Spyder go from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.4 seconds.

As with the $250,000 Lamborghini, what counts for a website is not just its visual aspect, but rather what it includes "under the hood" and what makes it work.

So, do not be fooled by appearances: the design is just a small piece of a big cake.

After helping hundreds of companies to create their websites, I have done and seen many things.

After experimenting with different programs and website creation tools, I have forged an opinion based on ...


  • What is profitable and what is not.
  • What aspects should be taken care of especially and what not.
  • What matters and what does not.

Whenever you try something new, having an expert in the field can help a lot.

Therefore, the value of the designers or developers goes beyond the visual aspect of the website.

Your experience and extensive technical and product knowledge can help you ...

  • Avoid hidden technical and economic difficulties; Y
  • Choose the option that best suits your budget, level of technical knowledge and amount of time you are willing to devote.

What I offer in this analysis is the advice I would offer my paying clients: a kind of free consultation on the real cost of your website.

If you choose to hire a web designer, a basic site will cost you approximately $6750.

On the other hand, a simple drag-and-drop web page editor will only cost you $5 / month, as long as you only need a basic website.

Web page publishers also offer advanced features (such as e-commerce) that cost around $17 / month.

And the best part is that you do not need technical or design skills. The editor takes care of this most difficult part of the work so you can easily create your website.

For a basic website, you will pay the following the first year:

Factors Hire a Web Designer Use a Website Editor (like Wix)
Settings $160 $0
Design and Development $5,000 $0
Content Creation $500 $0
Training $600 $0
Maintenance $500 $60
Total $6,760 $60

As you can see, answering the question "How much would a car cost?" Is very complicated.

As it happens when budgeting a car, the cost of a website varies according to the person in question, since each one values ??the concept of "cost" in its own way.

For example, say that you are a housewife mother of four children under 10 years old. Probably, time will matter more than money. You would prefer to pay a little more to get things done well and within the expected timeframe.

A person without children may think you are paying too much for certain services. But, for you, it's profitable.

In short, the cost of creating your website is reduced to four resources:

  1. Technical knowledge (or your interest in learning to program)
  2. Design knowledge (or your willingness to learn to design)
  3. Money
  4. Take a few seconds to reflect on what you have (or you lack).

You do not need to have all four to start creating a website, since you can easily compensate for one another.

For example, if you do not have programming knowledge but you have time, you can always learn with different online tutorials, free or paid, about programming.

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