‘How much does a website cost’ is often the first question we’re asked, and I’m afraid there’s no easy answer. That’s not just a case of being shifty or trying to avoid the issue, but until we know what you need from your website, it’s an impossible question to answer.
What supermarket shopping and websites have in common
Let’s put this in perspective. Commissioning a website is much the same as going to your local supermarket. What do you want to buy? Are you planning to have spaghetti bolognaise for dinner, or are your sights set on a T-bone steak with all the trimmings?
When we go to the supermarket, we know the more shopping we put in the trolley, the more we’ll pay at the checkout. If we buy more expensive ingredients, it will cost more. So clearly, if you have a spaghetti bolognaise budget, you won’t be putting prime steak in your shopping trolley today.
So that’s your starting point. The cost of your website depends on the size (i.e. the number of pages) and what facilities you’ll need. For example, do you want a picture gallery, or an online shop? Perhaps you want to add a blog or a private client log-in area. You might want people to be able to sign-up for email newsletters on your website.
All these things need to be established before you can be given a realistic price. If the specification isn’t determined at the beginning, you could find you’re faced with extra charges you hadn’t bargained on, or a site which doesn’t do what you need.
A word of warning! We regularly see and hear people saying they want a cheap website, and there are plenty of people eager to build you one.
While finding someone offering to build a website for £100 might seem a great deal, there’s a good chance you will be wasting your money, or that necessary ‘extras’ will cost you a lot more.
Of course there are some exceptions, but a cheap website will typically look unprofessional, have the same design as hundreds of others, be badly built, and won’t do the job it’s intended for.
When it comes to websites, like most things, you get what you pay for. Your website is a shop window or marketing tool for your organisation, and must earn its keep. If it doesn’t help you generate more business and help increase your sales or visitors, there is no point in having one. Remember, if you want steak for dinner, you don’t buy supermarket value mince!
Is a Pay-as-you-Go website the answer?
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, a Pay-as-you-Go website could be the solution you’re looking for. With a fixed monthly fee, no deposits or up-front costs, this is a viable alternative to the ‘traditional cheap website’.
Like all our websites, we start by determining exactly what you need from your website. If you look at the Pay-as-you-Go pages, you’ll see there are prices quoted. But remember, these are a guide and not carved in stone. If you don’t need a five page website, why pay for facilities you don’t use?
All WEB-right’s websites are designed to grow with your business or organisation. You can start with a small basic site and, as your needs grow and your business develops, you can add more pages and bells and whistles. This saves you having to start again if you find you need a bigger site with more refinements further down the line.
Going back to our shopping analogy … with WEB-right, you can turn your Spaghetti Bolognaise mince into a T-bone steak any time you like!