As an individual or a business owner, who wants to get a website developed or wants to avail website maintenance services, you might be thinking a question- "What are the basic web design costs and services?" or "Am I quoted outrageous monthly fees for maintenance?" I will try to answer these questions in a simple manner.
Step 1:Domain Name Registration (required): Think of the name for your website. It can be your name or your business name or any creative name. This is often referred as "Domain Name". You can purchase the domain name from various domain registrars, one such example is Godaddy. First of all you will have to check the availability of the domain name of your choice. If it's available, you can register it and if it is unavailable you will have to think of an alternative domain name. Cost involved-a registration fee that costs around $10 to $35 for that name. The domain name will be yours for a year, and you will have to renew it annually.
Step 2: Content for a website (required): Decide what you want to put on your website for example if it's a business website, you might want to display products or services, information about yourself, contact details, opening hours, photo gallery, catalogue, etc. If you are confident in writing your content then do it yourself, otherwise you can hire a professional content writer. Just discuss your requirements and provide the necessary details and leave the job to the professional. Cost - content writing starts from $100 / hour and goes upto $160 per hour and it includes copywriting, editing, content work and consulting.
Step 3: Images for a website (required): You will have to either provide images to be displayed on your website or pay the web development company to arrange suitable images for you.Cost - starts from $15 / image.
Step 4: Logo for a website (optional): Logo is used for establishing a brand. It depends on you whether you want to have a logo for your website or not. If you already have the logo for your business, you can provide that to the web development company or you can avail the logo design services. Cost- starts from $40 one time or you can design yourself by using some of the freely available logo designing online software.
Step 5: Looks/Design for a website (required): Design of website includes layout, color scheme, typography (font), call to action and image sliders. Cost- starts from $250 one time.
Step 6: Functionality of a website (depends on the type of a website): Functionality includes the forms where data is inputted by the website user and in return some action takes place. For example: Contact form, enquiry form, search form, shopping form, etc. Costs- Starts from $100/hour. This service may not be required by the small business brochure websites.
Step 7: Security features (depends on the type of a website): If your website is dealing with sensitive information like collecting credit card information or other important information from clients, then you must have secure website. For this you can buy SSL certificate that will cost from $100/ year and your web developer can follow safe practices while creating databases.
Step 8: Search engine optimization (depends on the type of a website):To rank on the top positions in search engine you will have to avail SEO services and the cost starts from $99/month.
Step 9: Hosting a website (required) : To be visible online, your website must be hosted on the web server. You can rent the web server from about $100/year and this cost varies depending on your requirements like whether you want a shared server( cheaper) or a dedicated server(expensive). For small businesses a shared server will do a good job but for websites with very high traffic a dedicated server will be required.