How much does it cost to build a website?

How much does it cost to build a website?

Every business organization work with a simple and obvious agenda, i.e., growing their business and its reach. In order to do so, they try all the methods of marketing such as advertising through TV, radio, newspaper, door-to-door marketing, magazines, etc. In this modern and technological world, the internet is playing a vital in the transformation of the way we run our business and the way we advertise it. The internet has given birth to several new and fresh methods of marketing such as digital marketing, social media marketing, email-based marketing, etc.

Noting the increasing trend of the internet, almost every business organizations are abandoning the traditional method of doing the business and taking their business online. Doing this not only helps you in creating the best online presence, but it also helps you in gaining a lot of new customers to your business. Even though we have various options to advertise our business online, our company’s website is the only thing which does it for us 24/7 without asking a single penny.

A website can be defined as a combination of ‘N’ number of web pages which contains all the information about the company and the products it is selling. A user-friendly and intuitive website can help you in reaching your target audience, and also it will whoopingly increase the sales ratio of your business. No matter what size your business is, a website is one of those things on which you can rely on blindly.

eCommerce, marketplace, audio & video streaming, social networking, business, etc. are some of the categories of website that you can build as per your niche audience. If you start listing the importance of a site for your business, the list would be endless.

After learning a lot about website and its category, let us know some of the benefits of having a business website. Below is the list of advantages of having a website for your business.

Benefits of Website

1. Available 24/7

Your company’s website and social media accounts are accessible 24/7 and 365 days a year. Imagine, you want to buy something, and it is necessary. So you drive all the store, and the next thing you find out is that it is closed. Having a business website which is open 24*7 will definitely help you in increasing the list of happy and satisfied customers. As your site is accessible around the clock, customers can buy any product or service by sitting at a coffee shop or on their couch.

2. Convenient

Let me put it this way, what is more convenient, driving all the way to a store to buy stuff, or sitting comfortably at your home and ordering it online. A lot of businesses have taken a huge advantage of this and have their own website delivering their products and services to the customers looking for it.

3. Cost effective

One common question which every business organization raise is how much does website development costs? And the answer to this frequently asked question is less than establishing a physical store for your business. On the other hand, it reduces many of the ordinary occurrences which could blow out the cost such as theft, damage, extra staff, electricity bill etc. In order to develop a business website, you need to hire a website development company. Guru Technolabs team has a lot of knowledge of website development and the current trends in the industry.

After reviewing the benefits of the website, Now let’s jump to understand the types of websites you can built as per the size of your business.

Know Your Website Type

For easier understanding, We are dividing websites into three types based on its size:

1. Small size
2. Medium size
3. Large size

1. Small size

It doesn’t matter if you are a freelancer, own a brick & mortar store, or have another type of small business, having a website for your business is always beneficial. In small business’ website, the web pages are less compared to other types of website. Thus, it makes easy for the customer to buy any products or services from your organization. With this type of website, you can create a huge impact of your business and attract the audience within your locality. On the basis of our market experience, starting your business from a small geometrical location and later expanding it to the next level can make your business a huge success.

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2. Medium size

In simple words, a website created for the business such as construction, real estate, or selling products for farmers, then this type of business website refers to medium size website. This type of website has more web pages and has some advanced functionalities than small size website. Small business organizations who are planning to take their business to the next level and earn more profit can convert their website into medium scale business website. If a medium size business website is developed using the latest technologies, then it can speedily grow your business.

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3. Large size

Large scale business such as eCommerce store, marketplace, vacation rental, social networking, or online freelance platforms have large size business website. In this type of website, the web pages are created dynamically as per the users’ requirements. The database and other resources of large scale business is very high, and also requires constant maintenance. If you are planning to do something big in your business or willing to take your local business to global level, then large size business website is highly recommended.

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Now, since we have learnt about the type of website, let us understand how much does it cost to build a website.

Decide Website Development Method

Primarily, there are two ways to develop a website, i.e.

1. Developing website using website builder
2. Developing website from scratch

1. Using a website builder

Using a website builder

In simple words, website builders are tools or programs, or software that helps you in building your website in no time. You can signup and fabricate an intuitive website for your business. In order to use a website builder, all you need to do is purchase the premium subscription of these builders and start the website development process. Here, the website development cost is also less compared to scratch website development but in the long run it will become costlier.

If you want your website with various astonishing features, one has to purchase higher plans of the website builders. You can still develop a robust site even if you don’t go for higher plans. Weebly, Shopify, Squarespace, etc. are some of the popular website builders today.

Pros and Cons of using website builders:

Pros:
1. No Coding Skills Required
2. Cheap and Fast
3. No Design Skills Required

Cons:
1. Slow Loading Time
2. Not Custom Designed
3. Poor SEO
4. Limited accessibility
5. Poor Customer Service
6. Limited Features
7. Not Very Suitable for Professional Business
8. No access to code
9. No authorisation of website
10. Data loss when you switch platform

Unknown facts of website builders and why are they highly- recommended to small scale businesses:

There is no doubt in the fact that with website builders, you can develop a website within just a few clicks. But a question arises, can I use it for developing my business website? And my answer would be it depends on the size of the business.

If you are running a small business organization, then I suggest website builders are perfect for building your site. As small business organizations have limited products to sell, it is easy to set up an online platform with the help of website builders. It will save a lot of time, money, and other resources required for developing a website. For small business organizations and first-time entrepreneurs, a website builder is a perfect option than choosing developing it from scratch.

If your business is of medium level, I suggest going for scratch website development. One of the biggest disadvantages of website builders is that they don’t provide an option to add custom functionality or features to our website. We have to develop an online platform by the features given in the builders. Thus, choosing custom website development is the ultimate solution to this problem. Developing a website from scratch will help you in building a platform as per your niche business. For the medium scale business organizations, custom website development is worth investing.

For the large scale organizations, fabricating a website with the help of website builders is not a wise option to choose. In such sites, often the pages are developed dynamically, and the website builder is not capable of providing this feature. In addition, it also reduces the performance of your website. It is impossible to make a scalable website using builder. Thus, for the large scale business website, custom website development is an option to choose from.

2. Without using a website builder

It doesn’t matter what size of business you are running; custom website development is one of the best ways to build a website. In this, you can create custom layout, add custom features, and make it scalable as per your niche business needs. Moreover, you can also add as well delete any feature whenever you feel to do so.

Pros and cons of developing a website from scratch:

Pros:
1. Your design can be 100% unique
2. A custom built website is excellent for executing strategies
3. The site will be adaptable to your needs
4. Website security is higher
5. The scalability of your website is infinite
6. Data security is much better
7. No recurring cost, Its cost-savvy in a long run

Cons:
1. Custom websites requires more investment initially
2. It takes a longer time to complete

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Basically, you can perform custom website development in two ways

2.1. Use ready-made theme or template
2.2. Develop from scratch

2.1. Use ready-made theme or template

Use ready-made theme or template

Design of any website plays a vital role in impressing an online audience. On the basis of the website design, a customer will decide whether they will continue to your site or not. Besides, website design will help you in creating the first impression on the mind of the visitor. Same like builders, the website development cost is also less. Approximately, it cost from US $500 to $2000 to build a website using predefined themes template.

Unknown facts of ready-made themes and templates and why are they highly- recommended to small and medium scale businesses

The biggest disadvantage of using ready-made themes and templates is that they do not allow deep customizations and we need to use third party code. But as technology is advancing, some of these issues are also solved.

Here are some of the reasons why one should go for ready-made themes for designing their website:

1. Small or local businesses who are planning to develop their business website can use themes and template to build a website.

2. Medium sized business owners can also use themes or templates to build a website. Today, many users over the internet are starting their personal websites or portfolios of their work. You can easily launch an your online business with the help of themes/templates.

3. For large business websites, going for a ready-made theme is not the right option. It cannot offer 100% scalability and good performance which are entirely useless for the large scale website. In order to design, develop a large scale website, one needs to go for custom website development.

2.2 Develop from scratch

The only disadvantages which custom website development holds are it takes a lot of time to develop a website. And website development cost is also high in developing an online platform from zero. On average, it starts from US $3000 – $50,000+ to build a website from scratch. A lot of people and organizations have a misconception about the custom website development, i.e., only large companies have to choose this type of development. Smaller business with good vision and plan should choose custom website development as it saves a lot of money in the long run.

Read also: Guidelines for Website development & designing

Benefits of custom website development

Here is a list that explains why one should select a scratch website development:

1. Clean code
2. Created as per your niche business needs
3. Designed to Grow
4. It builds trust with your audience
5. 100% scalable with higher security
6. Faster performance
7. 100% unique website
8. Easier Maintenance
9. Cost-Savvy in long run
10. Compatible to all other platforms

What can you build using custom website development method?

Below are some of the platforms which can be built from scratch:

1. Small/large business website
2. Fully automatic & dynamic website
3. Portfolio websites
4. eCommerce store
5. Audio/video streaming website
6. Marketplace
7. Educational portals
8. Online dating platforms
9. Social Networking website
10. Travel and tourism website, etc.

In custom website development, you can add as well delete any features as per your niche business. The flow and code of your website will be so clean that you won’t find difficulty in making the changes on your platform. It will be developed in such a way it will be highly adaptive and flexible with any sort of customization on it. Apart from the features, you can also upgrade the design of your website without any hassle.

Technologies used in scratch website development

Usually, custom website development is done in two ways:

1. Using Open Source Platforms
2. Using Custom Frameworks

1.Using Open Source Platforms

In general, open source platforms can be defined as programs whose source code are readily available for modifying it by any users or developers. These programs are developed for public collaboration and are freely available. In open source platforms, the authors make its source code available for the other developers who are willing to view, copy, alter, or share it if they like to. Below are some of the popular open source platforms available:

  1. WordPress
  2. Drupal
  3. Magento
  4. Joomla, etc. 

In this option, it takes less time and cost to develop a website because admin panel is available with open source. Depending on the size of the website, this option can cost from US $500 to $10000 for website development.

2. Using Custom Frameworks

In simple terms, frameworks are a combination of resources and tools for programmers to develop and manage web applications, web services, and website. With the help of a custom framework, you can build an intuitive and user-friendly web application, which will help you in growing your business online. Here are some of the trending custom frameworks that are being used for building a website from scratch:

  1. CodeIgniter
  2. Laravel
  3. NodeJS
  4. AngularJS, etc. 

In this option, it takes more time as everything needs to be designed and developed from scratch. Depending on the size of website, this option can cost from US $3000 – $50000+ for website development.

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Unknown facts of scratch website development and why is it highly- recommended to large scale businesses

Budget is one of the biggest reasons why developing website from zero is recommended to large-scale business organizations. In scratch website development, one will need a lot of time, money, and other resources in the same. Not all startups, small as well as medium scale business organizations can afford this costs. The large scale business websites have millions of visitors every day. In addition, the large size of pages make it difficult to handle. Another reason why small or medium scale companies can not handle the large website is because it needs a lot of machines and tools to install and configure. If a single machine fails then the whole website is affected. Moreover, in order to maintain a large website, numerous programmers and testers are needed who continuously monitors your site.

Additional Cost for Website Development

Apart from building and designing a website, it costs from $100 to $2000 for maintaining it.

In order to create a unique identity in the market, domain plays a vital role in the same. There are various platforms available which help you in finding whether a particular domain is available or not. Approximately, it costs US $20 to $30 per year to get a new domain of our choice.

Once your website is thoroughly developed, and you also have a unique domain for the same, it’s time to deploy it over the internet. InMotion, Bluehost, HostGator, GoDaddy, Amazon, Google etc. are some of the most popular hosting platforms today. The charges of hosting vary from platform to platform. However, it costs from $300 to $5000 per year (depending on your website usage) to host your website on the internet.

Apart from website designing, developing, and hosting, content is also one of the crucial factors in any website. On the basis of the content, visitors get complete information about your company and the products you are selling. Generally, a writer charges from $1000 to $10000 (depending on the quality) for creating content for your website.

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Conclusion

This was complete information about what is a business website along with its benefits, what are the ways of developing it, and how much does website development costs. One of the biggest advantages of custom website development is that it makes your website highly-intuitive and robust. Reach us to get the best website development service in the industry. We have a team of experienced web developers who are expert in delivering any size of the website on time. We have completed many small, medium and large scale business website & App for our valuable clients. You can check our recent work.

Ravi Makhija

Ravi Makhija

An entrepreneur, an IT professional. Tech geek. Founder & CEO at Guru Technolabs - Globally Trusted Web & Mobile App Development Company. Loves writing about new technologies and the latest trends in IT field.