In Part 1 of our guide to getting a website, we discussed what sort of website you might need. Now we can talk about the nitty gritty.
The cost of your website are in two categories – set up costs and ongoing costs. Your set up costs are the website itself. The ongoing costs are the hosting and the domain name.
Your hosting is where your site is actually kept (more about how hosting works). It’s often easier to host your site with the person who designs it, as this minimises complicated 3 way conversations between you, the designer and the hosting company. Have a look at our hosting prices here.
We’ve explained how domain names work before, so I won’t repeat myself, except to say that it is an important decision and so take some time to think about it. Expect to pay between £2 – £20 per year for a domain name depending on where you buy it from and whether it’s .co.uk .com .eu etc. Different providers are cheaper/more expensive for different domain suffixes.
The Website itself
Our website price guide will give you an idea of what sort of costs are involved with the actual website itself. Broadly speaking, the smaller, less complex, and less customised your website is, the cheaper it will be. After the last post, presumably you’ve made the big decisions about your website, like whether it’s going to be a shop or a brochure site, whether you want to update it etc.
Now it’s time to talk about some of the other features that you might want on your website, like…:
All these features are important, but useless without any content. So at this point of the process you will want to start collecting content for your website. This needs to be:
Something else that needs to be considered is the design of your site. Your webdesigner will probably do all of this, but if you have a specific vision in mind you may want to consider:
Now we’ve made decisions about the details, we’re ready to actually make the website. To see how that happens, see Part 3 of our guide, Making websites – what actually happens?