How much does a website cost?

The name: $25 / year

The name: The name of your website is the ‘domain name’. Your domain name should be something that is easy to remember and easy to spell (and your name should explain who or what you are).

My domain name is “FreelanceWebsiteManager.com”

A domain name must be registered and managed by a hosting company. Expect to pay about $25 per year for your name.


The host: $200 / year

The host: The host of your website is the place where the actual files that make up your website are stored (hosted). The hosting company will also provide ftp and email services for your domain name.

Expect to pay about $200 per year for a “shared hosting” plan. A shared hosting plan should be enough for a personal or small business website.  Note: A large website with thousands of visitors per month may require a dedicated server, which could cost as much as $300/mnth. For the purposes of this article, we’re assuming you’re starting small.


The actual website: $50 + $500

The actual website: There are many options when it comes to designing and building your website. I recommend using a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress.

Customizing an existing WordPress theme is the most cost-effective way to build a website.

A WordPress theme will cost $50-$75 and customizing the theme could cost anywhere from $500-$1,500 depending on the complexity of the site.


The management: $50 / month

The management: Now that your website is up and running, someone needs to watch over the site and keep it up to date and safe.

To keep your site secure, your CMS (WordPress theme) and plugins will need regular updates.

This type of freelance website management can cost as little as $50 per month.


How much does a website cost?

$775 to start, then $825 per year (approx).

Good luck with your website! If you need any help or advice, feel free to contact me .

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