The hosting and the name: $150 / year + $20 / year
The hosting: The “host” of your website is the place where the actual files that make up your website are stored (hosted). The same company that hosts your website files can also register your domain name. Hosting can be provided by companies like SiteGround, GoDaddy and DreamHost.
The name: The name of your website is your “domain name”. My domain name is “FreelanceWebsiteManager.com”. A domain name must be registered and managed by a hosting company (usually for about $20 per year).
- Expect to pay about $150 per year for a “shared hosting” plan, up to $250-$350 per year for a more robust hosting plan.
- A shared hosting plan ($150 per year) should be enough for a personal or small business website.
The website: $50 + $500
The website itself: There are several options when it comes to designing and building your website, I recommend using a content management system (CMS) like WordPress.
- Customizing an existing WordPress website template (called a theme) is the most cost-effective way to build a website.
- A WordPress theme will cost $50-$75 (one-time cost).
- Customizing the theme could cost anywhere from $500 to $5,000 depending on the complexity of the site. A simple site like this, with no e-commerce would be about $500.
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, backed-up and safe.
- To keep your site secure, your website manager will regularly update the CMS (WordPress theme), the plugins and can also take care of any updates to your website content.
- This type of freelance website management can cost as little as $50 per month.
How much does a website cost?
$550 up front, then $770 / year
The cost: As low as $550 to start, then $770 / year for a managed website like this .