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How much does a website cost?

How long is a piece of string?

How much does a website cost?

The simple answer? It depends... but if spent wisely, the more you put in the more you should get out!

As with all things in life, this is a question to which there is no one simple answer. Sure, you can subscribe to one of a good many template builder websites and put together a good looking basic brochure website in a few hours, paying around £5-£10 per month. Perfect if you want a very simple web presence to refer people to in order to legitimise your business. But don't expect to be riding high in search engine results, and be prepared for literally thousands of other users to create websites from the same template and therefore looking just like yours.

Or if you wanted a bit more flexibility and are keen to dabble a little with the technical side of things, then perhaps using a Content Management System such as Wordpress or Magento with its e-commerce capabilities might be the way to go. Wordpress, Drupal and many other CMSs are completely free to use - you may find yourself paying out for a nice template to get you started, but £50 should cover it. Then you just need to host the site somewhere (a server to run it on) and if you don't mind about performance or sharing with lots of other websites then again, £5-£10 per month should cover it.

However, if you want a fast performing showpiece website, totally flexible and custom built with your business and branding in mind, that is optimised to ride high in search rankings with regularly updated content then of course this is either going to cost you a lot of time or a lot more money than the Wix or Wordpress approach. But if you are serious about harnessing the power of the internet to grow your business then we believe this is the direction you need to be heading in.

PA20 Web Solutions specialises in these types of project. A successful project begins with a briefing, or as we call it a scoping document which tells us everything we need to know about your company, whether you are a '1 man band' or a little bigger. Typically we will ask around 100 questions grouped into the following brief categories:

- Business Background
- Your Website's Target Audience
- What You Want Your Website To Achieve
- About Your Competitors
- Preferred Styling And Branding, Colour Schemes etc.
- Features Required
- Content Creation And Ongoing Content Management
- Search Engine Optimisation
- Timescales And Budget

So back to the original question, How Much Does A Website Cost? PA20 Web Solutions has built websites for as little as £250 and up to more than £20,000.

Still none the wiser? See - told you it was not a straightforward question! Get in touch, tell us what you're looking for and we ought to be able to give you a better estimate. Nothing is fixed in stone (ever!) and there's absolutely no obligation.

Get a FREE Website Appraisal

Is YOUR website working for you?

A website appraisal is usually the first port of call when we are approached by potential new customers looking for an update or a refresh of their website. As well as looking for issues, we can also see what is GOOD about the existing site - which pages visitors enjoy visiting - and building on this.

For a limited time, PA20 Web Solutions is offering all enquirers a FREE basic appraisal as the starting point for further discussion. We will use a suite of tools to highlight areas of concern and then manually dig deeper into your website code to compile a list of issues found, and our recommended solutions. If you have tracking technologies enabled such as Google Analytics, we'll also run some standard reports to see which parts of the site could be improved. Amongst other things we will:

  • identify any on-page SEO clangers - easy, quick wins that will help improve your search engine ranking
  • look for performance issues such as oversized images, unnecessary JavaScript or CSS loads, compression
  • determine whether your site is being classed by search engines as 'mobile unfriendly' and the reasons for this
  • check for obvious user interface issues, especially those affecting accessibility of the website, which might be putting people off using the website
  • report on the security status of the website, and, if using a content management system such as Wordpress, whether the site and any plugins are current or have any known security vulnerabilities
  • measure the loading speed of key pages to ensure they are below 2 seconds - any longer and you will almost certainly be losing visitors, especially those on mobile / 3G / 4G connections - and suggest ways to improve them

This isn't a comprehensive list - the actual appraisal will vary according to the individual website but these are the types of things we'll be looking for and reporting on. If you have any specific questions or worries, we can look into those too.

Ultimately we'd like you to be a PA20 Web Solutions customer, so an open and honest dialogue is the perfect place to start that relationship.

If you'd like us to take a look at your website, get in touch today!

Organic Page 1?

The importance of Keywords

Organic Page 1?

Today, in an attempt to answer that ever-present question aimed at website designers, we began an experiment to try to get a unique keyphrase ranking high on Google organically.

UPDATE 28th June 2019

Today we ranked #1 for our keyphrase 'encephalitic elephants eating eucalyptus'. OK, so we admit, it's much easier when you have a unique set of keywords or a niche product/service to sell. But with the right approach ANY group of keywords can ride high in search engine results - even those that typically return millions of pages.

Organic Page 1?

PA20 Web Solutions can help optimise YOUR website to give your business the best chance of high organic search engine placement. Contact us today to see how we can help.

PA20 Has Launched!

New web design company based in Bute

<span>PA20</span> Has Launched!

It's now almost 2 years since we landed in this Bute-iful place and we've been meaning to get around to launching our new business identity but life just kept getting in the way - our fault really for buying a big old Victorian house that needs a complete refurb!

Anyway, we're here now and finally trading under our new name PA20 Web Solutions - come find us at and see what we can offer your local business.

Whether you need a basic modern website for your new business, SEO, some website tidying and refreshing, an improved social media presence, new logo or just good old fashioned advice, we're just an email/phone call/messenger chat away!

Daily Diary

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12th July
Planning sessions for rewrite of UK-Parties website to include more granular choices of service provider and a review of the charging policy

10th July
Migration of Postfix dependent bulk email engine across to Amazon SES - wow, that took a fair bit of brainpower!

8th July
PHP development for a detailed multi-level enquiry form collecting customer requirements for entertainment and party quotes

Keyword research and Google Ads campaign planning for a new entertainment related website

7th July
Detailed SEO study and year-on-year stats comparison for a design agency website along with action plan for the next 6 months to improve site performance and boost google rankings

4th July
PHP programming for Education Destination's internal itinerary management system this week - all now tested and rolled into production. The change allows accurate calculations of rebates in the event of pre-booked students being unable to make a trip at last minute due to illness or injury. This was previously a laborious manual task.

28th June
So it's month end, and that means the last couple of days have been spent poring over Google Analytics statistics and planning tweaks and changes for our SEO clients to try over the coming months to improve their Google rankings and ultimately click throughs from genuinely interested potential clients.

25th June
Completion of Sandown Carnival printed programme for a series of summer and autumn events.

20th June
PHP and JavaScript programming - a new multi-level form with extreme levels of validation both client and server side for collecting entertainment related enquiries

19th June
Trip Diary preparation - a printed 36-page A4 magazine with a bespoke set of educational resources for a forthcoming group visit

18th June
Fix up some accessibility recommendations (button sizes and proximity) suggested by Google Lighthouse to improve site ranking

Inspect Google Analytics historical data to highlight on-page SEO trends for a fashion company

17th June
Trip Diary preparation - a printed 48-page A4 magazine with a bespoke set of learning resources structured to support a week-long visit to The Island Classroom

Encephalitic Elephants ... an experiment in how easy or difficult it would be to reach organic position 1 on Google from a standing start

Content creation, validation and further research on pubs with Alma and Albert in their names (and the realisation that this may take some time to complete!)

14th June
Review on-page SEO policy of Magento ecommerce website for a fashion footwear brand, write a comprehensive findings report and compile a 4-step action plan with recommendations.

Content creation, validation and further research on pubs with Abbey in their names