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.