Some people don't like to tackle the touchy subject of website prices.
But I'll give it a go.
So what is the cost of a website?
Well, it depends.
Now please don't go away at this stage. I'm not avoiding the question.
It really does depend.
Let's imagine for a moment that you're looking for a new car.
You've heard Ford make some good cars, so you decide to take a look at their
At this moment in time, there's a brand new, beautiful looking Ka, available from
£8,725. Not a bad price.
But would it suit you?
If you have a family of 6, probably not.
So let's look at the Ford Galaxy instead.
A much bigger car, seating 7 people.
This one's available from £25,165 (that's an extra £16,440).
So let's click the Galaxy's "build and price" link.
You decide to choose the smart looking Titanium X series.
Of course, you prefer the 2.0 PowerShift Auto engine rather than the 1.6 manual,
so let's add that one.
Wait a minute... they do that in the diesel instead for another £1,430.
More economical ...gotta be better. Let's have that.
No one seems to go for a plain colour nowadays ...it has to be metallic
The ebony leather trim goes well.
Now what sort of options...? There are simply too many...
Let's limit it to - 17" 5x2-Spoke Alloy Wheels with Run Flat Tyres - Adaptive cruise control - Keyless entry
...because you don't really need the "Multi-Media DVD and Rear Seat Entertainment
for an extra £1,750.
The £25,165 starting price has suddenly increased to £34,425.
That's an increase of more than £9k - just because I wanted a bit more
And an incredible £25k more than the Ka!
The price of a website is a bit like that.
No! It shouldn't cost £34,000, unless you want a big e-commerce site ...or you're
looking to start compet with the BBC (and if you are, you would have a lot of catching up to do!).
As I said right at the start, the price of a website... er, depends.
It depends very much on what you want in your site - and its
Do you want a basic website? Do you need to make sales from it? Do you want lots of animations and video on it? Do you need it to be optimised so that it's more likely to appear on page 1 of
Google, ahead of the millions of other pages? These are just a few of the extras to consider when deciding on your new car...
er, I mean your website.
I've seen website prices vary from virtually nothing, upwards.
Yes! You can create a blog at Wordpress.com, or on the Google Blogger, and
it won't cost you a penny.
But beware. They could close your website down at any time if they want to. That's
happened to a friend of mine.
You also need to remember that you'll have their name in your URL too. It will be
It's fine for a blog or a simple website, but I wouldn't recommend it for
Weebly will allow you to create a nice looking website for no cost. Again,
their name would appear in your URL.
Beware of low cost websites though.
A friend of mine had a budget 4 page website made for him. He'd paid £100 for
Unfortunately his website didn't rank on Google for any of the keywords he wanted
to be found for.
But that's what he'd paid for ...a very basic website without any
The company hadn't done anything wrong. They'd simply sold him a basic website -
because that's all he wanted.
In the end, my friend asked me to create him a brand new website, and optimise
That website is now on page 1 of Google for a number of keywords. And if I may say
so myself... it looks much nicer!
OK... so the guide prices...
Well, a typical basic starting price for a quality website seems to be around
Of course, that price can increase to any amount, depending on the number of pages
and the time spent on it.
For a business website, you're typically looking at prices commencing around
the £700 mark.
So you see, the price of a website really does depend.
It depends on whether you're looking for a Ka ...or a Galaxy.