If you’re a small business owner in need of a new website or looking to redesign your existing website, you may be wondering how much it costs to create a business website. There are several things you need to consider when trying to determine the complete business website costs. At a minimum, you’ll need the following 3 things: a domain name, the website and hosting/maintenance for your website.
Purchasing a Domain Name
A domain name is the web address that allows people to find your business website online. When purchasing a domain name, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are deciding on what name to use:
- Think Like A Customer – Consider names in your industry or the location of your business. These names should be easy to remember and not too long. You’ll want to avoid names that are difficult to spell or pronounce.
- Brandable Domain Name – You want your domain to stand out from the competition and clearly identify your service and/or product offerings. You may also want to get creative with a word or phrase that is meaningful to your business.
- Choosing the Domain Extension – The domain extension is the part that appears after the “dot”. Most businesses will want to use the .com extension, while non-profits will want to use the .org extension. If the .com extension is not available, you may want to consider the .net extension but it may not be as memorable compared to .com.
- Buying the Domain Name – There are lots of domain registration companies; a good and inexpensive option is NameCheap.com. You can always transfer the domain name to a different company if you need more features and options.
In general, you can expect to pay around $10 to $20 per year for a domain name. Some will cost more because they include extra options such a domain privacy, URL masking, e-mail forwarding etc.
Creating A Business Website
There are typically two ways to get a business website created. You can either build your own website using one of the popular DIY solutions on the market or you can hire a web design company to create one for you. If you’re tech savvy and have some time on your hand, making the site