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I want to share with you how much does a website cost in 2020. And how much should you expect to pay for a website if you’re brand new, or are you trying to purchase a website?
There’s great info for people that are trying to get business off the ground and trying to make things work online.
Online Exposure in 2020
A lot of people that are interested in building a business online, in promoting products or services, they need some online exposure.
You could have social media, and that could work for a little bit, but it’s not your place. It’s not your portal. You don’t control it, and you don’t own it.
The truth is you need a website, and that’s where you get to control things to be able to connect with your customers and audience.
How Much Should You Pay for a Website?
Let’s look at it in two different ways. You could get a managed website, and then you also have just your own. This is self-managed.
What is the big difference, and what does it mean when we talk managed and self-managed or not managed?
Managed means that there’s a company out there that takes care of all the bugs, the glitches, the updates for you that’s necessary. They take care of stuff. This is no headaches from you or for you.
When you look at self-managed, you have to make the website work if there are any glitches. They get your website up and running, but they’re not going to take care of it if there’s new glitches and things like that.
In other words, with managed, they take care of any problems. And when you manage it, you got to take care of any issues or pay additional costs to take care of any bugs and glitches.
When you manage it yourself, this is a one-time fee and cost. You might pay $500 to $2,000 to get your website off the ground. That’s a one-time fee. Web developers might get you a template, and then they customize that template.
Once you get above that range $2000 to $5,000, that’s when you get a little bit more of a custom template. There are a lot more custom factors involved. It could be a logo. They can write some articles for you as well. It’s more involved, and it’s semi-custom.
Anything above that (from $5,000 to $100,000+) is a very custom website. You’re paying a lot more. Everything is from scratch.
The great advantage of this is once things are done, that’s it. It’s a one-time fee, you’ve paid it, and it’s all done. You don’t have any monthly fees or problems. You do have monthly fees with hosting and servers, but you have that in any web world or presence.
Here’s what’s interesting about the management world. You can go to LocalDdrip.com, and that’s where we do a lot of the websites and developments for things like plumbers, lawn care, and other stuff.
My whole team does that. I don’t personally do it, but we have a web development team that handles all these things.
When it comes to manages websites, you could pay $79-$99 a month, and everything’s taken care of for you. What is that’s everything?
Well, when it comes to self-managed websites, you don’t get somebody to come over and take care of bugs or glitches. Let’s say your website’s broken; links need to be updated. Here you have to pay additional fees for someone to come out and fix those things.
Whereas with managed websites, you’re paying an initial cost that’s higher on a month-to-month basis, but if you have any bugs, all those things are handled for you.
- if something’s not working
- one article a month
- three posts for blogs per month
- no hosting fees
- no domain fees
It depends on the service that you’re getting. All those things are handled for you. You don’t have to pay hosting fees. Whereas with self-managed websites, you’re probably going to pay hosting fees, the domain fees.
You don’t have to worry about hosting as your website grows. Maybe you want to add some products. For a managed site all you have to do is fill out a quick little form like on our website LocalDrip.com
And then we can add the products for you to your website. Whereas with self-manage you have to do that. The same thing is if you have three articles somebody wrote for you and you need those added, we can add those. And you’re just paying that one monthly fee.
All these things are taken care of on the basic assistance. Or think of it as your assistant for taking care of your website. Whereas with self-managed websites, you’re managing it, you need to add articles, fix glitches, redirecting, websites acting slow, all that stuff you have to take care of yourself.
The advantage is you pay that initial upfront cost, and it’s higher, but you don’t have a monthly fee. Whereas with managed websites, you’re paying $99 a month. Well, ten months later, what’s the total cost of that? That’s $990.
You can see that in 10 months or one year of your website, you’re almost near that one-time template website. By the time you get to the second year, you’re looking at nearly $2,000, then $3,000, and $4,000.
But you’re getting the added service of someone else taking care of your problems – which of course is a trade-off.
More about Fees
Sometimes these things have setup fees to get things started. That’s because initially, you have to design the website. Recurring fees also can be higher. It might be $79. It could be $199 if you have products.
That’s because now somebody has to deal with your shopping cart. It could be $299 if you’re doing recurring because you have to set up all the recurring memberships and make sure all that’s working.
It could be quite a bit expensive, but then you have no headaches. And for a recurring website, you might be paying anyway $5,000-$15,000.
I’ve done sites $25,000-$40,000, and it’s a lot of upfront money. Not everybody has that. But if you’re like a lawn guy, and you’ve got some customers, maybe if you could get 5-10 of those customers on a recurring website or a recurring payment system that pays for itself.
That’s because you don’t have to deal with the billing. You don’t have to pay someone else to send out the checks, the invoices recorded, deposit the checks. It all comes through. It saves you a lot of time, a lot of money, and for $299 a month, doing one or two lawns pays for itself.
That was the big picture in terms of pricing when you’re looking at the market space for web development and building and creating your online web presence.
Check out our website LocalDrip.com if you’re interested in getting a website for yourself, and it’s fully managed by my team as well.