How much does a website cost?
First & Foremost You Need Domains & Hosting
This is one of the most commonly asked questions though it's a difficult one to answer. Unless your website designer or web developer, you'll need a full brief on your website design needs. All businesses are different and have their own unique needs so the following will answer the basics to the question without going into complex designs or Internet marketing strategies.
There are three major components to a website which should be considered, each of which can be organised and managed by your website designer.
1. Domain Names
Your domain name is the first step to putting your business Online. If the amazing name you dreamt up is gone boom, you find yourselk in need of another. Your domain name is similar to your phone number. An example of this is www.something.com.au. You can register many types of domain names including; .com, .com.au, .net.au, .org.au, .biz and many more. Most businesses based in Australia will register a .com.au domain name though it's best to chat with your website designer to choose the right domain type.
- Australian domains (.com.au) $34.95 for 2 years registration
- International domains (.com) $24.95 for 2 years registration
- Non-commercial organisations (.org.au) $44.95 for 2 years registration
- Australian other domains (.net.au) $24.95 for 2 years registration
Average Cost: $34.95 for 2 years registration for a .com.au domain name.
It's also important to consider that domain name will be available in many formats so we would generally suggest to reserve the top two or three formats to ensure that other businesses can not purchase the same or a similar domain. Following are a few examples that would consider purchasing.
If some of the above domain types are not available when using your business name then it's important to understand that there will be other businesses that have the same or similar name, in most cases they will be international or companies overseas though it will be important for you to understand who they are so that there is no confusion when it comes to your client searching for your products or services.
2. Website Hosting
Website Hosting is a service which is provided by a hosting company. A bit like getting a carrier for your phone like Vodafone, Optus etc. They provide you with a user name and password which allows us to install your website on their server. (Mostly you will need a web designer to do this because it is a bit gob smacking if you don't know what you are doing) This allows your customers to view your website on the world wide web.
There are many levels of website hosting which suit different types of websites. It is important to match the right website hosting to your website as some hosting providers have more down time more than others and some are slower than others. If your website takes too long to load, or isn't available at the instant someone is looking for the services you offer, it's quite probable that you will never see that prospect again. Attempting to save money in this area usually proves to be a mistake.
The second most important aspect of a host is service, if you can't get hold of your host while you are having problems then this is a good recipe for disaster. We have dealt with hundreds of hosts and find that the cheaper hosts offer lower levels of service compared to the higher priced hosts. At the end of the day, you do get what you pay for. In some instances we have experienced cheap hosts loosing websites and not not taking responsibility for their mistakes. Cheaper hosts concentrate on quantity not quality, you will also find that their security levels are quite average.
- Basic: Good for personal or low traffic websites. Around $100 to $200 per year
- Business: Good for small businesses with low traffic. Around $200 to $300 per year
- Premium: Great for content managed or shopping cart websites. Around $300 to $450 per year
- Managed Hosting: Best for larger websites with high traffic turnover. Around $150 to $500 per month
Average Cost: $200 to $400 for 12 months registration
If you're not happy with your current hosting, we provide hosting for 80.00 per year, just for our customers. We don't simply create the perfect website for your business, we offer you the best hosting and customer service to make sure that you are completely satisfied. That's why we exist today and stay in business.
Whether you're planning a 1 page website or a 20 page Online Shop, feel free to contact us for help.
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