If you’re considering creating a space for yourself online, whether that be to make your voice heard through a blog or video series, to promote your business or other enterprise, or simply to make money selling products through an online store, you’ll naturally want to know how much it will all set you back initially. And while making use of the internet will certainly save you a great deal of money than trying to do any of this through other means, there is of course a cost involved that you should be aware of. So, to help you out, here we have broken down the costs for setting up and building your own web page.
Before you even start constructing your web page, you’ll need to think of and register a name for it. This will require some brainstorming time, as you’ll have to come up with something unique which isn’t already in use. Once you have been inspired, you can access a range of services online to formally register your chosen name so that it’s exclusively for your use. A .co.uk address can cost as little as £0.99 a year, while .com addresses are generally more expensive.
Building the Site
Building and creating a website is, of course, where you would expect to spend your money. Your website is the customer’s window into your business and so you need a website that looks and feels professional while accurately conveying what it is you or your business is about. Not only must it satisfy your customer, but it must also meet your business requirements. Naturally, the most logical conclusion to come to when you reach this juncture is to hire a professional service to do this for you. Remember that your website is going to serve as the face of your company or endeavour online, and it will require the ability to grow and change in response to changing market forces. The resources you have available to spend on your website will reflect in what it is able to achieve – there are some very complex tools that you can implement, but you need to identify whether you actually need them at this stage – just because you could have an all singing and dancing website does not mean you need to have one! It is a good idea to discuss your plans and ideas with a web designer who will be able to give you some feedback and guide you to where you need to be.
Once you are happy with the design and content of your site, you will need to choose a host for it. This means you rent some server space so that your web page is available for identification by search engines’ bots. Luckily, there are a range of services you can find just with a quick Google search that will do this for you. You need to find a hosting company that suits your site’s needs, and the price you’ll have to pay will vary in accordance with how complex your site is and the size of the resources you need to host. However, for a basic site which would suit the needs of small business or similar enterprise, you’ll be looking at about £10-15 a month.