How Much Does it Cost to Build a Small Business Website?

Ever wondered how much it would cost to get a professional to design and build a website for a small business?

Not only can we provide you with a guide price, we’ve got some great tips on how to keep your costs down and “future proof” your online creation.

We can also help you source a competitive fixed price.

On this page you’ll find:

  • Our poll- we like to ask our site’s visitors how much they think certain products and services will cost.
  • A researched price guide, based on prices from UK based web designers.
  • Ongoing costs to consider.
  • 10 things your website must do right.
  • How you can get your designer to build a website with a blog, so you can login and create your own content.
  • Where you can get a custom price, based on your specifications.

How Much Do You Think a Web Designer Will Charge to Create a 6 Page Website?

Throughout our website you’ll find polls, we want to find out how much consumers think certain products and services will cost them.

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The Cost to Build a Website For a Small Business

In April and may 2018 we asked 12 local website designers how much it would cost to design and publish a 6-page website for a small business.

We wanted the following pages:

  1. Home page with text and photos.
  2. A page listing products and services.
  3. A photo gallery.
  4. A contact page.
  5. Legal page, privacy policy etc.
  6. A blog where we can login and create additional pages as and when we want.

Below is the average of the prices given to us by our chosen 12 web designers:

Project:Price:
6 Page Website With Domain Name and 1 Yr Hosting£650.00

Ongoing Website Costs

There are three parts to each and every website:

  1. The files that contain all the code, text and images etc.
  2. The domain name, i.e. example.com.
  3. A place on the web where the files are stored, this is called a webserver.

Most web designers will provide you with a price for the website content, a domain name and one year’s worth of hosting.

Domain names cost around £10 per year to renew and web hosting on a basic shared server costs around £10 per month.

The web designer may apply additional admin fees on top of these prices.

The software used to develop and maintain the site will also need to be updated from time to time for security purposes. Blogs, online shops and dynamic sites all need frequent software updates while simple static sites require fewer updates.

How to Keep Your Website Costs Down and Still Get a Great Site

While designers can create a site with any colours, themes and layout, the quality of the finished product will ultimately be decided by the content.

The text, images and videos are what your visitors have come to see and this is something you’ll need to provide yourself.

Designers can use stock photos or create generic text but they probably only have a limited understanding of your niche, so you’ll need to create your own text and pass on good quality photos to your designer to use.

The prices on this page assume that you already have this content.

10 Things Your Site Should Contain

Below is a list of 10 things we think your site should contain.

Some of these are required legally, others are suggestions to improve site performance and the user experience.

1) Cookie, privacy and data policies – Your website will most likely collect personal data from its visitors, this could be via contact forms, cookies or tracking software. You will need to create a concise privacy policy, data policy and cookie policy. From the 25 May 2018, you’ll also need to give your site’s visitors the ability to download a copy of any data you hold about them and also allow them to delete it from your records if they so wish.

2) Fast download speeds – Sites that take ages to download provide a poor user experience, especially for users on mobile devices in areas with poor signal.

3) Mobile friendly design – If you have to zoom into the text on a website to be able to read it, chances are the site isn’t “mobile friendly”. Modern sites should appear differently on both desktop and mobile devices, the text should appear much larger on small screens so you don’t need to zoom in with your fingers.

4) Reliable web hosting – Every website will contain text and images, these must be stored online so they can be accessed by your visitors. A reliable “web host” is a must, sites that fail to load or suffer from intermittent downtime can put off customers and lose you business.

5) Trust signals – If you’re selling a product or service, you’ll need to convince your site’s visitors that your business can be trusted. With so many scam sites on the web, trust is a key factor and shouldn’t be ignored. If you’re a member of any trusted trader or similar schemes, their logos should be displayed prominently on your site. The same applies to the Paypal logo if you accept this form of payment. If you’re a member of any website where reviews and ratings are collected, try to display these or at least a summary on your site to build trust.

6) Contain multiple contact methods – Some visitors may prefer to contact you via a form or email address while others may prefer a phone number or even an sms text. Others may be looking for a mailing address. Depending on the type of business a live chat option may also be worth considering. Try to create as many contact channels as possible so you don’t lose any business.

7) Offer multiple payment options – It’s a well know fact that restaurant takeaway businesses can boost their sales by accepting card payments online. Yet still, many establishments only accept cash on delivery. Not every customer will have enough cash and you may lose business to a competitor if you don’t make it as easy as possible for your customers to pay you. Visa Checkout and Paypal are just two ways to accept card payments, there are many more.

8) Use lots of photos and images – A picture can paint a thousand words, so whether you’re selling a product or a service, convey your key points using high-quality images. This is especially true for visitors that visitors to your site via a mobile device, these visitors are less likely to read paragraphs of text and more likely to skim read.

9) Keep the content fresh and updated – Old content can mislead your visitors and harm your reputation. Outdated price lists are a prime example of this.

10) Create a blog – A blog is a great way to keep your visitors up to date with the latest happenings in your business. such as new staff members and product lines. You can also use it to reach out to other businesses, charities and local news outlets, where you can build relationships.

How To Create a Blog Where You Can Create Your Own Content

If you would like to add extra content to your website yourself, perhaps as part of a blog or a news section, just ask your web designer to create the site using a platform such as WordPress.

Once the site has been designed and the core pages published, extra blog pages can be easily created.

If you can use a word processing software program such as Microsoft Word, then you shouldn’t have too many problems adding extra content to a site that’s already been designed, the interface is very similar.

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