Strapped for cash? We hear ya.
If the price of designing and developing your own website is stopping you starting an e-commerce store, then stop right there! Long gone are the days of expensive website design and intricate code. Thanks to website builders such as WordPress and Squarespace, you can now build an affordable, and pretty, website in minutes.
If it’s something more complex you need, then you’re looking at something a little more draining on the back pocket. Rather than play a guessing game, let’s take a look at what could impact the price you pay for a well-designed mobile-responsive site.
Hiring a web designer
Not everyone needs to hire a professional and experienced web designer to build a website. So to keep costs low, consider using a website builder instead. While a website designer in Australia may charge anywhere from $500 up to $10,000, a platform such as WordPress, Squarespace or Wix could save you a small fortune.
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Hosting Your Website
A shared web host is often the most affordable option and will cost around $30 to $50 per month.
If you have a more complex e-commerce site, you might require VPS hosting which is going to really bump up the price. Expect to pay around $150 to $300 a month.
Popular domain name
This depends on the name you want for your website. Available and unreserved domain names will typically cost $20 a year in Australia, but if your heart is set on a taken or ‘reserved’ domain name, be ready to splash some dough. The most expensive domain ever sold in Australia cost $400,000.
Company photos on the website
Hire a photographer to take company pictures, product photography or video content.
If money is a bit tight, use commercial copyright free stock images instead.
Copywriting & Content Creation
Once you have your website design, start adding content to your site. Copywriting is an art form. Hire a professional for high-quality SEO content that is going to:
- Drive relevant traffic to your new website, and
- Increase your visibility within the search results
Once you’ve finalised the on-site content, upload SEO friendly blog posts on a regular basis. Budget for a minimum of 2 blog posts per week.
Third-party payment gateway
If you’re launching an ecommerce site with a range of payment methods, this can increase the price of your website. There are plenty of gateways to choose from – SecurePay, SquareWorldPay and 2checkOut. The more payment getaways you offer, the more expensive your website will be to create and manage long term.
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