How Much Does A Website Cost in the UK?

how much does a website cost in the UK

How Much Does A Website Cost in the UK?

You know this, “How much does a website cost” question is a popular one that I hear all the time in my work as a consultant. I used to answer this question with, “about the same price as a car”. It’s cheeky, I know.

It’s true though. You can get a real cheap banger of a car, or your can get, say a Bentley,…So like that, website prices can be next-to-nothing to tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of pounds.

To date, I’ve worked on every size possible. In fact back in the late ’90s, the ones I worked on (at the company I worked at) were over a quarter of a million pounds!

I started building them in 1992, by writing HTML in notepad, so that’s proper old school web building. In the spirit of honesty and transparency, I don’t build any websites for people anymore. Websites do not give me joy.

Take some time, grab a tea or coffee (or whatever you bevvy of choice is) and peruse this post and its accompanying videos to have a better understanding of what all goes into website cost!

Website Costings Will Vary, Considerably

So when people ask “how much does a website cost”, I’d say it will wholly depend on what you need. A professional current average UK runs around £1-3k, but yes, of course you can get them as low as a few hundred pounds…

Heck, you can even use one of the freebies sites (e.g WordPress or Blogger) to make one.

Depends on how professional you want to be, and how much control over your site you’ll need.

There really is so much to consider before you set up or even get a quote…What your goal for the website? Who is your target market? Will you have a blogging component (ed note: you should have a blogging component!) Will you go for self-hosted (buy a domain and hosting package with SSL) or go for an all-in-one, like Squarespace.
Things to consider before getting a quote - website costs etc

Things to Consider Before Getting a Website Quote

  1. Domain Name (aka URL, website address etc):

To have a business website, anywhere, you’ll need a domain name. Registering your own domain name will cost money, annually…and the price will vary depending on the type you go for – .com is always recommended, but can be harder to secure…

Often I’d recommend people picking up the co.uk too but I don’t always practice what I preach…

If you’re in Scotland you could go for a .scot. Or you may want to consider a .co or a .net, and there are a whole host of other random domain extensions, but mostly the more-funky-cool ones are really just gimmicky, so I’d say stick to the basics – .com, .co.uk or .uk.

When thinking about a domain name, if you can’t get your company name, you might consider thinking like a searcher to come up with one…what would some type in to find you? Here’s a video that talks a bit about buying domain names which may be useful.

If you go for a freebie site – you might have a website URL like – mycompany.wordpress.com or mycompany.blogger.com – which doesn’t look professional, so even if you go the free route, it might be worth at least spending money on a domain name.

2. Hosting Package

If you aren’t going for a freebie website, you’ll need to host your website somewhere. I use Broadband Cloud (*) for all my domains/hosting – because I used to work at it, in its previous incarnation. As they’re local, and I know them, I can call them up if needs be. (Also changing providers can be a bit of a pain, so I remain!)

 

All website hosting packages are not created equally


There are countless website hosting providers out there. Shop around and consider asking fellow website owners for recommendations.

I personally recommend getting a domain name with hosting package – all in one – for simplicity.

And I would especially recommend finding one that gives you unlimited email addresses, and doesn’t charge you for each one.

So many of the super cheap, Go-Daddy, type places seem to over mega-low prices, but when you start adding on some basics, the cost will soon add up so please BE CAREFUL!

Speaking of being careful….

3. Website Security

If you’re a business or professional organisation,  I’d recommend getting a business hosting package and SSL certificate (the little padlock for encrypted security). On a site with an SSL certificate, up in the website bar, you’ll see https:// instead of http://. Watch this short video to understand it a bit more.

Both Google and site visitors like that added bit of security – it makes everyone feel more confident when dealing with you. This is especially true if you’re selling anything.

You may note that this website doesn’t have one, because I use this site very little, and I do not sell anything. But if I did sell products direct to customers, I’d have an SSL certificate!

website content - what will be included on your site?

Website Content – What Will It Include?

4. Site content
How many pages will your site have? What will the navigation hierarchy look like?  For example you may have things like:-  Home > Who We Are > Gallery > Events > Products > Services > Contact >  — Will you have the same, more or less?

I would generally advise not having too many top level headings – keeping to 5-7 main pages with sub pages off of them. (But to each their own.)

Will you be selling products? If so, how many? How will you take payments? What are your terms and conditions? What are your shipping carriers and fees? Will you sell domestic or international?

Do you want to have a contact form or just contact details listed? Will there by an embedded map? (This won’t cost more just wanting you to think about what you need on your site). When it comes to content – you want to lay it out in such a way that a user can pretty much get to anywhere they need to go in TWO CLICKS. That’s a rule of thumb…

 5. Media Imagery

Do you have a logo yet? (Canva Logo Maker Tool) Have you got photos ready to be included? Any videos to be embedded (from Youtube or Vimeo)? It might be worth having an Instagram account to serve as a gallery rather than uploading images to the site.

What is the graphical style of your website? You an use a tool like Canva to create consistent branding an imagery. See the

All the above should be considered as well as…

Website After Care – Get Yourself Trained

6. Updating Your Website

Your web developer may try to tie you into a monthly maintenance package – which is ok to consider. One of my biggest pet peeves is developers tying clients into packages as a way of holding a site hostage (by being the one in control).

top tip - learn how to update your own website

So please have whoever builds it for you, if you do go that route, also train you on how to make at least the most basic changes YOURSELF! I always tell clients, if you have a website where you can’t even do the most simple text/photo/price changes, it is like having an office with no key to get into it.

Yes, you may be bad with computers. You may find changing things on your website scary but honestly – empower yourself with knowledge to do things, in a push, even if you do have someone maintaining your site for you.
So there’s a fair bit to consider before anyone can give you a price.
Hope that helped…

Before You Go…

Have you set any Creativity Goals…? This post talks about my Creativity Goals for 2019.
Passionate about helping small business owners, I am a Canva Certified Creative and a web & social media trainer. You can find out more about me and how I might help you here.

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