Either you’re thinking of starting a website and wondering how much it will cost after it’s created, or you’re wondering how much you should be paying to keep your existing site running.
A typical website can cost anywhere from $55 to $5,000 per month. This includes all the basic services you’ll need for your website to be safely accessible through the internet. This does not include the cost of fixing any unexpected website issues, which we’ll discuss later in this article.
This article will give you the full, honest breakdown of what it takes to keep a website running on a monthly basis.
Many web design companies will tell you that website creation is the expensive part, then it’s smooth sailing once the website is live… This is FALSE!
There are several website services you’ll need to pay for to keep your website online.
Keep reading to learn more about how much a website costs per month.
1. Website Hosting Cost
Your website host is the server that stores your website’s data so you can make it accessible to the internet.
For most personal and small business websites, a website hosting company (such as SiteGround) is used for cost savings and convenience. Alternatively, you can use your own server to host your website in-house.
The monthly cost of website hosting typically runs anywhere from $3 to $250 per month. Where you fall in this range will depend on your website traffic, how much storage space you need, and much more. Most businesses won’t need to pay more than $50 in web hosting per month.
Be sure to do your research before signing up with a particular company! We’ve seen our customers deal with many different website hosting companies and there are definitely some big names you’ll want to avoid!
If you’d like a free, honest recommendation for a website hosting company, feel free to contact us and we’ll help you find the right hosting company for your situation.
2. Domain Name Registration Cost
Most business owners know that it is important to have a great domain name, but some are surprised by how cheap they are!
Most domain names cost between $8 and $25 PER YEAR to register! However, if someone already owns the domain name you want, you may need to make an offer to buy it from them. Some domain names sell for millions! But… It probably won’t cost you that much.
When picking a domain name, we recommend something short, memorable, and relevant to your business.
Use this domain name availability checker to find the best domain for your business:
3. SSL Certificate Cost
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate authenticates a website’s identity and provides an encrypted connection between the host and user.
An SSL certificate typically costs anywhere from $1 to $28 per month, but it is often paid for on an annual basis. This is a minor expense, therefore many website hosts include a basic SSL certificate for free!
To learn more about the different types of SSL certificates, check out this article.
4. Website Management Cost
Once your website is created, it won’t run smoothly on its own. You’ll need someone to initiate software updates, add new content, and fix it when things go wrong.
If you’re doing website management yourself, technically the monetary cost is $0, although you will be sacrificing your valuable time. Alternatively, you can hire a dedicated staff member for the role or hire a website management company. This typically costs anywhere from $50 to $5,000 per month.
What is often overlooked is how improper website maintenance ends up costing your business big time.
It’s like running a car without changing the oil… eventually, something will go catastrophically wrong and you’ll need to pay an expensive repair bill to get it fixed.
Keeping a website properly and professionally maintained prevents unexpected costs and overcharging from website support companies. It also reduces downtime so you can keep the sales rolling in.
Not only that, but you’ll never have to worry about making changes or fixing the website yourself! Just send an email to your webmaster and it’s out of your hands.
Read more below to get a better understanding of the true cost of website management.
How Much Is Your Website REALLY Costing You?
As a business owner, you may be running your website yourself to save costs. Alternatively, you may also have a staff member who runs the website, although it probably isn’t their dedicated role.
Although this may seem like a good way to do things, there are hidden costs that can arise throughout the lifetime of your website which may surprise you.
Has your website ever crashed or had an error? If not… it’s bound to happen someday.
Do you have a plan in place to quickly resolve a major website error or crash? If not, you’ll need to scramble to find a professional to fix your website.
Since you’ll be in a rush trying to get your website back online as soon as possible, you may overpay to get your website fixed since you won’t have time to research and get quotes from multiple companies.
We’ve seen businesses get charged upwards of $1,000 for a simple website fix because they did not have a professional webmaster who was prepared to quickly restore their site.
Meanwhile, you are losing valuable potential customers and sales while your website is down for days or weeks. Any new customers trying to visit your website will leave for your competitors. You may also need to deal with increased customer service while your customers are unable to use your website.
Every time you update or make changes to your website, there is a risk that something goes wrong. You must be prepared to resolve errors and crashes quickly when you decide to make changes to your website.
This is a stressful and expensive situation to be in, but most businesses find themselves here eventually (or too often).
What is YOUR action plan?
Our website management plans offer regularly scheduled website maintenance that every small business can afford. These plans also include website troubleshooting and repair at no additional charge, so you won’t be surprised by extra fees!
Our website management plans also offer full website security, which will keep hackers and malware out of your website to keep your hard work and business protected.
Knowing that your website is in the hands of experienced professionals gives you the peace of mind that will help you focus on growing your business.