How much does it cost to start an online website that isn't attached to another wesbite?
I want to start a website that allows people to purchase products off the website, share videos, leave comments, have businesses advertise on, and one that I can manage and upload videos to. I want it designed from scratch and completely separate from any other website that allow you to create your own. Just wondering, how much would something like this cost?
I highly recommend using Go Daddy to buy a domain and hosting for a Wordpress site. Wordpress is the easiest and best way to start a website that offers a variety of plugins for SEO, Media Support, as well as selling products online. Depending on if you going with a big company to design it or a freelancer you would be looking at around $1200-$2000 just depends on the company or person.
There are other options like working with Squarespace where you can get help to setup a website and sell products but you would use a template and would have have knowledge of design to develop the layout and design of the site to make it your own for monthly price as low as $16 for limited products instead of putting out so much money at once.
The cost of a website has 2 parts.. Creation & Maintenance.. If you put a lot of effort in Creation then its easy to Maintain.. But if you become a miser in Creation then Maintenance will be high.. During Creation get a lot of your work automatized and keep the site scalable and this will ensure less of Data Entry work, keeping track of content and all easy.. Website is like a house, you can get a house for $50000 and you can get a house for a Billion Dollar too..Budgeting for a website depends on your appetite and business opportunity
That depends on if your development team is an individual or a firm, US based or outsourced, and how much development is necessary. You could always use a platform like Ning.com that has great community features for community based websites.
Hi Artea, I presume that what you are looking forward is to develop an online business with an idea in mind. I understand that cost is an important factor to start a business but more important is to draw a revenue model, Define MVP(Minimum viable product) and then consider the cost of MVP to start with. Because more often, when you start thinking about revenue model, an online business tends to change the requirements and accordingly the cost estimate will vary and that creates issues for you on later stage. So, my suggestion is to be clear with revenue model and MVP and then technology solutions provider like us can help you bring your idea to life. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.
From experience, go to a freelancing marketplace (like elance, odesk, guru) and hire indian developers. They will have it done for you for around $1,000. The only caveat about that, is that you have to know EXACTLY what you want.
The honest answer it.. it will vary on the specifics of your needs. Yes, an average expense could be 2000-5000. Yet, if you are willing to do it all yourself.. you would save a bulk of those fees ( some fees are mandatory- domain registration, hosting fees etc) and perhaps..make some errors being new to the process so your webpage isnt seen or listed correctly. Perhaps even using a shared server that could prevent your page from having good response time or be lumped in with blacklisted sites since it was put on a shared server.
So , a truthful answer- 250$-5000$. You do get what you pay for in content and SEO. Hosting too. Outline the specifics of your needs- how many pages, images..that you would like..how much content on each page is needed. Can you supply content? Or do you need it generated? Do you want on site commerce? Or just a link to take to a secure and verified payment collection service like paypal..? How much hand holding ? Marketing? As in Google AdWords? Facebook advertising? Do you need Social Media? Need it configured for mobile accessibility? When you say " for business to have advertising" what do you mean? Pay per view clicks? Spell it out. And that will help narrow the estimate for your expenses.
I agree WordPress is a great place to begin when one is new to having your own website.
Good Luck. I offer what you are seeking. If I can be of more assistance- please let me know.
Jade T Hunter
If you build it yourself you can get it quite cheap and with the tools that are available today it is a lot easier than a lot of people would think. It is actually already mentioned but you can indeed for example use a CMS like Wordpress and get a webshop plug-in like WooCommerce. I believe that aside from hosting and domain name registration all you need is a payment service. Yes it may take some time but if you do have the creativity it will indeed save you around $5000...Like B. Franklin has put it so nicely all those years ago: "a penny saved is a penny earned".
Building an online website from scratch does not make any sense from a business perspective. The secret to compelling, accurate, on-time and under-budget web design is the use of premium WordPress themes and plugins. This is particularly true if you want an affordable solution.
Your site will be attractive, functional and unique. There are 4,800+ premium WordPress themes and professional WordPress templates on www.themeforest.net to cite one source. Every theme is built by a professional web designer and after content is added and changes are made to fonts, colors and images; it is quite possible the theme's designer won’t recognize their work. And plugins can extend WordPress to do almost anything you can imagine.
There should be no need to do any custom programming on the project you describe. If you were doing it yourself as a learning exercise...maybe. Otherwise, I strongly recommend you reconsider your approach.
-The "Pragmatic" Web Designer
If you are looking for a custom professional website with ecommerce that you can then update yourself, the range would vary depending on the details. Good web developers will ask a lot of questions before they quote, so they get a good handle on the type of business you have and what you are trying to accomplish with your website. The best way is to get some quotes. Why don't you post your project in the Mosaic Hub database (see button at the top) and see what the Mosaic community comes up with.
You have some pretty vague requirements, but to do what you've got there from scratch, and have it be successful, you can probably start your budget around $5K and go up from there.
You can get started very cheaply. For example, my company (http://zippisite.com) is offering a web design service at $179, completed in 5 days.
If you use a well-known CMS such as WordPress (we use WordPress), there are tons of plugins (free and paid) that allows you to add features. For example, WooCommerce is a well known plugins to turn WordPress into e-commerce store.
With the correct CMS like WordPress, the possibilities is endless! And how much does it cost?
If you can do it yourself (just need to know how to install plugins), it costs virtually nothing other than buying paid plugins.
If you want to hire people, it all depends on the actual features you need and how professional you need the results to be. I would say paying something from $1000 - $2000 can give you a pretty professional website. And the more you are willing to invest (provided you've hired a good developer), the better the website will be.
In any way, start small and build up! Continuous improvements is key! :)