After founding Quill Ink, I have had a couple of entrepreneurs and small businesses approach me to get some basic problems sorted out for their business and brand. One common problem for them was shelling out money to get a website done. So, I am giving a quick guide for you to decide better while buying website development services.
Myth: You have to spend Rs.60000 to one lakh to get yourself a website.
Fact: You can get yourself a website within Rs.20000.
You have to buy a domain that costs Rs.99/ Rs.199 or Rs.299. Not more. Let’s say the domain is http://www.xyz.com, check out GoDaddy.com to buy a site. You have other websites that suggest domain names for you as well. But, I prefer GoDaddy.
Now, if you want to add an SSL certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), the most basic one would cost you Rs.4000. SSL certificate, simply put, states that your site is secure by displaying a green lock button on the address bar next to your site address. Your website users will not hesitate to view your site or interact with it with this assurance.
You then have to get yourself a website builder to build your site. There are many website builders like SquareSpace and Wix that host your site too. The rates differ for each web hosting + website building solution.
WordPress Builder and Hosting Service
I personally choose WordPress solutions. They come cheap with tonnes of options to customize and design your site. You can even change the layout of your site with an online store, social network, online community or forum. There are plenty of plugins for chat bots, social sharing widgets, contact forms, e-mail subscription forms, e-mail marketing forms etc. The basic one would cost around Rs.3600 for a year. There are other premium packages but those are not necessary when you are just starting out.
If you’d like to have an online store for your company, it is better to design it with WooCommerce since it is a free plugin available with WordPress. Shopify gives you nice layouts but it is an expensive deal.
It is best to buy all the above-mentioned components at the same time to avail discounts.
You get unlimited number of free themes and plugins to design your website using the plug-and-play option that requires zero coding. If you are a WordPress blogger, building your own WordPress site should be a piece of cake. WordPress is a CMS site as well.
If you don’t know how to build on, get a person who knows how to build one. I charge about Rs.5000 to build you a WordPress website within a week or less (if you are more decided about the design).
While many web development companies charge a minimum of Rs.25000 for maintaining your website month on month, I charge about Rs. 200 per month. This will only be necessary if you have to constantly add content to your website or change a few pages periodically. Why do I charge less? Since, maintenance wouldn’t be necessary with WordPress sites. They are mostly bug-free and such content can be added by you as well. Only if you are strapped for time, you would need to be dependent on me.
Let’s see the total costs:
Domain: Rs.0 (the first time, for the subsequent years it may be between Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000. But you will get discounts).
Website Hosting + Builder : 3000 (per year)
Website Development charges: 5000 (one-time cost)
Website Maintenance: 1000 (per year)
SSL Certificate (optional): 4700
Total: Rs. 13000 -Rs. 15000.