If a client has never worked with a designer before, I’ve found it helpful to help them understand what’s what
Web Design Related
There are a lot of costs involved with web design. Depending on the complexity of your site, the costs can be pretty extreme. The good news is, most of the sites on the web, even the ones that look very complex, aren’t. Tools and resources available to the average designer/web developer have really driven costs down. For example, the typical cost of a domain back in 1998 was somewhere around $50/year. Now, you can buy a domain for $18 – $22/year and that’s after the initial discount.
Still, web design can be pretty pricey. Here are some things you’ll want to consider when you’re building your budget:
- I generally use NameCheap or GoDaddy for domain names. I rarely recommend purchasing the URL from the hosting company. The reason for that is, I like to switch hosts from time to time and it’s easier if the domain name is registered separately from the host.
- Hosting plans will always be much cheaper the first year. It’s to get you hooked in. That’s okay as long as you remember to mark your calendar for the cost increase. If you’re sure you’re going to be using the site for
- Hosting plans typically are billed per year. I’ve seen quite a few people confused by this. For example, if the price listed is $6.99/month, it’s $83.88 that will hit your credit card. There are still a few hosts that bill month-to-month but those plans are always a bit more expensive.
- Typically, your hosting plan will include an email component. Because email is a small fraction of the host’s business, the email features might be limited. as opposed to Gmail and the like.
- If your site includes any kind of e-commerce, security is an issue so expect to pay more for it.