The most common question we are asked when receiving a new enquiry is always ‘How much will a website cost?’ in one variation or another. More often than not, this question is asked having provided us with minimal information and it is super hard to provide an accurate quotation for how much a website will cost. There are multiple factors which dictate just how much a website will cost to design and develop.

Premium Theme vs Bespoke Website

When providing a quotation for our clients, we present two possible options to how we can create your website, either use a premium theme or build a bespoke website. We have detailed this in one of our recent posts, ‘When Should I Choose A Bespoke WordPress Website Over Using A Premium Theme?‘. To briefly cover the difference, if we use a premium theme, a lot of the design and development has already been done. It is up to us to restyle the theme for your business and to integrate your written content.

If we were to build a bespoke website, then the project takes longer as our design team works on creating the visuals for the website, then our development team works on developing the website from scratch. Because of the bespoke nature of the build, these types of projects often take longer and require a bigger budget.

How many pages are needed and what functionality is required

Depending how many pages are needed will influence how much time is required to create the layouts and then integrate any necessary content. What functions does the website need, is it an ecommerce website in which users can make payments for goods? Or is it a simple 5 pages website with some written content?

The functionality of the website has a big bearing on the price of a website and how much it will cost to create.

How big is your business and how many people are involved?

After years of experience, we have found the bigger the business, the more people involved, and this results in things taking a lot longer. The reason being is that more people are involved in providing feedback and making decisions. This often has a knock-on effect of projects taking longer than if we are to work with small businesses with only 1 or 2 decision makers.

More often than not, larger businesses require more meetings as it is easier to showcase and discuss ideas with everyone in the room at the same time rather than swapping emails with multiple people. This sometimes can result in miscommunication. This also applies to previous projects when working with charities who have a committee. Typical this involves more than one voice providing feedback and can result in the project taking longer.

What are your competitors websites like?

Your closest competitors set a benchmark as to how good your website needs to look. If your industry has a high standard, it would be a detriment to your business to proceed with a website whereby we are restricted to how good we can make it look. Alternatively, for other industries, you do not need a bespoke website and could easily blow your competition out of the water by using a premium theme.

In general, larger business tend to be in more competitive industries, therefore need a bespoke website.

How quickly do you need the website launched?

In 90% of cases, whether it be a brand-new build, or a new feature added to a website, clients always ask for it to be done ASAP. Often deliberating on deciding to proceed, finally giving the go ahead but costing us a few weeks in which we could have been producing the work. This is never considered, and the deadline is never changed, this has a knock-on effect to our work load which must be considered when working longer hours to meet the deadline.

Below we provide a better understanding of ‘How much a website costs?’ and what is included in a standard package for a 5-page website. All our websites are built using WordPress which allows you to easily manage the content of your website.

The following prices are an estimate for a 5 pages website, Home, About, Service, Blog and Contact Page. Check out the features below

Premium Theme

£ 2,395

Excl. VAT - One Off
  •  Built Using WordPress
  •  Premium Theme
  •  WPBakery Page Builder
  • 5 Pages
  • Google Analytics & Webmaster Tools
  • Responsive For Mobiles/Tablets
  •  Security & Monthly Maintenance £30 p.m

Bespoke

£ 4,795

Excl. VAT - One Off
  •  Built Using WordPress
  •  Bespoke Design
  •  Custom Development
  •  Customised Elements WPBakery Page Builder
  • 5  Pages
  •  SEO Optimised for Search Engines
  • Google Analytics & Webmaster Tools
  • Responsive For Mobiles/Tablets
  •  3 Free Months of Security & Monthly Maintenance

Additional costs; Hosting and Monthly Maintenance explained

There are two costs which could be additional and they all depend whether you decide to host the website with ourselves. Hosting is a server which stores all the files which make up your website. When a user wants to view your website, they are viewing the files on the server. It is basically where your website lives 🙂 All websites built by Cude Design are hosted on our own, managed dedicated server. Hosting is charged on a yearly basis of £345 excl VAT.

We also offer a monthly maintenance package, the reason we do this is as follows: WordPress and the plugins which make up your website need to be updated regurarly. If they are not, this can lead to the website being vulnerable to attacks, if one gets attacked then it could effect our other clients websites on the same server. The following items are provided on a monthly basis at £30 p.m excl VAT.

  •  WordPress and the plugins updated within the first week of each month. This means your website stays up to-date and any improvements to security by either WordPress or the plugins will be implemented.
  •  WordPress security will be activated to secure the website against attacks and hacks. Anything on the internet is vulnerable to such attacks, by doing this, your website is regurarly scanned for malware.
  •  Weekly backups are made of the website database and full backups are made on a monthly basis. This ensures that if something does happen from an attack, we should be able to restore to a previous time.

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