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How Much Does a Website Cost in 2021?

By Mike Taylor

December 22, 2020

While the cost of the same website can vary wildly between different design companies, you should do due diligence to make certain you have a team you are comfortable with and your needs are met. The basic site, including about 16 -32 hours or work costs roughly $1,000 - $5,000 for the design phase.

website costs

A domain is relatively cheap, only as much as $10 - $25 / year. It is going to be your first charge. However with domain security it could be as high as $50. You need to own your own domain and your own website. Also, some web hosting will give you a free domain for year one.


Now you need to host your domain. This will cost your between $2.95 - $70/month. You will have to pay by the year and often multiple years to get anything under $9.95 / year.


Website SSL, from $0 - $1,000 / year. WordPress has a plugin that makes your security free. There are a couple of free plugins. WordPress is a website builder. Different Hosting companies will have a different website builder. Sometimes they have multiple.


The actual website design is from $1,000 - $20,000. This higher end would include e-commerce and more.  For a truly small business this rate be a lot less, from $1,000 - $10,000.


The cost increases based on extra pages. 10+ pages start above $1,500.


Functionality based on the objectives may also increase the low end cost to above $1,800.


CMS(content management system) will allow you to manage your site with a backend content management system. WordPress is a popular example.


Website monthly maintenance can be in the range from the $10 cost of hosting to , based on the number of hours included per month. I have seen $500, but htis is total tech support.

Mike Taylor

About the author

I am an engineer and work in the data center. However, my true passion has become to monetize statistical data from a website.

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