As you plan, keep in mind there are four elements to consider when calculating the cost of maintaining a website:
1. Domain: (not me.) Your domain is the address of your site, for example www.websitesbywe.com. No matter who creates your website, you must own your domain in order to publish your site. Domains can be purchased on various sites for an annual fee, ranging around $15-$25 annually. So... not an enormous cost to you. And worth it to own the website address you need. You will purchase your domain separate from the work we do together, but I can help you find out whether your preferred domain name is available and find the most affordable way for you to own it.
2. Hosting: (again, not me.) A web hosting service is the company that publishes your site and allows it to be viewed online. No matter who creates your site, you will need to pay for hosting. For your convenience, this may be billed monthly or annually. Hosting fees for most personal websites will range from a $10-$50 depending on the size of your site. I will charge you what my host charges me to keep your site on line: $15/month. We can set up an automatic Paypal transfer to avoid late payments, or if you prefer, you can pay annually.
3. Site Design and Build: This is where I come in, should you choose! As stated above, pricing varies greatly depending on what type of site you need and how much content the client provides (ie photos, media, bios, etc) vs. how much I will be creating on my own. We can discuss your individual needs as well as your budget and come up with a price that works.
Website pricing varies greatly depending on the complexity of your site and how much content is client provided vs. designer created. A personal or small business site could range from $500 to $5000. (READ MORE.) As a new small business, I am pleased to offer a competitive rate. For an estimated rate, please contact me with an idea of your websites needs and I will respond within 48 hours. Thank you!
4. Website maintenance and updates: If you prefer to have me do updates on your site, I am happy to do so at an hourly rate or monthly subscription, depending on your needs. If you take the reigns on your own updates, then once your site is published, you will need only maintain your hosting and domain charges!