What’s does it really cost to build and run a website?

What’s does it really cost to build and run a website?

This is a question that I get asked a lot.

Creating a website involves various costs, both initial and ongoing. The expenses can vary significantly depending on the complexity and functionality of the site. I will explore and explain these costs in detail, including both DIY approaches and the benefits of hiring a professional like Wicko Design, a reputable web designer and web design company in Reading.

Basic Costs of Building and Managing a Website Yourself

  1. Domain Name: Typically costs between £10 - £20 per year. This is the unique address of your website (e.g., www.yourwebsite.com).
  2. Web Hosting: Ranges from £5 - £40 per month, depending on the type of hosting (shared, VPS, dedicated). Hosting is where your website files are stored and served to visitors.
  3. SSL Certificate (Secure Socket Layer): Essential for securing your website, costing around £30 - £150 per year. Some hosting providers include this for free.
  4. Website Builder Software: Platforms like WordPress or Joomla (free, but with potential costs for themes and plugins), Wix, or Squarespace (£8 - £30 per month) provide tools to build your website but beware you get what you pay for.
  5. Themes and Plugins: Premium themes can range from £20 - £100, and plugins for added functionality might cost between £25 - £250 each with an average price of £50.
  6. DIY Design and Development: While you save on labor costs, you need to invest time in learning and implementing web design principles and technical aspects.

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Benefits of Hiring a Professional Web Designer from Wicko Design

Expertise and Experience: Hiring a professional ensures your website is built to high standards, with optimal user experience, functionality, and aesthetics. A professional web designer will tailor your site to your business needs and goals.

Time-Saving: Professionals handle the technical details, allowing you to focus on running your business.

Customisation: Get a unique, branded website that stands out from competitors.

SEO and Performance Optimisation: A professional will optimise your site for search engines and ensure it loads quickly, enhancing user experience and search rankings.

Ongoing Support and Maintenance: Wicko Design offers website maintenance packages that include ongoing support, updates, and troubleshooting, ensuring your website remains secure and up-to-date.

Copywriting and Imagery: Professional services include high-quality content creation and imagery, which are crucial for engaging visitors and conveying your brand message effectively.

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Average Costs to Build a Website

Simple Website

- DIY: £150 - £500 (including domain, hosting, basic themes, and plugins)
- Professional: £500-£1,500

Corporate Website

- DIY: £500 - £1,000
- Professional: £1,500 - £5,000

E-commerce Website

- DIY: £1,000 - £2,000 (considering additional plugins for e-commerce functionality)
- Professional: £3,000 - £10,000

Ongoing Costs and Maintenance

  1. Hosting Renewal: £50 - £300 annually, depending on your hosting plan.
  2. Domain Renewal: £10 - £20 annually.
  3. SSL Renewal: £30 - £150 annually.
  4. Maintenance Packages: Professional maintenance packages may cost between £50 - £200 per month, covering updates, backups, and security.
  5. Content Updates and SEO: Regular updates to content and SEO optimisation can range from £50 - £300 per month, depending on frequency and complexity.


While building your website yourself can be cost-effective initially, hiring a professional web designer like Wicko Design offers numerous advantages, including expertise, customisation, and ongoing support. This ensures your website not only looks great but also performs well, ultimately benefiting your business in the long run. Whether you're looking for a simple site, a corporate presence, or an e-commerce website design, investing in professional web design can be a valuable asset to your business.

So if you want to get online then book a discovery call with Wicko Design to build you a website.

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