How Much Does It REALLY Cost to Build a Website? (Expert Answer)

how much does it cost to build a website

One of the first questions people ask when it comes to building a website is: How much does it REALLY cost to build a website? The truth is, the cost of building a website depends entirely on your personal budget and goals. However, in this article, we’ll show you how much it will really cost to put up a website for most people.

What Tools Do You Need to Build a Website?

You don’t necessarily have to hire a professional developer to build a website. Even if you’re not tech savvy, you can build any type of website on a budget thanks to different tools available on the web.

That said, if you don’t have a clue what tools you’ll need to build a website, chances are you’ll overspend your budget on things that you’ll never need.

No matter what type of website you want to create, it’s important to know what tools you’ll need for setting up your site.

  • Domain name (e.g. Google.com, IsItWP.com)
  • Website builder (e.g. WordPress, Wix, Weebly)
  • Web hosting (depending on your website builder)

Domain Name

Your domain name is your website’s address on the internet, like Google.com or IsItWP.com. It’s what your customers type into their browsers to access your website.

Once you register a domain name, you’ll get the right to use that name for your website for a year. You are required to renew your domain from the same domain name registrar as long as you want to keep the name for your site. And if you ever lose interest in a domain name, then you can let it expire so that someone else can purchase it.

Check out the website name generator tool (free) and best blog name generators.

Website Builder

Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a seasoned developer, you’ll need to use a website builder to make a website. Regardless of your skillset, a website builder makes it easy to create a stunning website the way you desire. Plus, it also enables you to easily add essential features like SEO tags, plugins, etc. without hassle.


When building a website, we always recommend you to choose self-hosted WordPress as your website builder. WordPress is the platform of choice for almost 30% of all website owners. It gives you endless possibilities to create and enhance your website the way you want. It also gives you complete control over your website.

For more details, you should check out this article on why use WordPress.

For more details, you can read the best website builders for beginners.

WordPress is a free and open source software. You’ll need to purchase a domain name and web hosting in order to install WordPress and start building a website on top of it.

Web Hosting

Web hosting is like the home of your website. This is where you store the content and files of your website.

When a visitor tries to access your website by typing in your web address (domain name), then they’ll be directed to the website files stored on your web hosting server.

Oftentimes, the term web hosting refers to the company that rents out their computer/servers to host your website and provides internet connectivity to ensure your website is available online around the clock.

There are a lot of different types of best web hosting services such as shared hosting, VPS hosting, cheap hosting, WordPress hosting, blog hosting, dedicated hosting, etc. When you’re starting out, we recommend you to choose shared hosting or WordPress hosting because both are ideal choices for most website owners in terms of affordability and needs.

You can read more about different types of web hosting services.

If you specifically want to build a WordPress site, then we recommend you to choose a WordPress hosting service. In most cases, both shared and WordPress hosting cost pretty much the same. The only major difference is that WordPress hosting comes preinstalled with WordPress on your hosting account. This offers great convenience so you don’t have to manually install WordPress on your web hosting account.

Let’s break down websites into a few different budget categories:

  • Build a small website with a minimal budget
  • Build an advanced website with more features
  • Build an online store
  • Build a custom-built website

Don’t miss your chance to read out about web hosting (shared vs VPS vs dedicated) and WordPress hosting (shared vs managed).

How Much Does Building a Typical Website Cost You?

Depending on your needs, building a website can cost anywhere between $100 and $500. If you need a feature-rich, custom-built website, it can go as high as $30,000 or more.

To build a small website, you’ll need to have a budget for the domain name and web hosting. A domain name usually costs around $14.99 per year and web hosting around $7.99 per month. Altogether, starting a site will cost you as low as $110.87 annually.

The combined cost of domain name and hosting may be quite expensive for you, especially if you’re just starting out.

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Bluehost is one of the largest hosting companies in the world. They have been involved in the WordPress community since 2005, and they are an officially recommended hosting provider by WordPress.org. You should also check out this Bluehost review for more details. You can pay annually and save money on Bluehost.

To save on cost, you can choose a free WordPress theme and plugins from WordPress repository.

Here are a few essential plugins you can download for free from WordPress.org:

Estimating the Cost Based on Your Goals

Now we’ve seen how much it costs to build an entry-level website. As you grow, you can purchase a professional WordPress theme and add enhanced functionalities with premium plugins.

Before you add random plugins to your site, it’s important to ask yourself a few questions to understand your goals. This helps you avoid overspending when setting up your WordPress website.

1. What’s the realistic budget for your website?

Building a website that you can’t afford will be a disaster. Double-check your budget before you spend on premium themes or plugins. We always recommend you to keep the costs as low as possible when you’re starting out.

2. Do you need a custom-built website?

Installing a pre-built WordPress theme is the easiest way to roll out a new website. It also helps you save on costs, so you don’t have to hire a WordPress developer.

However, if you want to give a unique look and feel to your website, then you’ll have to build a custom WordPress theme, either by yourself or by hiring a developer. Rates charged by WordPress developers vary from $20 to $100 an hour.

3. What features will you need?

When starting out, you won’t need all the bells and whistles that you see on other cool websites. Even if you start small, it’s essential to write down the list of features you’ll need down the line. This helps you streamline the entire development process and focus on features that are of high priority. It also helps you minimize the cost as you grow.

Cost of Building an Advanced Website

Installing a free theme and plugins gives you a head start towards building a WordPress website with a minimal budget. As you grow and your needs evolve, you might want to enhance your website with more additional features.

Adding more features also means your website cost will start to increase.

If you’re anticipating growth, then it makes sense to switch over to a more powerful hosting service like SiteGround’s GoGeek plan. Of course, it costs a little more than Bluehost. However, it comes with a lot of premium features like staging, faster performance, and the ability to handle up to 100,000 visitors per month. Read our complete Siteground Review to learn more about this web hosting company.

You can use our SiteGround coupon to get 60% off for the first year of your hosting.

You may also want to find a premium WordPress theme for your site to give your website a professional appearance. The best thing is that premium themes often with extra features and priority support. See our expert selection of best WordPress themes for some great premium WordPress themes you can install on your site.

Here are some essential premium WordPress plugins we recommend for your growing website:





There are many more WordPress plugins and services that you can add. Each paid service or addon that you add will increase the cost of your WordPress site.

Depending on the premium products you choose, your website setup cost can be anywhere between $500 and $1000 per year.

Cost of Building an Online Store

The eCommerce industry is booming and research shows that it’s been growing 3X faster than traditional retailers. If you’re looking to step your foot into eCommerce business, it’s the right time to start an online store.

Creating an online store helps you expand your business around the globe, 24/7. Best of all, compared to offline businesses, it’s easy to start an online store without breaking your bank account.

Of course, you’ll need both a domain name and hosting to create an online store. While there are many eCommerce hosting companies, we recommend using Bluehost WooCommerce plan when you’re starting out. WooCommerce is the most popular and comprehensive eCommerce plugin for WordPress.

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The Bluehost WooCommerce plan comes with all the set of features you’ll need to get your online store up and running on WordPress. A few benefits of Bluehost WooCommerce plan are:

  • WooCommerce pre-installed: The WooCommerce plan comes pre-installed with WordPress and WooCommerce which makes it easy to start an online store.
  • SSL certificate: To handle payments on your online store, you may need an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate is also included in your Bluehost WooCommerce plan.
  • Dedicated support: A team of dedicated WordPress experts is standing by 24/7 to assist you.
  • A free domain name: You can waive off the domain registration fee for a year.

If you want to build an entry-level eCommerce website powered by WooCommerce, then it will cost around $190 per year. The price may go higher if you’d like to install premium addons and a premium theme for your online store.

If you’re looking for an alternative, then check out these best WooCommerce hosting providers.

Building a Website – How to Avoid Overpaying

Starting small is the best way to avoid overpaying and cut down on spending. To save on costs, you can always explore the free WordPress theme and plugin directories to enhance your website.

Once you start attracting visitors, you can consider adding a premium theme and premium plugins. To stay within your budget, always keep an eye out for WordPress deals and coupons to get huge discounts on your purchases.

A growing website will also need a more powerful hosting configuration than an entry-level website. You may also need to optimize your WordPress server on a regular basis. To operate your site on a server that’s uniquely optimized for the security configuration of WordPress, consider hosting your site on managed WordPress hosting.

We hope this article helped you understand how much it will cost to build a website.

If you need guidance, we also have several step-by-step tutorials:

Comments  Leave a Reply

  1. Hi, thank you very much for this article. Being in the website and software development business for 13 years straight, I am going to be honest with you.

    If you just need a website to just display about your company and the services you provide and you don’t care about the other things, you can go cheap, I think some developers will even give you such website with no charge at all.

    But there is a reason why, some business website are so successful, and start ups will never know the secret, because most of them are just looking for cheap or free stuff they can use quickly.

    We have charged companies from as little as free to 150K for a website. Being technical and very strategic when developing, in my own experience, I can tell you in seconds, if a website is not going to make it far.

    Paying People have this believe that, they suppose to get a proper looking website that is more effective and engaging, and most importantly that knows how to rank and all of that. And that is so true.

    The job of a website is to make your business life easy, not the other way round. If you find a real experienced developer that has a passion for helping people and not just after your hard earned money, I believe you can make it in the online world.

    Stop starting small, with website template that are downloaded and used by other millions of other people, start with an awesome website that does things on your behalf and make you money.

    If you don’t have the right budget, partner with a good developer that believes in your story and willing to help you with no charge, knowing that when you make it they will surely make it too.

    Steve Jobs had an idea, and he approach Steve Wozniak to develop apple, Wozniak believed in his story and he didn’t mind, look today Wozniak is also a billionaire.


    Just my opinion.

  2. Hello speaking to Frank sipi falls Uganda
    Am a site guide in sipi but I would love to advance from being a site guide to a safari guide.
    My point of view is that am planing to come up with a safari campany that operates in Uganda
    I would love to here from you how much is it going to take me to build awebsite for my campany and I need some one to help me

  3. A website like a rate my professor, or even Yelp where the user can create entries, reviews etc… What would I be looking at in the price range

  4. Thanks for informative article.

  5. I don’t know how to my account

    1. Usually, the login link is found at /wp-login.php. For example, if the domain is example.com, then the login link would be example.com/wp-login.php. You can often also use example.com/wp-admin, and this will usually redirect to the login link.

  6. By creating a website and a domain name does that give me copyright for my materials

    1. As long as you create your own (non-plagiarized) content on your site, it belongs to you


    1. Shahzad Saeed July 30, 2019 at 7:48 am

      The cost will be the same… ($110.87 annually). When you sign up for a web host, you’ll be asked whether you need a free domain or need to use an existing domain. You can opt for using an existing one.

      1. Hello i need contact

  8. hi friends, people ask upfront full payment, whether I don’t know them. And even I don’t understand if they understood correctly. They say, full refund if not satisfied! who guarantees ?what is the easy solution, then/:

    1. Shahzad Saeed July 24, 2019 at 6:59 am

      Reputed hosts, like Bluehost, Hostgator, etc. typically provide a full refund if not satisfied. All you have to do is to ping the customer care within your trial period.

  9. Thank you for this article, I’m starting a new Detailing business and have been quoted prices around 2500 design a web page, I think this is way out of line. I’m a small business just getting started.

  10. Hi, just wondering how much it would cost me to make a small youth league website, in which it shows the regularly updating league table and a few key stats

    1. Shahzad Saeed June 24, 2019 at 2:41 pm

      I think it will cost the same as any website. You can check whether you can find a plugin or an embed code that displays the league table on your site.

  11. how do i get paid if someone else advert displays/shows up on my website?

    1. Shahzad Saeed June 24, 2019 at 3:02 pm

      The easy way to monetize your site by displaying ads is AdSense.

  12. Wycliffe Oketch May 13, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    How much does it coat to create an App?

    1. Depending on work of content. But usually start at $150 baby staff going up!!!!

  13. Hello very nice article.
    I have a question. I already have a domain and webhosting. I want to make a website which should allow my users to make their own quizzes and then send them to their students for online test. How much would it cost me? and who can help me, i mean where should i look for such people. Thanks

    1. I recommend you to look for a freelance web developer. There are a few sites for this. Ex. Freelancer or UpWork. There you can post your project idea and freelancers make you an offer and set the costs of their services.

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