One of the most common questions I get asked by people new to the web design and development space is “how much does web design cost?”. Unfortunately, there’s not really a clear answer to this question, as much of the cost associated with web design depends on the exact services you need.
However, I do believe that it’s important for you to be able to gain at least a basic understanding of the costs of web design, which is why I have put together this short guide. I’m going to touch on some of the most common web design costs, and what you can expect to pay in certain situations.
How Much Does DIY Web Design Cost?
If you have a few design skills, you might decide to put together a website plan by yourself. While this is more than possible – and almost certainly the cheapest way to design a website – it can be hard if you don’t have a lot of experience.
It’s important to note that designing your own website will usually still cost you at least a little. Some of the costs you need to consider include:
- Design software. Unless you already have subscriptions to all the design software programs that you need, you will need to take this into account. You might also have to pay for things like stock photos and logo creation.
- Similarly, if you decide to build your own website, you will need to host it somewhere. Web hosting ranges from a few dollars to hundreds per month, so make sure that you understand what you need.
All things considered designing your own website is the most cost-effective way to do things. If you’re on a tight budget, you will be able to design everything for free, but I’d recommend checking out at least a few basic tools.
How Much Does Professional Web Design Cost?
If you don’t have the skills, time or patience to design your own website, you will need to pay for someone to do it for you. Unfortunately, this can be quite expensive, ranging from around $1000 to $100000 plus for large and complicated sites.
The cost of professional web design does vary according to the type and size of your website. Some things that will affect how much you pay include:
- The size and complexity of your site.
- The number of special features it needs to include. Things like eCommerce tools generally cost a significant amount to create.
- The level of customization you require. In some cases, you will be able to take a generic design and change it slightly to make it your own, which shouldn’t cost too much at all. However, the more customization you need, the more expensive your design fees will be.
As you can imagine, these are just a few of the costs associated with professional web design. If you’re thinking about designing a new website, I’d recommend getting in touch with your local digital agency and finding out how they can help and roughly how much it will cost.