June 2021

Estimating the cost of building a website usually only helps you get a rough estimate of the total cost. This is because there are several factors that contribute towards the total cost of a website. Two of the main categories that need to be considered for estimating website development cost are:

  1. Infrastructure – The infrastructure of the website is like its foundation. It basically ‘powers’ your website. This typically includes domain name, software, hosting, etc.
  2. Design and functionality – The design and functionality is what your website visitors see and use when they visit your website.

Other than this, the cost also depends on whether you are going to build the website yourself or outsource development. Today, we will be looking at how much a website would cost you if you build it yourself.

Read down below to find out more about how much will a website cost you generally.


How much does a website cost for backend infrastructure?

When it comes to the backend infrastructure, there are three different website development costs that need to be kept in mind. These are:

  1. Domain name
  2. Website software system
  3. Hosting

1. Domain name 

The domain name of your website is the permanent address of your website that people type into their browsers to visit your page.

Purchasing a domain name usually costs anywhere between  $9 and $14.99 per year. However, the cost can vary depending upon factors such as the domain registrar or domain extension.

Bluehost is a popular hosting company among people who are creating a new website. It includes a free domain name and costs only  $71.40 for the whole first year.


2. Website software 

Thanks to advanced technology and modern software development methods, there’s no need to start coding from scratch in order to build a website. Majority of the websites these days are developed using pre-built website software, known as content management system

You’d be surprised to know that WordPress is used to power more than 35% of websites on the internet.

One of the main reasons so many people choose to use WordPress is because it is very flexible. Not only that, but the software is also entirely free. Hence, if you are someone looking to build a website on a budget, then you might want to try out WordPress.


3. Hosting

Hosting is what powers the website, allowing internet users from around the world to access your website. Two affordable options for hosting a website are Wix and Squarespace as these both incorporate the cost of hosting in their total price.

On the other hand, you’ll need to buy your own hosting to install and run the software if you are using a self-hosted software such as Drupal, WordPress, or Joomla.

Beginners usually prefer to start with affordable hosting that usually costs around $7 to $10 each month. The cost can increase later on when you start getting more visitors.

Overall infrastructure cost – Around $70

In short, backend infrastructure can roughly cost you around $70 per year based on these estimates.

Hosting your own WordPress Website (70$) – $70 for hosting, free of cost WordPress software, free of cost domain through Bluehost,

Using a website builder (160$) – roughly $150 for a year of website builder and $10 for domain.


Website design and development cost  – $100 to $3,000

The cost of designing your website and its functionality is totally based on your requirements. If you want to build a simple website, without any fancy designs and layouts, you wouldn’t need to spend a penny. 

However, if you plan to build an attractive website, with a lot of features, designs and more, then you’d need to spend more. Again, the cost of designing depends upon which design template you use. The cost can range from anywhere between $100 to $3,000 or more.

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How much does it cost to develop a website? Is the cost a one off or do the costs repeat themselves?

Over the years, the cost of building a website has reduced dramatically.

Based on the above estimates, if you are building your website using wordpress, then it would cost you around $70, and around $160 for a premium website builder.

From there, based on your design and functionality requirements, the cost can either remain the same, or keep adding up. As for whether the costs repeat themselves or not; this entirely depends on whether you choose to keep updating and managing your website.

Also, you’ll need to pay the yearly fee for hosting and domain name, so let’s keep those costs in mind as well.



We hope the above estimates can help you get a better idea about the average cost of website development. If you are someone who wants to get a high-quality website built, but are not experienced in building websites, then you might want to outsource website development.

Get in touch with ARFASOFTECH today for the best website development services.


Fahad Ali, Author

Fahad is PM at ARFASOFTECH but has a knack for writing. He enjoys writing about the latest technologies and evolving trends. Most of his writings revolve around trending technologies and their integration into operations.

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