Knowing the cost of setting up a website in Canada is an important prerequisite for building a successful business. However, the wide range of web design prices can be overwhelming. This article will cover the basics of estimating design costs, choosing the right type of site, and developing it.
Domain name and hosting plan
Although a domain name is usually inexpensive, it is billed on a recurring basis, so you don’t want to pay more than $20 per year. A premium domain name will be an unnecessary financial burden.
Choose a hosting plan
This is the next step after choosing a domain name for your website. Think about the type of website you want to have and the volume of traffic you expect. You won’t need a big plan if you have a smaller website. A large e-commerce store will require more hosting. The next section will explore the most common types of websites so you can choose your category.
Exercise caution when choosing a plan because owning a website can cost more. The typical monthly cost of reliable web hosting is $10 to $40, depending on traffic volume and website size.
Type of website
The most common types of websites are small e-commerce stores, large stores, large custom stores, and brochure-style sites.
Small e-commerce store
These stores sell between ten and 100 products. They too have a blog where customers can get more information about your offers and follow your activity.
The price of hosting depends on the features you want to have and the number of products you sell. Your site will need a secure payment method so that customers are safe when submitting payment information.
The cost of designing a small e-commerce website in Canada can be up to $5,000. The bare minimum to count is $1,000. You will add recurring costs to this amount. These include monthly hosting costs, a domain name, update costs, and plugins to process payments. On average, annual recurring costs for a small e-commerce platform are around $680.
It is the most affordable option. It is suitable for professional services, musicians, non-profit organizations and businesses that do not plan to sell online. Site visitors will receive basic information about your business and what it has to offer, hours of operation, and your social media presence.
Usually, brochure websites are only about ten pages long and they cost much less to design than any other type of website. They are attractive to startups with tight budgets and/or those who want to keep their web design costs to a minimum.
In Canada, designing a brochure website costs an average of $700. It can be as low as $400 or as high as $1000, depending on the features you need and the number of pages. The domain name and hosting costs will be added. You will also need to consider annual update costs.
Overall, you can expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $1,200 for a brochure website. Hosting fees, domain name renewal, and recurring update costs will incur an additional $200-$250. You can choose to build a website yourself using a website builder. This is an option worth exploring.
Large e-commerce store
A department store will sell products to a wider audience. This option is suitable for more than 100 products, an active blog and product tutorial videos. Your fees will include:
- A great hosting plan.
- A domain name.
- Payment and security plugins.
- Recurring charges for updates and maintenance.
Annual recurring costs for a department store are approximately $700. Design costs range from $5,500 to $50,000.
Great Custom Website
Finally, some businesses need a website with custom features and functions to accommodate high volume content. These include game companies or websites with lots of high resolution photos. Some features make websites difficult to code. Costs increase with complexity and these websites take longer to build.
These websites have to accommodate many visitors on a daily basis and are tailor-made for their strength and robustness. You can expect a large custom website to cost you between $10,000 and $75,000. Higher update and hosting fees will increase the annual cost.