Understanding Web Development and the Associated Costs

Building a website isn’t as big of a deal as it once was. Almost anyone with access to a computer and internet connection can build a simple working website as there are so many automatic builders and platforms available. However, due to the increase in options available, web development costs can vary immensely. This article will highlight what this entails and hopefully brings light to what you are spending your money on when building a website.

What is Web Development?

If you’re confused about what web development is to begin with. Don’t worry, we have you covered. 

Simply put, web development is the process of making websites and web-based applications that can be used on the internet. In addition to the design of a website, web development may also involve database management, online shop creation, and other tools that can help customers navigate the website.

Average Costs of Websites

When it comes to designing websites and quite honestly most things – the cost highly depends on how much you want to put into it. If you’re looking for basic website design with basic features the cost will be significantly lower than one with advanced features and databases.

LocalTeam Australia's pricing for website design in Toowooomba

Listed above are the prices of us here at LocalTeam Australia. As you can see, the initial cost of designing and maintaining a website is quite cheap, but as you start to add features and options, the price starts to rise significantly. So to answer the question “How much does a website cost” – The answer depends on what you need or want.

Factors that Affect Web Development Costs

There are several stages of development that a website must undergo before it can be launched. Some of the most prominent factors that affect cost of a website include:

Technology Stack

The amount and choice of technology that goes into a website directly influences the cost. Development rates usually depend on the choice of programming language, the amount of hours a senior developer needs to spend on the project, and the resources that need to be allocated to get the job done in the time frame allotted by the customer.

Security

Websites require security. SSL certificates add an extra layer of security and help protect important information such as customer details and other sensitive information. Web development costs usually include the price of an SSL certificate and the cost of installation usually varies from agency to agency

Purpose and type of website

A purely informational website would cost significantly less to develop than one that requires an online shop or database. Having a clear purpose in mind when approaching an agency can be beneficial to help draw up a structure that can be built upon rather than wasting valuable resources during development.

Value

Depending on the size of your business – you may want to consider spending more as part of your marketing strategy. Clients often use a company website to ascertain whether or not they would like to work with them. Using extra functionality and features can help describe your company’s goals and show off what you can do. 

Development

As mentioned earlier, the more detailed the structure of your website in your initial brief, the more you can save on development costs. If there is a lot of back and forth between the client and developer, costs can start to rise significantly. Web development cost is also directly related to the amount of work required in both the front and back end of the website.

Maintenance

Building a website is just the first step. Managing the website over time is very important. Not only does information need to be updated periodically, there is also hosting that needs to be taken into account. There is also the factor that over time as more and more content is added to a webpage, it starts to take a toll on its speed and functionality. 

Website maintenance can sometimes include content management systems and fixing problems that may occur with the website. Depending on the needs of your business you could be looking at expenses from a few hundred dollars to thousands per month in upkeep.

What is the difference between a 500$ website and a 10,000$ website?

A common theme in this article is that website development costs vary. But what makes that difference? How does a standard website differ from a premium one? Some aspects that affect this include:

Source Code

Low-cost or standard websites generally use available and free source code such as WordPress, or sometimes they go with medium-priced platforms such as Wix, Squarespace or Shopify. This approach makes designing the website a lot easier and quicker than if the developers were manually coding each page.

Premium websites are more time consuming to build, but only with them can you bring out the best in your website and eliminate a lot of the “generic” features that are available from free source code platforms.

Web Server

Web server refers to the hardware and software that stores, processes, and then delivers your web pages to your customers. Large companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon have their own servers, but medium to small businesses are less likely to and rely on space on a public server through web hosting services.

Here is a video of a Google Server to help give you an idea of the space and resources a “virtual” website takes up in the “physical” world.

Safety and Security

Low-cost websites usually have the most basic security features which is often more than enough. However, when dealing with high-end websites that are located on their own private servers, having a breach of security can be a lot more worrisome and problematic as hackers could possibly have access to other important and sensitive data on your private server.

User Interface(UI) and Customer Experience

Usually when it comes to a budget website or those on the lower end. Functionality takes precedence over aesthetics. You are more likely to end up with a template website with limited choices on customisation. This can affect branding and image and can work against the message you are trying to convey.

What is the best option for you?

Low-cost websites are easy to build and take significantly less time, with a passable level of security and features. However, the main takeaway is that they are custom or tailored to your business’ requirements. UI and experience are relative but isn’t often the deciding factor when building a website, functionality often is.

High-end websites require a lot of effort, details, and time during the development process, but they fill all the gaps a low-cost website would have.

Depending on the needs of your business, the decision to run a high end or low end website falls entirely on your requirements.

Conclusions and final thoughts

Websites are like the front door to your business. The main goal of any company should be to make a website that stands out and sends a clear message to your potential customers or clients. Your website is often a first impression to most of your future clients, use it well. Working with a professional team can help make your website the best it can be and also point you in the right direction when it comes to choosing the quality and investment you want to put into your website. 

We hope this article was helpful to you and if you’re in the market for a new website or even a revamp of your existing one, don’t hesitate, get in touch with us and book a FREE consultation. We specialise in all things software related and are in this business to help people.  Shoot us an email at info@localteam.com.au or call us on (07) 4599 7300 Mon-Fri :9am-4pm

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