How much does it cost to build a website for your business?

Do you want to know how much it costs to build a website for your business or just a simple personal website? Simple websites such as personal blogs, portfolio websites, church websites, NGOs websites, news blogs, or more advanced websites such as e-commerce, company website, business/corporate websites, and web apps.

It’s difficult to put a price tag as it depends on your budget and goals you’ve set for yourself or for your business. But in this article, I’ll show you the things you need to get your website up and running, and the actual price of building a website. Let’s dive right in.

What do you need for your website to be up and running?

It doesn’t matter which type of website you are planning to build, for your website to be live, I mean to be online, up and running, you need the following:

  • Domain name
  • Web Hosting
  • SSL Certificate
  • Website Template or Theme (or hire a developer for custom design)

Domain name

A domain name is the name of your website, like , is the web address that users type in their browsers to access your site. You need to buy and register your domain name and get the right to use it for a year that means you are required to renew your domain from your domain registrar as long as you want to keep the name for your website. In case you don’t renew your domain name, it will expire and someone else can purchase and use it.

On average, domain names cost anywhere between $8 – $70 per year and it depends on which type of domain extensions you’re planning to use. For instance, .com like costs around $17 per year (bought from GoDaddy).

We recommend using .com extension since it is very popular and easy to remember, so expect to pay something around $8 – $20 for .com extension. The good news is that Crefati offers you a FREE Domain name on all managed hosting plans.

Web Hosting

This is a home for your website. It’s a place where you store all your images, videos, files, and other website content. When a user wants to view your website and types in the domain name in the web browser,  a user is then directed towards the web hosting server where all your website content is stored.

Web hosting companies like Bluehost, Namecheap, Hostinger, GoDaddy, etc. rent out their computers/servers to host your website and provide 24/7 internet connectivity to make sure that your website is available online 24/7. The price of hosting your website costs around $2.88 – $600 depending on the type of hosting services you’re using. If you are just getting started with your simple personal blog, you can use shared hosting plans from companies like Namecheap which costs just $2.88 per month.

SSL Certificate

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. SSL is a technology that enables browsers and servers to transmit and receive data securely in an encrypted connection called HTTPS. SSL ensures that your website is secure from cyber-attacks, it identifies your website as safe and secure to your customers.

To check if the website has SSL, look at the link (URL) in the browser, has to be something like this and is shown with a lock beside it. SSL certificates cost anywhere between $7 – $1000. For example, Positive SSL from Namecheap costs $7.88 only. But the good news is, that Crefati offers SSL Certificates for FREE to make sure all websites are secure and trustworthy.

Website Template/Theme

If you’re planning to use CMS like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc. you need a website theme. Some of them are available for free, and premium themes cost around $17 – $100. If you want to hire a developer to do the work for you, it can cost you anything between $100 – $1000 for just a simple website. But also, you can opt to use website builders like Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, etc. which can cost you anywhere between $6 – $50 per month.

 After that you also need to do website management and maintenances, if you can’t do it by yourself you have to hire an expert to do that for you which can cost around $50 – $500 per month.

So how much does it really cost to build a website?

If you’re just getting started with a DIY simple website maybe a news blog, personal website, portfolio, or company website, prepare yourself to spend anywhere between $10 up to $60 per month. For a more advanced website such as e-commerce, web apps, etc. the price goes higher up to $1000 per month.

And that’s it.

Hope you’ve enjoyed and learned what it really takes to make your website up and running. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us; email: [email protected] / WhatsApp: +255693690371. Follow us on Instagram

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