Like every project, building a website does not have its prices fixed. The cost varies depending on the type of website and the features the client may want to be included in it, read on to know why. Just before hiring your web developer to build your website for you, also know that having your business online is not just a one-off investment, as it equally involves some recurrent costs like routine repair and maintenance fees.
A major cost-deciding factor in having your app or website on the World Wide Web today is the cost of Hosting which in most cases consumes more than 65% of the funds set out for most development projects. This is because, a web host is the base with essential components on which websites are built. These cost components include the Servers, Storage space, Security, Bandwidth and Customer Support which has costs equitably transferred to buyers in their various pricing patterns.
Another is the type of website you want. For example, the cost of designing an e-Commerce website where your site visitors will buy or sell items online is not the same amount involved in designing a Forum, Blog, Wiki, or Portfolio website. These factors and few others like cost of Domain name and Programmer charges greatly affect the total amount one spends on hosting a website online.
How much is needed to design your website in 2021?
Having decided to launch a new website on the internet, the costs involved are that for buying domain name(s), reliable hosting, and paying your programmer for design services. These are the major cost components which are usually packaged in a sum by most web-design firms. If you don’t want to pay for the whole sum they offer to you, feel free to ask for the cost of their professional services, then secure a domain name and host for yourself. But before you do it yourself, there are things you need to know to avoid unnecessary mistakes. Permit me to point them out below.
Choosing a Web Host
In order to choose the best hosting plan from the right company, you need to know what your proposed website will require now and in the future. There are basically 3 plans offered by thousands of Hosting companies out there, ranking from the cheapest to the most expensive, they are Shared hosting, VPS hosting and Dedicated hosting. There are other hosting plans like Cloud hosting, Managed hosting and Colocation, but they are not that popular in the industry. The main difference between them all is in what you can be able to achieve with them. You would not want to buy a shared hosting plan when you really need a Virtual Private Server and Vise versa. Another important factor to take note of is the company you are buying a plan from. That company need to have good monthly uptime results of nothing less than 99.9% in reality. A lot of things come in to play in choosing of hosts, but before buying, at least make sure your intended Host scores well in all of the following: Good Uptime, Security, adequate RAM and Storage space, Server Speed, Reliability & Responsiveness, 24/7 Live chat support, ability to Upgrade Server and nice Refund Policy. Some of the features you may want included are Daily Backups, Secure socket layers and FTP or SFTP Access. All of these cost money and are priced based on the resources allocated to each package.
There are Foreign and Nigerian hosting companies which are all available to host your website, but that of Local hosts are cheaper than most foreign ones. In all, the average cost of a shared hosting plan is between $2 to $15 per month, that of a VPS is between $10 to $65 per month while that of Dedicated hosting costs between $60 to $170 per month.
Choosing a Domain Name
First of all, domain names are easy to read and understand representation of complex machine addresses on web pages. They are regulated by an international non profit organization named ICANN which means Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. For every domain name registered, there is however a given percentage that is reserved for ICANN to help regulate the naming system. This can be seen in how most domain registration companies distribute the body’s annual accreditation fee of $4,000 USD per year to registrants. This is obvious at NameCheap, a top domain registrar that transfers $0.18 to each domain registered, transferred or renewed per year.
Cost of buying a domain name extension on the internet differ greatly based on the name extension itself. For example, a .COM domain costs an average of $10 in Nigeria, while its renewal is up to $15 (based on the registrar). The same cost equitably applies to .NET, .ORG and other TLDs. Some premuim or keyword, branded domain extensions are even higher in price. There are also country-based extentions like .US, .NG, .COM.NG, .CO.ZA etc. Their prices depends on the Registrar. A .com.ng domain is cheaper than a .com domain but that of .ng is more expensive than an average .com registration.
The cost of domains will also go higher if you are buying a Backorder domain. These are domains awaited to become available for sale. Their prices range from a hundred USD to thousands of dollars.
Choosing a Web Designer
The cost involved here depends on the scope of work to be done. First, choosing a professional to do the back-end or front-end for you involves money especially when you want the website to be Search Engine Optimized (SEO) with fast loading pages, Responsive on mobile, PC & Tablets, Pleasing looks and others. Since this kind of Job s not sourced based on some credentials like certifications, do well to demand to see the designers portfolio just before hiring. With such details, you will know you are getting the value for your money. A typical web design service in Nigeria costs from ₦50,000 up to ₦5,000,000.
Nevertheless, if you are creating your new website with a Content Management System like WordPress, Joomla and others, the cost for its installation and a few other finishing-touches should be lower compared to developing from the scratch.
Cost of Building a website in Nigeria 2021
Below is a summary of the total cost of building, designing a typical website in Nigeria. It involves cost of domain, hosting and professional fees.
Cost of buying domains in Nigeria
Domain Extension Initial Price Renewal Price .COM ₦3,700 ₦4,000 .NET ₦4,600 ₦5,500 .ORG ₦3,700 ₦5,450 .COM.NG ₦1,500 ₦1,700 .NG ₦12,500 ₦13,000 .ORG.NG ₦1,400 ₦1,600 .EDU.NG ₦5,600 ₦5,900
These are the average costs of initial purchase and renewal of domains in naira. Some of the top domain registration companies to buy from include Namecheap, Godaddy, and Freenom. For Nigerians, we recommend
Cost of hosting your Website
Domain Hosting Foreign Host Price Nigerian Host Price Shared hosting $2 to $15/month ₦700 – ₦5,000/month VPS hosting $10 to $65/month ₦30,500 – ₦80,000/month Dedicated hosting $60 to $170/month ₦50,000 – ₦120,000/month Cloud hosting $5 to $100/month Nil Managed hosting $15 to $80/month ₦2,000 – ₦7,500/month Colocation $50 to $300/month Nil Email hosting $2.5/month ₦800/month
Some of the Top hosting companies to buy these packages from are Bluehost, Hostinger, Hostgator, HostPapa. In Nigeria, some of the recommended hosting sites are Whogohost, Qservers and Smartweb.
Let us know your budget so as to tell you the kind of website you can achieve with it.