How Much To Create A Website – 5 Easy Ways (Updated Guide for 2022)

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Below you can find out 5 different methods much to create a website,

Method 1 – How Much Do Websites Cost In 2020?

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Method 2 – How Much Does A Website Cost In 2021?

Whats up everybody my name is barbara and welcome back to wiki design for the past 16 years ive been. Making websites a lot has changed over the years but one thing has it and that is people asking the. Question how much does it cost now at wiki design we do try to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. But the truth is the cost of your website will greatly depend on what you need what functionality youre looking.

For the design that you want things like that really take into effect of how much its going to cost. Long story short its complicated nowadays there are so many different options for you to build your dream website seriously. You all have so many great options back in the day when i first started the only option for a. Website was to learn html i mean css didnt even exist when i started making websites wow i feel old. With so many different options there comes a lot of confusion about what youre getting for your money how much.

Things really cost and what to do so i decided to do some research on four popular website building platforms. To really find out how much it truly cost to get a website in 2021 hopefully by the end of. This video youll have a better understanding of the true cost to get your dream website hopefully because this took. A lot of time now there are so many different website platforms available to choose from but if i talked. About all of them this video would be like three hours so im only gonna focus on four and that.

Is squarespace wix show it and wordpress ill be breaking down the cost to diy your website yourself on these. Platforms as well as the cost to hire a designer now obviously prices vary on a lot of different factors. So make sure you do your research before you hire an agency purchase a template do anything like that because. You dont want to get burned this video also assumes that youre starting everything from scratch so you dont have. An existing website you dont have a blog you dont even have a domain name youre starting from brand new.

So its really the cost to get everything up and running okay lets get started first up is squarespace squarespace. Offers tons of different templates that are easy to customize through their drag and drop builder they offer a ton. Of different beautiful designs and e-commerce blogging and portfolio capabilities for a pretty good price at the lowest end squarespace. Will cost you around twelve dollars a month now if you need advanced e-commerce functionality thats gonna run about forty. Dollars a month with all of their plans they include a free custom domain name for a year free ssl.

Certificate and free squarespace extensions if you want advanced features like ecommerce integration different marketing capabilities or the ability to. Customize your site using css or javascript you will have to bump up to one of their higher tier plans. Which will run you about at least 18 a month another nice thing about the higher tier plans is that. They include a free google workspace account so youll get a custom email address like info yourdomain.com so you dont. Have to use google or gmail for your email thats a really great added bonus squarespace also claims to have.

Award-winning customer support which is really great because no matter how easy they claim it to be you will run. Into problems especially if its the first time youre ever building a website so its nice to have support and. Resources available to walk you through it if youre looking to diy your website and just need something really basic. Squarespace will give it to you for 150 a year not bad but you cant do anything customized and you. Dont have all the functionality of those higher tier plans now lets be real if youre serious about starting a.

Business youre going to want something really unique and 150 for a website is probably not going to cut it. Thats where things like premium templates or hiring a squarespace web designer will come in now you can purchase templates. All over the internet ive seen some as low as 25 dollars and some as high as 700 dollars now. Im assuming those 700 dollars give you more customizations but it is still a template so its not a completely. Custom website you do run the risk of having a website that looks like a lot of other websites if.

Youre not interested in diy in your website there are plenty of squarespace designers that you can hire squarespace actually. Has a whole list of designers right on their website theyll give you more information and the ability to contact. The designer directly pretty cool the rates of these designers vary greatly but you can expect to pay around 300. To five thousand dollars for a custom squarespace website because squarespace is a closed platform meaning that you have to. Do everything within squarespace there are limitations to what you can do even if you hire a professional to design.

The site for you for example if you want to sell products on your squarespace website the only options for. Payment gateway are stripe and paypal now those are great options but they do have their own transaction fee so. Every time a transaction goes through your website they take a cut those transaction fees are pretty standard but if. You do find something that is cheaper you cant use it because it doesnt work with squarespace so that is. Something to keep in mind if you plan on selling a lot of products because those fees do add up.

Overall i think squarespace is a really good platform and gives you a lot for the money but if youre. Looking for more custom functionality it might not be the best platform for you next up we have wix wix. Is similar to squarespace as in they have the drag and drop builder that you can use and have about. 800 templates that you can choose from to design your website the wix pricing structure is a lot more complicated. They have their website plans which start at fourteen dollars and go all the way up to thirty nine dollars.

Per month they also have business and e-commerce plans to start at 23 a month and go up to enterprise. Yikes included in all of their plans is a free domain name and a free ssl certificate e-commerce plans do. Come with abandoned cart recovery and they offer subscription services which is something that squarespace didnt mention on their website. While those things are all good benefits theres a lot that i really dont like about the wix pricing structure. The first thing that i dont like is that they limit your storage space so that means that if you.

Want to expand your business online in the future you have to worry about that you have to worry about. The amount of products and pages that youre adding because you dont want to hit that storage limit they also. Have limits on the amount of video that you can stream so if you plan on using video on your. Website thats definitely something to take into consideration they also limit their e-commerce features depending on the plan that you. Choose and only offer vip support to people that pay for the top tier memberships thats something that squarespace didnt.

Do now they do have some resources on the wix website if you need help but it wasnt nearly as. Robust as what squarespace offered if you go to the diy route wix will get you there for around 170. A year but just like squarespace youll be limited in functionality and features because it is a closed platform and. Because they have that storage limit you really are limited to how big your site can grow just like squarespace. You can find premium wix templates for sale at a lot of different places i found them for sale for.

As low as 25 dollars and as high as 500. Wix also offers a marketplace full of wix specialists and. You can hire those people for pretty cheap their rates were generally cheaper than what i saw on squarespace even. As low as 97 dollars for an entire website but you definitely get what you pay for and i was. Not impressed with what i saw next up we have show it show has been around for a little while.

But i feel like its gained more traction recently and thats for good reason its a really powerful builder and. Show it websites look really nice the show and editor lets you do pretty much whatever you want so you. Can create some really cool designs without having to no code at all and another really cool feature of show. It is that it integrates with wordpress so you can have a wordpress blog on your site and use all. Of wordpresss blogging and plugin capabilities but design the pages through the show it platform thats a really cool feature.

And unlike anything that ive seen out there show it is the most expensive builder that ive talked about so. Far their lowest year plan is nineteen dollars a month and that doesnt include a blog if you want a. Blog with unlimited users and the ability to install wordpress plugins thats going to run you thirty four dollars a. Month some columns that i see with show it are that they limit the web storage space to 20 gigs. A month no matter what plan youre on another con i see is that they limit the amount of blog.

Visits you can receive every month if you are blogging a lot and you want to grow your business with. A blog i cant recommend show it because of this reason it gets really expensive really quickly they also dont. Include the free domain name for a year like the other services but domain names are pretty cheap you can. Get them at godaddy for around 10 to 15 a year so thats not a huge expense another downfall i. See with show it are their e-commerce capabilities now i actually had to research the site to see if they.

Even offered e-commerce and they do but its through third-party plugins now those plugins you have to then pay for. A separate subscription in order to use them so thats another added cost on top of show it plus youre. Paying for those additional transaction fees it gets really expensive just like the other two platforms show it does offer. Documentation on their website if you have a question and they do offer a messaging service that you can use. Between the hours of 3am to 7pm pacific standard time monday through friday and they say that they respond to.

Those questions you send within a few hours show it offers a lot of really beautiful templates for you to. Choose from honestly i think theyre some of the best design templates out there even the free ones look really. Nice now their premium templates are a bit on the pricey side some of them over a thousand dollars but. You do have the ability to customize everything pretty easily so i guess its worth it i guess like the. Other website platforms show it has a list of vetted designers on their website that you can go through and.

Contact to build you a completely customized website expect to pay at least four thousand dollars for that on top. Of what you pay for show it and remember the more traffic your website gets the higher price that monthly. Charge is going to be last up we have wordpress now i say wordpress for last because it is the. Most confusing but 39 of the internet runs on wordpress so its been around for a while and its really. Well used 39 is a lot of people if you go to wordpress.com youll see that they have different plans.

Available just like the other platforms that i mentioned starting at four dollars a month and going up to 45. Dollars a month but theres a better way if you go to wordpress.org you can download and install the wordpress. Framework for free now all you need to do to get this to work is purchase a domain name from. Place like godaddy or namecheap and then purchase website hosting now the price of hosting greatly varies depending on what. You get but i find that for decent hosting it costs a lot less than what you would pay for.

Any of these other platforms that ive mentioned and you do get more you will need to install that framework. That you downloaded onto a wordpress server they do have a five minute install but a lot of hosting companies. Offer this service for you so you wont even have to do anything once you have everything set up youre. Free to do whatever you want to your website wordpress is a completely open source platform so youre not stuck. In a box like a closed platform system you can do whatever you want another really great feature of wordpress.

Is that you can take your website and move it if you choose to do so so if you find. A better rate for hosting or need to upgrade to something better because youre getting more traffic and your business. Is growing you have the ability to do that you own your website completely like the other platforms that ive. Mentioned wordpress offers both free and premium themes that you can use to get your website up and running now. The cost of the premium themes really varies depending on the features and stuff that they offer you can spend.

As little as 25 and as high as into the thousands it really depends and varies on the functionality but. Theres tons of services available and tons of themes available for you to download millions of people specialize in wordpress. Web design so finding someone to build you that dream website wont be a problem and if you need a. Designer i know someone now you might be thinking i heard wordpress is really hard to use i want something. Easy i dont want to know how to code i want drag and drop just like the other platforms thats.

Where a page builder comes in wordpress page builders give you that same drag and drop functionality that the other. Platforms have but you still have the open source capabilities of wordpress the page builder that we use for our. Designs is elementor and weve made tons of videos on that if youre interested in learning more i will link. To a playlist down below wordpress offers really robust ecommerce solutions as well through their woocommerce extension you can set. Up a simple online store or even take it a step further and offer subscriptions memberships or even online learning.

Solutions the possibilities really are endless with wordpress and because of that it can be really hard to determine how. Much a wordpress website design will cost you but if you go the diy route let me try to break. It down for you as best as possible to purchase a domain name at a place like godaddy its around. 12 a year for decent wordpress web hosting its about six dollars a month or 72 dollars for the year. And if you want to get that page builder functionality you can purchase elementor pro for 49 a year so.

All in youre looking at around 133 if you dont want to go the diy route and want to hire. A designer the price will vary greatly there are like i said millions of people that specialize in wordpress and. Since it is an open source platform every designer does things a little bit different some designers will not let. You make updates to your website yourself while other designers like us will hand over the website to the client. And let them make as many updates as they want now going this route could mean a higher upfront cost.

But down the road making those small changes and updates yourself can save you a lot of money expect to. Spend around five to seven thousand dollars for a high quality custom wordpress website now this cost is higher than. Some of the other platforms but you have absolutely no limitations to what you can do so down the road. You can easily expand upon your website whereas some of the other platforms that are closed you might not be. Able to do what you want what i find happens a lot is that people will start off on one.

Of the other platforms and then as their business grows they need added functionality that isnt available on those platforms. So they end up having to rebuild their entire website on wordpress its really important to take into consideration what. You want your website to do if not now but in the future if you made it to the end. Of this video congratulations because that was a long one but i hope it cleared up some of the differences. Between the different website builders that are available and the cost associated with building a website in 2021 if you.

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Method 3 – How To Build A Website In 2021

Making a website is one of those things that feels really hard if you havent done it before youre like. Oh my god i need to code i need to do this and that html css javascript its its so. Easy these days hey friends welcome back to the channel in this video were talking about one of my favorite. Topics of all time which is how to create a website now ive been making websites since about the age.

Of 12 but five years ago when i started my own personal website that was one of the best decisions. Ive ever made in my life and starting that personal website in 2016 ultimately led to this youtube channel where. You are now watching this video and so in this video im gonna break down everything you need to know. To create your own website well start by talking about why you should have a personal website why its something. I recommend for everyone secondly well talk about how to actually create your own personal website how to get a.

Domain and which platforms to use both free and paid options and then well talk about once youve got a. Personal website what the hell do you actually do with it how can you make it work for you in. A nice way so lets dive into it lets start by talking about why you should have a personal website. You know everyone has twitter and instagram and theyre like why do we need a personal website well overall there. Are six benefits of having a personal website and instead of using myself as an example because im quite far.

Ahead in the journey im going to use my housemate sheen who started her own personal website just under a. Year ago and has had all of these benefits in one form or another benefit one of having a personal. Website is that it really helps you develop your own ideas so with sheen for example she cares a lot. About women empowerment and enjoys documenting life as a phd student and through writing her weekly blog posts shes just. Automatically become a better writer and a better communicator and shes better at developing her ideas overall now this can.

Seem quite a sort of uh soft kind of benefit like the personal development side if youre not if youre. Not like naturally into that thing so benefit number two of writing online is that it actually really helps you. In terms of your professional life as well in sheens example she started her website in june of 2020 and. Has been blogging more or less every week and last year when she was applying to lots of jobs there. Were quite a few interviews that she had where the people on the interview panel had come across her website.

Theyd googled her name and theyd found her blog and it in a way the website acted as a sort. Of online cv and in some of her interviews they would ask about things that shed written on her blog. And saying oh you wrote an article about this thing im interested in that thing myself lets talk about it. And these days whatever professional field youre in you can pretty much guarantee that your prospective employer is going to. Be googling you and if you have your own website you have this you know you can put your best.

Foot forward and you can start creating all these possibilities for someone to be like oh my god youre interested. In this thing as well im interested in it too lets have a chat about it benefit three of having. A website that you write on regularly or a blog is that it gives you lots of connections so again. Ive you know for me as an example ive made friends from all around the world through my website through. My youtube channel uh but im im quite far ahead of the process with sheen again started less than a.

Year ago shes had people from all around the world reach out to her because they read something interesting on. Her website and said oh you know youre interested in period poverty and things like that im working on period. Poverty lets get in touch lets have a bit of a chat about it oh youre interested in improving access. To womens education this is actually a charity that im working for that does the same thing lets talk about. It and through that shes made a lot of interesting connections from all around the world some of these connections.

Have led to benefit number four which is that when you have a personal website you expose yourself to lots. Of in a you know in a non-weird way you expose yourself to lots of interesting opportunities and because random. People around the world have found sheens blog posts through her website shes been invited to write articles for publications. Shes been featured in lots of publications shes been invited on podcasts and interviews and shes been invited as a. Speaker and all sorts of these kind of global health event type things which is exactly the sort of causes.

That she cares about which leads us on to benefit number five that when you have a personal website and. You write on it regularly you can have a lot more impact than you would if youre not on the. Internet having a presence on the internet is the modern day equivalent of just being very good at networking and. The analogy that i like is that its like back in the day you imagine like if you just lived. In a single village and you never interacted with anyone outside your village the amount of impact you can have.

The amount of opportunities you can have is pretty small because its confined to your little village but if youre. The sort of person back in the day who would every weekend youd visit a different village neighboring village and. Youd be traveling around and youd be making friends and saying hello to people and having conversations that sort of. Person just automatically exposes themselves to a lot more interesting opportunities and can also have a far bigger impact on. The world and if youre one of those people who insists on not having an online presence in some capacity.

Not having like your best foot forward not having a professional reputation thats on the internet thats sort of the. Modern day equivalent of just being confined to your little village where the only people that youre really going to. Interact with are people that you meet at work or at you know school or university and maybe if you. Go to a conference or a networking event maybe youll run into someone but having that website that you write. On regularly massively expands the potential impact of your work you know sheens had articles that shes written about women.

Empowerment that have been shared like hundreds of times it would be almost impossible to have that level of impact. Even at like that early stage without using the internet in some capacity equally if you want to take things. Further and your blog becomes particularly popular or you graduate to maybe having a youtube channel again you know this. Video could potentially be seen by tens if not hundreds of thousands of people all around the world thats far. More impact than ill ever have sitting in my little village and interacting with people one-on-one and finally benefit number.

Six of having a personal website is that you can monetize it if you want probably shouldnt be the main. Reason for having a personal website because generally you know it takes a solid few years of doing this sort. Of stuff regularly before you actually make money from it but its definitely a possibility and ive got lots of. Blogger and youtuber friends again different places around the world who are making six to seven figures a year you. Know like hundred thousand to a million dollars plus per year from their websites which is just utterly insane but.

Its the sort of thing that happens if you stick with this for a very long time and overall really. The value of a personal website that you write on regularly is that it acts as a serendipity vehicle as. My friend david pereira likes to call it its like you know even while youre sleeping your work is out. There on the internet and your thoughts and your blog posts or whatever it is that youre writing about is. Out there and being shared by people if they think its good and its like having this little army of.

Robotic workers whos like working for you and like spreading your message far and wide um and that has all. These benefits that weve just talked about so lets say youre sold on why you should start a website i. Think every single person watching this should start a personal website straight after you watch this video question number two. Is well how do you actually create a website now this is actually a lot more straightforward than people make. It out to be theres basically just two things that you need to create a website number one you need.

A platform and number two you need a domain lets start by talking about the platform and the platform is. The thing that hosts your website so for example you might have heard of squarespace or wordpress or you might. Have seen an ad for wix.com or you might have heard of the thing that i use called ghost theres. Basically hundreds of website platforms out there some of them are free most of them are paid and they all. Let you create a website in some capacity and because i value your time im gonna give you a list.

Of three options to choose from that i would personally recommend number one is a totally free option and that. Is sub stack now substack is a great place to write a kind of email newsletter type thing its not. Quite the same thing as a website like if i were to start a website on substack i would create. An account and then i would have my website being aliabdal.substack.com but its quite nice because its totally free its. Very easy to get started it automatically has the email newsletter component built in and so even if you have.

Even if youre starting from scratch and you just have your friends and family signing up to your newsletter you. Can probably get like 10 subscribers to begin with and then every week when you write something it automatically sends. It out to those 10 people and youve got that little url like aliabdal.subscribe forward slash my blog post which. You can then share on twitter or instagram or linkedin or facebook or whatever and then you can drive more. Traffic to your thing over time more and more people subscribe to your newsletter if they like this kind of.

Stuff that youre writing and its just a very free very easily accessible way of starting a website the problem. With substack though is that its not really a website its more newsletter you dont really have your own domain. And if you want to take this website thing seriously i would highly highly recommend paying for a service now. Broadly when i speak to people about websites and theres an issue about paying for something there are two categories. Of people one category is like i was when i was 13 i.e pakistani boy my mom controls my spending.

I dont have a credit card .

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