A lot of personal business owners, as well as small bloggers and small business owners, are looking into the realm of online websites to increase their product sales or, more importantly, to improve their online web presence. There are many ways to do, of course, but the easiest, cheapest, most cost-effective, most fun and ultimately most useful way for you to do this would be to garner for yourself a website.
A lot of downfalls and questions come with this though, such as some of the immediate following:
- How much will it cost?
- How do I set it up?
- Who will build it for me?
- Will I have to make it myself?
- Do I need to hire a designer?
- Will I reach anyone?
- Will I ever create a real online presence for myself?
As you can see, there are a lot of questions and concerns that people have when it comes to building a website. Probably the most critical issue that we can not only ask, but answer ourselves as well (because we have all been there at one point or another) is this; how much will it cost?
There are a couple of different answers to the question, but to be as helpful as we can, we will try to stick to the most transparent and straightforward answers. Of which there are precisely none.
1. It Depends
The very first variable that you will want to be thinking about is whether or not you are trying to sell a product. If you are, then it changes everything. Are you trying to make a photography or videography portfolio, yoga, food, or lifestyle blog, or are you trying to market the latest fitness guru product? The answers to these questions will affect the result of your website, and thus change how it gets planned, paid, made, and whatnot.
2. It Still Depends
Something else that you will want to keep in mind is how much you are willing to spend. A website hosting and designing surface will always have at least two or three different plans that you can pay for. Some may even include in-house marketing, or ‘marketing on the house’ which are two catastrophically different things.
A low tier kind of plan will mean that you are given the absolute barebones for your website, and you will have a no-frills experience. Some programs, such as the free plan on wordpress, will offer a few necessary customization screens but ultimately no further manual customization, and a permanent ‘watermark’ (so to speak) on all of your links as well as homepages and picture information pages.
So, there it is! The answer you were entirely NOT looking for, which is exactly what we gave you! Sorry. As you can see, though, it depends on a load of different variables; what kind of website you want to make, whether or not you want to market it or not. You will also want to take into consideration whether or not it is a ‘social’ website, or even as far as how you want it to be (not only) marketed, but also how you want it to be seen when it is published.