Starting a business almost always comes with a full range of costs to deal with. Whether you’re opening up a shop on your town’s local high street or going for a business that is run and managed fully online from home, there’s always going to be something to pay -whether it’s renting a commercial property, registration fees, buying stock, employing staff, or designing and creating a website. In today’s digital age, having a business website is of utmost importance, with many businesses relying on their website alone to bring in a profit. But, when you combine web design costs with hosting and buying a domain name, it can soon add up. So, here’s how you can save money on your business website when you’re first starting out.
One of the best things about having a professional design your business website is that there is a massive range of web design services and independent designers out there for you to choose from. Whether you go with a well-known web design company or choose a freelancer, it’s a good idea to do your research first and decide which is the best choice when it comes to price. It’s always good to bear in mind that with something like web design, paying more initially could save you money in the future. It’s better to pay more for a really good design, than think you’re getting a bargain with an amateur designer who’ll cause you problems in future. Alternatively, check out The Website Group for pay monthly website options.
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Depending on the nature of your business, you may be able to get away with opting for free or very cheap web hosting. However, this is definitely something that you should do some extensive research on beforehand as in a similar fashion to web design, paying less for web hosting initially could mean that you’ll end up paying more down the line in order to repair subsequent problems. If your business does not need a website with lots of features and you don’t have any plans to significantly expand in the near future, however, it could definitely be worth looking into. Bear in mind, though, that many free hosting services are riddled with ads that could cause problems.
Even if you’re not a web designer yourself, the amount of services on the internet available to those looking to start a website make it possible to create a fully functioning site in minutes. Even without any prior coding knowledge, you can use a content management service (CMS) such as WordPress to put together a basic website that covers everything that you need for your business. Using WordPress as an example, you can choose from free or paid versions depending on the amount of features that you need, and even map your own domain name for a small fee. If you are confident using the internet and know a little bit about websites, this could be a good cost-saving option.
Having a business website doesn’t need to be the cost that breaks the bank!