Understanding how much does it cost to run a website can help to come up with a proper budget. Unfortunately, some user set their web development budget till the deployment of the project and forget to consider the maintenance cost. How much does your website cost to run for 1 year depend a lot.
The average cost to run a website for 1 year vary from around INR 30,000-INR 250,000/ year. Running websites like Amazon or Netflix can cost even more. Website’s features and services are among the factors that contribute in overall website cost.
Website’s essential elements
Every website is made up of several elements few of them are essential where few are optional. Here we are going to see the website’s essential to know about the cost to run website for one year.
- Domain Name
Every website needs a domain name, even if they opt for single page website or eCommerce website, Domain Name is must. The domain comes with different plans that offer annually or monthly renewals. The cost for domain name ranges between INR 500-INR20,00/ year.
- Web Hosting
Web hosting is a service that helps to publish the website online. The web hosting service providers rent out you some space on their physical server to store your website’s data. The web hosting service provider and the web hosting plan you choose affect the cost to run a website. The web hosting plan can vary from INR 5000-INR 25,000. There are many hosting services available with different plan. Here are some of the popular types of web hosting services:
- Shared Hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Cloud Hosting
- Dedicated Hosting
- WordPress Hosting
- Website Design
Website design is the visual representation of your business that showcase your business and expertise services digitally to wide audience. After hosting and domain, the very first thing that you need for your website is its design. A good and attractive website design can drag the customer’s attention to drive higher traffic. Some website design like PSD to HTML are rare to see and can cost you a bit high as compare to other design. The average cost to create a professional website design can vary from project to project that can range between INR20,000-INR80,000.
Website’s Important elements
- SSL Certificate
SSL certificate provide secure data transfer and enable encrypted communication between server and the client. The benefits of having SSL certificate on your website can improve the security, and data privacy with better performance on search engine.
The cost of SSL certificate varies depending on the number of domains or subdomains they cover. For single domain the SSL certificate price range between INR 500-INR10,000/ year.
- Email service
Professional email makes great impact on building the credibility of the website. With a business email you can promote your brand effectively that look professional and able to gain customer’s trust. Hosting providers also offer free email included into their hosting plan. The cost for business email vary that range from INR300-INR1000/month.
- Tech Support
The customer service team make great impact when it comes to solve any issues that arise in website. If you are a tech savvy then also sometimes you need tech support to fix the website issues as soon as possible.
These tech support comes with different form few provide Live Chat with expert where they solve all the quires via chat messages. Few offers ticket raising that provide assistance request to the service provider they come to solve the service to the customers.
- Marketing and SEO
Marketing strategy requires manual work. Although many tool are there to make website SEO-friendly, but few websites need extra help to compete the competitors with respect to traffic and sales.
Marketing and SEO cost depend on the business need and the complexity of the strategy, for estimating the marketing and SEO cost you need to determine whether you want to use any paid tools or a professional and based on that the marketing cost vary that range in between INR20,000-INR50,000/ year.
Maintenance is sometime essential and sometime important for business and website. To ensure the sustain security and functionality of the website it need to be maintained regularly. To prevent website from any kind of breaches, and site damages maintenance should be done at least once a year. Hiring a professional to take your workload off is the best option however you can do it by yourself or via inhouse team as well. The cost for maintenance of the website by a professionals can cost you around INR20,000-INR50,000/ year.
Website’s optional elements
Website sometime needs content management system like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, it might need few plugins or extension to expand the website’s functionality. Depending on the website need and your budget you can opt your plugin that cost you around INR10,000-INR50,000 once while creating the website.
- eCommerce Features
Not every website need ecommerce functionality hence it is Add-ons to the website. eCommerce website development allows you to sell your services and product from the website. There your website requires a lot of features like multiple payment gateway, order management, shipping option, etc. The cost to create a website with eCommerce features will cost you at once that need to be upgrade later as per the needs. This addon feature will cost you around INR40,000-INR80,000 once while creating the website.