Want a Rough Idea of the Cost?
The Set Costs of Running a Website
Not only do you need to pay a developer to create and maintain the website, but there are also certain costs associated with this process.
- Domain Name: If you don't already own your domain name -you'll need to find one and register it. This runs about $5-10 a year. Our recommended sites for this are name.com, namecheap.com and gandi.net.
- Hosting Your Website: Shared hosting will generally cost you $60-100 a year. There are thousands of companies out there but check with your developer to see what they use. Mettler Solutions uses Site5 for our smaller sites and a variety of others (Digital Ocean, PythonAnywhere, LiquidWeb) for bigger projects depending on the type of system.
- Theme: $50-200. Depending on the type of premium theme you choose. You can opt to go with a free theme but you are generally more limited with your ability to customize or change the theme. Mettler Solutions recommends using the Genesis Framework and either providing custom changes or then using a Genesis Child theme.
- Plugins: This completely depends on your needs. One of the strengths of WordPress is the large number of plugins available for almost any purpose: forms, security, sliders, page building, etc. Usually, you can find an open-source plugin to use. However, the best plugin for your site might be a premium one. Here at Mettler Solutions, we couldn't live without Gravity Forms and find it well worth it's price.