It is a common misconception that building a website is a one and done affair. On the contrary, any website will only remain functional and efficient only if it is maintained properly. If you are planning to charge your customers for maintaining their website, it is important to first find out, what are the different things you are planning to charge them for.
Factors that go into calculating the cost of maintaining a website.
1. Buying a domain name
When we say buying a domain, technically it means renting or leasing it out. While the new domains are pretty affordable, the ones that are older or have been owned previously can cost you anywhere between thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars. Be sure that you are chalking in the cost of buying or leasing out the domain before you give the clients an estimate for website maintenance.
2. Buying hosting
A web host essentially has multiple servers connected to the internet and the World Wide Web. Though the cost for hosting varies as per size, quality, and security of the service, it is a good idea to understand the requirements of the website according to the nature of the business. For example, a banking or financial institution’s website will require more stringent security measures as compared to a one page information based website.
3. Cost for updates
There would be times when the content on your website will get outdated, new features would be launched, a design overhaul may be needed, or you may need the website to be mobile responsive. No matter what the reason may be, chances are your website would need to be updated periodically to make sure that it stays relevant. Another important factor to be considered while quoting the cost of website maintenance.
4. CMS costs
Though there are a variety of free CMS available in the market, but they have a set of limitations as well. Most of the free CMS platforms like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal are great for SMBs because of their ease of use and affordability, but when it comes to websites with a unique purpose that can’t be supported by open source CMS, a custom built CMS is the only way to go. Depending on the needs/purpose of the website, CMS could be free or may cost between $10,000 and $100,000.
Creating a website can become a lot simpler when you do not have to worry about all these multiple factors. Appy Pie Website is a great way to stop worrying about all these factors and all your website maintenance worries will be neatly packed into an affordable subscription.