WordPress is one of the most used content management systems, with over 172 million active websites. With notable names under its banner like Techcrunch, Sony, Disney, Bloomberg, and BBC America, WordPress' popularity cannot be denied by anyone or the world wide web. This CMS platform can be used to develop any kind of website and for any business size. However, the first question that we often get asked by our client when they want to hire dedicated WordPress developer is “How much does it cost to develop a custom website?” Read this blog to know the answer.
WordPress is an open-source CMS platform built on PHP and MySQL. Powering 32.3% of websites on the internet, WordPress is a flexible and powerful CMS to build any type of business website. It’s free to download or install! But there are many reasons why people choose WordPress, such as built-in updates management system, tons of themes and plugins, support for oEmbed enabled websites, SEO-friendly features, etc.
If you want a fully-functional, customized website, you have to invest in the following categories:
1. Web hosting
2. A domain name
3. Theme or website design
5. Cost to hire developers
6. Miscellaneous costs
• Web Hosting
As a website owner, you need a server to store your files. You will find a number of hosting service providers on the market. The hosting cost varies from $3-25 per month depending on a number of factors such as storage limit, customer support, domain name registration, contract period, shared or dedicated hosting and SSL registration.
Here are the top hosting service providers and their packages:
• Buying a Domain Name
Every website needs a domain name before it can go live. A name that defines your business and services or products. You have to do your best research to select a name that can have a lasting impact on your business.
Not all companies that sell domain names are the same. You can buy a brand new domain name or the ones that are available for sale from domain name providers, such as GoDaddy, BlueHost, DreamHost.
The price to register any domain name depends on the age of the domain, keywords/phrases you select/want, and registrar (such as GoDaddy).
Some domains cost hundreds or millions of dollars to buy. For instance, SEO.com was sold for USD 5 million in 2007. The estimated cost to buy a domain name is $10-15 per year.
Once you have purchased your domain name and bought a hosting package, you will need to install WordPress on your hosting account. You can follow the instructions to download and install WordPress to get started. Once you have installed WordPress, you can choose a design from the given free templates or get it designed by professional designers.
• Website Design
With WordPress, implementing the right layout for your website would mean selecting the right theme. WordPress offers a number of top themes for free and in paid versions too. You can use any one of them if it suits your business needs and brand identity. There are premium themes that range from $10 – $300+ and the average WordPress theme costs $59.
Popular free themes you can consider:
Popular paid themes you can consider:
If you choose to hire WordPress designer to build a custom theme for your website, then you can consider Source Soft Solutions. We have experienced and highly talented designers who have expertise in designing WordPress websites. Our UX and UI designing rates are reasonable and can be combined with our development package at a discounted rate.
WordPress has a library of plugins and extensions. From simple, free plugins to advanced premium levels, you would definitely need to install some plugins to improve the performance and security of your website.
1. Jetpack to improve security and performance: $39–299 per year
2. Yoast to implement SEO functionalities: $0–89 per year
3. WPForms to include web forms: $39–600 per year
4. MonsterInsights for web analytics: $0–800 per year
5. Sucuri to improve security: $0-500 per year
6. A visual builder: $49–399 annually
These are just a few of the plugins or extensions that we have mentioned here. You can search through around 53,123 plugins on WordPress.org.
• Cost To Hire Dedicated WordPress Developers
A great website needs a great developer. If you want to provide unique experiences to your users, you need a custom WordPress website. Developing any custom website requires frontend and backend development.
The frontend part is the portion of the website with which we interact such as menus, dropdowns, etc. The backend part is essential for the website to function properly, such as a server, applications, databases, etc. Hire dedicated WordPress programmers to work on your site’s frontend and backend portions if you are planning to build a custom site.
• Small or medium market agency: $50 – $115 per hour
• Medium market reputable agency: $115 – $175 per hour
• Large market reputable agency: $150 – $250 per hour
• When you hire top WordPress developers: $200 – $275 per hour
The development rate varies depending on the type of website you want to develop. These websites will cost differently as per their complexity:
1. Simple blogging site
2. Complicated news site
3. Small business site
4. eCommerce website
5. Advocacy site
6. Big business website
7. Big scale websites
• Miscellaneous Costs
WordPress website needs proper and timely maintenance if you don’t want to face slow load times, hacks, intermittent downtime, etc. Maintenance involves backing up your files, ensuring security, and upgrading the overall site. Hire WordPress developer to do the maintenance work on a regular basis. It would cost you around $50-100 per month. The cost varies depending on the time taken to upgrade, back up or secure your site and also on the developer’s skill level.
Another aspect of custom WordPress website development is content creation. You can either write your own content or outsource this work to save your time. When you hire content writers, they charge you on per word or per page basis. Remember, content is an important aspect of your website that helps you to attract and retain visitors. Be ready to invest in some money if you want quality content for your site.
Today, nearly 70% of custom WordPress websites for average businesses cost between $3,000 and $15,000. WordPress is a robust, versatile platform to build a business website. However, it does require some customization. When you hire dedicated WordPress developers from Source Soft Solutions, you can expect to get a quality website at a much affordable rate. To learn more about our services, click this link.