The question: How much I have to pay to build my website?

cost of websiteOne of the first and common question we received as soon as a new potential customer contact us requesting a new website for their business is always the same: “How much does it cost?” Inevitably, our answer is always the same: “It depends”. There are several aspects to be considered that can make a website price vary from few thousands baht, to a million of baht.

If you want to hire a designer, developer or web agency to do the work for you, the price can get pretty different. Because WordPress is free, open source software, you cannot say the same for the minds, developers and professionals that creates your custom beautiful website for you. So, how much will creating a WordPress website actually cost if you’re doing it yourself or you engage a professional company?
In this article we’ll try to cover many aspects of a website development and try to give you a range of price you can expect, next time you ask for a quotation. The following is based on a standard website using one of the most common framework on the market. WordPress.

Where will my website be hosted? Will be fast enough? And how much does it cost?

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Once you have your domain, you will need web hosting. Web hosting costs start at super inexpensive (under 400THB per month) for shared hosting, where your website will be on a server with other websites. One of our favorite web hosting solution is SiteGround. Hosting prices can vary. One of our favorite that have hosting specific to WordPress include WP Engine and again SiteGround , pricing with these companies starts in a range from 300-2,000THB and goes up to 12,000THB a year. Some plans include additional services for backups, security, and speed enhancement. Most of our customers can starts a WordPress website utilizing one of the above-mentioned options. If you know your business will attract high volumes of traffic, you may need to look into dedicated servers and enterprise hosting options at a significantly higher cost. Now, lets’ compare the costs:

I want to manage hosting by myself.

If you’re just getting started and don’t expect a ton of traffic to your website, you should be able to get some very affordable web hosting. We recommend SiteGround, but any of the hosts mentioned above would be a great place to start your website. On a standard shared hosting plan, you can expect to pay around 3,000THB to 6,000THB per year.

I want my hosting space managed  by professionals

If you expect that the site you’re building is going to be a traffic magnet, or you just like to dream big, you can get a much higher capacity hosting plan and more over you need professionals to maintain and manage your servers to upscale and installing updates. If you go this route, you can expect to pay anywhere from 20,000 to 150,000 THB per year.

Now let’s have a look at the design: “I want a beautiful website”.

Everyone wants a beautiful website and luckily WordPress has 1000s of great-looking themes available at reasonable prices. You’ll probably want to choose a pre-made WordPress theme for your site’s design. When choosing a theme, you need to think about how you want to represent yourself or your brand online.

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Design is important!

If you search the web, you will find both free and premium WordPress themes. A lot will depend on the type of look you want for your WordPress site. Good themes won’t include much, if any, functionality directly within the theme. A theme with a ton of features might sound like a great deal, but most of the time you’ll be better served by a simple theme that works well with popular plugins.
You can also choose to hire a WordPress developer to customize a WordPress theme for you. One of the best ways to find a quality WordPress developer is to ask around. Be aware, that after the developer finished his job, there is the possibility he/she will not be available in the future to maintain and doing customization for you. In that case, finding another freelance developer, or finding a company that will make the changes, could be difficult and expensive also.
When you choose a WordPress theme, or have one created for you, be sure to go with a responsive design. This ensures that everyone who visits your website on a desktop, tablet, or mobile device will have a great experience.
Now let’s compare the prices.

Using a freelance to customize your pre-made theme

Whatever theme you choose for your next website, you should probably expect to pay at least 1,800THB to 3,000THB for a quality theme with ongoing support. If you join a theme club, this could be a little bit higher and also be a recurring fee; however it will give you a larger selection of designs should you want to branch out and create more websites. Hiring a freelance developer to manage your customizations and developments, can cost you between 10,000 to 30,000THB depending on the amount of work.

I want to use a professional web agency.

If setting up and customizing a theme is a little beyond what you’re prepared to do, or you just want something a little more custom and on the long term, you can still get a reasonably priced design. If you hire web agency, you can expect to pay anywhere from 30,000 to 300,000THB depending on the complexity of your theme changes and size of website.

I want to customize my website with features!

Plugins help you enhance the functionality of your WordPress site. There are many free ones that will help you immensely, such as WordPress SEO by Yoast for search optimization, Jetpack for functionality similar to WordPress.com, and Floating Social Bar for social sharing. In addition to the free ones, there are also paid ones that you might find useful now or down the road.

So will I use free or paid plugins?

Lots of sites can get by using only free plugins from the WordPress.org plugin repository. If you’d like to save some money on your site, this is probably the best area to do it. There are lots of great free plugins available for WordPress, so try searching for free options before looking for a premium solution. That said, there is a good chance you’ll have at least one or two needs that can’t be met by free plugins, or you just want some paid support, so you should expect to spend around 3,000THB per year on premium plugins. If your site needs to work a very specific way to accomplish your goals, there’s a good chance you’ll need to pay for it. Most niche-specific plugins are paid because they only apply to a unique set of circumstances. A good example of this would be eCommerce plugins.
The two best eCommerce plugins for WordPress are free; however, they have many extensions which are not. If you need a lot of special functionality on your site, you can expect to pay anywhere from 15,000THB to 100,000THB for the premium plugins you’re going to need.

My site is broken. Who is going to fix it?

WordPress needs regular maintenance in terms of updates to the core software, updates to themes, and updates to plugins. These updates help your website perform at its best and keep it secure from the latest WordPress threats. Plus, you need backups if you want to ensure that your content will be safe in the event of a hosting disaster. In terms of costs, it can vary depending if you do by yourself and with the hosting solution, or you let a web agency to deal with the hosting provider and let them fix for you. Let’s see the differences in terms of costs.

I can do by myself.

If you don’t mind keeping up with WordPress updates, plugin updates, theme updates, and small adjustments to your theme and plugins, you can save some money in this area.
One major downside to saving money on site maintenance is that you may wind up in a situation where you’ve crashed your site and don’t know how to restore it. We see this sort of thing all the time, so definitely be careful if you decide to look after your site yourself. Remember to always make backups!

Let the “experts” fix for me.

If you’d prefer to have someone else take care of your site for you, the cost is usually pretty minimal. For example, our least expensive starter plan costs 30,000THB per year and includes monitoring, backups, updates, interactive WordPress training, and our favorite benefit – peace of mind.

I still not get the picture: How much does it cost my site?

As you can see, there are quite a few things to consider when determining how much a website will cost. If you’re still ready to start tinkering with a bit of code or figuring out how to get some plugins and a theme to work the way you need them to, you can save yourself quite a lot of money.
When you choose the right services from the start, WordPress doesn’t have to be a costly endeavor. With most things, like designs and plugins, you can start free and work your way up. If you invest in the right things like a great domain name, web hosting company, and maintenance plan, you’ll be on your way to creating a successful website without having to fuss with too much of the technical side. And now, let’s answer your question…

I feel I want to do by myself or with a freelance developer helping me.

Setting started doesn’t have to cost a lot. If you keep the scope of your site small go with some budget-conscious options, you can expect to be up and running with your own WordPress website for around 15,000THB to 20,000THB per year. That’s not bad at all.

Or maybe I want experts to help me out.

If you’re really wanting to go all out and make the next big thing, or just be sure of the results in the short and long terms, you can spend quite a bit more than 20,000THB getting your website off the ground. If you’re interested in things like membership sites, eCommerce, and complex functionality you’ll probably wind up spending closer to 70,000 to 200,000THB for the starting costs and 80,000THB to 150,000THB per year for maintenance and support on your website. This is really just a rough estimate based on potential costs and it could be much less or much more depending on situation and needs.
Our advice is to be careful about overspending on an idea before you’ve validated it. Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you whip out your debit card and buy 50 premium plugins. If you have an idea and you’re looking for consulting to point you in the right direction, you can contact us and see what we have to propose you. You’ll find that we are very open and welcoming to anyone who is interested in building something.

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