Determining the price of a web site maintenance is one of the most frequently asked but rarely answered questions in the web world. Despite the fact that there are myriads of websites floating around the Web – there exists no one-size-fits-all formula for calculating either the cost of a new web site or the cost of a redesign. We’ve already focused on the cost of WordPress running, now let’s turn to HTML-based sites. This post doesn’t intend to belittle or alter your preferences concerning the way of a website running – the aim here is to provide a practical insight in costs of getting an HTML-powered website up and running it, and to familiarize you with another ways for you to make the right choice.
When a new website creation is on the horizon – consider the old saying “you get what you pay for”. This saying definitely comes into play when refers to HTML websites. Needless to say that in the fast evolving era of content management systems, the old-school HTML-powered websites seem a bit obsolete. So, let’s try to outline some of the costs you’ll encounter while creating and running an HTML-powered website. Let’s get started:
Domain Name (this is the name that your website is called): the cost of a domain name is the only website cost that you cannot avoid. Fortunately, domain names are not expensive. Usually they cost approximately $10 a year. The price varies depending on the extension: a .net might be around $6 a year and a .com might be about $11 a year.
Web Host: a host aims to provide you with a space on a servers where your HTML site is going “to live.” Hosting costs range from free to $200 per month, depending on the options and level of service you require. An average middle-of-the-road HTML-based website will generally run from $10 to $30 per month.
Design and production: the cost of designing and coding your HTML-powered site runs the gamut from free to thousands of dollars. Typical Web hosting companies offer packages costing from $8 per month for hosting and a free domain name to $40 a month for HTML website maintenance.
Professional designer: if you are not familiar with HTML programming knowledge – you would probably ask a professional designer to have the job done. In this case be ready to spend from $1,000 to $10,000 depending whether you need to just update it with the latest information, make some significant changes in the content or optimize the site for search engines.
Site Content within your HTML website gets short shrift: if you don’t have much time or skill level to create a content by yourselves – there is nothing to do but hire someone who will do that for you. Writers typically charge per article, per hour, or by the word. You can also consider adding photos, videos, podcasts or other multimedia content to your site – all that will surely add complexity to your HTML project and, consequently, cost.
In a nutshell, running an HTML-powered website requires a fortune to be spent on its creating and maintenance. Overall, $11 (domain name) + $30*12 months (web hosting) + $30*12 months (production) + $2000 (designer) = $2731.
In case you don’t know HTML programming language and are pretty tired of money investing in order to make even the smallest changes to your static website – why not give a try to WordPress or Joomla, for instance? Being full-featured CMSs, they are widely used by users and companies for creating amazing do-it-yourself websites of different types with any complexity. Looking at static website in the context of more dynamic WordPress or Joomla will reveal the following benefits of using any of the above-mentioned platforms:
- User-friendly (any specific programming skills are required to master and operate WordPress or Joomla properly)
- Well-supported (both have active communities of developers and enthusiasts that offer a welcoming place to go if you need help)
- Multifunctional (the platforms can be used for any reason – from personal web page to powerful web application)
- Huge amount of plugins (allows your website grow and scale as required)
- Strong SEO features (help to boost up the traffic to your website)
To conclude with another good news, it’s not a problem any more to convert your static website to dynamic platforms using an automated tools like CMS2CMS. The service is targeted at average users as well as experienced developers to make the conversion process as fast and seamless as possible.
So, why not switch to WordPress or Joomla and let them simplify your life? Entrust this job to CMS2CMS automated migration service which can more than help you to import HTML data to WordPress or HTML to Joomla without any errors and gaps. Get started right now and within a few mouse clicks you’ll enjoy all the possibilities that WordPress and Joomla have to offer.
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