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The Cost of Website Ownership: A Comprehensive Overview  

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by | Feb 27, 2024 | News & Insights

Embarking on the journey of establishing and maintaining a website comes with a range of considerations, including various expenses associated with ensuring its functionality, security, and compliance. Let’s delve into the essential components that contribute to the costs of website ownership.

1. Cost of Website Hosting:   Required

Website hosting refers to the service that allows individuals and organizations to make their websites accessible on the internet. When you create a website, the various files, databases, and other elements that constitute your site need to be stored on a server—a specialized computer designed to store and serve website content. Simply put, it is kind of like renting a space on the internet where your website can live.

  • Shared Hosting: This cost-effective option involves sharing server resources with other websites. ( An average of $10-$40 per month)
  • Dedicated Hosting: For larger websites, dedicated hosting provides exclusive server resources but comes at a higher price point. (An average of $75 per month)
  • Cloud Hosting: Offering scalability, cloud hosting charges based on usage, making it a flexible choice for growing websites.

2. Cost of Website Optimization Software:   Optional but Recommended

  • SEO Tools: Investing in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools helps enhance your website’s visibility on search engines. Popular tools may include Moz, SEMrush, or Ahrefs.
  • Performance Optimization Tools: Tools like Google PageSpeed Insights or GTmetrix assist in optimizing website speed and performance.

3. Domain Name Registration Costs:   Required

  • Registering a domain name is a recurring annual cost. Prices vary depending on the domain extension (e.g., .com, .net, .org) and the registrar.($10-$20 per year)

4. Cost of Website ADA Compliance Software:   Required (with a work around)

  • Ensuring Accessibility for Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance is crucial, as non-compliance can come with severe legal penalties. ADA compliance software aids in making your website accessible to users with disabilities.
  • Having a website that is ADA compliant is required, but there are multiple ways to make that happen:
  • Have a website built according to ADA and WCAG 2.2 Requirements
  • Use an ADA compliance software to manipulate an existing website to be ADA compliant (Min Cost: $100 per Year, can be as high as $2000 per year)

Additional Cost Considerations:  

1. Design and Development:  

  • Initial website design and development costs vary based on complexity and features. This includes custom design, content creation, and coding as needed. At iPoint, we offer payment plans for clients who may not want to pay for a website in a traditional project manner. While payment plans have a deadline, they can feel like an ongoing cost for the duration of the plan.

2. Content Management System (CMS):  

  • If using a CMS like WordPress, there might be costs associated with premium themes, plugins, or extensions for added functionality. This one varies greatly for each website, but you can generally assume that with more functions and features, your ongoing costs are going to be a little bit higher.

4. Maintenance and Updates:   

  • Regular maintenance, including software updates, security patches, and content updates, is essential. This may involve hiring a web developer or utilizing maintenance services.
  • While many of our clients are eager to learn how to perform their own routine maintenance, we also have many clients who would rather pay someone else to manage that for them.If you find yourself to be in the latter category, it is wise to make room for that in your annual budget.

5. Marketing and Advertising:   

  • Marketing costs, including paid advertising, social media promotions, or content marketing, contribute to increasing your website’s visibility.

Understanding the diverse range of costs associated with website ownership is key to budgeting effectively and ensuring a seamless online presence. While these costs may vary based on individual needs and goals, thoughtful consideration of each component is vital to building and sustaining a successful and functional website.

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