Price is always a variable when it comes to developing a website for our clients. We do a lot of work for small businesses and all small businesses have budget constraints that make them sensitive to every dollar that they have to spend.

Because the cost of a website can vary so much, it is helpful to identify the items that can raise the price, before getting into the specifics. If your goal is to keep costs down, you need to consider the following:

Content Management Systems

A content management system (CMS) is software that allows you, the website owner, to make edits to your website without the help of a website development expert. A good CMS is important for websites that need a lot of updating. If your site will remain relatively static, you can do without a CMS. If that's the case, you might be able to save money by opting out of a CMS, but it may cost money down the road when you look to update your website.

Website Hosting

All websites need to be hosted, which simply means that you need to rent server space so that your website is visible online. Hosting is now cheaper than ever and a good mid-range, small website hosting plan can cost between $20 and $60 per month, depending on a few variables. You can go as cheap as $5 a month, but quality can suffer when you go that low. Take into account hosting costs before you move forward with the development of a website.

Software Integration

When you combine some operational elements of your business with your online presence, you can save a ton of money. For example, if you pay $100 a month for time-clock software and your website development team can add that feature to your website for $600, you have saved $600 for the year and you have consolidated your software so you only have to use one service instead of two.

These are not the only areas that can contribute to pricing. Don't be afraid to ask your website development team about other ways that they can help your business save money.

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