Looking to set up a new website on a budget and wonder how and where you can save money while doing so? In today’s article, we will show you 5 different ways on how you can save money when setting up a new website.
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#1 Proper planning
We know this one might sound obvious, but planning out a website always saves your precious time and money as compared to if you didn’t plan at all. If you don’t plan, any additional expense will come to you as a surprise, which in most cases, won’t be a pleasant one, and will only increase the money that you have to spend.
So, knowing exactly what you want and speaking to the right professionals about it can provide you with a pretty good idea of what turning your ideas into reality will cost you.
#2 Use an open-source, free, or an inexpensive platform
After you have planned out your website, it’s time to decide where you want to build it. Nowadays, several website building platforms are available. Some of those are open-source and free, while others are either costly or inexpensive.
Creating your website on an open-source or free platform can make your website creation project budget-friendly. For example, WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are open-source platforms that enable you to create a full-featured professional website without extra costs. WordPress is, perhaps, the best of all because you can scale it cost-effectively by using a wide variety of different plugins.
#3 Create and organize content internally
Content creation and organization is another time and money consuming task. Some individuals and businesses ask their developers to create and organize the content for their new website that incurs additional costs.
Keep your content ready for header, footer, and landing pages. Use inexpensive online design programs like Canva to design your header and footer images. Having the content ready will enable the freelancer or design agency to give you an accurate quote for creating your website.
Always label images correctly and organize the content in folders to save time and money. However, you can also hire a local web designer to perform these tasks cost-effectively.
#4 Limit changes to your website design
Many individuals and businesses increase their website development costs by requesting changes time and again. One way to save money from that is by planning your website before you begin developing it. The more time you spend on research and planning, the more cost-effective your website development will be.
However, if you are still in your designing phase, you can request changes that will cost little to no money at all. Changes in the development phase, however, will consume time and incur additional charges. Keep regular contact with the developer to avoid this issue. Also, do not ask for the features that you do not need right now. You can get those features added once your budget increases.
#5 Inexpensive domain and web Hosting
Finally, you can cut down web development costs by choosing an inexpensive domain and hosting service for your website. Buying a complete development package often includes a free domain and hosting. Low-cost options both for domain and hosting are available.
However, going with free or inexpensive hosting may provide limited features. Always ask your website builder for an affordable domain and hosting package. A little research on various available options may also save you extra money.
Hopefully, you have managed to find some helpful tips on saving money from building your website. Remember that there are truly an endless amount of places that you can save money from ranging from copywriting, to design, to the themes, features, tools, and plugins that you want your website to use.
So, choose wisely, plan it out, and maximize the money that you save.