Answers to Common Questions
How Do I Create the Best Startup Website?
Well that all depends on what you need the site to do. A small 5-page, marketing website is very inexpensive and could be done with Wix or WordPress. Those platforms are not very secure or robust, but if you install backup plugins and something happens, it's relatively easy to restore the site. They can be slightly custom designed and built by a developer or you could give it a go yourself. Some hosting companies even provide a website installer or builder when you host with them. It's a little more expensive, but if you go that route, go with WPEngine. They're the largest WordPress hosting company in the world and have stellar customer support.
While there are a lot of plugins for WordPress, we recommend a more secure and robust platform, like DNN, if you're planning on adding custom functionality and want the site to be able to grow and be customized as your business grows. DNN also has an open-source version that's free, so the cost is almost the same, but the platform is much more secure and scalable (we've built and launched more than 800 sites on this free version). You can also upgrade it years later when you business takes off!
How Much Does a Startup Website Cost?
As with the question above, it all depends on what you need the site to do, and how big the site is. A small 5-page, WordPress, marketing site, usually runs $2-6k. Variables fluctuate based on who writes the content, is a pre-built template used, how many custom plug-ins are needed, how many forms are built, does the hosting company give a free SSL certificate, how much SEO work is needed, are there any custom graphics and CTAs, etc. The list goes on and on.
A more robust, 20-40 pages, feature-built website normally runs $10-30k. These types of websites will normally come with some SEO and CRO work, possibly an eCommerce store, and is designed to help drive and convert traffic to help grow your business. These types of sites are normally built on a platform, like DNN or Sitefinity, designed to grow with your company, servicing you from startup mode all the way to Enterprise success. Invest for success they say? That holds true for purpose-built websites.
Before you start spending money on a site, take us up on our free consultation. We'll discuss all your options, give you estimates and options for your budget and set you on the right path from the start.