How Much Does A Website Cost?

How Much Does A Website Cost? The 64,000 dollar website design and development question.

How much does it cost to make a website in the UK today? I get asked this everyday, and the answer is it differs, depending on your requirements.

We can create websites from as little as £250 and the most expensive website we create retails at £15,000 up. The latter being a full bespoke web portal development, based on a clients needs.

  • If you only need a few pages, and an email form, perhaps our no frills static website from £250 would suit. It’s still a million times better than a lot of the cheap alternatives on offer
  • if you need a small website, but want to edit it yourself in the future, then our fantastic small business websites package starts from £950 with a complete content management system (CMS) and is very popular

How Much Is A Website from Hobo?

Of course we tailor websites to meet every type of client’s budget, and jobs are thoroughly costed before we proceed. We work with every type of business, including the NHS, charities, churches & cathedrals and SME.

As a SEO company, we make websites that work well in all major search engines, including Google.

So whether you need only a small website, or your ambitions are much broader, contact Hobo today, and well cost your website to the last penny, before we start designing and building.

If you are a start-up business, we also have a fantastic startup marketing package available, including website, logo, business cards and stationery design and printing, all for under £1,000.

Don’t settle for a cheap website you will regret – choose Hobo, based near Glasgow, to create a stunning website for you, regardless of your budget. We have clients all over the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Who Owns Your Website Design, Code, Domain, Blog and Traffic Analytics Data?

Recently we were asked to find out why a client had no traffic to a site (even after a SEO campaign with another SEO firm).

To identify all the issues, we had to pay a website development company thousands of pounds so I could just LOOK at the back-end of a content management system because the client “didn’t own the code”. The web company did.

After a golden handsake, I got access, and the result is we’re dumping a brand new content management system costing over £15k because the thing can’t even produce unique page titles on single pages. The CMS didn’t even have a function to delete pages.

At the moment, I can’t access another client’s analytics data because it’s not the client’s – it’s the web development company who installed it (yeah, that free thing you get from Google).

They same company added a @60 page blog to the client site as part of a SEO campaign – now that’s over, they’ve deleted the blog and it’s content because it was, in simple terms, “theirs”.

I’ll not comment further, just to say if you are paying money for a website, ENSURE:

  1. You own the website
  2. You own the domain
  3. You own the copyright and code (if copyright is applicable)
  4. You own the analytics data
  5. You own all data, logins and subscriptions (like Google local business) and can access them via a email account YOU CONTROL
  6. You own the content
  7. You can safely move the contents to the website to another host

…in fact, just make sure you own everything and can access everything and can indeed transfer everything easily, and at no further cost to you, or you could end up thousands of pounds out of pocket for something you thought you owned… and don’t.

Just ask your web dev company – find out what you own‚  and get them to sign something saying so, too. Any reasonabe company (like Hobo) agrees to this.

Remember if it all goes belly up, you as the client will be held accountable for not getting these basic things agreed in the first place – leaves a nasty taste in the mouth, believe me.

PS – Everything set up to do with your website should be in your name. Give the web company strict instructions it’s YOU who are giving THEM access to this data, and you are paying them to do this for you.

Joomla Or WordPress – Which CMS Is Best?

I see a lot of reviews of this kind out there, and frankly, a lot I read, don’t seem to be coming from actual EXPERIENCE. I remember YEARS ago asking the same question – Which is Better – WordPress or Joomla?

I can give you my honest opinion as myself, and my team, have had years experience with both open source content management systems.

I love Joomla when I spend time in it and WordPress too (Hobo is built with WP) , and I had a rule of thumb….

  • building a big document depository? Use Joomla.
  • building a site you just want to update with company news and the like? Go with WordPress.

Both are great systems (for FREE) and both can do what the other does, but I think Joomla takes too much time to configure (especially with CLIENTS in the mix), and too much time to troubleshoot conflicts, especially when your interested in SEO (!) – and shouldn’t every website owner be?

Of course, both systems leave a lot to be desired when it comes to SEO – especially search engine friendly URLs and canonicalisation issues / duplicate content woes though both can be addressed – though it’s worth pointing out WordPress makes this very easy indeed.

Of course, I am not denying you can’t build a great site that ranks well with both cms (content management systems) – because you can – but when it comes down  to it, I prefer WordPress, and that system is what we’ll be focusing on from this point on.

Joomla, for us, simply costs too much money and time in the long run, even with experience, in comparison with WordPress. This has got to be acknowledged.

Too many times are we editing Joomla sites thinking “we wish this was wordpress” as more often than not, adding new components seems to totally screw with the SEO component – so much so I think the guy who made it must have been pulling his *&^%ing hair out….. like we have in the past.

Even though we built, what I think, is the perfect e-commerce platform with Joomla for SEO purposes, we decided to scrap it AT THE LAST MINUTE and redo it in WordPress, just so we wouldn’t have component problems in the future.

Joomla is a fantastic CMS, but WordPress is just so much simpler for most people to get to grips with.

Advice – Just starting out? Thinking about which is better? which is simpler? Which is easier to use?

Choose WordPress, not Joomla….


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