This is like the “how long is a piece of string?” question as every website has different requirements. Until we sit down and discuss these requirements it’s virtually impossible to give a figure, but as a very loose ball-park guide:
- £500 - £1,000 for a simple brochure style website based on an existing theme or template
- £1,700 - £2,400 for a customised / bespoke theme
- £3,000+ for a customised / bespoke theme plus e-commerce functionality
These are only very basic guide prices as there will most likely be other influencing factors that can affect the price such as extra bespoke functionality and customisation. Design and whether graphics, including logos, are supplied, sourced or created. Social media integration, photography, copywriting and so on.
Web hosting is a service that allows organisations and individuals to post a website or web page on to the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.
The UK legal requirements for a website and email are similar to that of the legal requirements for paper based communications such as letterheads. Further information can be found on our legal requirements page.
A domain name is used to translate into human readable format the numerical internet protocol (IP) address. For instance, routetoweb.co.uk points, as it is known, to 126.96.36.199.
A domain name has two levels; the top-level is the last part of the address i.e. .com or .co.uk. The second-level is the ‘routetoweb’ part or amazon or ebay etc.
When you register a domain you register both parts, so routetoweb.co.uk and routetoweb.com are both registered. Depending on the authority that controls the top-level domain you can register the name for 1, 2 or more years. Any domain registrar can be used to do this and our preferred partner for this is 123 Reg.
With most domain registrars you can either create an account first, or search for a domain then create the account once you have selected your chosen domain(s). Either way you will need your debit/credit card details with you when you do this.
Don’t expect your chosen domain to be available, prepare beforehand a list of domains that you like and think are suitable for your use and work your way down the list. If you are based in the UK it’s may be worthwhile registering both the .co.uk and .com versions. This can get frustrating; as sometimes .com is available and at other times just the .co.uk version. Use a spreadsheet or similar with three columns: ‘Domain name’, ’.co.uk’ & ‘.com’. Work your way down the list making off each name and which version is available. Without the list you can easily forget which domain names you have searched on.
Another consideration is how easy will it be to give the domain name over the phone and for the person you are speaking to write it down.
Since 2013 mobile devices are used more than a laptop or desktop devices to access the internet. Often they are used while the user is doing something else such as watching television or commuting to work.
A properly developed mobile friendly website will fit on to the screen of a phone or tablet without the need to do any frustrating sideway scrolling or zooming in to read the content then out to move around the screen. Yet there are still some major websites out there that frustrate their customers and potential customers by not having a mobile friendly website. Read more on our mobile page.
In short it’s a website that adapts its content to fit the screen that its being viewed on i.e. responds to the device’s screen size.
Not all mobile websites are responsive, some have purposely designed mobile pages that are delivered to the end user.
A contents management system (CMS) enables an editor, site owner, designer or other permitted user to access and make changes to the content of a website. WordPress is the most common CMS, but there are others such as Perch, Joomla! Or Drupal.
WordPress is an open-source content management system. It enables editors to add, edit or remove page content. Extra functionality can be easily added to the site by the use of plugins – these are separate sections of code that that have been developed to do a specific job or role. There are thousands available, but often it’s impossible to find one that does the exact job you want it to, then a custom plugin would have to be developed, which we can help with.
The design or look of the website is controlled by a theme, and again, like plugins there are many to choose from, some have to be bought, but others are free to download. Generally, however, whichever is chosen some sort of customisation has to be done, even if it’s just changing the logos and the colour scheme to match your company's corporate colours.
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