Website monthly fees
A question I get asked all the time is "Why am I being charged monthly for my website when I've paid a big old lump for my design?" Well first thing's first, your monthly fee and your design fee are two completely separate things. In this post I intend to uncover why most, if not all, web design and development companies in 2017 will charge a monthly fee.
Here's a list of some things you should expect to pay for, monthly, once the site has gone live (some of which are opt in of course):
- The content management system itself
- Development such as an SEO service
- Content or graphic updates and amendments
- Domain hosting
- Server hosting
- Email creation
Here's what you should know
The lowest you should really expect to pay monthly for a website is around £5 and this will tend to be only if you pay for the year upfront. Now this will cover minimal support and the platform the website is built on. If the website is built on a platform that allows you to edit it easily then there is a developers fee for the web design company. This will need to be factored into your monthly fee. Completely reasonable, agreed?
More support = Higher monthly
Now depending on the type of service you will need once the website is live will dictate the amount you should pay. If you want ongoing SEO work then of course the price will go up. If you want the website hosted with the web design company then the price will go up.
Even if you want a live website and you insist on doing all the edits and changes yourself, your still paying for that system that allows you to edit the website. The content management system or CMS.
A lot of companies these days are going down the root of no design fee and a slightly larger monthly fee to cover it. It's a great idea because recurring revenue is all the rage these days for obvious reasons. The design fee is for the design, layout and functionality of the website that you send live. The monthly fee is for the ongoing development and maintenance of the website, quite possibly the hosting, be it the domain or the server and the support if anything goes wrong or if you get into a pickle.
Thank you for reading and for any more information on the topic or anything else mentioned in this blog, don't hesitate to contact me through our contact form.