The Cost of Website Development: Your Guide to Price Formation

What determines how much it will cost to build a website?

Flat Costs of Website Development

  • domain costs;
  • hosting fees; and
  • subscription costs for a website-building tool (optional).



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Variable Costs of Website Development

Paid platforms

  • Wix. Wix is a popular website builder that offers a wide range of tools and features for building a functional website without much hassle. There’s a library of template designs that you can modify to suit your needs, as well as several third-party integrations that you can leverage to add functionality to your site. The Wix price range is from $14/month for the Combo plan to $49/month for the Business VIP plan.
  • Squarespace. Squarespace is another popular option for building beautiful websites quickly. Its visual editor isn’t the most intuitive option out there and might require some getting used to, but the templates are very well designed and professional-looking. Squarespace’s pricing ranges from $12/month for the Personal plan to $40/month for the Advanced Commerce plan.
  • Weebly. Weebly is an easy-to-use website builder that is great for building simple websites. While it doesn’t offer as much flexibility as Wix does, it packs a lot of great features and a generous free plan. Its premium plans are also quite affordable, costing just $6, $12, and $25 per month for the Personal, Professional, and Performance plans.

Self-built platforms

  • Jekyll. Jekyll is an easy-to-use static website generator that is ideal for building different kinds of websites. With only a basic knowledge of HTML and CSS, you can put together a static site using Jekyll.
  • Gatsby. Gatsby is another static site generator that uses the JAMstack architecture. It also uses the popular front-end library — React.js — for the front end, and GraphQL for the data access layer. Gatsby is scalable, easy to set up, and free to use.
  • Hugo. Hugo is a fast static site generator that was written in the Go programming language. It’s very flexible and easy to configure and works well for building blogs and other content-based websites.

Open-source platforms

  • Drupal. Drupal is a free, open-source content management system that you can use to build a website without coding. You can choose from the thousands of free themes available in the Drupal theme directory when building your site and customize them as needed. There are also lots of free modules that allow you to extend the functionality of your site.
  • Joomla. Joomla is another open-source website builder and content management system. You can design your website without knowing HTML and CSS by using Joomla’s WYSIWYG editor. There are also lots of free and paid Joomla templates to choose from. And there are over 6 000 extensions that you can use to add features to your website.
  • is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. It’s very versatile and can be used to build both simple and more complex websites. There are thousands of free themes on the internet and a lot of premium options too.

Custom Website Development Tech Stack

Front-end technology

Back-end technology

Database technology

Non-Functional Criteria that Determine Website Costs

Project requirements

Future scalability


Security level

How Do Business Objectives Define the Scope of a Website?

Entertainment Websites

eCommerce Websites

Corporate Websites

Web Applications

How much does it cost to hire developers?

How Long Does it Take to Build a Website?

What Are the Outsourcing Prices Worldwide?

North America

South America



Eastern Europe


What Are the Freelance Rates Worldwide?

North America

South America



Eastern Europe





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Sandra Parker

Sandra Parker

Head Of Business Development at QArea. I’m passionate about new technologies and how digital changes the way we do business.