What are the ongoing costs associated with a website?

Apart from our web design and development services, organizations will always incur the following costs to keep their website published online. They are:

  1. Annual domain registration fee: A domain name is similar to owning a phone number - it is your ‘address’ on the web. A domain registration fee reserves this ‘address’ for you, so that no one else can use it. However, this reservation alone does not mean your website can ‘go live’ on the Internet. It is just a reservation. 
  2. Website hosting: Website hosting is like paying for airtime to be able to use your phone and phone number to make calls. It allows your website content, with its design and features, to be visible when someone visits your domain name. This is done by storing files on a server, and then sending them to your visitors’ computers and devices, when they ask for them. Many companies offer this sending of files as a paid service, for as long as you want to use them. They are called web hosting companies. Their pricing can be based on several technical features.

Some optional hosting features, which can come with extra fees, include:

  • Data encryption via Secure Socket Layer (SSL)
  • Dedicated IP address
  • Web application firewall
  • Website security monitoring services
  • Website malware removal services
  • Website backup services

Whether or not you need these extra services will depend on your specific website requirements. We can advise you on which ones you need, when we make a website for you.

You may also want to hire a company like our for ongoing maintenance and content updates on your website. The fees for this can vary depending on your needs, and the provider you choose.

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