Website Costs You Can Do Without
OCT 12, 2016 16:05 PM
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Website Costs You Can Do Without

By Drew Hendricks

It’s no secret that the price for design and development of websites are through the roof. If you fire a contractor or employee with a marketing or other related degree, you’re also paying a premium (albeit likely a worthwhile one if you must hire!). Website costs can range from putting a minor ding in the budget to becoming your CPA’s biggest nightmare. Did you know that there are many little details that not only can you do without, but your customers probably won’t even notice? A lot of businesses are paying for services that are completely unnecessary.

Whether you’ve had your site for a few days or a few years, there are always avenues to cut costs. Sure, no one likes to read the fine print (or showcase a lack of tech-savviness by asking your developer what “static” really means), but it’s important to know what you need, what you don’t, and where you can save. Let’s make things simple with an overview of what can be axed today.

Your .Com

Yes, it was tempting when securing that perfect domain name to add on that extra .org, .info, or even .us for just $5 more. Do you really need it? No. Unless you’re at the helm of a huge international company with hundreds of competitors at your heels, you only need one domain. Those few extra bucks can seriously add up over the years and can be better spent on that new coffee maker for the office. Employee morale goes a lot farther than a dusty domain collection.

However, different types of top-level domains, such as country-specific items like .in for India or .ca for Canada, are picking up steam. It’s a natural side effect thanks to a globalized market, and it might be worth your while to add these to the cart if you plan to target more than one specific country.

Custom Graphics

Do you feel the need for a custom graphic (or dozen) every time a new page or product is added? These JPEGs go for a pretty penny and are often overrated. Browse through the wide range of free stock photography available online. Long gone are the days of a small sampling of cartoon images for the budget-minded business owner. Chances are you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for at absolutely no cost. The one time you should invest in a customer graphic? Company logos, and it should be a onetime deal.

A Big Company to Update HTML

A lot of businesses view website companies kind of like an attorney – something you have to keep on retainer “just in case.” These monthly “maintenance” bills are often overkill. How much is your developer really maintaining after the site is up and running? If you’re depending on a professional (with professional fees) to add simple product images and HTML descriptions, you’re overpaying.

Believe it or not, even the most tech shy person can learn basic HTML. When designing, or redesigning, your website, ask the developer to create a user-friendly content system to update basic information. Still not feeling up to the challenge? It’s much more affordable to hire a part-time college student for simple ongoing update tasks. Compare about $10 per hour for a smart engineering undergrad to a $50+ per hour seasoned pro to do the exact same thing. 

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