Running Costs of a Website

One of the reasons that might be keeping your from getting a website built for your business is probably thinking that running a website will have ongoing costs. And you’d be right. Your website has to be stored somewhere for it to work, and that’ll cost money. So today we’ll be looking at what type of costs you’ll incur and how much you can expect to pay.

Before we begin, a quick disclaimer: we’re not affiliated with any of the third party service providers or companies mentioned or linked on this article.

With that out of the way, first we’ll look at the two main things that are necessary to run any website. A domain name and hosting. Without these you will not be able to have a website that’s accessible to the public.

Domain Name

“There are hundreds of domains to choose from”

The domain name is your address on the world wide web. This is what people will type on their web browser to get to your website. In our case, the domain is “breakoutdesigns.com.au”. We have picked the name “breakoutdesigns” to match our business name which is Breakout Designs, and the “.com.au” domain because we mainly operate in Australia.

There are hundreds of domains to choose from such as .com, .net, .com.au, .org or even newer domains like .store, .holdings, .blog and etc. You’re free to choose any name for your domain, although there can be restrictions when going with a country specific domain like “.com.au”.

You have to register your domain through a domain registrar and pricing can differ from one registrar to another. We’ll take a look at pricing from a couple of the popular ones.

  • GoDaddy
    • .com – AU$18.95 for the first year and AU$23.95/year from the second year onwards.
    • .com.au – AU$15.95 for the first year and AU$19.95/year from the second year onwards.
  • Namecheap
    • .com – AU$12.16/year.
    • .com.au – AU$23.14/year.

If you’re looking around for pricing on your own, keep a lookout for the fine print on the prices. Most prices displayed by registrars are discounted amounts either only for the first year or if you pay for a certain number of years upfront.

Hosting

Next up is hosting. Your website needs to be stored somewhere in a manner that it’s accessible to the public using your domain name. This is what’s known as hosting your website.

There are different methods to host a website. But for many websites, the most cost effective and the most suitable type of hosting is what’s called “shared hosting”. There are tens of thousands of shared hosting providers in the world, but once again, let’s look at some of the popular ones.

  • BlueHost – Basic Plan
    • 1 Website
    • 50 GB Storage
    • AU$10.79/month
  • GoDaddy – Economy Plan
    • 1 Website
    • 100 GB Storage
    • AU$10.95/month
  • HostPapa – Starter Plan
    • 2 Websites
    • 100 GB Storage
    • AU$8.99/month

The prices shown above are standard pricing without any discounts applied. You can view the currently available discounts by clicking on the name of the hosting provider. But keep in mind most of those discounts are only for a set billing period and will require you to pay upfront for that period.

And that’s basically all you need to keep a website running. There are other optional things you can have when running a website such as email addresses for your domain name like [email protected], but that’s a topic for another day.

If the website is designed and utilised properly to bring in more customers, a little over $100 for a year to keep it running seems like a really low amount relative to how much profit it’ll bring in. And here at Breakout Designs we even provide our own shared hosting including a domain name for websites that we build at AU$7/month which brings your annual cost below a $100.

Pretty much every service related to keeping a website running is highly competitive in terms of pricing. So you have loads of options to find the right service for the perfect price. And now you have one less reason to not get a website.