Have you ever had an idea that you thought would be a good business or website? Perhaps you’re a small business wanting to grow by using digital tools? Maybe you’ve stumbled across this page because you’re wondering “how much does a website cost in the Philippines” and you’re here to get the answer?
From experience, in 2020 a new website can cost around Php30,000 ($600 US Dollars) which can get you a basic business website, depending on your needs. To build your own website costs around Php8,000 ($160 US Dollars).
But considering the different needs and purposes of a website, the cost can vary a great deal. Being somewhat of an entrepreneur, I have paid people to build websites. I have also tried building my own websites from scratch. Just like many people, I wondered what kind of cost was involved. So, just as our name suggests, Build Digital Space wants to help you do exactly that. I decided to do some research on the topic to come up with a clearer answer.
To understand more about why building a website costs what it does, as well as the variables in pricing / quotes, we need to know the different factors that go into designing a website. Let’s look into what makes up the cost of a website to get a clearer picture…
What Goes Into A Website?
Factors To Consider:
Here is a list of factors that go into basic website design. If you want to scroll to a certain part just click on the links below:
How To Know Which Web Designer To Hire?
There are a lot of experienced web designers out there. How do you know which one to choose to handle your project? I would suggest the best way to see if they’re right for the job is to check their portfolio. You can see if they have one online or ask them to e-mail you some links to their past work. That way you get to see what kind of end product you can expect.
*Tip- If you like a particular design, you can let them know and even ask for a quotation based on that website. This will also help the designer know what kind of design and aesthetic you’re into.
My other suggestion would be to simply have a conversation with them and tell them your needs. Ask them what types of websites they specialize in (Corporate Websites, Blogs, E-Commerce/Online Shopping, Static or Dynamic). Also, check if they can put in a specific function. You might be a charity and want to have a donation form on your page, or you might need other calls to action.
*Tip- Always start with the end in mind. Know what you want to achieve with a website and convey that to your web designer. If you’re a business, you might want more inquiries and sales, therefore the website will be designed with calls to action to provide you with more inquiries and sales.
Some questions you can ask them are:
“Can you create a contact form so customers can inquire or ask questions?” This is also a great way to generate leads and build a database of potential clients.
“My site will need to be designed for online store/online transactions. Is this possible?”
“What are the maintenance costs?” Domain registration and hosting will have to be renewed after a certain period. It’s always good to know these costs. Usually, they’re not very much and only need to be paid once every 1 or 2 years depending on the plan period.
*Remember- A website is there to serve a function, so ask yourself and your designer “how do I get it to serve that function?”
What Am I Paying For? Website Breakdown
What is a Domain? Think of this as your street address. If you want to visit a physical store, you would need to know the address. A domain is essentially a virtual address to make finding your website possible on the internet. This is done either directly by typing it in the address bar at the top of the browser or through a search engine such as Google.
Question: What is Google’s domain address?
Simply put, a domain name (or just a domain) is the name of a website. It’s what comes after “@” in an email address, or after “www.” in a web address. If someone asks how to find you online, what you tell them is usually your domain name.
Examples of domain names are:
*Tip- When looking for a domain to see if it’s available, or to purchase one, you can go to godaddy.com or namecheap.com to find what you’re looking for.
Here’s another informative video explaining what web hosting is:
If your domain is an address, and your website is the building/store, then web hosting is the land your property sits on that you have to lease.
In order for your website to be accessible on the internet, you will need web hosting. But don’t worry, there are many web hosting services on the internet to help you such as siteground.com, bluehost.com, or hostgator.com. If you hire a web designer then they will set this up for you. If you are doing it yourself then there are many tutorials to guide you through this process.
Here is a short video explaining what SSL is:
SSL is a digital security certificate that will allow encryption between the website and your user’s browser. Meaning that the data remains private and Google will deem your website as safe. This will allow your website’s visitor to browse your site safely and even complete online transactions without worry.
Imagine you’re searching for a website on Google. You click on the webpage in the search results and immediately get a red warning stating “Not Secure! You should not enter any sensitive information on this site… because it could be stolen by attackers.”
Would you feel safe and enter the website? Highly unlikely!
Well, this is exactly what will happen on Google Chrome browser if someone clicks on your website and you don’t have SSL. And considering Google Chrome is the choice of 68% of global desktop internet browser users, you will really want to have this.
In 2016, Chrome announced that starting in 2017, sites that did not have an SSL certificate would begin being marked as unsafe
Your web designer should set up the SSL for you, but it always pays to check with them. For those building their own websites, ideally, your hosting provider plan should come with free SSL. There is a short process in activating SSL but it’s very easy.
CMS (Content Management System)
Here is a clear and concise video showing you what a CMS is and does.
This is your tool to turn your ideas into a tangible website!
The most popular CMS by far is WordPress which holds around 60% market share in the software-built CMS market. Others you might have heard of are Weebly, Wix, and Squarespace.
Web designers will likely set it up for you and provide a tutorial on how to use the CMS to make updates.
Your CMS is often a free installation that comes with your web hosting plan. There is some set up involved, but once the groundwork’s been laid, you can create and edit to your heart’s content!
Website designers may charge you per hour or per project. This can be a little daunting especially if you don’t know how long it takes? I would personally get a quote for the whole project that way you can know if it’s in your budget.
How Long Does It Take?
From my experience, website design usually takes anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks depending on how much content or the amount functionality needed. Finding the right web designer can usually take 1 to 2 weeks while waiting for quotations and consulting with them.
What Does A “Professional Website Mean?”
Basically this is the balance between aesthetic and functionality. To me, a “professional” has to be user-friendly where pages and sections are easily found and I can find the answer to my questions with as little clicks as possible. But even with a completely functional website, if the photos and design look outdated, then people are less likely to trust you or brand or product.
What Does Responsive Mean?
53% of web traffic worldwide came from mobile users in 2019, compared to 56.7% from desktop user.
Responsive basically means that the layout and possibly some of the functionality will change on mobile compared with viewing a website on your desktop computer or laptop. This is called “Mobile Optimization” and can significantly impact user-experience. If text is too small or too big, if pictures aren’t the right size, and parts of your website are too hard to find on mobile, then the person viewing your site will leave and take their attention elsewhere. They are very unlikely to return to your website ever again! So we want to make sure our website is mobile and tablet responsive aside from your desktop computer.
In the Philippines, the number of people who use mobile to browse the internet has overtaken those who browse on a desktop computer. A staggering 60% use mobile to browse the internet, so knowing 6 out of 10 people will use mobile to visit your website, it is important that your website is optimized for mobile.
Package Price Vs. Hourly Rate
Package price (also referred to as a flat-fee) is a common way to be quoted for a website. Some web designers also charge per hour. According to payscale, web designers can make from Php150 – Php300 per hour and this is on the low end. You can expect to pay Php1000 per hour for established web designers and even Php3000+ when seeking out really good ones, usually abroad (this is also reflective of their respective market).
In the case of package prices, as I mentioned at the head of this article, you can expect a basic personal or corporate website to cost around Php30,000 ($600 US Dollars). This Php30,000 usually gets you 5-10 web pages, basic design & functions, one-year domain registration & web hosting, and usually free website maintenance & support for 1 month after the project. You can expect to pay for website maintenance after that which will likely be needed if you can’t do it yourself. More established web designers in the Philippines will charge a package price of around Php60,000 for a fully-functional corporate website with up to 20 pages.
*Note that websites needing E-Commerce / Online Sales capabilities will cost more.
Others: Templates, Page Builders, Plugins
When you come across pop-ups, forms, product catalogs, and carts, etc. on a website, chances are the web designers have utilized a third-party plugin. Basically these are extra sets of website tools to help achieve different functions or to make the web design process simpler. If you’re building your own website, you’ll likely come across these. Some are paid and some are free, but they’re usually at the expense of the person building the website.
Summary – How Much Does A Website Cost Philippines
Whether you’re looking to grow your business or brand, or to maximize reach to your audience, having a website is an effective tool to make that happen. Just as with any service or creative product, prices vary depending on who is providing their service, their standard rates, and specific needs of the client. My advice when looking for a website would be as follows:
- Define the goals and desired results of your website. Be specific in what you want it to do.
- Get in touch with at least 3 or 4 website designers and get a quotation based on your needs. They’ll happily answer any queries you have and will ask you questions so they can give you an accurate quotation to suit your needs. (Remember to request their portfolio of work so you can see the type of end product you can expect).
- If you really don’t have a big budget then some of the cheaper freelance web designers can charge just Php5,000 for a website. Just don’t set your expectations very high. Another cheaper option is to check out Fiverr which links you to an abundance of local and overseas freelance designers and creators to serve your needs. Bear in mind that when dealing with an overseas designer is they are less likely to know the local market and their needs.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Throughout the process of finding a web designer, from choosing one, up till completion, ask your web designer if you want any features, etc. The more invested you are in the process and the more your web designer knows about you or your brand, the better the website will be.
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