[18/12/2009] What are on going costs in running my website?You have entered the online space by creating a website for your company and you have done everything you could to make it a success. You paid a hefty sum to that web design-London company of repute that provided its expertise to tell you exactly what needed to put in the website and how. The designers also ensured that the website catered to the needs of one and all in making it user friendly and easily accessible. The website was launched and it grabbed enough attention and visitors have begun to pour in and place orders. What a dream come true! You thought that your job was done and all you had to was to look at the sales and the profits. Then suddenly one day you got intimation from the web designers that you need to pay up a certain amount every month. That struck as a bolt from the blue. But why would you have to go through this?
The cost involved on a periodical basis is for maintaining your website and cannot be done without. There are different types of costs involved. Some are obligatory while the rest depend on the work to be done periodically on your website. The costs also depend on the nature of contract that once has signed up with the web designers.
There are two types of costs that no website owner can avoid paying up. These are costs related to the domain name and for hosting your website. Both these are annual costs. Domain name cost is very low when compared to other costs. You have the option of specifying the period for which you want to pay up while registering. This gives you the freedom to pay in advance for some years and helps you save some money than if you were to pay annually. The major cost involved on an annual basis is the hosting charge. However you can reduce these charges based on the size of your company. If not too big, then your company need not shell out a large amount to host its website on the internet.
You can also reduce the content of your websites by avoiding usage of a lot of images, thereby bringing down the cost. Both these costs are incurred to ensure that your website exists in the cyberspace and if someone wishes to visit your website, all they have to do is to type in the address and the browser retrieves your website.
There are costs involved but these are variable in nature. They vary depending on the kind of work that needs to be done on your website. These are basically the charges for any kind of changes in the layout of your web pages and adding or deleting some information or component. They can differ from one designer to another based on their expertise, their location and their repute. Hence a local web maintenance company in Dublin could cost you far less than your large, reputed company in London with a long list of clients. The cost also depends on what kind of changes you desire. Some changes such as adding information on the products or your company, changing the graphics will require you to spend less than adding a little bit of audio or video content, adding an element of drama be means of animation will cost more. On the higher side are costs associated with a complete overhaul of your website or add features for online