These days I hear wide costs for building websites, from $500 to $25,000. While I agree that depending on the complexity of the website, it may cost more than $5/month to create a website, I believe in starting lean and scaling as needed and required.
Below are 5 steps for creating your website (blogging websites or e-commerce) for less than $5/month.
Step 1: Pick a business name
Picking a business name can be difficult and requires patience and thoughtfulness. For Vencru, it took 3 weeks to come up with our business name.
Here are 3 tips for choosing a business name. Pick a business name that is:
- Short and easy to pronounce and spell
- Unique in case you change your business offering
- Have a meaning and strong branding
For example, we chose Vencru, which means Venture Crux or Crux/Core of a Venture because we believed that the core of any businesses is essential in business growth. Thus Vencru offers tools that help small businesses grow.
To select a business name, you can use name generators such as the al-powered generator, Namelix.
Step 2: Buy your business website domain
Cost of owning a website domain can range from $0 (if bought from a website hosting website) to $12/year (and upwards) with Google Domain.
I prefer Google Domain because it comes with privacy protection, whichother hosting websites upsell for ~$10/year. Also, Google Domains comes with free email forwarding so your business can look professional with firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $0 to $12 per year
Step 3: Select your logo, branding, and colors
Picking a business color takes time. There are many articles on what different business colors signify. You can use business branding websites such as Coolors or Colormind to generate full website brand colors.
Cost: $0 to $5
Step 4: Select a hosting website
Finally, the moment you have been waiting for — your website! You need a hosting site for your website. There are multiple hosting sites to choose from. My favorites are iPage and Hostgator because they are the cheapest and offer free offerings such as free SSL certificate, Google Ads, etc. — remember lean startup!
iPage: $1.99 per month
Hostgator: $2.50 per month
Step 5: Build/Manage your website with WordPress
- Free, easy to use, and customize: You don’t have to deal with any coding if you don’t want to. You can choose from free WordPress templates (here, here & here) or paid WordPress templates.
- Able to increase site functionality with Plugins:
WordPress isn’t just for Blogging. You can fully customize your WordPress website with plugins for accepting appointments, selling products, building a mailing list. Most of these plugins are free.
- Very Scalable: Your website can grow as your business grows by more pages without comprising website performance.
PS: To keep the website cost at less than $5, you may have to build the website on your own. There are great YouTube tutorials for setting up a website.
Final Website cost:
- Business Name: $0
- Website Domain (Google Domains): $1 per month
- Business Branding: <$0.50 per month
- Hosting Website (iPage): $1.99 per month