How much does a website cost in the Philippines?
Perhaps, you’ve already realized how important it is to have a website for your business. You have realized that in order to be more visible in search engines, social media, and other online platforms, you need to start building a website for your business.
Now, you might be wondering how much it will cost you to build a website for your business. Is it worth to spend money on a website? Is it a good business investment or not? In this article, we will try to answer those questions.
The cost of creating a website
To get your website live online and be ready for visitors, you will need the following basic requirements:
1. Domain name (P500 – P2,000/year)
A domain name is a #1 requirement to have a business or professional website. It is the recognizable address that your visitors will use to access your website on the Internet browsers. You can use generic top-level domains (gTLD), such as .COM, .NET, or .ORG. You may also choose country code top-level domains (ccTLD), such as .PH and .COM.PH.
The annual registration of a .com domain name usually costs around P600. Some domain name registrars offer discounts for the first year registration. Hence, you could get it for less than the regular price.
A .COM domain is the most common and also the most valuable type of domains you could own. However, since most common names are already registered in a .COM domain, your desired domain name may already be registered by other person or company and is not already available. When that happens, you may either use a ccTLD like .PH and .COM.PH or buy the domain name from the one who already registered it.
The registration of ccTLDs such as .PH and .COM.PH is more expensive than a .COM. It usually costs around P2,000 per year. Many businesses choose to register a .PH domain when its .COM equivalent is not already available.
If you really want a .COM but it’s not already available, another option is to find the one who already registered it and offer to buy the domain from them. However, this can be more expensive since they have full control of the price. Since a .COM has the highest market value among domain extensions, some registrants may sell it for a hundred thousand pesos or even more. Others may not even sell it to you no matter how much you offer them.
Read our article about how to choose the right domain name for your business to learn more.
2. Website hosting (P2,000 – P60,000/year)
After registering your domain name, the next service you should look for is your website hosting. Your website hosting is composed of your server and other software to host and run your website. Just like building a physical store where you need land or space, your web hosting server serves as your space on the Internet where you will build your website. Without it, there is no place to host your website. Website hosting can also be used to host not only your website but also your emails.
Website hosting can be a shared hosting, VPS hosting, or dedicated hosting. Shared hosting is a server that is shared by many users. This is the cheapest kind of website hosting and the least secure among the three. Shared web hosting services can be as cheap as P100 per month or less than P2,000 a year. Most starter websites prefer this kind of hosting because of its affordability.
A VPS or virtual private server hosting is a hosting that uses a shared hosting environment but somehow mimics a dedicated server. This kind of hosting was created to offer clients a hosting that has more features and functionalities than a shared hosting, like a Web Host Manager (WHM) where users have more control on their hosting service.
A VPS hosting is more secure than a shared hosting, though it is more expensive. A VPS hosting costs around P1,000 per month (P12,000 per year) or could even go higher depending on the features offered by the web hosting provider.
A dedicated hosting is the most expensive among the three but the most secure and powerful among them. With a dedicated hosting, you have your own dedicated server – no one is using it but you. Unlike a shared or VPS hosting, your server is not shared or virtually divided to other users, thus, the risk of misusing it by people whom you don’t know is eliminated.
A dedicated hosting could cost around P5,000 per month (P60,000 per year) or even more, depending on the hosting specifications that your website needs.
For a starter website, a shared hosting can already accommodate your needs. Most web hosting services are upgradable, thus, you can just upgrade anytime if your requirements increase.
If you think that your website will have more than 100,000 visitors monthly and will need more control and security, you can choose a higher hosting like a dedicated hosting.
Take note that not all website hosting providers are the same. A VPS hosting provided by one company may not be as reliable as the one provided by another. Sometimes, it’s better to choose a shared hosting than a VPS hosting because a VPS hosting may break your website during traffic spike but a shared hosting won’t. Hence, it’s not only the kind of hosting that matters but also the quality and reliability of your website hosting provider.
Aside from the three kinds of hosting above, you can also choose cloud hosting and even a home server which is placed in your private residence. To learn more about the different types of hosting, read this page from Wikipedia.
3. SSL certificate (Free – P48,000/year)
An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate is already one of the most important components of your website since Internet browsers like Google Chrome require it to mark your website as “secure”. It makes your website accessible using HTTPS instead of HTTP (example, https://websitedesigner.ph) instead of http://websitedesigner.ph). The “s” in the https means “secure”. Without it, your website will be labeled by Google Chrome as “unsecured”, and may scare your visitors away.
The cost of SSL certificates may vary depending on its certification. Some website hosting already provides free SSL certificate. CPANEL, INC. also provides SSL certification, thus, if your hosting has a CPANEL, you might avail their free SSL.
One type of third-party SSL certification is domain validation. This validates your domain name as secure and will pass most Internet browsers. However, this may not validate your other website services, such as webmails and subdomains. Domain validation SSL certificates cost around P1,500 per year.
If your business needs more security, for example, if you’re in the banking industry that accommodates financial transactions online, an Extended Validation (EV) is required to give your customers more confidence to do business with you. A standard domain name validation gives your website a “padlock icon” on Internet browsers to mark it as secure.
An Extended Validation certificate doesn’t only give your website a “padlock icon” but also displays your registered business name, instantly telling your visitors that you are operating under a legitimate and reputable company. This validation process involves verification of business documents such as business registrations and licenses to certify that your website is owned by a legitimate company. You might also need the service of a lawyer for this.
An Extended Validation SSL certificate is more expensive than a standard validation, as its cost could range from P10,000 to P50,000 per year, depending on the company that gives the certification. This is why only medium to big enterprises in the Philippines purchase this kind of SSL certificate.
Again, if you just need a simple website, a standard validation SSL certificate may suffice. However, if you are building a big online shop, an e-commerce portal, and other types of websites that accommodate financial exchange, an EV validation is much needed.
4. CMS (Free – P100,000)
CMS or content management system is needed if you want your website to be dynamic rather than static. With a static website, you will need to be a website programmer to add pages, update and revise your website. On the other hand, a dynamic website powered by a CMS is easy to update. You or your employees can easily add pages and edit content on your website.
Most CMS are available for free. Among the most popular and free CMS are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and Magento Community Edition (Magento Enterprise Edition is a paid software). These are open source software that you can download and install in your web hosting to start building your website.
If you like a custom built or coded CMS, you may hire a website programmer or developer to create a unique CMS for your website. However, this can be expensive as it could cost you a hundred thousand pesos or more depending on the size and complexity of your website.
A custom coded CMS is more secure than a free one since the latter is commonly used by many users and hackers may already be familiar with its codes and framework. However, this doesn’t mean that a website built with free popular CMS like WordPress cannot already be made secure. In fact, popular websites, like the websites of Mercedes-Benz, The New York Times Company, The Walt Disney Company, and the Official Site of Sweden are all powered by WordPress.
By getting a secure website hosting, installing security systems, and always upgrading your free CMS and plugins, you can reduce the risk of security attacks on your website.
5. CMS templates (Free – P5,000)
If you will use free CMS like WordPress and Drupal, you will also need to install themes or templates to complete your website’s layout and aesthetics. When you install WordPress, it will automatically install a free default theme. And from there, you can choose from a lot of free themes that can be instantly installed in the WordPress admin.
However, if you will be using your website for your business, a paid or premium theme is safer to use and have more functionalities than a free one. Free CMS themes can be downloaded by anyone; hence, it has a higher security risk than a paid or licensed theme. A premium WordPress theme costs around P5,000 pesos.
6. Website designer or developer (P5,000-P200,000)
If you’re not familiar with the processes of developing and designing a website, you will have to hire a web designer or developer. Even if you can instantly install a WordPress CMS and purchase a premium template, you will still need to customize it to match your business’ unique requirements. Besides, purchasing your domain name and web hosting, and setting up your domain name servers, CMS, and other processes can still be technical and difficult if you are not familiar with the technologies involved.
Website designers may charge you per hour or per project. The common setup for website design companies in the Philippines is to offer website packages. The cheapest website package available costs around P5,000. This already includes free 1-year domain name registration and free 1-year website hosting. If you just need a small website that doesn’t provide e-commerce capabilities, that is already a great deal.
If you need a bigger and more advanced website, like an e-commerce site with a custom-built CMS, the cost of hiring a web developer could go higher. It could cost you a hundred thousand pesos or even a million depending on your website requirements.
Aside from the items above, you may also need to spend money on hiring a graphic designer if you don’t have a logo and other high-quality graphics for your website yet. A content writer is also needed if you don’t have content for your website yet, such as articles, company profile, and product descriptions.
An estimated cost of a DIY starter website
If you just need to create a small simple website and you want to do it yourself, here is a sample costing of creating a DIY WordPress website:
a. First-year registration of a .COM domain name: P500
b. One year starter website hosting: P2,000
c. WordPress CMS: Free
d. Premium WordPress theme: P5,000
A small WordPress website may cost you P7,500 if you do it yourself. However, this will not guarantee that your website will be complete and presentable since you may still need to customize the template that you bought to your specific business needs. Some website template vendors offer customization services for an additional cost of $50 to $100.
A starter business website for P5,000
If you are not a professional website designer, it would be wise to just hire a web design company or freelancer to do your website. Here at WebsiteDESIGNER.PH, we offer a starter business website for only P5,000. This package already includes free 1-year .COM domain name registration, free 1-year website and email hosting, SSL certificate, a premium WordPress theme, free customization, and more.
We also build e-commerce and more advanced websites for businesses that have bigger needs. See our different website design plans and pricing to compare and choose what your business needs.
If you have some questions about creating a website for your business, feel free to make a comment below.
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