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The True Cost Of A Website

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How much does it cost to create a website in Trinidad and Tobago? Well, it depends on several factors. Here is the best breakdown of the cost of a website for your business in Trinidad and Tobago:

1. Domain Name

The first cost of a website is that of the Domain Name. A Domain Name is the website address used to access your website. For example www.mywebsite.com.

You will need to purchase the domain from a company called a Domain Name Registrar. Our recommended registrar is Cloudflare. We prefer Cloudflare as they have no markup on their pricing. Also, there aren’t any surprise renewal fees and hidden add-on charges (e.g. with GoDaddy or Siteground).

Do not fall into the trap of having the web designer purchase the domain name for you as it may not be yours in the end. We recommend that our clients purchase the domain name themselves using a credit card they have access to.

There are many domain name suffixes that you can choose for your organization such as .COM, .ORG, .TT, .CHURCH etc.

If you require a .COM domain name for your business, the following would be the domain name cost of a website:

Domain Name Cost with CloudflareUSDTTD
First Year Domain CostUS$8.57TT$58.28
Yearly Domain Renewal CostUS$8.57TT$58.28

2. Website Hosting

The second cost of a website to bear in mind is that of Hosting. Any website that is created must have a location in which the pages are stored and served to the public. This location, called Hosting, needs to be available 24/7, secure and reliable.

There are companies that allow you to store your web pages on their servers at a cost. Most companies provide shared servers and virtual private servers.

For a business site, we recommend using Virtual Private Servers (VPS) with a provider called Vultr. The initial setup may seem daunting, but the pay-off, in the end, is greater. There would be faster website speeds and predictable pricing. Your web developer would be able to assist you with this setup. We no longer recommend using shared hosting providers. They initially lure you in with low purchase costs but then sometimes triple the cost with exorbitant renewal fees (e.g. GoDaddy and Siteground).

Similar to obtaining a domain name, please do not fall into the trap of having the web designer purchase the web hosting for you as you may not have access to your site in the end. We recommend that clients purchase the web hosting themselves using a credit card they have access to.

The following is the VPS web hosting cost of a website:

Web Hosting Cost using Vultr High FrequencyUSDTTD
Monthly Hosting CostUS$6TT$40.8
Yearly Hosting CostUS$72TT$489.6

3. SSL Certificate

In order to secure the communications between the server and client browser, encryption is required. An SSL certificate is installed on your webserver to verify safe browsing to a visitor. It usually appears as a padlock in the website address bar.

Some web hosting providers (such as SiteGround) include a free standard SSL Certificate with your hosting purchase, so this is not an additional cost. Other hosting providers (e.g. GoDaddy) require you to install your own or purchase their SSL Certificates at an additional cost to you.

We recommend to clients, however, to obtain their SSL Certificate by using Cloudflare. It comes with a free SSL certificate that automatically renews. In addition to getting the SSL Certificate, you also benefit from added features such as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and security. Security is against activities such as DDoS attacks, malicious bots and other nefarious intrusions. Your web designer would be able to set this up for you.

The following is the SSL certificate cost of a website:

SSL Certificate Cost with CloudflareUSDTTD
First Year SSL CostUS$0TT$0
Yearly SSL Renewal CostUS$0TT$0

4. Web Designer

Unless you plan to design the website yourself, you will need to hire a professional web design company such as us, to build your website.

Be wary of cheap web designers, as they abound. In the long run, you will suffer in terms of website quality, continued maintenance of the website, and ultimately brand reputation.

The cost to hire a web developer to build a website in Trinidad and Tobago would depend on the number of pages and the required level of functionality. Always note that apart from paying for the web designer’s time, you also pay for all the software/plugin/theme licenses that were purchased on your behalf to design the site.

If you are just starting out your business, you can select a basic 5-page website. Such a website can have a menu structure of Home, About, Services, Blog, and Contact. The cost to design the website can be paid upfront or monthly.

Here is the cost to design a website that is approximately 5 pages:

Basic Web Design Cost with TECHNOKAT SolutionsUSDTTD
Monthly Design CostUS$177 for 3 monthsTT$1,200 for 3 months
Upfront Design CostUS$445TT$3,000

Should you require additional functionality such as membership or e-commerce, then additional costs will be incurred. Please see our website design packages for further information.

5. Email Addresses

What is a website without a professionally branded email address with your domain name? e.g. [email protected] Therefore, you need to factor in the email cost of a website.

In order to obtain email addresses, you have several options. As a small business, you can set up the free email that comes with your hosting package. If you are a growing business, you can use an enterprise-grade email hosting provider (e.g. Google Workspace for USD$6.00 per user or Microsoft 365) at an additional cost.

For most small businesses, the best option would be to use free hosting email. Just note however that access would be through a webmail interface and that there are storage limitations to be mindful of. If you would like to receive the mail through an already existing email address, you can also forward your mail.

So for small businesses which usually have one or two persons on staff, we would recommend using the free hosting email and mail forwarding if necessary.

Here is the email cost of a website:

Email Cost with VultrUSDTTD
First Year Email CostUS$0TT$0
Yearly Email Renewal CostUS$0TT$0

6. Website Maintenance

One often overlooked part of a web design project is that of continued website maintenance. Just like a car or a house, a website needs to be regularly maintained. Else, the site can become outdated, hacked, and compromised. Your brand will then be negatively affected.

If you have the necessary expertise to maintain your site, then the following will need your attention:

  • Plugin Updates
  • Core Updates
  • Theme updates
  • Content changes
  • Backups
  • Security Checks
  • Performance checks
  • Analytics

As a small business, you can perform the above tasks yourselves once you obtain the appropriate website training. Please note that some of the above items (e.g plugins) may also require license renewal purchases.

If you prefer to have ease of mind, you can hand over the website maintenance to a reliable company like us.

The following would be the basic maintenance cost of a website:

Basic Website Maintenance Cost with TECHNOKAT SolutionsUSDTTD
Monthly Maintenance CostUS$118TT$800
Yearly Maintenance CostUS$1,416TT$9,600

It is helpful when choosing a website maintenance provider to ensure that there is the option to pay for maintenance only when necessary with no cancellation fees or contracts.

7. Website Marketing

The final cost of a website that you should consider is that of the marketing of the website itself. You will need to utilize the usual channels to market your site such as printing flyers, business cards, and perhaps the radio. The digital marketing channels would include content creation, email marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and search engine marketing.

As a small business, you may have the free time to create blog posts for your website and to promote your website on your social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram. You can also pay for your own ads on these channels to keep costs down.

For ease of mind, you can hire a digital marketing agency like us to fully market your brand across all channels.

The following is the website marketing cost of a website:

Website Marketing Cost with TECHNOKAT SolutionsUSDTTD
Monthly Marketing CostUS$1,177TT$8,000
Yearly Marketing CostUS$14,124TT$96,000

Wrap Up

A professional business website is a key marketing tool. When done right, the website can bring in new leads and revenue for your business. But as the saying goes, “It takes money to make money”.

Here is a summary of the cost of a website:

ItemUSD CostTTD Cost
Domain NameUS$8.57TT$58.28
Web HostingUS$72TT$489.60
SSL CertificateUS$0TT$0
Web DesignerUS$445TT$3,000
Email AddressesUS$0TT$0
Basic Website CostsUS$525.57TT$3,547.88
Website Maintenance (1 Mth)US$118TT$800
Website Marketing (1 Mth)US$1,177TT$8,000
After Launch CostsUS$1,295TT$8,800
Total cost to design a website with TECHNOKAT Solutions

What preceded was an in-depth look at the cost of a website in Trinidad and Tobago. As a small business, you wish to keep costs down and so should choose the option that does not incur additional costs. Growing businesses, however, would have additional needs and are able to widen their budgets for greater functionality.

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