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How Much Does Website Maintenance Cost?

The cost to maintain your website will vary depending on its usage, ie. blog, e-commerce, video streaming etc, the size of your audience, and how much content is hosted. Primarily, your website maintenance costs will come from annual subscriptions or services. Using QDS Web Host as the basis for costs, we will explore the various costs below. 

Small Personal Blog

A small blog usually has very little traffic and has minimal needs. This can be hosted with a host such as QDS Web Host totally free with only a minimal cost for domain name registration and renewal.

Cost: $1.50 to $18 per month

  • Domain registration cost: $17.95 annually, $1.50 per month
  • Hosting costs: $0-4 per month
  • Website design costs: $0 per month
  • Technical website maintenance: $0 per month
  • Additional plugins and tools:$0-10 per month
  • Cost of SSL license: $0 (if included with hosting) to $12 per month
Medium-Large Blog with a Big Audience

If you have an income generating blog with an active audience, you will likely need some additional resources. This type of blog will require more bandwidth, more frequent maintenance, greater email sending capabilities, more frequent updates and a slightly bigger monetary investment.  You will not want a free hosting account at this stage.

Cost: $5.50 to $32.50 per month

  • Domain registration cost: $17.95 annually, $1.50 per month
  • Hosting costs: $4-$9 per month
  • Website design costs: $0 per month
  • Technical website maintenance: $0 per month
  • Additional plugins and tools: $0-10 per month
  • Cost of SSL license: $0 (if included with hosting) to $12 per month
Company Website for the Purpose of Marketing Only/Brochure Website

Similar to the medium-large size blog, this will need to be hosted on a paid shared hosting plan with a simple design template and limited content. It will be low maintenance for upkeep with with regular updates, marketing, and backups.

Cost: $5.50 to $32.50 per month

  • Domain registration cost: $17.95 annually, $1.50 per month
  • Hosting costs: $4-$9 per month
  • Website design costs: $0 per month
  • Technical website maintenance: $0 per month
  • Additional plugins and tools: $0-10 per month
  • Cost of SSL license: $0 (if included with hosting) to $12 per month
Small e-Commerce/Dropshipping Store

A small e-commerce store will likely require similar resource requirements to a medium to large blog.  A shared hosting plan should be adequate until you start to hit about 1,000 unique visitors per day.  Increased traffic will result in slower website performance on shared servers.

Cost: $5.50 to $32.50 per month

  • Domain registration cost: $17.95 annually, $1.50 per month
  • Hosting costs: $4-$9 per month
  • Website design costs: $0 per month
  • Technical website maintenance: $0 per month
  • Additional plugins and tools: $0-10 per month
  • Cost of SSL license: $0 (if included with hosting) to $12 per month
Large Customized eCommerce Websites

This will be a bigger monetary investment than the previous examples as you’ll need to be vigilant about website maintenance. Many people will be using your website, trusting you with their personal information.  Additionally, you will have a lot more content to manage. If you do not have a Webmaster as a part of your team, our best advice would be to find a web maintenance package to to handle your website needs.  At this stage, it will be advisable to upgrade your hosting to a VPS plan.

Cost: $173.50 to $453.50 per month

  • Domain registration cost: $17.95 annually, $1.50 per month
  • Hosting costs: $10-$40 per month
  • Website design costs: $50-$150 per month
  • Technical website maintenance: $50-$150 per month
  • Additional plugins and tools: $50-100 per month
  • Cost of SSL license: $0 (if included with hosting) to $12 per month
Paying for Website Maintenance Services

Now that we’ve determined that website maintenance is a requirement for websites of any size, it’s time to figure out who will be handling it.  If you feel inspired, you can take on these tasks yourself.  But since website maintenance is not your core business, and you do not have the time or requisite experience to do the task, you will save time and stress by paying an agency to do it for you. This will give you the time to focus on other areas of your business that need your attention.  Don't let your website become dead weight on the internet.

How much it costs to hire someone to maintain your website for you

The cost of hiring an agency or freelance webmaster will vary based on their experience and the type of site that you're operating.

Small websites will usually need only a few hours of maintenance each month which will cost approximately $100 per month for the services. Medium-sized or ecommerce sites may need additional help in managing their site or product listings, and can spend up to $400-500 per month for a full-service webmaster. Larger websites would do well to have one or more part- or full-time webmasters on staff, since the workload to maintain a large site can be significant.

Let Us Help You

At QDS Jamaica, we offer reliable and affordable website maintenance packages without long term contracts.  You might even get a discount if you utilize the hosting services of QDS Web Host.  Don't ignore website maintenance to cut costs.  It can lead to lost traffic and sales. Even worse, you might end up paying for costly emergency fixes if the website gets hacked or goes down for some other reason. In the long run, website maintenance is always less expensive than website repair.

We offer SEO, hosting, security and updates, backups, support, and peace of mind. If you are unable to handle website maintenance yourself, consider contacting us.

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