Basic website costs used to include domain name reservation and website hosting. Not anymore.
Now it’s important to also purchase three more products: automatic daily backups, a website security product, and an SSL certificate.
Daily backups make it simple to restore your website with the click of a button if it is compromised.
Website security includes daily monitoring and removal of malware and Google blacklisting. Malware can infect your website and create issues for users. Google will blacklist sites that could be considered dangerous to visitors, which makes it nearly impossible for people to find you. Website security products identify and resolve any malware or blacklisting issues daily, so there’s no interruption to your business.
If you don’t have the little lock from a trusted SSL certificate, Google Chrome will tag your site as Not Secure. This will effect your Google rankings, making it difficult for users to find your website, and will warn users not to open your website. A properly installed SSL certificate fixes all of these issues. And you will have the little lock! You can also tell if you are secure because your url will begin with https, not just http. The “s” is for secure.
What does this mean for you? It means that you need to spend more on products for your website than in previous years.
How much are we talking? I took a look at the prices on GoDaddy today. Here’s the breakdown if you purchase both hosting and the products described above on your own for ONE YEAR today:
- Hosting — $95.88
- Daily backups — $35.88
- Website Security — $83.88
- SSL Certificate — $74.99
- Total — $290.63
Because I buy these products in bulk and split the costs, I save my clients money. Here are the costs for the exactly the same products for ONE YEAR purchased through Beehive Design Studio today:
- Hosting — $15.26
- Daily backups — $3.26
- Website Security — @ $55
- SSL Certificate — @ $28
- Total — @ $101.52
I do not mark these prices up. These are the prices I pay to GoDaddy. The cost is simply reimbursed by my clients and the savings is all theirs.
Of course, there are companies other than GoDaddy that you can purchase these products from. However, I won’t be able to offer you a discount and I don’t recommend any other companies. I have been with GoDaddy for years. In my opinion, they have exceptional customer service and very competitive prices.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the costs of creating and maintaining a website.