How much does it cost to build myself a website?

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Recently, during a WordPress creation course in Equinet Academy, a student asked about the actual of cost to creating a website. I did some research online about the cost of a website and found that most articles are from overseas and may not be suitable for entrepreneurs in Singapore. Therefore, I have decided to work on this article and to estimate the cost of a website building from scratch.
For the purpose of this article, we will use a new boutique hotel in Singapore as an example. Imagine you have just bought a new boutique hotel would like to do up a website for it to allow your guest to check for availability and do online booking of rooms.

In this example, we are proposing based on:

  • The cost of their service (actual/estimated);
  • their latest update (if any);
  • their customer support turn-around time (if any)
  • based on our experience.

Domain and Hosting

To begin building the website, we will require a domain and server to house our upcoming website. We did some research to find out a few providers for reliable servers –

We are expecting a slightly higher viewership rates that usual website. Therefore, we will look for a reliable business hosting ( 1 tier higher than shared hosting), a storage of at least 10 GB and 2 GB Memory;

FeaturesGodaddyVodienDigital Ocean
Storage 120GB20 GB40 GB
Memory 2GBNot Stated2GB
Domain (price)YES ( 80.99/yr)YES ( 60/year)NO (+external – 60/yr)
othersFree SSL CertFree Dedicated IPNA
Price (with domain, if any)780/year660/year300/year


Based on the chart above, we have decided to pick Vodien for their hosting and server plans.

Current Total Cost: $660/year

Website framework and plugins

We will be using WordPress (with divi Builder)  and woo commerce for this website with a woocommerce plugin: WooCommerce Accommodation Bookings.

Divi Builder is a visual editor that will help us to create and add any pages easily on WordPress.

Wait, why Divi Builder? Because we (Lemonade) are using Divi builder too. In our opinion, it is really easy to update your website in future.

Cost of Divi: $145/Year

Current Total Cost: $805/year

Design & Content

To save myself some cost and time, I have decided to pick up some off-the-shelf theme for my website. I tried to look for some themes and found a list of good themes that work with my extension. And I have decided to choose one from with the help of some reviews –

The cost for the theme is $65

I will need a content writer to write the content of my website and description of my rooms. Based on our experience and reference from Up work ( good content writers rates is around $40/$60.

Let’s set a budget of $1,500 for content writing for 30 hours of work.

Current Total Cost: $2310 (Yearly :$805, First Year: $2310)

Time and Effort

Now, with all the framework, design and content ready, I am ready to build my site. To calculate my time and effort, I will put my hourly rate as $15/hour ( if your monthly salary is 2,500 then 2,500/22 working days/8 hours per day). I estimated that it will take me 3 weeks to complete the whole website.

Time and effort cost : 1,800

Current Total Cost: $4,110 (Yearly :$805, First Year: $4,110)


Website Maintenance 

Finally, we are done with the website and hosted on the server. I will need to look for website maintenance service to ensure that my website remains to be functioning. I have done a research with the help of a website maintenance article by elegant theme – 7 Best WordPress Maintenance Services – $135/month – $110/month

But none works like our own website maintenance plan; LEMONADECARES Security Suite For just $85 per month, we got everything more than the list above.

Current Total Cost: $4,866 (Yearly :$1,825, First Year: 5,130)


Building your own website requires a lot of patience and while most of your friends or people around you, claims that is is easy to make your own website, you should never forget to take your time and effort as part of the cost of your website.

Of course, you can always take out some of the cost mentioned above (e.g. content writing) and do it on your own.

Nonetheless, enjoy the process of website building and good luck in doing up your masterpiece!

Oh! Did we mentioned, you can get a simple website for just 2,800 – Contact us today for more information! 

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