When starting your business, whether big or small, it’s undeniable that having a website should be a priority. You must create an online presence!
Worldwide trends show that people are relying more on online search to find desired products and services. It’s a convenient way to compare products and search for the best selection and prices. If you don’t jump into this online competition, your business is certain to fall behind.
From my ten-years of experience with web design in Thailand, it’s not surprising that getting a website established for business can be a daunting and confusing project for business owners.
You’re unsure where to start, wondering about the cost, and what type of website best suits your needs (not to mention your customer’s needs). Understanding the various options, as well as establishing realistic price expectations for web design costs, can be especially challenging.
The cost of a website depends on a number of factors, namely:
- The features and functionality you expect to have,
- The number of pages and how much content you have
On top of that are additional services that are necessary to get your business website online including:
- Web hosting,
- Domain purchase and registration
- Search engine optimization
All these factors determine the price of the overall project.
Initial Web Design Thailand Price
Your domain name, also known as your website address, should be unique and represent the name or industry of your business. It will make you noticeable, and through its use you can demonstrate professional competence to your business partners and customers.
The cheapest option, such as .com, costs approximately 500 Thai Baht per year. Pixel Interactive provides various options of more than 60 domain extensions including .net, .org, .info, .th etc.
There are many different kinds of web hosting available for businesses. Shared hosting is an option where you share a web server with other sites. It’s the cheapest option and usually costs around 1,000 – 5,000 Thai Baht per year. This is a decent option depending on how much disk space you want for your website.
Having your own server (a dedicated server) is a more expensive option with costs around 60,000 Thai Baht per year and up. A cloud server is faster and more secure with costs around 1,500 – 8,000 Thai Baht per year.
Always remember that you get what you pay for. If you choose web hosting that’s extremely low cost, you might lack good support if something goes wrong (and they occasionally will).
You can also consider the benefits of a website maintenance plan. Pixel Interactive offers web maintenance as a “value added service” for web hosting and web design services. If you have a large website and/or e-commerce site that requires more upkeep and maintenance, hiring a professional to maintain your website is a wise and affordable option that reduced web design costs over time.
Web Design Cost: Web Design Agency vs. Freelance Web Developer
Web Design Agency in Bangkok
Pro. You will have a team working to take care of your project from web designer, web developer, to copywriter. They are educated, disciplined, and reliable.
Con. 12-24 hour response time depending on the agency
Price Expectations: Depends on the scale of your project. It usually starts from 25,000 Thai baht.
Freelance Web Developer in Bangkok
Pro. More personalized service.
Con. Might lack the wide range of skills possessed by an agency. Not always reliable, and if you’re unlucky, they might leave your project incomplete.
Price Expectations. It usually costs less than hiring web design agency starting from 5,000 up to 500,000 Thai Baht.
Price Expectations for Web Design
Starter Business Website
Domain Name / Web Hosting: 3,000 Thai Baht per year
Web Design: 20,000 – 30,000 Thai Baht
Web Design is for a basic website, perhaps 4-5 pages with a simple website structure.
Small Business Website
Domain Name / Web Hosting: 3,000 Thai Baht per year
Web Design: 40,000 – 60,000 Thai Baht
This builds on the Starter Business Website and can reach between 10-20 pages with a solid range of functionalities.
Medium-sized Business Website
Domain Name / Web Hosting: 8,000 Thai Baht per year
Web Design: 70,000 – 100,000 Thai Baht
This is a more complex level of web design and development. The web design costs will increase due to additional work, however the end result will be a uniquely designed, high speed, custom business website.
Large-sized Business Website
Domain Name / Web Hosting: 15,000 Baht per year
Web Design: 100,000 + Thai Baht
Web design costs will increase considerably as you move up in scale. Large business websites with multiple sections, 40 – 100 pages and a lot of functionality is referred to as a large-scale business website.
This type of website is suitable for big companies and e-commerce business. You should be aware that it can take significant time and effort to build such a large website – costs will come at a premium as well.
Web Design Cost Factors
One of the main factors that effect web design cost is the “website functionality” required for your website. Here’s a list of common functionality options for our clients.
It’s trending! Many of our clients intend to sell products or services online but only few realize that this function is very complex. It will take time to make everything works perfect for the business owner and customer.
If you want an e-commerce website, you’ll need to implement this function accept money – whether through Paypal, Omise or other payment gateway from your bank.
Setting up secure account connections and creating checkout and payment processes will take time and it’s a factor in determining cost.
A standard contact form on your contact page is usually included in your initial web design cost. If you prefer a more complex form, such as custom application forms, it will require additional time and cost.
One of the most complex functions is offering content in multiple languages. Structuring a multilingual website can be difficult due to different language characters – each might display different results on a web design layout.
Things to Consider
Web design is a service, NOT a product. Viewing your business website design as a service will help you understand why it’s difficult to have a set price.
There’s a lot of planning and detail involved. The final price will depend on detail and time allocated to various features.
Standards vary from agency to agency. Different companies have different approaches to the way they go about building a website. They will also vary in how they bill for services. The absence of uniformity billing standards will affect pricing.
As you can see, website design pricing can vary greatly depending on the business needs. It’s challenging to compare because the quality of website can differ greatly.
If you have a website project, need assistance, and think our pricing may be a fit for you, please feel free to contact us and learn more about our web design service. Our team at Pixel Interactive can help you determine the type of website and content you need, while keeping your web design costs at a minimum.
Nancy is the founder at Pixel Interactive, a web design agency in Bangkok that has been working with clients around the globe since 2009. She graduated with a Masters degree in Information Systems from Sydney, Australia and worked in one of the biggest IT companies in Sydney.
Today she consults on web development, website strategy, and content strategy. She works closely with clients on graphic design and web design projects, using WordPress as her platform of choice.
When not immersed in client projects, Nancy is often invited to speak about online marketing to students in universities and to business owners in live events. She writes for our blog, sharing her expertise in project management, client services, and online marketing.
Nancy is also part of the international community of the WP Polyglots which helps translate themes and plugins, including WooCommerce, into Thai language.