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How much does a website cost in Dubai?

Dubai, also called The City of Gold, is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world for the internet. So if someone thinks of investing over something in Dubai, the price comes as a great matter of interest.

Hence, when it comes to website designing cost in Dubai, it becomes difficult to answer since it is not as simple as the question itself. A website’s price is influenced by several factors. These factors include the type of site, its functionalities, size, and design. Thus, you must be clear about the requirements of your site.

To do so, you must first be clear about what you do you want your site to do. So, here comes the first step to determine the amount of money that a site would cost. Either you want it for a business for online goods and services dealings or represent your activities and work, promote knowledge or for any other purpose.

For a business website, it can be categorized into four kinds:

(a) Simple, Small Business Website:
If you have a small local business that has nothing much to do with online selling, instead you want the customers to visit your website and learn about your business, for instance, what services and products you provide. Therefore, a small, simple website is enough for such a business.

(b) Conversion-Focused Business Site:
A conversion-focused business site is one that attracts, convinces, converts the end-users and influences your customer’s buying decisions. So, if you want to generate more quality sales and leads, the conversion-focused site is a perfect choice for your service-focused business that is not only visually attractive but also conveys properly structured sales messages for maximum effect to outwit competitors.

(c) Basic Ecommerce Site:
An e-commerce website includes features that make you stand out of the crowd and boost your business. A standard e-commerce website includes features such as:
• Interactive user interface
• Product catalog
• Wish lists and shopping carts
• Customer testimonials
• Special discounts and offers
• Multi-device compatibility
• Advance multiple payment options
• Detailed shipping information
• Security and policies

If you have a business, such as an online store, in which you wish to trade your products online, facilitate transactions of services, receive payments and transfer funds on your website, then an e-commerce site is what you need.

(d) Custom Feature-Rich Site:
You would want to outperform your competitors when you own a vast business. For this, you will require a website that fits your business needs. For such business, your site will require large-scale data consolidation, custom-built add-ons, a contemporary application and features that are specific to the needs of your business site so that as a business owner, you are also able to manage your customized website.

By going through this classification, you can easily select the nature of site you have thought of.

Let’s move towards the second step to determining the cost of your website, i.e. getting a domain name. A domain name is the destination address that you or the user types into search bar of a web browser to visit your website. A domain name gives your site a professional look and protects copyrights. Domain names will cost about 10 - 15$ (36.73 - 55 AED) a year requiring subscription renewal.

Security and privacy of users’ data, especially in the case of e-commerce websites, is necessary to create a trusted environment for customers. After getting your site’s domain name done, you should get SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate installed which creates an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. You can choose from the three types of SSL certificates:

1. Domain Validated (DV SSL) Certificates – immediate issuance without paperwork.
2. Organization Validated (OV SSL) Certificates – conducts some vetting of business organization and checks the right of an applicant to use the specific domain.
3. Extended Validation (EV SSL) Certificates – conducts a thorough vetting of organization and checks the right of an applicant to use a specific domain.

The user will see HTTP protocol and a padlock beside your URL for the DV SSL and OV SSL. While for the EV SSL, a green address bar will be seen with your organization’s name. If you want any help regarding this, contact your development agency.

Now, the third step involves choosing the right web host. To make the website available for viewing online, you need to host your website on a web hosting service provider, and to store the site’s data on a web server. To choose a suitable web host depends on certain factors of your site such as how much support and resources you need from the provider, the amount of traffic you expect and the storage. Choose a convenient content management system and understand server types. While the cost depends on the above-mentioned factors, a standard rate of web host can be from 50 to 200 AED.

Having done with the third step, let’s take a look at the fourth one which is choosing a template or custom development. In case you want a customized site that has specific features, your web design agency will charge you more depending on the customizations, ranging from 3000 AED to 25000 AED and more. You will need to invest further if you want your web application to be more interactive or to have state-of-the-art features such as data consolidation, contact, navigations or other.

You can install free CMSs that would only require a set-up cost. Therefore, you can have a simple, few pages website at a much lower cost. However, you will require your agency’s help in case you are not familiar with the web design industry that much. Your web development agency will provide you with the appropriate solutions out of the many solutions that cater to similar kinds of problems, depending on your budget and requirements.

Another step that will help you outperform your website from the other ones is to do Search Engine Optimization for your website. SEO is a technique that helps your page rank high in search engine results to increase traffic on your website. The content of your website should be SEO-optimized because the nature of the content is necessary in this regard. As soon as your website becomes operational, you must look into getting SEO done for your website because having a high online ranking will aid your business aside from its size.

The cost for Search Engine Optimization and copywriting relies upon various aspects such as your service provider, the type of your business and the package you are using which may contain other web design benefits and some copywriting too that might cost you from 1000 to 4000 AED per month.

The sixth step revolves around the design and multimedia integration. The number of customers your site attracts depends on how attractive your website is, both visually and its usability. It’s important to focus on the look and feel of your website by adding high-resolution images, backgrounds, and videos, as well as focusing on better user experience. In this way, people are not only amused by its appearance but they are also impressed by its interface. However, adding unique features can let you cross your budget line, because it can cost approximately from 1000 AED to 25,000 AED and more. Well, don’t get worried, your web design agency will help you come up with the best design while letting you stay in your budget.

Now, let’s take a look upon the last step, i.e. ongoing maintenance of your website. After you have received your complete website from your agency, you will still have to set a certain amount of money aside for your website maintenance as the technologies and requirements keep changing with time. So to keep your website well-maintained and abreast of the current technologies, you will likely spend about 200 to 500 AED a month depending on what modifications you need in your website unless your website is straightforward or you are aware of some technicalities related to website maintenance.

So now that you are aware of some aspects that you should take into consideration when determining the cost of your website design, here we give you a rough evaluation of the price that your site would require for each of the types as discussed in the first step.

Roughly you will spend around 6000 AED for a small, simple business site. For a conversion-focused business site, it will cost from 6000 to 15000 AED. An e-commerce site will cost between 12000 and 35000 AED while a custom feature-rich site will cost above 30000 AED.

Since these are just rough estimates and are subject to change depending on the factors and features that you need in your site, therefore you can be skeptical about these evaluations. If you don’t want to be dubious and want an exact evaluation of your website’s cost in Dubai, then contact us today for a free analysis of your website to see what costs would be involved for you’re the particular features of your site!