How much does it cost to create a website in Trinidad and Tobago? Well, it depends on several factors. Here is the best breakdown of the cost of a website for your business in Trinidad and Tobago:
1. Domain Name
The first cost of a website is that of the Domain Name. A Domain Name is the website address used to access your website, for example, www.mywebsite.com.
You will need to purchase the domain from a company called a Domain Name Registrar. Our recommended registrar is Cloudflare. We prefer Cloudflare as they have no markup on their pricing. Also, there aren’t any surprise renewal fees and hidden add-on charges (e.g. with GoDaddy or Siteground).
Avoid letting a web designer buy your domain name as it may not be yours in the end. We recommend that you buy your domain name using your credit card.
There are many domain name suffixes that you can choose for your business, such as COM, ORG, TT, CHURCH etc.
If you require a COM domain name for your business, the following would be the average domain name cost of a website:
|Domain Name Cost with Cloudflare||TTD|
|First-Year Domain Cost||TT$63|
|Yearly Domain Renewal Cost||TT$63|
2. Website Hosting
The second cost of a website to bear in mind is that of Hosting. All websites must have a location to store the pages and serve those pages to the public. This location, called Hosting, needs to be available 24/7, secure and reliable.
Some companies allow you to store your web pages on their servers at a cost. Most companies provide shared servers and virtual private servers.
For a business site, we recommend using Virtual Private Servers (VPS) with either the provider Cloudways or Vultr. The initial setup may seem daunting, but the payoff, in the end, is worth it. There would be faster website speeds and predictable pricing. Your web developer would be able to assist you with this setup. We no longer recommend using shared hosting providers. They initially lure you in with low purchase costs, then triple the cost with exorbitant renewal fees (e.g. GoDaddy and Siteground).
Similar to obtaining a domain name, please do not fall into the trap of having the web designer purchase your web hosting. Ultimately, you may not have access to your site. We recommend that you buy the hosting using your credit card.
The following is the average VPS web hosting cost of a website:
|Web Hosting Cost using Vultr High Frequency||TTD|
|Monthly Hosting Cost||TT$41|
|Yearly Hosting Cost||TT$492|
3. SSL Certificate
An SSL Certificate is installed on your webserver to verify safe browsing to a visitor. It usually appears as a padlock in the website address bar. SSL Certificates encrypt the communications between the server and the client.
Some web hosting providers (such as SiteGround) include a free standard SSL Certificate with your hosting purchase, so this is not an additional cost. Other hosting providers (e.g. GoDaddy) require you to install your own or purchase their SSL Certificates.
We recommend to clients, however, to obtain their SSL Certificate by using Cloudflare. It comes with a free SSL certificate that automatically renews. In addition to getting the SSL Certificate, you also benefit from added features such as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) and security. Security is against actions such as DDoS attacks, malicious bots and other nefarious intrusions. Your web designer would be able to set this up for you.
The following is the SSL certificate cost of a website:
|SSL Certificate Cost with Cloudflare||TTD|
|First Year SSL Cost||TT$0|
|Yearly SSL Renewal Cost||TT$0|
4. Web Designer
Unless you plan to design the website yourself, you will need to hire a professional web design company like us to build your website.
Be wary of cheap web designers, as they abound. In the long run, you will suffer in terms of website quality, continued maintenance of the website, and ultimately brand reputation.
The costs of hiring a web developer to build a website in Trinidad and Tobago would depend on the number of pages and the required level of functionality. Always note that apart from paying for the web designer’s time, you also pay for all the software/plugin/theme licenses purchased on your behalf to design the site.
If you are starting your business, you can select a 3-page website. Such a website can have a menu structure of Home, About, Services, Blog, and Contact. You can pay upfront or monthly for the design of your website.
Here is the cost to design a website that has three pages:
|Basic Web Design Cost with TECHNOKAT Solutions||TTD|
|Monthly Design Cost||TT$300 for 12 months|
|Upfront Design Cost||TT$3,000|
Advanced features such as membership or eCommerce incur extra costs. Please see our website design packages for further information.
5. Email Addresses
What is a website without a professionally branded email address with your domain name? e.g. [email protected] Therefore, you need to factor in the email cost of a website.
To obtain email addresses, you have three several options:
1. Using Web Host Email
Small businesses can set up free email from their web hosting provider.
Most small businesses may gravitate to using free hosting email. Note, however, that it is generally not recommended to send emails from your same web hosting account as it may get your domain blacklisted if tremendous spam is sent from it.
Also, bear in mind that to access mail from the web host would be through a webmail interface and that there are storage limitations.
2. Using an Email Service Provider
If you are a growing business, you can use an enterprise-grade email hosting provider (e.g. Google Workspace for USD$6.00 per user or Microsoft 365) at an additional cost.
If it is financially feasible, then this is the better option as you get an accredited email provider along with other useful productivity tools such as document processing (Docs or Word), document storage (Drive or One sync) and so on.
3. Email Forwarding
If you are a small business, and cannot afford an Email Service Provider, we recommended that you forward your email to an already existing email address using the service provided by CloudFlare.
Here is the email cost of a website:
|Email Forwarding Cost with CloudFlare||TTD|
|First-Year Email Cost||TT$0|
|Yearly Email Renewal Cost||TT$0|
Note: If you desire to send out bulk emails for instance to an email list or transactional emails, then you would also need to get an SMTP Service Provider, which may come at a cost. Our recommended provider is sendinblue. They have a free tier that most small businesses would find suitable.
6. Website Maintenance
One often overlooked part of a web design project is ongoing website maintenance. Just like a car or a house, a website needs regular maintenance. Else, the site can become outdated, hacked, and compromised. Your brand will then be negatively affected.
If you have the necessary expertise to maintain your site, then the following will need your attention:
- Plugin Updates
- Core Updates
- Theme updates
- Content changes
- Security Checks
- Performance checks
Small businesses can perform the above tasks if they obtain the appropriate website training. Please note that some of the above items, for example, plugins, may also require license renewal purchases.
If you prefer the ease of mind, hand over the website maintenance to a reliable company like us.
The following is the standard maintenance cost of a website:
|Standard Website Maintenance Cost with TECHNOKAT Solutions||TTD|
|Monthly Maintenance Cost||TT$800|
|Yearly Maintenance Cost||TT$9,600|
When choosing a website maintenance provider, confirm if there is the option to pay for maintenance only when necessary with no cancellation fees or contracts.
7. Website Marketing
The final cost of a website that you should consider is the marketing of the website itself. You will need to use the usual channels to promote your site, such as printing flyers, business cards, and perhaps the radio.
The digital marketing channels would include content creation, email marketing, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and search engine marketing.
As a small business, you may have the free time to create blog posts for your website and to promote your website on your social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram. You can also pay for ads on these channels to keep costs down.
For ease of mind, you can hire a digital marketing agency like ours to fully market your brand across all channels.
The following is the website marketing cost of a website:
|SEO Website Marketing Cost with TECHNOKAT Solutions||TTD|
|Monthly Marketing Cost||TT$3,000|
|Yearly Marketing Cost||TT$36,000|
Starting an online business is essential in this global economy. When done right, the website can bring in new leads and revenue for your business. But as the saying goes, “It takes money to make money”.
Here is a summary of the average basic cost of a website:
|Basic Website Costs||TT$3,555|
|Website Maintenance (1 Mth)||TT$800|
|Website Marketing (1 Mth)||TT$3,000|
|After Launch Costs||TT$3,800|
What preceded was an in-depth look at the cost of a website in Trinidad and Tobago. As a small business, you wish to keep costs down and so should choose the less expensive option. Growing companies, however, would have further needs and can widen their budgets for greater functionality.
If it is not feasible for you to design a website for your business, then you should consider listing your business in an online marketplace like OnYourIsland. On this platform, you are able to obtain an online presence for FREE with their business directory. You also get access to tools to list your vehicles, properties, products, events, jobs, and more – all in one place!