Web Development

Web Development in Nigeria

Cost of Building and Designing a Website in Nigeria

The cost of building and setting up your website in Nigeria varies depending on your needs and use of the website. There are also other factors, such as the tools used in building the website and the number of webpages, which affect the final cost.

For example, a five-page website costs more than a one page website; furthermore, a website that is hand-coded, or set up from scratch, is quite different and costs more than a website that is set up on a “free”, open-source Content Management System (CMS) such as WordPress or Wix.

Furthermore, a website which is properly optimized for traffic, or which does e-commerce, collects customer data, and/or has a proper call-to-action could cost considerably more.

Before Building Your Website

Before you set out to build your website, there are many things you need to consider. Unfortunately, it is not as easy as simply setting up a website and going to bed, expecting it to give you your desired results without taking necessary steps in order to optimize it. The internet is becoming increasingly competitive, and it is important that a website is very well-planned, and has a budget that can meet its needs.

The cost of building a standard website in Nigeria varies widely, but ranges from ₦100,000 to ₦1,000,000, or more. That being said, there are other factors that need to be considered before setting up your website.

Cost of Web Hosting and Domain Name

Let's begin by defining “web hosting” and “domain name.” When you set out to begin your business in the physical world, you need a physical location that can serve as your office or shop where you can sell your products and services. The same is applicable to an online marketplace. The domain name you'll purchase alongside your web hosting serves as your online location. The cost varies depending on your goal and budget.

For example, on Bluehost (a standard domain hosting company) they charge around ₦2,200 for their one-year package, which includes a single website, a 50GB website space, domain hosting for one year before you renew your rent, and other standard features. The cost of your time to set it up, manage it, and other issues could be considerably high.

Types of Web Hosting

Making the decision about which web hosting provider is suitable for you is very important, so it is helpful to know the benefits and drawbacks of each type.

Shared Hosting

Shared hosting is most suitable for newer websites. With this kind of web hosting, you expect your website to be stored on the same server like a central processing unit (CPU) among other websites. The cost of this method is relatively low, making it an excellent option for website owners in the beginning stages of their business. The disadvantage here is that you'll be sharing the same server (similar to a storage device) with other websites, and a surge would affect your website user experience.

Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting

This type of web hosting gives you more control over your website as compared to the shared hosting type, though your website will still share the same space with others on a small server. The difference here is that a portion is allocated to you on the server, giving you a mix of shared server and dedicated server. This type is ideal for website owners who need more control, but don't necessarily need a dedicated server.

Dedicated Server Hosting

A dedicated server hosting gives you total control over your website server. Dedicated servers cost more than VPS hosting, and are mainly used by website owners with a lot of website traffic.

Cloud Hosting

This is the most relevant hosting method on the market now; it involves many computers working together and running applications using combined computing resources. It gives you the leverage you need to manage your website, but it comes with a price; this method is also expensive.

Self-Hosting

In self-hosting, you buy, run, secure, and manage your own server. It is mainly suitable for enterprises, including government agencies, with sensitive data information that need a separate server to prevent fiddling with or stealing sensitive data. You might not need this kind of web hosting if you are a small or medium enterprise.

Issues With Hosting

Our experience has been that even professional organizations with dozens of IT staff have gotten into trouble with hosting. In the old days, we used to deliver sites to our clients which they hosted themselves, on their own servers, or on various hosting options. The problem with this scenario is that even though they sometimes had large IT staff, they weren’t experts at managing internet servers. As a result, sometimes their websites were hacked or manipulated. Staying current on the latest security updates and related issues is a full-time job. Our recommendation is that small- to medium-sized businesses rely on third party experts to manage their hosting.

Domain Name Registration

Your domain name is the unique address of your website. While planning out your web hosting, you should also consider your domain name registration. As aforementioned, some web hosting services come with a package for free domain name within the first year. It is very important when creating a website or working with an online marketing company that it is clear who owns the domain. There have been clients who pay to lease, or even without knowing, have paid for a domain, or the use of one, which they don’t own. This is a very bad idea as over time you're working to establish credibility of that domain as part of your company brand.

SSL Certificate

Another thing to consider in planning to launch your website is a SSL Certificate, it comes with a price tag but it is important because it acts as a third party verification for website security. Currently, Google marks websites without a SSL Certificate as not secured. Having a SSL Certificate is telling your users that your site is safe.

Years ago, it was okay to run without an SSL certificate, but today, it is pretty much mandatory that an SSL certificate be acquired and used.

All sites delivered by iBCScorp™ are done so with an SSL Certificate.

Cost of:

Web Design

The cost of web design services in Nigeria varies, but it all depends on the expertise of whomever is handling the design of your website. The average cost of designing a website ranges from ₦60,000 to more than ₦200,000. Several factors affect this price, such as the website's style, size, functionality, and features, or if corporate branding already exists, or if corporate branding needs to be created. It is highly recommended to establish a corporate identity with things such as a logo, font styles, and color scheme prior to building a website. Corporate branding is an often overlooked but important part of any business.

Content Creation

Part of planning to launch your website is determining the kind of content you want to put on your site. This is important because you need your website to be up-to-date, have relevant information, and/or give users information about your current offers. In Nigeria, the cost ranges from ₦10,000 to ₦50,000 per page. Most agencies, including iBCScorp™ have a software that enables their clients to update their websites on their own. That being said, it is a good idea to consult with an expert to help optimize content for the web.

Website Promotion / SEO

In order for you to rank high on Google, you need to consider investing in a search engine optimization (SEO) tool, organically, or through Google Ads. A good agency in Nigeria will also provide you with this service with the cost ranging from ₦36,000 to ₦50,000 per month. It is a good idea to consult with a company specializing in SEO early on as the value they bring to the table helps improve the value and effectiveness of your website over time. It is like getting a better interest rate on your money, so the sooner you do it, the better off you are. Please see our website packages to learn more about what is included with SEO and online marketing.

Website Management and Maintenance

As time goes on, you'll need to keep your website updated; if not, the initial contents of your website will be outdated. As you change your product offerings and services, you'll also need your website to reflect this. To make it easy to update your website, it is recommended that you select a web development agency that has a Content Management System (CMS). This will make updating some aspects of your website, such as the content, easy. In fact, with a content management system, you could even do it yourself!

So, What is the Actual Cost of Website Development in Nigeria?

Based on our chart below, the cost could range anywhere from roughly 200,000 to much much more for a simple website. It could even be considerably higher with proper SEO, e-commerce, or other options.

Domain Name.com / .net / .org₦8,000

.ng₦10,000 - ₦15,000
 
Backorder Domain₦50,000
Web HostingShared Hosting₦35,000 - ₦98,000
 
Cloud / Private Server₦209,000 - ₦987,000
 
Dedicated Server₦928,000 - ₦2,436,000
SSL Certificate 
₦17,500 - ₦580,000
Web Developers Fee1 - 5 Pages₦80,000 - ₦150,000

Extra features like Google Analytics, SEO, live chats, payment gateways, booking systems, database integrations, CRM integrations, (etc.) come with extra costs, but these features are important depending on the kind of business you're engaged in.

iBCScorp™: The Best Web Development Agency in Nigeria

iBCScorp™ is an international technology company with a workforce scattered all over Nigeria. We believe in the Nigerian business sphere in which we are making an impact.

We are at the forefront of using technology to impact lives and change the way business is done. As a successful company that has been operating since 2006, just around the inception of these technologies, we have watched as these tools evolved, and we have evolved alongside them, giving the companies we work with the technical advantage they need to be at the top of their game. Needless to say, we are the best web development agency you can work with in Owerri, Benin, Portharcourt, Calabar, and Kano, in addition to the user-friendly interface technologies we are offering our customers in Lagos, and Abuja.

Why Choose Us?

1. Latest Technologies

We use the best adaptable and scalable technology (ReactJS), offering you the opportunity to build upon your technology stack. You can trust that your applications and software are user-friendly and can optimize easily.

2. Content and Workforce

iBCScorp has a productive distributed workforce and a fantastic content management system, equipped with the best minds with various talents, so we are able to manage your website’s content seamlessly.

3. Credibility

We've been in business since 2006, and that speaks volumes of our professionalism. Our customers are happy for the work we have done in the past. That is the kind of satisfaction we want to offer you!

4. Cost

Scalable technology means reasonable cost. We offer the best price for the services we provide.

5. Support

We are a people-centered company. Your adaptability to these technologies is our most important priority. That is why we follow up to ensure you are getting what you paid for. Furthermore, our support center is open 24/7 in case you have questions and technical needs.

Contact us now to get started on any of your web development needs!