Q/A : How Much Does it cost to Design and Host a website in Uganda

cost of designing and hosting a website in Uganda
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The cost of designing and hosting a website in Uganda is surrounded by a lot of myths, Some of which are really embarrassing to mention. To prove my case, recently I was going through my WhatsApp messages when I landed on the hinted topic in one group. So these fellows were arguing about how it’s not possible to design and host a website in Uganda at a flat fee of 50$ (approximately 180k ). To make it clear, this came about after a certain freelance chap was promoting his web hosting and designing packages to the fellows.

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So You might as well have been one of those who still think that designing and hosting a website at 200,000 Ug Shs is absolutely impossible.

Well, Personally I have started & designed a lot of corporate, personal, and eCommerce websites in Uganda. And In today’s article, I want to share with you some tips to help you get started with your website business at a very affordable & effective cost. Some of the resources I have provided in this article have tried out myself from experience and I would recommend them to you.

cost of designing and hosting a website in Uganda

So how much does it really cost to design a website in Uganda

This is perhaps a broad question that is going to break down into three to four sections to let you know how much you really need to spend on designing your personal or business website.

cost of designing and hosting a website in Uganda

What do web developers consider when designing a personal website ?

Personal websites are by far the cheapest as far as designing is concerned in Uganda. These websites vary in prices according to a number of factors which I have mentioned below and their respective costs.

  • Personal websites in form of blogs can go for as low as 250k for a freelance designer and 500k for professional tech companies .
  • Static Personal websites can go for as low as 300k depending on freelance web designer and 700k for corporate tech company .
  • Other factors to consider for the cost of designing a website in uganda include Analytical tools for monitoring your website, Search Optimization Services, cost of hosting website , maintenance costs, integration and many others .

So how much does it cost to host a personal website in Uganda

Web hosting is no longer that expensive as it used to be in the 1990s, today you can host your website for as low as 80K Ugandan shillings for a year.

Isn’t this good news?

However, there are some factors you have to consider while choosing a perfect web hosting package for your personal website. Remember sometimes cheap things are not really cheap so you should at least consider some of the following factors while selecting a hosting package ;

  • Hosting Space. Some of the hosting companies provide 5GB- 10GB hosting space at cheap price which can cost you if you’re planning to host a website that’s going to utilise a lot of space .
  • CPanel . You should ensure that the company hosting your website provides you access to your web hosting cPanel .
  • Bandwidth is vital if you’re planning to have a website that is going to drive in huge traffic.
  • You should get hosting that provides you at least a customized email i.e email like admin@ugtechmag.com .

If you’re in Uganda and you need a reliable web hosting company that provides unlimited hosting space, bandwidth, customized emails, and free domain registration, I would recommend you try out crane web hosting. I have used it, for now, for one year to host some of my websites and they are very reliable. You can contact them via their Facebook page crane web hosting or email.

Maybe you what to know how much it costs to design a business website in Uganda, then this section is for you.

How much does it really cost to design a business website in Ugand.

cost of designing and hosting a website in Uganda

Unlike the latter, business websites are a bit complex to design and can take a bit more time and resources. So in this section am going to break down some factors that make business websites more expensive than personal/individual sites.

Business websites can include hotels, agencies, restaurants, schools, companies, NGOs, many other forms of websites and their prices vary from 600K to 1.5M depending on the type of freelancer or company and the type of work to be done.

Factors web designers consider while developing business websites in Uganda include ;

  • Number of pages of website
  • Functionalities of a given website
  • Maintenance and support over a given period of time
  • Type of design appearance
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Hosting cost
  • and many others

How much does it cost to host a business website in Uganda

Similar to personal websites, when you’re going to host a business website you need to consider the following factors

  • Bandwidth of hosting package
  • Hosting Space
  • Cpanel
  • Customized email accounts
  • Availability of 24/7 technical support

It’s always safer to host your website with a home web host company since communication is easier and cheap. But if you have Paypal, Payoneer, or a visa, you can easily buy hosting from Bluehost. Use the link below if you want to get a discount on your hosting package. Check out how to get payoneer mastercard in Uganda.

Host website with Bluehost

Q/A: How much does it cost to design an Ecommerce website in Uganda .

cost of designing and hosting a website in Uganda

Have you thought about it and decided that you need a website for your shop, or perhaps you just need to sell your homemade stuff online. Designing an eCommerce website is vital today. Ecommerce websites range from between 800k to 3M Ugandan shillings depending on functionalities and many other factors described above. I designed my first eCommerce platform with crane Webhosting last year and I recommend them for your e-commerce project since they are a set of skilled freelancers who will meet your project deadlines at such affordable prices.

Q/A: What is the cost of using Online web design solutions

cost of designing and hosting a website in Uganda

Online web design solutions such as wix , wordpress, joomla, and others have made it possible even for non-IT people to create websites by just drag and drop. These tools generate HTML, PHP code for you. Depending on the type of design you want, the cost of designing websites using online web builders ranges between 800k to 3M Ugandan Shillings depending on the features and design you need.

Point To Note

  • Free and scalable WordPress site requires minimum technical knowledge. However, there is no direct assistance offered, it is on the forums that you will have to go to seek a solution in case of any errors with your website.

Q/A: How much does it cost to buy Website Domain in Uganda.

A website domain is a special, unique URL that identifies your business brand online like ugtechmag.com. The cost of registering a domain today depends on the extension name and its availability i.e .com domains can go for 50k Ug Shillings per year. Below is a complete list of domain extensions and their prices according to crane web hosting Uganda.

Domain ExtensionCost
.comUGX 42,990.00
.clubUGX 42,990.00
.orgUGX 52,030.00
.bizUGX 54,610.00
.netUGX 54,610.00

Full disclosure: Crane Webhosting is an affiliate web hosting and design company. They host Ugtechmag, ugsheetmusic among several other high-traffic websites and applications in Uganda. They offer reliable, fast web hosting, domain registration, and customized emails with great customer care. Check them out right now via facebook page or http://cranewebhosting.com