Updating Your Website: Free to Ultra-Premium and Everything In-Between

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So you’ve read our article on 5 Signs You Need a New Website in 2020 and realize you need to update your website. But how do you go about doing that?

There are a number of ways, all the way from free to thousands of dollars.

Each with their own pros and cons, and each with their own ideal website size.

So without further ado, let’s get into how you can update your website in 2020.

free website development

Option 1: Free ($0/yr)

Building a website from the ground up for free has become easier than ever.

There are literally hundreds of websites that offer the service, including ourselves.

There are a couple of pros and cons to consider if you want to go this route.

It’s free – need I say more?Often doesn’t come with your own domain name, so “mysite.rycob.com” instead of “mysite.com”
Can be made EXACTLY the way you want itYou have to do everything yourself
You have to troubleshoot any issues
Does not look professional
Requires at least basic knowledge about website design
Almost impossible to implement website science


So who is it best for?

Free websites are best suited to people looking for personal websites and have time to learn a bit about website design.

Whether this is for a resume, a portfolio, or an Instagram bio, a free website may be an option.

The learning curve on building a website can be somewhat daunting and takes far longer than many know.

But, if you’re willing to put in the time then benefits may make it worth it.

What tools should I use?

There’s a lot that goes into recommending a tool.

It depends on your knowledge, the amount of time you want to spend, and how customized you want.

For a complete breakdown of all of the free website tools, we recommend checking our article: The best free web tools for your new site!

low cost

Option 2: Low-Cost ($10-$50/yr)

Many low-cost options end up just being a better version of free options.

However, with these extra costs often come a couple of notable pros.

It’s cheaper than premium solutionsHard to implement website science without significant research
Can be made EXACTLY the way you want itYou have to do everything yourself
Usually includes your own domain nameYou have to troubleshoot any issues
Sometimes includes a very basic level hosting packageDoes not look as professional
More professional than free alternativesRequires more advanced knowledge about website design


Low-cost options are typically best for individuals who have a fair amount of website knowledge and are willing to put in more effort to avoid spending more money.

This may include people who used to design websites, computing science students, or individuals who have a passion for web design and are willing to constantly change the site as their knowledge grows.

What tools should I use?

You’ll have to set up hosting, emails, and design a website, so there is not really a single best tool.

It can get complicated, and there is a lot of personal preference and knowledge that goes into it.

However, we have compiled a list of the tools we think would be best for low-cost solutions.

For the complete list check out our article “The Best Low-Cost Tools for Your Website


Option 3: Professional ($51 -$500/yr)

It’s cheaper than premium solutionsEasier to implement website science when using a web designer, hard when doing it yourself
Can be made by yourself, or by a web designerYou have to do some things yourself
Always includes your own domain nameYou have to troubleshoot minor issues
Always includes a very basic level hosting packageSEO will likely have to be done by you
Appears professional and good for a corporate siteEither costs more or requires a smaller website
Takes less time to update your website if using a web designer


At first glance, this range may seem overly large, but for a professional website the cost will depend largely on a number of things:

  1. How large your website is. A small 3-page site will take a lot fewer resources than a large, hundreds of pages behemoth.
  2. How many features your site needs. A more complicated site with booking forms, applications, and custom code will take significantly longer, and cost significantly more money than one with none.
  3. How quickly you need to update your website. A faster upgrade means buying more things instead of creating them yourselves, which can quickly drive up costs.

Keeping this in mind, this is the first level where we recommend hiring a professional for updating your website if it’s simple, or having advanced knowledge of web design and doing it yourself if it is complicated.

A web professional, including Rycob Media, will cost less than $500 if you just have a basic 3-page website.

Adding applications and features to your site, however, is quick to drive up the price with a professional, and if you plan on saving money it would be best to do these yourself.

What tools should I use?

Recommending tools for a professional style website build can get tricky.

It depends how much work you want to do yourself, since, if you hire someone, they will have their own tools and own way fo doing it.

Nonetheless, if you want to check out what tools we recommend for large, professional websites check our article “The Best Professional Tools for Your Website


Option 4: Premium ($500 – 5,000/yr)

It’s completely hands-offUsually can not handle significant amounts of traffic
Can be made by a web designerMore costly than DIY solutions
Always includes your own domain nameMinor SEO may be done for you, but beyond that, you will need to do some on your own
Always includes a very basic level hosting packageThe website may not be as optimized as ultra-premium
Appears professional and great for a corporate site
You don’t have to troubleshoot any issues
Guaranteed to implement website science


This is the level of a website where we recommend hiring a professional in all circumstances.

Professionals and those familiar with web design have the ability to custom code, develop tools, and overall create larger, more complicated websites with ease.

Premium websites often include large amounts of forms, booking, and a bunch of other things involved in a large site.

Unlike professional, it often also includes at least a basic level of SEO.

Even this small level, when done by a professional can grow your business far beyond the higher associated cost!

What tools should I use?

Professionals use a variety of tools to develop and create websites.

For a list of some of the tools, we here at Rycob Media use to design and maintain our client’s sites check out our article “The Best Premium Tools for Your Website“.

Option 5: Ultra-Premium ($5,000+/mo)

It’s completely hands-offMuch more costly than DIY, and lower web design solutions
Can be made by a web design teamTakes a very long time to update your website or build it
Always includes your own domain nameLikely can’t troubleshoot anything yourself
Always includes an advanced level hosting package
Appears professional and perfect for a corporate site
You don’t have to troubleshoot any issues
All SEO will be done
Website will be perfectly optimized and customized
Guaranteed to implement website science
Can handle pretty much an unlimited amount of traffic


These are the super websites.

The big boys.

The 100+ page, dozens of calculations, and massive amounts of custom code.

Hands down, not only do you need a professional web designer for this level, you need a professional web development team.

These sites take months to build, have constant updates, and are a full-time job on their own to maintain, nevermind build.

When updating your website at this level make sure to do your research! cheaper does not always equal better.

What Tools Should I Use?

Tools for this level of the website are best left to your web development team, as each team is different and will have tried and true methods that work best for them.

Nonetheless, we have compiled an article showing some of the best ways to help these teams design what you want.

From terminology to basics, the complete guide will get you ready to meet with your team and stay as informed as they are!

Check out the article “How to Talk Web Development: Tools and Terms: Part 1“.

Which is recommended?

We here at Rycob Media are obviously a bit biased as we offer web development services ourselves.

But at the end of the day, it depends on how large you want to go when updating your website, how complicated it will be, and how much knowledge you have.

This article is designed to be an overview of some ideas to get you started decided how updating your website can benefit you.

Do you have more specific questions about updating your website? Leave them in the comments below and we’ll make sure to answer any questions you have!

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