Once you’ve setup all your technical elements you’ll need a theme for your website. This is a set of tools that also gives you the framework for building the site. I build sites in WordPress so install that first then add a WordPress theme to build and style the website in.
Buying a website theme is one of the most important investments, alongside the hosting as how many tools you have, how well the website performs and how well the theme lasts are all dependent on the quality of the theme in the first place.
It’s easy to be taken in by themes like Divi who have an annual license, which, if you’re planning on building more than one website, can feel like a good investment but the reality is the tools are limited, you’ll need to know at least some CSS to get the full functionality and it’s more than likely you’ll end up purchasing add-on packages to end up with the website you really want.
Avada is almost always my theme of choice – with a full range of tools, fully integrated features like contact forms etc, it comes with a lifetime license so you only pay once and it gets updated regularly.
Elementor is also a popular theme. It has an annual licensing model so you’ll need to pay for it each year and again, you may need to purchase add-ons to get the website you really want.
Now that we’ve covered the technical elements, let’s look at the other website related costs: