I have had a number of requests from potential clients on whether we offer a monthly subscription fee for a website instead of offering an upfront payment for the website.
The answer is no and there is a reason for that. We are in the business of offering a web design service to potential clients. The main goal of the service is to provide you with the best possible website and the best price.
At the end of the day you have paid for a website to be designed and developed. It is the same for the construction industry, where you pay to have your have house built. At the end of the day the goal is to have a well constructed house that you OWN.
Own is the operative word here. The client have paid a great deal of money to have the website developed and they own the design and the development of the website. They can in turn, do anything they wish to the website. Move it to another hosting company, make changes to the website and even add new features.
There are numerous companies that offer websites with monthly subscriptions which allow you to pay a small amount per month to have a website. This may also come with hosting included in the price. It sounds good and very affordable for a small business starting out, but is to good to be true….
The answer to that is maybe…
Those are some of the issues i have with subscription plans for websites.
You might find that in the end, you might be over paying for your website. If you go with paying your website upfront, you know that you own the website and no extra money is owed on it.
In the end the client will make a decision what best suits there business needs. Unfortunately in this industry, as there are in most industries, there are people that are out to make a quick buck. So when you are looking to have a new website designed, do so carefully and get the best deal out there.
Make sure at the end of the day that you own the website and you are not just leasing some space on the web.