Will I Own My Website?

As with any intellectual property, the person who designs and builds the site is the one who owns it.

However, if you are paying a developer to create a site for you, once you have paid for their work, they will assign the copyright to you and the site will then belong to you.

The same principle should apply to any copywriters, photographers, videographers or other creatives that you commission.

It’s a good idea to double check your contracts to ensure that there is provision for this in place or just ask your designer if you’re not sure. 

If you’d like support and advice about IP, the Business & IP Centre have lots of workshops and 1-2-1 sessions to help business owners on this topic and others.

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How much does a website cost?

Good question!

And as with many such questions, the answer is “It depends!”

Professionally built websites can start from around £500 for a very simple build but can easily head up towards £2000-£10,000+ for larger or more bespoke projects. 

You need to consider what your website needs to be able to do in order to make it work well for your business.

Do you need a “shop window” that showcases your products or services and helps your clients to build confidence in your skills and quality?

Do you need a specific functionality such as a booking or payment platform?

How soon do you need your site to be ready?

All of these factors will be taken into consideration when your web developer puts together a quote for you. Best advice? Make sure you know what you want and communicate that clearly with your developer.

And if you’re not sure what you need yet, ask! If you can give your developer an overview of your business and what you want to achieve, they should be able to guide you on the kind of site that will best suit you.