Is a Pay Monthly Website a Good Idea?

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Are you wondering if a pay monthly website is a good idea for you?

Maybe you’re considering getting a website for your business or looking to improve your current website.

In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of a pay monthly website compared with the traditional upfront cost so you can see what is the best solution for you and your business.

Usually, getting a website for your business involves hiring a web design team (like us!) and paying them an upfront fee. The fee can vary depending on who you choose and how your website functions. Once the website is designed, you own the design and can do with it as you please.

Most businesses will get the web design team to host and manage their website too if they offer that service. Or host the website themselves and pay the designer whenever they need something changed or updated.

This method was seen as the best way, but times are changing and most businesses are starting to prefer the option of paying monthly for their website.

Before we move on, let’s first discuss…

What Exactly Is a Pay Monthly Website?

A pay monthly web design is an all-in-one website solution that removes the high upfront cost and replaces it with a more affordable monthly fee.

Not all website design teams are the same, but most will own the copyright to the design for an initial time and then transfer it to you once that time has passed.

For example, here at hellooodesign, we release the copyright to the design after 18 months of being with us. This is to ensure clients don’t just walk away after 2 months with their website.

After 18 months, our clients own their website 100% and can leave no questions asked.

A big difference between a pay monthly website and the traditional upfront cost approach is that you also get your website hosting and management included in the monthly payment.

This gives you access to updates when you need them and a support team to guide you if anything goes wrong.

Paying for a website upfront puts the responsibility of finding hosting, security, and management on you.

Prices for these services do vary but you’ll most likely find it’s close to what you would pay for a pay monthly website anyway.

Plus add in the time and stress it will take to find a company you trust, you can see why a pay monthly website might be a better option.

So, What Are the Benefits of a Pay Monthly Website?

When comparing a pay monthly website to the traditional option of paying upfront, there are a lot of benefits to consider.

We wrote a dedicated post about the benefits of a pay monthly website, which you can check out.

Here are our 3 top benefits of choosing a pay monthly website:

No Design Fee

One of the best benefits is that there is no upfront design cost to get started.

If a website team wants to charge you an upfront fee on their pay monthly websites, then look elsewhere.

The whole point is to remove the sometimes high design cost entirely.

Everything Is Included

Not only do you get a beautifully designed website for your business, but you also get website hosting, management, security, and support.

With hellooodesign, we even provide a free domain name and email mailbox!

Website management might not have been something you considered but it’s a very important issue.

Websites need constant care and attention. Having the time and knowledge to do that yourself can be tough.

Having a dedicated team to handle it for you can be a relief. Plus, having the service included in the monthly price is a win-win.

Your website will be kept up to date quickly and properly. No searching for a technical wizard to do it, then negotiating a price, etc. Your website team will most likely take care of it all without you even knowing they did.

Premium Design

The quality of the design will vary depending on the website team you choose, however, we make sure all our websites, whether they are a pay monthly or upfront, are designed beautifully and with your ideas in mind.

Basically, what we’re saying is the design of your website shouldn’t change depending on your design option.

Is a Pay Monthly Website Right for You?

Are you trying to figure out if a pay monthly website is the best option for you and your business?

If so, you should start by thinking about the pros and cons of a pay monthly website and how they relate to your business.

Sometimes a con is only a con for a short period of time or is outweighed by the pros that are on offer. If you need some advice, feel free to give us a call as we would be happy to help.

Here are 2 of the disadvantages we think a pay monthly website might include:

You Won’t Own the Website Initially

When you pay for a website design, you own the design and any graphics straight away. You are free to use the design in any way.

With a pay monthly website, this usually isn’t the case.

The design team will own the rights to the design for a certain period of time to ensure that the client doesn’t leave after a few months. This effectively results in them getting a website designed for next to nothing.

This is something to consider but not necessarily a deal-breaker as most people and businesses have no reason to want to take the website somewhere else. What would be the point?

Plus, most design companies will let you buy the copyright outright if you did want to.

The Total Price Could Exceed What You Would Have Paid Upfront

A pay monthly website is a bit like a loan.

The design company is loaning you a website for a small monthly fee that you pay each month.

Of course, after a certain amount of years, you would have paid more than you would have if you paid for the website upfront.

However, this doesn’t take into account everything else you get included with your monthly fee.

Things such as website hosting, support, and management would all still need to be paid for when paying for the design upfront. You could also include the time saved trying to do those things yourself.

Overall, a pay monthly website is usually a more financially better option when everything is accounted for. 

Making the best choice means figuring out your exact website needs and looking at your financial situation.

Does your business need a website ASAP but you don’t have the cash to get started? Then a pay monthly web design might be the best option. On the other hand, if you have the money to pay upfront and you have the knowledge and technical skills to manage it yourself, paying for a website outright might be better.

Find Out More About Our Pay Monthly Website Service

At hellooodesign, we provide an affordable pay monthly website design service to clients in Kent and across the UK.

Whether you’re an individual looking to get their idea online or a business looking to improve their image, we can help.

All our web designs are bespoke and designed with you in mind. We work with you to deliver a website that you’ll love and be proud to show to your customers.

Each pay monthly package includes the following:

  • Up to 8 pages (additional pages can be added)
  • Hosting, website security, and management included
  • Free domain (Either or .com)
  • Free email mailbox so you can look professional with your customers
  • Honest and quick support. Whatever your questions, we love to help!

You can learn more, by clicking our pay monthly web design service page.

Or, feel free to contact our team today for a chat. We can be reached on 0333 014 4472 or

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