Websites: Pricing 2020

Websites: Pricing 2020

We offer custom websites aimed at the start-up, NPO* or small business of which you are the owner of after hand-over. This carries a once off design & build fee in addition to the essential domain registration and hosting fees and is registered in your name and is your property. Should you need the site to be updated or extended in future then we can render this service on a per-hour basis.

*NPO organisations qualify for NPO pricing.

We don’t offer monthly rented websites at all.

We aim to provide you with a solid structure that you can extend at a later stage as your business grows.

We offer monthly retainer maintenance but find it’s mostly necessary for websites offering online products / web-shops or blogs with lots of traffic / interaction.

Things that are non-negotiable and need to be renewed annually or monthly:
We do not offer hosting as part of our services but use local South African service providers. We only administrate your hosting profile for you.
Domain registration
Hosting (monthly or annual)
SSL Certificate

Things that are negotiable:
Website design & development (build)

Extra items we need to build your website:
Logos / Artwork
Website text content
Pictures to describe your product or service
Where and how customers can contact you.

Our pricing include hosting and domain registration.

Custom Holder / Landing page – R2500 once off + R1500 domain & hosting = R2700
Business name + your contact details

Our Basic Start-up package – R4500 (best value)
Domain registration, Hosting & Emails
A custom 1 page infinite scroll website displaying your business information, services, gallery, products and contact information.

Our Small Business start-up package – R6500
Domain registration, Hosting & Emails
A custom 2 page infinite scroll website displaying your business information, services, gallery, products (catalog style),  and contact information & contact forms.

Online shop package – starting at R8000
Domain registration, Hosting and Emails
A custom 3 page website to display your business information, services, and contact information.
Additional shop-functionality (5 more pages) with a South African paygate, invoicing & stock levels notification system. The loading and set-up of the first 20 products are included. Additional products at R20 per product extra – if more than 100 please contact us.

Websites: The value of a good website

Websites: The value of a good website

Websites – they come in many forms and is something that you cannot simply leave un-attended. There are also plenty of options available out there. From DIY sites that is built using a website builder like Wix, Weebly, Shopify or Squarespace or it’s offered by the hosting company itself. Some of these are free to use and you might have to contend with a .wix or .weebly domain extension (not recommended for serious businesses).  They also don’t have many options to choose from when it comes to your unique brand.

Then you get custom website content management services like custom WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Typo3, Magento sites etc that you will need a website designer for.

Most small businesses can benefit from a well designed CMS-type website like WordPress and which is our website system of choice. It’s easy to update and, with some training, self-manage. It can be set up to maintain itself most of the time. Annual check-ups will still be necessary to ensure it’s free of viruses and hacking.

A good website designer/developer will offer/recommend you the best option to suit your business needs and it’s usually a good idea to shop around a bit before you decide on someone to assist you.

Rented vs Owned

It’s very important to remember that websites can be owned or rented. Owned websites are what that name says, it’s yours, from the domain name to the content and photos on it. Rented systems will require you to pay a monthly fee over and above your monthly hosting and will in the end not belong to you or be registered in your name. It may be more economical as the monthly payments are usually very low.

At Hot Coffee Media we understand the importance of owning your brand and business, therefore we only offer the Owned website product which carries a once-off fee to design and build. Once the website is handed over we send you a copy of the website back-up files and PDF versions of the pages for your records. This can be a saving grace in the case of a website hack or if it disappears.

We do offer supporting services such as hosting profile management and website updates that may be necessary from time to time and charge only when we have done work on your instruction.


Websites: Why you need a domain email

Websites: Why you need a domain email

A domain email address usually comes packed with your domain registration and hosting package. It provides the professional touch you need to represent your business to your clients online and offline.

While Yahoo and Gmail email services are good enough for personal use we don’t recommend you use these for your business.

Here are 5 good reasons to invest in domain email addresses:

  1. It boosts your brand’s credibility and authority.
  2. Builds credibility and trust.
  3. Creates a bigger picture for your brand
  4. Promotes brand awareness
  5. It is in-expensive and easy to create and set up

When you make use of our website design and development services we usually set this up for your when we register your domain.

Websites: Hosting, explained

Websites: Hosting, explained

Web hosting is a service that allows organisations and individuals to post a website or web page with their business services and information onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed on the Internet. Websites and their domain related emails are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers.

When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain/business name into their internet browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.

Most hosting companies require that you own your domain in order to host with them. If you do not have a domain, the we will help you purchase one. Simply contact us for more information.

Websites: What is a domain name?

Websites: What is a domain name?

When you start looking for a website you will be confronted with this option first. This will be representative of your business online and is usually the name of your business. Think of it as your physical business’ name-board. People who you do business with will automatically look for this name when they search for you online.

In South Africa businesses’ have to regsiter a, you can however opt for the international suffix .com. You will have to comply with international standards and registration regulations also.

If your business name is not available as a domain name because it’s already been registered with the suffix then you can opt for versions with a – (dash) in the name or an alternative suffix like .capetown, .com, .net, .co, .za etc. I simple directory search using the south african regsitry,, will help you find out if your domain name is available.

If you plan for your business or business idea to be trademarked at a later stage it is a good idea to register all the possible variants of your business name. You can simply park the extra domains and ask your website administrator to point them to the domain name where your website will be visible.

For more information about domain names or if you need assistance then please contact us.