Websites: To Buy or Lease–that’s the Question!

Price is always a major factor in any purchase decision, and the purchase of a new website is no different. Website development companies have different ways of charging you for your new website. It’s confusing, and that’s why we are breaking it down. You can see for yourself the differences between a website you lease and a website you own.

Leased website:

Best price is always a concern when it comes to purchasing a website, and the leased website isn’t a bargain option. The main benefit that leased websites offer is a significantly lower initial cost than you’d incur when buying a website outright. It’s standard practice for website development companies to charge an upfront fee, but with a leased website you will also have a monthly bill for service.

Lower initial cost is great, but there are a couple of cons to the leased website. Say you want to part ways with your website developer–if they are leasing you the website, they are going to take it with them. This means that your hard work, your content, your edits–all of it is gone when your business relationship ends, and that’s a drag!

Another issue is the lengthy contract. Most companies that lease websites offer contracts in the 24 months-long range, and unfortunately, your website might still belong to the developers. After 2 years of payments, you’re going to want to OWN your website.


Purchased website:

Purchased websites are more common and are a win/win for both you and your developers. In this case, you own the rights to your website, so if you decide to switch providers, you bring your website along. This alleviates your future costs on website projects because the bulk of the work is done when your website goes live the first time!

When you buy a website, your initial cost is going to be a little higher than with a leased website. In a standard agreement, you will typically pay half the website cost to start the project. This secures development time. The remainder of the fee is due at the completion of the project. There are companies, however, that are willing to work with you on payment terms. For example, at Squirrel Works, we strive to make sure payment arrangements and development timelines benefit you!

Your transportation and logistics company needs the best website, and it’s up to you to make that happen! If you are a newer company, and you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for, a leased website might be a good option. But if you want your website to positively impact your company in the long-term, you’ll want to explore options for owning your website.

A website is a big decision! Weigh your options and decide what works best for your unique transportation and logistics company. If you’re in the market for a partner who not only understands but loves the difficult world of transportation AND can help you with your digital marketing–give us a call at 618.509.5740. If you prefer email, reach out to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you.