How much does it cost to build a website a website with Drupal  in 2021?

How much does it cost to build a website with Drupal in 2021?


Imagine that you are a constructor. One day a friend Joe comes to you and says: “Hey, I want to build a house in the forest. How much will it cost?". What will you answer him?

Any constructor would answer: “What kind of house do you need? What materials and equipment will you need? Do you want to do it yourself or will you hire constructors?". The cost of a small wooden house built by one person on their own is not comparable with the two-story red brick cottage built by a construction company.

A similar situation exists for the website’s price. This article will tell you about the price formation of Drupal website development and answer the question “How much does it cost to build a website?”.

Website design

First of all, you need to understand what goals and objectives you set for your website. For example, you need a website for your blog with a standard set of features and a simple design. Such a Drupal website can be created by yourself absolutely free. Just read a guide or watch tutorial videos. 

Another matter, if you need to develop a selling promotional website for your business with a custom design, it is a serious step that you will have to spend money on. It’s no secret to anyone that websites with a unique design increase sales (according to “The business value of design” by McKinsey). A professional web designer can help you to develop a custom design for your project, but that's not all. Also, you will need a front-end developer to run your website with a new design. Of course, if you have some extra money and your time is too expensive, you can hire a project manager who will monitor the progress of the project, but it’s not neсessary.

Drupal development

Every Drupal website contains Drupal modules. Drupal modules allow you to add the necessary features to your website and you can install them for free. But every business is unique and sometimes a standard set of features is not enough to implement a project, that's why the development of additional Drupal modules is required. To do this, you need an experienced Drupal development company. Below you can look at average hourly rates for mid-level developers in 2021:

  • North America: $60-$140 per hour
  • Western Europe: $40-$60 per hour
  • Eastern Europe: $20-$40 per hour
  • Asia and Pacific: $10-$20 per hour

As you can see, the per-hour rate can vary dramatically based on a region of the world, that’s why companies prefer to work with outsource web development firms from different countries.

Website development cost

Mainly, the cost of a website is calculated based on an hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours spent on a project. 

The website development cost directly depends on the features that you need and on the complexity of website design. Below, you’ll find some examples of the existing types of sites and see how long it takes to develop a website, based on our experience.

Simple promo page

If you need an opportunity to edit the content of your promo page by yourself, the Drupal CMS will be the best solution. The development of a simple promo page will take 50-70 hours.

Approximate total cost:

  • North America: $4200-$9800
  • Western Europe: $2000-$4200 
  • Eastern Europe: $1000-$2800 
  • Asia and Pacific: $500-$1400 

Company website

The development of creative custom design is very important for corporate websites because the reputation of your company will directly depend on this. Development of a standard corporate website with such sections as "About Us", "Services", "Portfolio", "News", "Blog", "Contacts" will take 200-250 hours.

Approximate total cost:

  • North America: $15000-$35000 
  • Western Europe: $8000-$15000 
  • Eastern Europe: $4000-$10000 
  • Asia and Pacific: $2000-$5000 

Mobile app

Drupal is universal. It suits not only the websites’ development, but it can also be used for the back-end development of mobile applications. This fact makes Drupal even more attractive for your choice. The minimum estimated time for the back-end run on Drupal is 150-200 hours.

Approximate total cost:

  • North America: $9000-$28000 
  • Western Europe: $6000-$12000 
  • Eastern Europe: $3000-$8000 
  • Asia and Pacific: $1500-$4000 


E-commerce websites are online stores and large trading platforms, such as Amazon. Perhaps, the most difficult type of projects to implement, so the time which will be needed for an eCommerce website development is appropriate. The minimum estimated time is 250-300 hours.

Approximate total cost:

  • North America: $15000-$42000 
  • Western Europe: $10000-$18000 
  • Eastern Europe: $5000-$12000 
  • Asia and Pacific: $2500-$6000 

Now you can see how many options for creating a website exist. And this is only in theory, but in life, it is more interesting. For example: 

  • you can develop a logo design and general style and apply them to a free template yourself.
  • you can choose a free template, and give an order for its further development to any freelancer.
  • you can buy a template or pay for a subscription to a website builder tool and fill it yourself. But in this case, you should pay for a copy or illustrations.
  • you can order everything from the web studio.
  • you can buy ready-made websites on sale (yes, this is also possible).

The cost will depend on which way you prefer. Somewhere you can save money, somewhere you make a mistake and overpay, somewhere everything will be according to plan.


In this article, we gave you approximate costs for different kinds of websites and now you have an idea of how the price is calculated.

Remember, that price for website development entirely depends on a development team and your requirements. It is very important to find an experienced development team to achieve excellent results in your project. And don't forget that every business is unique and requires individual solutions.

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