How much does a web site cost?

I am frequently asked "What does a website cost? Let's use a house as an example:

Do you want a 1-bedroom 1-bath home on a tiny lot somewhere way outside a populated area? Or maybe a 5-bedroom 6½-bath home with formal a dining room, pool, tennis courts on a 50 acre parcel?

Websites are not much different! The more you want, the greater the cost. Fixed costs, which are consistent and unavoidable are the Domain Name and the Hosting. The average cost for those are about $150 to $350 a year.

For simple sites you will spend in the neighborhood of $800 to $1,800, larger sites with more pages, a simple shopping cart, and forms,can run from $1,800 to $5,000 or more. If you require a major site with a shopping cart with a couple thousand products, a data base and interactive pages the cost can be $10,000 and up.

Knowing what you want, and what your budget will be before you start is important. There are ways of reducing costs without cutting quality or functionality.