"HOW MUCH DOES A WEBSITE COST?"
Unfortunately, it's a difficult question to answer. It is similar to asking a contractor how much is costs to build a house. There is so much that goes into a website that we really can't give a simple answer.
But what we can do is give you some examples:
It's no secret that you can go on the web and build a website yourself for practically nothing. And this might be a good first step for folks who are just starting out and have no budget whatsoever. But the problem with this is what the old adage says: you get what you pay for.
Free website makers offer very few layout and color choices, extremely limited designs and you'll spend hours of time learning their system. There is little if any technical support and you will still likely have to pay for your hosting and domain registration.
You can also hire overseas designers or ones that work from home for cheap - but what happens if they decide they don't want to do it anymore? Or if they get a full-time job doing something else? We've heard dozens of stories from clients that went this route only to get burned later.
The next choice is hiring a brick-and-mortar design firm like Fry's Computer Guys. Brick-and-mortar design companies will offer basic website design for a few hundred dollars on up, depending on the individual company. Fry's Computer Guys charges $500.00 for a five-page website for starters with discount consideration for churches and non-profits.
If you would like a Content Management System (CMS) website, meaning the ability to update the website yourself, the fee is around $950.00 for a few pages. And if you would like a (CMS) /eCommerce site that gives you the ability to update and add products yourself, you can expect to pay around $1,500 and up.
If you really need something significant, such as a Fry's Computer Guys INTRANET that has a custom login system for members, databases that contain hundreds of records which need to be entered, and several forms for data collection, you can expect to pay around $2,500 or more.
But don't let that last number scare you. Most folks do not need a website that robust. In fact, most of our website quotes are below $1,000. The great thing is that it doesn't cost you anything to find out how much your website will cost.
So get in touch with Fry's Computer Guys and let us know what you need. We'll hammer out a detailed quote for you with no cost or obligation.