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How Much Does A Website Cost For Small Business Owners

Websites are a great, low cost way to market your small business. But a website, like most marketing, is not a free lunch! You’ll encounter an initial web design cost for creating and programming your website, a monthly web hosting fee, and possibly maintenance costs.

Look At Your Website As An Investment

Sure, there is a sizable initial web design cost, but, you need to view having a website as a business investment. Not an expense. For example, if your website generates ,000 per month in new business, but the web design cost was ,000 — it becomes very clear, very quickly, that your website makes you money. A website is a smart investment — especially when you consider how popular the web is to people reviewing products and services before making a purchase.

Initial Web Design Costs

Website design costs, much like buying a car, vary depending on the features you need. Many web design firms charge upwards of ,500 for a basic, static website composed of a few pages. Commonly referred to as a brochure website because of their similarity to a printed company brochure, these websites are the perfect starter website for a small business. Brochure-style websites are an excellent way to keep your website design cost low, while getting your business online.
The best advice is to be open and candid with your website designer about your web design cost. Ask point blank, “how much does a website costc” Ask about what features will help you achieve your short and long-term business goals, yet stay within your budget. Any designer worth his salt will work hard to understand your business and provide appropriate recommendations to save you time, while keeping your website design cost low.

Monthly Website Costs

All websites require web hosting service, which is a monthly fee separate from your initial website design cost. Think of web hosting as monthly rent for the server space to store your website online, and your usage of e-mail and bandwidth. Web hosting for a small business website typically costs between and per month. Larger, more complex websites may require advanced web hosting services at a different rate. Ask you website designer or website hosting company if they offer discount web hosting plans. Most web hosting companies bundle web hosting services into longer terms of 3-months, 6-months and yearly hosting plans at a significantly discounted rate.

Annual Website Costs

In addition to monthly web hosting, you’ll also be charged an annual website domain name registration fee. Fees vary with each domain name registrar, but are typically about to each year.

Website Maintenance Expenses

You may also face an additional website design cost due to periodic content, graphic design or technology updates. These updates are requested by the website owner when information on your website becomes outdated, you need to add new web pages or other updates to your website. Website design costs due to site updates are typically billed hourly or on a per-project basis. Ask your web designer if they offer quarterly or bundled website maintenance packages at a discounted price.

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About the author: Michael Borowiecki is a seasoned marketing adviser and the owner of a small business marketing and web design firm, Formulis, Inc. Visit our Las Vegas Web Design Firm website to see what we’re doing for clients across the country and in Las Vegas. Not convinced a small business website is for youc Calm your nerves and read Small Business Website Fears Conquered.


10 thoughts on “Website Design Cost”

  1. how much does an average website cost to design?
    Looking to find a reasonable cost to quote customers but not sure what the running average is for a moderate website (no flash) custom photoshop, CSS and html work.

  2. WordPress website design cost estimate?
    How much typically does it cost to get some professional customzation done to an already existing theme? I basically just want to add some color to the background and change the size of the header, footer, and content areas. I also would like to add a favicon. Basically, I like the way that some themes are already, I just want to add some basic customization- maybe change the fonts too. Any idea of a ballpark figure of what that could cost?

  3. Depends on how much your time is worth and what you think your clients can afford. When I started my design firm 5 years ago, I charged $30/hr and $25/hr for maintenance but usually just gave a quote which put me around $20/hr.

    If you really need to build some skill, you can set your price lower to lure some low-budget clients but you won’t get much attention from bigger leads if your price is too low.

    My quotes ran between $500 for a simple site and $1500 for a much larger site when I was starting. That can go up considerably once you learn more and develop more talent in graphic design and server-side development.

    It’s a good idea to offer something in addition to the design – if you can learn about reselling domains and hosting you will be able to provide your clients with a more valuable service and draw a residual income from those services. I only need 3 hosting clients to cover the costs of my reseller hosting account, so there is a lot of profit, you just have to know what you’re doing and give good support.

    If you do a good job and your clients think you are affordable enough, your business can spread quite quickly by word of mouth. If it goes well you will be able to turn down jobs that won’t pay enough. Good luck!

  4. What is the average cost to have a social networking website design for us, like Facebook/MySpace?
    We are looking to start a business for a social networking website, similar to Facebook/Myspace. We want to get an idea of how much it would cost to get the website design, hosting, and any other costs associated with running an online company. Thank you.

  5. how much does a website cost to design on average?
    Hi I was wondering what I should pay for website design. I’ve got a video home page, 3 pages of copy (done already), a blog page and forum, and a shopping cart page. The design would need to be a Professional corporate Site.

    My hosting company has the tools so it’s just the design and expertise to put it together.

    What would be a reasonable ball park price for this? How many days work might it take?

  6. these all sound like very simple customizations that can be done in under an hour. I would suggest you go to and post a job for someone to do this for you. Always check out the persons feedback before hiring them. This will give you some good experience for getting other jobs done later.

    You can also go to and

    That would probably cost you $10..but you need to have the favicon ready and so on..

  7. When I do web design for people there’s a lot of factors I consider. For example, your site may be pretty basic, but you also want a forum and blog, things that will need to be implemented in other ways (to make the updating easy on you). I normally start with some basic layouts in Photoshop and continually run things by the client back and forth until we come to a final design. If the client responds quickly to my emails (and that’s honestly pretty rare—people are slow), the entire thing can be done within 2 weeks or less. For a site of your proportions I may charge $500 or so, but price is completely dependent on the person doing the designing.

  8. not a whole lot,,,
    $100-120 for hosting service per year
    free-$250 for ‘Facebook/Myspace’ script, depending on what you website you want to look like, one time fee
    $$$$-lot of money for advertising…your biggest expense
    trust me that’s about it.

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