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The Cost of a Quality Website

Sidestep sticker shock by creating a detailed budget for designing, building and launching your website.
July 19, 2010
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/207576

Off-the-shelf content management systems and design templates have made building and managing a website easy and affordable for small-business owners with modest needs. Not counting your sweat equity, you can build and maintain a small website for less than $250. But, honestly, do you really want to bank your company's online presence and messaging on a low-cost website? Working with a full-service graphic design and web programming firm is a more savvy business decision.

Using a professional team, you can expect to pay from $1,000 for a very basic site to more than $50,000 for a larger site with custom graphics, programming and other options.

The cost of your website will be based on the size and complexity of the site required to meet your business-related needs. A five- to 10-page site introducing your business and the services you offer will cost considerably less to build than one that processes purchase orders, for example.

When budgeting for web programming and design, draw up an itemized list, including the following:

 



Mikal E. Belicove is an author and market positioning and social media consultant. His latest book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Facebook, was published in July. When he is not working or ghosting blog entries for clients, Belicove can be found musing about the world on belicove.com and can be reached at mikal@belicove.com .