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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.

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This story appears in the August 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Off-the-shelf content management systems and templates have made building and managing a 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 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 , programming and other options.

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