August 27, 2010

How much does a website cost?

Depending on the nature and scope of the website, it can cost anywhere from free to millions of dollars. Costs of building a wesite include domain name registration, hosting, and development. All of these costs can be avoided for the do-it-yourselfers out there. However, for most people those costs can't be avoided due to lack of training or equipment.

Websites like Weebly, Yola, Squarespace, Webs, Jimdo, HotDoodle, BlinkWeb, Homestead, Wix, Joomla, Edicy, and soon our own EWVSites (shameless self-promotion) allow users to create a site themselves without looking at code. The advantage of using one of those web applications is cost-effectiveness. Instead of having to pay a web developer to manually code a website, the web application does all of the work. It also bundles the costs of domain name registration and hosting.

When you use a website builder application the only work you have to do is create the content. One drawback includes your limitation to the functionality built into each application, and not all website builder applications were created equal. However, for individuals without programming skills and small businesses, this is the best option for them. Pricing for these sites usually range from $0 - $25 per month. The more expensive packages are usually more capable.

For those who want to create a website with complicated or very specific functionality, the only way to go is to build it yourself or hire/outsource people to build it for you. Competent website/web-application developers usually run from $20 - $65 per hour. To find people or companies to help you with that, all you have to do is Google the term 'Website Developer'. Websites like Elance can also help you find quality individuals/organizations to help build websites and web applications. Or feel free to shoot us a message at and ask us who we trust to build our websites and web applications.


  1. This is good information however HotDoodle (shameless self-promotion here) does offer the ease of DIY and low prices, together with a freelance marketplace of web techies who can help. So we offer both the DIY convenience, together with a low cost, easy way to have webmaster capability, all without losing control of your website.

  2. Karen, I've glanced over HotDoodle in the past and was always wondering if your PenPals feature (web techies marketplace) allowed for custom coding in all sorts of programming languages. How does that work?

    PS - Thanks for the comment, I'll add HotDoodle to the list in this post.