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What is the Cost to Build a Website?

by Tami Lee

Cost to Build a Website

Cost to Build a Website

What is the monthly or yearly cost to build a website? Is it cheaper if I build a website myself or would it be more cost efficient to have a website built for me? I've tried to research all the costs associated with building a website but have found the information confusing and contradictory.

Is there a monthly hosting fee in addition to the cost to build a website or are they one in the same? Are there hidden costs or other expenses to consider?

If I want a professional looking website to sell my own product what would be the most cost efficient way to get it started very quickly since I don't have a lot of time to devote to learning how to do this myself right now. I would also need a way for customers to purchase my product right from my website.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!


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The Cost to Build a Website
by: Sue

Hi Tami,

The quick answer to your question is the cost ranges to build a website from Free to Bazillions! It really all depends on what you want, what features you need, along with a ton of other considerations.

First you need a web host. Since you want to sell your own product you will need to select a website host that can accommodate a "shopping cart" and payment processor. Ejunkie, Google, PayPal, and for electronic goods, Clickbank all have "plug-in" shopping card and a payment processor that can be added to most any website.

If you want to have your site built for you, then many web hosts offer that service as well. The price can range from $1,500 upwards to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. You can find more information on all the different professional help and site building options on this page of the site:
Web Site Services

The cost to build a website includes the site design, keyword research so your site will actually be found by people searching the internet, the number of web pages you want, Search engine optimization, as well as for site maintenance, (if you don't want to manage your site yourself.)

Check out the website services and prices offered by Site Build It Website Building Services, the web host company I use as a starting point.

Feel free to call them and speak to a site building advisor about your ideas and ask all the questions you need to in order to start researching and comparing which service will provide you with the best deal.

You should be sure to ask for an itemized list of everything that will be included in the fee to build your site! That way there won't be any hidden fees or surprises.

You can expect to always pay a monthly or yearly website hosting fee, and it does help to pay to list your site with a few well respected directories but that would be your choice.

Congratulations on your product by the way. I hope you make a qazillion!

Best of Luck,


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