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What Does A Website Usually Cost?

How much a web site should cost is one of the most asked (but rarely answered) questions. There really is no magic formula for calculating either the cost of a new web site or the cost of a redesign.

We've researched the Internet on web site costs, including historical web site development costs and web design costs for different components as well as current web site features and design costs in order to arrive at the following figures.

Historical Perspective:

Like everything else, the cost associated with designing, developing and building a web site has changed over time. The following chart provides a timeline of historical dates compared to web site cost for a small business (under 25 employees) located in a small city that wanted a professional web site having 15 pages, Web hosting and email, a domain name, and a aesthetic quality.

Time Period & Expected Cost
1995 – 1997 $7,500 to $12,000
1998 – 2000 $6,000 to $10,000
2000 – 2004 $2,500 to $4,500
2004 – 2010 $2,000 to $8,500

To FULLY answer the question "What Does A Website Usually Cost?" you should review specific Web design and web site development projects.

Informational or Small Business Web Site Cost:
* 8 to 16 Web pages   * Custom graphics   * Stock photos   * Little or no flash
* Web forms sending to email accounts

  Industry Standard Mirage-Net
Project Duration 30 to 75 days under a week
Site Cost Range $2,000 to $6,000 $600 to $1,500

Corporate (100 or more employees) Web Site Cost:
* 25 to 75 Web pages   * Heavy use of flash   * High quality design work on all Web pages
* Content management system   * Extra components: Intranet, calendars, web site search

  Industry Standard Mirage-Net
Project Duration 60 to 90 days 10 to 14 days
Site Cost Range $10,000 to $25,000 $1,500 to $3,500

In Conclusion:

The cost of a web site can vary greatly depending upon features, needed marketing services, aesthetic qualities, and the design firm, advertising agency, or freelancer creating the Web design. While the cost of a basic web site has dropped, the need for more interactivity has helped hold steady the price of a high-end, competitive Web design.

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