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What are the different types of websites and costs for each?

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Some industries have adopted fairly standard approaches to web design, using industry wide tools and little imagination. Others have become very competitive and will put every spare dollar into being a little bit better than their competitors. While costs can vary widely, some general ranges can be given for different industry types.


Small Companies

A small company that wants to establish a Website to promote itself and its services on the Web should budget anywhere from $1,000 to $7,500 for a 3-10-page Website. Make sure you are comfortable with the company you choose, and that they are available for ongoing maintenance if necessary.

A small company, such as a restaurant, medical office, retirement home, or art studio may put up a site to showcase the company, its products, and its services for around $3,500 to $10,000.



For an e-commerce site, here are a few of the variables that will affect the total price of the site you intend to build:

  • How many products/services and the type of product/service you want to sell?
  • Shopping cart solution (custom versus third-party software)?
  • SSL Certificate provider and security level?
  • Choice of hosting provider and the configuration of the hosting service
  • Merchant account solution?


Event Sites

A small event site, such as a meeting, conference, wedding, etc., can cost almost nothing for template sites. For customized and targeted sites, you can expect to pay anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000+.


Congressional Website

A congressional site, devoted to meeting constituent needs as well as keeping the positions of the congressperson available will run from $5,500 to $10,000. A campaign site will cost considerably more.


Trade Associations

Trade Associations usually have to satisfy the tastes of their large members. They must also be up to date and convey messages to several audiences. Most provide database information or controlled documents to members. The typical trade association site starts around $10,000.