Building a Web Site: Rough cost estimates
(as of April 2004)
You may want to come back to this page as you read the rest of this
series, but here's a broad, very general overview of the costs that may
be involved. This does not include search engine submission, marketing,
or "bells and whistles" like Flash intros or special features.
- Web editor (you will choose one)
- FrontPage - about $170
- Dreamweaver - about $400
- TextPad - about $27
- NotePad - free
- Image editor (you will choose one)
- Photoshop Elements - about $100
- Paint Shop Pro - about $100
- PhotoImpact - about $80
- FTP client (needed only if you are using TextPad or
- CuteFTP - about $40
- FTP Voyager - about $40
- WS_FTP Pro - about $40
- Windows Explorer - free
- Web template (if you don't want to start from scratch) -
prices start at FREE and can go up to $100 for a web site starter template.
- Registering domain name (sometimes this is included with
hosting company packages) - between $9-$30/year. Do your
- Hosting - Between $10-$25/month (for low-level hosting).
May include a setup fee. Or you can go with companies that
give you lots of space for a yearly fee.
charges $100 a year for 500 mgb, that is less than $9 a month.
- Stock photographs or illustrations - from FREE to
$30-$149 per image (royalty free for web)
- Ecommerce (if you want to sell products online. There are
two major options.)
- Using PayPal - FREE to set up, they take a percentage from
- Setting up a merchant account - Application fee of $50-$300;
monthly fees and transaction fees apply (probably will be
between $30-$50/month). This may or may not include a gateway
fee. You may also need to obtain a third-party shopping cart,
which can be up to $200+.