The prices vary depending on the company from what i have seen. Yahoo offers a package hosting and website tools for about $14 a month. How do some people explain charging $2,000 to $5,000 to build and then around $100 a moonth for maintenance. Am i missing something.
Answer by TheTechDude · Jun 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM
With the Yahoo thing you are then the builder. You must create the entire website. With the few thousand you are paying someone else to make a much better site than you could with a site builder. And they are going to take their own time so you don't have to. That is where the price comes from.
Answer by Duodave · Jun 23, 2011 at 12:16 PM
The reason people charge thousands is that there are people that will pay it. As long as the market supports those prices there will be people that charge it.
That's not to say they are being appropriately charged, however. The firms that charge thousands for a simple site typically have an experienced staff of PHP and Flash programmers on hand. They do design full time, they have extensive overhead. A small site is nothing to them. If they are charging thousands for a small site it may actually be because they don't want to be bothered with a small site, they would rather the small customer go to another firm so they can get the big e-commerce customers.
There are plenty of firms out there who will do small sites for less than $500 and charge very little for hosting. Lockergnome frowns on self promotion, but I can hook you up with some options that will meet your needs. Unless of course, your question is merely theoretical.
Answer by BoiseComputer · Jun 23, 2011 at 12:40 PM
I run a web hosting company and we offer a SiteBuilder with our hosting that allows someone to build a website similar to what you are looking at on Yahoo. Our hosting charge is $10.95 a month and a one-time $25 SiteBuilder charge. So hopefully you can find something similar to that. Should be a lot less than what you are looking at.
Answer by KylePolansky · Jun 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM
I am also impressed by the prices that some companies charge for developing websites. My dad's company recently hired a company to develop a fairly simple iPhone application, with a couple pages, with text and pictures, and then a calendar that syncs with the developers' servers. The developers already had the framework of the application built, and 90% of the work was putting in content. It seems like a pretty simple task, and even though it took a week or 2 to complete, the price was around the 5-10 thousand range. This app doesn't have any ads, and is free in both the apple store, and the android marketplace. At least with a website you should be able to make a little money on ads.
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