How much does a website design cost?

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This is a great question that’s asked all the time.

But there is a problem with the assumptions where that question comes from. Many think that buying a website is the same as when you go to a brick and mortar store to buy something off-the-shelf. Where you can get “one of them” anywhere and shop around for a better price because they’re all the same right? Some may think that to buy an “off-the-shelf” manufactured item (one of thousands of identical items) the price is pretty competitive and fairly fixed.

So, how do I answer this question without a fair description of the project I am agreeing to build? The strongest factor that I consider for any web project is what the website is expected to do and how much work it will take to make that happen for you.

The next factor to consider is that web site design and development is always a custom build. If not, then ALL WEBSITES would look and work the same and there would only be one automated web designer on planet earth.

So there are two answers, depending upon your point of view.

  • Too cheap to be true. Stay clear of this one!
  • Too much. Time to save up for a website that will do what I want it to.
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About the Author: Kerry is the lead website builder at and founder of SonFisher Web Studios in Phoenix Arizona. He enjoys having an empty nest and being married to his wonderful wife since 1976. He started out, in 1995, using a text editor to write HTML & CSS pages, in 2011 he began using Joomla, and soon defected to WordPress. If you want to grow your business, he's your guy. You can find him on LinkedIn and SonFisher.com.

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