Building a website, especially a business page, can be an expensive experience. A good web designer can charge a flat project fee, or they can charge per hour. The most important part of building a cheap website is having a web hosting plan and domain name. You should purchase these on your own, so that you have 100 percent control over the services---and that it is registered in your name.
Building A Website On Yahoo!
Yahoo! offers fairly reasonable web hosting and domain name registration fees, as well as a free website builder with many templates to choose from. Yahoo! hosting starts at $9.95 a month, and the domain registration fee is $7 for a year. The website builder allows you to drag and drop content, such as images, and is extremely easy to use for website-building beginners. You can upload customized HTML and CSS pages at any time, especially if you learn how to build websites or have one built for you later on.
Weebly Website Service
Weebly.com provides easy website building tools with the drag-and-drop functions. Weebly's web hosting service costs $24.95 per year; however, the website building tools are completely free to use. Their service allows you to insert images, videos, music, photo galleries, and more. There are, though, only 65 designs available, and while some HTML customization is allowed, you will be working with a limited cookie-cutter design.
Purchasing Your Own Hosting Plan
The main expense in building a website is finding reliable web hosting and domain name registration service. AxisHost.com provides web hosting plans starting at $5.99 a month, and their domain name registration is $12.95 per year for a .com, .net or .org extension. After you have purchased a web hosting storage plan and domain name, you can negotiate website building fees with freelance designers. A free ad can be posted at webhostingtalk.com with your website needs, or whatever function the website is supposed to serve. Explain in the ad that you have a budget---so that interested applicants understand you have a set amount for building the website.
Building Your Own Website
Templatemonster.com offers pre-made templates for a variety of businesses or for personal homepages. The template fees vary, depending on the design or flash availability. After the template is paid for, you will receive an email with download instructions. The purchased template can be edited and fully customized. You can do this yourself with programs such as Microsoft's FrontPage, or you can pay a small fee to a web designer to customize it for you.