Well, the cost of a Web site ranges from free to $10′s to $100′s to $1000′s.
It’s best to start with the question “What do I want my Web site to do?” Perhaps you’ve sketched a design concept for your Home page. Perhaps you’ve found examples of similar sites that you like.
If you’re setting up your first site, my recommendation is to take small, incremental steps. Get something up fast in a day or two, as simple as just a Home page. There’s no reason to spend a lot of time (and money) if you just want to establish a modest Web presence.
A simple “billboard” or “yellow pages” site can get you started; then add your Web address to your business cards. With a few more pages, an informational or “portfolio” site can help “off load” all those common, casual questions from people — “Thanks for your interest; you can find out more information on our site.”
While there are pro’s and con’s to “do it yourself” services, one of the least expensive is GoDaddy (www.godaddy.com). GoDaddy even has a “build your own” package, which they advertise as “easy, fast, fun, and affordable” if you don’t have or want to learn a Web authoring program or hire someone.