What will it really cost to have a website?

We charge $45.00 per hour.
We bill in 15 minute increments with no minimum. That means if it takes 15 minutes to do something, we will bill you $11.25. We will want a deposit to get started. We track work by how long it takes to do things.

The deposit is based on how many tasks you want us to do.
We will give you an estimate and stand by it.

Research and purchase a domain name

Domain names that end in .com, .net, .org or .info are $13.95 per year.
There are now over 350 domains to choose from, but these are the ones that really count.

There are some other ideas out there. .club, .email or .photography are $19.99 per year.
.accountant or .cafe are $29.95 per year, .bargains is $31.99 per year, .tv is $32.95 per year, .guru is $39.95 per year and .pizza is $59.99 per year.

Let us know if you have any other ideas. There really are a lot of domain names available now. We would be happy to help you find and register the perfect name.


Hosting is as low as $8.00 a month. There is no setup fee.

1 Year Paid in Advance
Basic Hosting $10.00/month for 1 year - $120.00

3 years Paid in Advance
Basic Hosting $8.00/month for 3 years - $288.00

Blog Hosting

It doesn't have to cost much at all to get started as a Blogger. You can have a Blog on DreamHost for as little as $2.59 a month. They install WordPress for you and even register your Domain Name for free!

Add unique IP address: $43.13/year
Purchase a Signed SSL Certificate: $15.00/year
You only need this for sites that accept credit cards directly. If you are using PayPal to complete the sale, you don't need security.

Design a unique website

Show us a couple of examples of websites you like and what you like about them.  We'll let you know how long each design will take. Or we can make a site to coordinate with your printed brochures.

If you give us the copy in Word for each page and clearly label the photos, depending on the number of pages and the design, your site can be completed in as little as 4 hours. Really. We work fast. This does not include proofreading any of your words, so make sure you are happy with them before you give them to us. Tiny tweaks can really start to add up.

Anything you've seen we can add to your website, but it may take longer. We can add features like animated banners or graphics, additional templates for different pages, complicated menus or forms. Just let us know what you want and we will give you a good idea how long it will take.

We require a minimum $200.00 deposit. We will return whatever is left over. It's possible. Not likely, but it has happened.

Set up a WordPress site

You build it: Tell us what login and password you want and we will set up a WordPress site for you to build your website, blog or on-line store yourself.  This takes about half an hour, $22.50.

We build it: We can install whatever Theme you choose and customize it with your copy, photos and custom menu. Depending on the Theme you choose, this can be completed in 4 hours or less. We require a $200.00 deposit. We will return whatever is left over.

Just let us know how much you want to do and how much you want us to do.

Set up an on-line store

Zen Cart is a free open-source shopping cart system. It is very user-friendly.

WordPress is free open-source web-based software you can use to create an eCommerce website. Free and not-so-free Themes and Plugins allow you to run a complete shopping cart on-line store. WooCommerce is the most commonly used free eCommerce plugin. It now powers 30% of all online stores.

Both choices can be completely customized. Both have shipping and payment method gateways available. Both allow you to sell physical and digital goods. Both allow you to control taxes, stock levels and customer accounts.

We charge $45.00 an hour. The time this takes is up to you. It depends on how much of the work you do yourself. Entering the products is the time consuming part. If you can sell on eBay, you can sell in your own on-line store.

Set up custom email addresses

Even if your business does not have a website yet, using your business name as your email address gives your business a more professional look. You can use a number of email addresses, for example, or Each email address may either have a separate mail box, or you may forward them to a single account. Using Outlook or another email program, you can collect email from all of the accounts and then select which account to send from when you send or reply to email.

It takes about half an hour to register your domain name and set up your email addresses.
If you give us all the addresses and the passwords you want clearly, it will cost $22.50 for the time to set up the accounts (plus the cost of domain registration and hosting.)

We will send you a link to webmail to collect your email on-line and a PDF with basic instructions to set up your new email on your phone or using Outlook. If you need additional help setting this up, we will charge for the time it takes to help you get it set up.

Write the copy that works for site visitors and Search Engines

This is where a lot of web projects fall apart. Writing the words for each page of your website and writing logical captions for your photos can be the most difficult part of your internet project.

design42 can:

  • Write the words for your website for you
  • Edit the words you have written
  • Interview you, then write your copy
  • Work with you writing your web content
  • Edit your translated words into American English

We charge $45.00 an hour. The time this takes is up to you. It depends on how much of the work you do yourself.

Design the logo

Show us some examples of logos you like and tell us what you like about them.

Have an idea? Sketch it out and we will clean it up.

We charge $45.00 an hour for this.  Sometimes it goes really fast. We understand exactly what you are looking for and you like one of my first ideas. But, we are not mind readers. The clearer you tell us what you like, the more likely we are to give it to you.

Take or buy your photos

If you take the photos, we can clean them up and optimize them for you.

There are a lot of sites where we can buy stock photos.

If you live near us (Hendersonville, NC), we can drop by and take the photos.

The photos we take with our iPhones are as good as the ones we take with a more expensive camera. Yours are probably good, too. The trick to getting good photos is often just taking a lot and deleting the bad ones.

We charge $45.00 an hour for whatever you need us to do. We can steer you to some sites to buy the photos for your project.

Create or buy illustrations

There are sites that sell illustration. You just look through them all and find what you want. Or show us an example of what you are looking for and we will create it for you. We charge $45.00 an hour. We will give you a clear idea how long it will take before we start on any project.

Social Media

We can help you set up your Social Media accounts; Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. and link them to your website. Let us know what you need help with and we can tell you how long it will take.

Constant Contact

Constant Contact is an excellent tool for some businesses. We can set up your account and create a template that is consistent with the look and feel of your website in an hour or less.

Call us at (828) 692-7270 or email Make an appointment for a personal consultation at your home or business or at the design42 office.

We Accept All Major Credit Cards, Personal Checks & PayPal
Installment Plans Available

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