As you plan, keep in mind there are four elements to consider when calculating the cost of building and maintaining a website:
1. Domain: (not me.) Your domain is the address of your site, for example www.websitesbywe.com. No matter who creates your website, you must own your domain in order to publish your site. Domains can be purchased on various sites for an annual fee, ranging around $15-$25 annually. So... not an enormous cost to you. You will purchase your domain separate from the work we do together, but if you like, I can help you find out whether your preferred domain name is available and find the most affordable way for you to own it.
2. Hosting: (again, not me.) A web hosting service is the company that publishes your site and allows it to be viewed online. No matter who creates your site, you will need to pay for hosting. For your convenience, this may be billed monthly or annually. Hosting fees for most personal websites will range from a $10-$50/month depending on the complexity of your site. I will charge you what the host charges me to keep your site on line. An annual hosting fee payment is preferred and discounted, but we can set up an automatic Paypal transfer if you need to pay monthly.
3. Site Design and Build: This is where I come in, should you choose! As stated above, pricing varies greatly depending on what type of site you need and how much content the client provides (ie photos, media, bios, etc) vs. how much I will be creating on my own. We can discuss your individual needs as well as your budget and come up with a price that works.
4. Website maintenance and updates: If you prefer to have me do updates on your site, I am happy to do so at an hourly rate or monthly subscription, depending on your needs. If you take the reigns on your own updates, then once your site is published, you will need only maintain your hosting and domain charges!