Usually when I educate new prospects about how much a website really costs, they think I’m expensive. I always try to squeeze in the budget question during the initial conversation so I know that we are on the same page. I think that my rates are reasonable if you want things to be done right the first time. Sure you can spend $500 on a website but if it fails to generate business for you, then haven’t you just wasted your time and money? And then there are those web design companies who lure you in with a very low website development cost, say under $300, but charge an astronomical amount per month to host it. If you are paying anything in excess of $100 per year for domain registration and hosting, then it’s too much.