I have an unusual idea for an online website. I've never been involved in any business idea or venture before so I'm totally starting from scratch. I recently presented my idea to a web designer to ask them to create the site for me. The things I asked be on my website were Stats, FAQ, Blog, Lookup, Domain Registration Service, Store Front and other features that would make my idea viable. Since it is an unusual idea, I don't think the site can be successful without these numerous features.
The issue is cost. I was quoted what I consider to be a price far beyond my budget. In fact, the starting price was $5000. I don't have anywhere near that. Are there other options to creating my site considering my lack of experience in web design? Has anyone out there started on a shoestring that might have some advice? I would not normally have considered this idea for a website but I have found others who are doing similar to what I have in mind and it appears to be working for them. It won't make me rich but I think it would help supplement my income. Please offer your constructive criticism.