I also want to share something that according to me a good web designer plays an important role in the success of ay business. Cost of hiring a web designer depends on which type of work you required. A fully functioning E-commerce site with maintenance web page design costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for a large company with many different product offerings. And this type of website you don't make untill you are proffessional in this field. Any way Thanks for sharing..
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It really depends on your needs, but I think you can start from not less than 100$. The cost is not the only thing that you should consider when hiring a web designer/developer.
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It varies based on how many pages you need your website and what you want the functionality to be.
mosaicHUB is actually offering a deal right now in their marketplace: $399 (marked down from $799) for a 3-5 page website. I recommend checking it out! http://www.mosaichub.com/marketplace/view/strategic-website-design-development
Hope this helps,
I also think there are some pretty good templates on the market - we have used a couple such as this one www.securityconsole.co.uk