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How much does an average website cost?

Ah, the age-old question whose definitive answer has eluded us for over two decades, "How much does an average website cost?"

Being from the computer programming world at the time when websites were first being created, this question has obviously come across my radar on numerous occasions. When I first started building websites, it was me asking the question. Now, after 20 years in the website business, I believe I have answered this question more times than the Army asked me my Social Security number (and that's a lot).

It was 1996 and the popularity of the public web was growing rapidly with aol and yahoo leading the way. I worked for a small internet magazine in Oklahoma and had an idea for a website. My idea was to take a database of local businesses with websites and stick them into a searchable online website. I couldn't find a designer that could do what I wanted to do, let alone a cost estimate.  Thus began my journey to learn html, php and sql; the languag…

#1 The Year in Review

January 1, 2018Happy New Year everyone!I am just sitting here reflecting on 2017 listening to Floyd's "Great Gig in the Sky". For some reason, Pink Floyd never seems to fail in setting the mood. It was a crazy year in many regards, but then again, we are the Hales, and we are in the website / media business after all, so it's somewhat expected.Security upgrades and a Solar Eclipse dominated the headlines for our most recently completed trip around the sun.The year began with a few quirks and by March we felt the server wasn't performing the best.Prior to May of 2017 we had our website business running on a server that was built in 2008.  We felt it was time for a new server so we upgraded to a machine that has a processor that is twice as fast and has 4x as much RAM (memory). We also doubled our hard drive (storage capacity) and our server company has all of our websites and data backed up 5 times daily, as opposed to once a week before. In August we realized the…