As already mentioned, in real terms anyone can build a website for as little as $100. However, it is also the case that the price of website design seems to vary wildly from one design agency to the next. In this case, why is there such a wide discrepancy?
To understand why the cost of website design varies so much, it is important to note that many low-end website design services will rarely offer full consultation services or even future support for any website which they provide you with.
In fact, it is common for business owners to pay twice for website design services. First, they might pay $500 in total to a low-end agency. Then after being let down, they will pay a more reasonable price for better support and a more fully featured website provided by a more reputable agency.
The above being the case, the question which you need to ask yourself, is are you prepared to take a risk on paying for a low-quality website which will likely have to be completely redone further down the line? Or are you prepared to pay more now, in order to benefit from a much more reliable and fully featured website?