Ask the designer for their fees and what is the estimated final cost for the site you want. They probably won't be able to give you a final estimate until you discuss content and features of the site.
Expect to pay between $60 - $125 an hour, depending on their skill and their location. A simple business brochure website with excellent graphic design and layout will cost around $2,500 - $5,000 plus hosting fees of approximately $50 a month.
If you add a blog, newsletter, shopping cart, autoresponders, email address setup, SEO, membership, copywriting services, stock images or a new logo, then expect there will be extra charges.
Will they invoice you monthly, or when certain milestones are reached, like 1/3 upfront, 1/3 midway and 1/3 at the end.
Ask how much the monthly hosting and domain charges are, including any email accounts
A do it yourself website can cost you zero dollars upfront and only $10 a month for hosting plus a domain name.
One important question you have to ask how much will it cost if you want the web designer to make any changes to the website down the track
If you haven’t established a cost for future work, you may well be in for a shock at a later date, even for slight changes.
Do yourself a favour and find out these costs upfront.
It may well be a deal breaker for hiring this web designer in the first place.