If you are already visiting this site than it's safe to say that you already understand the need for your business to have a website or take your site in a new direction. I'm sure your asking what is this going to cost me and I have to say, it depends. It really comes down to how much work is involved. Every business has it's own needs and those vary from the type of business to the experience and comfort level of the business owner.
David "DaVo" Wilkins has be building and designing web sites since 1998. Starting as a small personal site on Geocities and then growing into the Business/Personal site - http://axiompiercing.com. The site includes three sections - The Axiom Body Piercing Studio, DaVo's Personal Section and DaVo's Music Section.
Regardless of how well done your site is, it will not be effective if no one finds it. The search industry has evolved a great deal since the days of index search site and meta tags. The modern Search Engine is based on content and increasingly social graph. There are a number of SEO companies out there that will promise page ranks and hits. They can be costly with minor results and sometimes just as effective as you would be doing it yourself. The key is understanding how the search engines flitter information to produce the best results.
A Content Management System or CSM is a script that runs on you host server that allows you to edit, add, orginize and control content and adjust the look and feel of your web site. Also it allows you to create and manage user or members and build in a social media level to your site. I use the open source Drupal CMS exclusively since 2005 creating a number of versions of Axiompiercing.com, the Underground Archives and a number of other sites including this one.
Why do you want a CMS site?
One of the key components of a successful business is exposure of your products through advertising. In the past this meant print, radio and Television advertising. However, in this modern digital age, we find our self increasingly seeing print and other medias dying off and being replaced by digital media. We find ourselves increasing turning to our computers, mobile and other internet connected devices instead of traditional forms of business listing like the phone books yellow pages.