Look at http://www.emachineshop.com/ It's very discouraging to those that want to break into the new machine shop age. You may not want to know it decimated a company's CAD group since "what do we need them for?" was asked and answered with a R.I.F. They use that site now.
You may have more work to do. While even godaddy.com works fine for those with ready made stuff to sell, it's a fraction of the cost you noted.
My employer has been in the machine shop business for 38 years with virtually no advertising other than yellow pages and word of mouth. I managed to convince him that a website would be a great idea to increase business. Our local competitors all have websites and I think it's time for the boss to step into the 21st century.
I am the computer guru of the shop running a CNC waterjet cutter and designing with Autocad. I was given the task of putting a website together. I have no doubt I can do it, I just don't have much experience with it so far.
I've started to look around and am wondering what all I need. Would http://www.networksolutions.com/web-hosting/index.jsp?siteid=246&channelid=P61C246S570N0B9A1D255E0000V1486 be a start or should I look elsewhere? I don't expect traffic to be overwhelming at the site. Are these http://www.networksolutions.com/create-a-website/index.jsp "Do it yourself" website design programs acceptable? A domain name and web hosting along with links to the search engines is what I am pretty sure I need but am unsure about what else.
As far as prices I estimated $250 or less, I hope I am not wrong there.
If anyone can give me some pointers on what I need and where I can go to get started on this small business website it would be greatly appreciated. If you need further info please let me know.
Thank you very much.