The most basic website is called a ‘template website’ or ‘brochure style website’ (which is a little more fancy). A template site can be created from software on the internet that can be downloaded and set up. This does tend to be free and as long as you have a creative flare you may be able to set up something quite basic and pretty in quite a short time.
It is better to get a professional web designer to help in getting a simple website set up; this may save you quite a bit of time but also the agency will be able to get a better site in place for you (as it is their trade, they do it all day and know what looks good and what does not). Certainly you can advise the agency on what it is that you want, what pages you want in place and a rough layout – this will actually help them put together a layout. If you do not know, then most agencies can put a website together from scratch for you giving a simple yet professional feel.
Getting the site set up is one thing; however if you want to be found by visitors (as opposed to just using the website as a point of reference) then you need to consider using an SEO company. They will get your website up and visible on the internet so that you gain more internet traffic and sales enquiries.
The thing that many people do not realise is that website design prices vary depending on the designer that you choose. Template websites can be designed on the internet for free with sites like WordPress if you have a little time and patience. If not, web designers can plan and design a simple website for around £500 upwards. It is always worth paying a little more to get a nice site, no point in paying for something cheap only to scrap it 6 months down the line and get another designed. Like most things, you do pay for what you get and this is no different. There are lots of cheap websites on the internet, but many that actually look cheap.