I wanted a blog type site & got quoted 5 grand! from one company here in Ireland so I just did my own. I got a tumblr blog account & re-directed my url to it. It looks great imo & if you are a whizz with html you can do a lot more with it.
I've been using wix.com. Free flash site software, super easy to use. I'm building a much better looking site than I would ever be able to afford otherwise. You can transfer domain names or buy one through them, or leave it free with their little signature on the end of your address. Pretty nice.