Pay for a pro or DIY?

Pay for a pro or DIY?

Or… how to Make the Decision to CreateYour Own Website or Pay a Professional

 

The seemingly obvious answer to this question is how much experience do you have in website design? A few other questions to ask yourself are how much are you willing to spend and how “nice” do you want your website to look?

 

So let us assume you have no website design experience. If you decided to create your own website, there are plenty of companies to choose from that have a simple makeup, designed for people like yourself. “Input photos here, insert quote about your business here, give an introduction here,” is a pretty good example of what you might find. The upside of doing it yourself is that you will not have to spend a dime and there are minimal technical skills needed.

 

A downside may be that it will end up looking just like every other free website out there, with no distinctions and you will be limited to what you can do. These limits mean that you will only be able to do what the host’s plugins allow you to do during the website building process.classroom how to make a website image

 

So the next assumption is that you know a little bit about designing your own website. You can pay a small monthly fee to use a premium theme design with an already established website designing company. In other words, you will have access to more options (like more plugins and themes) for your website than with a basic, free, create your own website program.

 

A downside to this is that programs like this aren’t basic and require intermediate technical skills to be able to successfully create on your own. These technical skills usually include CSS and or HTML knowledge.

 

If you are thinking of trying the DIY route, and I recommend you do, because you will either find that you have a flair for web design, and find the experience rewarding, in which case you might even find a new career path for yourself, or you find that you hate the whole process and decide that you would rather spend your money hiring a professional, ( might I recommend me at this point? ), and put your spare to more enjoyable pursuits.

 

One of the companies you will find if you start to look at building a site yourself is Weebly. I have always been impressed by the quality of site that you can build with Weebly, so you should maybe give it a try. You can have a free account to start, and build your website, the downside to this is that the domain will be www.yourwebsite.weebly.com. But if you make something that you are happy  with, you can pay for the regular account, which is fairly inexpensive anyway, and convert your domain to a more normal www.yourwebsite.com

 

There are of course limitation as to what you can do with this type of site, but if you are a small local business just looking for a shop window for your products, then it may be all that you need. Go check them out and see at http://www.weebly.com.

 

Here is a beginners guide to Weebly, it may help you to decide if it is something that you are prepared to tackle. Take a look and see.

 

The final option is to have little to do with the actual creation of your website and leave the hard work to the professionals. This is probably a good option for a growing, professional company, but really that’s your decision to make.

 

A major plus for this option is that you will get exactly what you want, how you want it, and when you want it. You will always have technical support and a design team to do anything for you that you may need. You may have to fork out a chunk of change to begin with, but it will save you valuable time and money down the road.