Individuals interested in having their own websites after they see mine ask me this particular question first: Should I build my own website or hire a pro to do it for me? My answer: It depends. This article explains when and why it’s fine for you to do all the work when it comes to building your website or when and why to hire a professional.
Building Your Website: When And Why You Should Do It
If you are willing to do the following, then building your website is something you can handle:
- You are willing to invest the time and energy into buying the domain name, setting up the web hosting, and developing the site with a framework (such as WordPress or Wix).
- Your schedule allows for you to maintain the website by performing updates / upgrades and posting new content.
- Searching for technical assistance online doesn’t make you anxious or frighten you.
Building your website is a time-consuming process. Certain tasks like buying the domain name and attaining web hosting are easy tasks and doesn’t take much time. However, what will grab and keep your attention is designing the website. You will go through several themes, choosing one to use before you change your mind and pick another. Next, you’ll obsess over button text and its placement on screen. Finally, you’ll have to test the website on different devices.
Now, once your site is live that doesn’t mean you’re done. Just like your computer or phone, your website will need updates / upgrades, depending on what framework you use. I use self-hosted WordPress for my sites so I have to apply plugin updates and update WordPress. Your web hosting company may do those tasks for you. Next, you are in charge of upload new content to your website, be it new products, blogs posts, or price changes.
Finally, if you are somewhat technically savvy and know how to find solutions to the problems that will arise while building your website, then you should go ahead with the task.
Building Your Website: When And Why You Should Hire A Pro
You should hire a website developer to build your site if any of the following reasons apply to you:
- You don’t have the time at all to build or maintain your site.
- The learning curve for building your website is too great.
- You don’t know how to navigate the technical aspects of website creation (buying a domain name, obtaining a SSL certificate, buying web hosting, etc.)
- You need the website up and running within a short period (like under a week)
Remember, if you go this route the costs will be higher. You have to pay for the labor and talent of a website developer. And if you need to get the site up and running quickly, that will be an extra cost.
You can find a reputable and competent developer through word of mouth. Ask your friends or other business associates who they used to build their sites.
There are also services like Fiverr and Upwork which will connect you to hundreds if not thousands of web developers to complete your project. You can review the developer’s portfolio and visit websites he or she built for others.
A final note for this section: Please do not become “cheap” when you hire a web developer. I know many individuals and/or companies run lean when it comes to their finances, but this area is not the place to cut corners. Your website factors heavily into your reputation. A poorly-designed or slow one drives away potential customers or clients. Finally, an inexpensive web developer may not spend enough time to properly secure your website against hackers, which could cause downtime or a breach of customer data.
I hope this article helps you decide which option to use. Now, you can start building your website to see if you can. There’s nothing wrong with trying it out, determine you can’t do it, and then hire a professional. I know individuals who build their website then hiring a pro to maintain it.
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