One of the first questions those who want a website for the first time is, “should I hire a professional or DIY my website design?” It’s a valid question, and it’s one that prevents some people from ever taking action at all. Professional website design is costly, but DIYing your website is costly in time, especially if you have little or no previous experience.
So how do you make the final decision on whether you should hire a professional or learn how to do DIY web design? Read through the five considerations below, and you’ll know for sure what next steps you need to take to get your website up and running.
Pro vs DIY Website Design: Cost
Do you have the budget to pay a professional? While you may be able to hire someone to do it for you for cheap, you also take a risk on whether the website will be good enough for you to use or manageable. When you hire a true professional, it will cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Most people who want to start a website simply don’t have that kind of cash lying around.
If you do, consider if the website you want to design has any special features you think a professional would have to implement for you.
Pro vs DIY Website Design: Growth
If there’s one thing that’s universally true with every new site and business, it’s that it will grow and change hugely in the first twelve months, if not the first five years. You need to consider if it’s worth paying thousands for a website you may want to change repeatedly over the next few months as you change direction and see more clearly what your branding should say about you. Making these changes is relatively straight forward on a site you built, but more complicated or costly on one someone else built and maybe even manages for you.
Pro vs DIY Website Design: It’s a Skill for Life
What’s better, paying someone to take the website off your hands or putting in the time to learn about a new skill? This is a question you should consider seriously before you drop your hard-earned cash on a professional build if you actually have the time and desire to learn a new skill.
Pro vs DIY Website Design: Maintenance
If you didn’t build it, you will struggle to maintain it. Creating a website for your business is the better option when it comes to future maintenance. Even if you get a full onboarding by the website design company you will always have extra questions and things you have to learn about how to do website design if you plan to manage it yourself. Unless your site is set-it-and-forget-it (highly unlikely and not recommended), you’ll be better off knowing the inner workings of your site.
Pro vs DIY Website Design: The Know-How
Website design can be intimidating and of course, the professionals know what they’re doing. But there are plenty of resources available to you that will guide you step-by-step through the DIY website building process. Here at Build My Own Website Academy we provide plenty of free resources, as well as paid-for interactive workshops and bootcamps that will help you learn and understand all the basics at a fraction of a professional website build price, and give you the skills you need to know – for life.
So, unless you have thousands to spend but no time at all, give DIY Website Design a try – we’re here to help you every step of the way as you learn how to make your own website for free.