Create Your Website: DIY or Hire a Designer?
Let’s put all those pieces together into a shiny new website.
At this point, the biggest consideration is if you will DIY your website or hire a designer to do it for you. There are a variety of factors that come into play when making that decision.
Should I Create My Own Website or Hire a Designer?
What’s your budget?
If you have the business resources to hire a designer, you may decide it is worth the investment for you.
Hiring a designer doesn’t have to be ridiculously expensive; it really will depend on how complex your website will be. Expect ecommerce websites to cost more than a basic website.
Prepare Your Square is a fast and affordable option if you’ve already assembled all your text and images.
There are lots of DIY website options for those with low budgets. My top two recommendations are Squarespace and Shopify.
If you DIY your website with Wordpress, you’ll want to shell out some money for a quality, professional looking template.
What’s your timeline?
While it may take some time to get on a website designer’s calendar, do keep in mind once they get to work on your project it should go fairly quickly. Their experience and knowledge allows designers to put all the website pieces together rather quickly. (Prepare Your Square will create your website in one day!)
When working with a designer, be sure to find out when they can start and their expected duration of your project.
A DIY website will likely take you longer than a designer. Add in all the technology you are learning plus time for other business tasks to get a realistic timeframe for your DIY project.
Will your website be continually changing - adding events, new products, etc.?
If you will be making frequent changes to your website, it will benefit you to either DIY your website or ask for comprehensive training from the designer.
You don’t want to have to rely on a designer every time you add a new calendar event, product or blog post to your website. Their hourly rates will add up quickly.
Do you learn new things easily? Do you get frustrated easily?
Your own temperament can be a great indicator that you should hire a designer.
Good candidates for DIY websites learn new things easily and are OK spending time combing through help documents when they hit a snag.
However, if you get frustrated easily and don’t like reading support documents, hiring a designer may be a great investment for you.
So, what do you think – will you DIY your website or hire a designer?