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WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT: HIRE OR DIY?

By March 5, 2018 April 19th, 2019 No Comments

I can’t tell you how many times I hear the same line from potential clients during our initial consultation.  “I thought, it can’t be that hard right?  But it really is!”

Well sure it is!  If not, everyone would do it themselves and save a ton of money.  However, depending on what your needs are for your site and your innate tech ability, you may be able to build a site yourself. 

First a few questions to ask yourself.

What type of functionality do you need?  Is it simply to run a blog, or have a presence online?  Or do you need a membership platform for clients, or a directory set up or even an online store?  If you need anything more than a basic website, you may consider hiring someone.

How much experience do you have with coding or computers in general?  If you are unable to say that you are at least mediocre, then it’s probably a good idea to outsource this project.

Do you have any idea what you want your site to look like? Do you know what a theme is? If you can’t answer yes to both of these questions, then I’d think about hiring a developer.

If you’ve determined that you are in fact capable of creating your website yourself, then your next question should be what platform?  Here is a list of platforms and the pro’s and con’s for novice DIY website builders.

Squarespace

If you are a novice web developer then Squarespace is probably the platform for you.  It’s user friendly step by step guide to a simple and attractive website is perfect for someone that needs a website that just gets the job done.

Pros-

Themes are modern and visually appealing

Pricing is more than reasonable

Basic functionality comes standard with the themes

Very easy to use

Cons-

If you want anything outside of the theme and functionality that Squarespace offers, you’re options are very limited.

Although the themes that they offer are great, the number of themes to choose from is limited compared to other platforms

Wix

Over the years Wix has really stepped up its game and gave other platforms a run for their money.  They have hundreds of themes to choose from, a ton of functionality and are very easy to use for almost anyone with basic computer experience.

Pros-

Hundreds of themes that are set up and ready to go

Pricing is competitive by including hosting and theme in the packages

Almost any functionality that you need you can get with Wix although some “apps” as they call them do cost.

Ease of use is high

Cons-

Don’t expect to customize your website past the built in options that they supply for you. There is no coding for customization at all

If you change your mind halfway through your design process you’re out of luck!  There’s no changing themes without starting all over.

WordPress

If you have no experience building websites, this is probably not the platform for you.  There is a huge learning curve and you may find yourself frustrated and overwhelmed.  However, if you are looking for a fully customizable highly functional site, this is the platform you need. 

Pros-

Free to use

Thousands of themes

Fully customizable

SEO ready

All coding available

Thousands of paid and premium plugins for any functionality that you need

Cons

Large learning curve

Hosting not provided

Responsibility of updating

The platforms are definitely different in many ways and you’re sure to find one that fits your needs.  Check out the comparison chart to help you make your decision!

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