Should you hire a web designer or build a DIY website for your business? Should you delegate all the steps of building a website to an expert or do your business website on your own?
If you are planning to build a website for your company or business, you have many things to consider. These include the time, money and effort you will be spending to create your website. Furthermore, you also have to consider the quality of the results you will be getting from both decisions.
Of course, if you are a website designer or if you are knowledgeable in web designing and developing, you can simply build a website by yourself than entrust it to someone. But let us assume that you are not an expert in web design, will you hire someone to build your site or just do it yourself?
To answer that, let’s consider the following factors:
1. The time to build a website
Apparently, a website designer can build your website faster than you could do. An experienced website designer can even build a premium WordPress website in a single day. If you do it yourself, it could take you a week or even longer. It could take you a week or even a month what an expert web designer can do in one to three days.
Building a basic website involves registering your domain name, choosing and purchasing your website hosting, setting up your domain name and website hosting, installing and setting up your content management system, customizing your website template, testing and fixing errors, et cetera.
Some companies may offer you a website builder so you can easily and quickly make your own website. They will provide you with a tool that you can use to choose a template and launch a website in hours. However, this kind of websites is limited and you may still find it difficult to navigate and customize your website the way you want it to be. At the end of the day, you may even find it necessary to hire a web designer to customize the template that you purchased. So why not hire a website designer from the beginning?
Your website also needs to be mobile responsive, search engine optimized, social media friendly, and integrated with other tools, such as Google Analytics and Search Console. All of these features can be done by a website designer for you.
2. The cost to build a website
A website designer in the Philippines may charge you P5,000 to build a starter WordPress website. That already includes free 1-year domain name registration, 1-year website hosting, premium website template, website customization, and everything to make your website go live online.
If you will do a DIY WordPress website, you will have to pay and register your domain name registration (P700 – P2,000 /year), purchase your website hosting (P1,200/year and more), and buy a premium WordPress theme (P5,000). If you don’t know how to install and customize your website, you may still find it necessary to hire a web designer and spend another chunk of money.
Another option is to purchase a cheap website plan from companies who provide domain name registration, website hosting, and a website builder to create your own website in under an hour. A business website plan in this kind of service could cost around P500/month or P6,000/year. Sometimes, they offer discounts to lure clients to get their service for a cheaper price in the first month or year, then charge with a regular price for the succeeding periods.
3. The efforts needed to build your website
Obviously, you delegate almost everything when you hire a website designer. Thus, you can just sit back, relax, and do the other important matters in your business. When you do a DIY website, you don’t just spend hours but you also spend energy on figuring out how to complete your website. It could also cause you stress, especially if you are not familiar with the technical procedures of website development.
Although there are available website builders and other tools to help you easily create a website, if you’re not familiar with them, you will still need to study how to use them. Of course, if you hire a website designer, you can just forget about them, and move on with your life.
4. The quality of your website
If you want your website to be built with quality, of course, it would be better if you leave it to the experts – the website designers or developers. An experienced website designer has already made tens or hundreds of websites in his lifetime. And if it’s just your first time to make a website, it’s obvious that hiring a web designer will give you a better website than doing it yourself.
Of course, you also have to be careful in choosing a website designer to avoid hiring the wrong one who cannot deliver the quality you want to get.
Making a choice between hiring a web designer and doing a DIY website depends on what you can give up. If you don’t want to give up quality, then it’s better to hire a web designer who is an expert in this field than doing your website on your own. It would also be more efficient to hire a web designer who can build your website faster than you do. And when it comes to the cost, there are already website designers in the Philippines who can offer you a high-quality website for an affordable price that can compete with companies who offer website builder packages.
Furthermore, if you love your business, you have to build a website that will give it a strong and impressive online presence. You have to impress your current and future customers. You have to give a message that you are serious in your business. Building a low-quality website will not give such message.
Therefore, it would be a better choice if you give the task of building your website to the experts. It will also give you the opportunity to focus on the more important matters and aspects of your business. Just make sure that you will choose and hire the website designer who can deliver their promises.
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