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Should I Hire a Professional Web Designer or DIY

The internet is crowded with DIY template websites, and those done by amateurs. They are easy to spot, and almost never maximize the potential your website should deliver. The advantages of hiring a professional are many.

The first impression many will have of your business will be your website. What impression do you want to make?

If you want a website that stands out from the crowd and grows your business, you need a professionally designed custom website.

A professionally designed website guarantees that your website is custom designed using current standards for HTML and CSS.

A professional web designer will code your website optimized for the search engines. Without search engine traffic, your business will never reach its potential.

Many entrepreneurs and business owners choose to use web builder tools for their website because they are cost-effective.

Time and Energy
The biggest incentive to DIY is cost savings. Do they really save you either? DIY builders love to advertise their products as “build a beautiful and stunning website in a day”, but if you’re not the web or tech-savvy type, using a builder will take some time, patience, and willingness to learn. Once you get past the learning curve, you’ll be able to use the builder with ease, but for those with time constraints and commitments, your website build could be a rather time-consuming project.

Customization and Complexity
DIY builders have restrictions on the extent to which they can be customized. This is great because you won’t be overwhelmed with endless options. If you don’t need anything too complex with special functionality or lots of customization, like simple e-commerce or a landing page, this could be the right solution for your business.

Security and Support
Since web builders are closed source software your website is safe and secure from hackers and bugs. Most companies offer some kind of customer support, knowledge base with tutorials, and community forum where people can post questions and answers.

Your Skill Level
Website builders are easy to use after you get used to them and don’t require any HTML or CSS coding knowledge. If you’ve got the design and tech skills a DIY site is probably your best bet.

Design and Strategy
All web builders are set up with pre-designed templates, but your brand shouldn’t look like everyone else’s. You’ll want to customize your template to make it your own unless you’re not concerned about a unique look. If you’ve got design and marketing experience you’re good to go. However, if that’s not your expertise consider hiring a pro to help brand your business and website for optimal customer experience and conversion.

Hire a Professional Web Designer

Hiring a designer and/or developer is often a good choice for your business. Your site is a major marketing tool, so it only makes sense to hire a professional to ensure it’s attractive and competitive. When you work with a pro you get the benefit of their experience and expertise.

Hiring a pro will be an investment upfront, but the increased likelihood of success it offers outweighs the initial cost. A custom brochure site can cost anywhere from $2,500 and up. A nicely designed mobile-friendly website with custom branding and all the features a small business needs will cost around $5,000 and up. If your site requires complex functionality and development or high-quality e-commerce features the price could start at $7,500 and up. Your site development will determine if you’ll need monthly maintenance. Typically maintenance packages start around $50 and up per month. Quality design and websites are not cheap, but they look legit and work great.

Time and Energy
Perhaps the most invaluable reason to hire a professional is that this will end up saving you time and stress. Not only can a website designer build your site quickly and efficiently, but they can also set up website functionalities like an appointment scheduler or contact form that will eliminate the need to book appointments via telephone and back-and-forth email which will help your business run more efficiently.

Customization and Complexity
When you hire a pro they will create a custom website that meets your specific needs and is designed to achieve your objectives. Your site will reflect your brand in the most attractive way possible. You’ll have access to an expert with years of experience, creative ideas, and technological know-how. They take you through their tried and proven process to create a unique site for you. Essentially, they handle all the design and tech while you focus on your business.

Security and Support
Contrary to what many think, a website is never complete. Code needs to be updated to stay secure and sites need fresh content to keep them relevant. Open-source software, like WordPress, is more vulnerable to hackers and bugs if you don’t keep plugins updated or have security measures in place. While closed source software, like Squarespace, has dedicated teams to keep things secure. A pro can help you figure out which platform is best for your business needs and may offer monthly support post-launch. We often recommend Squarespace for small businesses. Read this post to learn why.

Your Skill Level
This is one of the biggest reasons to hire a web designer. A website will require several features including, proper heading elements, image optimization, code or plugin knowledge, responsive design, and SEO. Pros have the know-how and experience to get your project done well. Hiring a web designer will give you a high-quality site that’s both dynamic and attractive.

Design and Strategy
A well-thought-out and researched digital strategy will give you the foundation for long-term success. A digital strategist will keep your goals in mind, consider your business model, and design for your target audience. They may set up search engine optimization to increase your search results and potential to attract customers.

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