Who should be my web designer?
According to Quora, 571 new websites are created every hour. Nine new websites, every minute of every day. That means plenty of people are working on web designs at any given moment – some of those are professional web designers, and others are amateurs who have decided to take the task on themselves. The odds are pretty good that whoever you are, you have probably thought about starting up a website. And if you’re a small business owner, and if you are reading this you probably are, your dreams of a website have moved from theoretical to practical. That is, you have decided that you are going to get your website up and running. But now the question becomes who should design the website? Should I hire a web designer or build my website myself? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to figure out the best answer.
How much money do I want to spend?
Let’s get the ugly out of the way at the start. Hiring a professional web designer costs money. If you decide to hire a professional designer, plan on spending at least $500 to upward of $5000. There are a lot of factors that go into pricing a website, so there is a broad range in prices. And these websites are called professional for a reason.
Professionals make it their job and their mission to give you, the customer, exactly what you want when it comes to your site. They have the education and experience to make it happen. And those qualifications do come with a price tag. If you straight up don’t have money to hire a professional, that’s okay. But then the answer to who should design your site becomes very simple. If you do have the cash in your budget, then there are plenty of other factors you should consider before settling on your answer.
Do I have the time for this project?
Do you have the time to invest in creating your own website or is your time better spent on other endeavors? This is an important question to ask yourself. Because regardless of how tech savvy you are, building a website takes time. Occasionally, designing a website can be very quick and simple, but more often individuals designing their own website spend between 65 and 200 hours designing their website, depending on how complicated it is.
If taking time away from your day to create your webpage will force you to set aside other income producing activities, hiring someone else to do it may be worthwhile for you. But if you have the time to spare, it may be your best move to try and set up your own website. It’s important to know what you are getting into, though, when you start the project. That way you can also have realistic expectations for when the project will be completed.
Do I want to learn WordPress?
Gone are the days when all web design is done in html code. Today’s websites are primarily designed and developed in WordPress. For professional web developers, using WordPress is about as intuitive as using a fork. But ask any three-year-old and they’ll tell you that using a fork isn’t a skill you are born with. Though it is extremely user friendly, it does take time and effort to learn WordPress.
If you are considering building your own website, you are probably comfortable at least to some degree with technology. But there is a learning curve to the system. There are also tips and tweaks that professionals know that you will not. If you’re up for the challenge, check out some resources for learning WordPress, get a comfortable seat, and get ready to take some notes or work on your website as you learn.
How custom do I want this website to be?
How custom do you want to get? When you hire a professional web designer, you can get all the bells, whistles, and tweaks you like. When you are designing your website yourself, without the education and career training of a professional, you’re going to be limited to an existing WordPress theme. There are lots of themes (aka templates) to choose from, and odds are you’ll find something at least close to what you are envisioning.
But if you are looking for something very specific, either in function or style, you may want to explain your vision to a professional and then let them take the reins.
What functions and features do I need?
You want your website to look a certain way, but you also need it to do things. Those apps that make your website do the things you want it to do are called plugins. And there are thousands of them. Whatever you are looking to do, odds are a plugin already exists to do it. For those of you looking for something very specific or unusual, you may need a web developer to create the plugin for you, in which case you’ll need to hire one. Otherwise, just plan on doing some research for the best plugins to give your site the features you are envisioning.
Can I find a domain and hosting?
Finally, you’ll need a domain and hosting for your website. You can often get these in the same place, and the process isn’t complicated. If you have decided to give your website a go on your own, here’s a good resource for getting your domain and hosting. If you’ve concluded that hiring a web designer is in your best interest, they can take care of that for you.
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to who should design your website. What matters most is the right fit for you. And if you’ve taken the time to think about and answer these questions, you probably already have that answer.
What is the most important factor for you when it comes to deciding who will design your website?
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