There’s a million reasons why you might decide to launch your own website.
Perhaps you’re a business owner hoping to increase your revenues by advertising your services online, or even sell products directly to customers using one of the many eCommerce solutions available.
Maybe you’re a photographer or designer looking for a new way to showcase your portfolio, or possibly a writer with plans to build an audience and share your words with the world.
Whatever the reason, you’ll likely find yourself faced with one big decision to make before you get started:
Do you offload the work to a professional designer, or even a friend who dabbles in web design, or do you forgo all that and opt to go it alone?
Hiring outside help
Of course, there are some serious benefits to be gained by paying somebody else to build your website for you.
Namely, you’ll save a chunk of time when somebody else is putting your site together, and -all being well- you’ll still get a top class website at the end of it all.
This is especially true if you need fairly complex functions or tools such as databases adding into your website.
Though there’s an increasing number of tools designed to make the more technical side of web development easier for newcomers, it’s still likely to be easier to hire somebody to do it for you.
The main drawback here, of course, is the cost.
Professional designers can often charge large fees for their work, and if you’re running on a budget, this might be a big issue.
One other thing to consider is that you might not get exactly what you’re looking for the first time out, and as you and your designer keep going back and forth with revisions, the amount of time you spend trying to get it right soon adds up.
Be wary too, that you may need to pay for updates and even for revisions, again adding to your contests.
Building your own
Depending on the kind of website you need, you should find no problems getting something up and online in just a few hours, all without spending the earth.
Invest in one of the many cheap web hosting packages available online, and you’ll be armed with a wealth of tools to build your own website without learning complex coding language or struggling for hours with a complicated program.
Whether you use a drag-and-drop website builder that comes with many of the top hosting packages or install a Content Management System like WordPress to take away most of the headaches of creating your site, you may be surprised at just how much you can do with very little skill.
As you may have guessed, this comes with the big advantage that you don’t need to shell out hundreds upon hundreds in paying a professional.
If you need a low-cost solution to launching a website, going it alone should prove more than beneficial.
Likewise, you don’t have to trust anybody else to implement your vision for what the site should look like. Retaining complete control at every step of the way, you build your site your way, and can update or change it whenever the mood takes you.
One key disadvantage to this is that if you do need something a little more technical adding in, you may struggle doing it all by yourself.
That is, unless you relish the challenge, in which case the only real sore point is the time you’ll spend.
Sure, it is entirely possible to set up a website in a few hours, but if those hours could be better spent on other things, is it really worth going down that road?
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