Should you build your own website?

The design and development of a website is a big business decision. It can be a large cost and time commitment so it’s understandable why free website builders like Wix and Squarespace have become popular. But are they the best decision?

Free drag and drop builders. Templates. Freelance designers. Professional web design companies. Which is the right approach? Should you DIY it or go pro?

There are pros and cons to both building a website yourself or hiring a professional developer. Building a website yourself can be a cost-effective option, but it may also require a significant time investment to learn the necessary skills and build the site. Hiring a professional developer can be more expensive, but it can also save time and ensure that the website is of high quality and built to meet your specific needs and goals. Ultimately, the decision of whether to build a website yourself or hire a professional developer depends on your budget, time constraints, and the complexity of the website you need.

While there’s no blanket right or wrong way to build a website, we do believe there’s a right and wrong way to approach the situation. Blindly choosing one option without examining all of them can lead to problems down the road. You may choose to DIY to save money but be restricted by functionality. Or you may choose a bespoke design from a professional company when a template customized to your brand would have served your business just as well.

We want to simplify the learning process for you so we’ve pitted DIY websites vs professionally built websites against each other. Let’s explore the good, the bad, and the bottom line.

The Good

The Good

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The Bad

The Bad

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Only you know the best choice for you and your business.

Ultimately, the decision of whether to build a website yourself or hire a designer depends on your specific situation and priorities. Your business can’t survive without customers, and your customers can’t find you without marketing. Your website is going to be the cornerstone of all your marketing for your business, so it pays to get it right, from the start, no matter what you choose. Finally, let’s not gloss over this – no matter who builds your website for you, there is work involved. You will be spending time approving layouts, writing content, curating imagery, and collecting feedback. So may sure you carve out space in your calendar to make it happen.

If you’re ready to get started on a website project and want to learn more about the process, get in touch.