Should you hire a web designer?


Do you really need a Web Designer? With so many different options and paths to create a website, it can be challenging choosing the right one especially if you have very little knowledge in what it takes to build a fully functional responsive website. So, as someone who spends majority of the time online, building websites for businesses and working with people in the same situation, I thought I’d take the opportunity to answer this question.

There are many DIY website builders, some better than others but most are fairly intuitive and allow users to build sites by using drag-and-drop tools, you can essentially build a website without having any knowledge of coding. Some examples of companies that provide this service would be WIX, Shopify and even WordPress to some level.

DIY website services provide you with an online platform which allows you to visually construct you website through dragging and dropping elements. However despite not needing any coding knowledge, it can still take quite a bit of time to get use to the platform and you need to have some technical interest in order to construct a site that functions well.

The main advantage of a DIY website is that it’s cost effective, in that you will only need to fork out very little cash to get something up and running but be aware most DIY platforms charge quite high annual renewal fee.

DIY websites are renowned for being limited in regards to functionality and layouts. In some cases, this can result in you having to compromise and in turn result in a bit of a slap dash website which may come across superficial to your visitors. If you don’t have the slightest clue on how a website should be laid out, then the chances of your website looking like a mess is obviously going to be much higher.

On the other hand, you may be better off hiring a Web Designer, a person with expertise on designing and creating websites, who can give you advice and apply best practice to your website which can lead to better reception from visitors to your site. This would obviously come at a higher cost.

So which should you use? Well generally speaking, if you’re after an extremely simple website and not too fussed about the layout/design and have some spare time on your hands and don’t mind the hefty annual renewal fee then the DIY website builders will probably do just fine. You might have to put a bit of time in learning how to use the DIY website platform but generally speaking, most are fairly easy to use.

Alternatively, if you want something that is aesthetically pleasing or, something that requires a lot of functionality, then a web designer is the way to go. This is especially true if, you rely on sales coming in directly from you website as it can really pay off to have expert knowledge and advice for getting things designed and developed properly.

So to summarise, if you’re on a very small budget and just need something to get you online then DIY website builder is the way, otherwise, a web designer is the best and fastest way to propel you business to the online world.

 

Nazrul Hoque – 02 December 2017

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