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Do-it-yourself web builder tools are abundant online. And 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 time, patience, and willingness to learn.


You know the reasons why you need a business website and that having your business online brings benefits, but it’s hard to distinguish what’s best for you and what’s simply a waste of time. Below are some considerations that will help you decide if you should DIY or hire a pro.



Do-It-Yourself (DIY)

Many entrepreneurs and business owners choose to use web builder tools for their website because they are cost-effective and easy to use content management systems. You also have control over your design.


Budget

The biggest incentive to DIY is cost savings. Web builders have affordable annual payment plans with hosting and domain name registration included.


Time and Energy

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. 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. If you don’t need anything too complex with special functionality or customization, like simple e-commerce or a landing page, this may be an option 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 knowledge base with tutorials, and community forum where people can post questions and answers.


Your Skill Level

Website builders don’t require any HTML or CSS coding knowledge. If you’ve got the design and tech skills a DIY site may be an option for your business.


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. 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.




For those with time constraints and commitments, your website build could be a very time-consuming project. And, unless you have web and graphic design experience, the results may not look professional.





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.


Budget

Hiring a pro will be an investment upfront, but the increased likelihood of success it offers far outweighs the initial cost. A custom brochure site can cost anywhere from $1,800 and up. A nicely designed mobile-friendly website with custom branding and all the features a small business needs will cost around $3,500 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. 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 Wix and 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.


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.



Hiring a pro will be an investment upfront, but the increased likelihood of success it offers far outweighs the initial cost. In addition, you'll have a web partner who can assist you with your site when needed.






In Summary

To summarize, choosing between a DIY and custom site comes down to:

  • what you’re looking for

  • how much time you can devote

  • your skill level

  • your budget

  • the functionalities you need

  • and how customized you want to get with your branding and website


Hopefully, we provided you with enough info to determine if you should DIY it or hire a pro. Let us know if we can provide some guidance on your website design! Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your project with us.


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Original article by Emily Krause. Article link: https://www.designpowers.com/blog/diy-website-vs-custom