DIY Website – creating is not always easy.
Whether you are just starting out in a new business venture, looking to increase your cus-tomer base or simply want to create a personal interest page, it’s now easier than ever to create your own website. With domain hosting and design tools offering a cost effective and easy to use alternative to the more traditional approach of employing a professional web designer, the lure of a DIY approach can seem an excellent method of saving money and having the control of creating a product which should look exactly how you’d like it to. In reality, even the most tech savvy users may soon discover that it’s not always that straightforward! So what are the pros and cons tackling a website design yourself?
The Pros of A DIY Website.
If you’re just starting out and want to achieve an online presence as quickly as possible, perhaps with the thought to put in place more professional looking changes as your busi-ness develops, then a DIY website building tool is a great idea. You may need to balance the pro’s and cons of having a business image which may be similar to other users of the website though, due to limited functionality features which may be available. Businesses with little or no budget can often find start out deals which allow hosting a site building costs to be minimal or even free! It’s easy to create a very basic business page of contact details and ‘About Us’ section, so potential clients can find you in web searches. A great tick in the ‘Pro’ box is support is usually freely available online, either through a trusted Google search or forum where other users can offer suggestions and assistance, which can prove invaluable.
The Cons of a DIY Website.
As mentioned earlier, possibly one of the greatest downsides to a DIY approach, espe-cially on a limited budget, may be the lack of individuality you can achieve through site building packages. Generally, you are offered a choice of styles from number of stock ‘themes’, which may not always allow the changes needed to get your website to look ex-actly how you’d like it to. Sometimes too, the lack of individuality can result in a site looking generic and unprofessional, your great idea for a computer service may have exactly the same webpage style as the pet groomer down the road! The services of professional de-signer will be certainly be appreciated if you’re looking to have a very distinctive brand im-age. Professional website services will also be able to assist in the creation of the all im-portant SEO rankings– this is a crucial element used to drive searches to your website through the use of maximizing the use of important keywords and algorithms.
Is a DIY website for you?
Once you’ve considered the broader aspects of your business requirements; for example, whether first impressions at this stage are critical, if you’d like the added features to allow you to sell online, or if you’re looking just to achieve an initial presence, then weighing up the pros and cons of choosing either the DIY route or employing professional services to handle the task for you should be an easy decision to make. Research here is always beneficial, and it may be of some help to consult forums or even other business to see which approach worked best for them.