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DIY vs. Professional Web Design: Which One is Right for Getting Your Website?

Comparing the pros and cons and insight into building your own website versus hiring a professional web design company.



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Website Design: DIY or Hire A Professional?

First, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of building your own website:

Pros:

  • Cost-effective: Building your own website can be significantly cheaper than hiring a professional web design company.

  • More control: You have complete control over the design and functionality of your website.

  • Flexibility: You can make changes to your website whenever you want without having to wait for a web designer to do it for you.

Cons:

  • Time-consuming: Building a website from scratch can be time-consuming, especially if you don’t have any prior experience as you will also need to consider how to get the site out in front of people. Just because you publish it, doesn't mean people will see it. Advertising, SEO, and sharing are all things that will need to be done as part of a DIY project.

  • Limited expertise: You may not have the technical expertise to create a website that is optimized for search engines or that has advanced functionality.

  • Less professional: A website that is built by an amateur may not look as professional as one that is built by a professional web design company.


It’s important to note that building your own website can be a great way to save money, but it’s also important to consider the value of your time. If you’re a consultant earning $100 an hour, every hour spent on your DIY project represents $100 in lost income. Therefore, even though you might spend less money doing something yourself, in the end, you could lose more money than you save. It's not unusual for a successful website to take in excess of 40 hours from start to finish when all aspects are considered.


Now, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of hiring a professional web design company:

Pros:

  • Expertise: Professional web design companies have the technical expertise to create a website that is optimized for search engines and that has advanced functionality.

  • Professionalism: A website that is built by a professional web design company will look more professional than one that is built by an amateur.

  • Time-saving: Hiring a professional web design company can save you time, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your business.

Cons:

  • Costly: Hiring a professional web design company can be significantly more expensive than building your own website when looking at money spent.

  • Less control: You may have less control over the design and functionality of your website if you hire a professional web design company. But that all depends on their communications, standards of operation, and flexibility of design.

  • Less flexibility: You may have to wait for a web designer to make changes to your website, which can be frustrating if you need changes made quickly.


It’s important to note that a professional web design company may charge more for their services because they offer additional services such as SEO optimization, website maintenance, and more. These services are vital to having a successful website, so it’s important to consider them when deciding whether to build your own website or hire a professional web design company.


In conclusion, whether you choose to build your own website or hire a professional web design company depends on your budget, technical expertise, and the level of control you want over your website. If you have the technical expertise and the time to build your own website, it can be a cost-effective option. However, if you want a website that is optimized for search engines and that has advanced functionality, it’s best to hire a professional web design company.


The Good News...


If you’re looking for a professional web design company, Genesis Premier Studios offers a range of services that can help you create a successful website. As part of our services, we cover:

  • Graphic Design

  • Experience and Interface Design

  • SEO

  • Content Creation

  • Website Maintenance

  • Hosting

  • Analytics

  • Marketing

  • Full Business Branding

  • Consultations

Contact us today to learn more!



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