Should you DIY Your Business Websites or Hire a Pro Developer?

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“Why spend thousands of dollars on your business website, when you can build a professional-looking site in less than five minutes for a fraction of the cost?”

I want to bet you’ve seen such ads on social media before.

Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and even Twitter are filled with ads from various website builders telling us how easy it is to now own a website.

Truly, these guys mean everything they say. I mean, nowadays, one can easily DIY a business website on Wix, WordPress, or Weebly for less than $100. And that site would run exactly the same way a site built by a thousand-dollar developer would run.

Yes, you read that correctly.

You must wonder then why people still bother to hire pro developers.

Well, let’s find out.

DIY vs. Developer Hire: Which is right for you

Cost consideration

As you well know, anything DIY is always cost-friendlier than hiring a professional. So, on that front, the best option is always to build your site yourself.

With the help of many website builders and the pool of tutorial guides available on the internet, anyone can DIY their business site comfortably.

So, if you’re really cash-strapped or looking to cut costs at all costs, you should look into website DIY.

Time and effort consideration

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Website builders often advertise their products as simple drag-and-drop systems. They make everything look so simple in the ads and tutorial videos that you come to think it’s truly that easy.

But guess what? It’s all a myth.

If you’ve never built a site before, setting up your business website with a DIY builder will take some getting used to. In some cases, it might take you several weeks of undivided attention to fully get the hang of a DIY builder’s platform.

If you have much time to spare, no problem. But if you’re like most entrepreneurs, chances are you won’t have this time. And in that case, you’ll need the assistance of a pro developer.

Technicality consideration

There’s no way your sudden interest in website building will make you as knowledgeable as someone who’s been doing it for years. Pro developers are called professionals for a reason.

They’ve been in the game for a long. Meaning they know what works and what doesn’t, why what ‘works’ works and all those things. For example, if you want to DIY a site, you may not understand the importance of putting together a wireframe. In fact, you may even skip the process of wireframing altogether. Unbeknown to you that that’s the bedrock of any great site’s UI (User interface) and UX (User experience).

In a nutshell, if you want to build a site without worrying about the technical aspects, your best bet is to hire someone who knows it all.

Trust me; the world of web building is too technical to think you can understand it all in one night. You’ll be doing yourself a lot of favor and saving yourself from needless expenses in the future if you hire a pro developer today.

Customization consideration

The big downside of DIY website builders is they’ve already designed/pre-built some things for you. Meaning that you can’t customize or change them. Even though you may be allowed to tweak a few things here and there, the basic structure developed by the platform will always have to be maintained.

When you hire a developer to build your site from scratch, everything is custom-built for your site’s functionality. In other words, you can have any feature you want in whatever form you want it.

After-build considerations

Finally, another important reason to consider hiring a pro developer is because of the after-building services they offer you.

The completion of a site build is not where the job ends. In fact, that’s only the beginning. You’ll need to constantly ensure the site is updated, the images are optimized, the code and plugin are bug-free, the pages are responsive, and the overall output is SEO-friendly.

Without an in-depth knowledge of how these things work, you will have to hire someone later to handle them for you. And since they’re coming in to render a service, you’ll definitely need to pay them – something a pro developer would have done for you for free as parts of their service package.

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