Thinking about starting up your own website? If so, you may be plagued by the question as to whether you choose a DIY builder or a web designer. Both of these options are viable for your first site. But in this guide, we will explain what we, personally, think is the correct choice for your first website.
Websites can offer near unlimited functionality and can bring traffic, attention and profits for your brand. No matter your content, products or brand, a website can easily deliver results. Furthermore, having your own website can extend your reach of customers, and cater to a larger group of potential leads and customers.
What is a DIY website?
The term DIY stands for ‘do-it-yourself’ and is used to create websites on the basis of free site building tools. Without the participation of a professional designer. This is the least expensive of the two-building options, but offer far less functionality, design and eventually, profit.
Builders of this kind usually offer several predetermined templates to choose from, with limited customization settings. This may include changing the header, logo, title, headings, photos and colours, also followed by other important website variables. They are usually user-orientated with drag-and-drop features, all without the use of the most versatile website tool. Coding. Coding can allow you to change your site to your exact preferences with ease and can also offer professional customization.
The issues with DIY websites
The idea of making your own DIY website is very tempting for people not willing to spend much money on a professional designer. The hook line of a DIY website being ‘free’ is enough to snag any unsuspecting builder. Yes, they offer immediate results, are often fast to build and free to create, but this is also where the benefits of having a DIY website end.
These DIY websites are on the majority free-to-build, but also offer paid alternatives to features that you can only access the free version of. There are a plethora of paid features waiting to entangle you in their web, and eventually, you will spend money. Even if you do not plan to, their incentives of features will always entwine you in their temptations. Some of these paid features are:
- Premium versions of building tools and features
- Paid options of features
- The additional domain name or similar costs for your website
- Even more, that is yet to be listed
Even more issues with DIY websites
The greatest regret you may beget yourself is losing out on potential profit that a professional designer could bring. Every click matters, and well build sites are great conversion methods and offer unlimited brand functionality, awareness and reach.
Even more so, there is a long list of problems that can arise when using a DIY builder for your website. Below this, there will be a list of various common problems that arise when using DIY builders.
- Un-original website design, very similar looking websites across the web
- Lack of website reach, not including the new features of websites
- Constant ads, there are many, MANY ads in the free versions of builders
- Business templates, there are no templates that will perfectly fit your business
- Template variations, there are a large lack of variations within one template
- Troubles with SEO, which means being on the SERP is out of your reach
- Limited customization options, which means your website will be inauthentic
- Platform moving, difficulties arise when trying to change website platform
- Free plans, there are many restrictions in the free plans that are always useful
With this list, there is no question as to what we would recommend. Still, having doubts? Below this, we will list the benefits of hiring a web developer.
Why hire a web developer?
A web developer will have years of experience with website building and will be able to customise your site to fit your needs perfectly. For the money spent, the returns you will receive will be so beneficial you will forget you paid for it. We will now list some of the benefits of hiring a web developer.
Unique web design
Professional web designers can help you to create a unique and authentic look for your website, that will leave lasting impressions on visitors and potential customers. Stand out amongst the competition and avoid the limitations of free website limitations! The designers will create your brand identity and will be instantly recognisable as your own brand when someone looks once at it. The professionalism you will exude with your website will tell customers you mean serious business.
A further reason to hire a web designer is the tailored UX that is perfect for your audience, that is sure to bring traffic and attention. Having a UX that is tailored to their journey will allow user goals to be achieved easily and efficiently across devices. Every element on the page will naturally lead them to conversion and will boost SEO, user experience and will raise the standard of your website and brand. The designers use their expertise and experience and test the site to help you raise the customer satisfaction levels to an extremely high standard.
Building with a professional web designer will amount to your website reaching its maximum potential. Your website will be able to do absolutely anything you could imagine, with the functionality you can only dream of. Achieve your dreams with a web designer. They can add any feature you would ever want. Whether it is functionality, personalization, user experience or interface, web designers can create anything for your website to thrive to its fullest capabilities.
If your website is made for growth, then a DIY website will impose limitations on how much your brand and website can evolve. DIY websites are often known to have problems with transferring their sites to another platform. Therefore, it is infinitely better, and advised, to invest in a scalable solution that can grow together with your business. The ideal solution to this condition is to hire a professional web designer. They can make growth exponential and will offer you the room to grow and bloom into something you can be proud of.
DIY websites usually have predefined features that you may be inclined or reluctant to use, but you will be forced to use them, no matter what. This is yet another con of using a free website builder. Whereas, experts will give you the exact functionality that you require, with one custom plugin to replace a whole plethora of others you have for a DIY website. Having nothing extra on your website is beneficial for its loading time, and speed. Because, as we all know, slow websites will only cost you money as potential customers will not be inclined to wait for your site to load.
When working on your website, experts will pay close attention to the way it can be displayed across multiple devices. This includes various models of phones as well as tablets. Due to their extra care, your users and potential customers will be provided with the best possible viewing and browsing experiences, which will only benefit your brand. This is a must for this day and age, as more people are using their smartphones to browse websites. Having this functionality will stop you from losing out on potential visitors due to their device not being optimised.
Professional web designers use their extensive repertoire of knowledge to utilise the best practices of Search Engine Optimization. This is so your website is visible to potential customers, using the Search Engine Results Pages (SERP). Using this, you can expand your brand even more, with newfound traffic and customers visiting your website. This is arguably the best point of a web designer, as it can bring you unlimited, reliable traffic that can put your brand on the map!
But how much does all this cost?
Looking for a web designer? You’re in luck, at Hello Online, we offer all these services and more. Our team cares for our customers and are always here 24/7 for help or queries about our sites we have made. Our team is compromised of high-experience workers who know how to make your website as good as it can be. We can unlock the potential your brand has, and know how to make it a reality.
The cost of a website is largely dependent on what we have to do. These factors can be of various variables and the price we charge depends on what we have to do for you. Some of these variables include:
- Website type, what you will be putting on the site, such as E-Commerce, blogs
- The complexity of the site, how many hours we will have to put into your dream site
- The structure of your site, the layout may require a large amount of time
- Number of pages, we may have to create potentially hundreds of various pages
- Specific or standard features, such as custom features
- Development deadlines, how fast you want the website made
- More various variables and factors, but get in contact, and we can give you a quote today! Contact Us or try out our Instant Quote service!
This sounds like a lot, but in the long run, it is worth it. With the newfound business, traffic, and awareness of your brand that it will bring, this is nothing. With our sites, you will be able to reach for the stars and achieve everything you have ever wanted. Your site will be your creation, we will only make what you can envision.
When digesting all of this information, we’re sure that deep down, you know what the right answer is to the original question. Web designers are bespoke and professional and can offer you everything you could dream of. We are the tool to make your website as good as it can possibly be. This guide acts to show you why web designers are the way forward for your website, and how much they can benefit you. Take pride in your website, and choose a web designer today!
Looking for a web designer?
At Hello Online, we offer our professional web design services for you to achieve what you could only previously dream of. We offer our services in hopes that you will make the correct decision. We care about our customers and offer our years of expertise and experience for you to take advantage of. Our team is always available for your website, so we can envision and create your vision for your website. We consult with you every step of the way and will send regular check-ins of your website and our progress. You can change anything we have done, and we will be more than happy to accommodate this. Take a chance with us today and visit us at Hello Online. We look forward to seeing you, and making your dreams a reality!
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