Hiring a professional web developer vs doing it yourself

We live in a world where if you do not have a website, you are going to be missing out on a lot of sales.

Did you know that 90% of people look to the internet for the first place of information when purchasing products?

If you do not have a website, potential customers are not going to be able to find you and they are likely going to find a competitor. This means a loss of sales to your competition.

The worst thing that can happen to any business.

Most companies understand this, which is why everyone is trying to create a website ASAP. The biggest problem that business owners have is the cost of a website.

Hiring a web developer to create a website for you is going to cost you money. That is inevitable. For a 5-page website, it might cost you over $3000 depending on the complexity of the website.

This really is the main difference when it comes to deciding whether to get a web developer or to do it yourself.

If you are planning to build a website by yourself, you can use this short guide to figure out how to do it. A website is built on something called a content management system or CMS for short. There are many CMS’s available now such as WordPress, WIX, Squarespace, etc.

For the sake of simplicity, we are only going to talk about WordPress. Most of our websites are built using WordPress too which is why we believe that WordPress is a good place to start. It is fairly simple to use and offers a lot of customisation.

Themes

There are more than 4000 free themes available in the WordPress directory and probably more than double that amount in premium themes.

Finding a theme that suits all your needs is very possible. Now, don’t get me wrong. This will be very time consuming but not impossible.

There are many places that you can search for themes.

Or alternatively, you could Google a list of best themes. There aplenty of compiled lists of themes and their pros and cons.

The odds of being unable to find a theme is extremely low. In the case that you are unable to, you might need to build it yourself and that will take professional help.

Plugins

Your WordPress theme makes up the skeleton of your website. Plugins make up the flesh of your website.

From contact forms, post counters to CTA forms, you can find anything that you possibly need in the plugin section of WordPress. There are plenty of free plugins that you can find that will suit your needs.

On the off chance that you are unable to find a free plugin, there are paid plugins that you can use as well. The prices for these plugins vary from a one-time payment to monthly and yearly payments depending on the developer of the plugin

Pro tip: No matter what kind of website you build, you will always want to know how your SEO is doing. Yoast provides a great free SEO tool that you can use to sort out your SEO needs

Registering

There are 2 things that you need to do to get your website live. Get a domain name and get a hosting platform

A domain name is the name of your website. In our case, www.theverticals.com.sg is the domain name.

A hosting platform is where your website will be stored. There are many hosting platforms that you can use such as Hostgator, GoDaddy or exabytes.

It really isn’t too important which hosting platform you decide to use. If you want to change your hosting platform at any time, you will be able to do so. Hosting a website does not cost too much. However, the pricing depends on the hosting platform that you use.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, you can build a website on your own, but you will only be able to build a very basic website yourself with no professional knowledge. This is also a time-consuming process.

However, if you want to build a complicated website that is well designed, SEO friendly and has custom plugins, you will need to get a professional web developer to do it for you and in this case, you will have to open up your purse strings.

If you build a website yourself and run into unexpected problems after, you cannot look for anyone to help you. However, if you do it with a professional web development company, you can always come back and get them to rectify any issues.

There really is no best option between the two. The key difference is cost. Contact us today to discuss our pricing packages of your project today and build the best website for your business. Some expenses are worth having.

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