You want to start a website, however you are not sure whether you can handle it on your own or consider hire a professional to do it for you? Before making the decision, it’s recommended that you would research available options and figure out why you need a website. Each website has their own unique purpose and customization, you must decide to do it on your own or hiring a professional.
By doing it on your own, you can consider website builder such as Wix and Weebly, which have available template for you to get started and it’s least expensive choice. You may want to compare their subscriptions packages and features being offered before choosing a website builder provider. Note that website come from website builder have limited flexibility and customization, so it’s best for small businesses. If you wanted to have more flexibility & customization, you may want to consider content management system like WordPress, Drupal & Joomla. You can install available templates of your choice into the system and install plugins to extend the features of your website.
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What things you need to consider?
#1 – Your Skill
If you have no idea what is HTML, most likely you want to opt for website builder or hire a professional. If you still plan on doing it on your own and go for the cheapest option, website builder is your ultimate choice. Website builder allows you to build a website just by drag and drop and filling in the content, very easy to use, however this option has the most limited flexibility and may not have what you need.
If you have little knowledge on how to code your website, then you can opt for content website system. Easy to use, offers more flexibility and customization than website builder. There are various themes and plugins available in the market for free, some require fees. You can look for the certain plugin that can add on the feature you need to your website and install it. Just like installing software for your PC or App for mobile.
#2 – Your Budget
You will just need a hundred dollars to start a website by using website builder. However, do expect a little bit more if you need higher capacity to host your stuff online, for example: you want to host thousands of e-catalog which would need higher storage space for hosting. For content management system, all you need is subscribe for hosting service, most of them have an option – ‘Shared Hosting’ which offer the cheapest package to get you started. Hiring a professional designer or developer would need thousands of dollars, however they can design your website nicely, provide consultation & meet your demands.
#3 – Website Purposes & Needs
If all you need is just a very basic website, no special scripting or coding and only a few pages long, offering standard information, then website builder is sufficient for you. If you want to have more personalization to your website and you think that you are able to create wonderful graphics and content, then you can go for content management system. If you need something more complex, customized system for your own business, consider hiring a professional, they will manage all the website services for you.
#4 – Evaluate Available Options
Depending on your nature of your business, if you rely heavily on online platform to run your business, you may want to hire a team of professional to manage and maintain the website for you. Most likely you would need a customized and unique system which not available anywhere.
For website that only display contact information and some information, don’t serve more than an information website, can go for website builder, as all you need would be entering all the content.
If you are in a position where you are something in between website builder and content management system, go for content management system such as WordPress, it does have features that cover most of website needs, great cost saving and possible to be extended.
The choice of choosing which path to go, it is ultimately yours to make. Just make sure it is within your budget and the website able to serve what you need.
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