With so many resources and “easy template” websites, many people are tempted to go DIY and not put out the money to hire a website designer. This option has its pros and cons (like anything) and it is important to consider all the options before acting.
Do It Yourself?
It can be relatively easy to create a website. There are even “instant website setup services”. You might not want to have to pay someone else to create a website that you can “do” yourself. Example: you might be very knowledge in carpentry and housing projects, but do you have the resources, equipment, time and knowledge to build a house from scratch?
Here are some things to consider:
- Can you make a website? Do you have the knowledge and skills?
- Do you plan on using an easy “instant” website template, or do you want a unique original design for your business?
- Are you sure you are properly representing your business? Does your website look professional?
- What if you mess it all up? Do you know how to fix your mistakes?
- How much time are you willing to put into creating your website?
- Do you have time to do both your website and run your business?
There are lots of reasons why you may decide to build a web site yourself, but most often you’ll find it is much easier to hire an experienced designer that will work with you every step of the way.
Hire a Designer?
Sometimes it is better to call in the professionals. They can properly assess your situation and create a website that fits all your business needs. Often the money used acts more of an investment than a cost. Your website is an important aspect of your business and should be treated as such.
Looking for a reasonable, yet responsible designer can be difficult.
Here are some things to think about while doing research:
- What type of website do I want?
- Will there be an online store? Will I sell anything on the website?
- Will there be any sort of media (videos, graphics..ect)?
- Do I have an idea in my head already? Will it work and be appropriate?
- Do I have text, images and graphics for the website? Do I own them?
- What will happen to the files and graphics once the designer is done? (It is important to read a designer’s contract)
- How will I pay a designer? Is it 50% before and 50% when the job is done? Or is it all upfront?
These are only a few questions you should be asking yourself and the designer you want to hire.
Make sure that there are no copyright violations with ownership and use of texts, logos, graphics and images. You also want to find out how gets ownership over the material and files once the project is finished (usually you, the client, recieve ownership once the project is paid in full).
Make sure to obtain a written agreement detailing everything. It’s better to have it all worked out and in an agreement from the start – so you can avoid costly expenses and conflicts in the future.
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