Have a website made or make it yourself?

Billions of people search the Internet for products and services they need. A well-designed website can provide a lot of useful information for those who are searching for what you have to offer. Think opening hours, phone number, email but of course also your powerful arguments as to why someone should choose your business and not that of a concurrency. Remember, this one is just one click away from you.

When planning, you have two options: Build the website yourself or have a website created by a professional web designer/programmer. Both have advantages and disadvantages, of course. Below we described what all you need to know before you start it.

1 // Designing and programming

Nowadays, there are many online applications. These allow you to put a basic website online in a short time without any knowledge of HTML or creative skills. You choose a template so you don’t have to worry about the design and the underlying code. Done! Or is it? For a personal website, this option can certainly be a good choice. But what if you need additional functionality? You may want to sell products online, easily post cars online as a car dealer or implement a customer system. You will notice that you do need some knowledge of programming for these steps. In this case, it may be helpful to hire a professional.

2 // Time

As you can already deduce, designing and programming will be a nice time investment. If you have not used an online tool, the next step is to put your website online. You have more freedom here than with an online tool because they usually limit you to hosting your website on their servers. Therefore, moving your website later is usually not possible. Choosing the right hosting is very important. For this purpose, definitely do not choose the cheapest but a hosting of good quality. A web design agency has its servers geared to the websites built by them as is the case with Swift. This way you can be sure that your website will run optimally and as fast as possible.

3 // Maintain or repair your website

Your website is live, but it doesn’t stop there. It needs continuous attention to ensure that potential customers keep coming back. Even though it is relatively easy to develop a website with modern design tools. These applications are not very useful when it comes to fixing code errors, wrong links and corrupt database files, which are always concerns for a busy website. Hiring a professional developer to monitor, maintain and repair your website can save your business and your visitors a lot of grief.

4 // Costs

A final point we make is the cost. This will undoubtedly have a major impact on your decision whether to have the website developed within your company or to outsource it. Creating your website yourself can save you a lot of money but certainly not time. A simple calculation can be made here. Does the time I will invest myself outweigh the cost of a professional? It will take a lot of time to master everything yourself, time that you could have spent more efficiently in running your business, profession.

Creating a website can involve a lot of unexpected things, and then of course it’s good to have a professional handle them for you.

Fancy creating (or having created) a website?

After this listing, you have probably gotten an idea of what to expect. Have a website made or make one yourself. Be sure to check out our page on website making with what we can offer you if you want to make a website yourself or have a website made.

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