Almost all areas of life have one and the same question – do it yourself or order from professionals? Both options have their pros and cons. Let’s see what the pros and cons are when making the website yourself or ordering it.
Let’s start with such a simple comparison, which on the surface is simple and clear, but on closer examination it also has many facets. If a real estate agent says that this house is well built because the owner built it for himself, then on the one hand he is certainly right – after all, you still want to do the best for yourself. On the other hand, the owner may not be a professional builder and may make elementary mistakes that a professional would never make, what if the intentions were the best when doing it yourself.
It’s the same with the web – by doing it yourself, you make your own way and carefully, but unfortunately, no person in any other field who doesn’t make a living from web-making can avoid some mistakes that web-makers and agencies don’t make themselves. But, of course, you can also create a good website by doing it yourself, if you have the skills and the requirements are not excessively high.
The joys of DIY
Cheaper. Making a website yourself is definitely much cheaper than hiring a professional team. The costs are significantly lower, you only need to pay for the domain, hosting and maybe a web building tool. No worries with free content management software.
Easy to change. If you’ve made a website yourself, you know it better than anyone else, and if something needs to be changed, it can be done quickly without bothering anyone.
By doing it yourself, you are better informed about what is happening on the page and how you made it. If there is a need to make changes to the page, you will most likely be able to do it yourself and not need to hire a web developer again.
Unfortunately, DIY also has concerns, which are not so gratifying with do-it-yourself online.
More time consumption. While doing it yourself costs much less money, on the other hand, it takes much more time. It’s your own time that you could be spending moving towards your goal with your website if it was ready and done by the pros.
You are responsible. The technical side can be simplified by a web-building tool, but you still have to think through, test and polish everything yourself, both externally and in substance.
The joys of service
You have more time left over. If you hire professionals, one of the main joys should be that all the dirty work and a large part of the responsibility can be transferred to the agency that will make the web according to the client’s wishes. The web owner himself will have time for his core activities. The effort on your part is minimal, the web developer only needs an initial task and a little input on the content of the page, but the main work is done for you.
The result is professional. A web developer has made many other websites and this is his day job. They know the best page layout, how to create good content for a website, how to make it fast and how to make it look modern and beautiful.
Time is money. If you want to spend less of your time, you have to buy other people’s time. It pays, especially if you hire professionals in your field. Thus, the costs of the ordered web are considerably higher.
Changes are less flexible. Also, it may not be so easy to make changes later because the web creator has done his work and has to pay extra for the changes. Besides, it all takes more time.
Some questions for those who want to do it themselves
DIY is fine if you answer yes to these questions:
- Are you a sufficiently technical person and know how to make a web?
- Do you have time to devote to web development?
- Is the website so simple that it won’t require major redesigns later and works more like an online business card?
- Is 500-5000 euros too much to spend on the web?
If you answered no to any of these questions, then you could consider hiring professionals instead of or in addition to DIY.