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Pros and Cons to Building Your Own Website or Hiring a Pro
Overview: Learn about the different site building options and which one is the best for you and your business.

Today, there are easy-to-use tools available to help you build your own website or if you don't have the time, you can hire a Web designer. The options below will help you look how much time, money and technical skills are needed for each option. Understanding the benefits and drawbacks of each will help you make the choice that's right for you, your business, and your budget.

Beginners: DIY - No Tech Skills Needed


There are several simple website building programs designed specifically for people who don't have web development experience. These programs use pre-designed templates to get you started quickly. You can choose templates that our pre-populated with images and content for your industry, all you need to do is replace a few images and customize the copy. Inserting images, text and moving blocks around works similar to Microsoft® Word and PowerPoint. These quick-start layouts, and drag and drag designer tools, mean anyone can build a website.

Pros:


  • ~ No technical skills needed. You can create a website in minutes.
  • ~ Affordable. Also, reduce costs by making your own site changes.
  • ~ Often includes, free integrated hosting.

Cons:

~ Advanced functionality is limited to number of plugins available in the website builder program.

Quick Solution: With GoDaddy Website BuilderTM you can get your business online in minutes. Get started quickly with professionally designed templates and pre-filled text and images.

Intermediate: DIY - Some Tech Skills Needed

One of the most popular options for tech-savvy folks is WordPress®, an open-source content management system (or CMS if you love acronyms). Most people associate WordPress with blogs, but it's become a powerful and robust application for everything from artistic portfolios to business websites.

Interesting Fact: WordPress is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you're ready for more, there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine.

One of WordPress® biggest advantages is the themes that create a "skin" for your website. Changing a skin means you won't modify any of the content on your website, just its appearance. WordPress also offers an enormous number of plugins that are easy to install and do everything from improving your site's performance to translating it into different languages.

But one of the biggest benefits to WordPress is that it's free - you just need a safe, reliable company to host your website, such as GoDaddy.

Pros:


~ Access to thousands design themes, and plugins.
~ Built-in content management system (CMS) and blog.
~ Affordable. WordPress is free to use, just requires Web hosting.

Cons:

~ Less intuitive interface for the non-technical.
~ Customization of themes (templates) requires some knowledge of HTML and/or CSS.

Hands-Off: Hire a Professional

Many business owners choose to have someone build websites for them. Although it's a more expensive option, hiring a professional Web designer saves you time, and ensures you get exactly what you want.

The price of a website built by someone else can run anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to tens of thousands (for a large corporate website). It's also important to consider maintaining your website. Some website designers simply create and hand it over for you to manage; others offer to manage your site for you, usually for an additional cost. There's a benefit to having someone else manage your site, but it can get expensive and you have to wait to get your site updated.

Pros:

~ Get exactly what you want.
~ Saves you valuable time in building and managing your site.

Cons:

~ More costly than DIY website-building programs
~ Depending on how your custom site is build, you may have to depend on your designer for every little change.

Quick Solution: GoDaddy Web Design Services will create, host and manage your site for an affordable monthly fee. Best of all, you also have complete access to make quick, simple changes if you choose.

The best website is the one that's right for you.

If you want a completely unique site, then you need to factor in the costs of custom design. If you want to build and manage your own site, decide if you have the time to set aside to do it. If you take a realistic look at your business and the time and money you're willing to invest in a website, the choice of DIY vs. professional designer should become clear.

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