Are you prepared to allocate time spent that could be more efficiently dedicated to other business growth opportunities? There’s a lot to it and we constantly have clients that have attempted it with disastrous results. It is better to have no web site at all than to waste your hard earned money on an amateurish site for the world to see (or more likely…not see)…ewwww. The second point is that you don’t just have to think about the design, you also need to make it search engine friendly. What’s the use of paying for a site to be hosted if no-ones going to find it? Yes, everyone knows someone that can do web sites, I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard that and once again I have seen the results. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for and there is nothing more true than this in the world of web design. If you decide to go for the novice alternatives purely on a financial basis just make sure they have a portfolio of their work to show you and some stats on how they’re ranking…actually, in saying that, why not ask them a few more of the questions listed here? It is not uncommon for us to lose jobs to cheap alternatives only to find we are redoing the site 6 months down the track due to poor site feedback, few site visitors, unfinished work, business folding, designers that can no longer be contacted amongst a variety of other woes. Really consider getting a professional, whether us or somebody else, preferably us of course, to create a professional web presence and don’t throw your money down the drain. It will be money well spent.
8. Should I hire a professional, pay Uncle Johns nephew or build the website myself?