Should I hire a web designer, or use a web builder to create one myself?
There are tons of website builders out there that have allowed millions of people to create a website without the need for coding knowledge or paying hundreds of dollars for software like Photoshop. With many of them, such as Wix, IMCreator and Weebly, you can simply drag and drop your pages, launching your website in an hour or less.
But, there are also millions of web designers out there and more coming every day. Both come with their own pros and cons, so it’s important to consider them all carefully before making your choice.
If you need to transfer your files from one platform to another, using a web builder may be difficult. Many of them have their own unique features such as shopping systems and forums, and they won’t allow these to be transferred to another web builder or format. These features are native to their system and are one of the things that make them so great. They don’t want to lose that to the competition.
If you hire a web designer however, their skills and features they can implement will travel with them, from website to website so even if you do end up needing to change your website’s needs in the future, it won’t be a problem for your designer.
Web builders can also seem to be much cheaper at first glance. When you’re comparing the cost of $100 a year for premium services through a web builder, spending $3,000 in that same year for a web designer just doesn’t seem to make much sense. But consider this. That $100 you initially spent on a web builder will only give you basic services (even if it’s quoted as being ‘premium’).
If you want additional features and add-ons, you’re going to have to pay for them and they can cost anywhere from $10 – $50. And if you want a website that really stands out, you’re definitely going to want several to start with.
If you’re using a web designer that costs $3,000 for the first year to get your website up and running (especially if you’re starting from scratch), you may still have to pay a small fee for regular hosting month-to-month. You will still be paying an additional cost each month ($84 if the cost of monthly hosting is $7), but you can also ask for any features, add-ons and anything else you’d like. And don’t forget, a web designer also brings a world of knowledge you just can’t get with any website builder on the market.
So what’s the bottom line? If you only have a small website with fairly simple needs, and you don’t foresee needing more for several years to come, a website builder might be more practical. But if you’re opening an online store, a news website, membership sites, or you’d like to include forums of other features on your site, it makes the most sense to hire a web designer from the very beginning.