DIY Websites –will they do the job?

Photo of DIY Website Creation
Versus
Professional Developers developing a Website

I was a bit thrown when I recently asked a business man if he needed me to build him a website and he said that with all the ‘off the shelf websites’ you can buy these days, he had no need of me. It got me worrying and thinking about whether there is really no need for a small business web developer like me. After a bit of reflection, I think I agree with Mr Welder who wrote a blog on the Pros and Cons of DIY Websites vs. Professionally Developed.

…thanks to the rise of online tools like website builders, it has become much easier for the non-techies among us to build a more-than-decent website. Just because you can, though, doesn’t always mean you should. – Leo Welder
The Pros and Cons of DIY Websites vs Professionally Developed

Some facts to consider if you DIY

Web Design Concepts

I did a CIW certified Web Design Specialist course which taught me things about web design which I never knew before doing the course and which are fundamental to good Website design. So I know:

  • A good template does not necessarily convert into a good website.
  • A Website builder can’t apply all the fundamentals to the actual content of the page. There is much to consider like image use, colour, font choice, navigation, SEO and copyrights.

Domain Names

  • Did you know that you don’t need to own a company or organization to register a domain name?
  • A domain name adds credibility to your business and that you are committing to your product or service.
  • A domain name that you own allows you to keep your domain name for as long as you want it and allows you to transfer between web hosts or even to your own in-house server and this portability could be important as your business and web needs grow.

Free DIY Websites

  • With a free DIY website, you won’t get your own domain name. The URL for your website would be yoursiteaddress + webbuildername.com. or something similar
  • With free DIY websites, they have to make money out of you so your website will advertise other companies and products and you will have no control over which companies or what products.

Accessibility

As an able bodied person, I never appreciated how fundamental accessibility is to the web.
There are Web Standards that all websites should adhere to and it is worth noting that the major Search Engines look for adherence to these standards when rating a website.

The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and inventor of the World Wide Web.
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative

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