While it may be tempting to buy a template provided by a hosting service or a professional organization and develop the content on your own, consider these points:
Do you have the time for a do it yourself website?
- Will you be able to allocate the time to enter the content and manage your own site? Remember that for each hour that you put into your site is one billing hour you lose.
- For a typical 5 to 7 page site, you will probably be spending about 15-20 hours in developing your content alone, and you can probably add another 20-40 hours in formatting it so it looks right. How much do you make an hour? Multiply that by 30-40 hours and add this amount to your total costs when comparing a DIY solution and one offered by a web professional.
- Are you willing to invest the time to ongoing maintenance to keep it fresh and search engine optimized?
Do you have the knowledge for a do it yourself website?
- Will you have the time to search information online on how to promote your site? Will you be able to add functions to your site, such as traffic metrics, blogs, forum discussions, or social networking connections to it?
- Do you know some code? Even the best do it yourself website platforms require knowledge of a little code in order for it to look just like you want it.
- How much do you know about social media? How does your website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages connect?
Make an informed decision before buying that hosting company DIY package. Hiring a web professional will save you many hours that you can otherwise spend on building your business online. Contact me for a FREE quote today!