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Designing Your Website: DIY vs. Template

Designing Your Website

So, you're thinking about building a web site. After choosing your virtual private server or shared hosting provider, it's time to design your site! 

But where do you begin? Should you try to dive in and design it yourself? Sometimes this is just fine. However, if you don't have the time or talent, you might want to choose a professional to do it for you.

When choosing a professional to assist you in creating your website, you have numerous options and each option brings a higher cost. If you break it into cost tiers, it looks something like this:

As you can see, it can be quite costly the more you require in terms of assistance in the building and maintaining of your website. So what should you know if you do it yourself?

Designing Your Website: CMS Is Key

If you decide to build your own site, a CMS is of the utmost importance. It will allow you to easily modify the content on your site, whether adding or removing content, without needing to know a single line of code.

If you're not relying on a CMS, you're using static html files, requiring you to locate the file you want to revise on your web server and then make the changes. Usually, you'll require assistance from a professional. Plus, relying on static html files lowers the chances someone can find you in a search, which will probably lead to you converting to a CMS in the end.

Designing Your Website: Look To Your Host

Does your shared hosting or virtual private server hosting provider provide a free site builder? Put it to work! This site builder usually gives you a few choices as to templates that you can then configure to fit your needs. Go Daddy offers a website builder, as does Bluehost (called Weebly.) They are both simple drag and drop interfaces, making it a great starting point to getting to know website building.

Designing Your Website: WordPress

WordPress is the most popular CMS today. Why? It might be the plug-ins and add-ons that are free to users, and the fact that it is created by an entire community of developers — this means a lot of places to turn when you need questions answered! Thousands of themes are offered for free, and they're easy to customize.

Designing Your Website: A Word About Website Templates

If you've decided going with a template is for you, here are the pros and cons:

PROS

CONS

So, do you think you'll opt for DIY or template? What led you to that decision? We'd love to know!


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