A website is useful for various reasons. If you’re a freelancer, a business owner, or you simply want to blog for a hobby, you may need to invest a fair amount in building your website. That being said, there are different options when it comes to web design, and for the first-timers, it can be confusing to make a decision. Should you do it yourself? Or should you hire a professional web designer?
The difference between DIY website design and hiring an expert to create your website.
DIY Web Design
Website builders are rampant nowadays, with some of the most popular ones being Wix and Squarespace. These online web builders allow users to create and customise their preferred website design template. Wix and Squarespace make the process easier by enabling a drag-and-drop functionality right off the bat.
Website builders enable users to create their own websites at the comfort of their own space and without having to go over uber-technical details.
As with anything, doing your own design yourself has its pros and cons too. Additionally, the different website builders themselves have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, but we won’t focus on them today.
DIY Web Design Pros
DIY solutions can often appear to offer lower initial costs than hiring a professional, the seemingly affordable monthly fees for using their service can make website builders seem like a great starting point for every beginner.
If your an individual who just wants to get something online, the ability to quickly choose a simple template and edit its content may mean a website builder is suitable for you. It may look quite similar to many of the other websites in your niche, but that’s because they may be using the same template.
Bottom line, if you need a ‘quick and dirty solution’ a website made with a template based website builder may tide you over until you can afford something more bespoke.
DIY Web Design Cons
The downside of DIY web design is that you have no total control over the way you want it to look. You are offered various templates, and you can start working with them, but with no experience in coding and web development, you can only go so far before realising you can’t add some parts to your design without hiring a web design expert. In this sense the old adage applies, ‘buy cheap and by twice’ – this is because a website built in this way is unlikely to grow with your business and you may end up hiring a web designer in the end anyway.
A DIY website may also damage your businesses online presence, this is because a website is often the first thing a prospective client may see. Many people are able to recognise a website built on a cheap website builder because they’ve seen the templates used by other sites before. The message of ‘we haven’t invested in our website’ may not be one you want your customers to hear.
Additionally, unless you know how to optimise your website, you’re likely to have a finished product that’s a bit slow and unresponsive due to lack of optimisation.
Professional Web Design
Hiring a professional broadens your reach in terms of web overall design. You have different options and there’s likely to be a number of professional designers around your local area. Professional web design entails working with the company for the resources they need such as images, banners, templates and such.
Professional Web Design Pros
With the help of an experienced designer, like Lancashire Web Services, you can go towards a direction you want for your website. Because you have the support of the designer, you’ll receive updates and suggestions every now and then, and they’ll make sure you’ll have the best possible results. You won’t even have to worry about the specific details as simply explaining how you want certain parts of your website to look and function is enough reference for the professional designer.
Furthermore, investing in a professionally developed website means a bespoke solution can be created. Unlike a template based DIY website builder, a bespoke website can be almost endlessly customised, it won’t look like a cheap template site and functionality can be added as required
A professionally designed website is tailored to the needs of your business, so that it meets your requirements, fits your brand, and creates an online presence you can be proud of.
To find out exactly what our customers have to say about our professional web design services, take a look through the testimonials on or home page, or read independently submitted reviews on Yell.
Professional Web Design Cons
The only downsides of hiring a web designer are the higher initial costs and longer waiting times. here at Lancashire Web Services we work to get around both of these.
Firstly we agree a cost before the start of the project that meets your businesses needs – we can often adapt a project to fit to your budget and all our quotes are obligation free.
If a super quick turnaround is required we are also able to help you explore options, such as working with multiple web developers to help speed up development.
The duration of your project can vary depending on how complex your design is. At the very least, you can expect your website to be finished within a week or two. In more complicated cases, you’re going to wait for two months (or sometimes more) before your website gets finished.
In conclusion, the method you will use will depend on your needs. If you need a quick and cheap website right away, then DIY may be your best option, but this ‘quick and cheap’ nature may come across to your customers. If it’s for your business, and it needs to be professional and responsive, then hiring an experienced designer will give you the best results, and you can get the most value out of your investment.
We provide web services for people and businesses in Lancashire. If you’re looking for a modern, professional web design for your business in Burnley, Colne, Nelson, Preston or other surrounding areas get in touch today to see how we can help.
An established entrepreneur, Nick is the Founder and Technical Lead here at Lancashire Web Services. Nick personally oversees every project the company works on. His fields of interest include web design (HTML CSS etc.) along side all things technical.
Nick is also a fully qualified I.T. Technician who loves applying the skills he gained in this role to clients’ web projects, experimenting with new technologies in the field.
When not creating killer websites for clients across the North-West Nick is graining credits towards his honours degree in Computer Science at Edge Hill University.