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I think it is the marketing of easy website building and the myth of a drag and drop page builder that creates an unrealistic assumption.

 

Should I do it myself

 

In my opinion, your time is better spent learning how to market your site rather than build it.  You will have little time for anything else if you try to learn enough of the important aspects that go into a good website. What is going to make you money is focusing on getting your professionally designed website in front of as many people as possible?  

 

I recommend coming up with a plan on what makes sense for you.  

Such as, I will:

  • Update pictures and text to the existing site with a little training
  • Update and backup the theme – which is most of what is needed for Maintenance
  • Write 2 blog posts a month
  • Using Social media

 

We can help you come up with a plan that makes the most sense.

 

Making a great site comes from being submerged in all things web such as current design trends, SEO, Conversion research, and UX/UX research best practices  Most people that we run into that take on this DIY challenge end up doing the easy stuff for their website and then ask us to fix what they did.

 

It is proven that when comparing two services online a well-designed site is chosen over the same product or service with an ok site. https://socialtriggers.com/content-is-king-myth/

 

Some of what you need to know

 

Lots of factors need to be considered when designing a website, here are just a few.

 

Layout

Are you following the best practices for making a visitor do what you want them to? Placing certain common elements of a site in the right place will increase the number of calls or emails you receive (conversion research).

Are you structuring your content to appeal to the different kinds of website readers?

 

Images

Are you resizing your images correctly so that they load fast enough that a visitor will not wait around? This includes resizing and compressing photos.

Do your photos match your color scheme? If not they can be adjusted in photoshop to work.

 

SEO

Do you know how to increase your chances of showing up in search results, or use competitive research and SEO tools to increase the amount of time you will show up in search results?

Do you know how to structure your pages for increased visibility in search?

Do you know the factors that Google uses to determine if a page is worthy of moving up in a search result?

Are you naming pages and images correctly?  This requires doing research to find the correct wording. The common tools used to find the wording can cost $100.00 per month.

 

Performance

Do you know how to test and make sense of a performance report?

If your site is performing poorly do you know how to speed it up without breaking it?

 

Do you know CSS? 

Without using custom CSS or Javascript your site will be limited in how it can look and what it can do. Both of these skills take years to become fluent in.

 

This is not a complete list.  Items in this list have a complexity you would be surprised by and forced into submission.  I have seen good people fold under the pressure of sizing an image for the web. I worked with a nuclear submarine engineer who assumed he could do anything.  He hired me to train him on how to build websites.  It took a couple of hours but he humbly admitted defeat.  I think anyone can learn it but to do it well you will need to commit to learning enough about web design, marketing, coding, image processing, conversion research, and UI/UX.  Leaving out one of these for example UX and your visitors will leave quickly because they can’t find what they are looking for.  

 

I am interested in the topic of how much do you need to know to pull off a Professional version of a product.  I am an optimist and confident enough that I assume I can do anything I am willing to spend enough time with.  With this attitude, I have learned new complicated software, built an impressive deck, and have tackled other home improvement skills such as light, electrical, and plumbing work. You have to look at building a website in this context with one caveat. A professional website is going to outperform a DIY. And when the difference could mean a couple of calls per month from a paying customer you can see how having a professional do it would be an investment.