Blog Post: Do It Yourself?

Red Deer & Blackfalds Web Design Writes:

Chances are if you’re reading this (aside from other Website Developers) you’re a small business owner and you’re discovering the possibilities for your new or existing website? At some point we’re all faced with the inevitable: Do I build my website myself? Or do I leave it to a professional?

Having the opportunity to build your own website provides you with an opportunity to learn a little more about the web, save yourself some money, and ultimately develop some new skills. However, before embarking on this journey keep in mind the following:

  1. Security Risks – the risk of online spamming, malicious hacking and other security risks are at an all time high. Designing your own website can be fun; however, if it is not secured properly you risk a potential hack of your server and its contents. Knowing how to defend and backup your content efficiently and consistently is important!
  2. Time Consuming – let’s face it, taking on a new skill involves learning, implementing and executing tasks that can otherwise seem foreign to us. If you have the time, it’s not as much of an issue, but hiring a professional allows YOU to be good at YOUR BUSINESS/SKILLS, while Letting Other Professionals, be Professionals.
  3. On-going Expectations – websites need updating, or else they simply fall off the grid (figuratively and literally!). It’s not just a time investment to begin with, but also making sure you’re logging in and make the necessary updates based on the types of CMS you are using.
  4. Potential Customer Expectations – more and more potential clients/customers will be finding you using social medias, which means they are going to find you on a mobile device. In fact, we already know that more than 50% of traffic will occur from a smartphone! So be sure your design scales from desktop, to tablet, to mobile (or else risk losing out on a large amount of your potential audience!)

*Disclaimer: this article is not intended to intimidate anyone who wishes to pursue their own website development. Building websites can be fun! (We certainly enjoy it) But it can become worrisome and time-consuming. If you wish to speak to someone about your website needs, please feel free to Contact Us today for a no-obligation, free consultation. Thanks!

Joshua Neufeld

Owner at Red Anchor Studio
At Red Anchor Studio we are dedicated to building local business! We offer high quality developments at an affordable price, and we can work to get your business online at any budget.

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