Website Design Myth #2: I Don’t Need a Professional Web Designer.

"Website design is easy. I don’t need a website designer. I’ll just do it myself or have my friend or family member do it." In this article we will review and discuss why not hiring a professional web designer from the start will end up costing you more in the long run.
Friday, February 20th, 2009

Time & Effort

Ok so now that you have decided to setup your website you need to find out how to do it.  Well first its best to run to the bookstore and buy some books on website design to learn about good techniques and get some tips. Each book will tell you something different so you will have to take the overall balance of the information and use that as a guideline. Now its time to do research on what software to purchase to design your site. Once you have your software installed its time to run back to the bookstore and buy some books on how to actually use the programs you just bought. After about 10,000 pages read and months of research you are finally ready to start designing your site.

So you spend the next few weeks putting together a website. After designing, deleting, modifying and starting over several times you finally get a site that you are satisfied with. Its been months since you first started out, it costs thousands of dollars in books and software but you are finally ready to put it online. Meanwhile if you had hired a website design firm such as Advertising Solutions, Inc. you could have spent a few hundred dollars, had the site done in a few weeks, and spent the entire time focused on your business.

Tools

The software to create an attractive, professional and quality website is expensive. Professional website designers have thousands of dollars of software and hardware at their disposal.  The initial investment in all the software that one would require to create a successful and professional website and then maintain that website later on far out ways the cost to hire a professional in the first place.

Technology

In today’s world of website design there are tons of different technologies and frameworks that you can build your website on. Do you use static HTML or go with something more dynamic and scalable such as PHP or .NET? What about components such as AJAX or technologies such as XML? What about interactive flash elements requiring Actionscript? What about customizing online shopping packages or blogs or podcasting feeds? Almost every site can benefit from these technologies. In fact, to create a search engine friendly website, you will need to some of these technologies added to your site and used correctly.  So how do you incorporate them into your site alone?

Deployment

Once the site is designed the issues comes to publishing your website to the Internet. This sounds easy but this is where the real headaches can begin. It would seem that website hosts are a dime a dozen but finding the right host for the right price and offering the right technologies and servers is a huge project. Every hosting company out there has a different hosting package that includes different features, technologies and restrictions. Experience with the technologies you used on your site and the Operating Systems and server technology you will require to run it is a must here.

Once again relying on a experienced and Professional Website Designer will solve this problem and headache because he or she will know what your site requires and where to find servers to run it.

Website Marketing

Internet and Website Marketing is overlooked by most business owners and sadly the majority of almost all web designers and firms. Once the site is designed, it’s important that it be search engine optimized, marketing and publicised. This is a daunting challenge and feat in itself. Without the proper knowledge of what to do and how to go about doing it, it is impossible. You can spend days and weeks reading articles and books on SEO and Internet Marketing but you will find that many of them contradict each other. The best solution is to once again rely on a experienced, proven and professional Internet Marketing Firm

Experience

The biggest and largest hurtle to overcome is experience. Experience cannot be learned overnight. Any good quality and experienced website designer will know exactly what needs to be done to produce a attractive, quality and successful website.

Unless you have experience in website design, you site will not succeed. It is only by experience, expertise, and knowledge of the industry that you can design a site that will stand the test of time on the Internet, thrive, and become successful enough that it makes money. If you have never done it before it will take a lot of time, money, research, and lots and lots of cups of coffee to gain the knowledge of a skilled, reputable, website designer. Just because someone knows some of the basics of website design, does not automatically make them an expert website designer.

Most Business Owners Eventually Fall Back to the Professionals

In the long run, most business that design a website themselves, either shut them down or eventually hire a company like Advertising Solutions, Inc. to point them in the right direction.

The easiest, most cost effective thing to do is to hire a real web site designer and marketing firm that will take the time and honestly tell you what you should do, without wasting your money, time, or resources… a company like us.

About The Author

Advertising Solutions, Inc.

Advertising Solutions, Inc. is a Professional Website Design and Internet Marketing Company with over 16 years experience in website design and 26 years experience in marketing and advertising. Their skilled internet marketing experts provide affordable marketing services for businesses big and small.