When you're starting out on your website planning for your personal projects or businesses you'll quickly discover that there are a ton of options to choose from. From deciding on a hosting company and platform to your color palette and site functionality – and so much more.
Many of us want to give it a go and do it ourselves. We can search the internet for walkthroughs and watch YouTube for step-by-step tutorials. We do anything! But should you spend the time and effort? And if you have started on your own do-it-yourself website project, how do you know when it's time to hire a web developer?
Time is Money
Such a true sentiment! Decide on how much time you're willing to allot yourself to gain some confidence in your skills. Commit to your goal and get ready to put your best efforts forward. Be forewarned that it will be a challenge, it will be confusing and it will undoubtedly be overwhelming at times. If you get along and find some hidden talent in web design skills, you're on your way! But if you find yourself losing your patience and requiring quicker results – it's time to hire a web designer.
Your Site is Just Fine
If you have a site that you've created yourself or even hired for in the past and it's been up and running for a while, you may be feeling like your site is just fine. We want to be weary of this. We don't want a site that we settle for as being ho-hum okay. We want a website that we identify with, a site that we're proud of and a site that creates a positive reflection for your visitors. So if your site is an exciting shade of off-white and just isn't doing it for you anymore – it's time to hire a web designer.
Your Site is Not Fine
Your site is up and running and works as it should…most of the time. You may have faced the challenge and completed it on your own or hired someone to do it for you. But your site may have intermittent problems, the branding and styling may be inconsistent, it may be incredibly slow or lack functionality that you seek – even with your best efforts. Hiring a professional will ensure that he or she will have the experience to create a site that functions and runs optimally and looks great. Don't send your site visitors to a website that is perpetually “in progress” – hire a professional and make a great first impression.
Some of us have the instinctive reaction to grab every challenge by the horns. But hiring a web designer allows you to focus on the other aspects of your projects and businesses. Your website presence is a very important part of your image and plays a critical role in your success. Don't skimp on this!