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Web design has become more of a DIY niche and when we are unable do it ourselves, there are those that expect someone to show us for free. Afterall, there are tens of thousands of tutorials, forums, videos, and templates available online and free for anyone willing to learn. With so many free options, why hire a web designer or, even better, a web developer?
With most businesses failing within the first year and so many projects, ideas, ambitions never getting off the ground (we know firsthand), it may not make sense to spend money right away on this type of service.
Big web companies offer the opportunity to create a website for free, complete with cookie cutter drag and drop templates, some even include free website hosting. We have trolled many web forums and have heard some experienced business folks say, “… never pay someone to build a website. This company or that company offers it for free ...” – their technical knowledge is overwhelming (sarcasm).
Ever wonder why so many free options are available? With most businesses failing within the first year and so many projects, ideas, ambitions never getting off the ground (we know firsthand), it may not make sense to spend money right away on this type of service.
Ultimately, deciding on a free website option depends on the commitment to your business, planning, complexity and budget. If you dreamed up your business idea on a weekend, hiring a professional may not be the best choice yet.
If your business or project survives the first year and you are planning for it to grow, a professionally designed website with regular updates should be included in your marketing budget. Most premium websites can be designed and managed for a few dollars a day.
For the serious startup or growing small business, if you have a solid marketing plan that involves creating an interactive website with regular updates, require dedicated hosting, web security, a business application, and … whoa ok, we’re getting way out there now. We will keep it simple in this post.
Is five dollars, three dollars, a dollar a day too much to spend to get your business online? Is it worth having a professionally designed site that is responsive and secure? Having your business website created by a professional that is knowledgeable in web design & development and can grow with your business; is that worth paying ANYTHING for a small business website? Reach out to us, we would love to hear your thoughts and feedback.
Easy Computer Systems offers a free consultation for any startup or growing small business. We want to be a part of your next web project.