WordPress is user-friendly, allowing you to build a website on your own. If you’re a startup company on a tight budget, this can be a great option. WordPress is free to download and use, so the only costs you will incur are from hosting, purchasing a domain name and buying premium themes, plugins and extensions.
At Magna Technology, we build custom WordPress sites for our clients as well as provide monitoring services and hosting services. We always recommend starting small and then scaling your website as your business grows. Here are some things to consider when deciding between building a WP site or paying a web developer to do it.
Building a WordPress Site on Your Own
If you’re just starting off, building your own site can save a lot of money. You can drop your content into a pre-built template and that’s that. WordPress templates are also highly customizable, so you can choose the colors, fonts, etc. that match your branding. No coding experience is necessary to do this, though having some background will benefit you.
While it’s great to have the flexibility to build your own website, there are a few things to think about. First, if you’re not familiar with WordPress, there is a bit of a learning curve. You could be using this time to grow your business instead of learning WordPress, so balance your time with the money you are saving. Adding images, updating content, configuring the design, etc. all require some basic knowledge of WordPress.
In short, you can build your own website if:
- You are familiar with WordPress, or willing to learn more about it
- You need a website launched quickly
- You have a limited budget
- You already have a web template you like
Hiring a Web Developer to Build Your Site
It’s more expensive to hire a web developer to create your WordPress site, but you definitely get what you pay for. A web developer is highly experienced in WordPress, allowing them to match a template to your specific business and upload unique features like a customized events calendar. Really, anything you want to bring your site to life is just a phone call away.
Once the website is built, you can use your web developer for other services such as hosting, consulting and website management. This ensures your website is properly monitored and secure at all times.
You should hire a website developer to build your site if:
- You have a larger budget
- You have limited time
- You want your theme to be customized
- You want specialized features built into your site
When building a WordPress site, it helps to be informed. Contact Magna Technology to get a quote for a WordPress site that meets your needs and budget.