Do I really need to hire a website designer/developer?

No matter who you are, everyone seems to need a website, and that often means figuring out if you should try to build one yourself or if you should hire a web designer, developer or agency to do some work for you. But how do you know when you need to hire someone to help and when you can do it yourself?

Questions to ask yourself before hiring a designer

  1. Do you have the time to learn new skills and dedicate towards learning coding and graphic design?
  2. Are you willing to invest into yourself while your business is on hold?
  3. How much time do you have to dedicate towards learning how to develop a website?
  4. Am I really going to be dedicated to learning these skills?
  5. What happens when I finish my website and now I no longer need those skills?

Most website designers/developers go through intensive training to learn about coding frontend and backend. Frontend meaning what the user see’s, and backend (what happens when a user clicks a button). Even if you didn’t go to get a Four Year degree in graphic design/website development, majority take a 6 week online bootcamp for coding. In those 6 weeks they are training atleast 8-10 hours a day, 5 days a week. So you should highly consider hiring a designer if you are not committed to putting in the work to learn coding.

Are you willing to invest into yourself while your business is on hold? Coding and learning the basics can take some time. You can’t just sit at home and learn these things and hope that they stick, or watch YouTube Videos and get it down. Like anything in this world you have to practice, practice, and practice some more to get the skills that you need in order to make website designs that catch customers eyes. So do you have the time to learn coding or should you seek the advice of a web designer?

These are just a few of the skills needed to learn how to code and manipulate the basic website platforms. HTML is the structure to it all. HTML stands for Hypertext Markup Language. All websites have HTML as the base and designed around the structure of the website. CSS stands for Cascading Style Sheets. This allows the HTML to have colors, different fonts, and appearances. Finally Javascript allows for behavioral manners such as clicking on buttons/links taking you to other pages and submitting information. These all take time to learn.

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