Do It Yourself (DIY) web site developer, Jimdo celebrates it’s 5th year anniversary this month and celebrates this milestone with 5 million customers, they announced in a recent press release. Jimdo, and other DIY web services
When business owners contemplate creating their own web sites, they have two and a half choices – hire a web developer, create their own web site or a hybrid solution.
In regard to creating your own web site there are many services to consider and it’s important to try out at least 2 or 3 services before finalizing on a final solution. Some features you need to consider are:
- How easy is it to transfer your web site to another system or platform
- How many features the web site has beyond just templates (email? editing every part of the web site? storage?)
Some DIY web site building tools only offer the very basic features, other services offer extensive feature sets that let you fully customize your web site.
You’ll also find that the user interface of each DIY web development service is different. While some have very intuitive extensive and feature rich menu options, others emphasize that they are really cookie-cutter template based web sites with very limited flexibility.
DIY web sites prices vary quite a bit. But expect to pay from $10 – $50 per month (or more).
Here’s a few DIY web sites for you to consider
If you want to sell products, you should expect more costs.
Many people are relying on blog platforms such as WordPress or Tumblr to build their web sites. While these services are great, if you want a static web site with more flexibility (beyond just the side bar) a web site building service might be a better route.
Now, where does your web developer fit in?
While you CAN build your own web site a web developer will make your web site LOOK better and have the advanced features you might want it to have. Also keep in mind that while you’re trying to build the perfect web site, you’re taking time away from other responsibilities of your business.
Your web developer is going to be more expensive, but could be a worth while investment.