So, you want to design your own website?

Oh the DIY websites!

Updated from May 6, 2018

There are many computer savvy people who get sold on tackling the job of designing their own website. They may know how to get around their favorite word processor program easily, however, html maybe a different story. The forums and help websites are loaded with requests for help or questions regarding various problems they encounter. In the meantime, the website design is delayed till the problems are resolved or seek a professional web designer.

I have had to fix more than a few websites, to salvage what the owner had done, to enable it to function. Sometimes they are not major items and some times the errors actually create such malfunctions the site is useless. I ask those clients what possessed them to embark on creating their own website. The usual answer is they were encouraged by myriads of program sellers or web hosts who offer easy website design programs. I am not knocking such programs but they make it sound so easy to use most people are tempted to try it. In general they hit a deadened or a complex problem then they seek help but only after a long period of time. One of my clients had so many errors, the links didn’t work properly, and there were black lines and squares in the middle of the page that had a red background. Another client, I counted, had 34 tables in a page not one larger than 400×100 pixels which is the reason he had so much trouble trying to make the page behave, the tables kept moving around on him as he would place content on each one and tables would expand and contract at the same time!

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Generally websites of this type tend to be pretty simple with little excitement with much of the many optimization items missing. Watch what one website developer says.

The reason for someone to begin creating own website is because they have been lead to believe they can and its easy to do. After all the advertisement said anyone could do it!

Well, it isn’t as easy as hooking up the VCR?!

Of course there is the design, colors, buttons, navigation, page transition, maybe a video or sound placement may not be too complex to choose. Making them work in a page flawlessly is another thing. The technical challenges are many and sometimes one has to be persistent and have a dogged attitude but when frustration sets in and problems don’t seem to have solutions, it’s time to call in the experts. I say don’t even start; let the experts do it all. It’s a lot less messy and costly in the long run.

Most who try their hand in this endeavor are business people, start up companies with small budgets who believe they can save some money and when a business is just starting, money can be in short supply so who could blame them for trying? Eventually, as a result of trying to run a business, generating sales, stocking a product line and many other functions that has to be done, the design of the website takes a back seat and most often they can devote little time to it. Then when problems arise, it’s even harder to find motivation to pursue it and make it all work. So I ask you why even start? You’ve got enough to be concerned with starting a business or running it, your market and your competition. Why add to it? I say let the experts do the website and you tend to your business and grow it.

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