Is Being a DIYER Really Saving You Money?

being a DIYERIs being a DIYER (do-it-yourselfer) by building your website really saving your business money?

There are now countless site builders one can use. From Wix, Weebly, GoDaddy’s website builder, Shopify (for e-coomerce) and WordPress for the more advanced – to name a few. And yes, being a DIYER can be a rewarding experience.

In theory, doing so may save you money. But just because you can does not necessarily mean you should.

The fact is, being a DIYER by trying to build your own website may actually be costing your business more. That is, in terms of time and money without the results you may expect. And that’s energies which could best be spent elsewhere – doing what you do best – like running your business!

It May Not be Rocket Science but…

…what you don’t know may hurt you! Yes, there are countless website building tools now available which anyone can give a go with – but you still need to know what you’re doing.

Current estimates are that 89% of customers search the web before making a purchasing decision. So you need high-quality, intelligent content and pictures, images and graphics for your web pages that display your company and its products in the best possible light.

There is a learning curve and some platforms are more customizable than others. Pay attention to the theme you choose and plugin options. You want a design that best highlights your services or products. Make sure it’s clean and easy to navigate on both web and mobile devices.

It needs to be branded with your logo. (You do have a logo don’t you?) You need to know which keywords to target and how they come into play. It needs to be mobile friendly or “responsive” to different digital devices – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Want to be found online? Well you gotta get SEO (search engine optimization) right if you actually want folks to find you online via an organic search. Search visibility takes time. Suffice to say, it does not happen overnight. As for Local Search – it’s HUGE – especially if you are serving local customers. SEO is a biggie in terms of your marketing strategy.

Keeping things fresh with site maintenance, you gotta keep this up too. Like SEO, a website is NOT a one time set-it and forget-it thing. You need to keep your content fresh and updated if you want to remain competitive. A stale website can work against you.

Using WordPress? You need to maintain it. Stay up-to-date with the latest WP version. Very often these include security updates to protect your site. Most importantly, your database needs to be backed-up too! Trust me you CAN LOSE ALL YOUR CONTENT!

Are You Being a Control Freak?

Another aspect of the whole DIY mentality is that some business owners can be control freaks – meaning they feel they need to do everything themselves. Or they feel they are the only one fit for the task at hand. Again, this is likely not very time or cost effective as the burden is too large to bear alone. You will gain much more by relinquishing your controlling nature and trusting a creative professional to work with you as a strategic partner who’s focused to help you grow your business.

Changing Your Mindset from Cost to Investment

In today’s digital landscape, a website is likely the first interaction people may have with your business. Websites are essentially the digital brand ambassadors for your business.
And websites today need to agile, engaging, and highly visible online with the ability to generate leads and sales — ultimately converting visitors into customers.

So before you launch into “our budget does not allow us to hire someone to create a website for us”, perhaps you need to shift your mentality on design services from expenses/costs to investments. A properly created website is a business/marketing tool. It’s not only an investment in your business, but in your customers. And your customers are what count.

DIYER – In Conclusion:

If you have the time, energy and where-with-all to be a DIYER with building your business website – not to mention properly maintaining it too – you have my blessing!

A the quote below from one of my clients sums things up quite nicely…

“i’m glad you do all this stuff, cuz i know it would be difficult — if not impossible — for me. thanks!”


Other Resources:

Beginner’s Guide to Small Business Website Design – a great guide.
Should You Make Your Own Website? A rundown of what you’ll need.

 



eco-conscious graphic designer barbara rogersWritten by Barbara Rogers of Future Primitive Graphics. Helping businesses grow through better design and search visibility solutions. From creating your business identity, designing and maintaining your print/digital assets to the importance of SEO for your website.

Creatively collaborating with those who genuinely want to make the world a better place with their products or services.