Web development isn’t as tricky as it used to be, but i’ll argue there is a fair bit of skill involved in developing a site for business. True, it can take a relatively in experienced person to put together a website in a few minutes! That’s right — minutes. For those of you who don’t know, there is a web-based website building tool that is the premier method for building basic websites — WordPress.
WordPress quite literally provides users with a push-button start website that can be implemented by novices. The packages includes thousands upon thousands of website themes… so you can be sure that you’ll have an original looking design. Also included are cleaver applications called plugins. Plugins provide users with a quick and easy way to incorporate various functionality into their website. For example, one could easily download and install a plugin that creates a contact form… like the one on this website, which you can use to contact us. Other plugins can perform various behind the scenes functions, such as search engine optimization, website speed optimization and much much more.
WordPress also includes advanced editing functionality for those who understand Web development and code such as HTML and PHP. Users who have enough proficiency, can further customize their themes. Even professional web developers often use WordPress as a base for their projects, such is its versatility.
Many business owners don’t have the time to create their own websites from scratch. Opting to use professionals, businesses often require a certain level of functionality, which can differ from business to business. This is where WordPress may fall short, requiring the skills of a professional to create a fully tailor-made Web solution. The downside is that a professional web developer will be an order of magnitude more expensive then trying to set up a WordPress website on one’s self. However, the benefits may out way the cons for businesses that are unique in nature and or want their websites to perform a particular function.
The only challenge with having a website made by someone else is, much like finding a contractor for any other service, very hard to achieve. We advise that you take great care when selecting a web developer as results may differ based on their skill and experience. Developers also need to have a creative way of working, as with most design work, the quality is in the subjective component of the development cycle.
Be sure to research a developers credentials before agreeing to work with them. Ask to see a portfolio of work and try to contact some of their previous customers to ask about their experience. Ask your developer for some conceptual designs and take note of how well they’ve stuck to your brief. Never agree to pay the entire fee up front as this can leave you with an unfinished project and out of pocket. Finally, if/when you find a good web developer, be sure to keep hold of their contact details as you’ll never know when you’ll need them.