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Hire a Web Developer or Do it Yourself?

Pros and cons of hiring a web developer vs building a (WordPress) site yourself.

Hiring a web developer vs building a (WordPress) site yourself
Hiring a Web Developer Do it Yourself
Budget needed:
$500-$3000 for a basic site + $70 / year for domain and hosting.
Budget needed:
$70 / year for the domain and hosting + (optionally) $40 for a premium WordPress theme.
No WordPress experience is needed. A basic understanding of how WordPress works is required.
The website can be built on a completely custom design. The website is built on a ready-made WordPress theme.
Additional functionality can be custom-made. Additional functionality is provided by WordPress plugins.
The developer can register a domain name and buy hosting for you. You will need to register a domain name and buy web hosting on your own.
You can have any type of website built. Usually good for building basic websites.
It requires less time on your part. It requires a lot of time on your part.

1. Do You Have the Budget?

The no.1 problem with web developers is that they tend to be expensive.

Even though the market averages are very broad, we can safely estimate that hiring a developer can set you back anything from $500 to even $5,000 for a basic website.

This is just how the market works. We’re talking about people who do this professionally … hence they need to make a living, hence they have kids to feed, hence they have bills to pay, etc.

So the first question to ask yourself is, do you have at least $500-$1000 or more to spend on your website?

If so, you can consider hiring a web developer. If not … well, you have your answer – you’re building the thing yourself.

Note: If you decided to try and build a website on your own but don’t know where to start – don’t worry! We have a really cool step-by-step guide on how to build a website that will help you go through the process.

2. Do You Know WordPress?

Now, we’re not talking about some advanced, obtained-over-the-years knowledge here.

All you need at this point is a basic understanding of how to work with WordPress – publish posts, pages, install plugins, install themes.

If that’s either a “yes” right away or you’re willing to learn as you go along, building a WordPress website yourself should be within your grasp.

If you can’t be bothered or simply don’t have the time to invest in obtaining knowledge like that then sorry! Even though WordPress is relatively easy to master, it’s not walk-in-with-no-preparation easy. You’re going to need a developer’s help.

 

Further reading:

  • How to Customize WordPress – Learn how to customize your default WordPress site and make it your own by adding custom fonts, plugins, widgets, and more.

3. Do You Want to Use a WordPress Theme or Get a Completely Custom Design Made?

There are more than 9000 flexible themes available in the official directory and probably 2-5x that in the premium market.

With all that abundance, finding a theme that’s 99% perfect for your needs isn’t hard … time-consuming – yes, but hard – no!

Obviously, you won’t need a developer to help you look for themes. You can do that yourself. Some common places to check out, for example:

However, if you need something entirely custom, then making such a thing yourself is really difficult. What we’re talking about here is basically building a completely new WordPress theme/design from scratch. If you want to do that, you need professional help.

In a nutshell – if you’ve found a theme you like and you want to use it on your website, you can set things up on your own. No developer is needed.

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