Do You Need a Web Developer to Build Your Website?

The short answer is “No, you do not need a web developer to build a website for you.”

However there are other points to take into consideration. Do you have the expertise or are you willing to learn how to build a website? Will your budget run to hiring a web developer? Building your own website is not too difficult and could save you money so I would suggest you first explore the possibility of doing the job yourself.

What is Involved in Building Your Website?

  • First you must decide what to name your site. Go to a website registrar such as Godaddy.com which is an online company where you buy a domain name. There you will find out if your chosen name is available. If it has already been taken you have to find an alternative title; often it will require a small change only, perhaps substituting a number for a word, eg.’4′ in place of ‘for’. Once the title is decided you buy a domain name which will cost about $10 for a.com name.
  • Next comes hosting for your domain. A Host company connects your computer to the World Wide Web and you will upload your files to the host company where they will be published. All domains require hosting and this can also be purchased at Godaddy.com, but more often a separate host site is selected. The cost this time will be between $10 and $20. There are good hosting sites which charge slightly less than $10 or if you belong to a good membership site they may provide free hosting. This is a good option because you are in effect receiving a $10 discount on the monthly membership fee. If you choose a separate host from the domain registrar, then the Name Servers will need to be changed. Name servers are just the links between the Registrar and the Host.
  • Now you need a Web Page Editor. This is a piece of software which converts your text to computer language in order to create web pages. This you can download from the internet. Some are expensive and some are free. A good free editor is Kompozer which does an excellent job.
  • Having constructed your web page on the web page editor it is then uploaded to the Host and published on the internet. The page or pages require formatting and the colour scheme and illustrations to be developed to make the site appear attractive to visitors. Don’t forget to make the site easy to navigate around or your visitors will become frustrated and leave.

Building your website is not too difficult if you are willing to learn new skills and have the determination to see the job through. A useful option is to use web templates. These are the fully developed framework of a website which you can customize to suit your needs. They are quite suitable for simple or even not so simple sites.

Professional Web Development Can Create a Memorable Experience For Visitors

Your Web site provides online consumers with a valuable service. A successful online presence will clearly and accurately showcase a company’s products or services to curious visitors. Make every effort to provide content that is both enjoyable and memorable. In short, your Web site should provide online visitors with a pleasant “experience”. Your design, content and marketing should be about creating a positive and noteworthy experience.

Products are made; services are delivered. Products are used; services are experienced.” – Harry Beckwith, Author

In downtown Toronto there is a legendary bagel shop, affectionately known to a few, as “The Dirty Bagel”. This title clearly distinguished it from a similar uptown restaurant named “The Bagel” which, “back in the day”, served similar meals to upper middle class women when they were not taking their children to the doctor, dentist or hockey practice.

As I recall, the downtown version was old, grimy, and well worn; while the uptown version was new, nicely lit, and… cleaner. The waitresses in the new restaurant were middle-aged, chewed gum, had pencils stuck behind their ears and called everyone “Hon.” The waitresses in the downtown version were old, spoke with thick European accents, and were “just plain nasty”. If you asked for an extra pad of butter or more cream for your coffee, instead of getting a “Sure thing Hon” you would most likely hear something like, “Sophia, listen to Mr. Big Shot over here, he wants more butter. Hope he knows a good heart doctor…” and as she turned to leave, you would likely hear some Yiddish profanity spoken under her breath.

Why would rich, privileged citizens who owned their own businesses, wore expensive silk suits, and drove Lincoln Continentals, put-up with a group of nasty old ladies who tossed plates on the table like curling stones and treated them like inmates? It was for the “experience”. That is what kept them coming back time and again.

The loyal patron businessmen who attended “The Dirty Bagel” were old school, not an MBA in the lot. They survived the Depression and built successful businesses with little or no formal business education; profiting in conditions that were both hostile and perverse. No matter how successful they had become, they always remembered their beginnings and what was really important to them. These men were characters who built businesses by force of personality and shrewd decision-making. “The Dirty Bagel” offered them an experience that kept them grounded and reminded them of the winding road to success.

That is the power of an “experience” (and a quick lesson in humility).

How does this relate to your Corporate Web Development?

Consider this. Too many web sites are sterile, functionally redundant, generally impersonal and often lack any kind of meaningful experience for the online visitor. Business owners who spend an unproductive amount of time concerning themselves with driving consumer traffic to their Web site, often discount what happens when shoppers arrive.

If your Web site provides it’s online audience with a unique experience, this is something your competition cannot steal from you. On the other hand, if all you provide your visitors is a commodity; eventually somebody else will produce that commodity cheaper and faster. If this is the case, you will very likely find yourself eating at your own version of “The Dirty Bagel”; not because you want to remind yourself of where you came from, but rather where you’re going.

Hire Dedicated Web Developers and Software Programmers

You might have come across the word “dedicated” quite often in offshore software development. As per the dictionary, dedicated means “devoted to a cause, ideal or purpose”. In offshore outsourcing, the word dedicated defines a lot. The culture, education and interest differ from country to country. This leads to a wide variation in human beings in terms of knowledge, intelligence, experience, problem solving, creativity, quality control, time management, cost-effectiveness and best product delivery across borders.

With the emergence of globalization, business people find it easy to access the right man power. The internet and mobile usage has made a dramatic revolution in communication. News are spread at a much faster rate than ever before. The science and technology of modern trend thinks beyond limit. Multinational companies have increased in number. Business people are always in focus of quality, time and money. Local workers sometime may not fulfill their needs. So they seek for offshore companies.

Research has shown that long-term relationship between the offshore and onshore companies have made remarkable success in offshore software development. Twenty years back, people realized a lot of risks and difficulties involved in offshore outsourcing. Today software development at offshore countries is no longer a tedious process.

Today though outsourcing companies expect many virtues from an offshore consulting, they give utmost importance for dedication. They believe that dedicated programmers and web developers are able to accomplish the project successfully. If you show 100% commitment, learn continuously, response quickly, communicate clearly and deliver the project within their time-frame and budget, then you’re dedicated.