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.