Should you build your own website?

Business Tips, Website Design

Why you should not build your own website

Whether you are a business, a school, a charity or some other type of organisation, you will need a website. Companies use websites to help them sell their products; schools need a website to help inform pupils, and charities need a website to help attract supporters. The growing trend towards a digital focus was already well on its way before the pandemic. Following this, even the few stragglers who previously did not prioritise their online presence have changed their approach. The need to have a website is undeniable, but what is the best way to create one?

There are countless different website builders. Some of these are “drag and drop” web builder platforms where you drop elements on a web page yourself, and there are also different pre-made themes that you can customise. You can often pay to use these and start straight away with them. Still, there are some considerations to think through before you start building your own website and why this may not be the right course for your business. There are many reasons why creating your website yourself is detrimental, especially if you don’t fully understand all of the complexities of the task. This article uncovers why you should not build your website and why using a web designer from the start is the best way forward.

Building a website yourself costs you time

Website design and development is a specialist subject. It takes years to learn the knowledge and skills required to create the coding that makes a website function and perform well. Web design is a highly technical discipline. It is not something you can do yourself straight away with no experience and expect to come out with good results. You can imagine this being similar to a tradesperson, such as a plumber. It is likely that if you just had a go at fixing your household pipes without any prior experience, then the results would be poor. Often people attempt to do these complex tasks themselves. When the job goes wrong, or the final result is underwhelming, people then call a professional to come and put it right. Well, this is similar to website design; many people attempt to build their own site, pay a self-build website platform like Wix, spend a significant amount of time in the process, realise the results are not as good as they hoped for and then finally call a professional to build the site, who will have to start from scratch. In most cases, it soon becomes clear that it would have been better to engage a professional website designer straight away, saving both time and money wasted in pursuing the self-build route.

What happens when things go wrong with your self-built website? 

Websites are incredibly technical and involve many aspects, from content, coding, hosting to domains. You may build yourself a website and have all of these elements sorted, but what if something goes wrong? Website hacking is sadly a common threat. There are many different ways a hacker can target your site for various reasons. But let’s consider that something more benign goes wrong and your website goes down, but you don’t have the skills or experience required to fix this. Then what happens? Using a website designer means that if things go wrong with your site, you have someone with the knowledge to put it right. If you build your site yourself, you don’t have the luxury of calling someone to correct any issues when things inevitably go wrong. Being aware of this is essential as things going wrong with your site can range from different features not working correctly on a page to a malicious hack. You could even lose your entire website and all of its content in most severe cases. In this case, if you don’t know how to put this right, then all of your efforts and time could be irretrievably lost.

How will you get people to find your site? 

Let’s suppose you build a site yourself using a basic drag and drop website builder. Building a website is one thing, but how do you get people to visit it when it goes live? All the time and effort you put into your new website will be no good if nobody knows it exists or sees it. One of the most successful ways to get a steady stream of new people to your website is with SEO, which is search engine optimisation. This process is where you design, build and then adapt your website to be optimised to rank above your competitors and other content on search engines such as Google. If you don’t know how to do this, you risk a situation where you build a site that does not meet SEO best practice techniques and end up with a finished result that will rank poorly on search engines. SEO is a separate discipline to website design, but a website designer will make sure that your site is built using techniques that help your ranking, building websites in a way that Google likes and advising you on the best way forward for your SEO strategy. Website designers also develop your site to include different SEO plugins, which help you understand more about SEO and how well your site is performing.

By using a web designer, your site will be unique

Designing a website yourself using drag and drop platforms or pre-created themes limit the full range of what you can achieve. This is because they are designed either to be generic or, with pre-made themes, intended for a different business altogether. You could be a barber with pre-made themes using what is initially a dentist’s website theme. A website designer will ensure that your site is entirely bespoke and unique to you; they will not use a copy of any other company’s website. This means that a website designer can customise your website based on precisely what you need it for. They can achieve pretty much anything that you want for your website. For example, if your business wants to expand into e-commerce, that is no problem. If you want downloadable content on your site – that is fine too. If you want a website made of mostly videos – that is also easily achievable for a website designer.

By using a self-build website platform, you are limiting what you can achieve. This pathway often leaves you with a website that just does not meet your organisation’s unique and constantly changing needs. Engaging a website designer for your project will enable your site to not only meet your initial requirements, but to grow with you as your organisation changes, giving the flexibility and functionality that designing a website yourself using a pre-made theme or drag and drop website builder cannot provide.

Looking for a website designer? Then let’s talk about what you require

The end result of using a website designer will leave you with a site that you will be proud of, one that can stand up to your competitors and get the attention of your customers. Appointing a professional website designer at the start of your project will save you the time required to build the site. You will also have someone there to help fix things when they go wrong, and you will end up with a finished result that is more SEO friendly and meets your unique needs and expectations.

If you are looking at options for your website plans, get in touch with DCX Design to chat about what you need, you can contact us at: info@dcxdesign.co.uk for more information.

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matt frost
matt frost
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Finding DCX has been great for us. Dan has worked miracles to get our new website up and running so quickly. Making any alterations when asked and going above and beyond to ensure we are happy with the final product. I have no doubt Dan's after sales will be a valuable service to us going forward.
Tony Durell
Tony Durell
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We've worked with Dan loads and he's done some amazing projects for us and a large number of our clients. Love his work!
Kerry Larkin
Kerry Larkin
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Thanks Dan for designing our website. It’s exactly what we wanted. After researching various companies, I chose you on the impression you gave me during our first few chats. You showed great knowledge and enthusiasm to give us exactly what we wanted without charging us for something we didn’t need (as told by our then provider). You’ve been brill from start to finish helping us migrate from our existing provider over to you and even helped to sort our emails out so we could keep the same address. You answered my many calls and always responded to my questions or asks promptly - like any professional should. Thanks again and I will be recommending you and your services. 5*
liam begg
liam begg
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Dan provided me with a new website and can't fault his work what so ever very professional and quick to get back with answers highly recommended 👌
Helen Oakenfold
Helen Oakenfold
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Dan has been fantastic from start to finish. I’m a complete novice when it comes to websites, but Dan took me through step by step. His knowledge and insight into web design is second to non. I’m am over the moon with the design and I have had so many compliments and positive feedback. Thank you so much.
Thomas Thirlwell
Thomas Thirlwell
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Dan has just launched my website for Thirlwell & Co Accountants and I cant be happier with the result, i'm not surprised at all after seeing his portfolio of work it was an easy decision to appoint DCX Design.
Jennie Jones
Jennie Jones
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Daniel hit the brief spot on with a really modern, easy to follow website design, love it! Thank you
Chris Poray
Chris Poray
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Dan was a pleasure to work with, bringing our new website and rebrand to life, waveL communications! He was able to guide us through all the questions we had, breaking down complex programming jargon into easy-to-understand steps for non-tech specialists. I would thoroughly recommend Dan to anyone who is looking to transform their B2B WordPress site into an exciting, dynamic and impressive experience, one week on and we're already having good reactions and conversations with prospective clients. Looking forward to working with you the next time!
Sarah Tinsley
Sarah Tinsley
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Wonderful design, incredibly flexible and friendly service. From outlines to colour schemes, I've been involved in the whole process and really feel that the final design fits with my specifications. Communication has been prompt and efficient, with frequent opportunities to talk through ideas. I couldn't recommend this web design service more.
Amanda Fielding
Amanda Fielding
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Thank you Dan for doing such a great job on my website. You stepped in to help me when I had an issue with my previous provider, you updated my website after having to recreate it from the platform it was on previously. You completed this work to a very high standard and ahead of the schedule you set out which I really appreciated. I found working with you very easy and I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone who is looking to either have a new website or revamp a current one. Thank you again for the great service you provided.
Shane McGowan
Shane McGowan
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We had DCX Design create and host a new website for our business. Really impressed with the look, design and functionality of the site. Daniel showed great understanding of our requirements and along with his own innovative thinking created a site which we believe represents our product offer and business image very well.Would highly recommend DCX
Jane Mattthews
Jane Mattthews
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Dan is amazing! He is incredible! He has turned my ideas into reality. We love the website. He has over delivered! Always on hand throughout the process to keep you up to date, he is with you all the way through the journey. I felt completely at ease throughout the process. I highly recommend Dan if you are looking for a website, he is the man!
Ben Howarth
Ben Howarth
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Great experience working to set up this website very professional and efficient process from start to finish
Headway Thames Valley
Headway Thames Valley
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Dan at DCX Design has been an absolute pleasure to work with. As a small charity providing services for people who have suffered a brain injury, it was vital our website was clean and easy to navigate. Dan delivered exactly what we were after with no fuss. We will continue working together in the future.
Jonathan Hedge
Jonathan Hedge
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Dan at DCX Design redesigned our website & throughout the process was fantastic to deal with and was open to what we were looking for within our website. Excellent support offered throughout & I look forward to continuing to develop the site with him. Fantastic service & would highly recommend Dan & DCX Design
Cain Green
Cain Green
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We appointed DCX design to produce our group websites and from the initial enquiry we found their service was provided in a prompt and professional manner. The design ideas for our websites were some we have not seen before which helps our websites stand out from the rest providing good search engine optimisation. We were impressed by the way DCX Design integrated the use of social media and reviews into our websites. We would not hesitate to recommend them and we look forward to further instructions in the future.
Jason Dalton
Jason Dalton
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Dan from DCX Design has been a pleasure to deal with to rebuild our website. We wanted a website exactly like our existing one, with some updated colours and logos, for our rebrand, and we got this and more.Dan has been proactive in suggesting improvements and ways to present things a little better. More than what we expected - he likes to go the extra mile.When providing our service, Dan has been efficient by completing tasks quickly and before any deadlines agreed. At the same time there has been concise and clear communications, so I have always felt up to date.Because we have been so impressed, we have also signed-up to a hosting and maintenance service. A couple of amendments have been requested and dealt with very quickly already - the excellent service of our website build continues under the maintenance service too!When we look to redesign our website in the future, we will definitely want to work with Dan and DCX Design - we would highly recommend them as a high quality service provider.
Kerry Longley
Kerry Longley
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Dan recently updated our website and did a brilliant job. He took the brief, ran with it and the finished job is exactly what we were looking for. Than you Dan!
Rob Poray
Rob Poray
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Dan is an amazing digital designer. Feel very lucky to have found him.He’s open to ideas. Very responsive and helpful. Makes each project a breeze. Looking forward to collaborating on many more websites together.Rob PorayStimulus Creative
Melissa Hall
Melissa Hall
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Great commumication from Dan, websites designed very quickly and in a great way. Dan listens to what you want and is understanding if you don't have the content on hand immediately he is willing to add as and when suits the client.Highly recommend DCX for all your website needs.
Amanda Randle
Amanda Randle
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Great experience to work with DCX Design; he came recommended to us and was very keen to make sure we got our site where we wanted it to be. He has made it really user friendly for customers and for us to maintain the content. The whole process was done by phone and email - covid times were prevailing but this didn't stop us getting the results! Daniel was a pleasure to work with despite not meeting in person!
David Blott
David Blott
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Did a fantastic job for our Interlock Adhesives website! Would 100% use again!
Liz Champion
Liz Champion
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From my first conversation with Dan, I knew my website was in expert hands. He has transformed the website. It looks amazing and I’m absolutely delighted with it.Dan has been fantastic to work with. He’s friendly, professional, and always quick to respond.If you are looking for a web designer, I definitely recommend DCX Design.
Andrew Askwith
Andrew Askwith
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This was the first time that i had been required to look into web design. Dan made the process simple, easy and conducted himself in a very professional manner. I would highly recommend
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