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Do I Really Need A Web Developer?

With all the "Do-It-Yourself" website options available today, you might wonder if it is worth it, or even necessary, to hire a professional developer for your project.

The simple answer is That depends.

With choices such as SquareSpace, WordPress, Drupal, Wix and others, you easily can create — and manage — a basic site without too much effort and not a lot of money up front (although there are likely to be recurring costs).

The scope and size of your project will usually determine if you would benefit from working with a web developer, a web designer or a DIY source such as those listed above.

One variable is how technically-savvy you are, or want to be.

If you have neither the time nor inclination to learn even the basics of HTML/CSS you probably will be better off spending a monthly fee for a well-designed Content Management System that isolates you from the design and coding obligations. Wordpress and other similar solutions offer many well-designed site templates ready to serve a multitude of personal, small business and artistic requirements.

If you have specific design or site-flow requirements it is worth consulting a Web Designer/Web Developer, who, for either a flat fee or hourly charge can design, code and update your site as needed.

Many developers and Web development enterprises, large and small, provide both Front-end development as well as Back-end development. While uncomplicated sites may need only simple design and HTML/CSS services, more complex database-driven e-commerce sites will require the services of a Back-end developer well-versed in SQL, Ruby and/or other advanced software applications. Developers in all of these categories can be found as freelancers ar as part of full-time Web development businesses.

The following list may help you decide which option is best for your project:
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a.   i have chosen a diy template or i can design my own front-end but i don't know nor do i want to learn html/css.
        A freelance Front-end Developer may work well for you.
        — Less expensive than a Web or Full-stack Developer;
        — Good for one-off or simple sites;
        — Can often be found locally;
        — Can perform maintenance and updates.
b.   i have no design or coding experience but need a basic site.
        A freelance developer or small Web development firm will be able to design, code and maintain a basic site.
        — Might cost more to have a designer/developer start from scratch but you can always propose the candidate work with a template of your choice;
        — Good for one-off or simple sites;
        — Can often be found locally;
        — Can perform maintenance and updates.
c.   my business is taking off or i need to revamp my site or i need to add e-commerce features.
        A freelance developer or small Web development firm will be able to design, code and maintain a basic site.
        — Might cost more to have a designer/developer start from scratch but you can always propose the candidate work with a template of your choice;
        — Good for one-off or simple sites;
        — Can often be found locally;
        — Can perform maintenance and updates.

Within this rather broad continuum of needs and solutions are many variables. Discuss your project with a variety of development sources to find the fit and price level that works best for you.


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