Is it possible to build your own website? YES!
Can it be fun, challenging and rewarding? Absolutely.
However, it does take some time. If you have the time and creativity to put in, building your own site on a chosen platform can save money and familiarize you with the process, which helps you keep it updated with relevant content.
When to NOT DIY
If any of these apply to you, however, it's probably best to work with professional web designers to get your website off the ground.
"I don't have the time."
Research, setting up web hosting accounts, conceptualizing design, taking photos and writing content all take time. Most people are certainly capable of doing all these things, but some of us simply don't have the time to put in. Look at your schedule and see WHEN you'll actually do this, before planning the project.
"I hate writing!"
Your website needs lots of content, so you or someone on your team will need to be able to write effectively about your organization. Candyweb, and other web designers are experienced in helping clients say what needs to be said about their business in a professional, attractive way.
"Computers don't like me."
Building a website should be a pleasant experience. Yes, there are situations that can try the patience of the best of us. But if you find yourself getting frustrated with your smartphone and your online bank account, you probably don't really want to spend hours and hours trying to configure domain names and content management systems. Life is too short. Hire some help.
If you're still thinking about DIY, but we've touched a nerve here, there is another option. You can still build a DIY website, and simply get some help for the weak areas. Just like you might build your own house, but hire someone to wire it, you can hire web developers, writers or graphic designers to fill in the gaps.
At Candyweb, we love working with DIY business owners. One of our specialties is content writing and editing. If you get some thoughts down, we can help edit your content to make sure that the grammar and punctuation are correct, and it is written in a way that is easy to read and makes sense.
Best of wishes as you build your website!