The question comes up often, and it’s a valid one: “Should I build my own website?”

Maybe you just want a simple website with very basic features. A DIY site builder like Wix or Squarespace might do the trick, though the end product with DIY services like these tends to have an amateurish look and feel that comes across to the viewer. But that said, sometimes it is the most economical way to go and it’s better to have something up there than nothing at all. But if you need something special, and want it to look really great, the time you spend learning to build that site and making it work the way you want it to will take you away from what you get paid to do.

Do your business a favor, focus on your what you do best and let a web design company build your custom website for you.

What to look for in a web design company

So you’ve decided that what you want in a website is beyond your skills, interest or available time. Here are a few key things to look for in a web designer:

Who have they worked with? Look at the sites they’ve built and see what you think.

Where are they located? Meeting face-to-face is the quickest way to tell how professional they are.

How much will the website you want cost to build?

Will the web designer update your site regularly for a fee — or will you be able to make updates yourself?

Does the web design company subcontract or handle the work — writing, graphic design, coding — in-house?

Do they understand your business? Have they built websites for similar businesses?

Where can they help your business beyond web design? For example, do they handle social media or SEO?

Responsive Design for MobileWill they design a mobile-responsive website? In other words, will your website work on a smartphone or tablet as well as it does on a desktop computer?

Do what you do best

When you own your own business, every minute counts. Time really is money as the saying goes so do what you do best and let pros like Voco Design, do what we do best.

Just because you can build your own website doesn’t mean you should.