To DIY or not to DIY...That is one of several questions.
DIY Sprocket Solutions
This article has been updated on 11/27/2019 with the article entitled “Are You a New, Small Biz? Start with a Do-It-Yourself Website.”The wonderful world of websites is a lot of things, ‘impossible’ is not one of them. So, you’re in the market for a website and you’re not sure what route to take? Well, that’s no cause for panic. A totally personalized from the ground up, fits like you wish your favorite jeans would fit, brimming with all the bells and whistles kind of site might be what you’re dreaming of, but not necessarily what your dusty wallet can need to run. You can DIY. I repeat, you can DIY.
The good news? When I say, “Do it yourself.” I don’t mean totally on your own. On the contrary, I’ve raked up a bit of advice for you. For those as technologically challenged as myself, you’ll also be delighted to hear that for falling into a ‘DIY’ category, there isn’t actually much that you have to do. I’m talking pre made, pre designed, pre laid out websites. You can tweak them a bit as needed to fit your taste, needs, and goals. But, these puppies are basically ready to go. And, drum roll please, they are beyond affordable. I know, I know –I can see you cynics out there right through my computer screen. The cries of, “too good to be true!” are shaking my keyboard. Sorry to disappoint, but it is true. Are custom built websites an amazing (and sometimes very necessary) investment? YES! But, if you don’t have the money for that right now or if you want to start small and get your feet wet a bit –I highly recommend the DIY route. You can always switch over to a custom built site in the future once you find out exactly which bells and whistles you’re looking for.
Not to toot our own horn, but Sprocket Websites here handles both custom designed sites and DIY website builders that start for less than five dollars a month. You can find a few of those products here and here. So, all that’s left is a couple of questions you need to ask yourself about your needs and resources:
· What do you need your website to do for you?
· What kind of “extra’s” have you seen, that you’d like included in your site?
· What is your budget for a website and what can that budget get you?
· Do you want the work done for you or are you able to get in the trenches a bit?
· Are there things that you don’t know now about posting online and managing a site that you think you could learn?
· Have you seen any other sites that you really liked, what about that site drew you to it?
· When can you start?
I don’t want you guys to be scared away by the ‘DIY’ title! Don’t forget that I’m right there with you trudging through the great unknown of technology. Have any of you out there in the cyber world had to make this decision for your business? I want to hear from you! What route did you decide to take and how’d it work out for you?