If you're getting into website design, there are some great tools out there to do it yourself, but also some clear benefits of hiring someone to do the work for you. In this article, we'll go over some of the best do-it-yourself platforms and tools, as well as advice on choosing a partner to build a website for you.

If you have never built a website before, a great place to start is with Squarespace. This is one of the most popular do-it-yourself website builders, and someone with no prior knowledge of design or coding can have a professional-looking site built quickly. Squarespace uses a themed approach, meaning you choose a basic pre-built template, and then add the necessary content such as images and content. This means you can get a website live quickly, and if you're a small business or looking to build a personal site, this is a great option.

If you're looking for more options to customize your website, WordPress is probably your best option. Similar to Squarespace, there are thousands of themes available. Because there are so many WordPress users, there's a plugin or theme for almost every type of business or need. From contact forms to events, if you need a specific feature, someone else has probably already had the same issues and built a solution. The only drawback of WordPress is that it isn't quite as easy to use out of the box. There's a slight learning curve. But then, it's nothing too substantial if you use a good theme and a top page builder. If you would like some additional flexibility though, this is where WordPress shines - with some developing knowledge, you can make your WordPress do almost anything you want. From custom animations to exciting features, the sky's the limit.

To make WordPress work for you though, you need this designer and developer knowledge from an agency like Bing Digital. When you step away from the template and theme model, you may want to start looking at options that involve a level of outsourcing. By selecting a dedicated web design and development agency, you can get all the features you need, done correctly. For example, if you're looking for a new e-commerce store for a large national company, you'll need something more sophisticated. Magento would be an ideal option here, as it has fantastic support for many customers buying your items from different countries, and has support for your back end product management system built in. But to properly set this up, a dedicated Magento developer would be needed.

When deciding between a DIY model and an outsourced model, we recommend that you think carefully about your needs and what you're willing to spend to get the best possible solution. For a simple site, Squarespace or another similar option would be perfect. For a complex multilingual e-commerce site, find a specialist with a proven track record.

Published by Joseph Nicholls