Why the Kid Next Door May Not Be the Best Choice
When faced with the cost of a new website many business owners will scoff at how much it costs just to get the site running. Personally, I have heard many times the wonderful statement, “Why should I pay you that much when my neighbor’s kid can do the exact same thing for half that?”
The answer is simple, you can have your neighbor’s kid or your brother in-law’s cousin build the site, and they may even do a fine job at it and give you what you need. But what happens when it comes time to do your changes? Will they be able to add what you need? And what if you need something they can’t offer? If you just wanted a simple static website that just displays who you are and what you do then perhaps they are the way to go. However, if you are wanting advanced features like a calendar, photo gallery, flash animations, or even a simple feature like a contact form, that acquaintance of yours may not be able to handle it.
The best saying I can think of in these situations is “You get what you pay for.” If you are fine having your public image that the entire world can see be that of “the neighbor’s kid” then that’s something that you will have to deal with. Having a professional web page developer go through and make the web site that you not only need, but the one that you deserve.
I myself was, for quite a few years, the “kid next door” and I was totally self taught. It wasn’t until I went to college for Visual Communication that I realized how inadequate the pages I made really were. At the time I thought they were the best pages in the world, ones that would rival any other broach of the topic I was writing on, and due to no competition in my pages, I was. However, once I got into school and began to learn not only how to code a web page, but also how to design one, to make it have a life and a continuity that my viewers could see and work with in a way that was simple for them.
As I said before though, the kid next door may be the choice you want to go with, but when it comes time to do your updates or when you decide you want to have people use a contact form to reach you, it is time to start looking out to find a professional web page designer.