While many people think that web design is simple and straight-forward – it’s not a skill that can be mastered in one day. The thrills of designing your own website are few and far between. At face value, a DIY job can save you money, but putting in the time and effort to learn the tricks of the trade can be tedious and expensive.

Contracting a professional to design your website can cost anywhere from R3,000 – R30,000, depending on the size, complexity and the amount of work that needs to be done on your website.

While some people prefer to outsource web design, others have successfully created their own, unique websites from scratch. The decision boils down to whether you have the time and resources to get the job done properly.

If you only want a static five page website and you have time to play around with free website builders, it might be worth a shot. If, however, you are planning to market your website to attract new customers and stay in touch with clients, it would be wise to invest in professional web design.

Things to consider:

  • Do you want to learn new skills? If web design is something you have always been interested in, the best place to start is your own website. There are many short courses that will give you a basic understanding of HTML and picture editing. In the long run, it would also be helpful if you knew how to make changes to your website yourself.
  • What are your deadlines? If you want a website up and running within a few weeks, you might have to contract a professional. You will still have total control of the look and feel, but you won’t have to create everything from scratch. Learning how to build your own website could take a considerable amount of time – decide on the launch date of your website so you don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure.
  • What’s your budget? If you can’t afford a web designer, then learning some basic web design skills might be your only option. While building your own website will be cheaper, it might be money wasted if a professional web designer has to re-do the site for you in the future.