Find Web Developers
Find Web Developers

Build A Web Site

The Internet is the future, and a Website is your key to taking advantage of it. A Website not only showcases your products and services to the general public, but more importantly, introduces you to a whole new audience and potential market. So powerful is the Internet that a significant percentage of retail sales in the United States is now generated by e-commerce.

You, too, cash in on the trend by launching your very own Website. Depending on your computer skills and the time and money you are willing to spend, you can either build your Website yourself, or hire a Web developer to build it for you.

Doing it on your own is the best and cheapest option if you are highly computer-literate (or at least adept at learning new kinds of software fast), and if you have a lot of time to devote to your site. You should invest in user-friendly applications like Microsoft FrontPage, which enables you to easily design your site yourself. Not the creative type? Don’t worry – you can purchase pre-designed templates from hundreds of Websites offering them at a minimal cost.

The main benefit of building and maintaining your own Website is convenience and security. You can update your Website anytime at no cost, and also guard classified information that you don’t want others (like an external Web administrator) to see.

Unless you have a firm background in programming, though, you may not be able to build more complex Websites on your own. If you want to add more complicated functionalities such as e-commerce, special programs, or secure pages, you may need to enlist a professional.

Smaller businesses with limited cash to spend on Websites are finding an ally in freelance Web developers, who usually provide professional Website creation and maintenance services at lower-than-industry rates. Some freelancing sites allow ‘buyers’ like you to post a description of a project and then let freelancers bid on it. You can then choose the Web developer you like from among the bidders, and securely pay them when they have completed the work to your satisfaction.

Hiring a Web developer to build your Website is best if you are not computer-savvy and don’t have much time to devote to developing your own Website. This option might be a little pricier than the first, but the expertise and technologies that professionals bring into your Website can end up saving you money in the long run.

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