I caught up with Danielle from Black Nova Designs to find out more about creating a professional website.
“Historically, for businesses in need of a new professional website, it can feel like there are only two basic options available:
Get a budget website on a short turnaround by using one of the DIY website builders like Squarespace, Wix or Weebly, and settle for generic, pre-fabricated templates and limited functionality.
Hire an agency to design and build a custom website that meets your specific needs. Complete with a higher price tag and longer development timeline.
For many people, the idea of the low-cost, quick-build website found in Option A is very enticing on paper. Why hire a professional website developer when you can create your own for next to nothing?
These ready-to-go websites are perfectly okay as a short-term solution. If all you need is a homepage, about page, contact page and maybe a blog
Over time, however, these sites fail to live up to the needs of growing businesses. The shortcomings are many, but here are a few of the big ones:
YOU’LL HAVE LIMITED DESIGN FEATURES.
What you’re getting in convenience, you’re giving up in flexibility with your design. For example, you can edit basic elements like color and font. But more substantial updates like changing page layouts end up being cumbersome, time-consuming tasks.
YOU’RE USING THE SAME TEMPLATES AS EVERYONE AND THEIR GRANDMA.
When you’re using the same, generic out-of-the-box templates as all of these people, you’ll have a much harder time standing out.
YOU’RE STUCK WITH LIMITED TECHNICAL FUNCTIONALITY. WHEN YOU USE A DIY BUILDER, YOU ONLY HAVE SO MANY TOOLS AND ADD-ONS TO CHOOSE FROM.
Put simply, for growing businesses that need to use their website as an effective sales and marketing tool that will generate ROI, these website builders don’t fit the bill.
THERE IS AN OPTION C – WORDPRESS.
It is the middle ground, a professional can build a WordPress site for you but so can you! Buy one of our hosting plans, install WordPress with the BND One click installer and away you go.
And Option C is where we come in – you can purchase Bespoke WordPress hosting for as little as £34 per year, buy or install your own theme, install some plug ins that we recommend and away you go.
We host lots of sites that clients have, with no experience built and not maintain themselves, here are just a few small examples –
The above range from ecommerce sites to blogger sites. All based on our WordPress hosting but all maintained, built and put together by the amazing clients themselves.
How amazing is that? Let’s be honest WordPress is the most popular, well known CMS platform available. Done correctly all sites look and function in different ways, yet easy to edit in the dashboard.
There are many benefits of using us as designers but let’s not take away any glory from the amazing clients above, And all the others that have bought hosting and created their own master pieces.
If you are looking to create your own website and don’t know where to start, have a look at contacting us, we can set you up within moments with a WordPress log in for you to start creating your new blog or company website.
With full admin access to Cpanel, WordPress plug ins with no adverts and around the clock support from our team, what are you waiting for?”
Have a look at the Black Nova Designs website.