Some thoughts on building your own website (as a non-developer)

Recently I watched a video by a guy who was venting his frustration because he was experiencing a problem with a plugin on his WordPress website. It peaked my interest because the he reminded me that sometimes we forget how difficult it can be for others to do what, after years of experience, we website developers find relatively easy.

The problem is that WordPress is marketed as a simple solution and people expect to be able to do anything without having any knowledge of how it works. Building a WordPress website can be tough. Nothing in web development is easy. Let’s face it… nothing to do with computers is “easy” for the most part.

That’s why there is an army of professional designers and developers who make a living out of building websites for people who don’t have the time or skill to do it themselves.

I know nothing about mechanics and I could service my car with a lot of time and cursing but I just take it to the garage for the guy to do in a couple of hours. Same principle with websites.

The reason WordPress professionals get paid for building websites, using a free platform and relatively cheap plugins, is experience. Just because it’s free or cheap doesn’t mean it’s simple and all just slots together. This is where knowledge and experience comes in.

If I purchase a subscription to, say, a project management system, or an accounting system, it’s on me to learn how to use it. It’s my responsibility to read the documentation and go through the learning curve (or, hire someone to do it for me if I don’t want to take the time to learn it myself).

WordPress is a great platform, and it is a professional grade application. Personally, I love the challenge when I have an issue, and find it exciting to learn new coding techniques to achieve what my clients need.

It is possible for someone who’s not a web developer to build their own WordPress website, of course. But it’s not the right choice for everyone. Co-ordinating web hosting configurations, databases, domain name servers, content management systems, themes, plugins and software updates can be pretty daunting and time consuming.

By all means, give Wix, Weebly, Squarespace and even WordPress a go if you’d like to do it yourself. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, if you’d prefer to hand over the job to someone who has years of experience and enjoys the challenge of figuring out how to build websites and have them do clever things please get in touch. I’m that person and you’re who I can help.


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