Do I hire a web designer or do it myself with Wix?

During and after the lockdown, we have had multiple requests from people who were with Wix stating the following…

“I started using Wix and I have hit a brick wall. I don’t want to waste any more time on this…”

Wix can only take you so far, and sometimes you need to reach out to an expert to get your business off the ground.

Business startups, especially sole traders, do not want to spend much money or time building their website and getting it online. Our suggestion is WordPress which is great for SEO (search engine optimisation – getting on Google), and when you want to expand your business, it’s easy for a developer to add more functionality, and EVEN THE CLIENT can add articles, and edit pages with very little training, or we can do it for you.

A single-page website built on WordPress with key sections, and optimised ready for google search engine could take a developer a day or two to work on, if the client can provide them with enough info to go by… which could include essential copy such as about/history/introduction, high-quality photos/images, contact information, and testimonials are a bonus!

There are also interaction tools such as instant messaging if it suits your business website and goals. All are easy to set up quickly if you know what you want.

Chelmsford Web Studio has recently set up high quality, fast websites for business startups from £300, and an additional £99 for basic SEO so your website is on the search engine ready to grow and be ranked. Check out our startup package today.

The key questions we get asked from startups are:

Can you create exactly what I want based off of this website?

Yes, if you have tried building your website on Wix, or you like the look of a website, let us know and we can replicate and enhance the website on WordPress. Important note – if the website you like is a large site, it will cost more money to build, so you will need a larger budget, however, we suggest that if you are a startup, just provide us with the important things first, for example, a site map, which consists of the pages you want, and the essential copy that I mentioned above. We suggest sticking to basics if you are on a limited budget.

How do I get a domain name (URL) and can I have an email account?

We would usually direct clients to to purchase their own domain name, which gives them peace of mind that it is within their own account. You also need to purchase a domain name so an email account can be created on our hosting, or if you have already purchased hosting we can set an email account up on there for you for a one-off fee.

How much do domain names cost?

There are some great deals, especially with domain names, and can be as cheap as 99p for the first year, but they usually cost around £10 a year (still very cheap!)

To finish off… I haven’t really spoken much about Wix at all, but that is a good thing, as you can only go so far with it, which is why hiring a website designer is crucial in your early stages as a business.

If you require any advice feel free to contact us today.

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