The Ultimate Question
“DO YOU WANT TO MANAGE YOUR OWN WEBSITE?"
With about ninety-percent of the inquiries I receive there inevitably comes the question,
"Can I manage the website on my own once you finish it? You know, make changes and updates?”
The very simple answer to that question is, "No."
The websites that I build are custom. There is no CMS. This is not Wordpress, Weebly or Squarespace. Nothing is incredibly easy about the websites I build. I do not apologize for that. It's just how it is. My websites tend to be successful. I take the work personally. I take the matter of their success personally.
Each website is built from scratch, a blank page. There are no templates. There are no easy-to-drag-widgets and features that you can add and move around.
Surprisingly, the cost of the websites I build are competitive with those you would build on your own using any of the online website-builders out there. In fact, my prices are usually less expensive.
Please keep a few thoughts in mind if you are thinking you want to use an alternative. Yes, you can manage your own website with any of the popular services (listed above) but... you have to learn how to use that particular system, and you have to learn how to compose text and images for use on the web. Plus, you will need to take the time to actually do the work on your website. All of those factors add up. I am not even including matters of SEO in this discussion. Once you build your DIY website, you then need to figure out how to "be found" by the search engines. That is an entirely different bundle of yarn to unravel.
My experience is that most people really do not have the time nor inclination to get involved with self-managed websites unless they already have a background in coding, or have taken the time to learn a particular CMS system efficiently. The vast majority of my current clients are businesses, organizations and regular folks that had tried it on their own and simply became frustrated with the results. Yes, I know of a few that have created successful websites using a CMS option, but – in all honesty – their success has been based on non-traditional promotion, and their success has only been assumed by accepting the website-owners own personal view of "success." If you look around, it will be hard to find DIY websites, built entirely by the site-owners on Page One of the major search engines. I am not being critical nor judgmental, only stating what I have seen and experienced after decades of doing this sort of work.