build your own site or pay someone to do it?

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What do you guys do...build your own websites or pay someone else to do it?

If you build your own, how long does it usually take you? And how long did it take you to learn in the beginning? using wp for instance.

If you pay someone to do it, what is the average price you pay to have it done? I know this is a broad question, but for a basic niche site lets say.
#build #pay #site
  • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
    I never knew how to build a website, only 2 months ago, I now have built more than 4, 1 of them a WP blog.

    For WP I definately would do it myself, for the other sites I used XSP2..

    Now I'm currently completing a complete guide to web design.
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  • Profile picture of the author learnfromthebest
    Does XSP2 really make it easy? I'm trying to learn wp, because I've heard that it's the best way to go.
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    • Profile picture of the author Intrepreneur
      Originally Posted by learnfromthebest View Post

      Does XSP2 really make it easy? I'm trying to learn wp, because I've heard that it's the best way to go.
      XSP Pro is really, really cool, it just brings you into the world of web design, and makes you more confident.. that and the residual income I've been enjoying from the sites.. makes it the best web design software I have ever used.

      Wordpress is cool too, but it's good to have a number of different sites, as I don't think Worpress should be used for absolutely everything you do.
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  • Profile picture of the author pazzer
    As I enjoy techy stuff I build my own sites. It takes about 10 mins to get a site up as I use wp.

    Didn't take very long to learn as you can just use fantastico to install then it's just a simple matter of choosing plugins and job done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ron Killian
    As mentioned, I usually use Wordpress, much easier for me to end up with a nice looking site. I hear about XSP, but never used it.
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  • Profile picture of the author writergirlk
    Word press had a bit of a learning curve for me but once I sorted it out, it became second nature! I use WP for everything. Sometimes, I outsource someone to do theme tweaks and make a header for me. But sometimes I don't.
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  • Profile picture of the author pplsearch
    I wouldn't pay someone to build my site from scratch, but I would pay someone to design the css of my WP site. The reason being that WP was so easy to use and I would rely on it again for future sites. That's an idea I've been toying with lately, hiring a freelance designer, because I don't really know if I'll have to time to learn how to stylize my own css. As for price, I haven't even begun to research it though.
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  • Profile picture of the author nevillealston
    Well if y ou've got the extra cash to throw around why not just pay someone?

    Otherwise, also, you can also simply use X Site Pro to build really cool looking web sites!

    I used it from the get go and it's been a gift ever since!
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  • Profile picture of the author Catman
    I think you should at least learn the basics, then for the more complex stuff hire it out.. In other words, just start building it, then when you can't go any further outsource.

    And, I agree about XSP2. If you are an internet marketer you'll like this software. For example; look how easy it is to add a shopping cart to your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    The reasons for "doing it yourself" are:

    1- To be able to quickly make any changes to the site. Yes, you can have someone build it for you, but if you know how, then you can quickly tweek it or change the sales page.

    2- Knowing how will help you communicate better to a web builder when you do start to outsource it.

    :-Don
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    • Profile picture of the author DrewG
      Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

      The reasons for "doing it yourself" are:

      1- To be able to quickly make any changes to the site. Yes, you can have someone build it for you, but if you know how, then you can quickly tweek it or change the sales page.

      2- Knowing how will help you communicate better to a web builder when you do start to outsource it.

      :-Don
      I agree, I think everyone should at least learn some essential elements to design as well as coding. So even if you hire/outsource the work, you'll be able to rely on yourself to make changes.

      I think some people would be surprised at how simple it is to create sites (whether it be mini sites or blogs), all it takes is a creative eye and some simple coding usually.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    I have a team behind me now, so I generally don't do the work anymore, though I spent years doing both design and programming. I log into FTP a few times per week to make small changes, or check on some work, but mostly I rely on the experts that work for me now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Leanne King
    If I had my time over again I would pay something to build a site for me. When I started out I really struggled to build a website that looked good. I was using XSP at the time. I could then concentrate on traffic and marketing.

    But now that I know how to build a website quickly I always build myself and usually using WP it takes about 10 minutes, a little more if I want to tweak the theme a lot.

    All the best
    Leanne
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  • Profile picture of the author unlimited1
    WP is great to start with and then go on to xsp
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  • Profile picture of the author Suzanne Morrison
    In the past I have either built my own using a bought template or professionally designed graphics. Now I always use WordPress for new sites as it is so much quicker and it is easy to change the look and feel of the site at any time at the click of a button.

    Cheers,
    Suzanne
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    Spend a few hours teaching yourself how to set up a domain name with a web hosting account, and then installing a wordpress blog and theme.

    It's really not hard at all, and once you get the hang of it you'll be able to publish simple sites in no time at all.


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  • Profile picture of the author aaajane
    When i first started blogging i created a blogger blog, which as you may (or may not know) is dead simple to create and set-up. 15 minutes time tops. As i progressed and wanted my own domain name and more options, i moved on over to Wordpress - by this time i had blogger friends, so i reached out to one and he installed my very first Wordpress blog.

    This was some time ago, i've since become quite savvy with Wordpress and create and set-up new ones (myself) all the time.

    My advice - ask a buddy. Ask another blogger friend of yours. If you don't yet have blog buddies, better get to know and befriend some.

    Start at Blog Catalog, the social network for bloggers. or try Twitter.

    BUT...

    If you prefer initially to pay someone to set-up a blog for you, consult with someone who is somewhat of an established blogger and can refer you to some good resources. There are loads of bloggers who will help you set-up a Wordpress blog.

    Feel free to send me a PM - should you decide to go this route. (my rates are very reasonable)
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  • Profile picture of the author Li Weng
    It comes down to a few factors - your current skill level,
    your time, your budget and the type of website you're
    looking for.

    Once you assess these then decide on which suits you
    better.
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    • Profile picture of the author blogbrain
      The easiest option I find is to go to wordpress choose a theme and setup a site online
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      • Profile picture of the author Bennette
        Does the theme matter?

        If you're trying to make money, then it's best to pay someone to do it if you don't know how. If you still want to learn, then it's best to build your own hobby page, or family page to learn the ropes.
        Yes I do want to make money with it. Are you saying if I build it myself I won't be able to?
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    If this is not going to be a real *site* site, but just a blog, I believe it would be quite reasonable to try and learn - it's not that hard, and it probably does not require to know each and every way in and out - something quite basic would do for initial blogging, I guess. Also, you've got a great opportunity available here at wf - you can actually consult both peers and pros.

    Good luck with your site and let us know how things are going.
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  • Profile picture of the author henrychai
    i build my own... it is very easy... go search free website template on google... and ftp it to the hosting server... and thats it : ) easy 1 2 3 ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    Originally Posted by learnfromthebest View Post

    What do you guys do...build your own websites or pay someone else to do it?

    If you build your own, how long does it usually take you? And how long did it take you to learn in the beginning? using wp for instance.

    If you pay someone to do it, what is the average price you pay to have it done? I know this is a broad question, but for a basic niche site lets say.
    I prefer to build the content and outsource the technical stuff to a guy I have worked with for a long time ... worked well for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Pat Ordenes
    if you're a bit of a tech head, take the time to learn, and do it yourself...
    I think that one of the biggest reasons why people fail, is frustration.
    If you reach a task that you find difficult to do, say the magic word:
    OUTSOURCE!
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    • Profile picture of the author sozosau
      I also use wordpress its the best! Actually I've used plenty of programs, and some created from scratch, If you have the time, create it yourself. If not just hire someone, there are alot of cheap web design companys around these days...

      SoZoS
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    • Profile picture of the author Bennette
      I'm struggling with this right now. I want to learn to build my own 5 page WP site and I'm frustrated with the tutorials and where to start.

      Does it matter what theme I use for a SEO marketing site? I hear about different ones but I don't know how or what to choose.

      I hear how easy it is to do one, but right now I feel pretty dumb founded and I don't consider myself slow :confused:.

      Can someone point me in the right direction with step by step instructions please.

      I've been trying to get a site now for two weeks and the quotes have been crazy. I don't have a problem learning because I think it will be good for me to build some myself, so when I do outsource I know what to look for.

      I'm also wanting to learn how to do a custom twitter page.

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author garyv
    If you're trying to make money, then it's best to pay someone to do it if you don't know how. If you still want to learn, then it's best to build your own hobby page, or family page to learn the ropes.

    There are plenty of tutorials out there. And you can learn almost anything about webdesign by searching youtube for tutorials.
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  • Profile picture of the author MattSanti
    If you do plan on outsourcing I definitely suggest you use rentacoder.com for any technical related stuff. Pretty inexpensive and as long as you give very detailed instructions - this severely helps cut down on the back and forth messages and helps avoid delays - in want you want, you should be able to walk away with a pretty website without breaking the bank.
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  • Profile picture of the author luckystar
    Hello,
    i build my first site by myself using front page and now i combine dream weaver and front page.

    As long as there are content i build my site in 2-3hrs
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  • Profile picture of the author money2k
    I do as much as I can myself. If I am designing a website from scratch I will outsource design, sales copy, and such. I love putting my content on my own websites and so this a lot. If I could afford to have everything done I would. I dream of getting to the point where I can be on the beach sippin my favorite beverage while I have work done for me...
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    I build all mine from scratch ... I do not use WP to build sites or any other free open source code. I build all my own and they are dynamic sites. Some may take 2 - 3 weeks while others will take months. Depends upon what I am building and what features I am building into them.

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author nksurf
    I would just do the best I can and pay someone else to make it better.
    I dont have enough experience to design a great website.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    I taught myself HTML/graphic design when I was pretty young, so I've been able to build my own sites (complete with graphics) in the past. If I get frustrated or simply don't have the time or energy though, I'll cough up a few bucks to outsource.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Jennings
    I see "gurus" sometime talking about how they don't even know how to upload a file to their web site, or make a change on their sales letter...

    ...and I think, "That's nothing to be proud of, doofus."

    You don't have to be a tech geek, but not knowing how to make simple changes to your site is like driving a car and not knowing how to check the oil or put gas in it.

    Making quick changes to your site, adding a link, putting up a graphic -- those are things you SHOULD know how to do.

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