Are you looking for a web designer?
Hopefully, you’re reading this page about web design because it’s time for you to create a company website, or update an existing one. A lot has changed in the last ten years online; it’s getting more accessible for non-designers to create websites by themselves. When you visit an attractive site, you might be looking at a custom-built version created from scratch by a world-class designer, then coded by a highly trained website developer.
… Or it might be something that got created in an afternoon by using user-friendly software tools like the ones provided by Wix or Squarespace. The shocking truth is that it might not even be easy for you to tell the difference! A custom website design built from scratch might not be any better for you than an off-the-shelf templated solution.
So, should you create a do-it-yourself website? Save some money? Or get a web design company to take care of it for you?
Well, it depends…
Will you need customised features?
A simple DIY solution might not have the features that you need for your business. Most of the easy to navigate website builders are limited. You might be able to add plugins for some functionality, but for most companies, you’ll need some custom programming to get the website how you want it.
If you’re doing our job, who’s doing your job?
Did you hear the story about the chartered accountant that took a week off work to paint his house? Not only was he the highest-paid painter and decorator that week, but the final finish wasn’t excellent, and needed to be re-done by a professional. When we remember that time is more valuable than money, we realise that nothing is free!
Do you want your website to be… Perfect?
There’s a difference between off-the-shelf clothing, in comparison to having a custom-fitted suit or dress made to measure. Your company website should also fit it’s image and objectives entirely. Your site will represent you for years to come, and continue to help you get more customers, and serve existing ones better. The effort spent now, getting it right, will help your business run smoothly in the future.
Are you an artist?
We don’t mean an oil painter or a sculptor – do you have an eye for design? If so, can you translate this authentically into a website? Could this be done better with the assistance of a specialist web designer? It’s probably best to enquire before you put your design skills to the test! There are few considerations in life with higher stakes than the future of your company.
Get in touch!
These points are just food for thought, and it’s better that you give us a call or send an email and we can discuss options. If you don’t need a custom website, and a simple DIY hosted solution that can be set up in a day is the right option, we’ll advise accordingly. You can hire us for a day, and we can still get you set up with minimum fuss or expense.
Enquire, and we’d be happy to advise, with no obligation. If you have an audacious web design project that we can get stuck into, then that would be fine too:)
Here at OOTBI, we specialise in working with energy companies, and this is our forte. The oil, gas and solar companies that we deal with are global. At the same time, we can take on a few local clients in the Exeter area, (or anywhere in Devon). We’d love to have coffee and discuss options if you’re looking for a local web design company!