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DIY versus professional web designers

Are you really saving money by trying to create your own web store?

Yes there are many online store platforms available and most of the advertising out there makes it look so easy! However when using Do-It-Yourself online websites such as Wix, Shopify and others, there are many factors to keep in mind so that you can determine if it really is the best way to go:

  1. Do you have the knowledge to do all the work yourself? And even if you do, what is your own time worth?
    • Do you know how to work with pictures? It's not just a matter of uploading pictures into your website. They need to be cropped, sized and optimized. It means using software that will make the file sizes smaller but still keep the picture looking good and quick to open. Slow to open pages run the risk of losing potential customers!
  2. Did you know that most online platforms such as Wix, Shopify and others will not release your files if you decide to leave them? They're not being mean, it's just the way the overall concept is created. Your files just become part of their backend files and cannot be separated once they're there.
  3. Sites such as Shopify that are charging you in U.S. dollars can end up adding a lot of extra cost due to the exchange rate.
  4. Did you know that not every online platform takes into account that your customers are in Canada and that our 2-tiered taxation system is very different from our American counterparts? Most do not have the capability of separating GST, PST,HST, QST in their taxation field.
  5. Did you know that just having a website does not make it automatically search engine friendly? Being found through internet searches is usually the most critical aspect of having a website, and a lot of extra parameters need to be included in order to make your website effective. These are not normally found in DIY sites.
  6. Did you know that templates are built to be adaptable to thousands of businesses - basically a one-size-fits-all design? Because of this, if you are looking for something that is not offered in the original template theme, it might be difficult if not nearly impossible to try to change the overall layout.

What about Wordpress?

Some people try to build their own websites and stores using the Wordpress platform. Here are some pros and cons to doing that:

  • Wordpress is one of the most popular platforms for creating websites as well as adding online payment capabilities. It offers a lot of elements to make your website as functional as possible.
  • However, unless you are proficient in working with such software, you may become exceedingly frustrated when trying to deal with it yourself.
  • Do you know how to work with images, as explained above?
  • Do you know how to deal with a hosting service and understand all the technical steps necessary to make your site visible online?
  • Do you know how to deal with the various taxes to be applied depending on the end destination of your products or services?
  • Do you know how to deal with shipping? Our Canadian postal service is very convoluted and has different pricing for different areas.
  • Do you know how to properly add all the necesary parameters to be found through internet searches? This is the most misunderstood and underrated step in the whole process.

Yes hiring professionals is a good thing!

Affordable Web Design Ltd has been creating web projects for over 26 years - let us share our expertise with you!

Website created in Wordpress

What we will do for you.

Custom designed websites and stores

Although Wordpress is a good choice for most people when it comes to stores, many find it difficult to work with Wordpress. Because of this, Affordable Web Design Ltd has come up with a great alternative. We offer a very easy-to-use administration panel that allows you to effortlessly upload all your product information and images.

  • By incorporating both static informational pages as well as a back-end store that you maintain yourself, these website styles have proven extremely effective for our clients. The custom design allows us to ensure that we can add in as many SEO parameters as possible. Wordpress coding can be quite restrictive because it is template-based and a "what you see is what you get" concept.
  • Clients with customized stores find our content online store administration panel extremely easy to use and maintain.
  • Because highly visual websites really help attract your potential customers, we use professional images obtained from paid online photo websites to populate the static pages, thus avoiding any copyright issues.
  • Our designs are attractive, make great use of colour, have easy to follow layouts, beautiful photos, and so much more!

Additional help
We try our best to assist every step of the way. Basic instructions on how to work with your administration panel are provided. If you need more instructions, we do offer comprehensive tutorials to help you deal with your images and how to upload to your store. If you need additional help in dealing with your Online Store Content Management System, whether in Wordpress or in a custom store, we do offer additional training.

Do-It-Yourself web stores are not as easy as they sound - hire professionals like Affordable Web Design Ltd for an effective design to attract your potential customers.