Posted by Guildford Web Services on 17/July/2019
Can I ‘go it alone’ or do I need a developer/designer/consultant?
Now we could quite easily say, get yourself a consultant because that’s the easiest thing to do, and it makes more money for us! It comes down to what you want, and what you yourself can do.
If you are wanting to just blog, the our suggestion is to go to https://wordpress.com and open an account here, it is free for something really simple, you don’t have access to all of the 50,000 plugins and are limited to their themes. It is more customisable than Website builders but more constrained than a ‘self-hosted’ WordPress site.
This brings us to self-hosting. This now incurs pricing. For starters you need a domain name, such as myawesomewebite.co.uk. Then you need somewhere to host it, this is the web-hosting/web-space part of your website. A typical domain registration shouldn’t cost more than £10 a year for a .co.uk name, while you need to make sure that your WordPress site is on a web-host that is optimised for WordPress. These typically give a ‘one click install’ solution.
Buying the domain and the hosting as well as the WordPress installation itself is simple enough, it is here whether you want to go it alone or get someone else comes into play.
If you go it alone, and don’t want to spend any more money, you can, but then you are limited to the free themes/plugins that are hosted with WordPress, there are premium ones that offer more functionality, but it does mean that your site can look generic, that is that it won’t stand out from the crowd.
If you want comments add to some of your posts, you must make sure you are GDPR compliant as you are saving members emails and names in a database.
If there is an extra feature that you want, you may have to spend more time on Google to look for the solution, implement it, if it goes wrong, fix it yourself. If you are a business, you may not have the time to do this. It really comes down to time vs money, if you have the time to do it alone with WordPress then you can!
If you want a theme that is truly yours and want to make sure you are using the right plugins for the site, then find a consultant. It really comes down to which you feel more comfortable with.