If you found this page, you might be trying to make a tough decision – should you use a web builder or hire a web designer? Although using a website builder works for some businesses and entrepreneurs, hiring a web designer is the best choice for others. If you need some help to decide, here are some points to consider.

1) Your budget is small.

If you have a very small budget (less than $500), a website builder is your best option. If someone offers to build you a website for less than that, but does not have the experience to back it, you should be weary. If you choose to hire a web designer, do not do so based on the lowest bid. That can impact the overall quality of your website.

Not everyone has the budget to build a robust site and that is why website builders work for people with small budgets to work with. Website builders like Squarespace, Wix and Weebly have templates and similar frameworks, and will provide you with the very basics. However, if you want to take your website to the next level with search engine optimization and engaging content, Decatur Digital Solutions can help you. We can also teach you how to use the website builder, or content management system, of your choice. We empower our clients to learn and understand website management!

2) Your design skills.

If you are not well-versed in design and web concepts, even with a website builder, it can be difficult to setup your site. You want colors and fonts that complement one another and are appealing to your visitor. If you do not have this skill set, you may want to seek out a website designer.

Decatur Digital Solutions has the experience to present your brand or business in a professional, graphically-appealing layout. Learn more about our services

3) Your technology comfort level.

If you struggle with using technology, you may want to use a website designer over a website builder. We truly believe that you can learn, but sometimes you need a little help.

We help our clients to learn how to access and edit their website, and are also available to take care of it for them.

4) You want to own your website.

Did you know that when you create a website with a website builder, or even a third-party company like the YellowPages or Dex Media, the content is owned by the company. When you create your website with most website designers, you own your content.

When you choose Decatur Digital Solutions as your website designer and host, you own your website’s content and domain, and if you choose to change services, we will transfer everything over to you – no questions asked!

Ultimately the decision to hire a website designer or use a website builder is up to you, but it is important to do your research. If you are looking for a website designer in Decatur, IL or the central Illinois area, please contact us. We are happy to help you build a new website or to navigate a website builder.