DIY your website vs hiring a professional

You feel overwhelmed now you know you need a website. I feel you! Creating your own website can seem daunting. I had the same thoughts you have. So here is my take on DIY website vs professional? 

Should I build my own website?

YES! I know this sounds daunting because you have no idea where to start. But I know you can do it. There are so many upsides to DIY your website.

First upside

You don’t have to contact anybody. So no phonecall, no emails, no checking everything that person does.

Second upside

You can do it in your own timeframe. You can start and go as fast as you want. Or as slow 🙂 Everything is in your hands.

Third upside

The cost of creating your website is way less when you do it yourself. You can see how much it costs to hire a professional when you scroll down. 

Fourth upside

You know how to edit and add pages, posts, and images. And that is super important. Again everything is in your control. 

The downside is that it can take you a hell of a long time. I found that out the hard way, hahaha. I spend 3 months checking Google to create the Squarespace website I wanted.

So as you can see everything that’s a downside of hiring a developer is an upside for doing it yourself. 

Can someone make a website for me?

It sounds nice to have somebody who has the knowledge to do it for you. They can build the website you want and make it work right away. Some developers also have a possibility for you that they keep your website up to date. This all sounds great, right! But there are a couple of downsides.

First downside

You need to contact somebody. Yes, contact. They won’t know what you want so you need to explain that to them. Plus you need to make sure they get all your content and you need to check everything they do.

Second downside 

You work on their timeline. They’ll plan you in when they have time and you’re not the only one they’re working for.

Third downside

To get the website of your dreams you have to spend money. A midrange designer starts at $1500 and if you want a high-end designer you need at least $5000.

Fourth downside

When your website is done you maybe want to change or add pages, posts, or images. You still have no idea how to do that, so you need to hire and pay them again.

DIY website vs Professional - a cheat sheet

A little cheat sheet to see everything in one glance.

DIY website

  • You can do everything yourself. Also when you want to add a new page or your blog posts. And a major upside is of course that you don't have to contact anybody!
  • It's a lot cheaper to do it all yourself
  • You can do it all in your own timeframe


  • You have to contact someone to do it for you... Also when your website is launched you have to keep contacting someone to make changes.
  • It's very pricey to hire someone.
  • You are on their timeframe.

So, I would choose a DIY website vs professional. Because I think being an introvert gives you the ultimate tools to do it all yourself.

  • 11 November, 2020

Marit Verlaat

Empowering introverted female entrepreneurs to change the world by creating their own Squarespace website.