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A common question from people who want to own multiple websites is “Should I pay someone to develop my sites?” My immediate reaction to hearing this question is “Heck no. Site development is something you can do yourself for 100% free, other than the cost of your hosting.”
There are situations where you might want to pay a trusted web developer to develop your sites, but be warned: it can be one of the most costly things you can do for your site, and you might never recoup the financial costs back via whatever monetization method you're using. You may not even recoup it upon sale of the domain name. An exception might be if you plan to sell the site along with the domain – but even then, it’s still a risk.
Across multiple sites, it’ll add up even more than for one site, even you’re asking for simple sites and negotiating a bulk discount. Besides, there are many types of sites you can do yourself quickly and easily, and here at Purely Space we show you how.
Gone are the days where you needed to know a bunch of coding to throw up decent-looking site. Sure, I do add in my own few lines of php or CSS to customize certain things, but that’s something you can figure out without having to learn a full programming language.
Of course, If you need a very specialized custom look or function that is unavailable with free or low-cost themes, plug-ins or add-ons, this is where you need to hire a site developer. Still, if you’re seeking to develop a bunch of sites, I would question why you would be putting so much time, energy or money into any one site.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there who try to take advantage of those who do not have a lot of site development experience. Likewise they’ll take advantage of those whose experience was limited to the earlier days of the internet when you had to know some coding to develop your own site.
My advice if you’re considering paying someone to develop your domains is this:
- Try developing just one of your domains yourself to begin with. For your first site, start with a low-cost shared hosting plan of under $5 a month. Check out our beginner's all-in-one tutorial page for exactly how to do this. Then after getting a feel for what’s involved, rinse and repeat in more of a bulk manner with some of your other domains, branching out into more complex features or other CMS’s as you get more experienced.
- If you’re not happy with your hosting plan, most web hosts have a money-back guarantee for a certain period of time (e.g. first 30 days) and you can quit during that period without loss of money. If things aren’t working out for whatever reason, you don’t stand to lose much.
- Anyone who can buy a domain name has the know-how and web-smarts to develop their own domains. You can definitely do it! I hate to see people taking advantage of those who are inexperienced in developing domains and insisting they need professional help. You don’t need anyone’s help to develop your domains.
As you can see from what I’ve said in these bullet points, you don’t stand to lose much by developing your sites yourself. By hiring a web developer, you could actually stand to lose a lot more. We advise you to start on your own and take it from there. Browse Purely Space here for free tips, info, and guides to help you on your way.
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