Thinking of building your own website for your business? Today, many small business owners are trying to save money and cut costs. Here are some tips on why your website design should be something you hire a professional for.

YOUR WEBSITE DOES NOT WORK WELL ON MOBILE DEVICES

This is the single most important reason for you to hire a web designer. If your site is not mobile ready not only are you behind your competition, but Google does not like sites that are not mobile ready. People expect sites to work on mobile devices and when they see one that does not, they will move on.

YOUR CURRENT SITE LOOKS OLD

Check out some of the best websites out there. Three years in web design is a lifetime. The technology changes so fast. If you can see that your site does not meet today’s trends then your visitors are seeing the same thing and it’s time for you to call a web designer.

YOU THINK YOU CAN SAVE MONEY BY BUILDING ONE YOURSELF

Stop now and hire a web designer! Sounds harsh, but here is why. This is your business and you want it to succeed. Not having a professional web site is going to cost you money in the long run as visitors will leave and find your competition. A good professional web designer simply knows more than you will ever know about proper web techniques, SEO and online marketing.

YOU PROMOTE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES MORE THAN YOUR WEBSITE

Subconsciously you avoid telling people about your website, but instead direct them to your Facebook page for example. Social media pages are important, but your website is your online office and in many cases the first impression anyone gets of your business. As the owner, if you are not proud of it, then it’s time to hire a pro.

YOUR WEBSITE TAKES FOREVER TO OPEN

Just as important as the appearance, is the time it takes for your site to open. In the day of high-speed internet, visitors expect things to happen fast. If it takes more than a few seconds for your site to open, you have likely lost most of your visitors. We are talking about under 5 seconds in most cases. It will take a professional designer to accomplish this.

What are some other reasons you can think of that answer the question, “You know you need a web designer when…”.