So, you’ve set up as a sole trader or launched your own limited company and need a website to support your growing success.
But where do you go? Yes, there are some great online website templates and even some AI solutions to get you started. However, the best option to build a thriving website from scratch is by working with a professional website designer and developer.
These creative masterminds are experts in their field with in-depth knowledge of various websites, from the one-man-band to the multi-million enterprise. Some website builders work within Digital Marketing Agencies, whereas some work solo.
We’re not here to start a rivalry with web agencies; in fact, independent web designers and agencies often work together, acknowledging their skills and expertise. They both offer website services, delivering high-end results and first-class websites. But which one is better for you comes down to several factors.
Web Designer vs. Web Agency
An independent website designer is one person who has multiple skillsets to build, design and manage websites. A website agency involves a team of trained professionals who focus on one area of your website, such as layout, coding, design, etc., before bringing it all together. Each has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your requirements.
Website Designer Pros
- You work on a one-to-one basis.
- With a single person to contact.
- Build a personable and long-lasting relationship.
- They’re multi-skilled in graphics, copy, video editing, etc.
- Often a cost-efficient option, especially for small projects.
- Flexible timeframes.
- Reputation built of credibility and trust.
- A local website designer is often easier to communicate with.
Web Designer Cons
- There may be a longer timeframe as only one person is working on your project.
- Limited tools and resources available.
- You need to confirm if they’re supporting your website’s frontend, backend or both.
- Not all designers offer to host your website.
Website Agency Pros
- Working with a team of specialists.
- You’re assigned a project manager to oversee your website.
- More resources are available to meet tight deadlines.
- Have widened access to tools and software.
Website Agency Cons
- Usually, a more expensive option.
- Unsure who you’re communicating with.
- Agencies prefer bigger projects.
- They have other clients to deal with.
Do I Need a Web Designer or a Web Agency?
As we’ve mentioned, a freelance web designer and a website agency offer similar services, including planning your website layout, building and hosting your website, optimising SEO and ensuring efficient speed and functionality. To decide which option is better for you, you need to consider:
- Your budget
- Working relationship – do you feel comfortable with them?
- Timeframes – can they meet your deadlines?
- The complexity of your project – do they have the resources to match your vision?
- Do they offer additional services such as copy, images, SEO, etc.?
Velo Creative Website Services
Here at Velo Creative, we work on a one-to-one basis with our clients. Our process involves getting to know you, your business and your company goals. This way, we can support your journey to success and celebrate with you along the way. Our core website services include:
Contact the team today if you’re looking to launch a new website or refresh an existing site.
We’d love to hear about your next business adventure and how we can help build a website to reflect your ambition.