More than ever, businesses are moving to the internet. Some are even abandoning their brick and mortar stores completely in exchange for a purely online presence. Even video giant BlockBuster (recently acquired by Dish Network) is in the process of liquidating more than 87% of their physical stores in an attempt to refocus their business model to the online community.
Unfortunately, most people don’t have the financial or personnel resources of Dish Network at their disposal to design and program a sophisticated website for their own personal use or business. That leaves you with two options; either pay someone to do it for you, or learn how to do it yourself.
The first option can be costly. Depending on the sophistication of the website you want, you can easily spend thousands of dollars. I know personally a few people who have paid in excess of $30K for a web designing firm to design their web page. The upside to outsourcing is that it frees up your time to do other things. For some people this is the best option. They either don’t have the time themselves, or they deem their time more valuable than to spend months or years teaching themselves how to design and program.
The second option will, in most cases, save you money. The tradeoff of course is your time. If you are new to the art of web design and are starting from scratch, this could turn into a considerable amount of time, not to mention, potential hours of frustration. Luckily for you there are companies out there like SelfAssemblySites.com that can alleviate a lot of the aches and pains for new comers to the web design arena.
SelfAssemblySites offers a step by step approach to web design in the form of How-To-Videos. The videos walk you through the whole process starting from how to register your domain name to more advanced topics like how to install Google apps. The videos are broken into modules, which make it convenient if you are just looking for help in a certain area of the process. SelfAssemblySites’ video instructions mostly concentrate on how to design a web page using WordPress. This can be an issue if you do not want to use WordPress for your design model.
The benefit of the Step-by-Step videos is that you can actually see how the whole process is done, instead of trying to thumb through books or info sites and piecing it all together yourself. They also have an active forum and blog where members can interact and help each other with any issues they may come across, as well as, have access to SelfAssemblySites’ experts. SelfAssemblySites is tailor made and a perfect fit for new comers to web design and WordPress, and less so for more advanced users and designers looking to pick up new tricks to the trade.
SelfAssemblySites charges a monthly subscription to access their extensive database of How-To-Videos, and are constantly adding new ones and new features all the time. Depending on which subscription you choose, you can expect to pay anywhere between $37 and $77 a month for a subscription. Now for someone with a limited budget and time on their hands, this is definitely the way to go, and in price range for most people. One of the features I like is that they offer 30 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee, and that is important. There is nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on something that turns out to be a total flop and you can’t get your money back. As Tommy from “Tommy Boy” once said, a guarantee on a box makes you,”feel all warm and toasty inside.”
PROS: Relatively Inexpensive, Easy to follow Step-By-Step videos, Learn at your own pace, Supportive Community
CONS: Limited to WordPress, Needs more content for advanced users
Article By: Michael A. Walker
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