It seems that every business in the world now relies on the Internet for simple day-to-day operation.

One reason for this is that many people are now attached to the Internet and therefore, a good online presence will provide companies with great deal of exposure. Secondly, most companies and corporations probably think the same, and so consequently, they want to get a significant chunk of online exposure as well. Thirdly, commerce has gone online. People now buy and sell stuff over the World Wide Web and if a company does not make a move to create an online presence like a website or a blog, then that company is losing out on potential buyers.

Once you decide to have a go and have a website built to help you achieve an online existence and drive Internet users to buy what you peddle online, good for you. But that’s the easy part. Next, you will be faced with a tough question: will you do it yourself or will you have a professional website developer build it for you? The upsides and downside are quite obvious for both choices.

Option #1 will only require you to shell out minimal cash but doing a website from scratch can be tedious for someone who does not have any know-how on website design, HTML coding, and site maintenance. Option #2 will entail you paying a hefty sum but the upside is that you will get a website that is done by a professional.  Common sense dictates that if you do not have the skills, go with option #2.

But before you search the web and hire the first website developer you come across with, make sure you cover several factors. Website developers can either be expensive or affordable. Check out some job database sites and compare their salary information, but remember, do not go cheap. Just go with the best service your budget will allow.

Second, never settle for the first professional developer you meet. Always shop around. If you have several friends who know how building sites work, then it would be best to ask their advice. Another thing, always ask for a portfolio. Once you have your sights set on someone, it does not hurt to ask to see what projects they have done in the past.

One more thing is to always look for first-hand accounts and testimonies. You can gather such information by checking out website owners and ask who did their sites. Nothing beats information that you can get first hand and the same goes if you are hiring a web developer.