Web development is a complex design field. Not long ago, you could not get all of the free templates and launch assistance that are available online now. However, if you want a website that is fancier than a basic color scheme and carefully-placed text and pic boxes, you still need a pro. From the easiest DIY web development to the most complex and professionally-assisted designs, here is more info on the complexities of web development to help you decide how you will proceed with your own website.
The DIY Approach
There are two ways to DIY a website. The first requires you to be a computer genius. You write all of the code, use an offline composite design program, piece everything together, and launch it page by page to test its efficacy and visual artistry.
The second allows you to visit numerous providers of website development services. They already write the code for you, provide you with color schemes and design layouts, and offer support when you need it. All you do is make selections to design your pages, and then you "plug and play." Obviously, most people choose the latter option, but you should know that this latter option (in most cases) cannot support video, moving graphics or text, or anything else particularly fancy and fun.
The Professional Approach
Like the DIY approach, there are two ways to get your pages and website designed by a pro. The first involves hiring someone who only does web development and design. This person typically works for him/herself, and website design is the only thing he/she does. You can get all kinds of special effects, custom color schemes, graphics, and text effects you want to create a website with that "wow" factor you may be looking for.
The second option is to go online, hire a professional that works for a company brand, and work with that person to develop your website. You can still get all of the above features, but you can get them at a subscription price. Additionally, you get a lot of tech support that you would not receive from the individual web designer. Individual web designers/developers who do not work for an online company will do everything for you right up to launching your site, but after that, you are responsible for website maintenance and troubleshooting.
Now that you are in the know, you can choose for yourself which means of website development works best for you. Contact a professional if you are looking for help with website development.