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Does a Writer Need to Know About Website Design?

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Nearly everyone seems to have a website today.  From graphic designers to politicians, it seems anyone can make a site and show off who they are.  But since there are professionals out there who can handle website design, does it make sense for a writer to learn about this process too? 

Why You Should Think About It

If you want to promote yourself, you need to have a site.  You want it to speak to who you are, what you offer, and how you do business.  To make sure you create and maintain a site that speaks for you, it can help to know some of the basics of website design.  Even if you just go with WordPress or Weebly for your website, knowing how to put stuff in different places means you can change things up when you like – and keep your image fresh.

Additionally, knowing some web design basics can be very helpful for those creating online help systems and for training writers working on computer-based training. It’s the kind of knowledge that can help you stand out among your competition when it comes time to get hired for a contract gig.

Why You Might Not Want to Spend the Time

On the other hand, if you have the money to hire someone else to do the work, why not?  They can listen to your ideas, make the site the way you want it to look, and then adjust it when necessary.  You won’t have to think about whether the site is doing what you want it to do.  If your site doesn’t behave the way it’s supposed to, you just go back to your designer/developer and ask them to fix it.

If you are not especially artistically inclined, hiring a freelancer to handle the tasks for you can result in a more professional looking site, while you can focus on what you do best – write.

Think about it.

What are your thoughts on the issue? If you are a writer with a site, did you do it youself or hire someone to take care of it for you? What were your considerations in making the decision? Do you have any regrets or would you act differently if given another chance? Please leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you.

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