Is your business starting the process of designing or redesigning a website? After you purchase your business domain name and hire a web hosting company what you need is a web developer (although some firms like Rebel Trail provide both).
The web developer or web designer is the party who would create your website i.e. add content to it and design it to make it useful and attractive. There are basically three methods you can get your website developed.
Firstly, you can use free software to build it from the scratch. This is a DIY solution but it is never recommended for business websites. Web development software is okay if it is your personal website, but for a business website this software will often fall short of accomplishing all of your goals.
The other two methods include hiring web development companies or freelancers. Both of them are hired for business websites but below is a comparative study between the two that would help you to take a sound decision.
Since cost is the first criterion about which most people enquire, let it be on the top! Any web design company has to bear a huge amount of costs due to salary of staffs, maintenance and administration cost, marketing cost, etc. A freelancer on the other hand has minimum expenses as he or she has almost no overhead cost. Therefore, freelancers would charge much less than a web design company.
Quality of work
Since, you are having your business in Toronto you would be able to hire a good Toronto website development firm without much hassle. The quality to be offered by them would be quite high because of their experience and professional attitude towards the work. Freelancers on the other hand are likely to be less experienced and have a less professional attitude as they are involved with web designing as part timers.
When it comes to the question of reliability a Toronto web design company would be a more reliable option than any freelancer. The reason is that the company has a registered office in Toronto and they remain liable for any kind of damage caused by not delivering the work, partially delivering or not doing the work properly. Moreover, a web design company has to maintain their reputation so they will not do anything that would hamper their goodwill. On the other hand, a freelancer is generally contacted online and you do not have any scope for asking for any compensation from them.
After sales service
After they deliver you the website, a good web development firm will always keep in touch with you. You would be able to get their help in case of any problem faced later on. A freelancer, on the other hand, delivers you a website and later on becomes untraceable and you will have to hire some other web developer who might not even know the codes with which the website was built.
Having considered all the above points it is better to hire a web development Toronto firm even if they charge a little more than freelancers because of their better quality, higher reliability and continued services.