Don’t Hire A Website Designer—You Don’t Need One

Mitz Pantic
My name is Milica Pantic (aka Mitz) and I am a serial full-time blogger. I started out with one website many years ago and it went so well, I sold my businesses and began living the internet dream. Since then I have been perfecting the system of blogging and building Wordpress websites to earn money online. This is an ever changing business and I love the challenge. Please feel free to download my favorite FREE REPORTS if you are interested in improving your blogging business or starting one from scratch.
Mitz Pantic
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Before Opening Your BlogBefore you hire a website designer to build your new small business or personal website, consider that you can build your own professional website for free in about five minutes.

Use a Content Management System (CMS) to take care of all the website building, so you can focus on writing your website. The most popular CMS in the world is WordPress, a free software application that can be instantly installed on most affordable website hosting plans.

Of course if you are a big wig with a big budget then you cannot go wrong with a customized designed website, but for the average person, see the cheap and stress free way to get a website.

How WordPress Saves You Time

WordPress works immediately “out of the box”. All you need to do is enter a username and password to get started. After that you can choose your website theme from hundreds of free choices (and hundreds more paid choices). Customizing themes can be done in a simple point-and-click interface. You can see more details in my free report about Building a WordPress Website. The link is in my authors bio above.

You don’t need to spend much time choosing your website theme because you can always change it later using the same simple interface. I know people who change their theme every month. Other people never change it. I now definitely try to leave my theme alone as it might look old and boring to you, but to new visitors it still looks great!

After you choose the best WordPress Theme, you can start adding pages to your site. You can add unchanging (static) pages, blog posts, forms, images, videos, and all sorts of content to your WordPress site just by clicking a few buttons and typing text.

Website Designers Try To Trick You

Hey, don’t get me wrong

here. Not all web designers are bad people but some are taking advantage of new webmasters. Website designers also use WordPress because it’s free and easy to setup. Then they sell you expensive layout customization sometimes costing thousands of dollars, when in actual fact, they have used a theme that you could have purchased yourself for hundreds of dollars cheaper. Most designers have certain WordPress themes in their internet marketing toolbox ready to use on new sites. I know I even have a few developer licenses just in case I need to use a Theme on someones elses website, other than my own.

But you don’t need to customize your layout beyond adding your company logo (which you can do from the WordPress menu). Any professional-quality layout, like those included with WordPress, will put your customers and clients at ease. Spending extra money to create a custom layout won’t attract new customers or increase your sales-it’ll just waste your money on something you don’t need.

What’s The Catch?

Too many things on the Internet sound too good to be true, and a free content management system that’s easy to use, requires no programming, and can be set up in less than five minutes certainly sounds too good to be true. Of course there have been many web hosting failures that people love to talk about, but nothing is ever related to WordPress.

But the truth is that WordPress is even better than I make it sound. If you don’t believe me-try it yourself for free. You can register a free account on and create a sample blog.

After you get your feet wet with WordPress, I highly recommend you buy your own hosting so you have maximum control over your business or personal website. Hosting is cheap, so you don’t have to worry about losing money-plus, by choosing WordPress, you’ve already saved hundreds of dollars in website design fees.



  1. Ok, I’ll try to start with the positive. I added a header picture with my logo, thanks for that advice.

    Also, I added a NSFW notice to the header. I think of my work as erotic art, rather than hardcore pornography, I hope your readers are savvy enough to know the difference.

    As for the 2012 theme, I tried that once, and didn’t like it. But just to be sure, on your suggestion, I tried it again, and it does not support some of the photography features that pinboard has. The look was too amateur. I’m sticking with pinboard for now.

    Now let’s talk about negativity.

    “I am deeply offended…”
    “besides just pressing the damn button…”
    “But you are whining about…”
    C’mon now, who’s being negative here? And un-professional. What about this doozey:
    “Maybe you should give up now”…
    Really? I find that terrible advice coming from someone who claims to help people. And just because something is free does not mean that it’s above critique. WordPress is difficult, and your advice is misleading.

    I’m convinced, like several other posters here and elsewhere on the internet, that you’re a prolific blogger who posts on many of the latest hot niches and trends that you know nothing about.

    No wonder you’re offended that I’ve challenged your authority, and instead of showing off some real expertise and knowledge, you repeat your misleading statements, and then attack me personally and the content of my website.

    With help like this, who needs enemies? — Photojimsf
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  2. Twitter:
    I’ve been a WordPress user and advocate for a long time now. WordPress rocks for building any kind of business website.
    But the truth is, a lot of people still have to struggle with it for sometime. I’ve seen people who try WordPress for few months, give up and move to something else, like
    This is often a result of not taking the time to do some reading or may be ask someone for help at the initial stage.
    Wordpress is super easy to use if you acquaint yourself with it. But if you are a newbie, you first of all have to understand the basics of how it works.
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  3. Twitter:
    Well maybe you are missing something…

    For one thing a newbie show NEVER be working with a child theme or trying to edit the code. I really do not know who recommended this for you but that is the first mistake. This just causes stress!

    Starting with a minimalist WordPress theme is the best advice.

    You should find a theme you like and use that. You can mess with your child themes later..

    I am also not too sure how easy you want building a website or blog to be. Years ago it was impossible for ordinary people to make a website, now they can within minutes. I see that as easy for sure.

    If you paid for this theme and you want to keep it then get some support from the developers. They should be happy to help. :)
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  4. Twitter:
    Yes unfortunately people do not know that you can just install a theme on WordPress and your blog is designed. :)
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  5. Twitter:
    Yes of course all designers are not cheats! But there are some, just like any business. :)
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  6. Twitter:
    Yes I agree Ray. Just give it a go. :)
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  7. Twitter:
    And your website looks great too! :)
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  8. Jim James says:

    Thanks for your reply Mitz,

    I was hoping you would clue me in, but I’m still baffled at the idea that wordpress is “easy”.

    What I think you are saying, is, it’s easy as long as you don’t need any changes in the design or style? Are you suggesting that we just put that out of our minds and settle for a mediocre site that looks like everybody else’s?

    Btw,in the wordpress codex, it states that creating and installing a child theme is “simple”, “basic”, and a crucial step before making any design or style changes. Yet I still have not managed to get mine working, or even to show at all.

    Throughout the codex and the help forums, they insist that to use wordpress, you must have at least a basic understanding of html and css coding. That does not sound “easy” to me.

    I found a theme I like, “Pinboard”. I went through and customized as much as I could through the dashboard, and I’m fairly happy with how it looks. That part was fairly easy, but it took a LOT LONGER than 5 minutes. I spent two weeks on it.

    There’s just a few things I need to change that aren’t possible through the dashboard, and will require some coding. For instance, there’s extra space around my facebook like box on my “about” page. I can’t figure out how to get rid of it. And I’d like to change the color of the text field from white to almost black in the comments, with light colored text, so that it matches the text and style of the actual post it belongs to. These tasks should be easy! Perhaps any 12 year old could do it, but I’m just stumped.

    Look, I get that you are trying to sell themes, reports, and tutorials. It just seems a bit disingenuous to tell your readers they can have a wordpress site up in 5 minutes, and that it’s “easy”. Especially after seeing that your “step by step” how to video is THIRTY SIX MINUTES LONG!

    Please prove me wrong!


  9. Twitter:
    I am deeply offended after reading your comment but I am not going to dwell on this at all! I help people everyday for free and do not really care for your negativity.

    For one thing.. there is absolutely no doubt that a WordPress website takes 5 minutes to create. After all, how hard is it to press a button? You can instantly have a website in minutes.

    Videos that take longer than this obviously go into extra detail. I like to give as much information as I can for free, besides just pressing the damn button to install the site. But you are whining about a FREE WordPress content management system and a FREE video tutorial I created. Hmm… Maybe you should give up now.

    The problem is your level of perfection and mine. They are obviously different. If I had this much trouble with a theme I would go and choose one that actually suits me and save myself the stress. :)

    For you now.. I would recommend the default WordPress theme “Twenty Twelve” only. Get yourself familiar with how WordPress works, add your own header picture (very easy in that theme), and start building your site. Stay away from design issues because you will never move off the fence and probably continue to be disappointed.

    Your expectations are far too high for a beginner. You need to keep it simple. If you are trying to be an instant expert and already blaming the tools for your failures, you need to re-evaluate the source of the problem (You?)…

    For others reading this: Please do not click on this guys website link as it is extremely ADULTS ONLY..
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