The Dangers of DIY Web Coding

Everyone likes saving money, and one of the best ways to save money is to DIY. You may even try building your own website. But building a website is not as simple as it seems, even with programs like WordPress around. Building a well-designed website with great functionality requires a web developer who knows a thing or two about coding.  

Why You Shouldn’t Mess with Code: 

If you don’t know anything about coding, the time to start learning is not when building a website. Doing this will likely leave you with a website that looks subpar and does not have the functionality you wanted it to. And, when it comes to government websites, you want your website users to experience a site that shows you care, you’re professional, and you know what you’re doing.  

Another reason not to mess with code if you are inexperienced is because code is very sensitive. The smallest typo could ruin the entire website. Then you will probably have to hire a web developer to fix it. And the developer will not only having to work on developing a great site, but they will have to work against the mistakes. This will result in a slow and costly web development process.  

Is WordPress Different? 

You may be thinking WordPress is a different story. It’s designed to provide an intuitive way for people with non-technical backgrounds to build their own websites, right? Wrong. WordPress may provide intuitive ways for non-technical people to update their website, but it still requires a professional to develop it.  

While the DIY websites you can build using WordPress themes may work well for things like blogs, it’s not what you need for your business. If you are running a business you want a professionally built, secure website for your clients. This kind of a website requires a professional web developer who knows how to code properly. 

If you chose to attempt to change the core code on your WordPress website without the help of a programmer there are two main problems you could run into. Firstly, you could open up security vulnerabilities that make your website easier to hack. You can’t do business on a website that is not secure it Is not safe for your organization or for your website users.  

Additionally, you may have trouble in the future when updating your website. If you make changes to the WordPress core code, those changes may not work anymore if you upgrade your site to a newer version of WordPress. Beyond that you could end up damaging another part of the WordPress program.  

Alternative Options: 

If you want to make minor changes to your WordPress website, rather than mess with coding try installing some plug-ins. These will add additional functionality to the website, without changing the core. Just be sure that the plug-ins you are using are safe, otherwise you may have security issues.  

Are you looking to create a new website for your municipality? Or update and existing site? GovUnity focuses on working with clients to create websites that are functional and accessible, so you can connect with your residents. Contact GovUnity to learn more.