I've been a web developer for over 15 years. But in recent years I will only develop for clients that have a marketing agreement with me. Building the website personally ensures the website will have everything to perform well.
15 Years Raw Experience At Growing Revenue
One of the reasons I don't market myself as a web developer anymore is because the sites I build are pretty involved and expensive to build around a custom marketing strategy. It's a more meaningful conversation if we're talking about a long term digital marketing strategy, which includes a website as a crucial part of but not the main goal. If you just want a nice website then you have a lot of cheaper options out there. If you want a website system that works with your digital marketing initatives for successful revenue growth, then there's no substitute for raw experience.
Dreamweaver Custom Websites to Shopify and everything in between.
I cut my web developer teeth in 2011 when I left my corporate life as a marketing director to teach myself how to build websites (back then in Dreamweaver) and E-commerce websites so I could make money working from home and still take care of my kids when they were in elementary school to high school age. My first commercial contractor job came from an upstairs neighbor looking to replace their webmaster that had left their boutique SEO Ad Agency, Top Site in Orlando Florida. Fifteen years later I'm still building websites and ecommerce solutions but I generate the bulk of my revenue from digital marketing with a focus on search engine marketing analytics, rather than just web development.
Although I don't focus on web design and development. revenue, it's still a core skill set I keep up to date with current projects always under development, like www.Krisada.com the testing ground for many different themes, components and SEO tactics. There will always be2-3 other websites on my plate at any given time and several on a back burner for my own virtual real estate projects. Most of those projects will be LAMP based or cloud hosted (Shopify), with a stray one in classic ASP (Winn-Dixie).
This is in order of preference.
- Shopify Partner & Advanced Developer
- Custom PHP + Cart32
Opensource CMS Platforms
Also in order of preference.
Cloud Based Platforms
There are important differences in these. And also I would not recommend these platforms for a business that is serious about making money online in a competitive market industry or niche. Mostly because you don't own the code and they are limiting in a universe of competitors with all the choices you didn't take. And Yep...in order of preferance.