Reply To: Build your own website platform or Pay for an expert? I’m looking to start a business for next summer in the tourism market. I want to have a website that will allow for people to book a time slot and pay (I will need to limit the number of cars that come on the property). I have used Squarespace for my husbands site and could probably work out wix or shopify if I needed to. SO my question is: If I did a DYI site which of the platforms has a good flexible booking capability?OR am I best to go with a local company to build it for me?Cheers A

Generally speaking you may be better off using an out-of-the-box solution as long as your requirements aren’t too customised, because the cost of building and then maintaining all the operational facets of a website can get burdensome over time. Not to mention PCI compliance and data security requirements etc. Could your booking time slots effectively be constructed as SKUs and then loaded into a standard platform like Shopify or Wix? Shopify probably scales better and can be extended further later on – but it really depends on your available budget and volume. Happy o chat further offline, if you like.