Choosing the right platform for your website can be overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the experience. Whether you’re a thriving business, a start up, or just taking your hobby to the next level there are a lot of elements to consider. Here are some helpful hints for researching platforms:

– Identify your budget and what you need your website to do. Got less than $10,000 to spend on your site? Consider a platform with affordable and easy to customize templates. Need a large amount of customization or integration? A platform that allows you to start from scratch may be your best option.

– Refer to the handy infographic below to find out which platform is right for your website.

– Find help customizing or building your website. This can be a freelancer or an agency. It all depends on your budget and what your goals for your website are. For small tweaks to your site a freelance developer or that genius high school kid might be good enough. For more complex or heavy builds you’d be better off hiring an agency to specializes in website development and is familiar with the platform you’ve chosen.