if you’re planning to launch your website, wouldn’t you want the new site to be a leap forward from the previous site? A site that represents your brand, blows your customers minds, loads fast, works on mobile devices and most important shows up on Google search results when people search for keywords related to your business?
If you said yes, to these questions, then you should consider hiring a professional. Hiring a professional doesn’t always mean shelling out thousands of dollars. By the way the “server dude” may likely charge you thousands if you are not careful.
Interview the person who you are hiring. Ask them about their experience with the software industry. Ask for previous projects or references. Building a website is not just knowing HTML or WordPress. That is like saying if you know how to put a band-aid on, you can do leg surgery!