- Quality and custom work is expensive, but it can be tailored perfectly to your needs.
- Off-the-shelf is cheaper, but a pretty good fit for the typical use case.
- Adapting an off-the-shelf product costs less than custom but it will never be a perfect fit.
- Do-It-Yourself, if you want to do it well, is going to take up much more time than you imagine, at least an order of magnitude more time.
A generalization of Eliot Peper’s The Four Laws of Making a Website*