Perhaps you are budget conscious or you are not computer savvy, and website builders look appealing to you.
When getting a website developed for your business, key questions to ask yourself include: can it be managed effectively; will you be able to drive your brand online; will it be safe and secure?
While website builders may seem like a good option, it can cause your business harm. Here’s a look at some of the cons of website builders.
You do not own your website
Should you choose to leave your website builder, the website you have designed and any elements remain the property of the builder. You will essentially need to start over. From your content through to your domain name, all of this may need to be given up (as you are not the owner).
Website URL is not fully customizable
When making use of a website builder, you are limited to the options that are provided. Some website builders offer different tiers, depending on your monthly subscription fee, however, you may need or want to do something that is out of the standard template.
Use of templates and outdated coding practises
The use of templates is standard when building a website using a website builder. However, the use of outdated, unresponsive and badly designed templates can seriously hamper your brand (and website’s) ability to speak to your potential clients. These templates can use clunky, old fashioned and simple design.
SEO can be problematic
With only basic SEO tactics employed by website builders, caution needs to be taken! Lacking SEO functionality can hamper your website’s ability to be found by potential clients - not appearing in search results and a lack of visibility can be damaging to your business.
Options, such as 3rd party integrations, are not available
If you are looking to integrate 3rd party options, then think again - with only a limited options available, the ones you may want could not be available. For some business owners, this realisation may come too late and only after the website has been established, leaving them caught in a bad situation.
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