What is a Web Builder
This To Consider When Choosing a Web Builder
- How easy is the web builder to use
- Hosting options
- Is there support available
- What costs are involved
- Ability to back up the site
- Can the site be migrated
- Site speed
- Ecommerce functionality
The Pros of Using a Web Builder
- You can easily build a website with no prior design experience or technical knowledge
- You can have the site up and running very quickly
- Large amount of ready made templates to use
- ‘Drag and drop’ design, very simple to use.
- Easy to manage content
- Built in options for on page seo
- Support available
- Lots of online tutorials and ‘how to’ guides are available
- Can be used for a variety of different types of website
The Cons of Using a Web Builder
- Monthly fee and possible additional costs for extra ‘add ons’.
- There may be limitations regarding functionality and customisation.
- The cheaper options may contain ad’s e.g. the cheapest option for Wix will include banner ad’s for Wix.
- It may be difficult to fully back up or migrate the site should you decide you need a more advanced option further down the line.
- Little control over hosting options.
- Ecommerce plans are usually the most expensive monthly plan and sometimes you will also pay a percentage fee for each product sold.
- Difficult to have a very specific or custom designs as you are relying on ready made templates.
- Once you have chosen a theme, you can’t always change this if you change your mind. You might have to start building the site again from scratch if you wish to choose a different theme.
An online store is only available on the business and ecommerce plans, Wix does not take any commission from sales.
Limited backup, difficult to migrate site to another platform if you decide to change platforms in the future.
You can quickly and easily build a website with any of the web builders mentioned above. They have some great templates and design choices available and all of the platforms are fully mobile responsive. The ideal platform for you is dependant on your personal needs and objectives. Whilst the above are great choices, there may be some limitations depending on your exact requirements.
Another option for building a site would be to have a self hosted WordPress site. WordPress is an excellent choice as you can add extra functionality as your business grows as well as tailor your site to meet your exact requirements.
The following article outlines the benefits of a self hosted WordPress site. This provides an excellent alternative to the web building platforms listed above.