Remember the early days of the internet? Geocities and Angelfire meant that anybody could create a website, and lots of people did. The world was awash in flashing text, spinning clipart, and red text on black backgrounds. Website builders have advanced a lot from those heady days, with services like SquareSpace, Wix and SiteBuilder offering attractive templates and making it easy to make your own site.
So, why pay somebody hundreds or thousands of dollars to build a site when you can make one yourself? A few reasons.
- You simply do not have the time to build and maintain your website.
You are a busy person, and setting up a website takes time. You have to choose a template, find photos, build the pages, write copy, troubleshoot any issues that come up. It all takes time that you could be using to do the things you are best at.
- You want a unique site.
Squarespace boasts of 40 templates, but with hundreds of thousands of sites using those 40 templates, that means your site will share a design with thousands of others. A good designer can customize a theme for you so that your site is exactly what you want, and one of a kind.
- Support if something breaks.
Create your own site, and you are on your own if you do something and your site stops working. Sure, you can submit a ticket to the support team of your website host and wait for them to get back to you, but it is up to you to fix it. With a professional web designer, one call, and the problem is fixed.
- You need custom features.
Website builders offer a number of features like e-commerce and contact forms, but you are limited to the functions of their tools. If you want to do something wild, like a donation based signup form for your yoga classes, or a custom order form for your furniture shop, a professional developer is the way to go.
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