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If you already had your bang-your-head-against-the-wall experience with “free” site buiders or cheap WordPress themes, you can skip reading this article and go directly to check out a viable alternative.

If you need a site to represent your business, best course of action is to hire professionals to build it. In the long run, it won’t just save you time and money, it will MAKE you money!

If you are still wondering if free site builders are really free or if it is a good idea to buy a 50-buck theme from Themeforest and make a site yourself, this article may help you decide.

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Site builders

In recent years web design market has seen an explosive growth of a new type of service: free site builders. It is a business model where a software company builds a platform and then sells ongoing subscriptions to access and use it. The 2 main advantages of this approach are convenience & low price. Most of the site builders even offer a basic package for free.

But let’s take a look at the two PROs more closely.

How convenient are the site builders?

While you are reading the promos and how-to’s, it seems to be extremely easy to build a site with site builders. They offer predefined templates and many nice features one can use.

To quote Webnode site builder: “You don’t need a developer to make a beautiful website.”

To answer Webnode site builder: yeah, you do. Why?

Well, as soon as you start actually building a site in a site builder, things start to look – shall we say – more real-life. The images you use do not fit the layout, your logo makes header a mile tall, site looks all weird on your smartphone, the nice features and add-ons lack exactly the little detail that you especially need. The whole things starts to fall apart and the site looks more and more like one made by an amateur. Which IS actually the case.

A website can really make or break your business. If your visitors get an impression that your site was built by a 13 y.o. who likes to play with computers, how likely do you think it is for them to take you seriously and trust you with their money?

Are they really free?

The short answer is NO.

One of the most popular site builders on the market is Wix. If your are going with their free package you will get:

  • Domain name like www.wix.com/yourbusinessname
  • Wix branded ads on each page of your site

To connect a proper domain, get rid of ads and remove a low bandwidth limit, one would need to pay 16,5€ / month if paid monthly or 12,5€ / month if paid yearly. That is 150€ / year minimum. Still looks cheap enough.

But let’s think about time and effort you invest into building your site yourself. There will be hours and hours of reading documentation, meddling with set up and searching for free images in attempt to get a half-way decent looking site. So, unless you consider your time to be worthless, site builders are not REALLY free or cheap.

50-bucks WordPress themes

In case of low-cost WordPress themes the “How convenient are the site builders?” section also applies. “Better” still, you will also need to:

  • Find and rent domain name;
  • Find a good hosting;
  • Get and install a SSL certificate;
  • Install WordPress;
  • Install theme;
  • Configure it to reflect your brand – this is the place where things start falling apart;
  • Add your content;
  • Add features you need, like contact forms, promos, etc;
  • And many other tweaks, bells & whistles.

The time you will spend on building your site will be substantially longer than in case of site builders, while the outcome will be the same or worse.

Another major problem is the complexity of set up and code bloat. It will take quite a learning curve to set up both layout and features right. And the resulting code volume will be tenfold in comparison to the professionally developed website This will potentially will increase your site load time.

Will you really spend just the 50-bucks?

The short answer is – again – NO.

Add price of domain rental, hosting, SSL. Add the value of your time. Add the fact that the result will range from “hideous” to “OK, let’s keep it for 6 month and then hire a pro for a redesign”.

So are site builders and cheap themes a big no-no?

Well, it depends. When can site builders and cheap themes be used?

  • If you are building a personal blog you don’t intend to make money with, a site for your hobby, a site to show off your kids photos to friends and family. Anything that does not need to look professional.
  • If you have some knowledge of web design and understand both visual aesthetics & usability.
  • If you really like to spend time fixing your own plumbing, car, wiring. Doing stuff yourself – and doing it well.

Is there an alternative?

Yes, there is!

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For years we had clients coming to us with requests like: “Please help me get my Wix site look decent” or “Can you help with fixing the disaster-site built with a cheap theme?” It finally lead us to developing a set of services for small businesses & start-ups. Every business & every product deserves a great website! Not every business can pay 2,000 € or more for it.

Well, now you can get a great looking website built & customized by professionals especially for YOUR business, YOUR message, YOUR success! For 400 €! Check out our offer & demo site.