If you’ve been trying to figure out how to make your own website, chances are you’ve stumbled upon the so-called “website builders.”
A website builder is an online software that is accessible via browser which lets website owners create and design their website through the use of drag and drop technology. Website builders are very user-friendly and are always available online for free or for paid subscription, depending on the features you’d want for your site.
In this post, we’ll discuss the basic pros and cons of using a website builder which will help you decide if it really is for you.
PRO’s of Website Builders
- Website builders are fairly easy to use.
As mentioned above, builders are user-friendly. This is mainly because the interface is designed for non-developers. Ease of use is every website builder’s hallmark.
- There’s no need to install anything.
Before this technology was born, non-developers used WYSIWYG HTML editors — the builders’ ancestors. In order for one to use an editor though, a software must first be installed in the user’s computer, and most WYSIWYG editors are pricey. One of the advantages of website builders is that if not all, most are available without any charge.
- It can deliver your site within minutes.
It can publish your site right after creating an account — it’s that fast!
- It’s the digital version of the DIY’s you do in real life.
If you’re the hands-on type, you’ll enjoy using a website builder for sure. You might never need to ask an expert for help.
CON’s of Website Builders
- Builders set limitations on the design and development aspect.
If you’re the type of person who have big dreams for your website (like if you want to make money from it in the future), your dream may not happen unless you quit using a website builder. Website builders can give you a beautiful design but is limited to the website templates provided by the company. In addition, you may not be able to maximize it the way you want because of the control restrictions.
- The automation of website builders may affect your website’s rank on search engines.
Not all website builders are equipped for SEO. Sometimes, it may even become a hindrance for your website to rank on search engines. The SEO process relies heavily on the code of a website (HTML). Robots index websites through these codes. The problem with builders is that sometimes, the codes they produce aren’t robot-friendly. When a non-developer user begins dragging and dropping elements, he’s just, of course, thinking about the design he’s creating. He wouldn’t even wonder what’s happening behind the scenes. The builder generates the codes automatically. No human intervention is involved in the coding process which would make it difficult for a website to be SEO-friendly.
- It is more costly in the long-run.
For first-time users, a free subscription plan may suffice their website needs. For those who needs rich features, which most of us do, website builder providers charge a monthly subscription plan as high as $30/month (or $360/year). Compared to hiring a web designer who charges a one-time fee ranging from $700-2000, website builders may hurt your pocket more in the future.
That’s a brief on the pros and cons of using a website builder. If you are interested on how it works, you can try one for free online. It may or may not be for you but getting a first-hand experience will tell you its advantages and disadvantages by itself.
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