There has been a shift for some towards do-it-yourself web builders. The idea is that you can avoid the costs associated with hiring a professional website developer, and have the same results by using software known as a web builder to do it yourself.

First of all, here are some advantages to using a web builder to do it yourself.

  • Simply drag and drop your content to build your pages.
  • Easy to customize fonts, colors, images, etc.
  • No programming knowledge necessary.

    Sounds perfect, right? Well let's look a bit closer. There are also many disadvantages to using a web builder.

  • File Transfer Nightmare. The features you love are a part of the platform. When you try moving the website to another server, these features don't move with it. Some builders won't allow you to move your files at all.
  • Unoptimized sites. By simply dragging and dropping an image, for example, no attention is placed on the file size of that image. As a result, oversized, bulky pages can slow things down and affect search engine results.
  • No Customized Favicon. The Favicon has become almost a standard feature on websites, and many web builders do not allow you to create one.
  • Poor search engine optimization. When you have a website generated by software, lots of things happen, including bulky code that thins out the words you want your visitors to search for and find.
  • Adding YouTube videos, Google maps, or other third-party content is often difficult or impossible.

    Now let's take a look at the pros and cons of hiring a professional website developer. This is a good time to define just what that is. In recent years, do-it-yourselfers have discovered Wordpress and have opened "Website Development" businesses creating sites using Wordpress. Wordpress is nothing more than another site builder, one intended for the do-it-yourselfer. If you are paying for professional website creation, make sure your developer is not merely generating a Wordpress site, but actually works with code to create a website customized to your needs. Wordpress relies on databases, and it is a cumbersome way to handle website page requests. Html is faster, more easily recognized by Google, and by the countless browsers out there on phones, tablets, desktops, and other devices.

    Advantages to using an HTML professional to develop a website.

  • Custom features may be utilized that aren't available in web builder software.
  • Sites load faster, rank better in Google, and work across all products and screens.
  • Site may be moved easily to any other web host should the need arise.
  • Responsive and Parallax websites may easily be created.

    We've all heard the old line, "You get what you pay for" and it is generally true in Website Development. You can shop around though, but look at the developer's portfolio and make sure they are not using a web builder to create websites for their customers.

    Here at Webberman, we never use software to create websites. We may use professional HTML templates and the CSS and JS scripts that accompany them, and this is a method that assures you are only getting the best in a custom website, created to your specifications, and at reasonable cost.