Website Builder vs Web Developer

With many cheap website builders available, why would I spend more money hiring a developer?

Website Builder vs Web Developer
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28/09/2020

There are lots of reasons! I like this analogy:

"Why do people still visit restaurants when they can have a microwavable tv dinner?"

Obviously, I'm slightly biased, however I urge you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

1. Human vs Machine

No DIY website builder is capable of doing market research, competitor analysis and keyword analysis. This is the first step that any web designer / marketer worth their salt will take. You need to find out what works, why it works, and why something different may work. This can be specific for regions and different types of business. Content, layout, page structure, design and tone all need to be decided on with careful consideration. These are things that developers learn over several decades.

2. Leave it to the professionals

Sure, you can watch a youtube video and know how to rip out a bathroom and put a new one in. Does this mean you should? Probably not. There are some skills that you need to hone over many years to perfect. To add to that, websites and web development is changing at such an incredible pace. Look at amazon 10 years ago. The design has changed significantly, and the way it has been designed and deployed was unimaginable 10 years ago. Most business owners don't have the time to invest to learn about all of the things that are important in web development. Even web developers that have been doing it for a long time can fall out of touch if they don't keep themselves invested in learning.

Amazon then and now

3. Customer satisfaction

If you create a website with a website builder, more often than not, you will come back to a web developer further down the line. Just take a look at some of the reviews:

Trustpilot reviews for wix

"DON'T GET SIGNED WITH WIX YOU WILL REGRET"

"Horrible customer service"

"They make it very difficult to cancel your plan, I have been trying to get help for over a month and they did nothing but answering with vague emails."

"I am an idiot for not checking trust pilot. I looked around on google and this seemed to be the best way to set up a site for rookies."

"The online help is narrow and limited and I never seem to be able to get an answer to any problem I have. Performance wise, the Editor has become slow and buggy. I am now exploring a local web design company to transfer my sites away. I have invested around £1k with this lot so far but not any more. Be warned."

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