- Internet & the Web
Pros for Using Website Builders
These days, having a website is no longer a whim - it’s a must. Surveys indicate that 56% of customers don’t trust companies that don’t have a web presence. In the light of this fact it makes sense to provide yourself with a website as soon as possible (saying nothing about many other advantages of having a website).
Today, almost anyone is capable of making a full-fledged, professionally-looking website in a matter of minutes: there are dozens of completely code-free website builders out there promising success with a small learning curve. Although these web services have always been a hot topic in the web design and development sphere, no one will deny their obvious advantages. Some of these I’m going to cover below.
Ease of Use
Website builders employ easy-to-use inline editors that require no HTML knowledge at all. They are all based on the What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get and drag-and-drop editing technologies. This means users can create web pages simply by selecting, dragging, dropping and modifying any site elements (texts, images, galleries, videos, widgets and other objects and extensions) directly in their browser.
Speed and Control
Because website builders offer a plethora of code-free, pre designed solutions (apps, widgets, templates, free image galleries, etc.) all in one place, you’ll be able to build a web presence pretty quickly. There will be no need to hire designers and then review, test and approve different design versions - YOU will be put in the driver’s seat. YOU will have full control over the process.
It’s obvious that website builders are more cost-efficient. On the average, their monthly plans range from $4 to $25. Besides, many site builders have absolutely free versions (no credit card data required during registration). As a rule, free accounts never expire (if you update your website regularly). However, you should realize that these free accounts aren’t intended for business purposes, since they’re ad-supported and in most cases, don’t let you connect a custom domain name, which is an essential asset to any business.
Thanks to the fierce competition in the niche, the choice of website builders is enormous. Furthermore, they regularly introduce new features and update their systems in order to attract new customers. On the one hand, this competition is very beneficial, but on the other - it leaves us wondering which website builder is the best. I think they’re all good, but for different purposes. Thus, there are versatile site builders, site builders for professional designers, specialized eCommerce platforms, portfolio builders, just to name a few types - I invite you to check out my new hub to choose the right site builder for your project.
Of course, besides benefits, site builders may have significant downsides and pose certain limitations. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that drag-and-drop site builders do have advantages over manual web design.