Should you use a website builder or code the site yourself?
When you decided to create an online website, there are several things you need to take into consideration. Perhaps one of the biggest things to consider is will you be building the website from scratch or would you prefer to create a website with a website builder. In this article we will look at some considerations to take into account when making this decision.
To many people the thought of having to code their own website sounds very daunting. If this sounds like you, then you might want to consider using a website builder to create your new site.
With a site builder, you can create stunning websites without ever having to write a single line of code. Designing a website with IM Creator or Weebly allow you to manipulate the different elements on the website simply by dragging and dropping them onto the page. Using a website builder is also a good solution if you are strapped for time and simply don’t have the time to create your website from scratch.
One drawback of a site builder, however is the fact that they often limit the control you have over your website. Since most of the platforms are template based, depending on how many templates the builder offers, it can sometimes be difficult to create a truly original website.
One advantage of using a site builder is the fact that these applications often come with some form of hosting plan. In other words your website will be hosted on the same site as the one you are building the website on. This also means you will only need access one dashboard in order to create and maintain your site.
Depending on your needs website builders range from free to somewhere around $30 per month, most platforms will not charge more unless you have some very specific needs, or run a very large website.
Coding the site yourself
If you feel comfortable writing your own code, then perhaps you will feel limited by what a website builder offers. In order to code a website, you can either type everything in HTML by yourself, or you can use WYSIWYG editors such as Dreamweaver.
One advantage of coding the website by yourself is the fact that in terms of design and functions only the sky is the limit. In other words, if there is a code for it, then you can add it to your website.
One drawback of coding the site by yourself, is that unless you plan on building several websites, or already possess the skills to build one yourself, then learning HTML and CSS just for one project is very time consuming.
One thing to remember when coding the website by yourself is the fact that you will need to cover the costs for creating a domain name as well as the hosting services, furthermore, if you plan on using a WYSIWYG editor such as Dreamweaver, then you will also have to pay for this.
WordPress or Thublr
If you’re looking for standlone website or blog, you might want to consider opensource content management systems like WordPress or Thublr. There are plenty of free and paid templates that can helps you create really cool websites or blogs. You can pretty much achieve anything like corporate websites, forums, job dashboard, help desk, etc…
To conclude this article, in essence the decision comes down to two things. Firstly, do you feel comfortable writing your own code, and secondly does your website…
For most small businesses, creating a website on a builder such as IM Creator or Weebly is sufficient. However, as your business grows larger and your needs become more demanding, you might want to consider building your own website, or hiring someone to do it for you.