Are Website Builder Templates Ideal for Business Owners?
Website builder templates are convenient, but there are some disadvantages to keep in mind.
One of the first steps you’ll need to take when starting a new business is launching a website for your brand. These days, building a website is easy – or at least, it can be. Thanks to free website builders like Wordpress, business owners with little to no website building experience can quickly put together a professional-looking website.
Of course, most “free” website builders aren’t entirely free. You may be forced to host advertising unless you pay a fee, you may not have access to a full suite of hosting services unless you pay a fee, and perhaps most notably – you’ll be relegated to using one of the website builder’s free templates.
Are these free website builder templates the ideal option for business owners?
There are some clear advantages to these free templates. They’re completely free, they’re easy to work with, and they usually look okay.
But there are some major disadvantages to consider as well:
- Unoriginal design. You’re thinking of using a free template because it’s free – but millions of other people think the same way. If you launch your site with a free template as the basis for its design, it’s going to look like millions of other similar websites, meaning you’ll have a much harder time standing out.
- Tough restrictions. The selection of free templates isn’t very robust on most websites. You’ll be stuck choosing between a handful of cookie cutter options that don’t suit your brand as well as they could.
- Lack of flexibility. You’ll also be locking yourself into a formula. If you ever want to make adjustments or changes in the future, it’s going to be difficult to break that mold.
What’s the alternative? For most business owners, the best option is to design and build your own website from scratch. It might cost more and take some more time, but the finished result will be more on-brand, more professional, and better capable of supporting your business.
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