If you are in the market for a new website, there is no doubt that you have already been researching the range of website builders available for you to get started with right away. Some site builders boast ease of use for even the most beginner of site designers. In contrast, others offer more granular control over your site design while requiring an additional understanding of things like coding and programming. Choosing between the many options is overwhelming, especially as each competes for your trust and your business through a series of sales pitches and convincing arguments for why their platform is the best decision, no matter what your needs.
We have compiled a brief list of the pros and cons of some of the most popular website builders for you to consider. One more thing to consider is the fact that working with a web designer might be the best option for you regardless of the platform you choose – and, in fact, working with a designer will likely change the platform that you use because you will have experienced professional handling the heavy lifting for you.
Take a look at a few of the most popular website builders below to get a sense of some pros and cons of each.
WordPress is one of the most popular website builders available for both beginners and advanced designers – and for a good reason. This robust platform offers a range of options such as simple plugins as well as an editable source code for more advanced users and needs. When you use WordPress to power your website, you will be able to have more control over many different aspects of your site when compared to a “plug and play” solution like Squarespace. Working with a WordPress development company is a great way to ensure that you will get a high-performing site that suits both your and your customers’ needs on launch day.
However, there are many drawbacks to WordPress that you will want to consider as well. For starters, WordPress is not a hosted solution, meaning that you will need to be responsible for plugging in all of the “backend” things like a server, email hosting, and more. In addition, relying too heavily on WordPress plugins can run the risk of building a site on a theme or tool from a third-party developer that stops being supported or is no longer compatible after a WordPress core update.
Squarespace is another extremely popular site builder and empowers users to have a site up and running with ease in no time. However, as with all simplified tools, Squarespace’s ease of use comes at the cost of relinquishing control over many of the aspects of your site. This “drag and drop” style web designer will allow you to control the layout and placement of different blocks, and there are many Squarespace extensions that can help you add functionality to your site that does not come standard.
One of the major drawbacks of Squarespace is that it is a subscription model that requires you to continue to pay for the service, or your site will go offline. You may be able to migrate certain aspects
This article was written by Editorial Staff and originally published on WPArena.