As a new business owner there are a lot of things demanding your time and attention. You need to be an octopus living 48 hour days just to get half of it done. Getting a website is probably on that to-do list somewhere. You might start out in the initial stages finding customers through word of mouth but sooner or later you’re going to want to spread the word a bit wider about your products or services.
There are two main ways to get your business online, having a bespoke website built or using a drag and drop website builder. But which should you choose?
Benefits of using a drag and drop website builder
There are plenty of strong reasons to use a drag and drop website builder at when starting up your business;
When is it worth paying for a bespoke site?
Once your business is in full swing and you have everything up and running it is worth reviewing whether your site is delivering what you want from it. If you are looking to make changes you have a couple of options, work with someone on the content and marketing of your current site or start discussions with a web designer using your current site to demonstrate what you do and don’t want in a potential new site. By this stage you will have a good understanding of how websites work and a clear vision of your ideas to share with your designer.
Why I use Weebly
When I was setting up back in 2013 I came across Weebly. I thought I would give it a go before having a bespoke site built but found I liked it so much I stayed with it. In the past few years I've worked with clients using WordPress, Wix and Squarespace and use each of them regularly but have chosen to stay with Weebly for my own site for a few reasons.
WordPress requires regular updating of both the platform and plugins which many people simply do not remember to do and without which their sites are vulnerable to hackers. Buying and using third party WordPress templates for is pretty popular but the cost of these is often forgotten in comparing platform prices and templates can sometimes break or stop working with plugins when the platform is updated. Issues with WordPress sites can sometimes require hiring in a WordPress specialist to help you.
Wix, Weebly and Squarespace are pretty similar in terms of usability. Wix tends to be the most expensive of the three although the pricing structures are arranged in different ways so direct comparison is difficult and I have found at the moment that Squarespace doesn't provide quite as much flexibility in terms of features as the others.
Weebly has over 40 million users worldwide and has been running for 10 years so has a pretty solid reputation. It's kept up to date with regular new features and the telephone support has been excellent whenever I have needed it.
You can try Weebly out for free with no obligation for 14 days.
Have a go at building a test site and let us know how you get on over at the Digital Skills Club Facebook Group!
About the Author
Rachel Ferla is a Digital Skills and Productivity Coach with over 15 years experience as a project manager juggling multiple projects.