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DIY Website Platforms: Money savers or time wasters?

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Lots of people turn to DIY website platforms like Squarespace, Wix, or Weebly to build their own sites. Because of their low price points, these platforms make going DIY look shiny. If you’re a tech-savvy entrepreneur with lots of time on your hands, this might be the option for you. And if you’re not, you could end up wasting a lot of time, aka money. Check out these pros and cons.

PROS

It’s affordable

The biggest plus to going DIY is the price — you’re looking at anywhere between $10–50 per month. But before you sign up, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting for the price. If you want features such as forms, live chat, booking, etc., you’re going to have to pay. And those add-ons definitely add up.

Say see ya to coding

If you go DIY, don’t worry. You don’t have to be fluent in code. These platforms have their own editing tools, which means less coding, more dragging and dropping.

You’re in control

You’re building your own site, so you’re the boss. You get to control how your site looks and feels (colors, content, fonts, layouts, etc.). If you know what you’re doing then this will come as a relief. And if you don’t, it means you could end up with a site that’s an ugly duckling until you figure it out.

Start with a template

If you go DIY, your site will be created based on a pre-designed template. It takes the pressure off of you having to start from scratch. Of course, the bummer is that your site will have many twins out there.

CONS

Set lots of time aside

With these platforms, you learn as you go. That means you’ll need to set a lot of time aside to get your website in any shape that’s ready for launch.

Anticipate delays

Expecting to get your site online in just a few days? Think again. If you want to get your site online fast so it can start making you money, this isn’t the option for you.

Don’t count on support

These platforms aren’t known for their stellar support. If you have questions, expect to be directed to a list of FAQs. If you reach out for help, you may end up waiting a while for a response to your question.

Be prepared to troubleshoot

Since getting someone to help you the moment you need it isn’t an option, prepare yourself for a lot of trial and error.

Ready to explore another option? We can help you decide if Mopro is the right choice for your business. Email hello@mopro.com or call 844-207-9038 to speak to one of our specialists.

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