Setting up the website for a plus size clothing retailer, I had to make the choice between building one from scratch or using a pre designed template. When putting up a website one can either use an online site builder or a stand alone web editor. The article makes the case for why professional web builders should avoid online site builders like the plague.
Mirage of professionalism
The reliance of online web builder by a professional can seriously blunt the skills of a web designer. The use of precast templates, the availability of a set up wizard,and circumventing file management by easily transferring files in an online site builder regress your skills in the long run. For the seeming convenience offered by these site builders a professional pays a heavy price by failing to muster different coding languages( this occurs during content generation) and failing to be flexible when it comes to database management. What this means is that over the long haul you may be unknowingly blunting your skill set as a web developer.
Some web hosting firms that provide online site builders will decline to transfer a website to another host. Any web developer worth their salt should clearly read the terms and conditions before buying into a hosting plan. In the event that one gets ensnared in such a scenario, then their inability to transfer files to another host will not make for good conversation with a client who is affected. This seriously damages your brand. In the same vein working within a framework ensures that the developer is in a straight jacket of sorts in so far as their creativity is concerned. They can’t work outside the framework and they are not allowed to go off tangent within the framework. This militates against any creativity or intellectual curiosity.
In the long run, the commodification of web design is meant to aid the public publish their webpages, however from a professional point of view the reliance on onsite web builders should not be relied on by the professionals because the cost upon their skill set is negative in value.