There are many different ways to build a website and the decision on which way to go should be dependent on your budget, goals and requirements.
DIY Web Builders (hosted)
Great for simple personal websites, portfolios & blogs.
- Great for small budgets
- Easy to use after initial training
- Great support & security
- Ongoing costs are often higher
- Limited functionality unless you pay more
- Hard to move your site to another platform
The drag and drop website builders like Squarespace, Weebly and Wix are great if you have the time to do-it-yourself and have a limited budget to work with. They are easy to use when you know how, but it can be overwhelming for people who are not tech-savvy and you might not end up with the website you originally had in mind. There are many limitations and you can end up paying more than you expected in ongoing costs if you need additional functionality or flexibility.
WordPress (Self Hosted)
Perfect for all business’s, organisations, blogs & portfolios
- Free open source software
- Choose your own hosting provider
- You have complete control over your site and content
- Easy to customise to suit your brand
- Add functionality with ease
- Can be overwhelming for a newbie
- Needs to be updated and maintained
With a self-hosted WordPress website you are in complete control of your website and which web host you choose to use, so your ongoing costs can be a lot less than the hosted DIY options. WordPress websites are easy to customise and a design theme can be coded from scratch or customised to suit your business requirements and branding.
Plugins (free and paid) can be added to your website to add functionality and also communicate with other services such as email marketing, social media and project management.