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Should I Use a DIY Website Builder or Hire a Web Developer?

If you run a business, there’s a pretty high chance that sooner or later you will have to take your business digital, which is in case you haven’t already. That is simply the way the world works today. If you are not on the web, you are practically invisible to millions of potential customers. While you may still run a successful venture, and make a decent amount of money, but if you started out with the hopes of dominating the market and truly becoming the first choice for all potential buyers, then you can’t possibly do without listing your products and services on the Internet. Now the first step towards building an online presence is that of creating a website that fits you and your genre of business perfectly, which can sometimes be a tricky thing to manage. It requires skill and at least a little bit of technical knowledge, something which sadly a lot of such people in business lack.

webpage designThankfully, in today’s world, almost every problem comes with a solution. There are numerous web builders out there in the market which act as fantastic tools to help you build your dream website, all by yourself. And if even that is too much work for you, then all you have to do is just hire a web developer or an agency like Thrive Design, who will then build your website for you, taking in all your inputs on how you want things to look, for a price of course.

So which one of these two ways should you opt for? Will you be able to do a satisfactory job by yourself, or is getting professional help the best solution? This article aims to answer the question.

There are multiple builders like Weebly, Wix, and IMCreator which have been helping people create and build their websites for quite some time now. These people have absolutely no coding or technical experience or knowledge and yet can build stunning websites pretty fast with these builders. The only thing is they mostly work well only on small websites. As the volume of your site increases, it becomes more and more difficult to manage every aspect single-handedly for a non-technical person, and that is where web experts like Thrive Design come in.

Having said that, small website or not, web builders really are magical. They’re like a toolbox with every possible tool you could need to build the site of your dreams. They take away all the sophistication involved in building a website, leaving out just the fun part for you to enjoy. Here are some of the features that make web builders so great.

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Drag & Drop

The most basic operations a person can perform with a computer are those of dragging and dropping things around. And that is all it sometimes takes to build beautiful websites if you have a web builder.

Only by using a few mouse clicks and dragging your content around to position them wherever you want them to be, you create beautiful websites. It doesn’t get any easier than that. We at Thrive Design recognizes this fact and incorporates the drag and drop feature in all its products.

User-Friendly Interface

Let’s say you’re not happy with the color of your fonts, or need to change the size of elements of your page. With a website builder tool, you don’t need to go to the trouble of familiarizing yourself with the CSS code of the page and then making changes there. All you’ve to do is click and point at the location you need to make the changes at. Additionally, installation of these builders is an extremely simplified process, with installation guides to help you along. With a beautiful UI, you can’t get better reception than what Thrive Design promises to give you.

Full Support at Every Step

The best thing about these website builder tools is that even if you happen to get stuck at some point, and have no clue what to do, you can always contact the customer service of the tool you are using. The people who build these tools recognize the fact that the people using them won’t always be technically sound and might require assistance at times, which is why they always have a fully trained and equipped customer support team ready to answer your problems. All you have to do is make a call or drop them an email describing your grievance, and they will solve your problem in no time. With around the clock service and attentive staff, your issues will be taken care of in no time, if you choose to call us at Thrive Design.

But even though all of this may seem pretty convenient and easy, and website building might have started sounding a very trivial issue to you right now, it is important to realize that as soon as you start looking for complex functionalities and in-depth utilities in your website, you might start getting lost. While website builders are fully equipped to handle a basic user interface for your site, and can efficiently handle your initial requirements, they won’t be able to tackle more advanced options efficiently. This is where web designers or developers like Thrive Design come in. These professionals are fully equipped and have all the technical knowledge and expertise required to help you build anything you want. They charge you a fee, and its returns create a website that caters to all your needs and requirements.

Given the above, here are a few cons with using website builders and handling the creation of your website all by yourself.

Higher Costs

higher costWhile hiring Thrive Design may seem much more costly on the surface, if you dig a little deeper, you will find that the effective cost you end up paying for web builder tools is more than what you pay for web developers. Web builders usually have an annual fee of around $100 a year. But the catch here is that they have a separate plug-in for each additional feature that you might want to incorporate, taking the cost higher. Each of the plug-ins can range from $10 to even $50. In contrast, we at Thrive Design will build your website for a onetime fee of $3000, and a monthly hosting fee of around $7. Now the point to be noted here is that for the fee mentioned above, you can ask for the practically limitless number of features to be added to your website, without paying anything extra.

Limited Customization

While it may seem like the web builder tools you see on the Internet are offering practically unlimited templates and layouts for your designing process, it’s not exactly correct. While they do have a lot of options, many of these templates are quite similar, only differing a little concerning a few images or words. This means the real choice you get is just among a handful of templates because the rest of them are simply copies of each other with minor differences.

Decreased Credibility

Although, you might think that a basic website with minimal features is satisfactory and quite enough for your business, your customers might disagree. The truth is that people usually associate fancy details and intricate styling with professionalism, which is why your website must include all latest features and implement everything that might please a customer. Without all that glitter and pomp, your visitors might just feel a little disappointed. This will obviously, adversely affect your credibility and might even lead you to lose some customers. We at Thrive Web Design recognize how valuable your customers are to you, and strives to keep the standard of work high enough to only enhance the credibility you enjoy them.

Conclusively, think about what you do when you want to get a job done. You look for people to do it and then you ask yourself if the person you have found is the right person to do this job. Similarly, this time ask yourself if you are the right person to build your website. If you get an affirmative answer, then perhaps you don’t need professional help. If you don’t, support is always just a click away.