A DIY website is a service that allows you to choose a template, add a logo, some images and some text, and have a fully-functioning website in minutes. But you have to be careful, there are a couple of things you should know about these sites.
You don’t own a DIY website.
The content is yours, there’s no doubt, but you don’t own the site itself. If you look closer to the templates of a DIY website, they include a link or an image that takes you back to the website builder’s site. If you want to move the website to a new template away from the DIY site, then you’ll have to build it up all over again.
DIY websites are an SEO fiasco.
And because of this, your site is not going to rank well on the search engines (Google, Yahoo…)
Be careful with hidden costs
Yes, it says it’s free but there are other hidden costs. For example, if you have an eCommerce website you’ll also be paying big percentages on every sale you make.
Adds on your website
Once you have your DIY site up and running, don’t be surprised if you are inundated with all sorts of advertising for add-on services and products for your site. Do you really want your business website to be an advertisement for a free website builder?
Some DIY website platforms still offer Flash.
Flash cannot be viewed on iOS devices and it’s a technology that hides website content from search engines.
Will your website look good on all devices that can access it? Many people now use tablets and mobiles to browse websites, and not all DIY websites work for this.
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