“But why can’t I use a free website builder?”
Recently, I have been asked this question more and more: “Why should I spend the fees that a website designer charges to build a website, rather than going to a free web building service and getting my website for nothing? “
Now these services may seem too good to be true, promising uber-fancy websites with slick animations and smart looking visuals; the adverts on TV make it look like the easy and cheap choice to save some coin and get that online presence you know you should have. And that’s because they are too good to be true.
It all goes back to that age old saying: You get what you pay for!
How many of us have tried DIY? Yes, while some us can neatly paint around tricky corners in a room and put up a lightbulb or even change a plug if we’re really clever. But how many of us would install our own boiler or re-wire the electrics in the bathroom? None of us (unless you are a qualified plumber or electrician) and the reason for that is that the professionals can do the job better and more safely! We wouldn’t risk the lives of our families by attempting this, so why do so many of us take a chance on iffy DIY marketing?
While the adverts on the TV look professional, you can guarantee that those websites have been put together by professional designers specially for the advert. Without the creativity of a professional designer, your website is likely to look the same as everyone else’s, and not really get the point across as to why your business is the best out there! Everyone has their specialities, and while we designers are probably rubbish at plastering a wall, building a set of wardrobes, or doing our VAT returns, we know that we are good at what we do.
In today’s world, the majority of buyers will check out your business online before even picking up the phone. If that first impression isn’t up to scratch, it will create a dent of doubt before you’ve even started your business relationship.
Here are some reasons why you should look to a designer for your website:
This is not something that can be learned from a book or online. Creativity is something you’re born with, and that creativity is what makes the look and feel of your company online unique and makes you stand out from your competitors. We will make sure that your company looks professional and trustworthy, so that potential clients visiting your site have an instant good first-impression before they even meet you.
We have experience in marketing a range of products and services, we understand the public and the consumers of your product. We know how to bring out the best in your business and find that niche which makes your business different from the rest, and then we can appropriately advertise it through your website.
A professional can integrate more complex features than your freebie site builder. While these can cope with basic functionality, it is limited to what you can do with it. For e-commerce sites, booking sites and the like, you need to understand what’s going on behind the scenes.
We know a guy (or gal!)
Now whether you go to a freelancer or an agency for your website, you can get the best advice on how to take your website further and how to get it seen. If the guy who builds your site doesn’t offer digital marketing, he will have trusted connections to get your website seen. In a world of digital cowboys who can rip you off when it comes to SEO and other forms of ‘invisible marketing’, you’re best going to someone that has been recommended (which again, is likely not the cheapest).
So, if you are serious about your business and want to use your website to get real results, then make sure you get quality design and advertising to give that golden first impression!