When you are starting up your own business, it makes sense to save money wherever you can, that’s why a lot of DIY websites are very popular – they are often easy to use, and usually either free or at least inexpensive. Although this sounds amazing, it IS too good to be true.
These websites are often riddled with issues that make them troublesome for search engine optimization and the user experience.
- Slow Load Speed - To allow the website owner to easily make changes to both content and layout, these sites need to be heavily code bloated. This means that they are incredibly slow loading, which hurts both the end user experience, and it also hurts your website’s position in Google.
- Limited Site Access - In addition to the slow loading of DIY Websites, they also often don’t allow full access. In regards to SEO, there are a lot of elements that need to be placed properly throughout a website’s header and footer, like the meta data and site title. These areas can often be closed off or made to limited access in Do It Yourself websites.
- Basic Design Templates – To keep making changes to the site easy, DIY websites use rudimentary layouts that are often bland and simple.
So although it seems like a great idea to go with a DIY website service, in the end you get what you pay for. It is always better to do things right the first time, than to have to go back and start over. All of these cons of DIY websites are avoided with raw script sites or Perch CMS. You may see a higher upfront cost to having a website professionally designed and developed, but in the long run your investment in the site will pay off much better.