Website Builders?

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  1. Mallard

    Mallard United Kingdom Member

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    Rather than hosting your own sites, does anyone use website builders like wix or webbly (or wordpress.com) and just repoint the domain at them? It looks simpler and cheaper, but you don't have the same control or flexibility as self-hosting. Any opinions?
     
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    Dusart South Africa Banned

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    I wouldn't want to build a site where I don't have full control over the features. It would be like building a business on quicksand. I think if you want a business that's going to work long term then you have to invest in your own hosting.
     
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    Right, it seems like the people wanting these sort of sites are cheapskates. Of course, I know it isn't always the case, but it often is. They're also the kind of people who never eat out, especially at higher end restaurants. Nonetheless, though, on the opposite end, there are perhaps many webmasters who indulge foolishly on domains and hosting - when the traffic doesn't justify it - and they could better use the income for food.
     
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    Geordy South Africa Member

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    I never once considered using a free site builder like the ones you talk about when I started my online business becdause I knew that if anything happened to that site, then I would be left high and dry and that's just not worth it if you intend on building a real business.
     
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    What about using a facebook fanpage and giving it its own domain name? Facebook seems really popular and easy enough to use. There are free emails you can use to send your emails through. Would that work?
     
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    Kaitlin South Africa Banned

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    You could go that route, but personally I wouldn't recommend it. If you're serious about creating a lasting business then there is no reason to be cutting corners. You still need that solid base for your business.
     
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    I've never heard of a fan page with a domain tied to it, please can you explain more about this and how it works or if it has advantages over a simple website built for the same purpose.
     
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    Atropia Canada New Member

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    I typically like forum software that offers free services and nice interfaces. Freeforums are a hosting website that offers free phpBB hosting.
     
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    prasanna kumar India Member

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    Sub domains wix, blogger, wordpress are best suited for the begginers who are just starting off with website building, one can gain some experience by working with the subdomains but when it comes to professional blogging i suggest you to go with your own hosting.
     
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    Ways Slovenia New Member

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    I don't know but I'm still using WordPress and have been for a long time. It has the features that I'm looking for and versus Wix, I feel like it offers more freedom in the terms of designing the site to 'match' your vision.

    It's easy to use, fast, flexible, user-friendly, many plugins, ... I guess it really depends on your knowledge.

    Out of the standard free ones, WordPress, Wix, Weebly and so on I'd really recommend WP. It's above the rest. Try it and see? if you feel too restricted you can just stop using it.
     
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    I don't think that anyone is disputing that WordPress is good, but rather that it's better to use it on your own self hosted site rather than those free ones, as in WordPress.org rather than WordPress.com
     
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    Another thing to consider is the fact the hosting on these platforms might be slower than on an independent platform. Of course, that's assuming there are no ads. Note, the catch in free hosting is often the fact that resources are limited. Therefore, you need an upgrade to make the site ran very well or at least decent.
     
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    I moved one of my client from squarespace to WordPress. They wanted to build a shop. And WooCommerce like solution was something they wanted to implement. Most of such builders offer no flexibility for payment and other selling options. In such case instead of using Wix, Squarespace, it is better to invest into WordPress.