As a website designer I seek out the very best platforms for my clients which means I also discover some not so great ones in the process. Today I’m sharing a few website platforms I highly dislike as a website designer because they don’t rank well, have limited features, or are just outdated in general.
Wix is one of the most popular DIY web builders which is exactly why I do not offer wix web design. Wix is made for people who do not know how to code and as a result I find the platform frustrating as a website designer. It also has a bad SEO reputation although they’ve supposedly improved in recent years.
Lastly, I’ve noticed a strange sharpening effect on all wix websites with heavy imagery especially on mobile devices. It makes a wix website a dead giveaway for many users!
That being said, it might be a good fit for somebody who just wants to DIY their hobby website but if you’re after a professional business website, I would advise you to look elsewhere.
Not to be confused with Go Daddy hosting, Go Daddy also offers its own website “builder” which is vastly limited. It’s very hard to customize with personalized branding & lacks most capabilities that modern web builders should have.
Weebly was founded in 2006 and still hasn’t quite gained the same recognition as the other modern builders of today. Most of the Weebly websites I’ve seen have a super outdated appearance which means their building features are probably a bit dated and lack a lot of the needed capabilities for a uniquely branded website.
Any website builder that’s going to be worth your time & energy is NOT going to be free. It takes a lot of knowledge and coding to actually create a website platform so any free service is probably going to be extremely limited.
Now to end this article on a good note, a few website builders I do recommend include Shopify, SquareSpace, WordPress, and Showit although the best platform for you will vary based on your business model and website goals!
October 7, 2020