While many diy website builders
may advertise free or low-cost services, the fact is that this rarely holds true, not to mention that the time involved in personally building and maintaining your site all comes at an indirect cost to your business. Shopify
, and others that have monthly subscriptions have little to no management software. They also do not allow you to own your content on your website due to their proprietary systems that their websites are created on.
They may actually mean you start out on a free trial before becoming subject to steep monthly charges, or that your entire site is littered with ugly banners promoting the website builder’s services unless you upgrade to an expensive hosting package.
As well as this, you will often encounter several hidden costs – for example, if you want to add plug-ins, apps, or extra features you are likely to be charged a considerable amount, whilst web hosting and domain registration will incur an additional fee per month on top of the standard website costs.