What’s Wrong with a Free Online Web Site Creator?
There are a lot of great services out there to help you build a starter website without needing to have a developer. I have worked on many of them in the past and each one has the same request to me. “I want better Search Engine Optimization.”
Having a web site for the world to see is a wonderful thing to have, but what if people can’t find it? Many of the Web Site Creators out there, such as Yahoo Small Business, GoDaddy’s Easy Website Builder, and countless others out there all do one of the same things, they list their names in the top of your code. The reason for this is simple, when Google spiders through your site the first thing they see is Yahoo or GoDaddy or whomever, which instead of bringing the traffic to you, brings it to them. That’s not to say that they are competing against your product or service, it just means that the google ranking that you would have got is being transfered to the owner of the Site Creator.
Another frequent problem that I have found with these Web Site Creators is that once the business owner figures out the system’s basic features they find that they can’t add all of the features they want. Photo Galleries, Flash Animations, and some time even a simple Contact Form can’t be added to many of these creators. It’s a problem that has been around for quite some time and is another popular reason to call a professional webpage developer… who will tell you you need to start over using a real web site instead of one of the ones created by the Web Site Creators.
This is another situation where you will get more of what you want by going through a professional from the start. The cost may be a bit higher than you wanted to pay for your site, but in the end, it’s something that your business needs to have.