DIY Website Builders: Why You Should Ditch Wix and Shopify for Your Small Business Website

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Hey there, small business owners! It’s Sam from Thencan Designs, and I’m here to talk to you about DIY website builders. You know the ones – Wix, Shopify, and the like. I know many of you might be thinking, “I’ll just build the website myself.” But let me tell you about my own journey with these types of platforms, and why I eventually decided to become a website designer myself.

My Journey with DIY Website Builders

I’ve had a few friends who run small businesses and have used DIY website builders to create their own sites. One friend has a backflow prevention business and has a Wix site that his sister made for him. Another friend has a high-end barbers’ equipment e-commerce business and built his own Shopify site. And yet another friend set up a Google Site for their business.

All of these sites are functional and get the job done, especially when it comes to warm leads – that is, people who are actively searching for your business. But what about those people who are just casually browsing for backflow prevention services or high-end barbers’ equipment? It’s unlikely they’ll randomly stumble upon these sites. Plus, if they do and the sites aren’t up to par, there’s a good chance they’ll “bounce” (i.e. leave the site quickly).

My journey with DIY website builders began when my friend with the Wix site asked me to take a look at it. I was initially impressed by the platform’s simple drag-and-drop interface. But that was about all that impressed me. I noticed that the layout would switch between different devices. And as someone with a bit of knowledge about HTML and CSS, I found it difficult to really dig in and make the changes I wanted to. In the end, I couldn’t offer much help beyond moving a few buttons around.

Next, I took a look at my friend’s Shopify site for his high-end barbers’ equipment site. The site was functional, but the user experience was lacking. I could see that it would be difficult for my friend to really stand out. When you have a fully digital presence, you have to make a great impression with every visitor!

Why I Decided to Become a Website Designer

My next foray into web design was for myself. The goal was to make a simple WordPress site for myself… but I still failed! A few weeks later, the friend with the high-end barbers’ equipment business came back around and offered to pay for a premium tool to help set up his site again. The results – only a week later – were mind-blowing! I finally found the tools to build a website.

Now, we ended up not finishing the project, but this caused me to start looking into a few things. First, I wondered if people did this for a living. Second, I wondered if I could do this for a living. Third, I wondered: Am I going to do this for a living?

After these experiences, I realized that there was a real need for high-quality website design for small businesses. As I’ve mentioned, DIY website builders can get the job done. Unfortunately, they’re not always the best option for businesses that want to stand out to potential customers.

That’s why I decided to become a website designer. I wanted to help small business owner, like my friends, reach their big goals by creating beautiful, professional websites that truly reflect their brand and values.

Why WordPress is the Best Choice for Small Businesses

So, what’s the solution for small business owners who want a high-quality website? In my opinion, it’s WordPress. WordPress is a content management system (CMS). These allow people to create a website that is completely customizable and can be easily updated. It’s also the most popular CMS in the world, which means there’s a huge community of developers and designers constantly creating new themes, plugins, and other tools to help you make the most of your site.

As we’ve seen, there are a lot of DIY website builders available. I believe that WordPress is the best choice for small business owners who want a high-quality website. With WordPress, you have complete control over your site, and you can make it look and function however you want. However, if a guy who would end up designing websites needed hours and months to learn how to do build WordPress sites, you may be wondering how you will manage to do this while you’re also trying to run your buisness.

Why Thencan Designs is the Best Choice for Small Business Website Design

If you’re a small business owner looking to create a website that truly represents your brand and values, then look no further than Thencan Designs. I specialize in small business website design. I use WordPress to create a website that is not only beautiful and professional, but also functional.

At Thencan Designs, I understand the importance of having a website that is not only visually appealing but also user-friendly and easy to navigate. I take the time to understand your business and its unique needs, and I work closely with you to create a website that is tailored to your specific requirements.

In addition to my website design and development services, I also offer ongoing maintenance and support to ensure that your website stays up-to-date and runs smoothly. And don’t forget about my SEO services that will – hopefully! – get you to the front page of Google! I understand that running a small business can be demanding. Let me take the stress of website design, maintenance, and growth off your plate so that you can focus on what you do best!

If you’re ready to take your small business to the next level with a professional, high-quality website, then contact me today. I’d be happy to discuss your project – or you can request a quote right now.


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