Ready to build or rebuild a website? Choosing a website platform is one of the first decisions you will have to make. But with so many options, which one do you go with?
Before you get started, either by yourself or with an agency, please take a moment consider the following points. This will help you make an informed decision about how you want your website built.
- Editable: Will you or one of your employees be updating the website on a regular basis?
- Expandable: Will you be adding more web pages later?
- Robust: Are there functions your website will have to perform in the future that it doesn’t have to do now?
A custom website will be the most costly avenue and will require you to work with a website development company. Only choose a custom website if you have a high level of functionality that your website will need to perform.
WordPress websites make up the largest percentage of all websites. It is the most powerful and flexible CMS (Content Management System) on the internet. WordPress can be as flexible and complicated as it is built to be. It is important to talk about the future plans for your website when choosing a WordPress development company to work with.
Drupal and Magento websites could be considered custom websites. They are a good choice for a website if you have a large inventory of products that needs to communicate with inventory software, or a group of websites that need to integrate with each other as well as other software.
Similar to WordPress, Shopify can be built very simple or very complicated. This platform will cost more than WordPress, as it has monthly subscription fees. The only advantage this platform has over WordPress is in the eCommerce sector. Although both are competitive eCommerce solutions, Shopify was built solely for eCommerce.
Wix, Weebly, Squarespace
These 3 have a lot in common. They all offer pre-packaged designs and have the simplest interface for user editing. But if you plan on needing a large or robust website in the future, these platforms have limited expandability, so they are best for smaller, simple websites.
GoDaddy Web Builder (and other Web Builders)
Web builders offered by your hosting are not usually a good idea. They have limited editing of metadata, and are often clunky to work with. Choosing a Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace website would be a much better option than a web builder.
Website platforms and solutions Kreativ works with:
Our favorites are WordPress, Shopify, and Wix. But we can build or redesign websites in any website platform you choose. If you are considering a new website or redesigning your current website, give Kreativ a call! We would love to talk to you about your ideas and help you find a solution that fits your project and your budget.