good afternoon my name is Chrissy Hughes owner founder of a nerds WorldCom currently a for retail locations in downtown Toronto where we're doing things slightly different retail locations yet we're selling a service the service of web development and graphic design now as I slowly but surely creep towards ten thousand subscribers the question I get asked so often is what do you think is going to happen to the future of web development as a career now that there's like wicks and Weebly and Squarespace and Shopify is that somehow gonna endanger our livelihood so the straightforward short and sweet answer is no it does not affect me now I've been in the web development industry for over ten years and I could say I can count on one hand how many times a client has walked into one of my stores and compared my service my personal service of web development and a free website builder like Wix now in order for my type of clients to sort of force their functionality and design that they're looking for for the real business into that type of mold I need to sort of like I need to break things and force it like not literally but metaphorically I have to force things in in my type of business that I'm selling to they cannot function on a Wix website but I look at Wix and the amount of money they're putting into advertising to promote the fact that you can build your own website it's a great opportunity for a web development company like myself to use that momentum to sell websites to those type of people so hobbyists and small business start with the Wix and it gets them excited that that they're online and they have a presence and then the next stage to make it better is to then contact a web developer like us a web development company so I have a lot of websites that we build where we're the second stage they currently have a Wix there the constraints of Wix and you know the templates look very similar and it's very cookie cutter and generic and the fact that if they like a template that hey there neighbor down the street might like and also use that template but it's given them that first step in the door to the World Wide Web the type of person that goes to whitson and uses which is not my client right our websites really they start at about fifteen hundred dollars in our average sale is about five thousand so the person looking for a $10 a month wakes is not looking for my service and I'm okay with that you know there's enough clients out there that are looking for my service that that does not affect me and I don't even think about it twice it never actually crosses my mind now the person that is thinking that Wix is going to affect their future business is somebody that's not in business yet like they're thinking about becoming a web developer they want to know if this is gonna be first a lucrative career a long-term career and they're concerned with all of the hurdles or obstacles along the way and second or are the meteor web developers that are really not good at what they're doing and they're worried about competition if you're good at what you're doing you should never be worried about competition web development as a career has been here for a long time and it's not going anywhere definitely not in my lifetime there's always going to be a need for design proper design UX UI the placement of photos and the type of photos and the type of fonts that are used for a specific industry or website are then going to dictate how much money that website makes on a daily weekly monthly and yearly basis now that's not something that a computer or a website builder like wicks or Squarespace can animate or when I hear the fact that hey you two can have a free website up in 15 minutes great wonderful you're taking the first step to building a website good for you that website is not going to do anywhere near the numbers in sales or traffic that a real website would built by a real web developer that has real knowledge in conversion if you are a mediocre web developer in it then it might affect you if you're not that good it might affect you because the clients that you're trying to sell to say hey the Wix website that I've myself looks better than your portfolio then I get it then hey why not offer that service there are people in this world that only build Wix websites for other businesses but it's an actual career so maybe that is something that you can look at so rather than hate Wix and say you're the devil will be brought so much negativity to our industry maybe I can start offering that service to my lower paying clients maybe there's a money opportunity there I'm not going anywhere my web development company is not going anywhere we nowhere near do we fear the presence of competition whether it be wicks or Squarespace or Weebly or Shopify or another web development company that appears right down the street in conclusion I'm not here to discourage you from trying to build your own web site I actually encourage it but if you're a serious business I would really recommend you shop around and talk to web developers and try to find somebody experienced in that industry in your city because I believe that's going to bring your website to the next level that's it Chris signing out thank you for watching have a nice day .
It’s the same question I am asked by my Subscribers, “Why should someone pay you $4,000 for a website when I can build one for free on Wix?”
Yes, websites are commoditized and are becoming more user-friendly for a hobbiests and small business owner to build their own website, and still look good. We’ve been saying this for years though; each new iteration of a page builder starts the debate again that our web development business is dying.
But I don't sell $4,000 websites.
I sell $4,000 marketing platforms with 10+ years’ experience. I sell digital marketing and website design that generate leads and sales.
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