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hey everyone and welcome to this video about where the best place to build your website is so the traditional option that a lot of people know about is WordPress now well this platform is good it's traditionally made to build blogs on and it's kind of expanded from there it has a lot of great features there's not much you can't do in WordPress but there are quite a few issues with it and so I wanted to discuss around what are the other options you can work with without having to get a custom coded website in my mind there is nothing better than a custom built website on a proper CMS like craft CMS for instance it's an incredible platform and if the client can afford it that is what I would do every single time but if they can't then there are a few other options out there which work for me and I do have a preference and I'm going to go through those today so let's first talk about the most popular one and the one I mentioned first in this video and that's WordPress WordPress for me is an interesting platform and as I mentioned there's not much you can't do in it but it's I find the user experience and the ease of editing is incredibly hard on WordPress it's not easy to use the system behind it is quite old and back dated the other issue is the plugins so all the plugins give you this feeling that you can do anything you want they are also restricting your website so every plugin is written but pretty much every plugin is written by different people so what you're doing is you're plugging their code into your website which means there's going to be a lot of overlap and a lot of bloated code which makes your website load slower and it also gives security risks so each plug-in you have is another place that people can break into your website and do you know DDoS attacks or any kind of other attack on your site so the the paid ones only pay for a generally a lot better built the free ones I would generally step stray away from because of all this I find that WordPress sites they load slowly they are generally quite reliant on the template that you've used so there's not as much customization as you would have initially thought unless you're a developer and you can code it yourself they're hard to edit and they have security risks as I mentioned they the good thing about WordPress is that there isn't much you can't do on it if you get a developer in they can build whatever you want you can do membership sites you can do e-commerce there are some SEO optimization things and there you can do blogs you can do everything next up is Wix so this is a platform that I think is built for people who they just want to build their own website is very simple there's not much you can do in it it's pretty much Wix already have made blocks and you put them in and you do little edits to them to build your website it's fairly restricting in terms of what you can do in it but it does again have some good features you can do e-commerce in it you can build membership pages and areas in it which I think are really good and it's a really good place to start building a website the good thing about the limitations of Wix is that the code it creates is fairly simple fairly easy to read and so your site should generally load quite quickly the problem with Wix is it is very much a drag-and-drop builder and what I found with this is that nothing stays aligned you can just place things wherever you want them and it will stay there so things might be slightly off-center and things can start to look strange it's good for small sites and it's good for personal sites but I wouldn't use it for much more than that next up is Squarespace this is another one that a lot of people know of a lot of people have probably used already so Squarespace is heavily reliant on templates and you pretty much pick a template and that's what your website is there's no way around it again they do have some great features there you can do e-commerce in Squarespace I think it's one of the more expensive options per month but I find with Squarespace websites you can't really go to wrong because you're using a template and because you can't edit that template too much what you find is that although a lot of websites tend to look the same they all look pretty good so considering your website it's going to be your number one touch point for potential leads potential clients or current clients having a decent looking website to start with it's always good however you've made it finally I'm going to move on to my personal favorite and the one I use for 90% of my websites and that's web flow so web flow is a builder program similar to WordPress Squarespace Wix but it's not reliant on templates it's not reliant on any code it has a great user experience and it has a lot of functionality that you can build so the way we're float works is that you can you build each section as you would if you were custom coding it but without having to actually code it yourself so it was very much for visual and so it's great for designers and because we can just build the site straightaway without having to worry about developers or worrying about any changes we can tweak everything as we want but because of this in it does have a few limitations at the moment you can't build any membership sites they've only recently added ecommerce into it and it's still in beta mode so it's not as well rounded in that sense so there's not as much functionality but if you think about your website and what you do on it you start to realize that most websites can be built on web flow and they're going to be a lot better the code is a lot cleaner they've load superfast it's crazy fast they use high-end servers and it's just easy to update so a lot of my clients when they're using at the web flow editor side that they get they always say it's it's almost like updating a word document or a PowerPoint something they already know so well you just if you want to change some copy on your website you literally tap into it and start typing and it's as easy as that it's not perfect for every website so you've got to start thinking about what site you want and what is the best fit for what you want I build ninety ninety percent of my websites on web flow because I do believe it is the best platform out there and the other ones that I don't build on there which just can't be built on there there's no way around it I will generally get a developer to build on craft so that's it for my roundup of where you should build your website and how as you build it I hope you've learned something and if you want to know any more about any of the different platforms let me know in the comments and I will reply to them maybe even make another video about it .

Video Discription

Today we are talking about the best places to build your website, with the pros and cons of each way.

Everyone knows about WordPress and is the go to for most companies and agencies, now whilst this platform works, it is an old system that has been primarily to host blogs. It does have some great functionality and there isn’t much you can’t do in it through the creative use of plugins, but it does still have quite a few issues.

But what are the other options you can work with without having to have a custom coded website with a team of developers?

Let me show you.

Just a note to start with, there is nothing better than a custom built site by skilled developers and designers, the possibilities for integrations, style and optimisation are endless. However they are overkill for some websites, which is where builders come into play.

WordPress
Wordpress for me is a very interesting platform as I mentioned there isn’t much you can’t do in it. Want to make a site with memberships – done, want to build an eCommerce site – done, just want a simple blog – done. However it does have it’s downfalls with the usability and design of the platform being quite complex.

Pros:
Very versatile
Can be a quick setup using templates
Can be updated without coding knowledge
Can be cheap or expensive to run
Great community

Cons:
Plugins slow the site down a lot
Have to use a template unless you have a developer
Plugins cause security issues
Not very intuitive

Wix
A great platform to use if you want a very simple and basic website. You can build a few cool site types such as eCommerce and memberships and it’s really easy to use, but it limits the design quite heavily.

Pros:
Quick to load
Quick to build
Has some good functionality
Intuitive to use

Cons:
Limited design possibilities
Alignment can be hard

Squarespace
Everyone has heard of Squarespace, they sponsor every YouTuber ever and have some great marketing. The builder itself is nice and easy to use for simple sites, but doesn’t have much functionality or design possibilities.

Pros:
Easy to use
Super easy to build
Hard to make a bad design in

Cons:
Template based
More expensive option that the others

Webflow
Finally, my favourite builder out there. Webflow is a great system that allows a lot of flexibility in design with super fast loading times, but it is limited to its functionality – having only recently added eCommerce functionality it is behind the others in this list.

Pros:
Fast loading times
Fully custom or templated design
No code necessary
Easy to use
A lot of design functionality
Great community

Cons:
Limiting back-end functionality (no memberships, no web notifications)
More expensive hosting

That’s it for this, let me know where you have built your website – and get in touch if you want a free website review!

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