Website Builders vs. Web Designers

Here’s a good rule of thumb: use a website builder if you have a small budget. What’s a small budget? Probably anything less than $6,000.

You’ll want to stay away from amateur web designers who are offering to design your website for really cheap. Like anything in life, you get what you pay for— and in the case of an amateur web designer what you don’t get is reliability. A website is something you’ll have for several years— during that time you’ll need small content updates, domain name renewals and other small technical tweaks. Will your amateur web designer be there in 3 years, maintaining your website and hosting? Or will you be left to figure it all out for yourself?

Here’s another rule of thumb: if you’re building something unconventional, you’ll need to hire a web developer. As I said above, website builders work really well for most websites. For example, every restaurant website needs at least three things on their website: an online menu, location & contact info. Do you need a custom coder to build those? No! These are conventional features- a website builder like Squarespace has already invented great tools for handling those features.


Example restaurant menu built with Squarespace.

Example restaurant menu built with Squarespace.