Some Businesses Should Not Offer Websites
The monthly fees are often higher for these hosted (inferior) websites.
As your business grows you may need more website features that your diy platform doesn't offer. You typically can't take/transfer your website to another web hosting plan = you're stuck starting over.
The way the website will be coded is not SEO friendly. Moreover, usually the free plans have you as a subdomain under their companies domain which also will surely stunt your online business growth/SEO.
If they do offer mobile the code is often horrific & are maybe on separate domains. Having separate domains is not necessarly bad if that's the best option, but not ideal-don't believe me well listen to Google. Hint: Responsive website is their recommendation.
If your site is not easy to use with assitive technologies you are not only discriminating but loosing potential clients... money!
Less options compared to hiring a competent web developer.
The one thing I like about some of these companies is that they make editing a website easy, and some also have nice looking templates-although they are coded badly. Nevertheless, a nice template doesn't mean you will always like it, or be happy with the little customizations you are allowed to do.
Usually less one-on-one customer service versus hiring a local web designer.
This cuts both ways: you may fear being dependent on a web developer who gaurds your code like smeagle, but not all do that, and feel comfortable to bring that up initially if that's a concern. Also, companies that offer diy website solutions can easily depricate their product anytime-even big companies are known to do this like what Adobe announced in 2018 with their (BC) Business Catalyst and Muse products.
To state the obvious the more businesses that offer websites the less work web designers & developers will get. Well, let me clearify that: unusual businesses like cable companies and banks now offer websites. We as web designers know that these websites they offer are limiting in features, design, flexibility, and produce horrific SEO code that hampers search engine ranking potential. Business owners don't neccessaryly know this and some will undoubtably pay a bank or cable company to set up their website . This means we as professionals will lose jobs, business owners get inferior websites, and web visitors will have a worse web experience on those website.
"Not knowing anything about how to create a website I turned to Go Daddy’s services. After purchasing their Website Tonight website builder I was surprised at how un-user friendly it was. Yet the worst part was discovering how much more money was necessary in order to utilize the many necessary features that I would need. After purchasing more and more product add-ons for a website that I wasn’t even happy with I decided to hire a website designer. I received a superior website and saved a lot of frustration."- Matt Crawford