It's important to consider many factors when commissioning a website. But the primary ones are:
3. Future Requirements
There are some great online website builders available - and we have clients for whom these are the perfect solution for them. They offer great services for a relatively low ongoing fee. They are quick to set up and can even offer some great functionality like e-commerce. When cost is the primary factor you are concerned about, these online websites are ideal. We can help set them up for you and make them even better.
Do I need something more powerful?
CMS engines like ExpressionEngine are the best option for those who find they have outgrown their first generation website, and for those who simply want to do more with their website from the word go. Websites are similar to early mass car production. Ford introduced the Model T with the slogan you can have any colour you want as long as it's black. Online website services are like this. One-size fits all. Sure there's a lot you can do with that one-size, but if you want to do something more - you'll hit a brick wall.
So this is where CMS like ExpressionEngine come in. Here are just a few of the things why it is powerful:
1. Design. We design the site specifically for you. We have no restrictions on how we design it - only good practice.
2. Technology. Need to integrate an RSS feed into the content? No problem. Need to create an RSS feed e.g. an automated site map? No problem. Need to add Google Analytic event tracking into specific parts of the site? No problem. If it can be done, we can do it. The technology doesn't get in the way of having ideas.
3. Search Engine Optimisation. Anything can be done. The website is not limited to the specific SEO improvements that the online website service provides. Whatever you need set up, we can set it up for you.
So it really depends what you're looking for. For a quick-to-market solution that will get you going - online website builders are great. For anything more, there's no alternative better than choosing a custom-built website based on a really good CMS (content management solution).