Page builders like Wix and Squarespace offer a lot of convenience. It sure can be nice to drag & drop elements to build a website. Everybody loves how easy contact forms, sliders, pictures, you name it, just drags and drops right into place.
Page Builders Main Pain Point
But wait a minute, there’s trouble in paradise! Did you know, that if you want to leave one of these page builders, you don’t get to keep your website? Oh no, all that hard work that was put into it. Yes, it’s true you must continue to pay the monthly fee or you lose your website. This is why I highly recommend building on your own code platform.
Suggested CMS that also have dragon drop features like Wix or Squarespace is WordPress. Or press is great, because you own the code. No matter what happens, you can always take your website along with you and go somewhere else to a new host.
Why would you want to bother with something that holds your property ransom? We don’t, that’s why we use the WordPress theme Enfold which has page builders. We wrote up a great tutorial on how to use Enfold. Enfold is a great WordPress theme that has very powerful drag & drop features. We use it for this website as a matter of fact.
When you do your new website design, you’ll want to own the code. Always ask the web designer if they will send you all the files for the website. A good designer will sign off on you owning the intellectual property of all the code.
If anyone says that they own the code, this is a red flag. All successful businesses, will require their own code base that they own outright un-attached from any other third-party company.
If you have any questions about how this process works, feel free to call SkyPoint Studios at 406-208-8733, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., we will be glad to answer your questions!
Jophiel Silvestrone has written 156 posts in the Tech Blog.
Jophiel grew up on a ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana near Chico Hot Springs. Working on the ranch instilled work ethic and self motivation. Filled with this drive, Jophiel started mowing the local school's yards twice a month throughout the summers, at the age of 12.
He moved to Billings in 2004, where he has been deeply involved in the local business community ever since. A serial entrepreneur, Jophiel has ran multiple businesses in our local community. He now runs a web development company SkyPoint Studios. One of his favorite jobs though, is fathering his 11-year old son Jaoquin. "JJ" also loves technology.