Some Businesses Should Not Offer Websites

As a freelance web designer I'm seeing a disturbing trend in competition that should concern business owners alike... why in the heck are businesses like Chase bank, Costco (partnering with goDaddy.com), inferior DIY website builders like web.com, and cable companies like Verizon offering websites?! This is like expecting good & affordable results from a car washer to work on your car engine... they don't know what they are doing.

Why Business Owners Should Pay Attention

CAUTION to Business Owners: Don't Pay For Crappy Website Development From Banks, Cable Companies, DIY Websites like Wix or Webs, etc....

It's obviously okay to pay Verizon to be your IP (internet provider), and goDaddy.com to be your web hosting service & domain registrar, and use Chase bank as a bank, but don't use their web design/web building/CMS services because they are inferior! I wouldn't have a platform for my rant if they offered good web coded websites... BUT THEY DON'T!

A good web designer will have several options to meet your budget that can cost less than your monthly fees your cable co. or bank can offer and will produce a better coded SEO-friendly site. Moreover, a web designer/developer can advise and provide suggestions that will improve your website usability and SEO.

The Cons To Using Inferior Web Building Services from businesses like Chase Bank, Verizon Cable, etc.

  • Likely to Cost More Overtime: The monthly fees are often higher for these hosted (inferior) websites.
  • Hard To End the Relationship: Once you figure out that you are spending too much money on an inferior website you usually can't take/transfer your website to a self hosted web hosting plan = you're stuck with starting over, spending more money and wasting time establishing your online presence again.
  • Not SEO Friendly: 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.
  • Limited Design and Feature Options: Less options compared to hiring a competent web developer.
  • Limited Design Customization: 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.
  • Customer Service: Usually less one-on-one customer service versus hiring a local web designer.


Written by: Richard Razo, Graphic Design & Web Design - Serving Businesses in Chicago and Beyond