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Advantages and Disadvantages of DIY Website Builders Like Shopify



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According to a SBA article written by Anita Cambell, DIY websites, like Shopify have many advantages. Some of the advantages listed in the article are: 

  • You get professional designs. Most,  also have mobile templates or responsive designs that display well on all screen sizes.
  • Inexpensive! It’s possible to get a “free” website, although you should opt for a paid plan as it won’t have ads and you can use your own domain address. Paid plans typically run less than $30 a month.
  • Content can be updated instantly – you can even switch designs on the fly. Simply log on to your DIY dashboard and make changes. No need to put in a request to your developer.
  • Hosting, security, and software fixes are handled by the platform.

(Cambell, 2018)

The disadvantages of DIY website builders mentioned in the article include the following:  

  • The limited customization available may not meet your needs. Usually you get a package with pre-determined features or a few à la carte add-ons.
  • The DIY approach is easy, but does require you to be hands on and takes time.
  • You may be limited to online help pages or email for support. Telephone support may cost extra — or may not be available.
  • If you stop using that particular DIY platform, you have to start over again somewhere else. You can’t take your site with you.
  • (Cambell, 2018)


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Nadine Muhammad has a Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. She is the owner of an online bookstore Nation's Products and NLM Economic Development Services. For consultation for business plan  writing  or developing an economic development strategic plan for your community send an email to 


SBA. (2018).Which is better - Hiring a Web Developer or Using a DIY Website Builder?.


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