May 13, 2016

Template Websites – Are Custom Websites in Jeopardy?

Filed under: Blog Articles,Custom Website,Free Website — Tags: , — Jeff Weissberg @ 2:11 pm

We’ve all seen the TV commercials offering a “Free Custom Website Design”. So as website designers and developers for almost 20 years we were eager to dig deeper into these offers and get to the real facts.

It turns out that “Free” usually involves a monthly fee and sometimes an annual obligation. In addition, upgrades for a fee are often needed to get to anything beyond the most simple of websites. So the old adage that “nothing is free” seems to apply, and once again advertisements use bait and switch techniques to lure in uninformed customers.

As for the second half of the offer for a “Free Custom Website Design” these website templates are far from a truly customized and branded website design and functionality. (more…)

January 25, 2016

Beware of Free Website Offers – Check the Fine Print

Filed under: Free Website,Maintenance Fees — Jeff Weissberg @ 10:35 am

So you’ve all heard the ads for “Free Websites” on prime time television. But, are these offers really free?  First ask yourself if you think these large companies are really in business to just give away free work?  Second, ask yourself if you’ve ever gotten much of value in business for free. The answer to both questions is probably a resounding no. And in this case that holds true as well.

In actuality, the free offers are without doubt a ‘come-on’ for never ending monthly fees that quickly add up to a larger expense than actually paying up front for a website. Let’s look at an example: An average custom website may cost $1500 – $2500 to design and develop. Compare this with a so-called ‘free’ website that has a $250 a month ‘maintenance’ fee. Within 10 months you have paid $2500 for your ‘free’ website and within two years that cost skyrockets to $6000. I hate to think how much that ‘free’ site adds up to cost over 10 years.

To make matters even worse, you often do not actually own the domain name or website files, so if you decide to leave the so-called ‘free’ service you will have to start with a new domain name and have the website completely rebuilt. All of the recognition you’ve built up with google and your clients could be lost as you have to begin anew with a different domain name.

In summary we strongly recommend you read all of the fine print when signing up for a free’ website. Remember that old adage:  “you get what you pay for”.

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