Due to the many low-priced website builder sites out there (like Wix, Weebly, WordPress and SquareSpace), and web "designers" that are using them, it's getting cheaper and cheaper to have a decent looking website. But there are a lot of downfalls with website builders and templates, the most crucial being lack of search friendliness (due to proprietary coding and subpar SEO tools). And using website builders is not as easy as you might think, plus there's your time involved in doing it all yourself. You'll always just be "renting" your website, and you'll be charged monthly or annually forever. If for some reason your credit card doesn't go through, your site gets deleted permanently. And good luck talking to someone (or at least someone not from a foreign call center) if you need technical help or have general questions.
In order to stay competitive with pricing, I toyed with the idea of offering templates like most web designers do, but my conscience, work pride, and sense of ethics prevented me from doing that. So in January 2020 I came up with a happy medium... a "semi-template" that combines elements of both a template and regular website. It's still manually hand-coded (so nothing to confuse search engines), but I've pared down some of the options that are most time consuming for me so that I can offer these sites at a substantially lower price.
Here are the most notable differences between a template site, my regular sites, and my new semi-template sites. Questions? Please call me, Teri, at 609-914-1318.
|Billing Length||Forever||One Time||One Time|
|Client Owns Site?||No||Yes||Yes|
|Ease of Building||Hard/Med||n/a||n/a|
|Dedicated Live Support||No||Yes||Yes|
|Layouts||Many||One for now||Many|
|Spelling & Grammar Correction||No||Yes||Yes|
|Text Rewording & Rearranging||No||No||Yes|
|Time to Complete||Your time||Short||Medium|