So many options
From Wix to WordPress to Drupal, there are countless web platforms to choose from. In this blog post, we’ll break down which platform might be best for your organization by using something everyone loves: pizza.
Frozen Pepperoni Pizza
(as easy as turning on the oven)
Pre-made, flash-frozen pizza — this is your Wix, your Squarespace, your Weebly. All you have to do is peel off some plastic and pop it in the oven.
When you’re on a budget and dealing with limited time and resources, this is the website for you. You can set it up completely on your own (which can be a pro or a con depending on how much time you have on your hands), having little to no coding experience, and the end result will be a functional website. But it will be rudimentary. And let’s be honest — we can all tell the difference between delivery and DiGiorno.
- Low maintenance
- Limited control of design and functionality
- Generic look
- Easy to outgrow
(Convenient and customizable)
Made to your specifications and brought to your door, the delivery option is WordPress.
Maybe you’re planning to hire a developer and/or designer to help with some aspects of your website, but you can’t afford to completely outsource the project. If you have some web experience and enough time on your hands to tinker around and figure things out, this is the option for you. A lot of the hard work has already been done, and the toppings — I mean possibilities — are endless.
With customizable templates and thousands of plugins, you get to decide whether to stick with sausage and green pepper, or go crazy and add mushrooms.
- Robust plugin options
- Your site may look like others
- Higher cost
- Updates can trigger difficult-to-diagnose problems
(We’re growing up!)
Eventually, your taste may become more discerning (this tends to coincide with your budget becoming more robust). Cheese, pepperoni, and sausage don’t impress you anymore; you crave unusual, outside-the-box flavors (squid ink pizza, anyone?) If plug-and-play platforms aren’t cutting it, it might be time to build a website from scratch.
When you make a pizza from scratch, there are literally countless options. You can make it exactly how you want it, down to the last detail. The only roadblock: you have to know how. The same goes for building a website; you’ll need in-depth knowledge of backend programming and design in order for your website to function properly. If you don’t possess this knowledge yourself, you hire an expert.
The result? A website that is tailored to your business’s exact needs, down to the last detail.
- Unlimited options for design and functionality
- One of a kind
- Can grow with your company
- Designer and developer needed
- Longer project timeline
Written by: Sam Calcagno, Content Creator. Macleod & Co. is a premier full-service Twin Cities marketing agency, with a special emphasis on digital, brand and the strategy that unites the two. We partner with businesses of all shapes and sizes, from startup hustlers to established empires, to create and execute strategies that deliver results.