With approximately 84% of the country’s population using the Internet, small businesses can longer afford to remain “offline.” But if you’re thinking about building and managing your own website, you may want to reconsider. There are numerous problems associated with DIY websites, some of which we’re going to discuss in today’s blog post.

Limited Functionality

Assuming you build your business’s website using one of the countless DIY website builders, you’ll probably have limited control over your site. These DIY website builders offer limited functionality, meaning you won’t have full control over your site. If you opt for a professional web design, however, you’ll have greater control over the functions and content of your site.

Search Engine Optimization

If you want to achieve a top search ranking in Google, it’s best to steer clear of DIY websites. They generally lack the SEO elements of a professional, well-built website; thus, giving your competitors the advantage. And when it comes to search rankings, the higher your site ranks the more traffic it will receive.

Security Vulnerabilities

Do you know how to spot, and resolve, security vulnerabilities on a website? For the average business owner, the answer is no — and that’s okay. As long as you hire a professional web agency to create and manage your site, you don’t have to worry about security vulnerabilities. But if you build your own website, you’ll be responsible for preventing malicious attacks and dealing with security vulnerabilities.

Getting Back Online

Even the most well-designed website is bound to go offline at some point in time. Whether it’s a web hosting error, domain name issue, or a coding issue, problems such as these can take a website offline. With a DIY website, you’ll have to find and fix the problem yourself. If you have an agency to handle your site, however, the agency can take care of these problems, getting your site back up and running in less time.

It’s Not Responsiveness

Many DIY websites lack a responsive design, meaning they don’t display or otherwise function properly on mobile devices. A responsive web design uses CSS3 media queries and proportion grids to adjust the visual elements based on the user’s device. When a visitor accesses the website on a mobile device, it scales down the site’s design appropriately. Responsive web design is the only configuration recommended by Google for creating a smartphone-optimized website.

These are just a few problems associated with DIY websites.