It’s a fair question. When you are growing your business and watching every penny, it may seem like a no-brainer to go with the free template website option. If you can’t make money until you have a website, how can you afford a website?

Remember that old adage though – there is no such thing as a free lunch…or for that matter, a free website.

Many companies offer a “free” version of their services which seems great to the start up business who, quite frankly, have enough to pay for at the beginning of their journey.  You can have your website up and running in an hour – who doesn’t want that?

But there are downsides to some of these websites…

Restricted Choice

Choosing a “free” option often means you have limited control of your domain name.  Your domain name is more important than you think to your business.  A good domain name helps build your brand and adds credibility to your business, especially if you are a start-up. 

For this reason, you want to be able to choose a domain name that reflects your business – not one that’s promoting another company’s name!

Limited Functionality

Free or “build your own” websites are usually quite easy to set up, but the trade-off is that the templates can be quite rigid. If you want your website functionality to be flexible and to grow with your business, this can cause problems when you try to change things later.

Poor Support

If something does go wrong with your site, who do you turn to? With some “build your own” options, getting a response from the support team can take days unless you pay for “upgraded support.” Not helpful! If your site goes down, you become invisible to your audience and prospective new clients. The longer this takes, the more money you lose.

To get a true picture of how a company treats its customers once they’ve signed up, have a look at their independent TrustPilot reviews. They are an eye-opening read!

How are we different?

Cunningly Good Websites offers another way.

We’re here for the start-ups, the entrepreneurs, the small businesses with big ideas. As part of Volpa, we’ve been building websites for over 16 years. We’ve seen the challenges faced by growing businesses, we’ve heard the frustrations – and we’ve come up with a Cunningly Good solution.

From £59 per month

Our pay monthly packages offer you a professionally built website, with full control and full support, ready to go live from £59 per month. That’s it. No upfront costs, no huge loan required, no technical expertise needed. You can leave it up to us.

Full Control

From the very start of the process we will talk to you to find out what you need, give advice on layout and design and put you in full control of your content and tone.  After all, it’s your your business and your vision we are bringing to life.

Dedicated Support

Your monthly contract gives you access to a dedicated support line and a speedy response to deal with any issues you might have with your site. We’ll help with updating content and adding images. We’ll also help your site evolve as your business grows, with a complete rebuild after three years to ensure it always looks its best.

And all this included

Our prices also include your choice of hosting and domain name registration, fully responsive display for mobile and tablet, privacy policy and GDPR compliancy, SEO, Google analytics, search engine submission and a full site backup EVERY 24 hrs.

So, don’t spend hours trying to get your free website template to do what you need it to do. We suggest that you treat your website as a business investment – not a cost.  By investing in it from the start you’ll save money, hassle and time.

Call us for a chat and find the best package to suit you. Then relax and give your business the attention it deserves.

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