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    Why pay for a website?

    When it comes to getting your information or even networking yourself now a days, people can obtain a decent website for free. These websites are roughly unique looking to the average person, and fill the basic needs of most small businesses.

    Why would someone pay £200+ for a website when they can simply go to a website that offers free webservice? (I'm not advocating free websites, but I'm trying to understand the difference between these free ones and an offered website that requires payment from a client. I'm not too sure why someone would lean towards paying vs a free one)

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    If your question is serious, the answer is that anything free is worth exactly what you pay for it. You ought to know that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and the cheese in the mousetrap is always free.

    You seem to suffer from the delusion that the cheapest product option is the best. "Buy cheap, buy twice" is the more likely outcome.

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    Hah don't be so crude

    No I generally believe anything free comes at a price and dilutes quality in this world. Though I believe free is the way to go, this doesn't exist in our societies. So when I see free, I see bottom of a barrel to attract attention to gain money through advertisements in some fashion.

    There are a couple reasons why I asked. I asked so people who actually work in the webdesign industry could voice their opinion on it to highlight the benefits of a paid for web design, and the extreme negatives of free websites. And also to highlight that people will always go to something that is free or the cheapest they can find, when they know next to nothing about the industry. Most people still are naive to how computer systems work, so they don't understand the complexities behind programs or websites.


    It is a serious question, and thankyou for your reply. Though judging from the tone of it, you understand exactly the problem with free websites and the damage they are doing.

    To add to it from what I understand atleast, free web sites come with ads, are horribly designed around SEO, generally have poor support, have the free hosts name in the webdomain, and are not exactly user friendly.

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    And what exactly has this topic to do with JavaScript?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIPStephan View Post
    And what exactly has this topic to do with JavaScript?
    Sorry my bad. I figured cause this forum has the most views and java script users tend to have a more indepth understanding then html/css soul users. If it's a problem I'll pm a mod and ask they move it

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    I am a mod and I have moved it already.

    You need to understand that there is a difference between amateurs and professionals, both, in terms of web development as well as on the user side. For average Joe’s personal blog with an average of 50 page views a day, or for a simple profile for networking purposes, a free service might be OK but if you have a company and want to come across as professional – and especially if you don’t have the time and/or interest to research and learn that stuff yourself (and there is always some learning curve) – then it’s definitely better to pay a professional web developer to develop a professional website.

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    One huge difference is that aren't going to find any free website builders that are capable of doing anything much with server-side processing. Most especially with databases.

    Yes, I know a few that offer free ecommerce which can involve server-side stuff, but those typically pay for themselves via either advertising or via the per-transaction charges you pay for using their payment gateways. (If you think it's okay for a site selling, say, bicycles, to have ads on the site promoting other companies' bicycles, then...well...yeah, I guess that does qualify as free. But not to me.)
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    Also 'free' web sites can work out to be far more expensive than ones that require a small payment.

    If a 'free' site contains advertising that makes say $100 a month then you are effectively paying that much for the hosting because the advertising income goes to the provider. If instead you get hosting at $10 a month then the advertising income comes to you and you get to keep $90 a month .
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    Also keep in mind that having a website isn't always necessary. I'm not sure why every business, organization, or service company thinks they need a website. Some companies have a webhost account, but don't have an actual website. They use the webhost account to store data that can then be served to people as an application programming interface (API), or used for their own internal activities.

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    It’s such nice informatics information about website; please keep discussion on this topic, Thanks for sharing to all.

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    What I know, you'll not be able to avail all benefits of paid site in free cost site analyze properly and you'll find most of the application and features are paid.


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