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    Pros and Cons of 'Build Your own site' packages

    I was wondering, does anyone know of any reason why 'Build your own site' packages are not as effective as individually crafted sites ? Are there any reasons why they should not be as effective ?

    I'd be very interested to hear any input.

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    They're effective up until the point that they won't do something you want to do. Outside of that, they're a good solution. Just make sure the feature set you want in your site is encompassed by those tools.

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    Thanks Dave,

    I thought I heard somewhere that they might not be very good for optimisation as they tend to be built with loads of javascript and that Bots can't find Java very well.... ? Anything in that ?

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    Sure, just like Dreamweaver and the rest of the WYSIWYG editors, they will be bloated with excess components that are in there not for optimization of the site but for generality and flexibility they need. So if you're looking to create a lean site optimized for speed or other characteristics, these tools aren't going to be the ones.

    I'm not so sure about saying they're all built using JS.

    Bots are typically looking at html code, so yes a site built on JS or a Java app isn't going to be bot-friendly.

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    Being SEO friendly is a must with these DIY websites. Shop around. I think some of the mainstream providers (not mentioning any names here) template sites are utter rubbish when it comes to being SEO ready.

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    It's one of those things - you might get a half decent starter package from somewhere but ultimately - if you want a website built and want to expand on it - you're best starting from scratch and putting your spec forward to whoever is going to build it. Get it built in a popular CMS such as drupal/wordpress/umbraco and then you know you can build on top of what is already there and not be stuck at a dead end when you want to expand the functionality of your site
    Working for Edge Three Sixty doing Drupal Development


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