– I’m a huge advocate for WordPress, but I also understand WordPress
is not right for everyone. – What if I don’t know how
to build my own website? – As they say, there’s a plugin for that. – Welcome to The Journey. Today we’re gonna help you decide if you should use a website
builder or WordPress. All right, Nealey, so as you
know, I already have a website, but I get asked all the
time from local business, what type of website should
I build for a business? – Yeah, it’s a pretty common question. And as you know, I’m a
huge advocate for WordPress but I also understand, WordPress
is not right for everyone which is why we’re really
gonna break this down and help you decide. Should you use WordPress or should you use a website builder? Now it really helps to
understand what type of website you want to create. What features do you want on this site? – And what do you mean by that? – So the cool thing with some of the website builder’s nowadays, is they’re getting super competitive with the WordPress atmosphere. So those website builder have
those email marketing tools, it has some user login, it has blogs, has all these things. But they’re still a little bit limiting. If you find yourself
needing your own flexibility to do whatever you want. You don’t like being put in a sandbox. You can only play in that sandbox, then that’s where you really
want to look into WordPress. ‘Cause WordPress has tons of plugins that open up the amount of things you can do.
– So more flexibility? – Yeah. You can really
do whatever you want. As they say, there’s a plugin for that. So that’s what you want to keep in mind is they’re probably gonna have
some of the same features. It’s just, how much control do
you want over those features and then how much time
do you have to learn? – That helps break down the features, but what if, I’m sure
you’re asking this at home, what if I don’t know how
to build my own website? – Yeah. – Technical skills. – Super common question. And website builders, if you need something just
quick and dirty, like, I’m just gonna get a site built right now. Website builder’s all day. They make it super easy. They’re very visual. Usually drag and drop or plug in place like the Lego type style builder where you can get your site up and running which is super helpful, right? – Ba da bing, ba da boom.
(dings) – Right. Now WordPress on the other hand, there’s a lot more options
because you get to play out of the sandbox. You can do whatever you want. But every plugin, every
theme, everything you do has more options and
more things to mess with and different features you
have to just learn in general. – Got it. – So it gets a little bit more technical. – Okay. – So if you have the patience
to learn something new or the technical ability
then that’s definitely it. And hey, if you don’t
want to do it at all, you could hire a pro. – So next up, websites
built, got that done, now what? Is it set it forget it
or do I need to continue managing this site? – It depends. And it depends on what
you ended up going with. Website builder’s, the power
of those are as you say, they’re lo mein. – Or low maintenance
– low maintenance – For normal people. They make it super easy
just to build a site and have it there. Now, I would recommend you
continue to add content because Google does like
content on your site. As far as just technical
maintenance stuff like that, it’s not a problem. WordPress on the other hand, it’s what’s called an
Open Source Application. So that means everyone contributes to it, there’s updates, there’s
thing that they have to do. So you have to, every now and then, I’d recommend at least
checking in once or twice every two weeks. Somethin’ like that. – Okay. – Update your themes and plugins. Those updates help either
patch a vulnerability, it helps improve features, or it just makes your site faster. So as you know, I’m a huge
advocate for WordPress so my mom started a
business a few years ago. – What’s the business? – Doin’ auto detailing
and paint protection film. – Oh, wow. – So again,
– Cool. – huge advocate for WordPress. I’m like, Ma, you gotta be on WordPress. Get this goin’. – What’d she say?
– Here’s some basics. She was like, okay. So she starts, right? And she gets going. And then I check on her
like two weeks later, like, how’s it going? And she’s like, it’s not. (laughing) It’s way too much for me. – I’m right where you left me. – She’s never built a site. She’s never done anything. Now there’s tools to help
make WordPress easier like Beaver Builder, Elementor, Divi, or even Gutenberg. The new builder in side of it. But sometimes it’s just too much and I overestimated the
ability of a first time user because she was busy running her site. She had no time to learn. – Totally. – Right. So a website builder for
someone that has a business, that has no time, that
just needs something up to showcase her work, it was a better fit. So again, huge advocate for WordPress but I know it’s not right for everyone. – You really steered her
in the wrong direction. – Sorry, Ma. (laughing) All right, I really hope
this helps you decide whether or not WordPress is right for you or a website builder is right for you. Now if you have any
other comments, I get it, it’s kind of get a little gray area. Let us know what your questions
are in the comments below and we’ll give you an answer. – Also be sure to like
the video and share it. ‘Cause you know there’s others out there with the same dilemma, same questions. Be sure to subscribe and don’t forget, ring that bell to be the first to know about upcoming videos. This is The Journey.