A prospective client recently asked:

With so many free ways to build a website, why pay for a website? What is the benefit of having you manage my website?

It’s a great question and one I wish more people asked before making their decision to try and make a go at it themselves. To answer this question, you must first ask yourself: “Why am I building a website?” If the answer is: “So I can grow my business!” or “Expand my reach!” then you need to hire a web designer.

Free website builders never give you the level of control that’s needed for a “complete” website. Even if you’re able to design something that looks ok, it will never be designed in a way to gain exposure via search engine rankings. By hiring a web designer, you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you own your website! You never have to worry about all of your hard work disappearing when that free website builder goes out of business or drops their “free” product offering from their business model.

A great article was written several years ago that addresses this very question. If you are considering hiring a web designer to build your website – whether you use GruffyGoat or not – check out this article which will hopefully answer your questions.


In addition to building your website, a good web designer can help you build your overall brand and help expand your reach using free strategies like Twitter & Facebook. This is our goal at GruffyGoat… not to just build you a great website, but to be a partner with you for the life of your site, helping you expand your brand recognition and business. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll be happy to help!