If you use any kind of social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook, you won’t have been able to elude the ruthless onslaught of ads promoting WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web development. Other site building applications provide drag-n-drop website building systems accomplished with pre-built templates.
Everyone thinks that this is a great idea because these systems are designed to save you effort and time. But it is something different in reality. Although hand-coding is slow and long, it is worth your effort and time and its advantages cannot be overlooked. Below are some of the reasons why hand-coding is always preferable over site builders.
Full control over your site and the hosting
Pages that are built on particular site builders stay with that site builder only. As the source code of the page is rendered into metadata, it is not easy to switch to the different host. If you want to change to another hosting provider, you will have to reconstruct the pages and their respective functionality. But this won’t happen with hand-coding, as you will have full control over your site.
Self-coded website is always more efficient
The WYSIWYG site builders add extra problems to your design. Sometimes you might have observed a large number of ads present on some websites. This is mainly because the site was built on existing templates. Build your own website, if you don’t want to offer free ad service for your site. One can do anything with their website only if the code is written by their own. Hand-coded websites appearance will be unique and more efficient.
Hand-coding is more secure
We know that for all the websites development, the site builders use the same source code. Hence, hacking of one site leads to many other similar websites. So, there is more chance of cyber threats. If you choose to hand code, you can add an extra feature of security to your own website.
Improve loading speed through hand-coding
Hand-coded websites are faster, accurate and more optimized because as a developer you are well aware of what features to be used and what not to be. You can find a lot of metadata containing hundreds of URL instructions, at the source code of any site builder template. More URLs indicate more dependency on external components. This, in turn, results in technical level failure of your site and lower SEO rank. With hand-codes you will write the necessary code whereas, site builders use redundant codes, thus making the website slower.
Easy to maintain
Hand-coding offers you the ability to modify websites easily according to your requirements and it is easy to maintain. There will some situations where you have to fix a bug or change something. It is possible to modify something only if the code is written by you. Because website builders never allow you to modify their codes.
WYSIWYG sites are not really free
If you select the site builders free option, it means that you are offering them free advertising services and you will have some limitations over what you can do on your own site. Moreover, the cost will be mostly higher than that of the normal hosting. And if you want to remove those advertisements then you have to pay an extra amount for that.
It is not like you should stop using website builders, as there are really some good fancy software applications like DreamWeaver and you can acquire a lot of knowledge from them. But, you should be ready to accept complications and face unwanted risks that come with them, if you are building websites with the help of templates. With hand-codes, you will have the advantage of modifying websites in case if anything goes wrong, as you have enough knowledge of where to look for and how to fix it.