So I’ve talked about this before but I realised I haven’t actually written a blog post on it yet, so here goes!
I’ve previously been a WordPress girl so before you read this and think I’m slating it as a platform – I’m NOT! It’s actually really good, it’s why it’s generally seen as the go to for most service based businesses who want an amazing website. In fact it’s really good for product based businesses too! I’ve used WooCommerce with my own WordPress website when I ran a bespoke product business with an online shop.
BUT, on thing I found frustrating (and it’s something I’ve heard from SO many other creatives) is it isn’t the most flexible in terms of the design UNLESS you have some knowledge of coding and are able to amend the appearance of various elements using CSS.
Now if you’re working with a designer who is going to do all of this for you, that’s great!
If, however, you would like to be able to add in pages, amend designs of pages and make some changes to the layout, you are pretty likely to hear yourself saying “why won’t it just work? I’ve done that and it’s still not showing”, or “all I want to do is xxx, why won’t it let me do it?” or “I want that graphic to go there, why won’t it stay and why does it not work properly on my mobile website?!”.
So for me, my clients are mainly service based businesses who have no need for a shop. This is where Showit is honestly hands down the easiest and (in my opinion) the best platform to use!
This all sounds great doesn’t it?
But what are the downsides?
To be honest, the only downside I’ve found with Showit is currently the builder doesn’t allow more than one section of coding on each page. This is something they are reviewing so hopefully it won’t be an issue for much longer but I’ve found this doesn’t impact mine or my clients websites as it’s unlikely I’d need more than one section of coding on a page.
I found the issue when I had an embedded form from Dubsado for my client booking AND my Instagram feed plugin in the footer. One of the two wouldn’t load on the page but I’ve found a workaround and it honestly isn’t an issue for me so all in all, I would 100% recommend Showit over WordPress for any creatives who want more flexibility to amend their website themselves.
Want to give it a try?
Give it a try and let me know how you get on.