The obvious advantage is that a new business does not have to pay for bespoke design and coding, hence the purchase costs can be kept low. You are then free to purchase your domain name and hosting wherever you choose.
The downside is that once set up there is little support. A business may need to connect the site files to the domain name and hosting which if they do not know how to do will involve the extra cost of paying someone else to do it for you.
Earlier this year renowned U.K developers www.innershed.com decided to create an option which combined a low cost web site with domain name purchase and advice (should you opt for your company name or would a keyword rich domain help you more) with e reliable hosting and email service.
The innershed option provides a custom built content management system which has been developed as an intuitive point and click system. the design brief for the system was to provide the customer with desk top tool from which they could begin to add content and edit web pages straight away from the first log in.
The content management system is a powerful tool which allows users to change some aspects of the websites look and feel, perform vital search engine optomisation tasks including a straight forward meta data editor.
The marketing team at innershed.com also wanted the package to be a one stop shop so that customers purchased the essential domain name, hosting and website package all in one price. Giving customers easy to manage renewals. However customers will not be tied to the hosting after the first year delivering a high degree of flexibility.
The whole package can be purchased from only £127.00 + vat, the full details for the service can found on the innershed.com company blog at www.webdesign-