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10 top challenges faced by small businesses in website creation

As a small business owner looking to get your website developed or revamped, there are many things to look forward to, but there are also challenges that you must be aware of.

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We have prepared this list to help you plan your project. You can also take a look at our list of questions you need to ask your web developer and our article on how to choose the right website design agency for your business.

At the end of this list we talk about a product that helps business owners overcome many of these challenges.

High Costs

Small businesses often face the hurdle of high development costs when creating a website. Professional web design services can be expensive, and additional features like SEO, custom graphics, or e-commerce functionality can quickly increase the budget, making it difficult for small businesses with limited funds.

Time-Consuming Process

The duration of web development projects can be a significant issue. It’s not uncommon for a website to take several months to complete, causing delays in marketing efforts and lost opportunities for businesses eager to establish an online presence.

Technical Complexity 

For many small business owners, the technicalities of web development, such as domain registration, hosting, and back-end coding, are complex and daunting. This can lead to a reliance on web developers, sometimes resulting in a lack of control over the process and outcome.

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Lack of Customization 

Off-the-shelf solutions or basic templates often lack the flexibility to meet specific business needs. Small businesses struggle to differentiate themselves when they’re unable to tailor the design, functionality, and user experience of their websites.

Maintenance and Updates

 Post-launch, websites require regular maintenance and updates. Small businesses might not have the resources or technical know-how to manage this, potentially leading to security vulnerabilities or outdated content.

SEO and Visibility Challenges

Optimizing a website for search engines is critical for visibility but can be complex. Small businesses often lack the expertise to effectively implement SEO strategies, impacting their ability to rank well and attract organic traffic.

Mobile Responsiveness 

With the increasing use of smartphones for internet browsing, having a mobile-responsive website is crucial. Small businesses sometimes overlook this, resulting in a poor user experience for a significant portion of their audience.

Security Concerns: Cybersecurity is vital for protecting business and customer data. Small businesses often struggle with implementing adequate security measures, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Effective Content Strategy 

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Creating engaging, relevant, and regularly updated content is key to driving traffic and engagement. However, small businesses often struggle with content development, either due to a lack of time, resources, or expertise.

Scalability Issues

As a business grows, its website needs to adapt and scale. Small businesses often face challenges in ensuring their website can accommodate this growth in terms of functionality, traffic capacity, and content expansion.

There’s a new way around these challenges

Artist Dynamix recently launched a service that helps small businesses leap over most of these challenges. We call it AdX Digital Takeoff. It is specifically designed for micro-enterprises, solopreneurs, and creative entrepreneurs. Click here to find out more.


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