Originally Posted by ieee488
How easy is it to move a website created with a sitebuilder?
Yesterday, I briefly "looked under the hood" of a website that was built with Yahoo's sitebuilder. It did not look like it would be easy to move.
For many sitebuilders, moving the site is the least of your concerns. It can probably be moved easily enough, but once you get it moved, how do you intend to update it??? You won't have the benefit of the sitebuilder anymore so now you are stuck with this semi-rocket-science mess with no clear/easy way to keep it up to date.
Some sitebuilders do not allow the site to be moved because of licensing issues. That is, if you are able to move the files, the site might not work right because the new server is not licensed to run that sitebuilder. That is, your site might be "tied" to your current host through the sitebuilder licensing.
Sitebuilders are way, way, way overrated for these 2 reasons, IMO.
I try to urge folks to use something like Wordpress
instead. It is straight-forward software which can be repurposed, retrofitted, added-on to, skinned, etc. in order to make it work for darn near any need.
I have seen everything from small e-commerce shops, to blogs (obviously), to political pundit sites, to niche communities, to business brochure-type sites, all running on Wordpress. There are thousands of free templates ("themes") available and you can also buy professionally-designed themes over at TemplateMonster.
If you install Wordpress on your site using Fantastico, it can still be transferred to a new host whether they run cPanel/Fantastico or not. If they do run cPanel/Fantastico, work with the new host to get your existing WP installation "plugged in" to Fantastico so that if possible, you can upgrade it using the Fantastico upgrader. If that doesn't work, you can still manually patch your Wordpress.
I mean, no matter which way you go, something like Wordpress is a super framework to build a site on, and it's not tied to one host or one company's licensing server. It can go pretty much anywhere and it'll still keep ticking.