You don’t need to use a designer/you can build it yourself.
I get it. The messages are confusing. There are all these adverts by companies like SquareSpace, Wix and Shopify saying ‘jump on board, we have the tools for you to build your site, ditch the designer and let’s go 🚀’. On the one hand, they have great marketing and marketing budgets to get that message out.
The reality of building your own website on one of these platforms is:
The resources are usually video tutorials and pdf documents. This means you have to know the terminology to search the issue you’re having. If you’re not a website designer, you’re unlikely to know the terminology.
Unless you’re on one of the higher paid plans, there isn’t any live support (with a human at the other end) expect to deal with a lot of bots on live chat and support tickets to have at least 24 hour turnaround periods. If you’re on a ‘free’ plan it’s unlikely you’ll be able to submit a support ticket.
You have no access to the back-end or server so the performance of your website is limited.
Some design elements/styling is really complicated and takes a lot of experience and knowledge to pull off.