The Choice: Website builder or web designer?
One of the most common questions I get is whether to try to use a website builder or hire a web designer/developer. The answer to this question depends on your situation of course. If you have a really unique project and you have the money to support it then by all means a good web designer will be your best bet. However, the cost for a truly customized website from a knowledgeable professional can easy run into the multiple thousands of dollars. For some people that cost is justified, but for most it is not.
The advantage of a good website builder is that you can get a professional looking website at a much lower cost. The disadvantages are that you will have to sacrifice a bit in terms of customizations and you will also have to do a bit of work yourself.