Lately, since a couple of years, I noticed that few of my clients with small "brochure-type" web sites, moved indipendently (and without even notify me) to well known ready-to-use web platforms.
They own the domain name so they requested the transfer etc (it's their right).
That fact did not disturb me too much, they were not very important client, but today I found out that a bigger company, that was my client since 2008, from a day to another moved to a well known platform with an important website.
These web platforms offers nice, neat, responsive, full-featured templates for blogs, website, e-commerce, at a low monthly or yearly price, and you build the site with drag & drop and filling some text areas.
I have worked inside this company and the people there are not web experts but still were able to open an account at this platform, build the site and request the domain transfer when ready.
I wonder if on the middle-long term, this means that web developers are going to be with no work to do. Since 20 years ago only highly specialized experts could do web development, then with time, things became easier and easier and now everyone with a small practice (and with tutorials offered in the platforms) is able to build a web site or an e-commerce easily as you open a blog account.
How do you deal with clients moving to these platforms? It could be an idea to "tie" them with a long term contract (like 5 years etc, even that is not resolutive because after 5 years the cliet still can go away)?
You just let them go since it is their own right to move the domain and hosting where they like most?
Is web development going to die or be limited to the big tailored projects or only to big agencies?
Update: I'm 100% able and experienced in the latest technologies in web development, responsivity, etc etc. The problem is not about not being up to date but I think the clients prefer to pay lower prices (impossible for freelancers) to have a full featured platform and 100% of control.