They are exactly what they are. Cheap.
Imagine a ‘cheap’ Louis Vuton bag, it might appear to be legit for a while, but we all know what will happen to it.
And yes, you might have saved a tonne of money buying a cheaper version of it, but you’ll need to buy a new one sooner than later because it’s not performing as well as it should...
See what i’m saying here? Apply that analogy to a website and what you’re left with is a cheap website that will look cheap. It’s not all about price when it comes to a website, but the more you’re willing to put into your website, the more is going to come out of it.
Lets take user experience as an example. Cheap website won’t focus on this at all – there won’t be enough budget involved to sit down & do research, to find out what the market you’re targeting are actually doing with your type of website.
When your users are on their phone, looking at your website, are they going to want to see your social networks first? Do you really want to try lead them away from your site before they’ve even loaded it? No. It’s important that you understand the behaviour of mobile users - and while you shouldn’t remove any information from the mobile site (Personally, when things are
display:none for mobile, I get annoyed) you should reorder content into a flow that makes sense in a hierarchical way. Prioritising elements will benefit the user.