Need to create a website for you business? Do a quick Google search and you may be overwhelmed by the options. You could hire someone to build one, do it yourself from scratch, or use one of the many free or paid tools to help a coding novice build their own website. This list is a small compilation of some of the best website builders out there. Hopefully, once you know the features of each, it’ll help you to decide which one to use!
More than 27 percent of the top 10 million websites use WordPress, and for good reason. It is a free and open source content management system, and can be run through WordPress’s own server. When you sign up to create your own WordPress site, you can choose from templates (three shown below) if you don’t know much code. You also have the option to write your own HTML or CSS code for your site, making it perfect for a more do-it-yourself personality type.
WordPress is fully customizable, with some features easy to use without code, and some requiring code changes. Since the site is used to handling large amounts of web traffic, your website won’t crash if you have a traffic spike. It also comes with analytics tools so you can monitor your site traffic. The more informed you are about who’s visiting your website, what they’re using to access it, and how long they’re staying there, the better you’ll be able to meet your audience’s needs.
WordPress sites are SEO optimized, so they’ll show up closer to the top if someone does a Google search for your business. Social sharing is easy with WordPress, so your audience can quickly hit a button and share your web pages on their own social media, helping you to reach a growing audience.
A good option for a frugal DIYer, WordPress’s free price tag and easy to use design can be enhanced by knowing a bit of code.
Coming in at 12 dollars minimum per month, Squarespace is the most expensive website builder we are highlighting in this list. But with that price tag comes quality. Squarespace shines with its high-quality, minimalist website design. The templates are dominated by clean lines and look professional and sophisticated. The content on each site is delivered very quickly, giving your Squarespace site an edge over slower sites on pages of search results. Security is also a top priority of Squarespace– they offer a SSL certificate to each website every year, keeping security watertight for you and your users.
For the small business owner, Squarespace has its own set of goodies. There is no limit to the number of products you can offer or sales you can make via your website. Merchandising is easy, with drag and drop inventorying, and the checkout is sophisticated, giving you the ability to add coupons and customized shipping fees by location.
If you have the money to spend on exceptional design and eCommerce services, Squarespace would be a good choice for you and your business.
Weebly is a web-hosting service that can be free or paid. The paid version starts at 8 dollars per month. Weebly is one of the easier to use web hosting services, with its simple drag-and-drop feature to design your website. It offers templates if you’re not design oriented, and you’ll have the capability to check on your website and edit it from a Weebly mobile app, shown below.
Weebly offers SEO tools and professional email creation – so your site will be easy to find on Google, and your contact information can be customized to your business (email@example.com). There are analytics with site traffic stats, allowing you to monitor your audience’s traffic.
Weebly is another good one for hosting E-Commerce, as it allows for easy inventory management, customized shipping, and coupon code capabilities. There is no limit on the number of products you can sell through your Weebly website, making the site good for online stores selling either physical products or services.
Wix, like Weebly, can also be free or paid. If you want to use eCommerce or remove ads, consider the paid version, which can be very affordable at $4.50 and up per month. Wix combines professional looking, high quality templates with drag-and-drop capabilities.
One of Wix’s key selling points is its ADI, or artificial design intelligence. This software can use your previous design choices, or your answers to questions, to create even better designs and layout for your site.
Wix uses an App Market that will allow you to search for the best app to perform a function on your Wix site – i.e. an app that will embed videos for you. E-Commerce is also easy with Wix, which will allow you to sell your products through your Wix website.
Wix’s best strength is its customer support. There are help/support buttons everywhere when you’re editing your site, so if this is your first website or if you just need help getting your photo formatted, the Wix team is easily accessible.
If you aren’t so sure about web design but don’t want to spend too much money, Wix is a good option for you, with its ADI capabilities and E-Commerce capability.
We hope this list helped you discover what’s out there in terms of website creation. Maybe you realized you have a need for tools you never knew existed, and good luck with your website!