That’s okay. After all, it is why there are website builders.
Website builders help ease the whole process of creating a site. You don’t have to spend the entire night staring at your code wondering in which line you made a mistake.
All you have to do is choose a website builder and get started. In only a few minutes you’ll have your site up and running (you also need hosting).
Choosing the right website builder, however, can be overwhelming. The website building space has seen tremendous growth over the past decade. This immense growth has been positive, but on the other hand, it means you have more choices to pick from.
Today, there are over a hundred options available in the market, and not all can meet your particular needs. Worry not, we’ve taken time to test most of them and here are five that come out at the top.
In a glance here are the best website builders:
- Wix – best overall website builder
- Squarespace – best pre-packaged designed
- Weebly – most user-friendly
- Duda – most customizable
- WordPress – best for bloggers and writers
- Shopify – best for eCommerce
1. Wix- Best website builder overall
Wix is not only the best but also the biggest website builder in the market today. The website builder has amassed over 110 million users in the world. It initially started as a flash-based platform before transforming into a comprehensive website builder. The company has made significant developments over the years, including the introduction of Wix restaurant and Wix booking – a self-service booking system.
Wix’s dominance in the website building space can be attributed to the company’s features, flexibility, tools and capabilities. The builder also comes with an AI-creator Wix ADI to help new users create their site effortlessly.
The company has a basic free website builder plan. The downside of the plan is that you have to bear with ads. You can use the free plan to test and see if Wix is the right choice for you. If it is, you can move to the any of ad-free premium plans. Wix has competitive pricing, and plans start at just $1o/month (Combo plan).
There are other plans that you can choose from i.e. Unlimited ($14/month), Pro ($19/month), and VIP ($27/month). The plans come with different features and are suited for different needs. Wix offers a free domain name for the first year after which you’ll have to pay to renew it.
If you need to track your site’s performance and stats, you’ll need to pay for an analytics application lime Google Analytics because Wix doesn’t provide an in-built analytics tool.
2. Squarespace – Best pre-packaged design
At first glance, you can easily misjudge Squarespace as an overly expensive website builder with less than average features to offer. However, on a closer look, it is among the best and could even give Wix a run for the money.
The builder offers clean, attractive and most importantly, professional website designs. It is mostly ideal for small and medium businesses looking to set up their sites.
Its editor is not direct our user-friendly as Wix, but once you get the hang of it, everything else becomes smooth. It comes with enough website templates and add-ons that meet the needs of most users. The builder comes with several tools, including blogging, SEO, and analytics. Customer service is also excellent, so you’re assured of getting fast help in case you encounter an issue while setting up your website.
Plans start at $16/month [when billed annually] for the Personal plan. Other higher plans offered are Business plan at $25/month, Basic commerce that costs $34/month and Advanced commerce that costs $52/month all billed annually.
3. Weebly – Easy to use
Weebly is undoubtedly one of the best website builders owing to its easy to use nature. Perhaps this is why it has a favourite to more than 50 million website owners. Everything, starting with the Weebly editor, has been simplified for you. You hardly need any technical knowledge to set up your site.
Unlike Wix, Weebly has no limits on storage and bandwidth on its paid plans. If you’re looking for a simple builder that’ll help you set your site in a matter of minutes, look no further than Weebly.
However, to achieve this, user-friendliness Weebly cut corners on design flexibility and add-ons. You also don’t get the same customization options you’d find in Wix. That said, it is still a good choice, especially if you’re building a personal or small business site.
The builder comes with a free plan for basic use and 3 paid plans. All plans come with free SSL security and allow you to add third-party embed code. The lowest plan, Personal, costs $6/month [when billed annually]. The higher-end plans i.e. Professional and Performance, cost $12/month and $26/month respectively when billed annually.
4. Duda- Most customizable website builder
Although it was founded over a decade ago, Duda is yet to share the same as big players such as Wix and Squarespace. It remains to be one of those ‘underdog’ that pack a lot of interesting features. The company gets almost everything right starting from their templates to add-ons and tools.
What we like most about the company is the ‘website personalization tools’ package that takes customization to a whole new level. Using these tools, you can customize the website content you provide to your visitors based on the browsing history, time or even location. Duda also allows you to build multilingual websites: a feature you rarely find in most site builders.
Over 15 million site owners use Duda, which is relatively smaller compared to Wix’s 110 million users. The builder is much more suited to design companies and designers but is still a good choice as any for individuals and businesses outside the design industry.
Other features you can expect from Duda include data analytics and mobile site customization. It also comes with a free eCommerce add-on. Duda’s lowest plan, Basic costs $14/month whereas the mid-tier plan Team costs $22/month. The most expensive plan Agency will set you back $44/month all billed annually (25% cheaper than month-to-month billing)
5. WordPress (wordpress.com) – Best for writers and bloggers
We know, WordPress isn’t really a website builder. We understand that it is more of a Content Management System than a website builder, but we thought it’d be good having it on our list. WordPress is the biggest, and by far, the best CMS in the market at the moment. It is not only powerful but also packs a lot of features.
The platform owns the largest market share of sites on the internet powering over 35% of them. You can build any site you want, whether it falls under photography or travel. It offers a high degree of customization and flexibility as well.
The WordPress (wordpress.org) software is free and open-source. As a result, it has thousands of plug-ins available at your disposal. The wordpress.com version comes with several pre-installed plug-ins, a variety of themes and web hosting. It is much like other website builders except that it doesn’t use the drag and drop editor. Nonetheless, it makes things easier for individuals and agencies aiming to build a WordPress site.
WordPress.com has a free plan alongside 4 paid plans. Pricing starts at $5/month for the personal plan. The Premium plan costs $10/month whereas the other two higher plans Business and eCommerce cost $33/month and $59/month when billed annually.
6. Shopify- Best for e-commerce
While some of the website builders above have eCommerce plans or come with add-ons to improve the online store experience, they are not designed for eCommerce. Well, not like Shopify. Shopify is explicitly built for individuals and business looking to set up online stores on the internet.
If your site is for commercial purpose, Shopify is your best bet as it focused on product and sales. It comes with a wide range of tools and customizations option to get your eCommerce site up and running hassle-free.
You don’t have to worry about forgetting to include a major component of your site. Shopify guides you through all the relevant steps, and you can always turn to customer support when you have any troubles.
The builder also has an active community forum where other Shopify users interact and exchange ideas. You get a 14-day free trial [with no credit card required] to test out the platform.
Shopify has three plans with the lowest, Basic Shopify, costing $29/month. The middle-ground plan costs $79/month, and the Advanced plan costs $299/month. Shopify also has a separate Shopify Plus option for enterprises and large businesses whose pricing is based on your needs.
If you’re looking to create your personal or business site, look no further than the options above. They all pack amazing features and add-ons that will help you set your print on the internet. Your choice here ultimately depends on your needs and budget. Either way, you can’t go wrong with any website builder you choose from this list.