These days, having your own website is a crucial part of owning your own business. When customers are curious about a company, the first thing they do to find out more information is look up that company online.
However, the problem is that there are a lot of website builders to choose from and figuring out which one works best for you can be daunting. To make matters worse, except for a few exceptions, no website builder is better than another. The right fit depends on what you need.
Below are the top five most popular website builders. You might like some more than others, however, these are the ones worth checking out:
Wix has over 92 million websites published and just over 500 stylish templates to choose from. Once you choose your template, all you need to do is change the default settings and your set! There aren’t any codes that need to be implemented and the site is fast and reliable! If you need help, just click on one of the many “help” buttons featured throughout the website and you’ll be in contact with a customer service representative in no time.
However, nothing is perfect. While Wix does offer a free package, they also clutter your website with their ads and constantly send you upsell notifications until you cave and upgrade. The cheapest option is $9.25/month, but then they charge you $5 a month if you want an email address added to your account. Also, if you need eCommerce tools, choose something other than Wix. While Wix has recently introduced eCommerce tools, they’re not as advanced when compared to other website builders. Finally, unlike other website builders, once you choose a template for your Wix page, that’s it. You can’t go back and change it so choose wisely!
Bottom line, if you’re looking for a basic website with text, photos, and video (like a portfolio) then Wix is worth considering.
You don’t have to be tech savvy to figure Weebly out as the website features the drag and drop method and you can easily change some of the elements in the template. The minimum package is only $12/month and includes a free email address and instant activation. Weebly also regularly updates their features, while still keeping the construction simple, so you can easily edit and add new photos, blogs, videos, etc., to your website.
However, the website builder is not without its kinks. As mentioned earlier, you can change things around in the template, but this only includes the font styles and overall color of your web page. Furthermore, while you can add some great content to your site, Weebly’s blog functions are outdated (for example, you can’t like other blogs to your post). Finally, Weebly only features a measly 80 templates to choose from and isn’t e-commerce friendly.
It’s easy to see that Weebly isn’t a great resource for complex and busy websites. So, if you know a thing or two about website design and have a lot of content, it might be a smart idea to choose another site.
Running off of WordPress, BoldGrid blows Wix and Weebly out of the water with their 3,000 template designs. With all these templates and the use of WordPress, the sky’s the limit as to what you can feature on your website. You also get a free domain and an unlimited number of email accounts. Finally, the website starts at just $4.17/month, which is about half the price of Wix and 2/3 less than Weebly.
So, what’s not to love? If you know a thing or two about website design, this might be a good resource for you. However, if you don’t, there is a bit of a learning curve and it does take about 2 hours to activate the account.
One of the cheapest website builders to choose from is eHost, as the package they offer starts at only $2.75/month. The problem, however, is that to renew your membership, you have to pay more…and of course, they don’t mention this on the website. Also, there’s only one package option with an endless list of choices for format, design, etc. If you don’t know much about web design, choosing this web designer could mean a lot of unnecessary work for you.
However, it also has the potential to be amazing! You have the freedom to do what you want with your website at a ridiculously low cost (to start out). This inexpensive price includes professional templates, a free domain name, SEO tools, and a free business email address. Also, eHost makes it easy and fast to manage multiple sites at one time; all you have to do is click one button and you’re done! Finally, if you’re not satisfied with the service, there’s a 45-day-money-back-guarantee, so you can test it out first and make a decision later!
Last but not least, is SquareSpace, which is a favorite among users; it includes a free domain, high-quality templates, instant account activation, secured privacy, and no blog limitations.
However, unlike other websites builders, it can take some time to figure out how to use Squarespace. It also costs a whopping $18/month to maintain and they charge you $5 if you want to link an email to your account. Finally, if you don’t add a lot of photos to your Squarespace account, the format won’t look right. So, it doesn’t leave to much freedom for creative construction.
If you’re a photographer, this may be the perfect website for you. Just test it out and see what you think!
Whichever website you choose, it’s always important to do your homework first. Some websites may work for you and some may not. The easiest way to figure this out is to try out more than one and see which one you like best. Remember, Wix and Weebly have free account options and eHost has a 45-day-money-back-guarentee. Take advantage of that and test these websites out. You’ll be a lot happier as you’ll save a lot of time and money.