Website Builders Comparison Chart

Last updated on April 18, 2014

The following summary of key features is based on our opinions after using the builders extensively, and also based on feedback of what is most important from surveying hundreds of our visitors.

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SquarespaceWeeblyWixJimdoWebsIM Creator
Websites Powered [1]1.8m20m44m10m55m3m
Easy of Use4 / 55 / 54 / 54 / 53.5 / 54 / 5
Design Flexibility [2]5 / 55 / 53 / 54 / 53 / 53 / 5
Themes Design [3]5 / 53.5 / 54 / 53 / 53 / 54 / 5
Free Plan?14 Days TrialYesYesYesYesYes
Free Custom Domain [5]YesNoYes [5]Yes [5]Yes [5]No
SEO [6]5 / 53.5 / 54 / 53 / 53 / 51 / 5
Export Website? [7]YesYesNoNoNoYes
Support [8]24/7 Email
Live Chat
Live Chat
Live Chat
Blogging [9]5 / 53.5 / 54 / 53 / 53 / 51 / 5
e-Commerce [10]5 / 54.5 / 53.5 / 54 / 52 / 51 / 5
Email Service [11]Not includedNot includedNot includedPremium PlansPremium PlansPremium Plans
Mobile Apps [12]YesNoYesYesNoNo
Multiple Editors [13]YesYesNoNoNoNo
Overall [14]4.8 / 54.2 / 53.8 / 53.5 / 52.9 / 52.3 / 5
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[1] Websites Powered – Number of websites powered (in millions) by each website builder is based on publicly available information.  This does not necessarily equal to the number of active websites, or number of paying customers, but will give you an indication of its size.

[2] Design Flexibility - Refers to access to HTML / CSS codes to make further customizations, or extent of tools provided by website builder to make modifications to design

[3] Themes Squarespace themes are responsive and polished – by far the best amongst its peers.  Weebly is gradually releasing more updated themes.

[4] Pricing – Monthly pricing based on annual plans.  Monthly price will be a bit higher if you enrolled on month-to-month payment plans.  Pricing plans should not be compared directly based on pricing, as each website builder offers different features for their own plans. Please read our detailed review for each website builder for further details.

[5] Free Domain – For web builders that offer you free custom domain names, you have to sign up to their annual plans. For Wix, you only get a free domain name if you sign up to their Combo or higher plans.  For Jimdo, you get 2 free domain names with their Business Plan, and 1 free domain name with their Pro Plan.  For Webs, you get a free domain name if you sign up to their Enhanced or higher plan.

[6] SEO - Squarespace gives you full control over page titles, meta descriptions and custom URL.  It also has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile to improve your search engine exposure & site indexing.  This is automatically done so you don’t have to manually insert snippets of codes into your site which is very convenient.  Weebly allows page level control but no H1 title tags (on page level) or custom URL. Wix allows page level control, including H2 to H6 titles, but no H1 title tags (on page level) or custom URL.  Jimdo and Webs only allow page level title and meta description controls if you upgrade.  IM Creator only allows you site wide SEO configuration, but not on a page level.

[7] Export Website - Squarespace websites can be exported into WordPress, allowing you to edit your content in WordPress without knowing codes.  For Weebly and IM Creator, you can export HTML / CSS codes to upload into your own host.  But to edit your site, you will need to modify the codes yourself.

[8] Support – Squarespace provides 24/7 email support and answers you within 1 hour.  Live chat support (Squarespace & Weebly) only available during day time.  Wix’s phone support is only available for for everyone which is fantastic, and if you are a VIP plan user, you get first priority.  Webs’ live chat and phone support are only available for higher premium plan subscribers.

[9] Blogging – Squarespace allows you to schedule when to publish your post (so you can write ahead of time). It can also connect & automatically publish your blog post on your Facebook & Twitter accounts.  Squarespace has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile (to improve your search engine & blog indexing), a spam blocker, built in integration with Disqus commenting system (if you don’t want to use Squarespace’s commenting system), and has multiple author support for guest postings.  Wix integrates Facebook commenting system and you can  style your blog background, which is an added flexibility.  IM Creator does not offer a blog system, so you need to set up your blog somewhere else (such as Tumblr or WordPress).

[10] e-Commerce - If you are building an online store, see our e-commerce builder recommendations.  Even though Wix has decent e-commerce tools, you can access even more powerful tools through the Wix App Market (our review), allowing you to bolt on powerful e-commerce platforms such as Shopify (our review) or Ecwid.  For IM Creator, you can use a 3rd party e-commerce provider (such as Ecwid) to add e-commerce functions to an IM Creator website.

[11] Email Service - “Premium Plan” means that email service is only included if you upgrade to the web builder’s premium plans. See our thoughts on email services in the comments section below (under January 3, 2014)

[12] Mobile Apps - Squarespace as 4 mobile apps, allowing you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, track social followers, showcase your galleries / portfolio in a as a presentation on your iPad / iPhone, and a note app so you can keep track of your ideas which syncs with your website, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.  The Weebly App allows you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, and manage products & get sales notifications for your online store.  Jimdo’s mobile App allows you to build / update your entire site (including blog posts), and monitor your traffic.  It is the only App that allows you to build an entire website through the App.

[13] Multiple Editors Squarespace & Weebly allow you to add editors with different levels of access / authority rights to help you manage your website.  You can set limits so some editors can’t access all parts of your website. This is a very handy tool if you plan on having a team to help you manage and/or build your site.

[14] Overall – Scores are based on average of scoring above – You should not base your decision solely on the average scores as there are many qualitative / subjective factors that you should consider prior to deciding.  Our scoring is to help you narrow your choices, then you should always test out at least 2 of the website builders to see which one you are comfortable with before investing your time and money.  We highly recommend you read our detailed reviews for each website builder as we cover each builder in much more depth in those reviews.

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We worked with various website builders extensively on live projects. We've discovered the pros & cons of each website builder through our own trial & error, and we want to share our experiences and recommendations with you. Choosing the right website builder depends on your individual needs. Our website provides comprehensive expert reviews on website builders, so you can pick the perfect website builder that fits your unique needs.


About Jeremy & Connie

We worked with various website builders extensively on live projects. We've discovered the pros & cons of each website builder through our own trial & error, and we want to share our experiences and recommendations with you. Choosing the right website builder depends on your individual needs. Our website provides comprehensive expert reviews on website builders, so you can pick the perfect website builder that fits your unique needs.


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114 Responses to Website Builders Comparison Chart

  1. Carol April 20, 2014 at 10:07 PM #


    Thanks for all the info. I am a first timer and looking for a basic site, easy(ish) to build and economical to run. My main query concerns something not addressed here (I dont think). If I build a website (using my macbook air) will the site be viewable by others on iPads, iPhones, and tablets etc as so many people use mobile devices these days

    Also do all these builders have the ability for readers to send an email to the site’s admins.

    Thanks for your help, Carol

    • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM #

      Hi Carol,

      As mentioned in some of my comments below, the easiest website builder to use is probably Weebly. It is also mobile ready and so your website will look good on mobile devices. Wix is also pretty easy to use and has a bit more tools than Weebly.

      But at the moment, Squarespace has the best mobile experience as their templates are all responsive and so your content will look great on all mobile devices. Their templates are also very stylish, but they do have a bit steeper learning curve compared to Weebly.

      For all the website builders, you can set up contact forms and so people can fill in their comments / questions to contact you through your website.

      Hope this is helpful!

      - Jeremy

      • Krupa Kapadia April 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM #


        I completely agree with Jeremy on this one.

        I’ve been using for over a year and recently shifted to squarepace thanks to this article.

        It is a little tougher to use square space, however they have a brilliant help tool which make it really east to use square space. I’m a weebly fan but there is something about square space that makes it worth a try!

  2. Priyanka April 20, 2014 at 6:30 AM #


    You have a very interesting blog here. Keep up the good work.

    I’m a first timer when it comes to building a website and the options out there is quite overwhelming. I hope you can help me make a decision. I am a freelance writer and I want to build a website to showcase my services. Which website do you feel would best suit my needs?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM #

      Hi Priyanka,

      If you are looking for something very easy to use, I’d suggest you check out Weebly or even Wix. But if you are looking to create website that is very stylish and has responsive templates, I”d suggest you test out Squarespace.

      At the end of the day, it’s very challenging to find a “perfect” website builder for you without testing some of them out. So it’s worth investing some time to sign up for 2 – 3 website builders and just play with them to see which one suits you the best.

      Just because one website builder works for someone doesn’t always mean you will like it either! So I’d encourage you to sign up for a free accounts and test them out.

      - Jeremy

  3. Krupa Kapadia April 19, 2014 at 3:34 AM #

    Hello Jeremy & Connie,

    I cannot thank you enough for this article!
    It saved me hours of research. Great work & I particularly love how updated it is!

    I have a weebly pro account, which was purchased over 2 years ago. I pay only 48$ for that and it supports 10 websites!
    I need another account like that which even if more expensive, supports multiple websites.

    What do you suggest?

    • Jeremy & Connie April 20, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

      Hi Krupa,

      Yes – in the past, when you upgrade to Weebly pro, you get Pro for all 10 websites! However, this has changed about a year ago and now you have to upgrade to Pro 1 website at a time, which is consistent for all website builders that we’ve discussed.

      If you just want to manage multiple websites within the same account, you can just sign up for another Weebly account (using a different email address) and you can create up to 10 different websites under this same Weebly account. But to upgrade to Pro, you will now have to upgrade 1 website at a time.

      Another website that supports having multiple websites within the same account is Wix.

      - Jeremy

  4. Jocelyn April 16, 2014 at 6:33 PM #

    Hello Jeremy & Connie

    Can you please suggest a website builder for a first timer. I am having a very difficult time deciding. Preferably a low cost, easy to build, easy to edit, mobile friendly, that will help me with domain & hosting questions because I’m confused with it all. And maybe 24/7 customer support too. (or should I just hire someone? & who would you suggest?)

    Thank you in advance

    • Jeremy & Connie April 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      Hi Jocelyn,

      For ease of use, I’d suggest checking out Weebly as they are one of the easiest website builders to use.

      Squarespace is also a very good candidate to test out as they have really stylish responsive templates, very mobile friendly, and has 24/7 email support in which they answer emails within 1 hour (which is pretty awesome).

      Wix has phone support and you just have to make an appointment in advance, and they will call you.

      Another great 24/7 support website builder is GoDaddy (see our review here).

      So if you have any questions or need a lot of handing holding, I’d suggest checking out Squarespace and GoDaddy website builder.

      Hopefully this points you in the right direction!

      - Jeremy

  5. Mark April 16, 2014 at 7:16 AM #

    Hey there,

    I am new to this but want to create a website for presentations in schools boards. Teachers can find my website using google and also through my cards. I want to have pictures and videos on the website and be able to possibly hook an email up to it using the name of the website. I want my own domain name without anything else on the URL but the name and .ca. I wouldn’t mind being able to set up a paypal option to pay for small shipping fees for the presentation equipment but that isn’t crucial. Looking forward to hearing from anyone that can possibly help me out with this. I wouldn’t mind it to look professional and let me personalize and customize it and have a possible like ticker tape window that is always showing quick one sentence reviews of the presentations that I have done it the past. Don’t know much about this stuff. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


    • Jeremy & Connie April 16, 2014 at 11:29 PM #

      Hi Mark,

      Pretty much any of the website builders above can do what you are looking for, including connecting the site to your own custom domain name (note that Squarespace and Wix gives you a free domain name if you sign up to their annual plans), and you can also set up your own custom email address by using either Google Business Apps or Microsoft mail (free).

      All of them can be connected with PayPal buttons as you can get an embed code from PayPal and just insert into the website builder.

      I think the best way to find out what works best for you is to sign up for 2 – 3 website builders based on our discussion points above, and just invest some time to test them out. There isn’t a “perfect” website builder out there, so it’s important to try a few of them to see which one suits your needs the best.

      Hope this is helpful!

      - Jeremy

  6. Tomija April 14, 2014 at 6:50 AM #

    Hi, i want to create a blog with some different themes, like exercise nutrition and stuff that generally is about my life.

    What website builder would you prefer? I think those normal blogs are not that good cuz it’s kind of difficult to add ads.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM #

      Hi Tomija,

      I think most of the website builders I mentioned above will work, as their blogs will allow you to insert images on the sidebars or even in the content area of your blog posts. There, you can insert your own advertisements if you want to, either with images or text.

      - Jeremy

  7. Mansi April 13, 2014 at 10:38 PM #

    I think u guys have done a fab job on the charts n stuff.
    My issue here is I have a website but my domain name expired and it’s with volusion so here it is first I want to change from volusion and get it to a more simple one. Do I just cancel my account .. Can I transfer the data n stuff to a newer one
    Which website developer do u suggest. Please help
    Thank you


    • Jeremy & Connie April 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM #

      Hey Mansi,

      I don’t think you can import your data from your Volusion site into any one of the website builders above. Squarespace does allow you to import content from Tumblr, Big Cartel, Etsy, Shopify, Blogger and WordPress, but not Volusion.

      But I’m not 100% sure if you can migrate from Volution to Shopify or Bigcommerce or not. I would imagine that there must be some discussions on this on the internet. Maybe what you can try is contact Shopify or Bigcommerce support teams and see if they have a way to migrate your data from Volusion.

      In terms of your expired domain, you should try to see if you can register for it again using domain registrars such as GoDaddy.

      Once you have the domain name registered, you can then connect it with any website builder and continue to use your domain name. You would, however, need to build your store from scratch again (if you can’t migrate your data to either Shopify or Bigcommerce)

      - Jeremy

  8. Ed April 13, 2014 at 11:01 AM #

    I personally think that Shopify will be your best bet here Mary Ellen.
    Though it will not allow you to disable the cart system, you will be able to place a link on the page that will take your visitors to a custom form that you use.
    I must say that Shopify is absolutely brilliant to use, though it is not the cheapest.
    It is, howeverm, in our opinion, the most professional of them all.
    None of us here are web experts, and I myself am merely a beginner, but Shopify allows you to use as much, or as little of HTML/css coding as you like. It really is simplicity itself to use.
    Our only regret is that we did not use Shopify sooner.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM #

      Hi Ed,

      Thanks for contributing to this discussion relating to Mary Ellen’s question. Shopify is a really stand out shopping cart as well. I forgot to mention this to Mary Ellen so thanks for your suggestion. We have another comparison chart which focuses on e-commerce online stores here. For those interested in our thoughts on Shopify, you can also see our discussion here.

      - Jeremy

  9. Mary Ellen April 13, 2014 at 7:36 AM #

    Hello Folks:

    I have a small antiques business for which I have finally decided to take the plunge and build a website. I have been weighing the option of designing a site using either Square Space or Weebly. For me-simpler is definitely better.

    Ideally, I want to have a venue where I can showcase my wares, give a description and a price for an item and a means for a customer to contact me for more information and/or to make a purchase. At this time, I do not want to utilize an automated checkout/shopping cart.

    I have a logo and photos I have taken which would provide the backdrop for the site. The changing array of antiques will provide the majority of the photos for the site.

    I need to be able to show multiple views of an item and would like a “click to enlarge photo” feature.

    Also, in lieu of clicking on a purchase button to add an item to a shopping cart-ecommerce checkout system-I would like the button to take the customer to a contact page or form that they can complete and email to me for further information and/or to make a purchase-which I guess equates to “disabling the shopping cart feature” on a template.

    I was looking at the Square Space “Montauk” template-but I can’t seem to find anywhere in the information whether the shopping cart can be disabled. Do you know if that can be done?

    In looking at Weebly-it wasn’t clear if there was a “click to enlarge” photos component to their templates. Do you know if this can be done with Weebly?

    Lastly, I’m wondering if you would be kind enough to give me your opinion, based on the information I have provided-which website builder you think would best fit my requirements.

    Thanks very much. I have found your website comparison articles to be endlessly informative and helpful, and your story of how you started your business to be very inspiring.

    Best Regards,

    Mary Ellen D.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 13, 2014 at 10:21 AM #

      Hey Mary Ellen,

      Thanks for your comment and glad you found our story inspiring! If we can do it, so can you!

      To answer your questions, I don’t think any website builders allow you to disable their shopping cart buttons, or to re-direct them to a contact page instead of the shopping cart. I’m sure this can be done with a custom built site, but the drag and drop builders that we’ve discussed don’t have this flexibility as it’s not a common set up.

      What you can do, without complicating the process, is to just have a banner or text on your pages where you display your products, to communicate to your interested prospects to reach out to you through your contact form. Then have a button and hyperlink it to your contact form.

      This way, it’s clear and not ambiguous that if they want to purchase or want more information, to email you through your form. I like this approach as you don’t have to mess around with trying to customize the shopping cart function (I’m not even sure if it’s at all possible).

      You can also insert galleries, slideshows to highlight your products. You can do this with both Squarespace and Weebly, or just with any other website builders out there to be honest. But for the long haul, if / when you are ready to activate the shopping cart function, Squarespace and Weebly do have great e-commerce functions. So starting off with them are good choices, at least in my view.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  10. Teena Davidson April 10, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

    Hello, my company manufacturers upholstered furniture. We currently have a static website that is “to the trade only”. We are wanting to create an ecommerce site where we have 2 price lists. We found that Yahoo has a module that will satisfy that need. We also need the site to be able to handle the many options that we offer for some of our pieces. Like a chair… leg color, tufting or no tufting, nail heads, etc. We have been looking at Yahoo as it seems to satisfy these needs as well as a shipping module which is also important. However it concerns me that we have to pay a monthly subscription for the shipping module as well as the log in module that provides a 2nd pricing structure. Then I find out we have to pay a percentage of sales to Yahoo. We are a small company at the crossroads of trying to expand our business. I think one of the reasons I am liking Yahoo is I finally found someone that does the programming for this platform that I could actually speak with and he understands what we are trying to accomplish. We had such a nightmare of a time 6 years ago trying to create an eccomerce site that we just gave up and created a static one in Magento. Please help.

    Thanks Teena

  11. Ed Bradford April 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM #

    Hello. Do you have any recommendations for a good product to use to build a website for a historic theatre and ballroom. The theatre hosts live plays, concerts, MET Opera streamed live, comedians and the like. Not so much movies, although we have that capability. The ballroom is used for wedding receptions and fundraisers.

    • Jeremy & Connie April 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM #

      Hey Ed,

      There isn’t any website builder that’s tailored specifically to your industry, so I think all of the above will work. It really comes down to what matters more to you and which one works best for you (in terms of user interface).

      If you are looking for a builder that’s more imagery oriented, I’d suggest Squarespace or Wix. But if you prefer a builder that’s very easy to use, Weebly and IM Creator works well. Jimdo is great if you like to be on the go and build your websites using a mobile device.

      At the end of the day, I’d suggest signing up for a free or trial account for a couple of them (read our reviews and narrow down your choices) and just invest some times to test them out. That’s the only way to know for sure which one fits you the best!

      - Jeremy

  12. Ed April 1, 2014 at 2:35 AM #

    Hey both, love your comments and advice.

    I am wondering why you left out Shopify from this list? Surely it has to be top of the list for any serious website owner? Or is it that it provides mainly ecommerce sites, rather than general websites?

    Anyway, we have taken the plunge and started our Shopify website build prior to moving our existing website over to them. All of this mainly due to your very in depth reviews of them and others.

    We have a few early teething problems, but nothing major. Not too happy with their response time though. emails take up to 4 days for a reply and their online chat service, well, yesterday we were in the queue for over 50 minutes before we hung up- still at number 11 in the queue.

    All in all though, we think Shopify is top dog in the ecommerve website building league.

    Keep up the good work, we need people like yourselves to help point us in the right direcion in the Intenet maze.


    • Jeremy & Connie April 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM #

      Hey Ed,

      Yes you’re right, this chart above mainly focuses on non-e-commerce focused builders. We do have another comparison chart dedicated to e-commerce builders.

      Glad we’ve been helpful in pointing you in the right direction! I think in terms of support, Shopify is definitely beefing up their support team as they are growing so fast (high new paid subscribers growth). They recently raised US$100 million to aggressively improve and add more e-commerce tools, and i believe that a dedicated portion is to further enhance their support!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and adding to this discussion!

      - Jeremy

  13. David March 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    I am so glad that you guys created Website Builder Expert. It has really helped me learn a lot about site usage and what not. I wanted to ask you if once I create my domian name under Wix would I be able to transfer my domain name to another site builder if I so choose so? I’ve heard that once you create a domain name with Wix it stays with Wix. Is that true?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 30, 2014 at 1:47 PM #

      Hey David,

      Glad you found our resources helpful! Do click on the social sharing buttons to spread the resources as it can help others in need as well.

      As for your question, once you purchase a domain name, you own it and you should be able to transfer it out and use it on another website if you wish (as long as you are paying the annual registration fee going forward).

      What you can do if you use Wix, is to just purchase your own domain name with domain name registrars such as Godaddy, then connect your domain name with Wix if you want to. This way, you can help ensure that you keep your Wix site (hosted with Wix) separate from your domain name – if that makes you feel better.

      You can find out how to connect your domain name from GoDaddy to Wix here. Hope this helps clarify things for you!

      - Jeremy

  14. shirish March 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie, Thank you for an informative forum. I was wondering if any of the website builders offer video through lightbox pop up. Basically I wish to have a collapsible list of videos, and link the text to video hosted at vimeo or any other hosting site. If I show thumbnails, it will occupy too much space, so a collapse/expand text list is the only way forward for me. I doubt Wix offers these features. Much appreciate your help. Best,

    • Jeremy & Connie March 27, 2014 at 10:38 AM #

      Hi Shirish,

      I don’t think the website builders listed above has a lightbox function for videos. But an option is to consider using DivTag Template’s Video Lightbox widget which allows you to insert your own custom thumbnail image for a YouTube or Vimeo video inside a Weebly website.

      Disclosure: we also operate DivTag Templates

      See if this helps!

      - Jeremy

  15. Caue Rego March 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM #

    I see you’ve already answered about multiple language support, although you do not cite the top one, SquareSpace. I’ve actually tried making such a site once, and it has very limited support for doing it. If you want a “simple” site which has each page in just 2 different languages, you basically can’t have it easily. There is no direct way to do it. You can use a custom template for best results, or manually make 2 sub domains which won’t link one page to another unless you manually add the links (and thus, risk breaking them if you change anything). It’s quite bad.

    Here I ask a bit deeper on this similar subject, although I suspect from your previous comment you won’t know the answer.

    How about international support? Not only multi language, but also things like shopping cart outside USA (I know SquareSpace doesn’t have it) and a builder in other language (again, not in SS). Can you elaborate on that?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM #


      For international support, I know that Jimdo has multiple support teams around the world, including in the US, UK, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, Portugal, Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, Japan and China.

      Jimdo is a very “international” company! Here is our review of Jimdo if you haven’t seen it yet.

      - Jeremy

  16. Sue March 25, 2014 at 8:13 PM #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,
    Wonderful forum and very informative Q&As. I am not very savvy in website making, have a full time job. I need to get an e-commerce website made for my product line (lotions, body sprays, body and face scrubs etc.). I need to get it built since I do not have time to do it by myself and need to build it fast, but good. What should be my budget for a full functional website? I will need to add discount coupons, code etc from time to time. And, will change products as well. Need to build the site from scratch, get it maintained and will need logo etc. done as well. Please guide.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 25, 2014 at 10:32 PM #

      Hi Sue,

      It’s really hard to provide guidance on the cost of building a website, but a few items that you will need include monthly subscription fees if you upgrade to a premium plan of a website builder, annual domain name fees (some builders include this as part of the package if you subscribe to a premium plan), email services (you can find free or paid), design costs (if you hire designers, which can vary in prices), freelancers (if you hire people to help here and there, such as formatting of images, some modification of codes), etc.

      So it’s quite challenging to estimate, and can go from hundreds per year into thousands if you really want to. Also, if you plan on using advertisements to drive traffic to your site, this guess-timate can go much higher!

      Just in case you haven’t seen this yet, but we also have a comparison chart for e-commerce online store builders.

      - Jeremy

      • Sue March 26, 2014 at 7:41 AM #

        Hi Jeremy and Connie,
        Appreciate your prompt response. Do you have any feedback on the company called Deluxe. They make e-commerce websites and they are offering a package of approx. $129/ month. Any suggestions?

        • Jeremy & Connie March 26, 2014 at 2:38 PM #

          Hi Sue – we haven’t used them before so we can’t quite comment on them.

          - Jeremy

    • Binyomin March 26, 2014 at 6:28 AM #

      [NOTE FROM JEREMY: The following comment is just an example estimate from one of our commenters who is a freelancer. His price / quote estimates are unique to what he has to offer, and so it only gives you a frame of reference. But as I mentioned in my comment above, prices fluctuate greatly amongst service providers. So take his estimates as a reference point.]

      Hi Sue,
      I saw your post on Jeremy’s great website. His answer is 100% correct.
      As a graphic designer and web builder, I can provide you with figures that are a little clearer.
      These are my personal charges, and vary from designer to designer. I charge $500 (per language) to build an average site of 7 to 10 pages. This includes shopping pages and carts, general info page, contact us and google maps, etc..
      I can create the site to be mobile friendly as well for an additional $180.
      This price does not include maintaining the site after all is finished.
      If you want me to stay available to make changes, add, delete products, update special offers and change pictures, etc or upload testimonial videos etc.. I charge $25 per hour aprox.
      To create a logo I charge $50 for 3 designs. THIS IS FREE IF I DO YOUR WEBSITE.
      You need to pay for shopping cart hosting which I can get you for around $100 a year.
      You need to pay for a domain name of your choice for around $12-$15 per year.
      I hope this is useful for you.
      Feel free to contact me for any other questions or services.

  17. Molly March 25, 2014 at 7:46 PM #

    Thank you for your easy-to-follow chart! I love seeing everything in one place like this! In my research, I’ve also run into Breezi and Strikingly as options. I would love to see your thoughts on these!

  18. Daley March 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM #

    Thanks for the comparison chart.

    From the 6 website builders above, I’ve tried Weebly and IM Creator.

    While Weebly is certainly a good website builder: easy to use, good costumer support etc., I found more cool looking templates at IM Creator. Plus, they seem more suited for those looking to build a website and not a blog.

    Nevertheless, this is my personal opinion, but I think IM Creator deserves a 5/5 as well.

    The comparison chart is definitely great. Keep up the good work!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM #

      Hey Daley,

      Thanks so much for providing feedback for IM Creator! Good to hear that you’re enjoying their builder.

      The main reason why we didn’t give it 5/5 is because its SEO functions aren’t as flexible as other website builders, and that they don’t have any built-in e-commerce functions. You need to use 3rd party widgets if you want to operate an online store. But if you don’t need e-commerce features, then you can definitely build a good looking site with IM Creator!

      - Jeremy

  19. Tan March 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

    Which website builders allow for you to have multiple languages on your website? Being able to switch the whole website to a few different languages…
    Is it easier/more difficult with any?


    • Jeremy & Connie March 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM #

      Hi Tan,

      I think most of them can have this capability if you know how to implement them manually. For instance, if you search for the term “language” on Wix’s support page, they have a video showing how to create multilingual structure on a Wix site. Same for Jimdo’s support center.

      For Weebly, I think the only way to do it is if you set up a sub-domain structure. So your main domain will be in your primary language, then you can set up a subdomain and have it in a separate language. Then you can link using images, buttons, or text in your main domain, hyperlink them to your subdomain site to lead people to the different language.

      Note that all the options above will require you to translate your main site yourself. Pretty much duplicating your entire site. If you prefer to to use an automatic translation tool, check out Google’s free Translation Widget which will you can insert into your site as an HTML code (use the HTML widget that the website builders provide) which will then become a drop down bar for people to choose which language they want to see your site in.

      Just a caution that this translation tool from Google is just like Google Translate. It will probably get the points across, but not the best available translation. So even though it’s much easier to implement and can get the job done, if you are running a business you may want to consider investing the time to manually translate your site!

      - Jeremy

  20. SMx March 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

    Thanks for the information. Very helpful. Are you aware of any website builders that allow you to create and integrate a database so you can have pages that have a portion which is dynamic and driven by the database? Ideally the users would also be able to do some searches based on some of the elements in the database. Thanks.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 11, 2014 at 1:55 PM #

      Hey SMx,

      I think you will probably need a much more powerful platform such as WordPress, or something custom built. All of the drag and drop website builders are not as advanced enough to cater to what you are looking for. But if you are looking to build a good website without having to display information dynamically from a database, the platforms above are good candidates.

      - Jeremy

  21. Dee March 11, 2014 at 7:25 AM #

    I’m an artist looking to update my website. I have been creating my own list of comparisons based on what I’m looking for (Much like your list…and includes a few of your website comparisons). So, I was very pleased to come across your site and to see your you-tubes as well. Extremely helpful! Thanks for doing all the homework! I’m finding the questions others are asking below are my own questions and worth taking the time to read and see the answers.

    Customer support is VERY important to me! I spent most of my day trying to get through to support on my current web hosting yesterday! Ugggg. I really just want to be an artist..not be in the business of building websites! But unfortunately, being an artist also means cost is an important factor too.

    I plan to try out a few of the free ones…as a test drive. I just hate how long it takes to set up just to get the feel for it. And then having to do it on 3-4 different platforms all takes time. But this is all the business side of things. I just wanted to say thanks for all your work on these reviews. One other thing to add on your list is whether or not blogs are integrated. I have a separate blog now and would like to have it as part of my website and not have my clients leave my site.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 11, 2014 at 8:49 AM #

      Hi Dee,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I think reading through all the comments is very informative as well, as we spend a lot of our time responding to comments (and great questions), which provide “extra” information on top of our existing reviews!

      I’d definitely agree with you that building websites can be a bit of a pain, especially if you want to focus on other parts of your craft. But it’s a necessary step, and just treat the initial learning curve as a 1-time investment up front! No doubt, there will be some updating work from time to time, but once you get the hang of things, and choose the right builder for you, it will get easier.

      Thanks for recommending to include whether blogs are integrated or not. If we get more questions about this, we’ll add it to our chart.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      - Jeremy

  22. Bill and Jody March 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM #

    Dear Jeremy and Connie,

    Just a note to thank you for your excellent reviews, emails, and comparisons of websites.

    We have never seen anything as helpful as your work, and we really appreciate everything you’ve done.

    Thanks and Best Regards,

    Bill and Jody
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

    • Jeremy & Connie March 10, 2014 at 8:54 PM #

      Hi Bill and Jody,

      Glad you found our materials helpful! Be sure to click on the social sharing buttons at the top or left side of any page that you found helpful – you never know who else you can help along the way!

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

      - Jeremy

  23. Darren March 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM #

    Thanks for your site. Do any of these websites have integrated memberships? I’m looking for a site that will not only let me sell products but also allow shoppers to buy a monthly or yearly membership. Once a membership is purchased I would like them to have access to a members only area that they access via a personal log-in. I would like the whole purchase and get access be automated. If the card expires or the membership is over they would automatically no longer have access to the embers only site. The members only are would be a place to get current work-outs in video format.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM #

      Hey Darren,

      Unfortunately none of these builders have a membership payment gateway fully integrated with their platforms. I’ve discussed a possible solution with Squarespace and Weebly in my March 5 2014 comment below.

      Wix as has a membership app add-on. See a short discussion on this on December 23 2013 below. We also have an article on Wix’s app market here.

      - Jeremy

  24. MJ Stamper March 7, 2014 at 11:15 AM #

    Not sure where to best ask this question…getting ready to set up website for my husband’s art (paints on palm fronds) and I believe we’ll go with Squarespace. My question is: do any of these allow you to put your store on “inactive” status like when you’re on vacation for a week or two and can’t ship product? Thanks!

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:33 PM #

      Hey MJ,

      I answered this question in the other post where you posted your question. Here it is again!

      What you can do is set your inventory levels to zero, then Squarespace won’t allow your visitor to add any products to the shopping cart. So this workaround will definitely work for you!

      - Jeremy

  25. Gillian March 7, 2014 at 10:15 AM #

    Hi there:
    I am a copy writer/content marketer but am looking to expand my business into creating websites for small businesses using a website builder service. Here are my questions:
    a. is there a service which allows you to change themes without losing your content?
    b. do they include email services?
    I love your website and really appreciate your observations
    Thank you, G

    • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM #

      Hi Gillian,

      1) Check out Squarespace, Weebly and Jimdo to start. With them you can change your themes without losing content.

      2) The ones I suggested don’t. Check out footnote 9 above to see more information that can help you.

      GOod luck!

      - Jeremy

  26. Karen C March 5, 2014 at 5:57 AM #

    I am working with a friend to help them set up a website for their small business (I’m a novice at this myself, but they are relatively clueless). We’ve narrowed it down to Weebly and Wix. They want to be able to collect email subscribers from the site. Can we add in something like MailChimp to either of these for that purpose?

    • Jeremy & Connie March 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM #

      Hi Karen,

      Yes you can integrate newsletter services such as Mailchimp or Aweber (we use Aweber ourselves) to both Wix and Weebly. When you sign up for these newsletter services, they give you tools to create / design sign up forms. They then provide you with a snippet of code based on what you’ve designed and you just have to insert these codes into either your Wix or Weebly website.

      If you decide to use Wix, you can use their “HTML App” to insert the code. If you are using Weebly, use their “embed code” element. Once you do that, then your newsletter sign up form will appear on your website!

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  27. Ed March 3, 2014 at 11:02 AM #

    Thanks for the great comparison chart. I’d like to create a website to promote and market training videos. I’ll need a membership site option with online payment and an e-commerce option for virtual sales only. Since I’ve never created a website before, I need a fairly easy to use web site builder, but I’d like it to offer me options for professional customization in the future so that I can improve my site over time. Being able to export the site in the future would be nice but it is not essential.

    I’ll also need a site that makes it easy to post lots of photos for each video with some type of options for narration of the images. I’ll also need a good Search function so members can find what they are looking for. After reviewing your list of web site builders, it looks like the site offers me basically what I need, but I’m a little concerned about the mediocre rating it received relative to the other sites.

    What other Web Site builder would you recommend that I compare to for this type of web page. Also, I’ll need to know if I can keep my website name and take it with me if I decide to choose a different website builder. Thanks for the help.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM #

      Hey Ed,

      Currently, only Webs has a membership gateway function built directly into its platform. However, they don’t have a “paid member” option built in yet.

      There is a service called Sentry Login that can help turn a Squarespace or Weebly website into a membership site, where you can either grant access to restricted pages only after your visitors become a member (free or paid).

      Both Squarespace and Weebly allow you to export your site so that’s helpful for you (see our Footnote 6 above for more details).

      Both Squarespace and Weebly allow you to insert a lot of images and video, and you can definitely insert caption / narrative for them. Both platforms also have a search function.

      If design is important to you, Squarespace’s templates have an edge over Weebly’s templates, as they are more “designer oriented” which gives you richer visuals and presentation, plus they are responsive so they work well across all mobile devices. See our thoughts on their templates here.

      If you get a free domain name from Squarespace, you actually own it and so you can take it with you even if you decide to leave the platform. You just have to make sure you pay the annual registrar fee so you get to keep the domain name.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  28. Peter Gellatly February 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM #


    I love your reviews. They are simple yet thorough, engaging and personal, kind-spirited and buoying for simpletons like myself. That’s the problem, actually. Or I should say that I’m the problem. The information you presented sold me on Squarespace, and I can’t figure out how to get started. I have asked their staff many questions, and I have watched tutorials, but it’s not clicking with me.

    Can you possibly recommend a “how to” piece that will kick me in the okole (Hawaiian for read end) and tug me into the future? I have very specific ideas and content ready to go for the creation of a travel guide for the island of Oahu.

    mahalo & aloha, Peter

    • Jeremy & Connie February 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback. That’s just part of the process of finding the best website builder that fits your unique needs. When we first started, we tested so many different platforms and invested a lot of time into this! This is what inspired us to create this website to hopefully help others “jump start” their search.

      The only way to really find out which website builder is suitable for you is to sign up and test a couple of them. If Squarespace doesn’t fit your needs (as it does have a slightly higher learning curve), test out Wix or Weebly (see some of our thoughts on them in the chart above). In my view, Weebly is probably the easiest website builder to use.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  29. David Seppa February 20, 2014 at 8:49 PM #

    Very useful, comprehensive collection of information. Thank you, guys.

  30. SK February 14, 2014 at 11:53 PM #

    Great info on your site. I think you should also include GoDaddy’s Website Builder. It’s drag and drop. Lots of customizable templates, robust, and very easy to edit. The only negative is that the slideshow does not have a stop/pause button, and captions on the slideshow and image gallery are inside the image, and the images for the gallery have a white border. Hopefully, they will address these issues soon. I just experimented with most of the sites you reviewed, and realized that the GoDaddy Website Builder is on par with and in most instances better than most of them.

    • Jeremy & Connie March 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM #

      Hi SK,

      Thanks so much for suggesting GoDaddy! We tested it out and you can find our GoDaddy website builder review here. Definitely worth while checking them out as they have a number of great things going for them, and some drawbacks (which all website builders have!).

      - Jeremy

      • Connie March 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM #


        I want to build a website for my boutique I’m clueless when it come to making a website…I’m gnna need shopping carts and payment options please help..I would prefer a website that does all of this for me :)

        • Jeremy & Connie March 7, 2014 at 7:25 PM #

          Hi Connie,

          Unfortunately these website builders do not offer any hands on services, but rather, they focus on giving you tools so you can build your own websites.

          What you can do, is look for freelancers to help you build your website in return for a free. You can usually find a lot of these individuals on marketplaces such as Elance or oDesk. Good luck!

          - Jeremy

  31. Deborah February 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM #

    Hi — I’ve recently closed my brick & mortar retail business and am looking for a free solution to maintain some form of web presence (primarily informational for customers looking for products we carried). Currently I’m using 1&1 (no e-commerce) and it’s been okay, but I don’t want to pay for something when there isn’t any income. I’ve found your information very helpful, but the one question I have is I’d like to continue to use the web address I’ve had for a very, very long time. Will any of these sites allow me to do that for free while I figure out what is next?


    • Jeremy & Connie February 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM #

      Hi Deborah,

      For all the website builders here, you will have to at least upgrade to their lowest plans before you can connect your own custom domain name to the website. In a way it’s a “fair” trade to them to provide website building services to you and to help you connect your domain name to the site.

      You can always sign up to their month to month plans so that you can cancel if you have a “change of plans” so you don’t have to commit long term to their services.

      - Jeremy

  32. YK February 10, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

    Hi Jeremy , Connie,

    excellent work you are doing here on website builder reviews. Just wondering if u have a review on email marketing systems, such as mailchimp and its counterparts comparison?

    and thanks again for all the work done here on this site!


    • Jeremy & Connie February 12, 2014 at 10:44 PM #

      Hi YK,

      We don’t have any reviews on them, but we use Aweber ourselves which is really easy to use and we like it. Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  33. Jeannette February 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM #

    Thank you for a very informative analysis of web builders. It confirms what my head and heart said!

  34. Marv.n.Jo February 6, 2014 at 9:23 AM #

    Congrats on living the dream! And great review of the various website builders! Out of curiosity…which one did you use to build this site? It looks fabulous!

    • Jeremy & Connie February 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

      Hey Marv,

      Thanks! We built this site on WordPress as we needed a lot of the additional tools that we envisioned our website to have. But this is after spending a few years learning how to work websites properly, and also investing a lot of time to learn coding which is very helpful.

      When we first started a few years ago, we used pretty much most of the major, reputable website builders out there. Connie and I just experimented through trial and error, and invested a lot of time into testing them. That’s why we started this blog so to share our experiences with those who are going through what we went through a few short years ago.

      We wished there was a resourceful blog back then that shared ideas and discussions but couldn’t find anything that was good. That’s what compelled us to start this one!

      - Jeremy

  35. Greg Sargent February 5, 2014 at 8:23 PM #

    I just discovered this blog today…and love the work you have put into all this amazing content! I will for sure have to direct people here who are trying to make the DIY website decision. I recently started a Squarespace centered blog (content is covering everything Squarespace…not just built using Squarespace) and found you on my MOZ keyword report! You have a great blog, great content, great delivery! Keep up the good work!

    • Jeremy & Connie February 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM #

      Hey Greg – Thanks for your comment! Your site looks very helpful as well! Awesome job!

      - Jeremy

  36. Chris February 5, 2014 at 7:02 PM #

    Greetings, great site you have here.

    My question is about credit card transactors. Are there ANY of these ecommerce builder sites, etc.
    that offer a BUILT-IN credit card transactor? Perfect examply would be 2nd hand sellers on – Amazon does ALL the financial transactions without the 2nd hand sellers on their
    site having to start their own secondary CC transactor service.. Amazon does it all nice, simply, and efficiently..
    and deposits the money into your checking, piece of cake)…
    Meaning, without you having to sign up ot contract with PayPal (can’t stand them… read the THOUSANDS of horror stories on PayPalsucks dot com),
    Stripe, Authorize dot net, etc? This is the bane of starting or creating and trying to flourish
    a personal or ecommerce site to sell something…

    THanks, hope to hear your feedback.

    • Jeremy & Connie February 6, 2014 at 12:23 PM #

      Hi Chris,

      The only e-commerce online store builder that provides its own transaction services is Shopify with their Shopify Payments feature. So everything is under Shopify, and so you don’t have to use an external payment processor like PayPal, if you don’t want to.

      Check out our review on Shopify here.

      - Jeremy

  37. Ed Barker February 5, 2014 at 7:51 AM #

    Is there a website builder that provides the ability to restrict individual content editors to update just their own pages?
    Thx, Ed

    • Jeremy & Connie February 5, 2014 at 8:12 PM #

      Hi Ed,

      I don’t think any one of these website builders have the capability for you to invite other editors to edit your sites content. Something like that might require a more customized solution, or a more powerful platform such as WordPress.

      - Jeremy

  38. Lena January 23, 2014 at 9:09 PM #


    If you had a choice between a free Bluehost account and a paid Weebly Pro account, which would you choose and why?

    THANKS for all you do!

  39. Todd January 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM #

    Thanks great article! Do you know if any of these offer white labeling?

    • Jeremy & Connie January 22, 2014 at 6:51 PM #

      Hey Todd,

      Weebly and IM Creator offer white labeling.

      For other readers who are not familiar with white labeling, basically it is a service that allows designers to use the website building platform (such as Weebly or IM Creator) to serve the designers’ customers. The designer can insert his/her own company logo into the drag and drop builder and brand it as his/her own. So the end customers will receive “full” service while the designer will get to build a brand around his/her services.

      Currently, if a customer logs into the a Weebly or IM Creator website, they will wonder why the designer is using Weebly or IM Creator. So with white labeling, the designer can brand the drag and drop builder as his/her own!

      - Jeremy

  40. Pieter January 10, 2014 at 4:34 AM #

    Squarespace is awesome, however the payment gateway stripe is not available in all countries which means they don’t support all currencies.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM #

      Hi Pieter,

      You’re right in that their payment gateway is slightly restrictive in that they have selected using Stripe as their preferred partner to integrate into their ecommerce platform. Stripe has been expanding internationally in 2013 and I think they will continue to do so in 2014 and forward as well. You can see in our Squarespace e-commerce discussion that Squarespace now caters to e-commerce markets in Canada, the UK, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain. I’m sure this list will continue to expand in the near future!

      There is one other option – to use an independent shopping cart service provider – Ecwid – and integrate that with Squarespace. Ecwid is a pretty powerful e-commerce shopping cart widget that you can use with Squarespace. They currently have over 400,00 customers in over 175 countries and so supports you wherever you are internationally.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  41. Tsen January 6, 2014 at 6:58 PM #

    Thank you for the great work! My friend directed me to your site as I have been researching all the sites that compare the web builder service and find yours the most comprehensive and up-to-date. It seems that you have some exposure in China so your feedback is highly appreciated.

    I am starting with
    phase1. An English blog that I can upload video/blog for users to leave comments for audience outside China BEFORE BUILD
    phase2. A property listing site in Chinese for Mainland Chinese audience

    Q1 Since the export functions is important at the later stage, it seems i can only considered Squrespace, Weebly, or , doesn’t it?
    Or shall I leave out squarespace as it can only be exported to
    Q2 I read that Squrespace and Weebly are (occasionally) blocked in China. What choice would I have if I prefer my site being viewable in China from phase I?
    Q3 If I just focus on phase I to get the site running swiftly on my own, which would you recommend.

    Could you suggest where you are based since you offer website building service.

    Thank you,

    However would it be okey if Squrespace seem to export to only?
    What would you recommend?


    • Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM #

      Hi Tsen,

      IM Creator also allows you to back up your website. Squarespace only allows you to export to WordPress at the moment, whereas Weebly allows you to export all the codes so you can upload them into your own host if you wish. However, just note that not all Weebly functions will work outside of their own hosting platform.

      I haven’t heard of Squarespace or Weebly being blocked in China – but then I don’t live there so I can’t really share any experiences there. Has any one else had similar experiences?

      As for Squarespace or Weebly, it really depends on your preference on which website builder works better for your needs. I would suggest you sign up for both and invest time to using them to see which one suits your needs. Both have blogging functions so you can definitely insert your content that way to share with your readers. As for listing properties, you can upload images and text to showcase the properties. But if you were to use some sort of external widget, both Squarespace and Weebly have the ability to allow you to embed codes into their sites so they can run external widgets.

      - Jeremy

  42. Michael January 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM #

    I just need to say that they way you present your information and manage this site is outstanding. The content is excellent, the formatting and layout (ease of read) is great, and your professionalism in responding to every comment – good or bad – in a helpful, courteous manner is really something to be admired. I know all sites should operate this way but we all know most don’t. Thanks for doing what you do so well!

    • Jeremy & Connie January 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM #

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks so much for your comment! Glad you found our website helpful. If you think others will also find it helpful, do share it with others by clicking on the social sharing buttons at the top of the page or on the left hand side. You never know who else will find it helpful!



  43. Janet Gonzales January 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM #

    Thanks for all your information. Your reviews and comparisons are helping me learn as I have no experience in website builders and hosters. I read somewhere that I should look for builders that provide/use HTML5. Your WIX review noted their use of HTML5. Do Weebly, Jimdo and Squarespace also use/provide HTML5?

    Also, I will be selling products online and want to be sure transactions are secure. Is there a difference in security of transactions between the free and the paid for accounts?

    • Jeremy & Connie January 4, 2014 at 4:57 PM #

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks for raising a great point! Yes, Weebly, Jimdo and Squarespace are all HTML5 compatible.

      All the transaction pages are secure. If you want to check, just take a look at the URL of the webpage when you are on a transaction page (such as the page where you insert your check out information). You should see that the URL changes from “http://” to “https://”. “https://” indicates that the page is secured.

      - Jeremy

  44. Larry B January 2, 2014 at 10:44 AM #

    Very informative comparison with useful information, especially for those “not up to speed” on we-hosting. The one area I feel you lacked to compare is the email hosting abilities for each. I know for me, this is a must.

    • Jeremy & Connie January 3, 2014 at 5:02 AM #

      Thanks Larry, and a very fair point and I will add this to the list above.

      But just a bit more discussion on this. For all the website builders listed above, only Jimdo and Webs offer email services, but with both you have to be subscribed to their premium plans.

      One thing I think people might be nervous about, is what if they decide to leave Jimdo or Webs and move over to another website builder, or custom build a website. What would happen to their email account and all the email history?

      Having said that, there are email apps that you can use to create your own custom domain email addresses. One is Google Business Apps (which we use ourselves) but it is now a paid subscription (about $4 per month) and you get to use the Gmail interface and have your own custom email domain. The other service is Windows Live (Hotmail) which at the moment, is still free if you want to set up your own custom email domain.

      I think use either one of these services / apps is a worthwhile consideration, as you get to keep the email accounts if you ever decide to use a different website builder service. Your emailing function won’t have to change at all, and you won’t lose any history.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

      • Stacey January 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

        Jeremy, would Hushmail and Yahoo also be email services that can be used with some of these website builders? I may want to use them as part of my business

        • Jeremy & Connie January 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

          Hi Stacey,

          Hushmail looks interesting (I haven’t seen them before). It looks like they allow you to use your own domain name, though I’m not sure if they are free. We recommended Gmail Business Apps and also Hotmail because they are established players in the emailing space. I’m not sure if Yahoo also provides the same service or not.

          - Jeremy

  45. Chad Miller December 23, 2013 at 11:45 PM #

    Thank you for the candid information and your expert opinions. I am sifting through all of the information out there in my quest to start my own website and it is overwhelming to say the least. I am aware many review sites and such are reviewing products that lead to affiliate sales so I always struggle with what is an honest assessment or merely sales copy. Never-the-less, I am attracted to Wix apps options as I’d like to have a forum, and add other apps for registration services if possible and potentially password protected content that requires a membership or one time fee to access or purchase. Wix appears to offer a relatively easy to use app section, however I’m sure it is limited to apps they have partnerships with so the selection could remain limited to these partners. Do any of the other drop and drag builders offer the ability to add things like this as Wix app page allows?

    • Jeremy & Connie December 24, 2013 at 1:53 AM #

      Hi Chad,

      Aside from Wix, the website builders that we have listed above don’t have app markets. The only one that has a membership area is Webs. However, what you can do is check out Sentry Login which is a membership widget that you can plug into Weebly and Squarespace. I haven’t used them myself before, but have heard a few Weebly users using them.

      Hope this helps!

      - Jeremy

  46. joe December 19, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

    How is Wix and Weebly with spam bots. Have simple web site on WordPress and always trying to guard against bots filling forms with spam and getting blocked by gmail.?

    Also does Wix and/or Weebly have good set-ups for using video on web sites.?

    Thanks, Joe

    • Jeremy & Connie December 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

      Hi Joe,

      Both Wix and Weebly doesn’t have spam bots (such as Captcha) guarding tools at the moment. Nevertheless spamming technology nowadays have the ability to force its way through captcha, so perhaps these spam avoidance tools will get weaker in time. It’s nasty and annoying, but plenty of WordPress sites get spammed really badly too!

      Yes both Wix and Weebly can use videos. You can drag and drop their video elements into the screen, and either upload your own video or play YouTube videos.

      - Jeremy

  47. Ann December 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM #

    Is GoDaddy a bad option? An Executive Board Member uses it for her org and wants me to go that route, but I have read so many bad comments that I am scared off. Plus I was originally turned off by their advertising. Thanks for any insight.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 17, 2013 at 4:14 PM #

      Hi Ann,

      I’m not really sure as I haven’t used their web builder myself. Though I have seen some negative reviews about their website builder – but all businesses gets both positive and negative reviews. Have you tried using it before? You never know until you test it!

      - Jeremy

  48. Stan December 13, 2013 at 3:38 AM #

    I’m new to your website and to the very helpful reviews and relative information that you have provided. A while back, I used a Website Builder called Lifeyo. I was very pleased at the time with the functionality and ability to create a nice looking product. However, I never see them in the mix, when it comes to Website Builder products. Having said that, I’m wondering if you would have a comment or two on the Lifeyo’s product, as I’m getting ready to produce several more Websites and I’m wondering if I should make a change. At present, I’m very impressed with your review on the Squarespace option….but just curious as to why there was no mention of Lifeyo, since they are so similar in useability…Thank You

    • Jeremy & Connie December 13, 2013 at 6:15 AM #

      Hi Stan,

      Thanks for your suggestion. I’ve heard of Lifeyo before but never tried them on any of our previous projects. I suppose they are “relatively” new so we just haven’t had the opportunity yet. But thanks for bringing it up. I just tried to visit their site but their website isn’t loading – not necessarily a great impression! In any case, I’ll circle back to them when I have some time to take a deeper look.

      If you want to take a deeper dive into Squarespace, we have a category page here that will show you all the posts that relates to Squarespace.

      - Jeremy

  49. Erica December 12, 2013 at 10:05 PM #

    Fabulous. As a soul business proprietor you guys are just the best. Thank you for all your help and much appreciation. Your expert guidance and advice makes the process of setting up the website so much easier.

  50. Michael B December 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

    Hi Guys, Great work, appreciated.

    Would like to see you look at and review Snappages. I know it is much smaller company than some of these, but their NEW version 2.0 has been up and running for some time, and it was a BIG step up from earlier version. I’m just a user, but have become enamored with their engine and level of flexibility. I’m a big WEEBLY fan as well, but for now doing my projects in Snappages.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 12, 2013 at 5:00 PM #

      Hey Michael,

      Thanks for your suggestion. Snappages look interesting. When we free up some time maybe we’ll give it a try!

      - Jeremy

  51. cyndi December 12, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

    Thank you for this! It helps a lot as there are so many variables to look at when you make your decision. I noticed in Squarespace you indicate 14 day free trial. Is the price after the prices you list above or is it an additional amount?
    I am with Weebly and because it is a blog – I feel I am stuck as I believe weebly does not export blog entries – only the rest of the site. Do you think they may change this anytime? Also, thanks for your list of tutorials you sent the other day. I took some of your advice in one of them and made the “recent blogs” boxes for mine! You guys rock!

    • Jeremy & Connie December 12, 2013 at 4:55 PM #

      Hi Cyndi,

      Squarespace doesn’t have a permanent free program, like the other web builders. So they give you a 14 day trial which in my mind is not a short time for interested people to test things out. But after the 14 days expires, you have to make a decision to upgrade to one of their plans (hint: I think you can extend your trial period – they give you this option when the 14 days is up).

      As for Weebly blog posts, I’m not entirely sure when they will be exportable – hopefully soon! But to be quite honest, even though one can export the entire website, you can’t really edit / modify the site in another host unless you are proficient with codes. Weebly as a platform allows you to drag and drop items without knowing codes, so this ability goes away once the website is outside of its operating environment.

      With Squarespace, at least you are exporting the content and importing it into WordPress, which gives you some sort of infrastructure to host and modify your content.

      Glad you liked our tutorials! :)

      - Jeremy

  52. Jeff December 12, 2013 at 8:24 AM #

    Why is there such a big difference between Squarespace (4.8/5) and Jimdo (3.6/5)?
    A good motivation would be appreciated. I think Jimdo has some desadvantages, but it is hard to beat its overall performance.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM #

      Hi Jeff,

      I think Jimdo is great, but as I noted in the footnotes (specifically footnote 9), the scoring is based on a simple average and should not be taken literally without reading the detailed review that we’ve written up for Jimdo. Based purely on the scoring, the main reasons why Squarespace looks better are due to it having more SEO related flexibility and also the caliber of themes that it provides. Functionally, I think Jimdo is also great, but just lacking a bit behind in these two aspects.

      Hope this makes sense!

      - Jeremy

  53. Laura Lash Fitzgerald December 12, 2013 at 5:41 AM #

    Great information, but I am curious why you only chose these to compare? And what about wordpress? (I’m not an advocate of wordpress but am recently forced to use it).

    Regardless, thank you for the useful information.

    • Jeremy & Connie December 12, 2013 at 7:29 AM #

      Hi Laura,

      That’s a very fair question. We left out WordPress as it is a complete different “animal” from hosted, drag and drop website builders (or WYSIWYG builders). We would not consider it as a good apples to apples comparison. We do have several articles comparing WordPress to a few drag and drop website builders. I think you’ll find those a lot more detailed and helpful.

      Thanks for asking though.

      - Jeremy

  54. Ben December 12, 2013 at 5:23 AM #

    Why is wordpress, joomla and droopal not on the list ? I am sure that readers would like to see how they compare….(if they compare !)

    • Jeremy & Connie December 12, 2013 at 7:32 AM #

      Hey Ben,

      Great question. See my answer to Laura just above your comment regarding WordPress. As for Drupal and Joomla, we don’t have any hands on experiences with using them, so we’re not quite qualified to comment on them. Maybe one day we’ll try our hands on them!

      - Jeremy

      • ekkekan December 14, 2013 at 4:27 AM #

        Thanks for a most informative item.

        Any comments on yola?

        I’m looking a a web site builder that is easy to work with and easy to find the links to any file used to post in blogs.


        • Jeremy & Connie December 14, 2013 at 5:18 AM #

          Hi Ekkekan,

          We haven’t used Yola before so we can’t comment on this. but if anyone reading this comment has had experiences with Yola, I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on them!

          - Jeremy