Website Builders Comparison Chart for 2017

Last updated on March 5, 2017

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This website builder review chart compares key features based on our opinion & feedback from other users:

 

Rating [1]

Overall

Best All-Around
Website Builder

Design-Oriented
Website Builder

Easiest to Use
Website Builder

Websites Powered [2] 100m 1m+ 40m 20m N/A 11m
Ease of Use 5 / 5 4 / 5 5 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Design Assistant (AI) [3] [3] X X X X X
Design Flexibility [4] 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 4.5 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5 3 / 5
Themes Design [5] 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 3.5 / 5 3 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Responsive Themes [6] X [6] [6] [6] X X
Mobile Editor [7] X [7]
Pricing
(Monthly)
[8]
$4.50
$8.50
$12.50
$16.50
$24.50
$12.00
$18.00
$26.00
$40.00
$8.00
$12.00
$25.00
$38.00
$7.50
$20.00
$5.99
$9.99
$14.99
$7.95
Free Plan? 14 Days Trial X
Free Custom Domain [9] [9] [9] [9] X
Free SSL Security [10] [10] [10] X
SEO [11] 5 / 5 5 / 5 4.5 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5 1 / 5
Export Website [12] X X X [12]
Restore Website [13] X [13] X X
Support [14] Email
Phone
Forum
Knowledgebase
24/7 Email
Live Chat
Knowledgebase
Email
Phone
Live Chat
Knowledgebase
Email
Live Chat
Forum
Knowledgebase
Email
Live Chat
Phone
Knowledgebase
Email
Forum
Knowledgebase
Blogging [15] 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 4.5 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5 1 / 5
e-Commerce [16] 5 / 5 3.5 / 5 4.5 / 5 4 / 5 0 / 5 0 / 5
Email Service [17] X [17] X Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade
Newsletter Creator [18] X X X X
Membership Creator [19] X X X X
Mobile Apps [20] X X
Multiple Editors [21] X X X
Overall [1]
4.8 / 5 Stars

4.6 / 5 Stars

4.4 / 5 Stars
3.5-stars
3.5 / 5 Stars
3-stars
3.0 / 5 Stars
3-stars
2.2 / 5 Stars
See our Detailed Review Wix Review Squarespace Review Weebly Review Jimdo Review GoDaddy Review IM Creator Review

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Footnotes:

[1] Rating – Scores are based on an average of the 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.


[2] 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 the number of paying customers, but will give you an indication of its size.


[3] Design Assistant (AI – Artificial Intelligence):

Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) is an AI program that acts like a design assistant for you. It will automatically create the first draft of your website design and layout, insert your content and create a professional looking website for you, automatically. You can continue to edit your website after Wix ADI completes the first draft of your website.

If you have an existing website or social network profiles, Wix ADI will automatically extract data and build it into your website for you.
This is particularly helpful if you want to leverage on AI to do all the initial heavy lifting of website building for you, if you’re not sure how best to design your webpage layouts, or if you just want Wix to quickly build a website for you (and still have it look good).  Think of this program as a “Done-For-You” service.

[4] Design Flexibility – Refers to flexibility of where you can place content, access to HTML / CSS codes to make further customizations or extent of tools provided by website builder to make modifications to design


[5] Themes: 

  • Wix has a very large library of professionally designed themes that spans across a lot of different industries, so it’s easy to find one that’s suitable for you.  
  • Squarespace themes are responsive and polished – by far the best amongst its peers.
  • Weebly’s themes used to be average, but they have improved significantly over time. 

If you want your web design to look good, click here to see a collection of free beautiful, professional themes.


[6] Responsive Themes:

  • All Squarespace themes are mobile responsive and as such, all your website content will display nicely across mobile devices.
  • Weebly is adding more and more responsive themes over time.  They also have over a hundred older themes that are not mobile responsive, but are available for you to choose from. You can use Weebly’s mobile editor to configure the mobile layout for these older themes.
  • Jimdo converted all their themes to become mobile responsive, and they currently have 15 themes for you to choose from.


[7] Mobile Editor: 

  • Wix & GoDaddy mobile editors allow you to hide specific content on your mobile display while keeping these content displayed on your desktop version of your site.  This gives you the flexibility to have more control over your visitors’ experience while they are surfing your site on their mobile devices.  
  • Squarespace doesn’t need a mobile editor as their design themes are fully responsive – meaning your website design is automatically optimized to look good on any mobile devices.  
  • If you know a bit of code, Jimdo gives you access to edit the CSS codes of your mobile site – an added flexibility.


[8] 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. We have in-depth discussion about pricing plans for Wix, Squarespace and Weebly here. We also have more discussions about the cost of building a website here.


[9] 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.  

Not sure how domain names work? See our domain name guide for beginners.


[10] SSL Security – A website with SSL security certificate ensures the connection between your visitors’ web browser and your website is encrypted, secure and protects your visitors’ information when they use your website. Having your website encrypted also improves your Google search rankings (SEO).

  • Wix, Squarespace & Jimdo – Free SSL certificates across all plans.
  • Weebly – SSL certificates included only for the Business and Performance plans.
  • GoDaddy – SSL certificates included only for the Business, Business Plus and Online Store plans.


[11] SEO: 

  • Wix allows page level control, including H1 to H6 titles, and you can customize your webpages’ URL (webpage address) so search engines will better understand the purpose of your pages. Wix is also specifically highlighted in the Google Webmaster Guidelines (next to WordPress), answering a common question as to whether Wix is search engine friendly. Click here to see a full overview of Wix’s SEO capabilities.
  • Squarespace gives you full control over page titles, meta descriptions, and custom webpage 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 and the ability for you to customize your webpage URL, but no H1 title tags (on page level).  Do note that if you don’t upgrade to a paid Weebly plan, your website will not be indexed by search engines.
  • Jimdo only allows 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.

Want more discussions about SEO? See our Website Builder SEO guide here.

[12] 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.


[13] Restore Website: 

  • Wix allows you to save unlimited versions of your website so you can restore your entire website anytime, even weeks after you’ve made a mistake.
  • Squarespace allows you to restore deleted pages & blog posts, up to 30 days after they’ve been deleted.
  • Weebly allows you to undo changes, but once you exit the editor or publish your website, you cannot undo any changes. If you’ve accidentally deleted your website or pages, you’ll need to email Weebly & wait for them to restore the deletions. So unlike Wix or Squarespace, you can’t recover your deletions immediately.


[14] Support:

  • Wix’s phone support is available across all plans (including the free plan) which is fantastic, and if you are a VIP plan user, you get access to their “VIP Team”.
  • Squarespace provides 24/7 email support and answers you within 1 hour.  Live chat support (Squarespace & Weebly) only available during daytime.
  • Weebly also recently introduced phone support.   


[15] Blogging:

  • Wix integrates Facebook commenting system and you can  style your blog background, which is an added flexibility.  
  • 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.
  • Weebly also allows you to schedule when to publish your post, as a spam blocker, as well as allowing you to choose between Disqus, Facebook or their own commenting system, giving you a bit more flexibility on which platform you’d like to use. IM Creator does not offer a blog system, so you need to set up your own blog elsewhere (such as on Tumblr or WordPress).  


[16] e-Commerce If you are building an online store, see our e-commerce builder comparison chart.  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.  Currently, GoDaddy and IM Creator do not offer any e-commerce features – but you can use 3rd party e-commerce software such as the Shopify Buy Button or Ecwid to add e-commerce function to your website.


[17] Email Service:

  • For Wix and Weebly, you can get your own custom email address through Google Business Apps (Gmail, but for businesses) for about $4 per month.
  • For Squarespace, if you sign up to their Annual Business or Commerce plans, you get one year free Google Business App to power your business email. This email account can be renewed for about $5 per month or $50 per year after your first year of free service.
  • For Jimdo, GoDaddy and IM Creator – “Upgrade” means that email service is only included if you upgrade to the web builder’s premium plans.


[18] Newsletter Creator:

  • Wix’s newsletter creator is called Shoutout, which allows you to import email addresses from your Gmail or Outlook / Hotmail. You can also automatically insert addresses of people who has contacted you through your contact form, or those who purchased products from you.  
  • To help you capture or collect your visitors’ email addresses, Wix has a lightbox or popup function to grab your visitors’ attention.
  • Weebly’s newsletter creator is called Weebly Promote, and it is also synchronized to your contact list within Weebly. Both Wix and Weebly’s newsletter services are free if you are using their platforms to build your website. There are options to upgrade if you need additional features / emails to be sent out.


[19] Membership Creator – Wix and Weebly allows you to create a membership log in function, where your visitors can register to become members of your website. You can restrict webpages where only your members have access to them. This is a helpful tool if you want to create private clubs / classes, or just restrict content from being accessible by the public.

  • With Wix, you just add on their Member Login app (from their App Market) to your Wix site and you can create an unlimited number of memberships.  W
  • With Weebly, you can have up to 100 members with their Pro Plan or unlimited members with their Business Plan.


[20] Mobile Apps:

  • Wix has a mobile app where you can create and manage blog posts, manage your online store (track orders, add / edit products, receive sales notifications), interact with your visitors (get notifications when you receive a message, when someone books an appointment, etc.), or even start live chatting with your website visitors when they are on your website! Wix also has a mobile app for their newsletter function (Wix ShoutOut app), allowing you to create newsletter directly on your mobile device to send to your newsletter subscribers.  
  • Squarespace as 4 mobile apps, allowing you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, track social followers, showcase your galleries / portfolio 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 build your entire website (with their iPad app), write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, and manage products & get sales notifications for your online store (using the iPhone & Android app). With the iPad app, you can even create your Weebly site offline (without internet connection) so you can work anywhere. 
  • 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.


[21] Multiple Editors – Wix, 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.

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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.

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834 Responses to Website Builders Comparison Chart for 2017

  1. #

    I have been using Wix and love the design flexibility and the available apps. Recently needed to add code for marketing automation and found out Wix does not support adding HTML. I went with weebly and it’s good enough, not as flexible on customizing design templates and no control over what site looks like on mobile, love the ability to edit mobile on Wix. I really like the Squarespace templates, but I can’t find any information about apps they have available for additional features on the site. Any insight?

    Love your site BTW, always helpful information.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Lola,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Weebly is definitely a strong candidate if you want more flexibility to edit / add codes as they allow users access to the HTML and CSS codes.

      However, Wix does have a fairly sizable app market where you can bolt on additional marketing tools. I’m guessing you didn’t find what you need in the app market?

      For Squarespace, it really depends on what external widget / apps you want to add. One method to quickly check is to search for the app name and the website builder’s name together. If there are discussions from the app creator about how to install it into a website builder, it will show up.

      So if you are trying to install App XYZ into Squarespace, try searching “XYZ Squarespace”. Any relevant discussions will show up.

      Jeremy

  2. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the thorough and excellent guidance. However, I did not see if Wix or Weebly permits the use of PayPal. Can your please verify if one or the other uses PayPal? As I recall the absence of PayPal cooled you on Squarespace.

    Regards,
    Jim Saxon
    San Jose, Costa Rica

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hello James,

      Wix and Weebly’s ecommerce plans do integrate with PayPal. To access this integration, you’d have to subscribe to Wix’s ecommerce or VIP plan, or Weebly’s Business or Performance plans.

      As for Squarespace, they actually do integrate with PayPal now if you subscribe to their ecommerce plans.

      We have an ecommerce comparison table which will benchmark these website builders against each other from an ecommerce perspective.

      You can also read what we have to say about their ecommerce features here (Wix / Squarespace / Weebly).

      Jeremy

  3. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for this comparison chart, it’s very helpful.

    I’m tossing up between Wix and Weebly. Do you know whether either of these builders allow viewers to download free documents by providing an email address? The reason why I am wanting this feature is to generate leads 🙂

    Thanks,
    Becky.

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hello Becky,

      I’m glad you’re finding this comparison chart helpful.

      As for capturing leads – Yes, both Wix and Weebly allow you to do so.

      The mechanics are quite popular and simple – offer some sort of incentive (such as your documents) for people to sign up to your newsletter, then send them once they sign up.

      Wix and Weebly both have their own built-in newsletter delivery system:

      1) Wix Shoutout

      2) Weebly Promote

      We also have more details about these under Note 18 above.

      Both enable you to create sign up boxes and configure your newsletters so they automatically deliver to your subscribers without you having to manually do so. In fact, Wix give you the ability to create lightboxes (pop up email sign up boxes).

      Once you have the system set up, the whole cycle works automatically and really helps free up your time to do other things. More over, you can also add more to your newsletter series to keep in touch with your subscribers, to start building business relationships with them. All part of building up your business!

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  4. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I just wanted to say thank you for all of the information you have put together and how well organized and written that it is. It really helped me understand website building and builders and gave me a really good sense of what would be the best fit for me.

    Best regards
    David Sellers

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, David. I really appreciate it!

  5. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    This was super helpful. I had no idea where to even start and this article has helped me in knowing which firms can help me get started and now I’m down to 2 options. Will either be Wix or square space. I was leaning towards square space the whole time until I read that only wix helps build a membership function , which I do need in my website, but I find most useful all the available options square spac offers in comparison to the rest. If you have an opinion in regards to the above, would be greatl appreciated! Thanks again for this article, definitely extremely helpful!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Maureen,

      Thanks for your note and we’re glad to hear that you’re finding our website helpful!

      As for Squarespace, what you can experiment with is bolting on an external membership app called Sentry Login. I believe they can work with the Squarespace platform and basically adds the membership function to your website.

      There are pros and cons with this approach, though.

      Pros – You get to use Squarespace (if that’s who you end up choosing) and Sentry actually gives you the ability to charge your members monthly recurring membership fees. Although Wix enable you to setup members for free, it doesn’t have a feature where you can charge your members membership fees.

      Cons – It’s an “external” app and so it might not be perfectly integrated with Squarespace. I generally prefer tools that are built by the website building platform so if anything goes wrong, they will fix it versus them not being able to fix any issues that might be created by external apps.

      Also, Sentry is not free.

      There are other membership apps out there as well. So make sure you do a search to see which one might be more suitable for you! Or, if you want to keep things simple and use a membership tool that is fully integrated with the website builder, Wix is a good option.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  6. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Just wanted to write a quick note to thank you for the valuable help you unknowingly provided me as I designed the website for my business, a proofreading and editing service.

    After years of working for someone else/making them rich, I decided to fly solo and open my own business last year, and recently decided I needed to build a website. I knew what I wanted it to say, but was totally clueless regarding how to proceed. Two of my friends in the business offered their services to get me up and running at a discount, but I could only afford the DIY method.

    Your side-by-side comparisons made it easy for me to determine which company would work best for me (Wix). I was very excited to finally launch on 3/14 (during the blizzard that hit the Northeast).

    Regards,
    Irene

  7. #

    Jeremy, this was such a fantastic article! Thank you 1000%! I am a complete novice when it comes to establishing a website, hosting, and domain-ing! I have two options in mind, Wix or Square Space–I don’t like to fuss over things and lot and I pretty much want the site to run itself, so to speak. Which one?

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hello Zakiyyah,

      Wix and Squarespace each has its own pros and cons. The best way to know for sure is to sign up for trial accounts with both website builders and “play” with each platform to see which one you prefer working with. They’re free to try so why not, right?

      We also have a Wix vs Squarespace comparison guide here – hope you find it helpful!

      Jeremy

  8. #

    Pretty good article Jeremy! Thank for sharing! This information can be really helpful for beginners.

  9. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    The comparison chart is great. But I’m wondering about best builder when a podcast (along with membership, product sales, coaching, etc.) is the foundation of a site. Have you looked at Rainmaker?
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hey James,

      No, I haven’t used that before. It looks like a pretty specialized platform for digital marketing and online courses.

      The website builders compared above (Wix, Squarespace, etc) are not as narrowly focused as Rainmaker. They’re more generic, flexible, and probably easier to use for people who don’t have specific needs for membership programs, selling digital courses, etc.

      Jeremy

  10. #

    OMG… such a helpful article! Thanks for giving the sites that are well thought of, this helps narrow down an otherwise overwhelming challenge.

    Starting an interior design business, but sooo not tech savvy, any suggestions on where to start and what to look for?

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hello Vaughn,

      It’s hard to determine the exact 5 things you should look for. Perhaps think about what are the most important things you want to accomplish with your website (blogging, videos, images, galleries, etc) and prioritize them. Based on what you want on your website, sign up to a couple of test / trial accounts and see if you like using their platforms and if their tools are sufficient for your needs.

      Even though the website builders above will deliver basic (and in some cases, more advanced) website building tools, you also have to be comfortable working with them. Each person will prefer a different website builder for unique reasons (different user interface, etc).

      Hope this helps somewhat.

      Jeremy

  11. #

    Hello,
    Nice comparison and analysis. Do any of these or any other website builder offer you to check bandwidth usage?

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hi James,

      I don’t think any one of them allow you to check how much bandwidth you’ve used. But do note that aside from certain Wix plans, all of the website builders give you unlimited bandwidth so you won’t have to worry about it. For Wix, most of their more popular plans such as the VIP and Unlimited plans give you unlimited bandwidth.

      Jeremy

  12. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    The comparison chart is quite useful listing the many facets to be considered for building a web-site.
    Do these sites offer hosting services as well or we need to find web hosts to launch the site built using these builders?

    Can we use this to build websites commercially for other users?

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hello Muraly,

      Yes – all the website builders compared above provide you with hosting services. So you don’t have to find and pay for separate hosting services!

      Yes – I’ve seen a lot of designers offer website building services using Wix, Squarespace and Weebly!

      Jeremy

  13. #

    Thanks for this useful site Jeremy, I’m wondering what your thoughts are on Sandvox which has taken over from iWeb for Mac? I found iWeb easy to use and need to upgrade but not sure if Sandvox is mobile friendly etc. I’m not worried about their out of date designs, mine will be minimal!
    Thanks
    Jorgie

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hi Jorgie,

      I don’t have a whole lot of experience using Sandvox. One thing to consider is that the website builders compared above helps you host your website (so you don’t have to get your own) and they also have full time support teams to help you.

      Jeremy

  14. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the comprehensive and very informative article.

    I’ve just registered three domains with GoDaddy and received a month free website builder. Before investing irretrievable time and energy into creating an undesirable website I Googled “GoDaddy website builder review”. Considering your top rating and knowing you get what you pay for I’m thinking Wix may be the way to go for me (in the long term). My question for you is can I migrate my GoDaddy website over to Wix if I wan’t to upgrade (so to speak) at any stage or after the end of the free trial?

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hey Mark,

      Unfortunately there isn’t a way to import another website into Wix. Very generally speaking, since Wix is built on a proprietary platform, other websites are not coded in a similar way that it can function within Wix’s operating platform. This is why it’s very challenging and sometimes not possible to migrate a website from one website builder to another.

      Have you considered signing up to a free account with Wix and testing them out? This way, if you like it better than GoDaddy, perhaps just start using Wix right away so you don’t have to worry about migrating a website from GoDaddy to Wix.

      Jeremy

  15. #

    Great work! Thanks for the info. Which site(s) would you recommend considering for a business that offers online webinars and would like to receive payments onsite and would also consider conducting the webinars onsite (not really a game changer).

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hi Daryl,

      None of the website builders can help you stream your webinar directly on your website. I believe that most companies conduct webinars using dedicated tools such as GoToWebinar.

      What they usually do is create a webpage to let people know when the webinar is and how to sign up. Once people sign up, they’ll receive an email to tell them when and which webpage to go to to watch the webinar. The webinar is hosted on tools such as GoToWebinar.

      So websites only facilitate the process of ushering people to sign up to the webinar. It won’t stream the webinar directly.

      Jeremy

  16. #

    In your footnotes ([14] Support:) you provided the following: Wix’s phone support is available across all plans (including the free plan) which is fantastic, and if you are a VIP plan user, you get access to their “VIP Team”.

    As recent as a week ago, phone support is no longer provided with Wix regardless of the plan you have. Rather when you call their toll free number (800-600-0949), you get an automated message which, if you are calling from a cell phone, sends you a text message. Once you click on the text message, you are taken to their website where you can go through a series of Q&A’s. If the answer is not there, you are allowed to generate a support ticket, however Wix is not responsive… at all. I generated a support ticket over 4 days ago and still have not received an email, text, or phone call back.

    Truly a step down in terms of support for Wix as my past experiences with their customer and tech support were always positive. I am currently looking at other options to transfer my sites to. if I can’t speak with a technical support person when my site isn’t working, then what’s the point in doing business with Wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hi Kirsten,

      Wix’s support portal now offers “Wix Quick Solutions” that guides you to specific help articles to address some of the most commonly asked questions. I think it’s just a way for them to streamline their support so they don’t become overwhelmed with phone calls when users can reasonably find help in their support center.

      If you still can’t find a help guide that answers your question(s), there is a link at the bottom of the pop up box that says “Contact Us”.

      Click on that and it offers you a callback phone support. Just insert your phone number and they will call you back. You’ll have to be logged into your Wix account in order to see this.

      I just checked out this phone callback service and the next help agent available is in 10 minutes – not too bad.

      Do note that their phone support is only available from 6pm – 5pm PST time zone.

      Jeremy

  17. #

    Jeremy, I really appreciated your article. i am not tech savvy and want to develop a website for my part time private psychology practice. Based on my needs, I’d pick SquareSpace, partly because their website is intuitive, clean, easy to navigate. One other web builder I’ve considered is Strikingly. How do you feel about Strikingly?

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hey Joyce,

      We haven’t tested Strikingly thoroughly so we don’t have a firm opinion about them. Sorry about that. But Squarespace is a solid website builder so if you feel comfortable with them after testing them out (14 day free trial), they’re awesome too!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, I am looking to design my own web site and have a specific logo in mind, Can any of these sites offer a design if I show them an example?

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    Are Weebly and WIX the only web site creators that allow for Login applications on their sites?
    Does WIX’ login app allow for unlimited # of members on their FREE site or does one have to be on one of their Premium sites to take advantage of this app?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Joanne,

      Yes, Wix and Weebly are the only 2 website builders that have built-in membership login functions. If you don’t mind using an external membership tool, you can also check out Sentry Login which should work with most website builders. The drawback is that they are not “native” to the website builder so there is a chance that certain functions may cause conflicts (not saying that it will, but it’s a possibility).

      For Wix, I believe that you can have unlimited memberships and you can add the app to your Wix site even if you are using the free plan. Of course, you won’t get the full range of Wix tools if you remain on their free plan.

      For Weebly, you will have to upgrade to their Pro plan to be able to invite up to 100 members. If you want unlimited members, you’ll have to upgrade to their Business or Performance plans.

      Jeremy

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    Hello! I am an old Chem Eng and we need a web site for our family chemical company. We have hundreds of products and need a website that is easy to navigate and search. where do i start? Our existing web site is basically a brochure with no user friendly search buttons. John

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi John,

      Are you trying to build an ecommerce website to sell your products online? If so, I’d suggest checking out Shopify since you have hundreds of products to manage. Take a look at our ecommerce builder comparison chart here.

      Jeremy

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    Excellent article. I need a website site for my candles and am really terrified about the cost etc. but I will start with baby steps and with all the great info you provided , onward and upward . Thanks guys.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for your comment, Alexandra. Best of luck in building your website!

      Jeremy

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    Hello –
    This is great information. My website – joomla was hacked, Go Daddy is my host. Instead of paying a fortune to get rid of the malware, I want a new website. It is time. I am considering Squarespace for my new site. Can I still use Go Daddy for my email? How secure is Squarespace? Will I still be subject to hackers or do they take special security precautions to prevent it?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Leslie,

      As far as I’m aware of, Squarepace is secure as they have a full time tech team to manage their platform and keep the security aspects of their platform updated. But of course, the best defense is to keep your password strong. The best practice to include alphabets, numbers and symbols, and to update your password once in a while.

      Squarespace does offer you G Suite (basically Gmail for businesses) for a few dollars per month. It’s easy to set up and is fully integrated with your Squarepace account. We use G Suite ourselves as we like the reliability, stability and friendly user-interface of Gmail.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

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        “The best practice to include alphabets, numbers and symbols…”
        I think it’s generally agreed that length (12 or more characters) provides more security than complexity (requiring upper & lower case, numbers, and symbols). Password-cracking tools can easily cycle through all the characters you can type, so you’re fooling yourself into thinking you’re more secure if, for example, you threw some capital letters into the mix, or you changed the letter “i” to a one, or the letter “o” to a zero.

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hi Bob,

          Yes – I definitely agree that the longer the password, the better!

          Thanks for adding to this discussion!

          Jeremy

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    Awsome! Thank you! This was very helpful to our non-profit getting started on building a website. Kudos!

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    a site builder is the best online tool for small businesses or freelancers, especially if you have a little knowledge in image editing and patience to learn, do you know if they have MB limits in the images to upload? Do they put limits on the total space to use? Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi there,

      There are no limitations as to the size of the images that you upload. However, Wix does have storage space limitations. The higher the plan, the more storage space you get.

      For instance, if you pick their lowest plan (the Connect Domain plan), you only get 500MB of space which isn’t a whole lot if you’re planning on uploading a lot of images. You get 20GB of storage space if you subscribe to their higher plans. So check out their pricing page for more details.

      With Squarespace and Weebly, you get unlimited storage space if you subscribe to their paid plans.

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

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    Fantastic information and advice. As an artist, still creating by hand, choosing a web option is overwhelming. Still researching, however, this task seems possible. “Less is More” thanks for reminding me. Alynne

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Alynne,

      Thanks for your comment. Since you’re an artist, I’d suggest you check out Squarespace as their designs are very creative and you just might enjoy browsing through them.

      Jeremy

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    hello,
    i am looking to build a website and i’m not sure which one to choose. in the beginning, i will just need a few pages….a home page, about page, a page to detail pictures and descriptions of the rooms we have and a tab to redirect to our airbnb pages and a blog page. later, i would like to add a shop page. being able to design my own website is a top priority. could you direct me to the best builder?
    thank you,
    charlotte

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Charlotte,

      The top website builders highlighted above (Wix, Squarespace, Weebly) will all be able to do what you want. You can also add ecommerce functions later on when you’re ready.

      In terms of design, Squarespace has the best looking designs. But if you want a broad selection of template designs and control, Wix is a strong candidate. They have over 500 designs, categorized by industries to help you narrow down the choices. You also have complete freedom to drag and drop content to wherever you want to on your pages.

      Jeremy

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        thank you so much for your reply.
        i do not want the builder’s logos on my website. should i upgrade from the free website, and if so how much should i upgrade for the needs i stated above?
        so, with wix i will have more freedom to design as i want instead of stay within the parameters of the template?
        i saw that wix offers a blank template. are these hard to use?
        thanks again,
        charlotte

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Charlotte,

          Yes – you’ll need to upgrade to a premium plan if you want to remove the logo advertisements. For Wix, just keep in mind that even with their “Connect Domain” plan, the logo will still be there. So you’ll have to upgrade to at least their “Combo” plan to get rid of the logo. We have more discussion about Wix’s pricing plans here.

          Wix does offer you a blank template if you want to design your own design. It’s a useful option if you know exactly what you want and don’t mind investing the time to create it. It’s pretty simple as it’s all drag and drop, but it will take a bit of time as you are starting from scratch. Or else they have over 500 templates for you to choose from.

          Jeremy

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          hello,
          just waiting for your response.
          thank you so much for the help,
          charlotte

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    Jeremy,

    Great info! I’m new to this (with some practice, I will be all the way up to novice level!). I’m trying to set up a site for our condo association using GoDaddy. For some reason their new vNext developer doesn’t allow the ability to put downloadable documents in your site. So, the only big feature we really need (ability of residents or potential buyers to download bylaws, rule books, newsletters, etc) is off the table. Absurd.

    Now I’m considering Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace. Do these three support this feature? Another review site says Wix doesn’t offer “Download Selling” -not sure what that means.

    Thanks!
    John
    Cleveland, OH

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi John,

      If you just want to offer the ability for your website visitors to download files (including documents), Wix, Squarespace and Weebly allow you to do that as this function is fairly standard.

      If you want to sell these documents (digital products), then Squarespace and Weebly will be more appropriate.

      Jeremy

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    Great info on a very important topic. This saved me a lot of independent research and helped point me in the right direction. Thanks!

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I’m having a hard time making a choice. I’m an author and need a site that will allow me to have a few pages (book with buy now buttons, bio, news, contact) and possibly a blog, nothing fancy. I don’t need commerce because I’ll be sending to external distributors.

    I’d also like to be able to create a landing page, when necessary, to get people to sign up for my email list (not just a signup area on my homepage), and delete/hide or edit the landing page. I’m leaning toward Wix or Weebly since they offer built-in email capability, which is enticing.

    I’ve been checking out the templates, especially the writers’ templates, on Wix. Any idea how much flexibility I’d have to change or add things. For example, if I like a certain template that doesn’t show a blogging section in their sample, would it be simply setting up a new page/section within the site to add it?

    I use wordpress at work, but it was already set up for us; it’s fairly easy to use but I only have to create new posts and add text to them, nothing else. I was leaning away from wordpress mainly because of the amount of plugins necessary and the amount of time it would take for me to resize images, find the plugins, security updates, etc.

    Also, any idea how Wix/Weebly email campaign services compare to something like Mailchimp as far as setting up campaigns and scheduling them?

    Thank you, and thanks for this great site and the information!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Lin,

      Thanks for your comment. The templates that Wix has are completely flexible. So you can just add a new blog page to the template and you can start blogging.

      In terms of comparing Wix Shoutout and Weebly Promote (their built-in newsletter services) against Mailchimp, I think Mailchimp is probably more advanced as they are a “pure” newsletter service – meaning that’s all they do so they are focused. Also, some may say that Mailchimp will have better email deliverability but I haven’t seen any credible studies / comparisons.

      That’s not to say that Wix Shoutout and Weebly Promote are any inferior. The benefit is that they are fully integrated within your website builder (whichever one you decide to use) and so you can manage everything under one single platform without having to log in separately to another service provider such as Mailchimp. You’ll also have certainty that your tools will be working perfectly without having to worry if there would be any potential conflicts.

      Also, Wix Shoutout and Weebly Promote enable you to use the website builders’ drag and drop features to create your own designs.

      At the end of the day, I suspect that integrating Mailchimp with either Wix or Weebly will probably be fine.

      Jeremy

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    Thank you so much for this very informative article!

    I am looking at starting a life coaching business in the next year focused on mindfulness. I have no experience with website design or coding. I would initially like a website that can host a blog that I will be writing. I would love analytics on what blog posts most people are reading to help guide next steps in my business. I would also like people to be able to sign up for a mailing list through my site to get e-mail updates or newsletters. Eventually, I would like the site to be able to support people purchasing online courses from me. So, I would like the capacity of people to be able to pay for that course through the site as well as having a password-protected portion of the site with individual usernames/passwords where the course material can be housed. I’m not sure exactly the format of the course material yet, but I’m guessing it will be a combination of an audio and video presentation (This is very much in the infant stages).

    Do you have recommendations? It looks like SquareSpace might tick many of these boxes, but being so new to web design, I am not sure where to start with a website builder.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Christine,

      Any one of the website builders above will allow you to write blog posts and track visitor statistics using Google Analytics.

      However, if you want to enable newsletter function (to build your mailing list), you have a few options. Wix and Weebly have their own newsletter functions that are fully integrated into their own platforms – Wix Shoutout and Weebly Promote (see footnote 17 above for more details).

      With Squarespace, while they don’t offer you a built-in newsletter function, you can connect external newsletter service providers to your website (such as Mailchimp or Aweber).

      The advantages of using Wix or Weebly with their built-in newsletter system is that the functions are tightly integrated within their platforms. But I’ve seen Squarespace users integrate external systems, too, and I suspect they work just fine.

      Regarding selling courses, Wix and Weebly both offer membership protected functions (see footnote 18 above) so this gives you the infrastructure to share webpages with only your students (and not with the public). Squarespace doesn’t have this function (yet), but if you want to consider integrating an external membership feature, take a look at Sentry Login. I haven’t used Sentry Login before but I heard it works fine.

      Again, the risk with using an externally powered tool is that there is a chance that the tool may not be optimized for the website builder, versus an built-in tool that is tightly integrated with the website builder. The risk is not high based on what I’ve seen, but a risk nevertheless.

      I do want to point out that with the membership functions for Wix and Weebly, neither one of them allow you to charge recurring membership fees. What I’m saying is that their membership features are not integrated with their ecommerce functions. So if you want to charge monthly recurring fees to allow your students to continue to access protected pages, then Sentry Login can help with that (which also works with Wix and Weebly).

      Jeremy

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    What website is the most Stripe-friendly service? We are trying to build our website for free while also retain our Stripe payments. We tried using Wix, but they don’t have Stripe payment. It seems you have to use third party integration services which continue to raise your fees. Is it possible anywhere to create your website for free (or small monthly plan) while using Stripe and their transaction fees BUT not having to pay the website builder or other third-party services to make these Stripe transactions? Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey RJ,

      The cheapest option will be Weebly. You can connect your ecommerce store to Stripe with any one of their paid plans and the cheapest premium plan is the Starter plan for $8 per month (under their annual plan).

      However, with the Starter plan, there is a 3% transaction fee charged by Weebly for each sale (in addition to the Stripe payment processing fee). To remove this fee, you’ll have to subscribe to at least their Business plan at $25 per month.

      One option is to start with their Starter plan and see if your business does well. If it does, then you may have the financial resources to upgrade to the Business plan to save yourself the 3% if the math works (the 3% you save exceeds the pricing difference between the Starter and Business plans).

      Another option is Squarespace. Their Personal plan is $12 per month (under their annual plan), and they also have a 3% transaction fee (on top of the Stripe payment processing fee). The next higher plan, the Business plan, charges a 2% transaction fee.

      If your store does well, you can also consider moving up to their Online Store plans where there won’t be any transaction fees.

      So to summarize, I’m not aware of a completely free website builder that enables you to connect to Stripe payment processor.

      Jeremy

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    I always appreciate what I can learn from your website; thank you.

    RE: What are the additional costs?
    How about a comparison chart on the additional expenses one should expect from each web-builder in order to have a truly functioning website (e.g., detailing all that is or is not included). SquareSpace includes SSL with all their websites whereas Weebly will require installation of an app for a fee (through Weebly or another, such as GoDaddy, for example).

    I’ve noted you and others find SquareSpace more expensive than say Wix & Weebly, yet in the price charts comparisons I’ve made, Weebly can be more expensive in the higher end or so it appears. One needs to look on the websites’s pricing charts to see all their pricing lists (tedious) and ask the questions (e.g., “Does SquareSpace provide SSL”). I figure you are the ones who make this your business to assist and guide us, right?

    I think I am ready to build on SquareSpace. Time will tell. My reasoning being because they provide the following: SSL with no additional fee, have added paypal, are considered the most elegant of website templates (although some say, “boring”) and seem possibly less expensive on the whole albeit Weebly does offer a zero monthly plan (unlimited), and SquareSpace also offers the flexibility of transferring to another website builder (e.g., WordPress).

    Thank you for all your diligence and research.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Lani,

      Squarespace does include SSL for their websites as part of all their premium plans. With Weebly, you’ll get SSL only if you subscribe to their Business and Performance plans.

      The reason why the price comparisons remain as they are is that even if you want to add SSL to Weebly’s lower plans, you won’t be able to. So from that perspective, outlining the various pricing scenarios won’t be helpful since one can’t add the SSL certificate anyway.

      So I suppose if having SSL is one of the most important items to you, then you can compare Squarespace’s plans with Weebly’s Business and Performance plans, and not with Weebly’s lower plans.

      In my view (at the moment anyway), having SSL is important only if you have a membership login function or have an ecommerce checkout page, in order to protect your visitors’ privacy. Both Squarespace and Weebly both have SSL protection for their ecommerce checkout carts across all plans, so you should be sufficiently protected from that perspective.

      One thing to consider is that Google is encouraging that all websites have SSL, but I’m not entirely convinced that it is completely necessary (at the moment) if your website only presents information and doesn’t require your visitors to submit any passwords of private information.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Why did you not include Big Comerce or Shopify in your comparisons?

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    As a side project I’m looking to build a traditional news publisher site supported by third party advertising – services like adsense, media.net, outbrain/taboola, etc. I believe this is possible with WordPress, but I’m concerned about my lack of dev skills and want something easy. Any of the other website builders particularly good for third party ad integration? I’m also interested in being able to feature web search and customize the search box experience if possible. Thanks in advance for any guidance!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Scott,

      I think all of the website builders above will support Adsense. But I’m not entirely sure about the other advertising platforms as I haven’t used them before. But if you only need to insert a snippet of code into your webpages to display these ads, then in theory it should be fine as these website builders have tools to allow you to insert external codes.

      One way to find out for sure is to sign up for a free account and insert your advertising codes to see the ads show up.

      They also offer search boxes but they’re pretty standard. If you want to customize your search experiences, you might need to use something like Swiftype that allow you control over what pages show up and what doesn’t, etc. So it enables you to have control over the search results within your website. Swiftype works with Squarespace and Weebly. But the monthly fee to enable this function is pretty pricey.

      Jeremy

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    Hi…..i’m looking to build a web site that list the best doctors an hospitals in my city…..along with listings of the best online medical information.But i can’t seem to find just the right template on Wix.Any suggestions?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Daniel,

      If you can’t find a specific template that’s catered to what you’re trying to do, try finding the closest one and get started with that one. One thing about Wix is that they are very flexible when it comes to design so you can re-arrange items on your pages by just dragging and dropping them wherever you want to. So in a way, you can create your own listing layout based on the design you have in mind.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    In early 2017, I will be teaching web design to prison inmates, so they’ll be able to get decent jobs upon release. Prison inmates do not get internet access, so I will need a standalone editor I can load on their Windows 7 PCs. I prefer rule-based editors like HoTMetaL Pro (discontinued) which force (or at least enourage) valid markup. Recommendations?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Peter,

      I haven’t used any offline website builders as when I started building websites back in 2010, I only explored drag and drop, hosted website builders just because it managed a lot of technical aspects of building websites so I didn’t have to (such as coding, configuring and setting up hosting, etc).

      Sorry about that. If any one else reading this comment has suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

      Jeremy

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      Jeremy, I don’t have any advice but I think what you’re doing to help these folks is AWESOME!

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    Excellent Jeremy THANK you –

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    Hello Jeremy
    I am very new to building websites, have always had someone build it for me, no this is no longer an option. I am looking for a easy and simple site builder with the ability to grow as my knowledge does (in sit building) . What i also need is the ability to stream/run my radio show from as well. Hope this makes sense.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey D-J,

      The top recommendations above are very easy to use and you don’t need any coding knowledge to build a professional looking website.

      Specifically, Squarespace has a podcast feature where you can integrate your website with iTunes.

      The other website builders (such as Wix and Weebly) have audio tools where you can upload your audio file on to any webpage, and your visitors can click on the audio player to listen to your show.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    This post is perfect. Before a few months I was also looking for user friendly website builder websites and generated my rankings based on different parameters. This is exactly the sequence. But Yes.. WordPress is missing here.

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    Jeremy,
    I’m planning to start a website wherein I will offer my eons of architectural drafting experience to create custom preliminary floor plans for folks planning to renovate or add to their homes. I intend to provide multiple hyperlinked pages of helpful info and guidance, including instructions on taking specific photographs and dimensions of their existing home that will allow me to create reasonably accurate floor plans. Once contact is made, the primary communication thereafter will be email. I will also be adding pages on a regular basis, including recent projects and how-to tips. It seems to me that a website heavy in blog capability might be best, but I’m not sure I have the technical prowess to keep abreast of WordPress updates, whereas Squarespace seems more appropriate. Any suggestions? Many thanks. Gene Nelson

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Gene,

      I think any capable website builders (such as the ones listed above, including Squarespace) should be able to get the job done for you.

      Sounds like you’re only looking to setup pages, blog posts, insert tutorials / information, link together some pages to guide people to different parts of your website. Squarespace can help you do that without you having to be technical at all.

      Best way forward is to sign up for a trial account and give it a “test drive”. That’s the best way to find out!

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    I recently tried to transfer my domain from a dutch website hosting company to Wix.com. Unfortunately the transfer failed but there is no explanation. Can you advise what could have gone wrong? Domain connection option does not exists on my current hosting site that is why i was transferring it. Any guidance you can offer will be grand.

    Thanks in advance,

    K

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Ketaki,

      I wouldn’t know as I wasn’t involved. Have you tried asking your hosting company? It’s very strange how they sell you a domain name but will not allow you to connect it to a website.

      Have you thought of transferring the domain name to another domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy)? From there, you can connect it to any website you build (including one built with Wix).

      We have a domain name guide that discusses about the pros and cons of transferring a domain name to a website builder or to a domain name registrar. It also contains other helpful basics about domain name you might be interested in reading.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,
    I am a 20-year professional clean comedian and need an appropriate website with blog, etc.
    Any suggestions as to which builder would be right to go with?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Todd,

      I don’t think any one of them are specifically tailored to comedians, but you can certainly have a browse through Wix’s templates. They have a broad range of templates for different niches and they are easy to use (including the ability for you to publish a blog).

      Jeremy

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    Just found this…I’m building my site on the Duda platform…don’t get a mention – should I be concerned!!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jim,

      We mentioned about Duda here. We haven’t worked with or tested their website builder extensively, but based on my limited experience they’re not bad.

      Jeremy

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    looks like I am going to get a lot of help to set up a new webpage/website: THANK YOU!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for letting us know! Glad our website builder comparison chart above is helpful to you.

      Jeremy

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    Excellent article! Answered all my questions so far. Thank you

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    I think you assume a high level of basic computer literacy. I’m no idiot but I’ve tried Weebly and Wix and think your 5/5 ease of use ratings are way out of line for an average technophobe like me. Weebly USED to have a REALLY simple set up but it’s become much too complicated and I can’t do it any more :o(

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for your comment. I guess it is somewhat subjective and varies from person to person.

      I recall when I first started using Weebly years ago and I found that it was very user-friendly. I try to be as objective as possible when I rate them nowadays but there may be a possibility that I’m slightly biased based on my experiences with them.

      I try my best to put myself in a beginner’s shoes when I rate them, and I also take into consideration the user-friendliness of other website builders in order to keep the scoring relative.

      In any case, I really do appreciate your feedback. Relative to other website builders, I do believe Weebly is one of the easiest-to-use website builders available in the market today.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for all of the detailed info – this has been a huge help to me. My issue is that I have a website hosted by Go Daddy with a Go Daddy Online Store Shopping Cart attached. I will be building a new website as I now need to have a few pages for member login only, and Go Daddy web builder doesn’t seem to offer this service. Would my best choice be to build a new website in Word Press and connect the Go Daddy Shopping Cart? That appears to me to be possible, but I’m not positive. I’m not super techie, and would like the easiest solution that would work. Thanks for your help!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Tammy,

      It really depends on what you have in mind with the membership setup.

      If you just want to grant access to certain pages to members, without having them pay for access (like a monthly subscription fee), then Wix and Weebly have such membership functions.

      Both website builders also have ecommerce tools so you can sell products. But bear in mind their shopping carts are not connected to their membership functions so you can’t charge monthly membership fees.

      If you want to create a system where you can charge monthly membership fees, then WordPress has a few options for you (such as the Wishlist plugin). Using WordPress is much more challenging than drag & drop website builders. But it is more powerful and flexible if you don’t mind climbing a steeper learning curve.

      Jeremy

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    Great post Jeremy. I’d like to set up a website that will enable for tiered pricing structure (e.g. fixed and recurring) to be implemented based on different service offering. Some degree of customisation will also be required so if required a designer/dev can make appropriate changes outside of what I can do.

    What is required to get this tiered structure set up and integrated as an efficient payment functionality and will this work fine with sites like Squarespace?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kat,

      When it comes to making such extensive modifications, the website builders above are probably not suitable.

      if anything, I’d check out Shopify or BigCommerce, if you want to keep with hosted ecommerce builders (where you don’t have to manage hosting and other technical aspects of operating your website). They are pure ecommerce builders so you get a lot more ecommerce related tools.

      If those can’t be tailored to your specific needs, then you might need to pursue more customizable platforms, which are more flexible but need a lot more maintenance and are technically challenging.

      Hope this points you in the right direction.

      Jeremy

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    Love this chart! Very helpful. I’m about to set up my first website. Just some quick questions regarding Wix:

    1. In the “Responsive Themes” row, Wix has an X. Does this mean they don’t have mobile-responsive themes? That seems unlikely. I want to make sure my visitors can see all my content easily on their phones.

    2. In the “Mobile App” row, it says Wix will allow me to work on a newsletter from my ipad. Is that the only editing / managing I can do on a mobile device using Wix?

    3. In the “Export Website” row, there is an X for Wix. Does this mean my website could not be exported if needed? Am I reading that right?

    4. Wix does not have online chat. Do you think that’s something they’ll bring on board? Online chat is one of my favorite tech help features!

    Thanks for your expertise!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Heather,

      Glad you’re finding this chart helpful to you!

      1) Wix doesn’t offer responsive templates. But they do offer a dedicated mobile editor so that your website is mobile ready. We have a guide here on comparing Wix’s mobile editor to other website builders’ responsive designs. It’s an intro guide so it will highlight some pros & cons.

      2) In addition to the app to help you manage your newsletter function (Wix Shoutout), Wix actually has an iOS app where you can receive instant notification when someone contacts you through your website, follow up on activities such as online store purchases or hotel reservations (so depends on what business you are operating), upload images on the go, etc. Visit their support portal and search for “Mobile App” and you’ll see more about it.

      3) Correct. The main reason is that once your website exits Wix’s proprietary drag and drop platform, the other hosts won’t have the same infrastructure to help you manage your website the same way as how you would with Wix. Even with Weebly, it only export in codes so any modifications you’ll have to edit the codes directly. If this is important to you, check out Squarespace as they allow you to export most content into a WordPress friendly format.

      4) They don’t have a “native” online chat tool, but you can find multiple chat tools in their App Market that you can bolt on to your Wix site.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Thank you for providing all this information, Jeremy!

    I’m a complete novice when it comes to websites, but would like one built where soccer fans can come and take part in competitions such as ‘Last man standing’. This is a game where you pick one soccer team that you think will win, if they do then you are then still in the competition and must then choose a different team for the next set of fixtures. If your chosen team loses or draws you are out of the competition. The winner is obviously the last man standing.

    With this idea, I would also like to offer users a ‘pay to play’ option, whereby they pay £1 to enter and the winner takes it all (minus 10% to help pay for running costs of the website). Also a ‘play for fun’ option so that people can still play, however they wouldn’t win the money if they were the last man standing, this would go to the last standing paying user/users.

    So with this in mind my website would have to have PayPal or card payment method for the users wishing to compete for the money prizes.

    I also have around another 10 games similar to this that I would like to put on the website.

    Please can you give me any advice on which website bulider to use? I would be extremely grateful.

    Thank you,

    Rich.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Richard,

      It sounds to me that you will have to look for a software that caters to what you need, and not a website builder. I’m not sure if there are any software out there that has what you have in mind, and if you can’t find one you might want to consider hiring a developer to help you build one.

      Once you have the software built, you might be able to embed it into a website so people can participate in the game.

      If you need tips on how to hire developers, we have a guide on how and where to hire good developers.

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy,

    I have a domain name and website designed through websitebuilder.com. While it is fairly easy to navigate, their resources and customer service and limited, i.e., have yet to have a clear answer to a direct question about how to do something on their website, and I’m hitting a wall with functionality. My first question (given my limited website design experience) is do all website builders have database creation abilities? I want to create a forum and do not see anywhere on their site options that I am directed to when following other tutorials.

    My second question would be now that I have a domain and website almost completely created is it possible to switch website builders? If I do, do I lose all of my work and have to recreate from scratch?

    Thanks so much for any insight.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Jeanette,

      I have yet to see a drag & drop (code free) website builder have the ability for you to create databases, and create forums from scratch. However, platforms such as Wix or Weebly offer you apps where you can “bolt on” a forum to your website.

      Wix has a couple of options so check out their App Market and search for “forum”.

      As for your last question, if you switch website builders, you will have to re-create your content from scratch. In terms of your domain name, you can just disconnect it from your existing website and connect it to your new website. We have a domain name guide here that you might find helpful.

      Jeremy

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    Great article and website.This stuff is very overwhelming to a novice like myself. I really like Squarespace, but the fact the apps only cater to iphones was a deal breaker for me. There price was very good for ecommerce. So now I’m debating about Wix and Shopify. I know everyone uses shopfiy, but it seems they nickel and dime you for everything. I’m a clothing start-up, so all this adds up. I’m scared Wix wont be as flexible.

    Thanks

    Roz

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Roz,

      Thanks for your note. It’s not unusual to feel that building a business online is overwhelming – it was for us at first as well! It gets much easier over time when things start to “click”. Hopefully you’re finding our discussions here helpful.

      Wix will definitely not be as flexible as Shopify, as Shopify in our view, is probably the best hosted ecommerce builder in the market today. They’re flexible, powerful and has the ability to grow with you as your business expands. So while they’re not the cheapest option around, they’re scalable and reliable which are also factors you should consider as you grow your business.

      On a side note, we published a guide on how to craft an awesome product page here. Hopefully you’ll also get some tips out of it!

      Thanks for commenting.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    We need to have a website for our Vineyard. We plan to have our own wine in the future to sell and a tasting room. Right now we need a presence out there. We have people who want to follow our progress and can hardly wait for wine. We also will be selling grapes because we have more planted than we can make into wine right now. We want a website to grow with us. We would like to be able to blog, and have all the search engines be able to find us. I use Bing more than Google just because of the photo. I have noticed that Bing does not always show all of the sites out there.

    I am a designer but do not know code so I would like to be able to put my creative spin on our site. We bought a GoDaddy domain many years ago so would like to be able to use that. We don’t want to loose our .vine or .wine since these domain extensions were being limited. We do have a .com too. We also want our emails with our domain, myname@victoriansummit. com.

    People have recommended to me SquareSpace and WordPress. I would like to know what your thoughts are and what you would recommend.

    Thank you
    Victoria

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Victoria,

      I think Squarespace is a really good choice for creatives (such as yourself). You don’t need to know how to code and you can still build a really good looking website with Squarespace.

      You can certainly connect your domain name from GoDaddy to your Squarespace website. Squarespace’s help center will have tutorials on how to do that.

      You can also connect your email addresses as well as Squarespace does offer you the ability to use Google Business Apps (basically the Gmail user interface) to power your custom email addresses. It’s only a few dollars a month, which is affordable.

      When it comes to WordPress, it is a powerful and flexible website builder. However, if you’re not proficient with codes or if you don’t plan on hiring a coder to help you, I’d suggest giving Squarespace a trial run first. We have a much more detailed comparison between Squarespace and WordPress here. I think you’ll find it insightful.

      As for SEO (helping your website become more searchable by search engines), take a look at our website builder SEO guide here. I think yo’ll also find this helpful.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for providing so much detailed info. Your site is super helpful!

    I’ve narrowed my choices down to Weebly or Wix. I’ve been playing around with both editors and so far I am finding Weebly more easy to use. I’m also finding the written response times of Weebly support to be way faster (minutes rather than days). That said, there are a few things above that are keeping me undecided. My sites will be a store/blog, with both elements being equally important.

    You mentioned above: “Weebly IM Creator does not offer a blog system, so you need to set up your own blog elsewhere (such as on Tumblr or WordPress)”. Please can you explain what you mean by this?

    Also, you say that you get Wix phone support even on their free plan. I don’t see a support number anywhere on Wix’s site or Facebook page. In fact, I had to keep popping into their Page to nudge them to reply to my emails. I’m curious to know how you and others find Wix support to be?

    Finally, you mention that Weebly is less SEO friendly. Is this something I ought to consider? I’d love to hear from you an other Weebly users how they found their SEO to be?

    Thanks in advance,
    Steph

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Steph,

      IM Creator doesn’t offer a blogging function, but Weebly does. So you can definitely create a blog with Weebly.

      As for Wix’s phone support, if you visit their support center and type in “phone support” you should be able to find it. Click on “Schedule a Call” or “Call Us Directly”

      We found Weebly’s SEO to work just fine, but Wix has a bit more flexibility especially when it comes to being able to customize your webpage URLs. When it comes to SEO in general, have a look at our website builder SEO guide here. It will offer you a bit more insights.

      At the end of the day, Weebly is easier to use than Wix, but we think that Wix offers a lot more updated and advanced features, which are also pretty easy to use. Weebly is a solid website builder for sure, but Wix is much more innovative. Have a look at the introduction section of our Wix review here for more details about what we think about Wix.

      Jeremy

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    Fantastic post, quiz tool and side-by-side analysis. All my questions are answered -thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Ivan,

      Thanks for letting us know! Glad you found our comparison table helpful.

      Jeremy

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    I love your site, thank you! I just registered my domain name through GoDaddy and opened an account on WIX to start a multi-feature blog.
    I am a bit confused, however, about how to use my domain name on Wix without upgrading to a paid Wix account. The page I’m facing on Wix says:
    “Connect a domain you already own
    Start by choosing a Premium plan to upgrade your website. Once your site is Premium, we’ll get your domain connected.
    Advanced: Transfer your domain registration to Wix”
    Which should I do? I’d rather have .wix included in my url to start than to pay a monthly fee right now (unless you advise that it’s worth it).

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Doreen,

      Thanks for your comment and for visiting our website!

      For Wix, if you want to connect your own domain name to your website, you’ll have to upgrade to at least their Connect Domain plan.

      If you don’t mind using the Wix subdomain at the moment, then you don’t need to upgrade. You can keep using Wix’s free plan for an unlimited time until you are ready to upgrade later (or not).

      There are certainly some advantages to upgrading. For instance, you’ll get better branding through your own custom domain name. This is important as you start to brand your business (or whatever your website is built for). So having a brand or a name to your website is definitely something you should consider, at least after you gain some traction and visitors to your website.

      Further, if you upgrade to their Combo plan (or higher), you can remove the Wix advertisement from your website. This too, is something you can consider down the road if you want to focus on branding your website.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    Hey Jeremy, I love Wix, they allow for multiple site editors now. Good stuff.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Robb,

      Thanks so much for letting me know! I’ve updated the comparison chart above. Thanks for contributing – I appreciate it!

      Jeremy

  58. #

    I am looking for a good hosting company and one that incorporates Wix or Weebly, i was starting to use ehost but they are so restrictive and do not allow WIX or Weebly only their own basic websitebuilder

    I want to set up a site for travelers who can login via numerous ways, Facebook or their own login details created onsite
    I also want to set up a number of options where people can set up their own sell items onsite and maybe cars, electrical, property, etc…
    One of the most important parts is to ensure the site is user friendly and mobile friendly too, has forums in each and every country, plus each country selected will have their own content enabled

    Can WIX provide this?
    Thank you so much for the review, most insightful

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Mike,

      I don’t think Wix can provide the features you’re looking for. Sounds to me that you’re looking to build a marketplace (like eBay or Amazon), which is a specialized type of website. If you search for “marketplace website builders”, you’ll find a few options.

      Jeremy

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    I’d appreciate your insight about the issue of “owning” versus “renting” your site.
    I’ve read some articles that mention that when you rent ultimately, you may not have full control over your site, nor have the ability to use elements for other social media or other platforms.
    Although you mention WP as less user friendly then some of the others what are the options for ownership?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Cathy,

      That’s an interesting way of putting it. “Renting” being using a drag & drop website builder where they provide you with all the technology and support you need to power your website, versus “Owning” meaning you have to build your site from scratch (almost), manage your own technology and basically play the role of an IT manager, at times (or hiring someone).

      To take that idea further, it’s like building your own house versus renting a place where it’s move-in-ready. Building a house is not rocket science by any means, but it does take a lot more time, education, effort, energy, and a lot more financial capital. But at the end of the day, you can customize it.

      With drag & drop website builders, they’re “move-in-ready” so you can get a website up and running very quickly, but with some limitations as they lack the flexibility of having a custom built website.

      If you want to control your website with a lot of flexibility, I’d definitely suggest WordPress. Other solutions can be a lot costlier and more challenging to manage (such as Joomla or Drupal). WordPress is probably the best “bang for your buck” when it comes to the amount of effort it takes to learn (or pay to have things configured / set up for you), versus the flexibility it offers you.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, I’m thinking of developing my own website (not a techie, but encouraged by the proliferation of DIY website builders). I’ve heard a lot about WordPress.org or .com as a website builder, however I did not see that in your top 6. Any particular reason for that ? Thanks

    • #

      Sorry, just came across a detailed FAQ on your site on this topic. Will go through that. Many thanks.

      • Jeremy Wong
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        No problem, Porus. WordPress.org is a really good platform, but it’s fairly advanced for most beginners and non-techies.

        If you want more in-depth discussions about WordPress versus some website builders, take a look at this page here.

        Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Firstly, thank you for providing this forum – it appears that you are giving a lot of advice here, so I hope you don’t mind me putting a question to you.

    I am about to build a website for my new business, offering the service of Civil Celebrant – for weddings and funerals.

    I have spent a bit of time trying both Wix & Squarespace and LOVE the way Wix works and looks, however almost anytime I ask friends / colleagues for advice they say that I should avoid Wix due to issues with Google not bringing it up in searches. One friend suggested this was because the mobile platform area is not responsive?

    I am wondering if you could please advise me whether you think Wix would in fact be OK. And are there any basic tips for ensuring I get the most out of Search Engine Optimisation? Or should I put a monthly budget aside for Google Adwords?

    Huge thanks..
    Kate

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for your comment. I think there are a lot of misconceptions around this topic here. We go over this in details in this article here.

      I think you’ll find it helpful!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, some great info on here.
    I am looking to build a web site that will sell items once I have added value to them from the supplier. I need to know which website builder would be best to be able for me to take orders add some printed materials to the products supplied to me via the supplier in our workshop then to ship out to the customer. We will be starting with perhaps 20 items half of which will require printed items and growing the business adding more to the inventory. Any help on this will be gratefully received.
    Thanks
    Martyn

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      Jeremy,
      I should have added, they will need to send me their artwork via e-mail. A turn around time would probably be 3-4 days.

      • Jeremy Wong
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        Hey Martyn,

        I’m not sure if I fully understand the process. So do you mean the ability for your customer to email you their artwork, then you add the artwork on the product which you source from your supplier, then you send your customer the final product?

        If so, what you will probably need to do is email your customer each time you make a sale to ask them for the artwork. The actual sale between your customer and your store is fairly straight forward. They just visit your online store and purchase the product from you. Just list out on your product page that you will email them for the required information to be added on to the product, before shipping the final product to them.

        At least that is what I’d do. It’s sort of piecing together the process, as I haven’t seen an ecommerce creator that can integrate all these together.

        Jeremy

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    Hi! I’ve been reading articles/charts on your website for almost 3 hrs now so I wanted to thank you for all the information you have made available for beginners like me! I had only heard about squarespace and wordpress so I’m now exploring this third option called Wix. I need help figuring out what platform to use for a community website where people interact, rank and review things (image content), leave comments and create their own accounts and profiles. Something like worldcosplay dot net . Any ideas?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Mary,

      Wow, 3 hours? Thanks so much for reading our discussions! Very flattering indeed.

      It sounds to me that you need some sort of “social community website builder”. Search for that phrase in Google and you’ll find a few more suitable for your needs.

      Website builders like Wix or Squarespace don’t have ability to help you create a community / social network.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    What about portability? That seems to be a huge topic / and barrier for this decision. I will have an image rich site and am concerned that in the future I may decide to change hosts….? Please advise.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Kathy,

      Take a look at Footnote 10 above, where we have more details about portability.

      Jeremy

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    I’m looking to start a “voice-over” career, so I need to be able to send audio files (as well as having a personal profile, etc.), but no need to accept payments through my site…any recommendations?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Don,

      Any one of the website builders above will allow you to upload audio files so your web visitors can download them. You can also create a simple biography or “about me” page with any one of them.

      If you really don’t know which website builder to experiment with, I’d suggest starting from the left side of our table above (i.e. Wix, Squarespace, Weebly). Wix is the best “All Around” website builder, at this point.

      Jeremy

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    I am a newbie to website building, and I am completely overwhelmed. My site is powered by Powweb.
    I struggled with them for years. In recent years they have improved their customer service to where I can finally get human help. I have my site up and running now but I don’t believe it is verified by Google yet. I will have to find help at Powweb to do that. My site was built using Weebly – the older version, I think.

    But to get to my point, I am so glad to find your site. I wish I had found it before I even started my site. To someone who is a non-tekkie” type person, just learning what all the technical abbreviations meant was a problem. Thank you so much for this information.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Patricia,

      Thanks so much for sharing your comment with us.

      To help your website become recognized by Google, try setting up Google Search Console where you can verify that you own the website. The help articles from Weebly / Powweb should be able to walk you through that. It does take some time for Google to process your site, so just be patient.

      One thing to consider is to use Weebly.com directly. As you mentioned, the version of Weebly that Powweb offers is outdated. If you used Weebly.com directly, you’d receive assistance from their own support team, directly.

      We have a discussion about that here. The article talks about using Weebly directly, versus the version that Bluehost offers. Even though it is targeted at Bluehost, the idea is the same as if it was targeted at Powweb.

      Jeremy

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    Hi, I’m interested in starting a professional Stylist business, which website will work for me and how can I attach a mass email to clients? I have already started a blog with WordPress, but it is confusing.

    Thanks,
    Sheri

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Sheri,

      I’d suggest you take a look at Wix and Weebly to start. Both of these website builders offer you newsletter capability (Wix Shoutout and Weebly Promote). See our Footnote 16 above for more discussions about them.

      These newsletter tools are fully integrated with the website builders already, so they’re easy to set up and manage. WordPress is a really good and flexible platform, but it’s much more advanced and has a much steeper learning curve.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    I write for a living, and having swapped over to a new agent, she is quite strongly advising me to set up author websites for my two author names. I used to be happy with WPress four or five years ago, but I don’t need all the endless tweaking and SEO’ing that goes with WP, I need to be able to come up most days, post a few thoughts as easily as possible, and then concentrate on my work.

    My needs are simple really – possibly a slide show of my books, an area for each book, a shopping area to buy each book, a link to the Amazon, Kobo and Apple bookshops where readers can buy also, an ability to allow free downloads of chapters/books, a blogging area that keeps readers updated with what I’m doing and where I am, and last but not least an email capture device.
    Oops, forgot to list that I would like the facility to add photo’s to each blog post if needed and it needs to be responsive (as I know Gurgle’s algorithm penalises slow loading/non responsive sites).
    And it has to have Pizazz, Real Pizazz.
    Jeremy I’d appreciate your advice on the best platform, and buy via your link. BTW there are a lot of writers out there in the same boat, judging from the forums – I’m surprised that the big hitters haven’t cottoned on to the need (I’ve just had a quick look a Ukit and they have a template for a tattoo artist but not for a writer/author – bizarre).
    Hope you can help!
    Jeff

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Jeff,

      I’d suggest you check out Squarespace or Weebly. Both offer you responsive designs so websites built with these platforms are automatically mobile friendly. Wix is also mobile friendly, but they’re not responsive as you get a separate, dedicated mobile editor for Wix websites. So I think you might want to check them out as well.

      You can definitely insert slideshows, setup dedicated areas / pages for your books, link out to the several places that you mentioned and create blog posts. Those are fairly basic functions that the website builders all have.

      As for the ability to capture emails, Wix and Weebly have built in newsletter services (see footnote 16 above). So your visitors can subscribe to your newsletter series.

      When it comes to “pizazz”, I’d suggest you take a look at Wix and Squarespace’s design templates. Both of these website builders probably offer you the most professional looking designs.

      A prudent thing to do is sign up for to their free / trial accounts and invest some time into testing them out. That’s one of the best ways to help you make a more informed decision as to which website builder works best for your needs.

      Jeremy

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        Thanks so much for taking the time to get back to me Jeremy. I think I’ll be going with Wix initially, (as you’ve advised I’ve had a play with both and I find Wix more intuitive for me).
        Great service, great site, thank again.
        Jeff

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Great! Thanks for following up and letting me know. It never hurts to sign up and test drive a few of these website builders. Best of luck on your website!

          Jeremy

  69. #

    I definitely agree that you should have consider to try a trial series of it so that you can choose which one is most comfortable to use and which one is appropriate for your webpage.Consider all the aspects and also the pricing of it whether i is beyond or above the limit value of your concern and the content of it if it is good to be the platform.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Camille,

      That’s definitely the right approach. It’s the same idea as purchasing a car (but at a MUCH smaller scale!), it’s always wise to test drive a few options before finalizing your decision. Thanks for sharing.

      Jeremy

  70. #

    Wix is my all time favorite site to make a website. Thanks for this info.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  71. #

    Hello! How possibly can we make a network marketing website with wix?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Vially,

      Do you mean you want to build a website where your members / community can message each other, something like Facebook?

      If so, Wix won’t be the right tool for you. Have a look at Ning.com, or try searching for “online community builder” or something along that line.

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy, I’m old school .. have my websites on Frontpage and they bring me a lot of business.
    I want to keep the look of what I have basically but have a modern engine under the hood of my old pickup (look) if you get my drift.

    I keep looking at all the new websites, themes, etc. and I do not understand the concept of ‘theme’s” exactly.
    My assumption is that a ‘theme’ is the composite of photos shown?
    Or is a theme the structural design? What I mean is, if I find a website that I like the structure of pages and menus, can I get rid of the canned pictures and add my own in their place?

    Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Diana,

      Yes you can. So if you like the theme (the structural design), you can remove the default images and text, as those are just there as placeholders to help illustrate what a website could potentially look like.

      For instance, if you sign up to a trial account with Wix, and pick one of the themes / templates, you’ll very quickly see that you can move the pre-populated content around the site by just dragging and dropping them, and you can also delete these content or replace them with your own.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Hello –
    I would like to create a website for my handmade ceramics to show and to sell. Judging from your reviews the Wix website builder would be very good for such a thing. Can you give me recommendation for which template (s) would be most useful for me? Without knowing much it seems that ‘home decor’, or ‘fashion boutique’ and perhaps ‘lilou paperie’ would be good choices, but open to other template suggestions, as well.
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Ingrid

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Ingrid,

      I’m not intimately familiar with Wix’s templates (but I do enjoy browsing through them as they look so professional!), but I think you’re on the right track. I looked at the 3 templates you suggested and they all look really good! Other ones that I spotted are “Jewelry Designer” and “Bow Tie Store”.

      I like Bow Tie Store as the home page has parallax effect, giving me that 3D feel which is quite interesting and gets my attention.

      Jeremy

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    Thank you for all this information. I’m looking for a really easy to use, responsive site. I already have my domain name with another host. If I use, for example, Squarespace, could I still have my own domain name, i.e., MyCompanyName.Com, without any extension?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Michelle,

      Yes – you can just connect your domain name from where it is held / registered, to your Squarespace website. To display your custom domain name on your Squarespace website, you’ll need to upgrade to at least one of its premium plans.

      Squarespace has tutorials on how to connect your domain name in their support portal.

      Jeremy

  75. #

    If i start a website on wix and upgrade to a premium plan, do i need to do this for every site or does the premium plan paid once allow me to host several sites

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Brian,

      For all of the website builders above, each individual website is upgraded on a standalone basis. So if you have 5 separate websites within your account, and you want to upgrade 3 of them to access more advanced tools / features, then you have to upgrade each of the 3.

      Hope this clarifies things!

      Jeremy

  76. #

    Hi Jeremy
    I’m a set designer, and I wish to promote my boutique rental properties. So of course Squarespace is aesthetically my first choice. BUT the phone support offered by WIX makes me almost willing to compromise! Also, I did not see templates on either site that had good calendar features (for showing availability etc., and local events). Do you know if I can import a good monthly calendar from elsewhere?
    Thank you!!!
    Miriam

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Miriam,

      I think Squarespace has a calendar function that might work well for you. Have you seen their Calendar Block?

      Wix has numerous Calendar Apps you can check out. Visit their App Market and search for “calendar” and you’ll see them.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Arghhh! – I love – love – love this site and your very helpful information!!! – however, whenever I read through a ton of content trying to find an answer, then can’t, I try to post a comment/question. When done, I hit “enter” only to be told that I timed out!! So frustrating.
    I still love you, though!!! LOL
    Here’s my question (which I am saving on Word, so when I time out I can close my browser and then go back into your site and repost).
    Actually – two questions – First: I post long lists of businesses on my site. The lists include the basic details about the business, their genre, description, etc. I add and change businesses listed frequently. Squarespace only allows me to type info directly into their blocks, so I would have to edit this huge block of info, or else use separate blocks for each and move them all around each time I added/deleted. Does WIX have a better option? – ie importing from an excel or word doc?
    Second: I need ppl to be able to search these business by genre and location. I see that Squarespace has an in site search capability, but can’t find info on WIX. Do they have a search capability or Plug in?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks for your comment!

      If I’m understanding your question properly, I think that with Wix, you’ll have to update your listings the same way as Squarespace. I’m not aware of a way to import blocks of information. I think you’ll have to copy and paste data from your Word or Excel file into a Wix element (such as text).

      As for site search function, Wix doesn’t have a “native” search function built in. However, you can bolt on 3rd party search apps directly into your Wix site. The benefit of using these apps is that they are configured to work properly with Wix websites. Visit their App Market and type in “search” to look for these apps.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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    Thanks J’ for your great info. Please what do you think could be the easiest and cheapest option to build forum site where members can log in and post ideas (post) and replies to post (comments) on different issues?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Jerry,

      Some website builders (for example, Wix and Weebly) do have third party forum apps that you can bolt on to your website. However, I’m not entirely sure how good they are as I’ve never built a forum with good amount of interactions before.

      There is a community builder called Ning that you might want to check out. I’ve never used them before in my previous projects, so can’t assess them objectively. But check them out!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for all your wonderful information it is so helpful. I have two questions regarding Wix – after your feedback I have chosen to go with them for now. Do you know if it is possible to use 2 templates from Wix in one domain name? I want to have a blog that is a seperate template to my main website, but want the page link displayed on the main website and all reached by the same domain name. I’m having a little difficulty finding how to reach customer support on Wix for a not common issue.

    The other question is if I want to expand my business later down the track and move to an online store on Shopify, is it an easy process to change teams? It would only be the domain name that is essential really, I can copy info and have a design change without a problem. Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Vanessa,

      You can create as many websites as you want under one single Wix account. However, each website can only use one template, and each website can only have one domain name.

      However, what you can try to do is create a sub-domain name. So for instance, for your main site you can use your normal domain name (such as example.com). For your blog (2nd website), you can use a sub-domain name, such as blog.example.com.

      You should be able to do that through your domain name registrar (consult their support team on how to do that).

      So you are “branding” both your websites using the same domain name. One is the main domain name, and the other is a sub-domain.

      In terms of migrating to Shopify (one of the best ecommerce builders in our view), it’s definitely possible. You can just disconnect your domain names that are pointed to your Wix websites, and reconnect them to your new Shopify sites. Shopify’s support portal will show you how to connect domain names to online stores built by their platform.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you so much for all this information! Such a great help.
    I am starting and online Jewellery boutique and want something easy to use through the back end re orders, customer information mail outs etc however I want something visually appealing design wise! and that looks great off the mobile! I have been looking at Wix, shopify and go daddy.
    As I am starting out and growing my business which one do you think would be the best fit for me!

    Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Laura,

      It really depends. Generally speaking, Shopify is the best platform for building ecommerce websites (if you haven’t seen our discussion about Shopify, you can see it here).

      Even though Wix is easier to use, Shopify offers more tools, support and general ecommerce ecosystem for online stores.

      Once you get going and if your business start to grow larger, Shopify offers you much more advanced options, as well as the options of hiring specialists (design or developers) to help you customize your store.

      The immediate drawback is that Shopify is a bit pricier. But they offer much broader options for you down the road.

      Having said that, if you just want simpler tools, and an easier user interface where you can drag and drop content anywhere you want, then Wix is a good choice.

      I’d go with either Shopify or Wix, before GoDaddy.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy!

    Thank you for all your great information. I’m in a bit of a conundrum.

    I am an online teacher and have taken some time to figure out the components I want to have in my website. And, I love (and am possibly semi-obsessed with) the designs on SquareSpace, so much so that I want to build my website on SquareSpace.

    The tricky part is that I found a software I like that has the exact online classroom components that I need, but whose plug-in is not compatible with SquareSpace. This same software is compatible with WordPress.

    Could you please offer me some advice as to what to do? Could I build my website on SquareSpace and then export it to WordPress, and add the plug-in there? And what exactly does it mean to export a website to WordPress? Or could I build my website on SquareSpace and then add a link for my online-classroom?

    Thank you in advance for any input you can offer.

    Kindest regards,
    Jill

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jill,

      The export function for Squarespace only exports your content. So when it comes to design, you’ll have to configure that in your WordPress account. Generally speaking, if you want to make edits to your WordPress website design, you’ll have to tweak the codes to do so (you can see our discussion about Squarespace vs WordPress here).

      So the export approach might not work well for what you want. Functionally it might work, but design wise might not be what you’re looking for.

      The option of building your main website on Squarespace, then building your online classroom separately, then linking up both sites – it just might work. Some people prefer not to do that as they want to control everything under one roof. Another thing is that the design of your website and the online classroom may not match. They’re not big deals for some people, but obviously those are personal choices.

      If you don’t mind managing both platforms, the option you suggested will work.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I am wondering if I should use Squarespace which is esthetically beautiful vs using shopify which is more business oriented . I also have a dilemma since I am in Canada the templates don`t seem the same as they do in the video posted for squarepace it looks a lot more limited. I don’t know if its just an impression but It seems that not all of the website builder are equipped the same as for wix which is what I have used before it clearly indicates that theres the old version and the newest version. I did not get the new version as the one4s in the recent youtube videos.Does the Ip address come into play? I am also wondering if shopify is not as esthetic does it not have a more suitable e-commerce plateform for small businesses.

    What are the cons of squarespace and shopify?

    Thanks

    Alexia

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Alexia,

      All website builders should be offering the same tools and design templates for both US and Canada. I’m not aware that they limit tools / templates to users outside of the US, as Canada is a large market for most website builders.

      As for cons of Squarespace and Shopify, you can view our reviews for them here and here. We listed out certain pros and cons for each one of them there.

      Jeremy

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    Hey Jeremy,

    Not sure what kind of site I need… e-commerce or business. I’m not really selling something but in a way I am. I take still pictures and make a video out of them along with music and transitions. So what I need is a website displaying some of my work and a way for people to order different packages. I also need a way for people to upload their photos for their video. I use dropbox a lot and thought that would be a great way to transfer the photos.
    What do you suggest?

    Jill

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jill,

      There isn’t a website builder that I’m aware of that allows users to upload their own files into your website. You can probably create one by it will require a much more powerful, heavily customizable website builder (perhaps WordPress or something like that).

      A work around is for you to list out your products, and after a customer purchases you can then send him/her an email providing further instructions on how they can send you their photos. I’d imagine you can use a website builder that allows you to sell digital products (so they don’t have to fill in a shipping address).

      Once they have made a purchase, you can set up an automatic email that gets send to them right away, providing further instructions on how they can send you their photos. Website builders allow you to send “Thank You” emails after someone purchases from you – so just use this email to insert your instructions.

      You can see which online store builder supports digital products here.

      Jeremy

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    Hey jeremy , thanks for your information.
    I am a fashion designer setting up my own buisness and recently set up my own custom template on wix. I did some researching before i published and paid and found out that apparently wix can make your website disappear if they want too? is this true ? also what would you reccomend as the best website builder for a new small buisness that needs an online store ?
    kind regards

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Anni,

      Website builders and (most technology services online) generally speaking, can shut down your account if you grossly violate their terms of services. Some examples may include posting adult content, hate content, that sort of content when you are not supposed to under their terms of services.

      So if you’re worried, make sure you read through Wix’s terms of services / use (link at the bottom of the Wix site). One should always practice the same level of prudence for all other services you use online. I know most people can’t be bothered to read them, but it’s just being careful.

      If you are just posting or selling fashion designs / products, I don’t see why they will shut you down. After all, Wix has over 1.9 million paying customers which tells you that they’re a very successful business so I’m sure they’re not going to “randomly” shut down “normal” websites!

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I’ve been going through your information for the past couple of days. So informative and thank you for posting it!

    My issue is I have a job right now that’s due yesterday so maybe you can point me in a direction because I’m researching myself into confusion.

    I’m a print designer and illustrator that’s been working for many years and I’m hired for my aesthetic sense. I’ve been resisting web design for as long as I’ve been able to. So I built my portfolio site in WordPress and long story short it got hacked amongst other things and in the end I had to nuke it. So obviously I need something else for my client while I sort out my WordPress skills!

    In brief, they need an e-commerce site with an about page, a blog, e-mail/newsletter integration and a separate login area for wholesalers and salespeople to order. They’re a small startup with a great line of products that want to grow but for now money is an issue. They want paypal and major credit cards and a very simple and straightforward site. It would be great to have something where more bells and whistles could be added later but not a must right at this second.

    The big thing is they want a custom design with the artwork I’m doing for them so that’s a big one. I know some code and can always become very good at something with a gun pointed at me but less stress is best and them waiting for me to learn is not really an option. I’d like to be able to customize it as much as possible.

    I really thank you for any thoughts you might have.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Judy,

      Sorry to hear about your WordPress site! Take a look at Weebly. It’s super easy to use and allows you to publish a site very quickly.

      In addition to that, the reason why I’m suggesting Weebly (given you’re short of time) is that they give you access to edit the HTML / CSS codes so you can make custom tweaks to the design if you want to. It sounds like this is something you can take advantage of given you know how to work with codes and that your customer wants a customized design. The other website builders don’t give you as much access (or no access at all) to the codes of the website.

      You can sell products with Weebly, and you can set up a membership area to hide some pages to the public. However, the membership functions are fairly basic, so make sure you review their support portal to see what’s possible. For instance, you can’t set up paid membership subscriptions (meaning your members are billed every month for joining). But you can definitely set up a membership gateway – you just can’t charge for it.

      Hope this helps! And good luck!

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy,

    I have a website through Dex Media where I also do print advertising. I have had this site with them for over 10 years. Their platform is Website Creator Pro. I have basically written the entire site myself. As a landscape designer and horticultural consultant I have many photo galleries and blog/educational pages. It is quite extensive and now a bit clunky and overloaded.

    When Dex approached me this year for my advertising renewal my options were to pay them $3,000 plus $199/month and they would rebuild my website in a word press format. After I got up from the floor (I pay $99 a month for the web site currently) I realized I had a problem.

    I have two big concerns. They have my business domain ‘www.coloradovista.com and if I decide to leave their program and build my own website I am not sure how that works.

    I receive client calls daily because they find my business through the web site and I always appear on the first page of a google search for a landscape designer in my area. I am very hands on and like to add project photos/designs once or more a month. So I am very active with my web site. I am now also developing my designs using sketchup and need to add video files to show 3d walkthroughs. I can afford no down time and my exposure on google needs to remain at the top of the search engine.

    Could you take a peek at my website (yes, you will see the need for it to be updated) and the type of content and recommend the best web site builder that I should go with to reproduce the site. Most importantly can you share with me how I transfer my domain (I have been in business since 2003) and do not want to lose what I have built in the last 13 years.

    I appreciate your time and consideration in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Tanya,

      Sounds pretty nerve wrecking to me! But honestly, I think a lot of businesses go through the same challenges: 1) to do it themselves or pay a lot of money to someone else to manage it; and 2) how to retain search engine ranking if you’ve been around for years (and rank well).

      I think there are merits to paying someone to building the site and managing it for you – but ONLY if you have a proven business model that’s generating profits, which sounds like you do.

      A lot of people are tempted to pay designers / developers a lot of money before they even have a viable, cash flowing business yet – it’s a big mistake in my view (we wrote an article about that here). I guess it’s easier to throw money at a problem (them not knowing how to build / design a website), when in fact, there are a lot of solutions to help business owners (such as the website builders we outlined above).

      In your case, since you have an existing business already, you have options. Either to pay the team to build / manage for you, or do it yourself. It also sounds like you’re quite hands on, so it might make sense for you to use a website builder so you can add / remove / modify content yourself, without using a “middle person”, so to speak.

      It seems to me that your bigger concern is how to build a new website without losing business (by retaining good search ranking). This is a bit of a “black box” as there is no guarantee that search engines will behave the same way once you have a new site up and running.

      So what Google recommends is that you “301 redirect” your old webpage addresses to your new webpage addresses. If you do it correctly, Google will know that your pages from your existing / current website, are now part of the new website. So in theory, all your page rankings should be passed on to your new website. In theory, you wouldn’t lose any rankings in search engines.

      However, in practice, it may potentially be different. So just keep that in mind. There are a lot of discussions about 301 redirects and case studies about moving websites on the internet – so do spend some time studying those.

      As for how to move domain names, it’s not too challenging. Go to a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy) and you can purchase a domain migration service. They will have instructions on how you can move your domain name from your existing provider, and into GoDaddy.

      You should technically own your domain name (but it depends on how you worked out your deal with your current service provider), so you should be able to transfer it into another domain name registrar (see our domain name guide – Topic 7). If you meet resistance, perhaps don’t tell them you want to stop using them to service your entire website. Maybe tell them you only want to move the domain name. Once the domain name is out, then move on to the next phase. One step at a time.

      I know it’s a daunting decision and process, so take your time in studying what others have done. Learn more about the domain migration process (and make sure you confirm with your current provider that you can move your domain name) and also the 301 redirect process.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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        Is there a website builder that you would recommend for me and that could work with me on the 301 direct? Thank you.

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Tanya,

          Yes. The top 3 website builders we discussed above all give you the ability to perform 301 re-directs. If you visit their support guides and type in “301” they will give you more details about how to do them.

          Their 301 re-directs only work if you use the SAME domain name as your previous site. If you are changing domain names (avoid this if possible, unless you want to rebrand your company), the process becomes a bit more tricky.

          Basically, you tell the website builder what are your old page URLs, and what are the new ones. So if your URL for a specific page doesn’t change after you migrate to a new website builder, then you don’t need to do a 301 re-direct for that specific URL.

          Migration is always a tricky task, especially if you have good search rankings to start out with. There are different known and unknown reasons why a search engine (such as Google) will change your ranking after a site migration. Keeping the URL structure the same for each page or doing 301 re-directs for those that changed is only one part of it. There are a lot of resources / discussions that cover this online, so a Google search will lead you to some of them!

          Jeremy

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    Hey Jeremy…I want to start a website that is social linking…i.e., Facebook or Twitter. I need the domain name, the site itself built ( i can pay up to $10,000) as well as technical support and e-commerce; I will also need an “App” for my site. Any advice?????? Is there a company that can do it all for me? Thank you for your help, I appreciate it so much

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Anthony,

      Check out marketplaces like Upwork. You can find a lot of developers for hire there. But just beware that there are good developers and there are less good / bad developers.

      Make sure you interview them fully (check their past projects, read their reviews, message them frequently with questions and see how comprehensive / insightful and how fast they answer them, and get reference checks).

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Great information! I created a website some months ago before realizing the need for wordpress compatibility to allow for an interactive site. Do you know about simplesite.com and how easy would it be to export content to a wordpress compatible site like Wix? .

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Andrea,

      I haven’t used SimpleSite before so I can’t quite comment on their capabilities. If the ability to export content from a website builder into WordPress is important to you, take a look at Squarespace. In our discussion here, under section 9, we talked about its export function.

      Hope this points you in the right direction.

      Jeremy

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    So, does the “X” mean the site does not provide this function? In the quiz, I said I wanted a site that was mobile responsive and Wix was suggested for me. Yet, from the chard it does not appear that Wix is mobile responsive. Did I miss something?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Rick,

      Correct – “X” means the website builder doesn’t offer that specific option. In the Quiz, the question asks if you want a mobile “friendly” website builder – which doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be a mobile responsive design. I’m sorry if it wasn’t clear enough!

      Wix doesn’t offer mobile responsive designs at the moment, but they do offer you a dedicated mobile editor where you can customize the mobile version of your website. So technically, your website can show different layouts / content on mobile phones, than on desktop computers.

      The advantage is that Wix allows you to pick and choose which content you want to display on a much smaller screen (mobile device) – so this gives you more control and flexibility. The drawback is that you have a bit more work to do to configure your mobile website.

      With a mobile responsive design (where the desktop version of your website is automatically re-arranges itself to fit nicely into a mobile device), you don’t have to edit for a separate mobile website so it saves you a bit of time. The drawback, is that you don’t have control over your mobile display.

      So just some pros and cons to consider for other readers who aren’t familiar with this.

      We have a detailed discussion about mobile displays for various website builders here.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I’m looking to build a business website to offer a unique set of services related to Project Management. I’ve looked at some of the free sites (Wix, Websitebuilder, etc.), and I don’t seem to see a template that would be a good fit for the type of business and services I want to offer. I’m now thinking about looking at some of the paid website companies, but there are a lot of them. Any recommendations for either paid or free sites? Thanks.

    Jay

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Jay,

      Sometimes it’s challenging to look at a pre-set “out of the box” template and see if it works or not, as the layout of the content and the outline of the design “as is” might not be what you have in mind.

      The benefit of using Wix (for instance) is that you can drag and drop content wherever you want. They also allow you to heavily customize the design of your webpages, without coding. So it might take some work, but you can alter the layout of the templates with their tools so to create what you have in mind. This applies to most other website builders out there (though it’s easier to alter designs with Wix).

      Other than that, if you want a design that completely catered to what you have in mind, you can always hire a designer and coder to custom create a design for you. But I think that’s going a bit too far, if you don’t have a cash flowing business.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you so much for this very useful information. I’m starting to create my brand and my business. I need a website that can handle my many pages -Blogging, Information on my Plays( Show dates), Motivational Speaking business inquires, email subscription list, a site that can support my podcast/podbean and youtube uploads, would allow monetize my website?

    Need help

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Indigo,

      There isn’t a website builder that’s listed here that will give you all the tools you want – specifically the email subscription list and podcasting function. But they will be able to help you with your other requirements (pages, blogging, uploading YouTube, etc).

      If podcasting is more important than email sign ups, then take a look at Squarespace as they have a built-in “native” podcasting tool. You can then add on a newsletter sign up widget such as Aweber to your website. That will work.

      If having an integrated newsletter sign up function is more important to you, then look at Wix (Shoutout) or Weebly (Promote) as they have built in email subscription tools. You can integrate podcast audio sessions by inserting players like Soundcloud or something like that.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Love your articles. They’re all very helpful.
    I’m trying to open an online shop for my small business. I understand now how important SEO is. Problem is I don’t have any coding skills so now I’m looking for website builders that have a good built-in SEO. Also content on my website will be based mostly on pictures rather than written content since it’s a jewelry shop. Which one would you recommend in my case? Do you have any advice on optimizing images for SEO?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Cristina,

      Ranking high in search engines based on just using images will probably be pretty tough, as Google (and probably other major search engines) might have a harder time understanding what your website is about if you only have images. It’s easier for them to “read” your text and understand what you’re discussing on the page.

      Having said that, what you should do is make sure you insert “Alt Text” for all your images. This allows Google to understand what the image is about since they can’t “read” pictures yet.

      Also, name your image files in a very specific way. So don’t name your image files generically, like “Image” for instance. If your image displays a Mac Air, then name the image file name to “Mac Air” or something like that. Be as specific as you can, as Google does assess the name of the file name when its trying to understand what the image file is about (not sure how much weigh they put on it, but it’s not a lot of work to label files anyway).

      Further, do all the basic SEO stuff, like meta descriptions, titles on your page so search engines know what the page is all about. All the drag & drop website builders above allow you to do that.

      If you can insert written content, that would be best. Even just to describe what your page is all about. This will help search engines understand your page content.

      Last but not least, try to promote your pages as much as you can. Share it with online communities, so get people talking and writing about your site. The more other websites link to your website / webpages, the higher it may rank in search results (generally speaking). Search engines view direct links to your website / webpages as an endorsement. We have a bit of information about SEO on our FAQ page here – you might find it helpful as well.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Unfortunately there is no comparison for iPad /tablet usage . The trend is towards mobile devices and the deal breaker for myself and many others is that any website builder I use needs to be editable on my iPad , especially since I’m about to purchase an iPad Pro . Cheers , Dave .

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Dave,

      Actually, Weebly and Jimdo both have iPad apps where you can build your website directly on your iPad. We have more details about this under Footnote 17 above. So definitely check them out!

      Jeremy

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    Such helpful information! Thank you! I was hoping you could give me some advice on which website builder is best for my needs. I am starting a new business and need my website to include a calander of events that would include pictures and change monthly, as well as taking reservations for classes and able to accept payments for said reservations. Any advice you can offer would be helpful! Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Taleana,

      Take a look at Wix Bookings. It’s a tool that you can use with Wix to help you setup an online reservation system which people can make bookings with you. The tool is also integrated with a shopping cart so you can receive payments.

      Jeremy

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        Thank you! Again… So helpful! By far the most helpful and informative website!

  95. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you so much for writing this article. So very helpful and fair play to answering each comment – top man.

    Take care,
    Krupa

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Krupa! Glad you found helpful and valuable information from our discussions here.

      Jeremy

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    Hey Jeremy,

    do you have any suggestions, about Bitcoin payment option? All of these platforms include Bitcoin feature / is it free or prepaid one?

    Thanks for you article.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Lenushka,

      Wix does have an app in their App Market that will allow you to collect payments in Bitcoin. Just search for “Bitcoin” in the search bar.

      You can also consider Shopify or Bigcommerce, both of which are “pure” ecommerce builders and are some of the best online store platforms in the world right now. Both do have Bitcoin payment processing capabilities. Take a look at this page here to check them out.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy- thanks for the info dude….good stuff. Which builder is better for allowing ads/sponsors/banners etc?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey BJ,

      I think all of them will be just fine. It’s pretty straight forward to insert an image / advertisement banner, and linking it to another website or webpage.

      Having said that, you should test out a few website builders to see which one you prefer to work with, or have other tools that you are looking for. In terms of adding images / banners, all of them should do just fine.

      Jeremy

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        Thanks! Will let you know how it goes. Thanks for all this great info.

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    Jeremy,

    Thanks for putting a side-by-side review of several site-building sites. Do you find in your experience that elements of sites change themselves over time? I’ve found text that I had put in bold to later be ‘unbolded’. I have had images that I loaded end up copied into other locations. I have had images that I loaded deleted completely. These have happened after I published the site.

    In your experience and time spent reviewing sites, are these difficulties typical or commonplace or part of the cyberworld?

    I’m rather frustrated at this point and would appreciate insight from some with more experience than I have.

    Thanks, Eric

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Eric,

      I’ve had that happen to me once in a blue moon. Specifically, I was using Weebly back then. But it’s not a consistent issue as I just quickly re-bolded the text (for example) and it didn’t happen again. It was so infrequent that I was thinking perhaps I changed it but forgot. It wasn’t a huge issue for me, given its infrequency.

      Have you brought up this issue with whichever platform you are using?

      Jeremy

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    I use Wix as my website builder 99% of the time and recommend to other people. My clients have been very impressed with their websites developed in Wix and people have commented on how professional my own website is which I developed with Wix. When my clients saw my website they asked me what platform I used and when I told them they wanted me to create their website right away for them.

    I have also worked with GoDaddy and WordPress. I still always end up going back to Wix. I find that Wix offers an abundance of features to create and build a professional website. Creating and building a website with GoDaddy was okay but I found that there were many limitations as to what I could do to ‘dress up’ the website, e.g. headers, slideshows, videos, include apps, etc.

    WordPress also helps to produce very dynamic websites if someone prefers to use WordPress. I guess I just find Wix is easier to work with.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Ellen,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

      Jeremy

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    Hello, Jeremy,

    I’m currently have a website at GoDaddy. I like the basics of their website builder, but as an educator I’d like to create a password protected area of the site and I can’t do that with their interface– they used to offer it, but it went away. So I’m wondering if you could give me an idea where I could go to have that option? I’d also like to have the option for a paypal interface as well but this isn’t as important to me. Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Drue,

      Wix and Weebly both have membership gateway functions (see Footnote 16 above). However, neither has a payment gateway integrated with it. So while you can create membership areas with both web builders, you can’t charge your members for access (yet).

      If that becomes important to you, there are membership widgets such as Sentry Login that can be used with Wix and Weebly. Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    Hello, Thank you for the great info. Just a correction, Weebly does not offer a free domain. In fact, you pay a whopping $40 USD for a single domain through Weebly. Then they make you get your email address through Google Apps for another whopping $45 USD. Also, they do not notify customers of charges to their credit cards. Not even a courtesy email receipt. I once was a happy Weebly customer. I’m super turned off and will be closing out all of my sites and re-building elsewhere.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi D,

      Weebly does offer a year of free domain, if you sign up to their annual plan (this is highlighted in our footnote and also on Weebly’s site I believe).

      We also have a comprehensive discussion about domain names in this article here, where we discuss the pros and cons of receiving a domain name through a website builder (such as Weebly) or purchasing one from domain name registrars such as GoDaddy.

      The auto charging of credit card relates to the renewal of your premium plan. Most online services nowadays auto charge on a monthly or annual basis (depending on which plan you chose) and this is a standard practice. It’s the same as signing to a monthly / annual gym membership – they wont’ call / email you to notify you that they will bill you.

      Businesses nowadays assume that if you don’t want to continue with their services, you’d contact them to cancel your plan. In this case, you just have to log into your Weebly user portal to discontinue your plan. This too, is a very standard procedure across all website builders (or other online services).

      Sorry to hear about your disappointment though. I can understand that getting billed without expecting it is a very frustrating experience. However, it’s a very standard business practice, just like if you purchased a gym membership or a monthly subscription to a magazine. What I personally do, is set up calendar reminders of upcoming renewals of all my subscriptions, so that reminder gives me ample time to consider if I’d like to renew or not. If not, I contact the service provider to cancel.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    This is the most comprehensive information I have found and want to say thank you for the hard work it must have taken to put it together. I am starting a new business (for the first time) and looking at GODaddy for the domains and Wix for the design & hosting based on your information and reviews. I was looking around your site for additional information on which service is best for personalized email addresses (for ex: info@ companyname.com) to go along with the sites. GODaddy offers each email address for $3.49/month which isn’t bad but price is definitely a factor to us at the moment so any comparison/information you have on price and benefits would be greatly appreciated.

    While we could start with one simple email address for “info”, we prefer to have 3-4 different email addresses (me, wife, info, and potentially additional hires) .

    Thank you,
    Larry

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Larry,

      I personally use Google Business Apps to create custom email addresses, and it’s about $5 per month, so marginally more expensive than GoDaddy.

      Note that Wix is partnered with Google Business Apps, so the set up is probably pretty easy.

      I personally prefer the Gmail user interface and its reliability. Having said that, I haven’t used GoDaddy’s email service before. So I guess it depends on which one you are more comfortable with.

      Jeremy

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      Hi Jeremy

      Just a quick message to thank you for providing some very useful information on building a website; I have been investigating this over the last couple of days and out of the ones you have mentioned I am veering towards Squarespace.

      However I am also looking at Adobe Muse and Webflow, both of which provide software to build a site without writing code – have you come across either of these and what are your thoughts?

      Thanks
      Shane

      • Jeremy Wong
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        Hello Shane,

        Unfortunately I haven’t used Muse or Webflow so I can’t discuss meaningfully about their pros and cons.

        If others reading this have something to add, please feel free to do so!

        Jeremy

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      You can have Go Daddy forward pretty much any email address with a domain name you purchase there to another email address. That way you don’t have to actually purchase the email addresses until you’re ready. Worked really well for us. We have three email addresses for one domain name that are forwarded to a Go Daddy email address at an entirely different domain we own. Hope that helps.

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    Hi Jeremy. Thanks for this awesome post.

    I am looking into taking my aunts’s business online (it’s a surprise). She sells ladies fashion items (such as handbags & shoes). Although we are based in the US, her store is back home in the UK and so she doesn’t need to sells anything online. The purpose of the site is to show case items she will be shipping back home to be sold in her physical store there. She runs it from the US and has staff that work for her there. Moreover, I intend on adding details such as link to her business’ Facebook page and sales announcements on the site. I have already purchased a domain name using Namecheap based off your other article. Which one of these would you recommend. I am torn btw Squarespace & Wix. I love that SqS has a responsive site and you can switch themes easily.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Oliver,

      I think either one (Wix or Squarespace) works. It sounds to me that you’re aware of the pros and cons of using Wix and Squarespace. We do have an article here that compares both website builders directly here.

      If you’re a bit torn about which one to use, I’d suggest that you sign up with both platforms and just invest a few hours to play with them. You might end up loving one of them over the other! It’s like test driving a car. You might think you like a car, until test driving it.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Yes I have read your article (as well as other reviews online) so am familiar with the pros and cons 🙂 But like you said, I would best know by trying both out and seeing which one I prefer. Thanks!

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the the comparison info…very helpful!! I am looking to build a real estate related site and was wondering if Wix or the other website builders enable property searching?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks, Chris.

      I don’t think Wix has any specific real estate / property searching tools.

      The way you can integrate non-Wix widgets into a Wix website is to use the “HTML Code” function, where you can embed the codes from the widget provider.

      So visit your real estate tool provider and see if they allow you to embed codes on websites to make them work (I’d be surprised if they don’t), and just sign up to a Wix account and give that a try to see if it works well for you!

      Jeremy

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    Hey. So I’m an actor and need a site that’s not expensive to have where I can post tons of pictures, some video- like 20 mins to so, maybe more, text and also a store w Pay Pal. Which is the best deal and is user friendly? I’ll want to update often and I’m not good at this. I have WordPress right now and it’s SO damn difficult.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      hi Joe,

      Take a look at Wix or Weebly. Both will allow you to post unlimited number of pictures, videos and can link up to PayPal to help you process payments.

      Both are quite easy to use, but I’d say Weebly is easier than Wix as they have less bells and whistles.

      You can sign up to both for free, and give them a try. No obligations to sign up to a paying plan at all, until you’re happy with your final choice.

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy, thanks for the info above.

    I do have a question. My mother and I are looking to start a Retail clothing/jewelry store online. We want it very user friendly but we want it to stand out as well. Which would be best if we want it to be customized even though we don’t have any coding skills?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Addis,

      I’d suggest you take a look at either Wix, Squarespace or Weebly. We have a comparison chart for ecommerce builders here. You’ll be able to compare those 3 builders from an ecommerce perspective there.

      All are very easy to use, and you don’t need to know code at all!

      Jeremy

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    Can you tell me which of these website builders I can purchase/register a .ca domain. I tried at WIX and can’t do it there and had to leave a support ticket at Suarespace. Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Mark,

      Yes you can definitely connect a .ca domain name to any of the website builders above (such as Wix or Squarespace).

      They may not sell a .ca domain name, but you can purchase one from a domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy or Namecheap), then connect the domain name to the website you build.

      Take a look at our Guide to Domain Names for more details!

      Jeremy

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    I am trying to find a web builder that has templates related to amusement rentals such as inflatables, rock wall, etc. Do you have an idea which site builder has those? I’ve looked at Wix templates and didn’t see anything I can use. I also need it to be user friendly since I’m not very computer savvy. : )

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Tessie,

      That’s a pretty specific niche that you’re in. Wix by far has one of the largest, industry-based templates. What I’d suggest is that you look for a template in the Events section that you like, and just use that as a starting point.

      I guess what I’m saying is that don’t let the fact that you can’t a specific template that is dedicated to amusement rentals to stop you from starting! You can add your own designs into the template to make the design your own.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Wow, are you thorough! Great website, thank you. I want to build a health consulting website that has content that could be used in an online course for health consumers, say through Udemy or Siminars etc. Between Wix and Weebly (my two preferables, but open to others) is there one that would be more suitable for that purpose in terms of taking content (if not the entire website) and putting it on an elearning platform?

    thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi John,

      I’m not entirely sure if that’s how education websites or Udemy work? I “think” you build your entire course through Udemy so that’s quite different than on your website? So I’m not quite sure if you can just take your website and throw it into Udemy.

      But what you can do is advertise your courses on your website, and link / lead people to Udemy (or other educational platforms) so they can sign up there. Either Wix or Weebly will allow you to build content around your courses and link out to wherever you sell your courses.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    I am currently looking for a easy to use web site to use for my Nutritional counseling practice. I need something that I can post articles on various topics, a place where clients can access and download forms, as well as an interactive calendar that I can have time slots listed and clients can book their own appointments in. I would also like to be able to include videos and have affiliate links. Can you please advise if Weebly and Wix can do those things and which is better for my purposes. Thanks so much for your great information.

    Cathy

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Cathy,

      I’d recommend that you use Wix (see our review here if you haven’t yet).

      They have an in-house booking engine (called Wix Bookings) that allow your visitors to book and pay for appointments directly on your website. The booking engine will also notify your clients of the appointment. Take a look a this video to see how Wix Bookings works.

      Wix also allosw you to insert downloadable files (for your forms), and also embed videos and affiliate links.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy, good info but how can anyone vote a non-responsive site in 2015 better than a responsive one? I like wix a lot but have to move from it because a non-responsive site is a no-go

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for your comment. I actually don’t entirely agree with your observation, but I can understand why one may prefer a responsive design.

      Wix allows you to build a mobile friendly site with its mobile editor where you actually get to pick and choose what you display on your mobile site. So it is just as effective as a website with a responsive template.

      The key point is to present your website in a user / viewing friendly way, and Wix (as well as other responsive designs) can help you accomplish that.

      For some other website builders that offer responsive templates, even though the website will display well on mobile devices, you have no control over how the site will be displayed (unless you edit the codes to the template). With Wix, you get a certain level of control via its mobile editor. The drawback, is that you do have to do a bit more work to edit your site in the mobile editor but I think the trade off for the additional control / flexibility is well worth it.

      A lot of very large companies out there don’t use responsive designs either. They have a dedicated mobile site so they can control their visitors’ user experience.

      So while responsive design is a pretty hot topic nowadays, it is just an option or a tool. I wouldn’t suggest getting too caught up in the “hype” and focus on what can get the job done based on what you need!

      Thanks for raising this point, Gary – it’s definitely an interesting discussion for all of our readers!

      Jeremy

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        hi, i would like to know which website builder can do a website like ebay, i would like build one to sell items, new and second hand but let other people advertise their items too, accept payments, but charge a small fee for every sold item, thank you very

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hi there,

          Unfortunately none of them have features to do what you want. It sounds to me you’ll have to hire a capable developer to help you custom build something like this. I’m not aware of any software that enables you to build a marketplace. Would love to know if any others know of one!

          Jeremy

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            Jeremy there are a couple of options – you can always go down the WP route with Woo or Easy Digital Downloads plus a good theme like Marketify, but the latest and greatest thing around for my money is sharetribe (and no, I am not affiliated with them in any way). It’s a clever and user-friendly marketplace builder. Custom domains are possible on most plans, and price wise pretty reasonable (starting at US39/mo for up to 300 members). It’s clean and crisp, and functionality is high with good support. Pretty much what Squarespace would look like in a marketplace offering.

            • Jeremy Wong
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              Very interesting, Kate. Thanks for sharing!

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    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for this guide. Do you know of any solution for a website that requires user logins and user info to be saved? I’d like to use something like Wix for the front-end and a php/sql database for the back-end user accounts. I appreciate your thoughts…happy new year.

    Nik

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Nik,

      I don’t think Wix (or any of the website builder above) will be able to cater to your needs. Wix and Weebly have built in membership tools, but they’re limited to allowing each member to sign in with their own user name and password to access certain membership protected pages.

      So if you want anything more advanced than that, such as creating a paid gateway for paying members only, or being able to customize the database on the backend, you might have to use something like WordPress.

      But have a look at Sentry Login, which is a membership widget that can work with Wix to help you create a paid membership site. They might also have more flexibility on the backend so you can customize a few things there.

      Happy New Year!

      Jeremy

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    the “websites powered” seem to indicate Wix with a massive majority over Squarespace and Weebly- seems to be at odds with independent measures at w3techs which shows the reverse?

    source: http://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/content_management/all

    I think this is important info to understand correctly, as user volumes do have a correlation to platform maturity…

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Richard,

      The statistics above (websites powered by each platform) are publicly disclosed figures from the website builders. Further, Wix is a publicly traded company so their disclosed statistics are audited every year, and reviewed / verified to a certain extent on a quarterly basis.

      Based on their most recent quarterly statistics, they have over 1.6 million PAID users. So that is a meaningful number. Unfortunately, as other web builders are not publicly listed on the stock exchange (yet), there isn’t a way to find out how many actual paid users they have.

      Another metric we like is how frequently they are searched on Google. We have a chart here that shows you the trending of Google searches, which will give a bit of a taste of how popular they are compared to each other. It’s not a perfect metric, but when combined with several other data points, can start to help you form a view of which website builder is leading the industry.

      It seems to me that W3Techs (the source you quoted) is based on surveys. So there can be a lot of biases in their studies. But I guess they’ve formulated their table based on the best available stats they could collect.

      At the end of the day, it’s hard to assess with pinpoint accuracy who has the most active users given limited data. The best metric I think is the number of paid users. But as mentioned, only Wix discloses this data, at the moment.

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      Jeremy

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        hi Jeremy – thanks for the reply, makes sense. thanks again (and you deserve big kudos for replying to every comment you get!)

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    Jeremy, I run a soccer club that is in urgent need of a new website and am wondering if any of these free tools will work for me. I would like to pull in content (league tables, results, fixtures) from another website, I would like to have different types of users with different capabilities, I would like to have an admin site behind the website to allow news stories to be created and published. I would like to have multi-level menu options. I would like to have a club shop function to be able to sell merchandise. I would like to be able to have users subscribe to newsletters. I would like to have the option to post a news story on Facebook, Twitter, etc (existing accounts).
    QUESTION: From what you are reading, does it sound like I need a web developer to build me a site from scratch?
    Regards,
    Peter.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Peter,

      I think given the complexity of your website needs, it’s best to consider hiring someone to guide you through the process especially if you don’t have technical / coding skills.

      While some of the drag & drop website builders can cater to some of the items you need (such as selling merchandises, multi-level menu, newsletters, social sharing), some of the more advanced features are beyond the basic capabilities of the web builders (pulling in content, segmenting user capabilities, creating multiple admin users).

      Have a look at this article here to get a better sense of how much it might potentially cost you if you were to consider building a custom site with developers assisting you.

      Jeremy

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    Thanks for creating this chart, it was very helpful in deciding which site I would use!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      You’re very welcome Sarah! Glad you found it helpful.

      Jeremy

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    WIX is a good site, I have my Travel Agency site built with WIX, but the down side is that you can not add an SSL certificate with them.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for your comment, Randy.

      With Wix (or any other drag & drop website builders) above, you won’t be able to add SSL certificates to all the webpages. But if you are using their ecommerce tools, the check out cart will include SSL so that all your purchasing customers’ private information is secure.

      Generally speaking, some website owners like to add SSL certificates to every single webpage on their site. Google said that one of their many ranking factors (estimated to be well over 200 factors) is whether your site has an SSL certificate, but all the studies I’ve seen from leading experts indicate that this ranking factor is not meaningful to how a website ranks in search engines (yet anyway).

      It’s an interesting topic of discussion so thanks for raising it!

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    I want to personally thank you for wealth of information and actually SHARING with us! Answering each post is Rarely seen and Im sure I can speak for many of us…. THANK YOU!!

    My father and I have a dog breeding business and I would like to set up a website for him. Nothing too fancy, I have a layout in mind. I was under the impression weebly offered a free site with the domain included (custom), but I see now it is not. So my question is, what would be the cheapest way (right now) to do this? Pay the monthly fee or buy a domain from another source? I see a few big companies offer domain name pricing pretty cheap.
    We also take deposits/payments via paypal. What are your thoughts sir?

    I also would like to start my online shop and I see some good options but I’m still a little confused on which one to pick. This one will be more of a retail shop for Clothing/Apparel, mainly fashion based. This will be more upscale modern though.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jesse,

      You’re very welcome and glad our discussions here have been helpful to you!

      In terms of domain names, you can find decent deals at reputable domain name registrars such as GoDaddy.

      As for connecting a custom domain name (your own domain name) to a website, for most website builders (if not all), you will have to upgrade to a paid subscription plan. So for Weebly, you will have to subscribe to at least their Starter plan.

      If you sign up to the Starter Plan, you will only get a 1 year free domain name from Weebly if you subscribe to an annual plan. So if you sign up to the 6 months plan (which is the lowest period you can commit to for Weebly), you won’t get the free domain.

      If you do get the annual plan (with the free domain), after the first free year, you will have to renew it every year after that for $20. If you purchase your own domain name (such as from GoDaddy), the average cost for a domain name is about $10 – $15 per year.

      So you can weigh your pros and cons there (sign up with a web builder for 1 whole year and get the first year of domain name fee waived, or don’t commit as long and just buy your own domain name elsewhere, but know that you will pay a lower domain name fee every year afterwards).

      As for PayPal, with Weebly specifically, you can only connect it to your shopping cart if you subscribe to their Business plan. The only payment processor that you can use with Weebly’s Starter plan, is Stripe (which is quite popular). But Stripe is not offered to every country around the world (you can see where they are available here).

      For your clothing / apparel store, aside from Weebly, take a look at Shopify. They’re a full-featured, pure online store builder. They’re not the cheapest, but for good reasons as they’re really good.

      Take a look at our ecommerce builder comparison chart here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      [UPDATE: see our Beginners Guide to Domain Names for more discussions on commonly asked questions about domain names]

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    I tried to do Site Builder.com and the first thing they asked after taking my CC info was that I should send a copy of the CC and my drivers license. No company has ever asked me for that before. Is this unusual? A little worried here.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Joan,

      That is very awkward for sure. I’m not sure why they should ask for your drivers license. All of the website builders that we’ve used before don’t ask for credit card information up front – only when you want to upgrade. I think nowadays, most services offer a free trial period first before asking for credit card information.

      But that is not always the case as I’ve seen some businesses only allow people to try their products after they provide CC information – to isolate serious candidates. But those businesses are more specialized and are at a much higher price point (mainly business-to-business types of operations).

      I would be very cautious when online businesses ask for drivers license. Something just doesn’t feel right. Did you ask them why they’d need that piece of information? I’d be very skeptical if their answer is “to verify that you are the holder of the credit card”.

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy,

    I would like to become an affilliate for HSN, QVC ect… and sell their products. What would be my best choice. I don’t have a website or blog as of yet.

    Thank You,

    Kimberly

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Kimberly,

      I think all of the sites discussed above will work. If you don’t have a preference based on the discussion above, take our Quiz to see if it helps.

      Or else I’d suggest you sign up to test out Wix, Squarespace and Weebly. Give them a free trial and see which on you prefer to work with. All of them are relatively easy to use (drag & drop website builders), but their user interfaces are different. So you might prefer one over the others.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, I am currently using WordPress and find that trying to set up a website for a non-techy like me is seriously frustrating!! I will be opening up a small B&B in our town soon and would like to have something that is user friendly. WordPress uses so much lingo/jargon that I just don’t understand. Layouts of text and photos are off…just doesn’t work for me nor do I have the time to research and figure it out. I need something that allows me to drop in photos with ease, puts us out in the social media world, tailored to a B&B…would you recommend WiX for this?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Marianne,

      WordPress could definitely be frustrating for people who aren’t technical or haven’t learned it before. Most people (like yourself) just want to get the website built and move on to other important things!

      I definitely recommend that you take a look at Wix. Wix has templates and tools that are directly relevant to hotel / B& B type websites. Their tools allow your visitors to book rooms, and you can manage your booking calendar as well.

      Take a look at our discussion here for more information.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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    Hi, Sorry to bother but I am hoping to start a small website for a club. I know this is a bit of a ridiculous thing to ask, but our club isn’t funded are there any website makers that don’t charge monthly fees? It doesn’t have to be amazing or extremely professional. I was hoping to stay away from tumblr but i am having trouble finding anything.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Sandy,

      It’s not “ridiculous” at all! A lot of websites are not funded and are built by volunteers.

      Take a look at Wix or Weebly. Both allow you to publish a website for free. The only drawback is that you won’t be able to connect your own custom domain name (website address) to the website. You will have to use their subdomain name structure, so it will look something like abc.wix.com or abc.weebly.com

      You also won’t get access to some more advanced tools. But you’ll get all the basic web building tools for free.

      There is no time limit to how long you can use the free plan either. So if you decide to upgrade down the road, you have that option.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Is there any way to copy and paste a word document to one of the pages on my website? I don’t want a link for someone to open a document, I want to go to a certain page and be able to see the document. If there is some way to do this, I would give WIX at lease 4 stars, maybe more.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Vickie,

      Yes you can do that with Wix. Go to Wix’s App Store and search for “Google Drive Share Tool”. You can display a Google Doc directly on your page so your visitors can view it.

      However, this does require you to use a Google Doc (which is very similar to Microsoft Word).

      Jeremy

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    Why word press is not in the list?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Suchitra,

      The website builders being compared here are drag & drop website builders. WordPress is not a drag and drop platform and as such, it is not quite comparable to the ones being discussed here.

      But we do have a series of comparison articles that you can find here, where we benchmarked the drag and drop website builders to WordPress. Hopefully you’ll find them helpful.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    I want to open an online store that sells doors and furniture that are hand made with multiple variants as: style – wood type – size (length & width

    varies) – color – Add-ons such as multiple hardware options (handle, hinges, nails, bolts)

    Is there any way that the chosen Variants can be superimposed on the product to create the final look of the product being purchased?

    One that offers major Credit cards and Paypal too

    Shipping options would be great as well

    I appreciate any sound insight

    Sincerely,

    Jim

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi James,

      I haven’t seen an ecommerce website builder that allows a shopper to see the updates “live”. A lot of them can certainly allow a shopper to choose product variations. I know what you’re looking for though, as I’ve seen them with larger brands before (such as customizing a car with options online).

      A workaround (though not as “cool”) will be to upload different pictures of various variations of your products, so shoppers can have a sense of what they can expect. Of course, the shopper may not find exactly the configuration that he/she wants.

      All of the ecommerce builders we’ve discussed here will offer product variants (but no visual customizations), accepts credit cards / PayPal and offers shipping options.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy
    I am looking to set up a website for my Foundation. So I am looking for a website builder that would be able to process donations. When I read all of this I am so overwhelm. What are your thoughts.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Cindy,

      Refer to my comment on October 25 2015 below. PayPal has donation buttons that you can insert into your website builder. But if you want a website builder that offers a specific donation function, Squarespace has it.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy —

    Just a note to say how NICE it is of you to answer everyone’s questions!!! It’s heartwarming to see someone take the time out to do that in cyberspace!

    Take care —

    E

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      Thanks, Miss Thing!

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    Hey Jeremy! Fantastic article and your help below is well thought out and insightful…hence why I am turning to you for help! I am an actor and a voice over artist. I would like to create a really good looking site and I have the layout all thought out. It would be my main headshot on the left and on the right the word ACTOR and below that VOICE OVER. When you click on either one it would take you to the respective files….either headshots and a video reel for acting or audio files for voice over. There would also be links for whatever project I am doing at the time. Which site builder would be best. I don’t even know what code writing is, let alone knowing how to do it!

    Thanks in advance Jeremy!

    JD

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey John,

      I think any one of the top website builders listed above will do the trick. They are all code free, drag and drop website builders so you don’t have to write any codes whatsoever.

      Just insert two text or image elements to insert your words “actor” and “voice over”, then hyperlink them to two separate pages where you can insert videos or audio files. It’s really quite straightforward even for beginners!

      Best thing to do is sign up for a couple of free trial accounts and start testing them out (such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly). You might like one builder over the others, so it’s important to invest a little bit of time to see which one you prefer, before finalizing your decision.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    I am looking to set up a website and e-commerce builder for a small business that I have created. It deals in custom order pens and has many different variations on what can be ordered. I don’t know what to start with seeing that Wix, Weebly, and Square Space are on your list for E-Commerce store builders as well as this one. Any help is appreciated,
    Logan

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Logan,

      If you want to build a straight forward ecommerce website, without a whole lot of advanced tools, then Wix, Weebly or Squarespace can work for you. If you want a lot of advanced bells and whistles in terms of tools, then pure ecommerce builders such as Shopify or Bigcommerce might be more suitable.

      With Wix, Weebly and Squarespace, you can list a lot of products and have multiple variations for each product (so you can sell a version of a pen that has different variations of colors, for instance).

      My comments to your question is quite generic but that is based on limited information. I think the way forward is for you to just go through each builders’ website and study their ecommerce features. Also dive into their support pages to see what they are capable of doing.
      You should also sign up to their free / trial accounts and invest some time to testing their builders – this is the best way to get an idea of whether you like using them or not!

      Jeremy

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    Thanks Jeremy and Connie, for a very helpful site and service, based on your own actual experience. : )

    I want to build a website and/or blog that will basically be like a Facebook group. Members, posts, personal chats (PM), uploading photos, avatars, etc. I’d also like it to be password activated, meaning that people need a password that I provide to participate, and that can be changed – by me – periodically. I’d like also to have a payment feature available, and the ability to have other editors/admins/mods. I’d like to be able to have multiple groups with different passwords, and give members the ability to form their own groups, although that’s optional, since they could just ask me to do that.

    I basically want to make a FB group outside of FB. Not to compete with them on any kind of scale, but just to provide a safer place for an existing group to be active. Safety and ID security are essential.

    I’m willing to pay a modest monthly fee – $20-30, maybe even $50 or more (eventually!).

    What do you suggest? Thanks in advance. : )

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Vernon,

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately if you want to create a social interaction platform, you will need to hire a whole team of very advanced developers to help you do that – and that will not be cheap!

      But it sounds to me that you might not want to build an entire social platform, but perhaps you are just looking for something outside of Facebook to use? If so, take a look at Ning.com. They are a tool which allows you to build your own community and might be helpful to you.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

      • #

        Thanks Jeremy – will check that Ning thing out. Sorry about the double post! : )

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I’m from Vietnam and recently moved to Peru. I want to start up a small business as left-handed one selling foods between the 2 countries. I will start from scratch & very small. I’m non-IT background, do you think I can follow the DIY approach with online resources like yours or realistically, I should hire web-developer to build one for me? Appreciate your practical advice.

    Thanks & regards,
    Tu

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Songtu,

      That’s a pretty hard question to answer, as it depends on a lot of different factors.

      But if you just want to set up a basic website that describes what you are doing, contact information, product offerings / options, then any one of the above website builders will work well for you.

      But if you want to allow people to log into a membership gateway and place private orders, with each order having its own characteristics / pricing terms, then I’d suggest you hire a capable developer to help you build a custom platform for that.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    THanks for answering all of these great questions. I am stuck between wix, weebly, and squarespace for my healthcare consulting firm’s website. I can’t seem to find a theme that really speaks to me on any of these builder sites. Do you know if any of these 3 would favor healthcare or consulting? I am leaning toward squarespace for the free trial, responsive themes, and website export option.
    Thanks,
    Will

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Will,

      All three builders have free options for you to test out. But if mobile responsive design is an important option for you, Weebly also has some new themes that are responsive. Weebly also allows you to export your website, but they are exported in raw HTML / CSS format so you can’t quite import it into another website builder platform (such as WordPress).

      If you’re still undecided, one thing I’d highly recommend is to sign up to free accounts with each one of the platforms, and invest a few hours to “play” around with each website builder. Understanding what features are available for each platform’s is one thing, but you also have to enjoy working with the platform!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    I have a tiny hobby business with many low-priced items for sale.
    I’m currently with jimdo @$240/yr which is pretty much absorbing my small profits & looking to move to a lower-priced e-commerce website.
    I suppose I’ll have to repost everything which took me weeks to do a couple years ago.
    Could you please suggest the best of the above-mentioned websites for my hobby business longer term?
    I mostly sell through the odd pop up shop, not online, very little online, though online is ultimately the way I want to go.
    Unfortunately, I get very little traffic.
    Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Fran,

      Have you considered downgrading your Jimdo plan to a lower plan (the Pro plan)? That way, you don’t have to migrate website builders and you get to cut your annual fees by more than half.

      The challenge is that you mentioned that you have a lot of products to sell, and for all the website builders above, if you want to use their lower priced plans, they limit you to smaller number of products that you can sell.

      With Weebly, you can sell up to 10 or 25 products with their Starter or Pro plans, respectively. With Squarespace, you can only sell 1 or 20 products with their Personal and Business plans. If you want to sell more products, then you’ll have to sign up to their highest plans, which won’t give you cost savings which is one of your goals.

      So that’s the dilemma. If you want to list more products, you’ll need a higher plan. If you want a lower priced plan, you can’t list as many products.

      One option is to consider trimming down your product offering to include only your best selling products. Just focus on those, and you might be able to choose a lower priced plan.

      Jeremy

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        Thanks for your reply, Jeremy. I had a feeling there wasn’t much of an option.
        Sadly, I have too many products & would find it difficult to reduce them to a smaller number of items.
        Maybe, I’ll have to focus on listing the items on a Facebook page or group, which I have already done.
        Shopify is being plugged a lot on FB, but it’s costly.
        Cheers Fran

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hello Fran,

          Shopify’s lower plans are pretty reasonable, given that they are a pure ecommerce website builder and their tools are very advanced. If you are considering them, you don’t necessarily have to dive into their higher priced plan right away. Start with the lower plans and see if they help you grow your business. If they do, then you can consider if you want to invest in a higher plan to access even more tools. You can see our review of Shopify here.

          One thing to know is that Shopify can help you build a decent Facebook store. Just something to consider since you mentioned you are using Facebook to grow your business.

          Jeremy

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    hi all, i dont know if the pricing in this comparison chart is wrong, or weebly have just just jacked their pricing up? here is says business is $25 pm but i just went to upgrade to business and its apparently $45+ pm ???

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Leo,

      As far as I’m aware of, Weebly’s monthly plan for their Business Plan is still $25 per month. If you are seeing $45 per month, you might want to email their support team to get a firm confirmation whether they have updated their plans? But I just checked their website and I’m still seeing $25 per month for their Business plan.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, I would like to ask if any of the website builders you stated actually Build a website for me if I call them with the exact specifics. As an example if I were to build something similar to Facebook, (just saying), would they buid it for me or do I need to build something myself and look for a professional to do the coding for me. My friend and I have an idea but would like to know if any of these websites actually provide professionals who will do a more professional job rather than me doing a less professional job and annoy my prospective customers, Thanks for reading my question

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Bram,

      None of the website builders compared here have a “Done For You” type of services, as their intent is to enable you to build websites without having to know how to code. So they are based on a “Do It Yourself” model.

      But you can always hire capable designers to help you build your website. For instance, Squarespace has a listing of designers, developers and set up experts that you can hire to help you out. They’re not a part of Squarespace, but they are listed on their website.

      Jeremy

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    Hi, thanks for the valuable info. Where does programs like SmugMug, WordPress, Photo Shelter etc. come in? Why are they not compared with these ones?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Johan,

      The platforms that you referenced (except for WordPress) are geared towards photography websites, so the focus is a bit narrow for this chart. We do have a discussion article about PhotoShelter here.

      As for WordPress.org, it is a CMS (content management system) and is different from the drag & drop website builders we are comparing here. With WordPress.org, you can’t drag and drop, or move content around without knowing how to code. Also, you need to set up your own hosting which can be technically challenging.

      The website builders we discussed above do not require you to know how to code or set up your own hosting services. They’re very user friendly and are targeting users who are not technical, or those who don’t want to spend excessive amounts of time managing the technical aspects of website building.

      We’ve considered WordPress.com (the hosted version of WordPress which is less technical than WordPress.org), but it is not a drag and drop set up. As such, this makes it challenging to customize your design and layout.

      Hope this explains things a bit.

      Jeremy

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    Hey. This is extremely helpful. Can you give a little guidance regarding databases and donation options for a non-profit?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Geoffrey,

      If you want a platform that allows you to control or store data (such as contact information), you’ll probably need to find a more powerful solution, such as a CRM (customer relationship management tool), which can be costly. But if you don’t mind updating a database manually, Excel spreadsheet is a very handy way to do so. This just means you won’t be able to integrate your Excel database with your website, which should be fine for smaller operations. But if you are a large organization, I’d suggest you consider checking out some CRM platforms.

      Regarding donations, you can always insert a PayPal donation widget into your website (you can do so with all the website builders listed above). Squarespace does have a donation tool, so definitely check them out as well. Their donation process is powered by Stripe (payment processing provider).

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy. I am in a quandary. I want to open a business/eCommerce website that sells products to the military. I need the website builder to be mobile responsive. I have not found any other sites except Wix.com that has a somewhat patriotic theme. I am sure the other websites’ templates can be adjusted, but you have to find your own photos, which can be grain or poor quality from the internet. Any suggestions on which website builder can give me customizable templates and the ability to download quality photos? I also wanted to add captcha, but Squarespace does not offer it. HELP!!

    Thank you. Jim

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jim,

      Take a look at this page here to see some recommended sources for both free and paid, high quality images. You don’t necessarily need to rely on the website builders to source the images for you (even though they have libraries). You can definitely get them yourself and upload them into your website.

      Weebly also has customizable templates, as they allow you to edit the codes to the template. So if you are a bit handy with codes, Weebly offers you a lot of flexibility. If not, I’d stick with Wix as they do give you tools to modify your design without having to touch any codes.

      Jeremy

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    Hello Jeremy,

    I am the most novice when it comes to building websites. I truly appreciate your comparison chart; it has been most helpful. As thorough as it is, I’m still trying to decide which builder would be the best for me. I think that I’m trying to decide between Wix and Square Space. Please give me your opinion on which builder would be the perfect fit for me if I want the following things when attempting to build an author’s website:

    – ability to collect emails from people viewing the page (mail sign up/updates)
    – ability to pose a question and have people share their responses (similar to what I’m doing on your page now)
    – add social media links directly from website AND the ability for people to share easily

    Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to the many novice people out here attempting to build their own websites 🙂

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Que,

      Both Wix and Squarespace will be able to do what you’re looking for.

      Wix does have its own newsletter function called Wix Shoutout (take a look at our discussion under Footnote 15 above). With Squarespace, you should be able to integrate Mailchimp or Aweber, which are independent newsletter services provider.

      To allow people to post answers, you will need to use blog posts in order to do so. Wix uses Facebook commenting system so that works fine (see Footnote 12 above)

      Both Wix and Squarespace do provide social sharing features as well.

      So it sounds like both website builders will be able to cater to your needs. So I’d suggest you sign up for free accounts with them and actually test out which builder you prefer to work with. That’s the only way you can be sure!

      We also have a Wix versus Squarespace discussion post here. You might find it helpful.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, i’d like to ask you an advise. Which one of these Website Builders is best for developing a price comparison website ? ( loads of products, pictures, sizes, stock status, all automated. )

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Doctrinam,

      I think it really depends (sorry I can’t be more precise here). If you are just looking to build a simpler page structure (written content, pictures), then any one of the website builders will work.

      But if you are looking to build a much more sophisticated system, such as PriceGrabber, then you’ll need a pretty customized platform to do so. The drag and drop website builders will not be effective in this case. You’ll most likely need to speak to a custom developer and the website will be quite expensive to develop.

      Jeremy

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    Hi,

    I’m searching for a good website builder for an affiliate marketing site. It will contain articles related to my niche and have affiliate links incorporated into the articles. I don’t want it to look like a blog where you scroll and scroll down the page of numerous articles. I’d like to be able to categorize my content. Later on, I also want to incorporate other advertising banners and/or products that are related. I’d like a good to have the capacity to collect people’s emails and send newsletters. I don’t know much about SEO tools but I’d like to have the ability to maximize that. Would you still say Wix is the best option or something else? I was looking into Website Builder but did see a lot of options for tech support. Does Wix have the ability to add lead pages or pop up pages to gather member contact info?

    Thanks!
    Carmen

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Carmen,

      You can certainly create pages of content using any of the website builders above (such as Wix as you mentioned). So you don’t necessarily have to use their blog features to insert your affiliate links or advertising banners.

      However, if you don’t use the blog structure to create your content, you won’t be able to categorize your content, as only blog posts have the ability to assign categories or tags.

      Regarding collection of emails, you can use newsletter service providers such as Aweber of Mailchimp. They’re quite popular and I believe you can integrate them into the website builders as a widget. I know that Aweber has a pop up feature where people can sign up through the pop up screen.

      But also consider Wix or Jimdo, as they both have built in newsletter functions. Take a look at Footnote 15 above.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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    WONDERFUL!! Many thanks for this thorough comparison chart and breakdown. It saved me a TON of time!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Sistah!

  142. #

    Great article and comparison chart. What’s even more amazing is the author of the article willing to help and answer questions. Greatly appreciative.
    What are your thoughts about using Shopify through Facebook. For a small (15-20) product line mostly DVDs, does this seem like the best way to go? Is the 9.99 price point offered just a teaser rate? I understand other ecommerce apps can be used on facebook too.

    Ellie

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Ellie,

      I would suggest building out a full ecommerce store using an online store builder such as Shopify. While you can definitely sell your products on Facebook (using tools provided by Shopify), it’s always preferable to have a selling platform outside of social networks.

      As for pricing, I really can’t help you much on that. All I can say is to test your assumptions and see how your audience react accordingly!

      Jeremy

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        The 9.99 per month is what facebook is offering to set up a shop, not the price point for DVDs. I thought the price was too low to be true. Thanks for the reply

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    Jeremy,
    Thank you for these reviews. This is so helpful to me in my decision making process.

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    Thank you! You provide a great place to start to work out which online website design service will be useful!
    Cjheers

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Margot!

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    Hi Jeremy-
    Based on your reviews and survey, I’m leaning toward Weebly. This is a starter website that I plan to expand later. I’m curious why you did not include Adobe Muse in your comparison. The ubiquitous Adobe CC is so popular with web design. Any thoughts on that product in comparison to your top picks? Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Rashelle,

      We haven’t tested Muse extensively as we haven’t used it for our own projects before. But based on what I know, it is a bit more advanced in terms of user interface, when compared to the website builders we’ve highlighted above. Muse shares a similar user interface as Photoshop (also created by Adobe), which a lot of users find a bit challenging to learn. I heard that other website builders such as Wix or Weebly are much more user-friendly.

      But if you’re comfortable with Photoshop, then using Muse will feel a lot more “natural” for you.

      Jeremy

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    I think it would be much easier for us old dinosaur’s if there was a dictionary that gave definitions of the computer terms.

    I know when I was learning to sew, I had no idea what bia’s meant……but when I looked it up, I figured it out.

    So words like HTML codes and domain to name a few, really are not in my vocabulary, nor most old dinosaur’s like me.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Joanne,

      I know what you mean, and I’m not an old dinosaur yet! When I first started, I was clueless and confused as to what these techie terms meant as well.

      Take a look at Webopedia or TechTerms. Type in what you want defined in their search bars and you’ll get an overall explanation. Wikipedia may also be helpful as well. Once you get more into website building, it gets a bit easier!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, I own a day spa and have a website built with Simplesite. I am finding it limited with regard to using resources like Google Analytics etc, and would like to switch to a new website builder. The Simplesite platform is mobile responsive and as I am not very tech-savvy, I’d need one that could be easily set up. From the chart above, it appears that Wix does not have responsive themes and does not support exporting websites. Does this mean I would have to rebuild my site from scratch if I go with Wix, and would it affect my ranking as well?

    Thanks for your time and effort.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kay,

      If you prefer a mobile responsive website, I’d suggest taking a look at Squarespace or Weebly. All the design templates that Squarespace provide are responsive, and the newer templates with Weebly are responsive.

      Squarespace allow you to export your content into WordPress. Weebly allows you to export all your website codes, but you will have to know how to edit codes to make changes once you are outside of Weebly’s editing platform. Take a look at Footnote 10 above.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy!

    I would like to make websites for small companies. I have tested both Wix and Weebly. With Wix there might be a problem. It seems it is not possible to add editors? Am I right or not? I have my own user name and password but it is not a good idea to share my own password, because then my potential customers could use my credit card information to upgrade their website (my creditcard informations are availeble in my acoount settings).

    Another question: Is it true that Goole does not find easily Wix or Weebly made webpages?

    Lauri

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Lauri,

      Wix currently doesn’t allow you to add multiple editors to a single website. We’ve mentioned this under Footnote 18 above. But Weebly and Squarespace do allow you to do this.

      As for your last question – I don’t think it’s necessarily true. If you build a very helpful and content rich website, and promote it properly, you can rank very well in Google search results. We’ve done that before ourselves in our past projects.

      Some people believe that WordPress is much better, but there are also thousands and thousands of WordPress websites that do not rank well in Google search results. So it really depends on what you do with your website, and a lot less dependent on which website builder you use. That’s just my own view and experience!

      Jeremy

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    I recently signed up with Web.com but they are charging me $114.95 per month for our website. I’m looking to switch and create a website for our small business that my wife and I run. We are starting from scratch with no customers and I think I’ve narrowed down my search to Wix, Squarespace and weebly. I like them all and I like the SEO friendliness of Squarespace and Wix, but Wix doesn’t have a responsive website design which I know google likes. Squarespace doesn’t offer phone support to where I can call in with questions with support. They all seem to be priced about the same so any recommendations to help get our business launched? Really looking to have the website bring in new business for the monthly service we provide. No ecommerce necessary.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Tyler,

      Sorry to hear about Web.

      Wix doesn’t have responsive designs, but they do offer you a mobile editor to edit the mobile version of your website.

      The advantage of having a mobile editor for a separate mobile site is that you can have control over the design and layout of the mobile version of your website. You can control how a piece of content looks, where it is placed, and you can even remove it from being displayed on your mobile site (and have it still appear on the desktop version of your website).

      So Wix’s mobile editor offers you more control, while with a responsive design you don’t have any control over the design / layout of your content (unless you know how to modify the codes to the template).

      The drawback of using a mobile editor, is that you have to spend a bit more time editing the mobile site. But once you have to configured it’s just a bit of maintenance going forward.

      So at the end of the day it’s a personal preference. I’m can’t say for certainty that Google prefer mobile responsive websites (such as Squarespace) over separate mobile sites (such as Wix). I think as long as there is some sort of mobile site, then you’ll be okay.

      Have you also considered Weebly? They do offer you some mobile responsive templates, and do have phone support.

      Jeremy

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    Hello!

    I have been using Wix for a while now and I have noticed that image quality appears to be poor. There have been a lot of discussion in the Support section of Wix, and till now I have yet to find a satisfactory solution from the support team with regard to the image compression/optimisation/quality.

    Taking that into consideration, I would appreciate a recommendation as to which website builder is best-suited for photographers and designers, where image quality is of upmost importance.

    Thank you!

    Zi Yan

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Zi Yan,

      When building websites, it’s best to size your images according to how big you want it to actually appear on your webpages. So if you can, try not to use the resizing function provided by the website builders. Use an image editor and actually shrink the images there, rather than using the drag and drop tools to resize your images. Also, if you want to compress the file sizes without losing too much quality (so you can have webpages that load faster), try using this tool here. We use it ourselves as well.

      If you want to consider another website builder, I’d suggest Squarespace. Their designs are quite suitable for photographers and designers. They do offer a 14 day free trial period so you can give them a test drive to see how they work out for you.

      Jeremy

  151. #

    Hi Jeremy

    I have narrowed your recommendations to 2 – Wix and Weebly.
    Personally, which would you prefer?
    BTW, I just want a simple website for my teaching & students.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Shenley,

      It’s really hard to say, but the good thing is that you’ve narrowed your choices down to two!

      I’d suggest that you sign up to free accounts with both Wix and Weebly, and just give them a try so you can get a better view of which one you prefer to work with. That’s the only way to be sure!

      At the end of the day, in my own experiences, both are fantastic. But you may prefer the user interface of one over the other. So there is definitely some subjectiveness here.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,

    I have a friend who is looking to build a business website that includes blog, podcast, webinar information along with selling e-books. He would like to include affiliate information and perform web analytics. What website builder(s) would you recommend?

    Thanks!

    John

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi John,

      Squarespace is the only website builder referenced above that has built in website tools for podcasts. With Squarespace, you can also create blog posts, and sell digital products. The only downside is that their ecommerce check out (for selling digital products) only integrates with one payment processor (Stripe). But Stripe is quite popular and easy to set up, so shouldn’t be a major hurdle.

      You can also integrate with Google Analytics to get your traffic data, or use their built in Squarespace Metrics.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    My husband would like to start a website for his business that would display his contact information, pictures of the food along with the pricing. The website would not only have to allow the customers to order online but allow them to pay also. Are there any website starters you would recommend?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Bryttiny,

      If the ecommerce set up is fairly basic (just information, images, add to cart button and a check out process), then Wix, Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo will get the job done.

      You can have a look at our ecommerce comparison chart here, which will give you a high level breakdown of each website builder. Shopify and Bigcommerce are a lot more advanced and so I think they’ll be beyond what you need (and they’re pricier as well).

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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    What do you think about FASO “Fine Art Studio Online” for hosting and building an artist gallery with selling capability website? I noticed it is not listed.
    thanks,
    Cindy

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Cindy,

      We haven’t seen them before, or used them. So we don’t have an opinion about their services. Sorry about that!

      If any one else has used them before, feel free to share your experiences with us!

      Jeremy

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    I’m undecided regarding whether I want a website or a blog. I have devoted a lot of time over the past couple of months on wix, wordpress and blogger. I run into stumbling blocks with whatever I try because I have such minimal technical skills. I keep trying because I want to be able to manage whatever I create. I think a website will meet my needs better, because I’d like to provide information that won’t need continual updating; but, I also want to blog about changing topics. Can you offer advice, please?

    One more thing — I need minimal expense. Although, I hope to attract some clients through my website my primary motivation is to provide information for those who can benefit from it.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jan,

      Give Weebly a try, as they are probably one of the easiest, most user friendly website builders available in the market. They’re free to use, and their lowest plan is a few dollars per month. By upgrading to their lowest plan, you can remove their advertisement, and can use your own custom domain name which will give your site a much more professional look and feel.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy,
    Will Wix allow you to charge for the membership before allowing members access to the restricted pages?
    John

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      Hi John,

      At the moment, Wix doesn’t have the feature where you can charge your members a fee to access restricted pages. Have a look at Sentry Login, which is an independent widget that apparently can help add that function to a Wix website.

      Jeremy

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    Hi there. After being ripped off too may times and becoming terminally frustrated with web developers and their ‘black arts’ I have just built a very simple site on Weebly. Now I want to build a much bigger more complicated site which can grow with me.

    I am painfully aware that Tites, Meta tags, Back Links etc. etc are crucial so can you tell me which of your featured DIY web builders offers the best and most clear mechanics for the ‘background’ stuff? Many thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Niels,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences and glad to hear that you were able to build a website with Weebly yourself.

      To be honest, most of the website builders here will have the basic mechanics for you to configure your website SEO settings. The configurations won’t be as flexible as using other more powerful builders (such as WordPress), but in my view they’re good enough. Bear in mind the 80/20 rule, so you don’t spend all 80% of your time trying to perfect the other 20%. You might be better off spending your energy elsewhere to yield a higher return for your business.

      But if your concern is that you want to customize your Weebly website beyond what is capable / could be handled by Weebly, then it’s really a case by case situation, as some other website builders will offer certain features that Weebly won’t. And if these features are really critical for your business, then a migration may be justified. But as you know, migrating a website is a big investment in time and energy. So make sure you know exactly what you are looking for before you migrate.

      One way of exploring what features a website builder offer (that Weebly does not), is to sign up for a free / trial account and just play around with the platform.

      Hope this helps somewhat!

      Jeremy

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    Which websites allow you to upload you own video to your homepage background?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Rosa,

      I think that Wix, Squarespace and Jimdo supports background videos. For Squarespace, I think it only works with their Cover Page layouts. With Wix and Jimdo, you can use video backgrounds even with their normal pages.

      See the tutorials for Wix, Squarespace and Jimdo here.

      Jeremy

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    Hi i want to build a photography website giving access to my members only through sign in and sign up i cannot find this option on any website kindly help ….??

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Ayesha,

      If you are looking for a website builder that has a membership log in function, take a look at Wix and Weebly (see our Footnote 16 above).

      But if you need something more powerful that’s completely catered to photographers, have a look at PhotoShelter. All their tools are built catered to professional photographers.

      Jeremy

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    Looking to build a website for travel basketball tournament company. Will need to be able to have our own domain, promote sponsors, make announcements and upload documents. Will also need to embed information from an outside app (tourneymachine) Just wondering if you could give me an idea of which company would be best to build our website.

    Thanks
    Andy

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Andy,

      All the above website builders should be able to do what you want to do. They all have the ability to embed codes (so you can insert external widgets), but the question is how well will the widget work for each website builder, as the widget creator may not have created the widget to work specifically with a particular web builder.

      So the best way forward is to sign up for a few website builders and see which one you like to work with. It is very subjective and I wished I could tell you which exact platform is best for you. Unfortunately, it’s really a trial and error type of exercise, to see which one you prefer. I’d suggest you test out Wix, Squarespace and Weebly as those are the top 3 web builders we suggest at the current moment!

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  161. #

    I have a question, Is WordPress.com free?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi there,

      You can use the platform for free, but like the drag & drop website builders discussed here, you will have to upgrade in order to get access to more features, such as the ability to use your own domain name (instead of example.wordpress.com), remove WordPress advertisements, get direct support, and numerous other tools. I think they start at $99 per year, and the top plan is $299 per year.

      Jeremy

  162. #

    Wonderfull and well presented. I have two complex questions. Therefor it would be very usefull to have a tel. Number for each supplier.
    I am 73, retired and sarted in the cmputer professon 53 yeaars ago. I would appreciate your response to my suggestion.

    Thank you
    Bob

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Bob! Wix and Weebly has phone support so you can call them during their phone support hours. With Squarespace, they have a live chat.

      Jeremy

  163. #

    Jeremy, this is a great resource, thanks. We are building site for a non-profit organization with several hundred members. We would like to include in our site a people directory of our members that shows pictures and contact information. Do you know if (a) either Squarespace or Wix has a template or app for that, and (b) if either of those two services provides a member login or password protected site functionality? Thanks, Bill

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Bill,

      I’m not aware of such a user interface with either Squarespace or Wix. But Wix does allow you to create a membership portal (using one of its App) where only members can log into see certain pages. You can take a look at the App here.

      Alternatively, Weebly also has a membership login tool that you can check out as well.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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    Good day thanks for help it very helpfull site.

  165. #

    Great review! Thank you for sharing. As we struggle to figure out how to start our web site, we constantly struggle with the best way for a small, online business to accepts payments. Our business conducts training seminars several time a year around the country. We would like for attendees to be able to complete an online registration form and submit payment online. It seems as though services like Paypal won’t allow us to do this very efficiently and most web hosting platforms want us to use Paypal or a similar service. Any suggestions? Thanks again for the great review.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Richard,

      Have a look at Squarespace as they do allow you to create either a custom checkout form or custom product form if you use their ecommerce tools. So you can ask your customers to leave their detailed information in multiple fields so you can collect those data for your needs.

      Be aware that with Squarespace, they only use Stripe to power their shopping cart to manage payments. But Stripe is a good payment processor and Squarespace makes it pretty easy to set up.

      You can also have a look at Shopify or Bigcommerce as their production functions are very customizable as well (see our ecommerce builder comparison table here).

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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    I was surprised that WordPress and Shopify were not also compared. Is there a reason for this?

    I’m trying to get a small glass jewelry business up and going, getting a website and photography have been my big bugaboos. I finally got somewhat of a handle on the photography (glass is so hard to photograph!) and now have to figure out the best website for my type of business.
    The one thing that struck me about Wix is that the website is not transferrable, meaning if I wanted to go with another provider for any reason, I would have to build the whole website over again? Or am I missing something here?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Herb,

      You can actually see our ecommerce online store comparison chart here. We do benchmark Shopify against other online store builders.

      As for Wix, the main reason why you can’t transfer websites for Wix is that their proprietary drag & drop system can’t be found with other platforms. For instance, if you want to move your content to Squarespace, or even WordPress, both of those website builders are not using the same building platform technology as Wix. As such, you can’t just move the codes over and have them work.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  167. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great info but im still stuck, im looking at building predominately a blog site that will also have reviews and eventually an ecommerce side to sell photos and gifts, I just have no idea what would be best as i have no coding knowledge at all.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Sarah,

      WordPress is probably the best platform if you are focused on blogging as they have great blogging tools compared to the drag and drop website builders we’ve referenced above. However, one of the challenges of using WordPress is that if you want to use it proficiently, you’ll have to know a bit of codes (or working with someone who knows code). If you don’t, it makes it quite challenging to adjust designs and integrate (some) tools. We have a number of discussion posts that talks about how some of the website builders compare to using WordPress here.

      If you want to use a platform which requires no knowledge of code at all, and has decent tools for blogging while having an option to sell products on the side, I’d suggest you take a look at Squarespace or Wix (see our notes on blogging above). One thing about Squarespace is that their ecommerce shopping cart is only compatible with Stripe but it’s quite easy to integrate. With Wix, you have more shopping cart options.

      You can also take a look at our comparison chart for ecommerce builder here. You can probably ignore Shopify and Bigcommerce as they are “pure” ecommerce builders, and are more suitable for dedicated online stores.

      Jeremy

  168. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am interested in building a site for my wholesale business. I need to have “net 30” terms as a payment option, which I will obtain payment outside of the site. I know that shopify allows this, however, do any other of your reviewed sites allow for a manual payment such as “net 30”? I like using squarespace, but that appears to not have an easy solution to this.

    Thanks,
    DC

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi DC,

      Take a look at Wix and Jimdo – both have a manual payment option built into their ecommerce tools.

      We have a bit more discussion on Wix’s ecommerce tools in this article here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  169. #

    Hi Jeremy! Thank you for an excellent service you’re providing!

    I have a website which I build using Weebly through Bluehost. I think it would be a good idea to switch to a website builder, e.g. Weebly.com and start using it directly due to more functionality, ability to use updates immediately, etc. So, now I’d like to make a choice of a website builder (because it doesn’t necessarily be Weebly). In my view, Weebly is simple, but offers considerable limitations in the variability of design options. I guess, however, that it applies to all WYSIWYG builders, and I am not prepared to devote considerate time to master WordPress.

    My website is about the best places to visit in cities. It’s http:\\theplacestovisit.com I need to have the following:
    – Many pages, easily 300+ in a year, a good page tree (several layers)
    – Mostly text pages with a few pictures + functional maps
    – Good comment section, like the one on this your page
    – Not very high requirements to the design
    – Social buttons as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    – Ability to sell digital products (e-books).

    So, would you say that for my particular website Weebly is the most suitable, or there is a better choice?

    Also, this website is to be in English only. Which builder would you suggest if I needed to create a bilingual website, in English and in Russian?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Dmitry,

      Thanks for your comment. What you have in mind is indeed a pretty large website (300 pages)! If you want a good page tree structure, using Weebly.com is a good option as they are pretty flexible there.

      But at the end of the day, if you are going to building that many pages, WordPress might be an option for you to consider as their content management system is good which enables you to make site wide updates a lot quicker than drag and drop builders. WordPress’ commenting system is also top notch.

      The only drawback is that WordPress does have a higher learning curve, but once you invest the time to learn it, it’s not too bad at all (assuming you are just building a more basic website, as if you want to build in all sorts of features or have a lot of design flexibility, it can get tricky as you may have to deal with codes).

      As for building a bilingual website, we have a discussion post here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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        Thank you very much, Jeremy!

        You made me considering WordPress seriously again. It is a very important desigion to make as switching is very time consuming, I guess.

        Jeremy, please let me clarify: would you say that since my website is going to be quite large relatively soon, it’s a good idea to start with a more powerful system, WordPress, from the very beginning, and since I plan to keep the site quite simple (mostly text with comments, just too much structured text), mastering that part of WordPress should not be a rocket science. Or would you say that if I start, say, with Weebly, and create, say, 300 pages, I may be stuck at some time because WYSIWYG builders are not really created for large websites and I would likely be forced to move out because it would not work properly or I would not be able to create a good page tree structure, or some other reasons.

        So, the question: is for my situation WordPress seems to be a better choice, but Weebly can also cope with those tasks OR my website is going to be too complex for Weebly or other WYSIWYG builders, and I should definitely start with WordPress?

        Thank you in advance! You are helping to save so many hundreds of hours!

        Dmitry

        • Jeremy Wong
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          Hi Dmitry,

          I suspect for what you are trying to build, you can use either platform. WordPress is a bit more complex but has more advanced tools to help you better manage all your content (300 pages is a lot!), and Weebly is much easier to use, but their management tools are not as good when managing a huge website.

          For instance, if you need to re-use an image multiple times, with Weebly, you’ll have to re-upload the same image over and over again as they don’t have a database for you to grab the same image to insert into a specific page. With WordPress, once you upload an image once, you can grab the same image easily without having to upload it again.

          Also, if you want to highlight / spotlight certain pages, WordPress allows you to link those pages and showcase them in an automated way. With Weebly, you will have to manually build the showcase section.

          But the challenge with doing that with WordPress is that you will have to look for the right theme to use, and it is likely that you will have to make (code) modifications to your site to get it to work exactly how you want to.

          So there are definitely pros and cons to each, but if you are committed to learning WordPress and codes, I think for your unique needs, it will be a much easier platform for you to manage down the road.

          Here is a short post where we compared Weebly and WordPress that you might find interesting as well.

          Good luck!

          Jeremy

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    Jeremy:

    Your website comparison reports are terrific and have been very helpful. Our needs are somewhat different than a traditional ecommerce business.

    We are launching a new business offering a technology-enabled service. Customers will receive reminder messages at several user-specified times every day. Each message can have 1-30 reminder items which can vary from message-to-message. Thus, a customer account (order) is a 3-dimensional matrix of:

    . Day (Monday-Sunday)
    . 1-6 specific reminder times during each day (HH:MM)
    . 1-30 specific items for each reminder time during each day with an item having several variable fields (e.g., description, amount, note, other).

    We want customers to be able to setup & maintain their account (enter & maintain a standing order for the service) through our website.

    Is there one or more website builder offering you suggest we focus on in our selection process?

    If there isn’t an “out-of-the-box” solution, which offering(s) would get us closest to our requirements and need the least customization?

    Thanks again for your time, effort and help.

    Rob

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Robert,

      I think what you’re looking for is more of a CRM system (“Customer Relationship Management”). I just don’t think any website builders will include such advanced tools as part of their website building platform.

      Take a look at software such as Infusionsoft, which is a pretty good CRM system.

      Hope this helps a bit.

      Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy:

        Thanks for the reply. As you mentioned earlier, we are planning to use Salesforce.com’s PaaS for our backend data management system & website integration with Salesforce is common.

        However we want to market the service, on-board users and give them access to their account from the website for account management (customer portal). A membership function may support the last ability. In some ways, our multi-dimensional order is similar to the size-color-style requirements of clothing distributors.

        Perhaps this additional information can help you guide us to an appropriate solution(s).

        If it’s more appropriate, we can speak off-line.

        Thanks again for all you do.

        Rob

  171. #

    We are a small company, we make 1 item for the dental industry. Our product is trademarked and we have sold it for 20 years to dental supply houses. We are changing our market to direct sales to the dental professional and need to have an ecommerce site. We only have one item to advertise to this market. We already own the domain name we want to use. What do you recommend?

    We are old school, not very tech savvy and need advise. We need easy. please give us a recommendation of whom might be best fit. Do any of the companies you compare really have phone numbers that can be used for support?

    Any and all information will be appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Cheryl,

      I’d suggest checking out Wix or Weebly, as both of them are probably the easiest website builders to use in my view. They’re free to sign up and test, so it would be a good idea to give them both a test drive before deciding which one is better suited for your needs.

      We also have an article here to compares both of these website builders, if you need a bit more details in regards to the differences between them.

      Jeremy

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    Thank you for a great resource, Jeremy.

    We are starting a small tour company and need to have the ability to have a calendar for scheduling/reservations, the capability of processing credit cards for reservations made through the site (maximum 6 tour choices), as well as an easy-to-use blog and all of these available through mobile. I really like Squarespace designs and their automatic conversion to mobile display.

    I have built a couple of sites in the past, including one with Wix, and so have a little bit of experience, but I am certainly no expert. I’d appreciate your educated opinion on which site builder may be best for me.

    Thanks in advance!

    Paul

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Paul,

      Both Wix and Squarespace have the ability for you to allow your visitors to make appointments. However, you will need to use external widgets / apps and integrate those into either your Wix or Squarespace website.

      For Wix, their App Market has a few calendar / scheduling apps for you to integrate. For Squarespace, if you look in their help center (type “calendar”) you’ll see a few articles relating to integrating scheduling apps.

      But I don’t think either of the allow the scheduling tools to be integrated with their ecommerce shopping cart.

      What you can do is insert a product so people can purchase reservations. Once they’ve purchased the reservation slot, you can send them to the page where they can make a reservation. You can do this by inserting the instructions on which page to visit in the “thank you” email that gets sent to them once they’ve made a purchase (deposit for the reservation). You can create the scheduling page and just hide it, so only those who made the purchase will know whereto go.

      It’s not a perfect solution, and is a long workaround, but just might work.

      Jeremy

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        Jeremy, thank you for your reply! I’ll investigate the options.
        Paul

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          Hey Paul, Did you tested the option suggested? I am also facing the same issue i.e how to integrate reservation widget with weebly site in cost effective manner.

  173. #

    Are WordPress themes mobile responsive? Does it change from wordpress.com and wordpress.org? Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Mariana – I think there are responsive and non responsive themes for WordPress. So if you want a responsive theme for WordPress, make sure that you pick one that is labeled as such!

      Jeremy

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    HI,

    Wow, that is great informative to compare, but I’m looking for website that I can write quotes, poems and write a song that I don’t want someone copy it without my permission sort of like watermark or copyright? I have somewhat knowledge with CSS and HTML but I have no knowledge how to get website run or how to get domain? It’s something I’ve been think about long time now, I want to find right website builder that would fit my creative, should I go with blog or profolio website for something like that?

    Thank you for amazing information!

    Sincerely,
    Purnima

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Purnima,

      There really isn’t a very effective way of stopping people from copying your creative work. it’s just one of the downsides of the internet in that everyone can pretty much copy anything if he/she really wanted to. The same goes for the physical world as well but obviously with physical goods it takes a bit more effort, but still very much achievable. But hopefully that won’t discourage you from sharing your creative work with the rest of the world!

      As for domain names, some of the website builders will give you a free domain name if you sign up to their annual plans (see chart details above). But you can also get your domain name from domain name registrars such as GoDaddy, and connect it to your website.

      As for which builder to use, the best way to go about choosing is to find the website builder that you enjoy using, as all of them are different from one another in terms of user interface and tools (to a certain extent). But I’d suggest taking a look at Squarespace and Wix to get started as they have some pretty good looking and creative templates.

      Jeremy

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    Hi, great comparison first of all, very informative and helpful!

    I have a few questions though. When conducting transactions online through these web hosts, are there any costs involved that goes to third parties?
    Say i choose squarespace for my website and a customer decided to buy something off it, would some of the money in the ecommerce transaction be used for anything or anyone else besides me and the customer? Or are there no fees involved when setting up this eCommerce aspect of your site?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Luc,

      There will be payment transaction fees. For instance, when you go shopping at a local store and you use your credit card, the merchant that sold you the product will have to pay Visa / Mastercard / Amex etc fees, which is a couple of percent of the total value of the transaction.

      So it works the same way with online stores. If you use PayPal (or any other payment processors) to collect money from your customers, they will need to be paid for providing that service. You can find more information about such fees directly on the ecommerce web builder that you use, or on the payment processors’ websites but it’s usually something around 2% – 3%.

      Some ecommerce builders also take a small percentage of your transaction value. But they will waive that fee if you upgrade to a higher plan (varies from builder to builder).

      Hope this explains things a bit.

      Jeremy

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        Hi Jeremy,

        Thank you for the informative answer. I will check their websites, but its good to have an idea of what to expect.

        Luc

  176. #

    I have an existing website which looks great. The problem is that when it comes to changes like text, graphics you have to use HTML and there is no ability to add landing pages for campaigns. What I’d really like to have is a copy of what I have but with the ability for a coding novice to be able to edit and change existing pages and to add additional pages at a click of a button. The site is already hosted so I don’t need that function and we own our domain so we don’t need that either.
    Can you suggest anything?
    Thanks

    Stef

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Stef,

      Have a look at Weebly. They allow you full access to the HTML / CSS codes so you can make edits / customizations there if you want to.

      They also provide hosting services (part of the package) and so you won’t have to use your own hosting services. In other words, if you want to use Weebly, you won’t be able to use them with your own hosting services.

      If you have your own domain name, you can connect that to a Weebly site and they have tutorials on how to do that in their Help Center.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    Thank you for a great and informative chart!

    I was looking for some advise, I am a first time builder and have no experience. Anything you could offer would be greatly appericated.

    I am trying to build a business website that:

    is mostly informational/educational and does not have a need to list my own products, because I don’t carry inventory (currently, but may need to eventually), all things are made to order/custom. Given that, I’m looking for a system that allows for custom invoices (through email or online through a code) allowing the customer to access their order and pay online after I create the invoice,

    Allows many of my suppliers websites to be viewed and browsed from mine (directly on my page) through what looks like embedding, though I am unsure if that is the terminology. (The suppliers already allow this, I just wanna make sure it would work), and

    Allows for the creation of a members only area with access to videos and information.

    Ascetics, and function are must in this endeavor, even if it means slightly more work. Apps are always a plus though

    Let me know what you think!

    Thank you again for your guidance

    Kev

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kev,

      It sounds like you need a pretty flexible and advanced website builder. I’d suggest you take a look at Shopify (see our discussion here) as they allow you to have a lot of flexibility as to how you want to customize your store / website, and there are plenty of Shopify Experts that can help you do custom work to enable you to get what you want.

      Jeremy

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        Thanks a lot for the help Jeremy! Best wishes and keep up the great work!

        Kev

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    Jeremy –

    thanks for all this information.

    I’m trying to build a site that’s heavily dependant on crowdsourcing. Sort of like a recipe site that allows users to both submit and rank best chocolate cake recipe. So I need community to be able to do more than just “like”.

    So, I need to have people register using facebook or unique name. Then contribute. Then vote. Would squarespace (or weebly or other), let me build such a site?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Kate,

      I don’t think any of the website builders discussed here will give you the capability to create a crowd source / visitor contribution type of website. Those sort of websites are much more complex and I suspect you will need to hire a very capable developer to help you custom build what you have in mind.

      The website builders we’ve discussed here are great for building more “typical” sort of sites, such as business, ecommerce, photography / portfolio, blogs, hobbies, general content, where the site owner will create all the content.

      Hope this guides you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

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        Thanks, Jeremy. That’s kind of what I thought/feared!

  179. #

    Hi Jeremy

    What are your thoughts on WIX versus WordPress please?

    Thanks

    Trudy

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Trudy,

      We have a more comprehensive discussion about Wix versus WP here. Do read the comments as well as you’ll more discussions there.

      Hope you find it helpful!

      Jeremy

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    I disagree Squarespace being the first one. I honestly do know that builder, but I’m still an avid fan of Weebly(just saying!). Their various templates and easy tools had been a major outpour for those who wants to build their own site.

    Cheers though for this post. Have a great day Jeremy.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Marlo,

      Difference of opinion I guess! But I appreciate your input and views. It’s definitely a healthy debate.

      Don’t get me wrong, Weebly is a great website builder and we love using Weebly. But we just feel that Squarespace is pretty awesome too! : )

      Jeremy

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    For export website, weebly should be “no.” One can export it to html, but you cannot export it to another weebly site nor use it with weebly again. In short, you can export it, but cannot import it back to weebly. That’s like saying you can do a backup, but cannot restore your backup. Absurd right?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Alvin,

      Thanks for your input. Weebly allows you to export a Weebly website to import it into another hosting service, but they don’t have a function for you to import it back into Weebly again. The same thing applies across other website builders discussed here as well.

      I think the main reason is that each website builder’s platform has its unique code base (that enables you to drag and drop content to build out your website). So if you start tinkering with the codes after you export the site, if you are allowed to import the site back into the website builder (after you’ve modified the codes a bit), then the codes may not work properly and /or conflict with that website builder.

      But if you want to move a website across to another account, give their support team a shout and they are likely able to do that. Granted, I haven’t tried that myself, but I don’t see a reason why that shouldn’t be a possible.

      Good point though so thanks for bringing it up!

      Jeremy

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    Thank you so much for this great comparison chart and information on website builders! It has been so helpful! Just curious – do you have any thoughts on Logo Garden as a website builder? Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong
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