Website Builders Comparison Chart

Due to the amount of comparison data across website builders, this chart is best viewed on your desktop computer or tablet.

Key features is based on our opinions and feedback from our visitors who completed our surveys:


IM Creator
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Overall [1]

4.7 / 5 Stars
4-stars 4.3 / 5 Stars 4-stars 4.2 / 5 Stars 3.5-stars 3.5 / 5 Stars 3-stars 3 / 5 Stars 3-stars 2.2 / 5 Stars
Websites Powered [2] 1.8m 62m 25m 12m N/A 5.7m
Ease of Use 4 / 5 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Design Flexibility [3] 5 / 5 4 / 5 4.5 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5 3 / 5
Themes Design [4] 5 / 5 4.5 / 5 3.5 / 5 3 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Responsive Themes [5] [5] X [5] X X X
Mobile Editor [6] X [6]
Free Plan? 14 Days Trial X
Free Custom Domain [8] [8] X [8] [8] X
SEO [9] 5 / 5 4.5 / 5 3.5 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5 1 / 5
Export Website? [10] X X X [10]
Support [11] 24/7 Email
Live Chat
Live Chat
Live Chat
Live Chat
Blogging [12] 5 / 5 4 / 5 4.5 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5 1 / 5
e-Commerce [13] 4 / 5 4 / 5 4.5 / 5 4 / 5 0 / 5 0 / 5
Email Service [14] X X X Upgrade Upgrade Upgrade
Newsletter Creator [15] X X X X
Membership Creator [16] X X X X
Mobile Apps [17] X X
Multiple Editors [18] X X X X
Overall [1] 4.7 / 5 Stars 4-stars 4.3 / 5 Stars 4-stars 4.2 / 5 Stars 3.5-stars 3.5 / 5 Stars 3-stars 3 / 5 Stars 3-stars 2.2 / 5 Stars
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[1] Overall – Scores are based on average of scoring above – You should not base your decision solely on the average scores as there are many qualitative / subjective factors that you should consider prior to deciding.  Our scoring is to help you narrow your choices, then you should always test out at least 2 of the website builders to see which one you are comfortable with before investing your time and money.  We highly recommend you read our detailed reviews for each website builder as we cover each builder in much more depth in those reviews.


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


[3] 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


[4] Themes Squarespace themes are responsive and polished – by far the best amongst its peers.  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. Weebly is gradually releasing more updated themes.  If you want your web design to look good, click here to see a collection of free beautiful, professional themes.


[5] Responsive Themes - All Squarespace themes are mobile responsive and as such, all your website content will display nicely across mobile devices. For Weebly, they currently have 2 responsive themes so the selection is a bit limited. But going forward, we expect them to introduce more responsive templates.


[6] Mobile Editor - 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.  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 flexibility to have more control over your visitors’ experience while they are surfing your site on their mobile devices.  If you know a bit of codes, Jimdo gives you access to edit the CSS codes of your mobile site – an added flexibility.


[7] Pricing – Monthly pricing based on annual plans.  Monthly price will be a bit higher if you enrolled on month-to-month payment plans.  Pricing plans should not be compared directly based on pricing, as each website builder offers different features for their own plans. Please read our detailed review for each website builder for further details.  We also have more discussions about the cost of building a website here.


[8] 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.  


[9] SEO - Squarespace gives you full control over page titles, meta descriptions and custom URL.  It also has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile to improve your search engine exposure & site indexing.  This is automatically done so you don’t have to manually insert snippets of codes into your site which is very convenient.  Wix allows page level control, including H1 to H6 titles, but you cannot customize your URL. Weebly allows page level control but no H1 title tags (on page level) or custom URL.  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.


[10] 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.   For GoDaddy, you can create backup points and restore your website if you want to go back to an older design.

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


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


[13] 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 Ecwid to add e-commerce function to your website.


[14] Email Service - For Squarespace, Weebly and Wix, you can get your own custom email address through Google Business Apps (Gmail, but for businesses) for about $4 per month. For Jimdo, GoDaddy and IM Creator – “Upgrade” means that email service is only included if you upgrade to the web builder’s premium plans.


[15] Newsletter Creator - Wix & Jimdo have built-in newsletter creators where you can send your contact list update newsletters. For Wix, their newsletter creator (called Shoutout) 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.


[16] 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 unlimited number of memberships.  With Weebly, you can have up to 20 members with their Pro Plan, or unlimited members with their Business Plan.


[17] Mobile Apps - Squarespace as 4 mobile apps, allowing you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, track social followers, showcase your galleries / portfolio in a as a presentation on your iPad / iPhone, and a note app so you can keep track of your ideas which syncs with your website, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.  Wix has a mobile app for their Wix ShoutOut function, allowing you to create newsletter directly on your mobile device to send to your newsletter subscribers. 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.


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

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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.


About Jeremy Wong

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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440 Responses to Website Builders Comparison Chart

  1. Kristin March 25, 2015 at 5:50 AM #

    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 March 25, 2015 at 2:34 PM #

      Hi Kristin – I’ve never heard of them before, so I don’t have any comments about them. But from a quick look at their site, it seems like they’re focused on creating logos? As such, probably not a good benchmark against the website builders we’ve reviewed here.


  2. fstkd March 24, 2015 at 9:54 PM #

    what do you think about ipage? any comments on how ipage stacks up against your list above?

    • Jeremy Wong March 25, 2015 at 2:31 PM #

      iPage is more of a hosting service, so not quite comparable to the website builders we’ve discussed in our table above.

      They do offer you the ability to get a WordPress site hosted, and they also offer you the ability to use Weebly. So if you are thinking about using Weebly through iPage, you should take a look at our discussion about using directly and using Weebly with another hosting service). There are definitely pros and cons to consider.


  3. Kamran March 24, 2015 at 5:52 PM #

    Hey mate I am creating a site were I can sell products on, Im a starter so I don’t want to spend to much but I want it to look really good and mobile friendly. So I was wondering what is the best option. And also these are all compatible with putting it on google. Thanks a lot

  4. Cari March 23, 2015 at 11:51 AM #

    I have inventory that belongs to my clients for which I offer warehousing and shipping services. My “customers” are employees of my clients who go on my “store” and select merchandise and literature they would like sent to them. I need a website/store that offers inventory control and does not require payment processing. I have tried Go Daddy but they require a payment method. Others do not offer inventory control. Do you know any that can do what I need?
    Thank you.

    • Jeremy Wong March 24, 2015 at 11:07 AM #

      hi Cari,

      I haven’t seen a platform that offers that before, but I’m sure it’s achievable if you make some extensive modifications. I would suggest you check out Shopify (the ecommerce builder) and see if some of the Shopify Experts can help you tweak the platform to achieve what you want.


  5. Bilal Green March 23, 2015 at 10:49 AM #

    Hi there , good work on the chart .
    i need to create a website that has the possibility for visitors to open their private profile and upload photos into it and for others to see them and buy them if they want, kind of like Instagram mixed with Elance , which platform do you guys think is good for me ? thanks in advance for your help.

    • Jeremy Wong March 24, 2015 at 11:04 AM #

      Hi Bilal,

      It sounds to me what you need is a very customized solution. So none of the website builders that we’ve discussed here will enable you to do that. You can try looking for capable developers on Elance or oDesk, but make sure you know exactly what you want, including functionality, mock ups / drawings of how you want your user interface to be, etc, so that you can get a quote from some of the developers!


      • Bilal Green March 24, 2015 at 2:31 PM #

        Hi there ,Thank you very much for your reply Jeremy,
        i actually did post a job proposal on Elance and i got one Indian website designer biding at 2500 usd for the website and the logo,and one from a “developed country” designer (as you said in one of your articles) at 80 bucks an hour for the website only without precising the number of hours needed.
        can i have your opinion please on the price asked by the Indian designer and also what’s the number of hours needed for a developer to build a website if you had to guess ?
        Thanks again; the information on your website are very valuable.

        • Jeremy Wong March 25, 2015 at 2:27 PM #

          Hi Bilal,

          It’s really hard to say, and I do appreciate how challenging it is to hire a developer especially the first time around. There are many many factors that gets factored into the quote, including how complex of a site you want, what platform you want to build it on, etc.

          I would say that US$2,500 is what I would expect from an emerging country, but know that if you want to make changes, add a few things here and there, then costs will start to add up. Also, in my experience, they can get the job done, but that’s about it. So don’t expect them to have any creative input into the process, or write very clean code. They will be there to do what you tell them to do. Of course I’m sure not all Indian developers are like that, so I’m just generalizing based on our own experiences.

          As for the other designer (US$80/hr), I would suggest that you lock in the scope of the work, and know exactly what you want so he/she can give you more of an accurate quote. There’s always the debate between hiring on a per hour basis, or a fixed fee. There are a lot of good discussions about this topic and I’m sure you can find more info about that with a Google search.

          But if I was to generalize and guess, I’d say for a good developer in a developed country, I’d say a decent custom website will cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 to get developed. It really depends on what you are trying to build. And this range can quickly go into $10,000+ if you hire really strong developers who know what they’re doing and write very good code.

          And of course, you can never get assurance that you will get what you want. But you can help mitigate uncertainty through interviews, looking at his/her portfolio, maybe even asking for references, and also, have a very clear scope of work so to minimize any disputes.


          • Bilal Green March 25, 2015 at 2:54 PM #

            Thank you , you really helped taking out some confusion about ideas i had. it’s pretty much what we could expect from a genuine good content website or blog; you’re doing a great job guys.
            i have the ambition to pursue this idea that i have but surely it doesn’t seem like it would be easy ,or cheap,and that’s alright because that may mean that it could be worth it who knows right?!. but tell me would you have any suggestions about a good developer ? i hope i’m not asking a too much. Thanks again

  6. Susan March 19, 2015 at 9:45 AM #

    Very helpful and detailed website. Thanks for the free guide – I believe I will use it

    • Jeremy Wong March 20, 2015 at 10:28 PM #

      Thanks for your feedback Susan! Glad our discussions here are helpful to you.


  7. Frank March 17, 2015 at 4:33 PM #

    I purchased a e-comm website on wix and need some help building the website , do you know anybody I could get in touch with to help build the website?

    • Jeremy Wong March 18, 2015 at 4:51 PM #

      Hi Frank,

      I don’t have any referrals, but you can reach out to Wix to see if they have any suggestions.

      You can also try to look for freelancers on either Elance or oDesk.


  8. mike glamcevski March 16, 2015 at 1:31 AM #

    it was very helpful thank you.

  9. Tiffany March 12, 2015 at 4:36 PM #

    I am thinking I want to use squarespace for my medical intuitive RN website. I will be offering various medical advice information and also consulting. I will be asking for donations for those that cannot pay and fee for personal consultation.

    On top of being an RN, I am a jewelry and interior designer. Is it possible to use squarespace for medical intuitive RN consulting and also sell jewelry for donations on same site? Does square space own my website or have rights to it? Also, I have already purchased a domain via google.domain. how do I incorporate it here? I received your informational book on line a while back and thank you for your insight. i decided to return to your site to get started on my websites….(This is the first one and then I need to make a few others for Rare Disease and a personal one) Im wondering if I should use different web builders for the various sites or stick to one! help me out please!

    Thank You Tiffany

    • Jeremy Wong March 13, 2015 at 8:12 AM #

      Hi Tiffany,

      You can certainly create a site with both RN consulting and also sell jewelry at the same time. But from a branding / business perspective, I’m not too sure if you should do that? If both products / services are complimentary, then I’d say go for it. But in this case, I’m not entirely sure if that’s a good idea (but that’s just my humble opinion without knowing too much about what you do). So do consider creating separate websites for them, so you can brand your businesses individually. People who like jewelry might not need nursing material, and so having both in one single website can be very confusing for some visitors.

      As for domain names, you can certainly connect it to a Squarespace site. If you visit Squarespace’s help page, just type in “Domain” and you’ll get some tutorials on how to connect them.


  10. Sheila March 10, 2015 at 6:41 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    First this is wonderful to see the comments and your answers. I have been at a bit of a loss as to what I need to do.

    I have 2 websites that I have build several years ago on Frontpage, one is a personal one and one is for our business. There is no shopping cart (and not sure yet we want that but we want that option).

    I need to find another program that I don’t need extensive coding knowledge (as I have none) but I want it friendly for people to read (many have commented they like what we have now and how they can understand our products) (you can see the website from my email address).

    We do have a lot of products and need to add more and of course change things almost weekly or daily esp with the dollar exchange rate when we buy from other countries etc.

    I was looking at (yes i got caught up in that webhosting) and actually signed up (tried to cancel but everything goes to a recording and no one has responded to email)

    I do not mind paying for something, i just want to make sure it can grow with me and the amount of products we have but i also want it to be not too complicated. I have a business to run as well.

    Also I am not understanding the difference i see with say Wix and Shopify (supposedly shopify can work with WordPress) IS shopify one on its own or does it always work with another? (I can’t be the only one with this question)

    Sorry if i am confusing things here but have wanted to ask someone and of course i have people wanting to develop the website for me but I want to be able to change it myself when i want.

    This is wonderful that we can ask questions here and thank you so much for your help!!!!

    Is Wix extensive enough for me?

    Thank you !

    • Jeremy Wong March 10, 2015 at 4:00 PM #

      Hi Sheila,

      So do you need a shopping cart function? You mentioned that you didn’t have one, but then said you have a lot of products to sell.

      In any case, if you are going to have a lot of products and want to update them efficiently, you should definitely have a look at Shopify (you can see our comparison chart for ecommerce builders here).

      Shopify is an “approved” shopping cart with – meaning that if you build an ecommerce store with, you can use Shopify to help you process payments. But if you use Shopify on its own, it’s just a standalone online store builder and won’t have anything to do with WordPress.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!


      • Sheila March 13, 2015 at 8:54 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy

        To explain, we sell products at our retail (brick and mortar) store, from our mobile (traveling) store as well we want a website that people can see our products and their pricing and even maybe add to the cart… but here is what we do/don’t like about finishing the transaction online…….

        first some people are not sure what they actually need and we want to help them with their order, or they need to understand the properties of the product when using them.

        second, we cannot add to an order if its strictly online driven (or upsell if you like that term), in other words there are products that go with the items (and yes I get the “other things that go with this” product view) but many customers don’t fully understand some of the properties and the products they need to go along with it or how to use it.

        I see that GoDaddy now has an online store, have you had a look at this at all?
        i have numerous domains all registered with godaddy and my email actually goes through godaddy (websites hosted elsewhere due to the frontpage ease of use issue).
        i love Godaddy’s support, their access to support and would strongly consider their store if it was decent.

        Also these carts that a customer has and submits to us (in several of the ecommerce sites) charge a fee per transaction but what if we want to be in contact with the customer before the actual money transaction happens.

        Not sure if I have explained myself well, but hopefully you can understand what I am trying to achieve, and basically that is to have personal contact with the customer to finalize the sale.

        Thank you again for your help!

      • Sheila March 14, 2015 at 8:20 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy

        I had asked some extra questions but actually spent yesterday doing some research. I had been wondering about Godaddy and their online store as they have one now. I called Godaddy and they tell me they cannot do offline payments (which is something i need)

        I started a demo on Wix as they allow offline payments but I realized that Wix was not extensive enough for my store because I do need to enter product by supplier as well as its description.

        i have been reading through Shopify and Shopify allows offline payments such that i can do debits etc i just have the cart sent to me. This is very important to me.

        I will look more in to Shopify

        Thank you for all that you do on these comparisons.

  11. Harry Anderson March 10, 2015 at 6:32 AM #

    Looking to build a web site for a start up handyman service with the ability to upload photos of completed work and since I’m always on the move it must be mobile. what are your thoughts on what would be best for a one person LLC?

    • Jeremy Wong March 10, 2015 at 3:50 PM #

      Hey Harry,

      If you want a functional mobile site, any of the top 3 website builders we highlighted above will work. Squarespace’s templates are all mobile responsive, so they look great across all mobile devices. Wix and Weebly has their own mobile editors. But Wix has a lot more design templates for you to choose from than Weebly. But out of all 3 of them, Weebly has the easiest user interface.

      It’s important to sign up for a few free accounts and just spend some time to see which one you like the best. Each one of them has its own pros and cons, and all their user interfaces are different. So while one person may prefer Squarespace, another person may prefer Wix or Weebly.

      So all of them allow you to create a mobile site. But you should pick one that you’re the most comfortable with.


  12. edi jay March 10, 2015 at 5:46 AM #

    i am a mosaic artist and i need my website to do more than just offer 2 dimensional pictures of my portraits and designs.
    i need short videos and multiple pictures to show stages of development and detailed quality of mosaic designs.
    but there doesn’t seem to be any website options that account for this.
    i have created videos that show how mosaics change when exposed to light and time of day – which will help sell my products realistically.
    but i see no formats that will include it in websites, especially on first page.
    what’s to do? Can you help? I have tried web designers but they all dont seem to understand this basic requirement.
    so i do it myself….
    i would appreciate any advice

    • Jeremy Wong March 10, 2015 at 3:45 PM #

      Hi Edi,

      All of the website builders discussed above allows you to insert videos, slideshows, images. So you can definitely insert your own video, or multiple images to form a gallery to showcase your products.


    • Hannah March 10, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

      Hi Edi,

      A good web designer will understand your needs. If you want to contact me feel free to do so, I already have some awesome ideas.

      hannah @ seodeva . com


  13. Mike March 8, 2015 at 12:43 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    My wife and I are looking to start an online retail store (fashion), however with zero experience seek out your advise on a single choice.
    I have looked over your reviews and must admit that I’m still at a loss.
    We have also come across numerous people recommending WordPress. Would you kindly advise us. Many thanks.


    • Jeremy Wong March 9, 2015 at 10:27 AM #

      Hi Mike,

      Generally speaking, using WordPress is a good option if you aren’t afraid of climbing are pretty steep learning curve (as compared to website builders that we discuss on our website). If you want to build your store yourself with WordPress, you’ll have to be fairly technical and helps to know codes. Making changes / edits to your design or backend functions on WordPress to customize your store will require modifying codes.

      It’s either that or you can hire a coder to help you with this, but good WordPress developers are not cheap (and you don’t want to pay for a cheap one as it can cause you even more pain (mental and financial) if you pick up the wrong developer!)

      If WordPress is not for you, there are several good online store builders that can help you get your ecommerce store up without you having to be technical at all. We have a comparison table for ecommerce builders here and you can take a look to see which one best suits your needs.

      If you need an advanced store and tools, check out Shopify and Bigcommerce. If you want a relatively simple store, then Wix, Weebly or Squarespace can be helpful here.

      In general, the non-WordPress ecommerce builders are there to help you take care of all the technicalities of hosting and building websites. Whereas with WordPress, you’ll have to spend time and energy to maintain all the technicalities of operating a website.

      We have a few discussion articles comparing a few website builders and WordPress. You can see them here.


  14. Walt March 6, 2015 at 12:20 PM #

    I have run across another web builder that I think is worth a look. Could you review and add to your comparison chart? I know it may take a while, so is there a way to get an email when you publish your review, rather than check back in periodically? It seems to be 3 products: marketing pages, online course creation, and delivery of online courses (and collect the fee). I have demoed, but I’d like another opinion since you are already familiar with other builders. It’s at

    • Jeremy Wong March 7, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

      Hi Walt,

      I haven’t used Kajabi before, but I’ve heard about it. It’s built specifically for delivering online content / classes. So having said that, if that’s what you want to do (to sell online courses / classes, and collect tuition fees), then perhaps they will have more relevant / targeted tools for you.

      Generally speaking, the website builders we’ve discussed above are more “general” and have some really great tools to help people build sites. But they may not have the technical infrastructure to help you deliver courses. You can certainly create pages with text, videos, and Wix and Weebly even have membership gateways to lock up your courses so that only members can access certain pages. But they probably won’t have tools specifically built for online classes.


  15. Jeremy Fidelis March 5, 2015 at 9:11 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I’m looking out to branch out as a freelance writer for hire and though I have dabbled in wix and blogger, I want something that looks professional and FREE. Would wix or any other site fulfill my needs. Thanks.

    • Jeremy Wong March 7, 2015 at 7:43 PM #

      Hi Jeremy,

      If you are looking for a free web builder, then Wix, Weebly or Jimdo might work for you. Just bear in mind that they do limit the tools available for their free users, and will “unlock” more tools once you become a paying customer.

      So in general, you can definitely create pages, insert your contact information, post some of your past work, credentials, etc, with just the free version of Wix. But if you want to brand the website as your own (not show any Wix banners, and connect your own custom domain name), then you will need to upgrade to a paid plan. Such restriction is also true for other website builders.


  16. Ossy March 5, 2015 at 6:44 PM #

    Thank for all the great information I really like your articles.
    I want a very simple website with 4 pages photo gallery and the usual.
    I bought a domain name and hosting from (webhotell) for $34 a year.
    It has a WordPress (one-click autoinstaller) and a primitiv web editor.
    i don’t like neither of them.i have tried Wix and I liked it but then I saw webeasy pro which is a program to install on my computer.
    Price for webeasy is $49 one time payment.
    My question is if I go with webeasy and upload my website will I lose out on SEO and other goodys Wix has to offer.
    Price is definitely an issue put a good and easy manageable website is also a must.

    • Jeremy Wong March 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM #


      Generally I would recommend against downloading a website builder software to build your website, for a couple of key reasons:

      1) Hosted website builder such as Wix are continually growing their available tools and web building features. So if you get webeasy pro as a one time payment and installation, it doesn’t continually improve. The website building industry is growing quite fast, so if your service provider doesn’t grow, you won’t get access to advancing tools.

      2) Generally speaking, one time payment of $49 might not get you a whole lot of support if you need it. Providing support is a very resource intensive process. That’s also why website builders we’ve discussed on this page charge monthly fees, so that if you need support, they’ll be there to help you.

      3) If you use a downloaded software to build your site, you’ll have to find your own hosting services, which will also charge you a monthly fee. With drag and drop website builders such as Wix, they provide you with all the hosting services already to power your website. They also maintain the servers and keeps it secure, so you don’t have to worry about all the technical aspects of hosting. If you get your own hosting, you will have to deal with some level of technical matters.

      With Wix, their lowest paid plan is just over $4 per month, and they provide you with the ability to connect your own domain name with the website, and also provides you with hosting services. Don’t forget that you will also get the benefit of using new features when they release them. So it’s not too high of a monthly plan.

      Hope this gives you some insights into my thoughts.


  17. Brian March 1, 2015 at 8:06 AM #

    First, let me thank you for this page. After many years with a small law firm, I am going back out as a solo. I need a suitable website which a novice can make, but also one that represents my profession well. I plan on following your recommendation and pick two and try them out. Which two? The biggest question I have is about email. According to your chart, neither of the two that I am inclined to try provide email. “Weebly & Squarespace” This is leading me to consider godaddy, because they do. What do you recommend? How else can I handle email?

    Thanks again!!!

    • Jeremy Wong March 1, 2015 at 7:59 PM #

      Hi Brian,

      With both Squarespace and Weebly, you can use Google Business App’s email services to power your email. We use Google Business Apps ourselves to power our custom domain email address as well, and we love it as it’s easy to use (Gmail) and is very reliable. So it’s fantastic for businesses. The small drawback is that it does cost about $4 – $5 per month, but for us it’s well worth it.

      Here are some tutorials from Squarespace and Weebly on how to set up your own custom domain email address.

      Hope this helps!


  18. Ulugbek March 1, 2015 at 1:01 AM #


    i would like to start online shopping, but i dont know which provider can build great e-com… web

  19. Dulce February 26, 2015 at 5:31 PM #

    Hi Jeremy! My husband and I are looking to expand our personal training and nutrition consultation business by offering online training and consultation aside from in person training. I’ve been researching what website builder would be best if we were to have people pay for our online virtual personal training and consultation using paypal. What website builder would you recommend? Is there a website builder you know of that allows for virtual training and paypal payments? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong February 27, 2015 at 1:30 PM #

      Hi Dulce,

      Wix, Weebly and Jimdo all integrates with PayPal.

      None of the website builders are specifically geared towards providing virtual training, so it depends on how you want to deliver your courses.

      If you are doing live video stream, you can take your training sessions off site, and use tools like Skype or Google Hangout.

      But if the courses are in pre-recorded video format, then you can always create pages, insert your videos into those pages, and hide those pages. Then when someone pays, you can then email them the links to the pages with the videos.

      With Wix and Weebly, they offer membership gateway features as well, meaning that you can create membership and only your members can log in and access certain pages. So in a way that offers the feeling of “exclusivity”.

      The membership function for Wix is free and you can find it in their App Market (more about their App Market here).

      With Weebly, you can sign up 100 members with their Weebly Pro plan, but if you want more members and if you want the ability to add a “log in” button on your menu bar, you can upgrade to their Business Plan. We’ve discussed more about their membership program in this article here.

      So while none of the web builders have dedicated functions for online courses, you can build an infrastructure around that by using some of the basic tools (as I suggested).

      Hope this points you in the right direction!


  20. Drew K February 25, 2015 at 2:48 PM #

    Hello Jeremy, Thank you for the great information here and prompt responses to people’s questions. I run a bbq business and have about 50 products I would like to sell online. I want a professional looking website that allows customers to use paypal/debit/credit cards. I also want to incorporate a blog, recipes, cooking videos, social media links, and hopefully an interactive game app. I have some experience building a website, but I’m not a professional, so which site would you recommend for me? Would you happen to know how I can create an app for my customers as well, so they can order products with the click of a few buttons?

    • Jeremy Wong February 26, 2015 at 1:02 PM #

      Hi Drew,

      Have you checked out our comparison chart for ecommerce builders? I’d highly recommend taking a look at Shopify as they’ll be able to cater to the items you mentioned, except for the game app which sounds like you’re going to build yourself. I haven’t created an app before but you’d probably have to hire a developer for that (assuming you’re not a hard core coder!)


  21. Gari February 25, 2015 at 9:16 AM #

    I am well over 60, a solo lawyer and my knowledge of all things tech start and stop with “is it plugged in?”
    I cannot afford to pay an IT person to create/host/maintain a web site, so I am determined to finally create one myself.

    I am looking at the comparison charts and sadly cannot make heads or tails of most of the features, e.g. HTML, interface, etc.

    All I need is a site that is incredibly simple both to build and view, but has a professional look:.

    My pic,a brief bio and a description of services offered and my practice’s contact info. Finally a way for a potential client to send me an e-mail inquiry directly from the website.

    Could you please recommend one or two of the web services that will let me play with it for a bit, give me the most customer support and has the least possibility of letting me truly mess up?

    I really would be grateful!

    • Jeremy Wong February 25, 2015 at 1:31 PM #

      Hey Gari,

      No worries – we were just like you before as well! Everybody starts somewhere.

      If you’re looking for the easiest website builder to use, yet look professional, I’d suggest you test out Weebly. They have a very good (and easy to learn) user interface. You literally just drag and drop “elements” into your website (such as titles, text, images, galleries, etc).

      So you can definitely set up a few pages with biography, images and also a contact form that hooks up with your email address.


  22. Myra February 23, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    Jeremy, Your research is fantastic!

    I am a financial writer primarily, and discouraged after several years of using Contribute, then trying to learn Dreamweaver to upgrade my website and make it easier to use. The learning curve is steep and is taking way too much of my time. My site is almost pure educational, needs many pages of content, but I’d also like to post up epub and ebooks, as well as linking to articles that I have written for publication, and have the ability to upload informational webinars.

    Would also like to have the ability for people to give selected feedback on the site. I am vacillating between Wix and Squarespace.

    Am I trying for too many things?

    PS Which website did you ultimately work with, or did you decide to work with a web designer.

    Thank you immensely for your help.

    • Jeremy Wong February 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM #

      Hi Myra,

      I think both Squarespace and Wix will enable you to do the things you want. Just not that to get unlimited pages with Squarespace, you’ll need to subscribe to at least their Professional plan.

      You can also upload files to your webpages so that people can download them (such as ebooks). Linking to other webpages / articles is pretty straightforward. For Webinars, if you have the videos files or if they could be found on YouTube, then you can definitely insert them into your pages. But I’d suggest you upload them to YouTube first, as YouTube is much better at streaming videos and that takes the effort / load off your website. You can always mark the video as private if you don’t want people to find it publicly.

      You can always insert comment sections (such as using Disqus) if you want to allow people to comment on your page publicly. If you want private feedback, you can insert a contact form so your visitors can contact you via email.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!


  23. Tanya Castiglione February 20, 2015 at 7:08 AM #

    I have built a website for a nonprofit on WIX but am looking for information on hosting reliability before I choose them. Another member of our Board suggests WordPress because it is better established. I am not eager to rebuild the website, but she has a very good point. Anybody have information on how reliable various sites are in their hosting and mail handling?

    • Jeremy Wong February 20, 2015 at 2:50 PM #

      Hi Tanya,

      I think the reliability of hosting services varies across different hosts, from strong to really weak.

      A general rule of thumb is, the more expensive the hosting service, the more reliable it is for WordPress. There are specialized “WordPress Hosts” out there who’s entire business is just to cater to hosting WordPress sites. WP Engine is one of them and their services are very reliable and security is one of their top priorities. But they do charge a premium starting at $29 per month per website.

      Some other hosting services, while cheaper, are not as reliable and their support team are not WordPress experts (WP Engine only employs people who are very knowledgeable about WordPress). So if you are leaning towards moving to WordPress, I’d recommend them.

      We do have another discussion article comparing Wix and WordPress here. If you haven’t seen it yet, I’d also suggest taking a look at it!


  24. Kylie Nemer February 20, 2015 at 4:30 AM #

    I like all your articles. You give us insights of the software that help people out in deciding the right one for them.

    • Jeremy Wong February 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM #

      Thanks Kylie!

  25. Brent February 17, 2015 at 8:29 AM #

    I want to build a site that is in high tech industry. It would be kind of like where customers put in what they want and how many and I send to my distributors. It’s all service as I will not sell any items or carry any inventory so there is no need for a purchasing option. What I need I my website to do is have multiple options for each product. There will be a lot of products and a lot of options for each product. What I want to avoid is a huge cluttered mess and make it easy to navigate. What would you recommend for this?

    • Jeremy Wong February 17, 2015 at 3:46 PM #

      Hi Brent,

      I just visited the site you referenced and I think you’ll probably need a pretty custom solution to build something like that. So I don’t think any of the drag and drop builders I referenced above will be able to help you build what you want. You’ll most likely need to look for a capable developer to help you.

      Check out Elance or oDesk to see if you can hire a developer to help you with this.


  26. kerry February 15, 2015 at 9:15 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

    I am an artist (painter, mixed media assemblage) down here at the bottom of the world in New Zealand (right next to Australia)! I am checking out the website builders and like the look of squarespace, but it seems it cannot do e-commerce for NZ? Weebly also appeals because it is the easiest to use by the sound of it. I’m not v. techy and I haven’t sold online before. Looking at etsy and linking new website with pinterest f/b as well.

    What I want: a beautiful, simple slide show for artworks. Space for “about me”, “about the works”, maybe some studio shots, option for a blog. Shopping and shipping. I’m not really expecting to sell outside of NZ and maybe Australia – but, hey, you never know! Essentially a showcase with option for selling.

    Should I be considering a NZ website builder, rather than international? Hard to know what the nz ones are like – seem expensive and unreliable as to speed. Also would a .nz domain be better than a .com, co etc?

    Thanks, you have been most informative and helpful.

    • Jeremy Wong February 16, 2015 at 4:21 PM #

      Hi Kerry,

      Currently, Squarespace uses Stripe to power their payment processor for merchants using their platform, and I don’t think it’s available in NZ yet.

      As for Weebly, yes I think they are one of the easiest website builder to use and you can create slideshows, blogs and other pages to showcase yourself and your products. They allow you to link up your shopping cart with PayPal so it’s pretty easy way to get up and running in a very short period of time.

      You don’t necessarily have to use a NZ based website builder, as all the website builders we discuss are global. I’d personally prefer to use global web builders as it usually suggest that they are more developed and has a much larger customer base.

      You don’t necessarily have to get a .nz domain name. Generally speaking it’s always better to get a .com domain name, just in case you expand beyond NZ. But on the flip side, if you are only targeting local clients, this will show them that you are a local store. But I suppose you can be very clear up front about that on your home page.


  27. Shem February 12, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

    Hello, I want to create a website in which people can create an account and upload videos from their computer, sort of like YouTube if you will. Which one is the best website builder for this task?


    – Shem

    • Jeremy Wong February 13, 2015 at 3:40 PM #

      Hi Shem,

      It sounds like you need a pretty customized solution for that. None of the website builders we’ve discussed here has the ability for your visitors to upload their own videos into your website.


      • Shem February 13, 2015 at 5:20 PM #

        Does WordPress has the ability for people to upload their videos to my website? Does it cost any money?

        Hopefully you know and can answer me, thanks.

        • Jeremy Wong February 14, 2015 at 6:15 PM #

          Shem – WordPress is extremely flexible if you are proficient with coding, or if you hire a very capable WordPress programmer to help you. But I personally haven’t looked into this before so I can’t give you a definitive answer about this.


  28. Marilyn February 7, 2015 at 6:51 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, I’m interested in creating a site using Wix and wanted to know if there is a way to track how many people have visited the site? Thank you so much!

    • Jeremy Wong February 7, 2015 at 7:56 PM #

      Hi Marilyn,

      You can add Google Analytics to your Wix website. Google Analytics is free and it helps you track a lot of different statistics on your website, including number of visitors, how many pages they’ve visited, how long they spend on your site, etc.

      You can find out more information on how to add Google Analytics to your Wix site in their support page here.


  29. Tom Bennett AMSOIL JOBBER February 2, 2015 at 9:05 AM #

    Who owns the website when an outside firm builds the website?

    • Jeremy Wong February 2, 2015 at 4:15 PM #

      That depends? I’m not entirely sure how to answer your question without any more context. If you hire a firm to build a website for you, then it’s really up to the contractual agreement between you and the firm. But logically you would want to make sure that you have final ownership of the website!


  30. RebMill February 2, 2015 at 9:04 AM #

    I am wondering if WIX has a mobile application. When I go to their site, it indicates they do have mobile; but when I look on your chart is appears they do not have mobile. Can you clarify?


    • Jeremy Wong February 2, 2015 at 4:13 PM #

      Hi RebMill,

      Yes Wix does have a mobile editor, so you can configure the mobile display of your website built with Wix. What they don’t have is a Mobile App, which some other builders have (such as Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo) that allows you to manage your website on your mobile device.

      Some people who are constantly on the go prefer to have mobile apps to do some editing, approve blog comments, etc remotely. But if you’re not going to be doing a whole lot of editing while you are not in front of your computer, then having or not having mobile apps is not too important.


  31. Sa January 31, 2015 at 11:42 AM #

    I have a small business that is just starting out in which we teach surf,stand up paddle boarding, fitness, ocean education and safety, etc. a feature I would like to have is for customers to be able to book a lesson or package online and pay a deposit to reserve spot. Do any of the site builders accommodate this? Also, am I reading correctly in that you only get eCommerce on weebly if you sign up for their premier ($25) plan? Whereas squarespace you get at least some eCommerce in their lesser priced plans? Thank you for this review and your feedback.

    • Jeremy Wong January 31, 2015 at 1:59 PM #

      Hi Sa,

      With Weebly, you get access to their ecommerce tools even if you are using their Starter or Pro plans. But with the lower plans, you are limited to less products you can set up (10 for Starter Plan and 25 for Pro Plan). Take a look at this more indepth discussion to see the differences between the plans.

      I don’t think any of the website builders we discussed here has the ability to let your visitors book a date in a calendar and make a deposit for that day. But what you can do is create product pages for people to purchase bookings, by adding the deposit amount to the shopping cart. So the “deposit” is the product that they can purchase.

      However, you’ll have to contact them afterwards to confirm the booking date. I’m not too familiar with other online booking engines that you can add into website builders and have them smoothly integrated.


  32. Alex January 29, 2015 at 3:24 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    Thank you for your great information. I have a question to ask. I am trying to choose a company to host a eCommerce web site. I am starting a online business where I will be selling products. I need a website that can have a shopping cart and also be able to have a log in feature where I can have my customers sing up to create a account.

    I tried Godday and Squarespace overall I liked both however, square space templates are so simple and plain and they only allow one picture to be uploaded for the product. And go daddy doesn’t have a the log in feature.

    Would you be able to advice on what your thoughts are? Do you think I possibly buy a ready made template and customize so It gives me all the features I am looking for?

    Thank you

  33. DC January 28, 2015 at 10:52 PM #


    Thank you for the very informative website builder reviews. I am looking to create a website for my real estate company that rents out space in a strip mall, has a few residential rentals and billboards. I do not need ecommerce. I would like an industry specific theme to work with. I also am looking to show photos and locations on a map. I use Mailchimp for my retail business and like its ease of use and would like a website builder that is also user friendly and not too expensive. I would welcome your recommendation.


    • Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

      Hi DC,

      I think all of the website builders have the capability to do what you want. So if you are looking for the easiest website builder to use, I’d suggest giving Weebly a try. You can sign up for a free account and test them out to see what you think.

      But their templates are not as nice as Squarespace or Wix, but if that’s not too important for you then it’s not a huge concern. But Wix has a much larger selection of industry specific templates, and Squarespace’s templates are just a lot more visually appealing.

      They all allow you to sign up for free to test them out without any obligations to upgrade. So it’s worth investing some time into figuring out which one works the best for you.


  34. ken hobart January 27, 2015 at 12:59 PM #

    whichof these companies would have the best presence in other regions of the world (the oriental or australia)Thanks Ken Hobart

    • Jeremy Wong January 30, 2015 at 12:56 PM #

      Hi Ken,

      I think all of them are capable of helping you build websites. So in a way it doesn’t really matter where you are located as long as you select one that you enjoy working with. They all have different tools and user interface so it’s worth testing a couple of them out before deciding.

      Website builders nowadays scale their platform around the world so they have customers globally. Hope this helps!


  35. sylvester January 26, 2015 at 7:07 PM #

    hi jeremy,

    thanks for your recommendations. I have one through the list but still having difficulty to select the most affordable and stable (in terms of page loading speed and service quality) website builder.

    I am looking to build an ecommerce website. My friend recommended me Shopify but they are sooo expensive!

    • Jeremy Wong January 27, 2015 at 12:51 PM #

      Hi Sylvester,

      Shopify is probably one of the best “pure” ecommerce online store builder you can find on the market right now, that doesn’t require you to be very technical to build your website.

      Take a look at our comparison table here if you haven’t seen it yet.

      If you want something less expensive, take a look at Weebly. But in general, all of the plans across all the website builders that offer you decent ecommerce tools are priced at above $20 per month.

      But put things in perspective, if your goal is to build a successful online store, a $20 – $50 per month investment for tools to build your online store so you can actually sell is not an outrageous fee! It’s a cost of doing business :)


  36. Chris January 26, 2015 at 1:46 PM #

    im trying to find something affordable and easy to use is this product for me

    • Jeremy Wong January 26, 2015 at 3:28 PM #

      hi Chris,

      I’d suggest Weebly if you want a website builder that’s very user friendly. They might not have the most features, but they are quite easy to use!


  37. Lorena January 21, 2015 at 10:41 PM #

    Hi There,

    Very happy that I came across your website!

    I have an Etsy shop and a “paused” Shopify store. I have resumed building out the Shopify store and remembered one of my main issues with it….the home page is very underwhelming. What are some recommended solutions? Hire someone to build it out? Change templates? Use one of these landing page specific services?

    If some of the above doesn’t make sense is because I am a TOTAL beginner :))

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Jeremy Wong January 22, 2015 at 4:46 PM #

      Hey Lorena,

      I guess it depends on what you mean by underwhelming. If it’s a design issue, perhaps changing your theme will help and is probably the easiest thing to do (if you are not proficient with altering your codes to redesign your site!)

      But if you can’t find the right Shopify theme, there are experts out there for hire and Shopify has a listing of them. Shopify screens all the experts that they suggest on their site, so I’m sure they’ll do a really good job in assisting you with your needs.


  38. Mark Reed, DPM January 20, 2015 at 11:42 AM #

    Hello Jeremy:

    First of all, thank you for your dedication to this valuable information.

    I have a 25 year-old medical website that I have to modernize. It is working fine and I update it using Dreamweaver but it is still old school and not responsive. I know Dreamweaver and photoshop very well. However, I do not want to mess with CSS and HTML if I can avoid it and there is an easier alternative for a rather simple information website. I want to create a fully responsive site. Do you have any knowledge if any of the builders have Medical website templates. Considering I am not a newbie and know basic HTML and CSS, your guidance would be greatly appreciated. My old site is frame based and is ‘ May I thank you in advance for your kind reply. Mark Reed, DPM.

    • Jeremy Wong January 20, 2015 at 1:40 PM #

      Hi Mark,

      If you want a responsive website, you should take a look at Squarespace. Even though they don’t have a template specific for your industry, their templates can be adapted to suit your own design needs. They also allow you to modify CSS codes so you can customize some design to a certain extent.

      You can also look at Weebly. Some of their newer templates are responsive but they don’t have a lot of them yet (versus Squarespace – all their templates are mobile responsive). With Weebly, you have full access to both HTML and CSS. So if you’re not afraid of editing codes, you can really make a lot of design customization here too.


  39. brinfotech January 20, 2015 at 12:11 AM #

    Website Builders Comparison Chart i s good…

  40. CL Rueter January 18, 2015 at 9:46 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Great information for us beginners. I am currently doing research to get my website up and running. I have a photographer friend who likes Weebly quite a lot and recommended them but I am a writer and am planning one website with several areas to click on (i.e. cookbooks, health & wellness, favorites, etc.). I will be running a contest giveaway once in awhile too. With this little bit of information I’ve given you, do you think Weebly the best option – please keep in mind, I am a TOTAL novice at the website stuff.
    Thank you for any light you can shed on the subject!

    • Jeremy Wong January 19, 2015 at 1:22 PM #

      Hi CL,

      I think Weebly has the capability and features to help you build those. Weebly in our view is probably the easiest drag and drop website builder available in the market right now.

      That is not to say that other web builders such as Squarespace and Wix are not easy to use either. All of them don’t require you to know how to code at all, and to build content you just have to drag and drop them into your website. It’s just that Weebly has a bit less tools and options, so in a way a reduction of bells and whistles makes it easier for people to move forward.

      But if you like more options (yet keep web building simple as you don’t need to code or have any special technical abilities), then Squarespace and Wix are also excellent candidates.

      What you can do is sign up for a Weebly account, and perhaps other website builders, for free, and test them out to see which you like the best. It’s a good investment of time as you’ll be spending a lot of time building out your website!


  41. Jennie January 16, 2015 at 12:55 PM #

    Hi – I’m looking for a website builder which provides a data capture facility (e.g. capture email address and perhaps also first name and last name) so that I can offer a free giveaway e.g. free ebook/list of tips etc. in exchange for customers’ email addresses (like you have above this comments section). As far as I can tell none of the above website building services offer this or am I wrong? If they don’t then can you recommend a website builder that does offer this? Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong January 16, 2015 at 3:52 PM #

      Hi Jennie,

      Wix has a newsletter function (it’s called WixShoutOut) but at the moment, you have to import a set of email addresses you have already, or you can only get your visitors’ email addresses if they contact you through their contact form.

      So Wix ShoutOut is functional in that it helps you send out newsletters to your list of contacts, but they’re not as effective yet in helping you capture or collect email addresses (such as a pop up lightbox, or a sign up form).

      There are a few pretty good newsletter services available out there, such as Aweber or Mailchimp. They allow you to create sign up forms that can be embedded into your website, and I know that Aweber also allows you to create a pop up sign up box.

      Once you create your forms / sign up box with Aweber / Mailchimp, they give you a snippet of code and you can then insert it into your website. All of the drag and drop website builders listed above allow you to insert snippets of codes into your website.

      Hope this is helpful!


      • Jennie January 17, 2015 at 4:35 AM #

        Thanks Jeremy for your quick response and helpful information.
        Sorry I don’t think I was completely clear but I’m looking for a function/tool where I can give away a free ebook on the site i.e. visitor comes to the site, sees free ebook offer, types in name and email and then the ebook is automatically sent to them by email (or link within an email sent to them). Their name and emaIl info is then captured/collected for me so I can build a database of interested people who in the future I can send a newsletter or further offers to.
        This would work in the same way as you have on your site above where you’re giving away the “top 8 tools you need to know to build your website” – i.e. the visitor can get the info straight away in exchange for their email address.
        Do you know if any of the website builders offer this function/tool?
        Thanks again

        • Jeremy Wong January 18, 2015 at 12:12 PM #

          Hey Jennie,

          I know exactly what you’re talking about. None of the website builders provide such comprehensive tool that is fully integrated into the builder. That’s why I suggested checking some third part newsletter software such as the one I mentioned in my previous comment. Then integrating their services into your website. A lot of people do it this way, and we’ve certainly done it a number of times in our other websites before. It should work across all the website builders discussed in this post.


          • Jennie January 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM #

            That’s great – thanks again for your time and helpful advice!

  42. Lou January 15, 2015 at 9:23 AM #

    Hi, Jeremy – me again. Your comparison chart shows Weebly Pro as allowing 100 members. If only that were true. I think it’s only 20.

    • Jeremy Wong January 15, 2015 at 11:40 AM #

      Hey Lou – that’s very strange. They released a blog post in November 2014 that they bumped the number of members from 20 up to 100 for Weebly Pro plans. But I just looked at their plans again and I do see 20 members again.

      I’m wondering if they are testing different plans to see which is more receptive (well, of course 100 is better!). Have you tried asking their support team to see what’s going on? They clearly stated in their blog post that they bumped the number up to 100 members!


  43. Cesar Morillo January 15, 2015 at 7:12 AM #

    I was wondering which website builder would be the best to build a school website. I was looking at the Squarespace and WIX templates, and by far the best option seems to be WIX. I can’t even find an educational institution template on Squarespace. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong January 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM #

      Hi Cesar,

      It’s hard to say for sure which one is best, as what’s “best” can be determined by how much you like using each of the website builder you mentioned. Squarespace and Wix are both very good website builders that enable you to build websites easily.

      So perhaps the next step is to just sign up for free accounts with both of them to see which one you prefer to use. Both of their user interfaces are very different, so your experiences in using them will be different as well.

      Squarespace may not have a template that’s dedicated for education institutions, but you can still use their templates and just insert your own content that’s related to education. Good luck with that!


  44. Remy3 January 14, 2015 at 7:05 PM #

    Hello Again

    I am wondering if i bought a domain name from WIX and built a website using them, If i wanted to change the website building company later in the future, can i still use the domain name provided by WIX with GODADDY for example ?

    Thank you

    • Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 7:45 PM #

      Hi Remy3,

      Yes you can. What you’ll need to do is transfer your domain name out of Wix and to another domain name registrar (such as GoDaddy). Then when your domain name is stored with GoDaddy, connect it to the new website builder you will be using.

      Just visit Wix’s support center, and search for “transfer domain” and you’ll find an article that talks about how to transfer your domain name out of Wix (if you ever decide to not use Wix any more).


      • Remy3 January 15, 2015 at 4:21 PM #

        Thank you

  45. RA Heddinger January 14, 2015 at 12:58 PM #

    Thank you for your informative website on this topic, as a beginner, I am frankly scared of getting lost and not getting my website done effectively and up and running for our business. We had a website for exposure for about 20 years, then the times changed, with all the online sites, mortar and brick companies who did this have been pushed out of business. That is what happened to us, I never learnt the process, and now in matter of days I must learn and get our site up. Also, the company we used took care of the due dates and we just pay them with a cheque for network solutions, hosting, web changes were all taken care of.

    I did not expect the business world to change as it did and I did not pay attention; our website went up for sale, the cost of retrieval was about $600.00 and we did not think it was defiantly not worth it.

    We are a brick and mortar store, e-commerce could enhance our business, but mainly we are experts in ski service and repair (now includes snowboards) and only a cartoon wizard could bring the equipment in and when done sent it back to the customer (Ha! have to have some sense of humour). Squaresense (I hope I got the name right) I will try first, then Wix next. The Shopby (I think I got the name right; I am trying to remember everything from one reading) has the empty cart feature, but with the ski service for our store, I believe that Squaresense will be on top of progress and I will then have the same web company. I want to learn the web company well enough to give our customers the best service and not be a ‘jack rabbit’.

    There is one point that is totally missed, that is how to pay, hearsay has told me ‘do not use your own personal credit card’ and I have never had paypal and would have to have something else to learn. So at our convenient store I purchased a pre-paid credit card to set up our website. Please add this help to your site for others. Thank you again for your site. Now I have to get to work and see if I succeed in getting our site up.

    I have to be honest, I hate this computer job and would rather be doing something else, The computer for me is ‘pain in the….’ and is too time consuming. I still wish there was a simpler way for us beginners!

    • Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 7:53 PM #

      Hi RA,

      Thanks for sharing your story. The business world is indeed changing really fast and with so many new technology coming online every single day, I also feel overwhelmed and falling behind a lot of the times.

      Regarding your question, it’s safe to use your own credit card online (a lot of people are shopping online nowadays) but just make sure that when you insert your private information (your name, credit card details, address, etc) on the webpage, that the page is properly protected. You can usually tell by looking at the website address, and if you see “https://” in front of the website address, that means the page is protected. Make sure there is an “s” in front of “http”

      Best of luck in getting your ecommerce site up and running!


  46. Belinda Corani January 14, 2015 at 2:49 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    My question is on podcasts and links to a podcast that you produce and host elsewhere (via Libsyn etc).

    Wix only offer a link via Soundcloud and a button use for iTunes.
    Squarespace allows all the links (RSS etc) but has the 2 week time frame before it deletes your photos and postings (I have discovered this morning!). So as this is going to take time, I’d rather not use it now.

    Does Weebly or Jimdo allow all the links to podcasts?

    (I wish I could get the hang of WordPress but I find it too complicated!)
    Thanks so much for these excellent reviews!

    • Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 7:41 PM #

      Hi Belinda,

      Thanks for your question. I’m not too familiar with creating websites for podcasts, as we don’t have a podcast! But can you not just create an image / button and just directly link it to Libsyn, or the page that hosts all your podcast downloads?


  47. Patrick January 13, 2015 at 3:11 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,
    I need to build a website/blog. I have been posting a daily post/blog/devotional on FB and texting. Well, its grown to hundreds and just too much for these platforms, so I need a website so the people can “find me” rather than or in addition me reaching out to them. Just a place where I can post, then people can comment, like, share, etc… Each post (in text) has a corresponding picture/graphic. Thats the main part, the daily messages. Then I need a section for videos to be posted/shared/watched. The ability for people to join as members. And of course, to make donations if they choose to. Another section for our once-a-week “special interest” post. So basically, there are five topics and the one special interest post each week. I was looking for the greatest flexibility to add/expand the site later. I didn’t want to build a whole site, then have to start over from scratch. I had found a wordpress template that I liked. From what I”ve been reading here, squarespace or weebly seems best. Open to your expert suggestions. thanks

    • Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 7:30 PM #

      Hi Patrick,

      I think Squarespace and Weebly are good spots to start experimenting. You can create blog pages so it’s easier for your visitors to share your posts. You can even insert videos into each blog post if you want to.

      You don’t have to build out your entire website before deciding on which website builder to use. Just sign up for a free account with each of the builder, and just play around with it to test them out a bit. Add a blog page and insert a test blog post, and see if the formatting / layout / functionality works for you.

      That will be a good starting point to give you a sense of which web builder you enjoy more.


  48. Ron January 13, 2015 at 11:09 AM #

    My web designer decided to quit the business and I have to take over the websites for our 3 restaurants. I would like to create something nicer than what we had. Which web builder has stronger restaurant tools? Did you do a review on yet?

    Thank you,

    • Jeremy Wong January 13, 2015 at 11:15 PM #

      Hi Ron,

      We haven’t used Web before, but if you want a really professional looking website design for restaurants, check out Squarespace or even Wix. Squarespace has some really good looking restaurant oriented templates, along with some pretty good tools to help you construct an online menu to display for your customers.

      We also referenced a Squarespace video on this page here which shows you how to build an example restaurant website.

      Hope this helps!


  49. Matt January 12, 2015 at 5:37 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I have one website, 2,000 plus pages, that was built by trellix sitebuilder ten years ago, but the trellix (now web trellix) has gone the way of the dino and it did not have the ability to keep up with technology– so it just plain left me as a bagholder and no place to migrate. So my question is, I am currently looking at building new sites with Blue Host by using Weebly, but would like to know if Weebly is able to able to adapt its site builder to new technology that continually rolls out. I know that wordpress releases plugins and is future friendly, but I am limited to drag and drop.

    I want to add that my old site is at the mercy of Lycos, who had third party rights to trellix, and they hope to migrate our old sites onto their new site builder in the coming months, perhaps April 2015, but since their customer service has no answers about what to expect, I just gotta move on, but hopefully not to go through the nightmare again with a site builder that isn’t future friendly. Thanks! Matt

    • Jeremy Wong January 13, 2015 at 11:35 PM #

      Hi Matt,

      I think the top ranking website builders (such as Squarespace, Wix and Weebly) are all quite forward looking and are always improving and growing their platforms.

      However, the limitation is that they are all “closed” systems so that it’s not as easy for you to start adding different software / add-on’s to them. It’s best if you use each of these web builders using their existing tools.

      If you want to start adding tools that are not offered by these website builders, it’s possible to a certain extent, but just keep in mind that they’re not as flexible as custom built websites where you can do as you please. There are boundaries when you use drag and drop website builders.

      Also one thing to note is that there isn’t an easy way for you to take your existing site and import its content into drag and drop builders, as each platform is built / coded differently so cross platform migration isn’t easy (or possible at all in most cases). You might have to re-build your entire content using the new website builder that you pick.


      • Matt January 14, 2015 at 12:28 AM #

        Hi Jeremy, thanks for your detailed reply.

        I am leaning toward Blue Host, using Weebly, and I like your reviews and comparisons, too, and I definitely need a drag and drop. As for my old site, the company that offered the soon to be defunct Trellix is going to migrate all paid customers to their soon completed site builder, so while my site was/is a pretty good revenue stream, I will just have to hope that they migrate with minimum problems.

        My follow-up question. I am wanting to build 50 plus websites, not subdomains, with a separate domain name for each site (currently parked), under one subscription, and with unlimited bandwidth / diskspace. The sites that I hope to build will be simple, informational in nature, and not ecommerce and do not need SSL. I will use only adsense as my sole income stream on each of the 50 sites, but I really seek a company with good tech. support, and by phone if necessary. I definitely want drag and drop since it suits my experience and comfort level, so, with apologies for delaying my question, do you think that Blue Host, using Weebly builder, is a good host and site builder option to use? If so, do you have a Blue Host link that I may click to give you credit? Thanks!


        • Jeremy Wong January 14, 2015 at 7:37 PM #

          Hey Matt,

          I think if you want a lot of hands on support (especially phone support), then Bluehost is a good way to go as they do offer a bit more support.

          50 websites is quite a lot to manage so best of luck to you. But I think Weebly on Bluehost will allow you to do that, and you can place Adsense on websites built with Weebly.

          We do have another discussion article here about using Weebly itself versus the version of Weebly with Bluehost (click here). It’s an older post but the ideas are still very relevant.

          Hope this helps!


  50. Peter January 12, 2015 at 2:21 PM #


    I currently have a domain through Network Solutions for my business. I presently do not have a website but would like to set one up for my business. I would like to get a website going using drag and drop type website builders and then have Network Solutions host the website. I’m leaning toward using Squarespace. Are there any downsides or limitations to this approach that I should be aware of?

    I am completely new to website building.

    Thank you for your assistance.


    • Jeremy Wong January 13, 2015 at 11:26 PM #

      Hi Peter,

      The drag & drop website builders that we discuss on our website provide all the hosting services for you, so you won’t need any separate services for hosting. These website builders enable you to build websites on their platform, and they store the entire website along with its content for you. This makes it so much easier for you to manage and not have to worry too much about technical stuff.

      What you can do is connect your custom domain name to the website builder – that’s entirely possible. For instance, if you build a website using Wix, you can follow their tutorials and connect your own domain name to the website you build with Wix.

      So when someone types in your website address, they will be taken to your website, that is hosted by Wix.

      Hope this simplifies things a bit for you!


  51. Ken January 10, 2015 at 8:58 AM #


    Would like to ask any website builder that provide free plan, and allow for free customs domain name, means I can put in my own domain name instead of subdomain or any else.

    If there is no, could you kindly recommend any that allow for free custom domain name, and yet the lowest chargers per month.

    Frankly said, I just need a very simple page to show my business overlook, and so I need my own domain name but others features not really that important to me.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong January 11, 2015 at 11:27 AM #

      Hi Ken,

      Unfortunately I’m not sure any decent website builders will offer you a free domain name, or allow you to connect your own domain name to their website builder without some sort of paid subscription plan. To be honest, if I did find one, I would be cautious about its reliability and the longevity of its business, as it takes quite a bit of financial resources to develop, sustain and grow a web builder platform.


  52. Maria January 7, 2015 at 1:22 PM #

    Jeremy— You have a great site, thank you for all the information!

    I deciding which web builder to use for a refresh of my old site. I have used GoDaddy in the past, but their CSS style sheet is no longer available in their new product. My biggest concern is optimization for search visibility. I have some image content, but the focus is much more on text information audio files as I work in the music industry.

    Which builder would you recommend for ease of insertion for Header tag customization? I have looked at both Squarespace and Wix. There seems to see much dissatisfaction with Search discoverability on the Wix platform when reading user comments, but their design interface is more the direction I need for the build.

    What do you suggest? Being on the first page of a long tag search is key.

    • Jeremy Wong January 9, 2015 at 4:42 PM #

      Hi Maria,

      Regarding searchability for websites built with Wix, I’ve commented about this a few times in this article here. The most recent one was just from a few days ago.

      I (personally) think that the majority of people find it challenging to get their websites to rank high so they may naturally assume that the fault falls 100% on the web builder. But I would also think that if you gave them WordPress (known to be search friendlier), they’d probably not do too well either.

      It’s just my guess as I don’t have any empirical evidence to support that, but that’s just based on our experience in observing others and how they build their sites over the past few years.

      Getting good ranking takes a lot of time, persistence and patience. If all sites naturally rank high, then everybody will rank high – meaning the search results will be pretty meaningless!

      But if you want an editor that will give you full access to the HTML and CSS codes, Weebly gives you that!


  53. mario January 5, 2015 at 12:04 PM #

    i am working on a personal trying to build a website that can be used for online booking of airline, bus tickets and also hotel reservations..i tried using joomla but i couldnt find what i needed..what design platform would u i have no knowlege of coding..pls im looking forward to ur reply.

    • Jeremy Wong January 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM #

      Hi Mario,

      To be honest it sounds like you’ll have to build a pretty custom website to power those functions. There might be some travel booking software that you can purchase or subscribe to use their services, but if you want to create an entire booking engine from scratch, it’s going to be a very expensive project and you’ll need to hire some very strong, capable developers to help you engineer that.

      But there is one option, which is Wix for hotel reservations. They have an app called WixHotels that you can use to power your website (built with Wix). We have an article about it here.

      Other than that, I don’t think any of the website builders discussed here will be helpful for your needs. They’re great for people who want to build a business, ecommerce, portfolio, or personal website.

      Hope this helps!


  54. Martin December 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM #

    Hi there,

    I am looking to build a simple website for my construction company. I am not very technically savvy and need it to be easy to build and edit. I would like a few pages to showcase my work (portfolio of photos) and to have a comment/recommendations section. I also would like to be able to add some words/tags?? so when people are searching in my city my website will be on the top of the google listing.

    I also will need to have it hosted with an email (I think or I can use gmail).

    Which site would you recommend?


    • Jeremy Wong January 2, 2015 at 7:52 PM #

      Hi Martin,

      Thanks for your question. I think most of the website builders above will enable you to accomplish what you want. So it really comes down to which web builder you are more comfortable with using. They all have different user interfaces so the only way to find out is to test them out to see which one you prefer to use.

      In terms of design, I’d suggest either Squarespace or Wix. Both have really great looking templates to make your site look professional. But in terms of ease of use (which sounds important to you), I’d suggest testing out Weebly. This is not to say that Squarespace or Wix are not easy to use – they are. But I just find Weebly very intuitive to learn and use. They’re all very capable website builders!

      However, none of these website builders offer you built in email services. You can integrate your site with Google Business Apps to power your email, allowing you to have your own custom domain email address, and also use Google’s Gmail user interface which I personally like very much (easy to use and very stable).

      Hope this helps!


  55. Philip December 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

    Appreciate the way you put your thoughts behind every question and reply it so appropriately. From your posts I understand that weebly might be a solution for me… but thought to run it past you.

    I am a newbie, registered my domain through godaddy and now thinking of the next step. My first train of thought was to hire a professional webpage designer/hoster but the costs are astronomical. I then came across this page through my google search. My webpage idea is build on a community of residents.. say a small county of 5000 people. I want to pull all like minded professionals in the county. have a common platform for kids, housewives etc etc. Link professionals to each other. At some stage this will involve ecomm in terms of professionals or service providers selling through our website.

    Seek your advice on the best way forward. Thanks a ton mate. God Bless

    • Jeremy Wong December 25, 2014 at 7:22 PM #

      Hi Philip,

      Yes, hiring a professional developer to custom build a website for you could be a very big investment, but there are pros with that approach as well as a very capable developer can help you build a very customized site with customized functions. But there are certainly risks associated with that as well (developer not delivering on what you asked for, budget over-runs, etc).

      Having said that, it sounds like what you’re looking for, is something that helps you build a community of users, so something like a social network where people can join and participate? If so, then none of the website builders above are geared towards that. They’re great for building “normal” websites, such as a website representing businesses, online stores, portfolio, etc.

      I heard that is great tool to power social network type websites. Perhaps you can give that a try?


  56. John December 17, 2014 at 1:02 PM #

    Let me explain my situation. I am 86 years old, living in a large retirement community, and a member of a 100+ members writer’s club. Probably 25 or more of our members have published books, some of which are sold through Amazon, local book stores, etc. Our club wants a website where we can list names of our authors and a link to a page where there is an author bio. and description of the author’s book(s). We would also like to have an entry point directly to the books without going through the author’s list. Other desirable features would be Calendar of coming events, Newsletters, guest short stories and club president’s monthly editorial. We would like the first page of our website to be an attention grabber. I am thinking in terms of a slide show of pertinent pictures – with our ability to change the pictures (maybe 10) periodically. Money is a consideration, of course.

    I retired from the computer field 25 years ago. My last job was working in a large corporation as System’s Analyst after moving through all phases of the then computer field including detailed programming. I am familiar with normal office applications (WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS) but am not interested in learning new computer languages in order to support a website.

    I have read your blogs, looked at your reviews and thought about your insightful comments but still not sure what to do. WHICH SYSTEM SHOULD I START WITH? Is a drag & drop out of the question?

    • Jeremy Wong December 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM #

      Hi John,

      You can give Squarespace a try (they have a 14 day trial period) and I think you will be able to do most of the items that you want. Their templates are attention grabbing.

      Squarespace does offer you a calendar / event tool, and you can build in the authors’ names and books by using the basic text / image tools.

      For newsletter, you will have to sign up to an auto responder service separately (such as Aweber) and integrate that with your website. Aweber will provide you with a snippet of code that you can insert into your website.

      So I think you can still try to build what you have in mind using a drag and drop builder. But you might not get all the features you want, but it’s a much simpler solution than learning new codes, coding your site from scratch, or hiring a freelancer to build your site for you (which has some pros and cons).


  57. Jackie December 14, 2014 at 7:09 AM #

    I’m looking to build a website that allows e-commerce, has a calender any recommendations?

    • Jeremy Wong December 14, 2014 at 6:40 PM #

      Hi Jackie,

      Take a look at Squarespace as they have a built in calendar function and also allows for ecommerce. If you don’t mind using an “external” calendar widget that you can try to bolt on to a website, you can check out Wix and Weebly.

      I’ve seen some people use tools like Google Calendar and insert them into websites. But the challenge sometimes is that (depending on which calendar software you use), it may not work 100% perfectly with some website builders. The main reason being that the tools are not fully integrated into the website building platform. But with larger widgets such as Google Calendar, it should be fine.

      That’s one thing to keep in mind that it’s always preferable to use tools that are built by the website builder, as they ensure that everything is integrated.


  58. Gavriel December 12, 2014 at 7:02 AM #

    Big difference which isn’t included here is which of these website builders allow you to create multiple websites from the same account. For example Square Space requires you to pay for an additional account for each website, so $20 quickly becomes $60-$100 per month if you have a few websites to create. Other providers do not charge for additional websites.

    • Jeremy Wong December 12, 2014 at 6:38 PM #

      Hi Gavriel,

      Thanks for your comment, and perhaps I can help clarify this a bit further.

      Squarespace doesn’t have a “free” plan, they only offer a 14 day trial period and you can decide if you want to upgrade or not. With builders such as Wix and Weebly, they do offer free plans but you won’t get access to all their features.

      So while you can build as many websites as you wish with the free plans, one thing that’s missing is that you won’t be able to connect your own custom domain name to those sites until you upgrade to a paying plan. So if you were to use the free tools, you will have to use their subdomain names which is branded as, for example, Wix or Weebly. There will also be advertisements on your site, which is fair since the site is free.

      If you want to upgrade the sites to their paid plans, you will have to upgrade on a “per site” basis. So that basically works the same way as Squarespace’s service offerings.

      Good question / comment though!


  59. Anita December 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great article. Thanks; it helps to see in comparison view. I’ve also read some of the full length reviews which are insightful as well. I am looking to start a business that has a subscription model with a few different options. Do you recommend any of these for something like that? I do need to build the website….


    • Jeremy Wong December 10, 2014 at 11:45 PM #

      Hi Anita,

      Glad that you found our discussions helpful! Unfortunately none of the web builders above offers you the ability to power paid membership / subscription businesses.

      An option is to check out Shopify, which is a pure online store builder, and they have apps in their App Market that you can plug into your ecommerce store that’s built on Shopify to charge recurring payments.

      Obviously there are other options out there if you don’t mind using WordPress.


  60. Paul Williams December 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM #

    Hi Jeremy – I’ve found your blogs very helpful, especially the Squarespace/Wordpress and GoDaddy website builder reviews which I have just finished reading right to the end. Fantastic research you have done Jeremy saving me hours of effort. Those blogs have answered most of my questions. I have come down in favour of WP because the general opinion seems to be that it is the best blogging tool available.

    I would appreciate your comments on the following:

    – What are the benefits of multiple sites
    – I believe WP allows site development offline before going live on the host
    – Can I change themes in WP without affecting content

    Thank you – Paul

    • Jeremy Wong December 10, 2014 at 10:53 PM #

      Hey Paul,

      Yup for sure WordPress is really good for blogs especially if you don’t mind the steeper learning curve. One of the downsides of WordPress is that if you want to re-design certain parts of your template, you’d have to be pretty handy with codes, or hire someone to do that for you.

      For multiple sites, I guess there are many reasons why you should or should not do it. It’s really up to you. If you have completely unrelated topics, maybe it’s worth building separate sites to brand them separately. But if they’re related, maybe keep them together for branding reasons, and for efficiency reasons. So you don’t have to manage 3 separate sites, which can also be cheaper as well if you factoring in hosting costs.

      You can develop your site offline, but then you’ll have to be comfortable with working your file transfers and hosting related process. Some people find it very easy, some find it challenging. Again it all depends. But there are WordPress dedicated hosts out there (such as WP Engine) that allow you to create a staging account so you can do your edits there, then launch it from the staging area to replace the live site.

      Again it depends. If a theme has custom post type, and the other theme doesn’t, the content may not migrate over. Or another way of seeing it is that the new theme may not know how to show it. But that’s getting pretty technical and I’m not the best WordPress guy out there by any means!

      Best to consult a WordPress specialist if you need help! (As you can see, WordPress is great, but it gets much more complex than some drag and drop website builders).


  61. Frank Walter December 8, 2014 at 4:24 PM #

    Have you performed an evaluation of

  62. Frances December 5, 2014 at 5:28 PM #

    I’ve been assigned the task of creating a website for my non-profit organization. I’ve used Shutterfly in the past, and while it was easy and I liked the layout, I very much disliked having their “shutterfly” as part of our name. Very cumbersome.

    I do require it be EASY to use, but also want it to look professional. I’ve been researching and seem to go in circles. Do you have a suggestion?

    • Jeremy Wong December 7, 2014 at 6:48 PM #

      hi Frances,

      I’d suggest you test out Wix or Weebly in terms of user friendliness. Both are free to use and you can upgrade with their plans when you are ready, which will also allow you to use your own custom domain name so that your site is branded accordingly.


  63. msk December 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM #

    Is there any good reason why many of these types of sites do not provide H1 page title tags for users? Seems most odd, and I cannot think of a logical reason why they’re left out/unavailable. I’ve found this to me a huge drawback with Weebly; indeed, I find Weebly highly problematic on many counts, and getting worse, not better. The ONLY reason I’ve stuck with them the past couple of years is because they provide unlimited storage space, Thanks in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong December 3, 2014 at 10:54 PM #

      Hi Msk,

      I’m not sure either. But here is a “hack” that you can do to turn your H2 to H1. It does require you to tinker with codes a tiny bit, but pretty easy to do.

      What other issues are you encountering? Maybe I can point you in the right direction.


      • msk December 5, 2014 at 8:32 PM #

        Hmm, I replied at some length to this (yesterday), but I just noticed that, apparently, it seems to have disappeared?? Anyhow, thanks for the suggestion. As for my ongoing, ever-growing problems with Weebly, I could reply/query you offsite (if possible), but I don’t wish to burden your readers with my own problems, especially if they turn out to be idiosyncratic and not indicative of what others have experienced with Weebly. (Wonder what happened to my earlier reply?? I’ve lost my train of thought.) Anyway, thanks again! msk

  64. Bruce December 1, 2014 at 2:46 PM #

    I’m glad I came across this site. I’m starting from scratch with no previous experience. I have a domain registered at go daddy, now I want to build a webpage and get it hosted somewhere. I don’t have coding experience but I’ll meet to update the web page content regularly.
    What do you recommend? what will be the easiest and most convent net for future changes?

    • Jeremy Wong December 3, 2014 at 10:40 PM #

      Hey Bruce,

      All of the website builders we’ve outlined above allow you to build sites without writing any codes, as they are all drag and drop builders.

      If you want something really easy and intuitive, give Weebly a try as in my view they are the easiest one to use.

      But if you want more design options and flexibility, take a look at Squarespace or Wix, as both have really nice looking design templates and also gives you more design features to tinker with, without touching any codes.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!


  65. eve November 30, 2014 at 8:26 AM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    How important is it to have a phone number? I want to start a lip gloss business. What would be the better option for me?I did a lot of research but still cannot make up my mind.

    • Jeremy Wong November 30, 2014 at 9:02 PM #

      Hi Eve,

      I think it’s really a personal preference. Having a phone number gives your visitors / prospective customers a bit more confidence, even if they don’t call you. But if you put a phone number up, you better be prepared to answer calls at the weirdest and sometimes inconvenient hours!

      One thing to consider is that if you do insert your number, people expect you to pick up, or get back to them quickly. This expectations can hurt your branding if it’s not carefully managed.

      So there are pros and cons. All depends on whether you mind or don’t mind answer calls at all times.


  66. Béatrice November 28, 2014 at 5:24 AM #

    Hi Jeremy, thank you for your nice comparative page with lots of great info. I was wondering if besides wix, weebly, godaddy etc. there is anything you know, or the users know about yahoo site building & hosting

    thank you for feed back

    • Jeremy Wong November 29, 2014 at 2:32 AM #

      Hi Beatrice,

      I haven’t used Yahoo’s site builder before, but I heard that it wasn’t the greatest from a few people (but their experiences were from years ago).


  67. christy November 21, 2014 at 8:48 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I am looking to create a website for my handmade soap business. I don’t need anything really fancy, just simple to use and I would like a shopping cart that paypal can be used with. I have never created a website and I don’t even know what I should really be looking for in a site to create what I need. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong November 21, 2014 at 7:01 PM #

      Hi Christy,

      I think one of the first things you might want to do is to do some basic research online to see how some business websites are built. Perhaps visiting some of your competitors’ websites and see what you like and don’t like, and what you think will work for your prospective customers.

      It’s also good to look at business websites outside of your business / industry to get a sense of how they’re designing their sites (and also get some inspiration from them). Do try to look (and learn) from businesses that have been established for a while, as that usually suggests that they know what they’re doing (more often than not, but not always the case!)

      Once you have a sense of how you want your site to look like, then it’s time to test out a few website builders. Since you mentioned PayPal, I’d suggest you start off looking at Wix or Weebly (Squarespace is great, but they only integrate with another payment processor called Stripe).

      Play around with the website builders (Wix and Weebly offer free usage with options to upgrade, so at least you can test them out for free), an see which one suits you better. Both can do the job very well, so it’s personal preference after that (of course, also to factor in what features they offer you, as outlined in the chart above!)

      Hope this points you in the right direction!


  68. Bjorn November 13, 2014 at 1:34 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I am thinking of creating a website that will be a type of online resume complete with experience, testimonials, referrals, etc. It would need to be simple but professional looking. I will either need help building it or would need something very user friendly. I am an account manager so I will use this as a tool to acquire new accounts by having them be able to research my history. What do you think would be the best site to create what I need? Thanks in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong November 13, 2014 at 9:37 PM #

      Hi Bjorn,

      I think something like Wix will be very easy to use. They have some templates that are catered to online resumes. Just visit their template page and click on “Personal” on the left hand side and you should see them!


  69. Amy November 13, 2014 at 8:26 AM #

    Thank you so much for the great information! I have never created a website and am looking to create one for my corporate yoga business that would include a blog and a small online store (with the option to grow the store in the future). I love to design so SquareSpace sounds good, but I don’t know ANYTHING about code or making a website, so I need something very easy and user friendly (maybe Wix or Weebly?). Which site would you recommend? Thank you so much for your helpful information!

    • Jeremy Wong November 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM #

      Hi Amy,

      You don’t need to know code to build sites with Squarespace (or Wix or Weebly). So I think you should be fine using Squarespace as they also do offer ecommerce features.

      Best way to find out if they’re suitable for you is to sign up for a free trial and test it for yourself!


    • Hannah November 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM #

      Hi Amy,

      While website builders are good for certain things, they are pretty terrible for others. It’s a kind of ‘you get what you pay for’ world. Having a proper website that is built on solid platforms and developed on with proper code will help you enormously with getting more traffic and inevitably more custom. I specialise in building unique websites for yoga and wellness companies across the board. Please feel free to email me if you want to know more about why website builders will hinder your reputation in the corporate world. (It has alot to do with ownership of the site – hence they are extremely low cost). My email: hannah[at]


      • ML0 January 14, 2015 at 8:15 AM #


        Are yoga and wellness websites the only type you specialize in? The last site I helped design was my work construction business…I designed the entire website layout & pages, but had a genuine Mensa®™ genius Retiree (Programmer with patents & copyrights owned my him) from a Fortune 500 company do all the coding. I gave him my designs and he made it work :). We worked very well together!

        I may need similar help with building a new business website of my own. Would you be able to help in this particular situation, other than yoga/wellness?


        • Hannah February 20, 2015 at 10:37 PM #

          Hi ML0,

          Thanks for the reply and sorry for the delay! I had turned off the notifications from this post as they were flooding my inbox.

          As a general rule, yes I specialise in that niche but, of course, my team and I have exceptions. If you still need help I’d be happy to oblige, otherwise feel free shoot me an email if you ever need assistance with a web project again. My email once more: hannah[at]



  70. Bert November 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM #


    Are there any website builders that will let you download the site after you’ve created it? I want to put it on my Godaddy hosting.

    • Jeremy Wong November 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM #

      Hi Bert,

      See Footnote 10 above. With Weebly and IM Creator, you can download your website codes as a zip file!


  71. Stan November 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM #

    Great site here! Just finished contacting SS & Webflow about adding iContact form, and only SS allows it.

    So Webflow just lost a sale.

    Are there any other builders that allow an email marketing form? (opt-in newsletter)


    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 7:18 PM #

      Hi Stan,

      You can actually manually add in an sign up form. All the website builder we’ve discussed have tools for you to embed custom codes. You can retrieve the codes for sign up form for newsletter services from your newsletter service provider, then embed it into the website.

      The only exception is with Wix and Jimdo, where they do provide you built-in newsletter services!


      • Stan December 11, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Sorry for late reply. Thanks for your help! I found that out, finally.

        Keep up the great work!


  72. Garth November 5, 2014 at 12:03 PM #

    I would like to create a website that provide the opportunity for me to have a blog site as well as a venue to publish some material. I am looking to connect to a mass of people with this site. I also would like to be able to have all rights to my site as well as all of my work/published material. Thank you for your assistance.

    • Jeremy Wong November 5, 2014 at 7:56 PM #

      Hi Garth,

      You should have all rights to your own published material for all the website builders. But the best way to be sure is to read their Terms of Services.

      Regarding publishing a blog and other content, all of the website builders we’ve discussed in the chart above will be able to help you accomplish that!


  73. Gary Wederspahn November 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM #

    Jeremy, I want to help Miguel Andrango, an 80 yr. old native Ecuadorean weaver, build a website to display photos & a YouTube video of him at his loom. He is the last weaver using the ancient back strap loom, carding /spinning methods& all natural dyes. He wants to preserve these traditional crafts.The goal is to encourage international travelers to visit his workshop at his mountainside village for free demonstrations and to enable people to make donations toward a small museum he wants to establish at his home.. Does the free version of Weebly have the features we’d need? The website should be simple, trouble free.and free or very low cost. Many thanks for your advice!

    • Jeremy Wong November 17, 2014 at 8:02 PM #

      Hi Gary,

      If you are just looking to insert images and videos into a website, then Weebly will definitely work well for you. Weebly is probably the easiest drag and drop website builder we’ve used, and we like it a lot!

      But generally speaking, all the website builders we’ve mentioned in our chart above will allow you to insert images and videos. But if you’re looking for ease of use and free, Weebly is a good candidate to consider for sure!


  74. Verne October 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM #


    I want to start my thanking you for such a wonderful site – I’ve found it very informative. Recently I asked about using any of these programs to start a couponing business but I hadn’t received a response. Should I make my post in the E-Commerce area of your website?

    What I am looking to do is create a site where people can upload their coupons and special offers. Does any of these do that?


    • Jeremy Wong October 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM #

      Hi Verne,

      Unfortunately none of these websites will allow visitors to upload their coupons / offers. It sounds like you are looking for a fairly customized solution that the drag and drop website builders probably won’t be able to offer you.

      – Jeremy

  75. george sals October 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM #

    I appreciate your great website!


    I intend to build an ecommerce site for 200 items.

    1) I have heard that SquareSpace does not allow for Paypal integration. Does this mean that we cannot offer Paypal as a payment option? If so, isn’t this a very delicate issue that should be considered before deciding for Squarespace?
    2) Is Shopify much more difficult than SquareSpace?
    3) I tried Weebly, but find it a deal breaker that you cannot edit the size of the main image on the Product page. This should be mentioned, im my opinion, as a serious drawback.
    4) What about PCI compliance in all the above web builders?


    • Jeremy Wong October 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

      Hey George,

      If you intend to have 200 product items, I’d suggest you check out either Shopify or Bigcommerce (see our comparison chart here, and also how Shopify compares to Bigcommerce).

      They are just built to handle more product items and has a lot more advanced features to help you manage your store.

      Yes – Squarespace does not fully integrate with PayPal so it’s definitely a drawback from their ecommerce features perspective.

      I wouldn’t say Shopify is much more challenging to use than Squarespace, but they are both very different in terms of set up. Best way to see if you like Shopify’s user interface is to sign up for a trial account to quickly test it out. It’s worth spending an hour or so playing with their builder as this is obviously a big decision for you!

      Shopify is PCI compliant.


  76. Rob October 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM #

    Did you look into which sites allow you to add HTML or 3rd party JavaScript for web traffic analytics? We just completed our Wix site and were told that we could add JavaScript from our marketing company and it is now not showing our page hits, click throughs, times, nothing. This has been very frustrating and need to see if any of the other companies support this type of functionality.

    Thanks for any feedback!

    • Jeremy Wong October 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

      Hi Rob,

      We haven’t tested that before as we never used any 3rd party traffic analytics. The majority of people will just use Google Analytics so these website builders do cater to Google. I think you might have to ask them directly to see what you have in mind will work! Sorry I can’t be more helpful.


      • Rob October 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM #

        Jeremy, thank you for your reply. This is a frustration that I recently encountered and didn’t know if your research came across this piece of information. Your article, overall, was very helpful and gave a good overview of the systems. I know what I had asked was stretching the scope of the article a bit.

        Thanks again.

  77. Jen October 20, 2014 at 7:56 AM #

    What about wordpress? Where does that fit in? I personally have always used weebly, but i’m looking for more layouts (or i guess i’ll be learning html here soon). WordPress SEEMS to have more ability to change things individually, although i’m just looking into it now. Any tips?

    • Jeremy Wong October 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM #

      Hi Jen,

      Our comparison chart mainly focuses on drag & drop website builders, and so platforms such as WordPress, while very flexible, is not compared here. The website builders that we focus on do not require you to know any code at all to make most changes, though having a little bit of knowledge is very helpful.

      With WordPress, it has a much higher learning curve, and if you want to move content around most of the time you will have to touch code. So while I’d agree that WordPress is very flexible, it’s a separate “animal”!

      We do have a number of discussions around WordPress and how it compares to some of the drag and drop builders.

      Hope you’ll find them helpful!

      – Jeremy

  78. Phil October 15, 2014 at 5:37 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I want to start a website for my general contracting business. I am a smaller builder but very diverse in the types of projects that I do. I want a website that customers can access to see everything my company offers with descriptions and photos. Do any of the builders listed fit better for this than another?


    • Jeremy Wong October 15, 2014 at 3:11 PM #

      Hi Phil,

      I think in general, most of the website builders discussed here will be able to do what you want (set up pages highlighting different types of projects, inserting descriptions and photos).

      But even though they can all get the job done, you may like some of them more than others, due to various factors such as user interface, ease of use, template designs available, etc.

      So perhaps the best thing to do is to sign up for a trial / free account with some of them and invest some time to “play around” with them to see which one you like the best!

      – Jeremy

  79. Spyridoula Andriopoulou October 13, 2014 at 7:12 AM #


    Very helpful stuff!!! What’s your opinion on wazala compared to the others? Are they all suitable for selling music, as well as physical products?

    • Jeremy Wong October 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM #

      Hi Spyridoula,

      Wazala is an independent external ecommerce widget that you insert into a website. So even though it may come with more ecommerce functions, these widget may not be fully integrated into each website builder. It might work in some cases if you are just selling some simpler products, but if you need full integration then it might not be the best solution.

      Squarespace and Weebly both have tools to help you sell both physical and digital products. So you can consider them when you make your decision on which website builder to use!

      – Jeremy

  80. Neji Ryuu October 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM #

    I’m trying to create a website where i can just post my stories on there just for people to read. Does any of them limit the number of pages/tabs you can have on there because I tried using and it limited me to only 5 pages and I couldn’t make it work.

    • Jeremy Wong October 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM #

      Hi Neji,

      Page limitations are usually due to using the free versions of the website builders. So in the website builders listed above, for those that have free plans (such as Wix, Weebly, Jimdo, IM Creator), they don’t have any limitations on pages you can create (at the moment anyway).

      – Jeremy

  81. Taunia October 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM #

    Thank you SO VERY MUCH for your website! Being new to this technology you helped simplify and break it into steps so I didn’t feel overwhelmed. I found your replies to questions to be respectful and understandable for us ‘newbies’. You’re a wonderful teacher and researcher.

    • Jeremy Wong October 10, 2014 at 2:33 PM #

      You’re very welcome Taunia!

      There is a ton of helpful information here, thanks to all the excellent questions from our readers!

      – Jeremy

  82. John October 9, 2014 at 7:00 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    Thank you for the great info! Which would you recommend if I need one I can build a content page that’s secure? Such as a credit application for a loan? I went to to build the form. Can I bring code over to these sites or do these sites give you the ability to create a secure form on their site? I like the look of squarespace but what about the security? I read through all the info on several of the above sites but there was no mention of any such thing and you seem to be a wealth of knowledge on this and it would save me a great deal of time. Thanks in advance, much appreciated!


    • Jeremy Wong October 10, 2014 at 2:21 PM #

      Hi John,

      Unfortunately with drag and drop builders (basically hosted website builder solutions where they do all the hosting for you, so you don’t have to configure your own hosting), you won’t be able to add SSL certificates (which secures your webpages) to the entire website.

      They do offer that on shopping cart pages to secure those pages when shoppers insert confidential information such as credit card and addresses. But for other pages, those won’t be secure.

      [UPDATE: Weebly actually offers you the ability to switch on SSL for your entire website, if you are using their Business Plan]

      But if you use more flexible and advanced platforms such as WordPress, you can definitely add those in but it’s a bit more advanced for most people.

      – Jeremy

  83. Hi Jeremy October 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM #

    Great site with loads of info. I am thinking of using Wix to build a website for my B&B. I choose wix as they have a booking engine that you can add. have you ever used this? also on the wix site it says that the websites are free but you have prices listed for them. are thye just free for a limited time

    • Jeremy Wong October 8, 2014 at 3:47 PM #

      We haven’t used the booking engine before, so you might want to give it a test run to see how it works out for you!

      For Wix, it’s absolutely free to use but you won’t get some of the more advanced features until you subscribe to a higher plan. But if you want to test it out for free, you can do that and there is not time limit to this.

      – Jeremy

  84. Joanna October 7, 2014 at 3:59 AM #

    Hey Jeremy!

    First – your site is amazing, very comprehensive so thanks : )

    Second, as a “risk lover”, I decided to check out the builder that was ranked the lowest on your chart… IM Creator.
    I have to admit I was surprised – templates were clean and crisp, the builder was super easy to use (I see you gave it 4 stars) and overall, it’s a great tool. I think you may have been a bit harsh on it ; )

    So thanks again – I love working on my new website.


    • Jeremy Wong October 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

      Hi Joanna,

      Glad you had a great experience with IM Creator thus far! The reduced score is mainly due to its blogging, SEO and ecommerce features which are not as advanced as other website builders.

      But as you mentioned, for other aspects such as ease of use and design, we do like those as well!

      I think in general, and we also mentioned this in Footnote 1 above, that the scores doesn’t necessarily capture all our thoughts, and that there are a lot of subjective factors to consider that are also included in our chart above!

      Thanks for contributing to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

  85. Sarah October 5, 2014 at 1:00 PM #

    I’m the webmaster for a non-profit ceramics guild. I am looking to change over to a drag and drop system for my guild. We want to get more modern and user friendly. I want the different chairpersons to start updating the website relating to their committees. I want my guild president able to post to the blog and have it feed to the website. Which site would be easy for the average person to use. I want stop shopping, transfer our domain name and plenty of extras.

    • Jeremy Wong October 6, 2014 at 2:16 PM #

      Hi Sarah,

      If you check out Squarespace or Weebly, you can set up multiple editors for a single website so that different people can have their own access to the same website!

      Between Squarespace and Weebly, Squarespace has much more attractive and mobile friendly designs, and I think they have a bit more advanced tools. But Weebly definitely is much easier to use.

      Hopefully this helps point you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  86. Emma September 29, 2014 at 10:24 PM #


    I am looking to create a website similar to a dating website. So you submit detail and are sent back matches.

    I don’t know where to start. I like Squarespace but unsure if it will do what I need to do.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you so much.


    • Jeremy Wong September 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM #

      Hi Emma,

      Such a site is very intricate and often requires a pretty advanced team of coders to create. Most large dating sites in the market nowadays took years to build and probably millions of dollars in funding as well.

      Having said that, it’s not impossible if you are a very strong coder, but something like Squarepace, which is great for building good looking, “normal” websites, probably isn’t the most suitable for your needs.

      In your case, if you’re not a strong coder, I’d suggest you start by checking out Elance or oDesk to see if you can find a capable coder, and work out how best to approach your project.

      – Jeremy

  87. Kate September 29, 2014 at 6:10 AM #

    Hi Jeremy
    I found your article invaluable- especially as I have little knowledge about the technicalities of developing a website. The information provided has definitely helped me to make a decision.

    I have a ‘beginners’ question. Do they all help to drive traffic to the websites?
    Many thanks for all the information. Its great.

    • Jeremy Wong September 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM #

      Hi Kate,

      Glad you found our discussions helpful!

      The website builders doesn’t help drive traffic to your website directly. So it’s really up to you to promote your site, using social media, paid advertisements, word of mouth / referrals.

      Also you can create really interesting / helpful discussion articles on your site so that this can help your visitors become more engaged with your site and return to visit your site again, generate more “buzz”, share on social media, etc. All this can also potentially help your site get better rankings in search engine.

      But of course, these are just very basic suggestions of what you can do. There are a lot of helpful discussions about traffic generation on the web if you look for them.

      – Jeremy

  88. Jim Palmer September 24, 2014 at 1:03 PM #

    Is there a builder that is better for a non-profit site??

    • Jeremy Wong September 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM #

      Hi Jim,

      If a significant portion of your site is going to be images, text, videos, galleries, contact information, then I think all of the website builders we’ve discussed will work just fine for non-profits.

      – Jeremy

  89. Marc September 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM #

    Hi Jeremy

    Thanks-a-ton for those brilliant reviews of yours on Online Web Site builders! It’s a tedious task to keep such comparisons accurate and complete.

    IMHO it will be a key differentiator for such services if they manage to create a platform (instead of just a service) with open application interfaces for 3rd party application and services providers and therefore a valid application market.

    So you may consider to add this feature to your comparison list (e.g. Open API, number of 3rd party services & apps offered through app store, quality of apps respectively name recognition of services/app providers).

    Thanks for all the great work and regards

    • Jeremy Wong September 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM #

      Hey Marc,

      I totally agree with you. The website builders we discuss on this site are mostly closed-in drag and drop builders, so they have full control over their own services and product offerings. Opening them up will indeed make their services more powerful, such as the likes of WordPress.

      The only exception is Wix, which does have their own App Market which we discuss here. This allows developers to offer interesting tools to expand the functionality of Wix websites, offering a much more advanced experience to users (should they want more advanced tools).

      You bring up an excellent point and thanks for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

  90. Vinicio September 21, 2014 at 6:40 PM #

    Hi Jeremy!! You have a lot of very helpful articles!!! I have a question: I have a business and I want to make a very simple and beautiful website, but with a special functionality, I want a builder with a ¨login` section, where you can create a user and you can find special content, support, downloads, and some content for our special customers!! What builder I have to choose?

    • Jeremy Wong September 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM #

      Hey Vinicio,

      It sounds like you’re looking for some sort of membership function? If so you can check out Wix. Wix has an App Market that offers you a free membership app that you can add to your Wix website.

      Here is our discussion on Wix’s App Market and just search “member” when you get to their App Store. With their free member login app, you can create protected webpages that only registered members can access.

      I know that Weebly has been experimenting with building their own membership function. They launched a test / beta version of it a couple of months ago, but I’m not sure when / if they’re going to launch the finalized product.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  91. Kevin September 16, 2014 at 2:04 PM #


    Already built a site with WordPress: want to move to one of these to rebuild one of my two websites with their builder.

    Do any of them support such migrations (written with a CMS such as Dropple, Joomla, or WordPress)?

    Might be a good item to note on your chart.

    Thanks for your excellent site!

    • Jeremy Wong September 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM #

      Hi Kevin,

      Currently none of the website builders above can import sites from WordPress, Joomla or any other CMS. I suspect that most sites from these CMS’ are fairly customized and as such, there is no way to import those codes and have them work in a drag and drop web builder environment without extensive modification of the codes.

      But with Squarespace, you can export content into a WordPress site, but not the other way around.

      – Jeremy

  92. Joseph September 12, 2014 at 5:25 PM #

    Thank you, Jeremy, for saving me a lot of time with your excellent reviews, ratings, and side-by-side comparisons. I think I can now make a more informed decision to suit my needs. Thanks again.

    • Jeremy Wong September 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM #

      Hey Joseph – glad you found our discussions helpful!

      – Jeremy

  93. Aaron September 12, 2014 at 9:51 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Trying to get an online tshirt store going. Was referred to Volusion. Have you heard of them? Any pros/cons?
    If not, what company would you recommend? I just want a reliable site, that securely takes payments, that I
    can easily direct people/traffic to.

    Thanks so much!

    • Jeremy Wong September 13, 2014 at 9:39 AM #

      Hey Aaron,

      We haven’t used Volusion before, but I know they’re an established ecommerce builder.

      You can also check out our ecommerce builder comparison chart, which we’ve outlined some other ecommerce builders that we’ve used / tested. There are a lot of discussion about those online store builders on our site as well!

      – Jeremy

  94. Adam September 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM #


    Rookie question: Can I use these diy website builders if I’ve already acquired my web address through go daddy and am also parked with go daddy? I’d rather not use go daddy’s builder.

    Many thanks in advance,


    • Jeremy Wong September 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM #

      Hey Adam,

      Yes for sure. All of these website builders, if you visit their support page, there will be detailed description on how to connect your domain name purchased through GoDaddy to a website!

      – Jeremy

  95. C. Dean September 12, 2014 at 3:34 AM #

    Dear Jeremy,

    I wish to build an ecommerce site, have been looking at Wix then found your site and became interested in Squarespace.
    However I notice that Squarespace ecommerce is not available for Australia. Is this so?

    I am a total beginner so would like something simple to work with. Any suggestions?

    • Jeremy Wong September 13, 2014 at 9:47 AM #

      Hi there,

      Squarespace is a really good website builder, and so is Wix! It really depends on which one suits your needs better.

      Squarespace is fully integrated with Stripe, which is a popular financial transaction processor that is fully integrated with Squarespace’s ecommerce tools. Stripe is currently available in Australia as you can see on this chart here.

      We also have a comprehensive ecommerce builder comparison chart here that you might find helpful. Shopify and Bigcommerce are much more advanced online store builders. So the easier ones to use include Squarespace (our discussion here) or Weebly (our discussion here).

      – Jeremy

  96. Paula September 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,
    Help! I am completely overwhelmed : ) I am a small non-prof start up and need website good for graphics, need e-commerce (one donation only) and need email.

    I’ve read through all of your reviews (so helpful, thank you!) but the only one I could find that fits my needs is Jimdo. But I am concerned about their support for a beginner (and I waited on live chat for a long time and their message center said they would get back to me in 1-3 business days).

    So! Can you give any other recommendations outside of the ones listed here? I’m really not that picky : ) and I’ve been looking through DOZENS of sites.
    Would be SO grateful!!

    • Jeremy Wong September 11, 2014 at 10:24 AM #

      Hi Paula,

      Some of the better website builders, such as Squarespace, Wix and Weebly all don’t provide integrated email address.

      However, that is not to say that you can’t use a generic email address such as Gmail or Hotmail / Outlook to run your non-profit. Some people might not think using a generic email is the most professional, but that depends on whether you are okay with it (some folks are just focused on creating, and not overly concerned about how their email looks) – personal preference I suppose.

      But you can sign up for Google Business Apps email which will allow you to create your own custom domain email address. They do charge about $4 per month, which isn’t significant if you really want to have your own custom domain email address.

      The process is that you just have to verify that you are the owner of the domain name (to be used as part of your email address), and that’s it! You can then have your own email address, and the Gmail interface.

      Plus, you can then use it with any of the website builders we’ve highlighted above!

      – Jeremy

      • Paula September 13, 2014 at 4:49 PM #

        thanks! appreciate your help!

  97. Michael September 5, 2014 at 11:36 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

    This is exactly what I was looking for. You’re answering so many questions which I can imagine is a pain, but totally appreciated by all of us. My wife and I are looking around and wonder if you could recommend a site for a custom cakery (picures, blog capability ect.) but mostly we’d like to setup a site that would have a questionnaire to be submitted to our email so that we can review the customers wishes and date requested before we respond.

    Thank you so much for any info you can give us on this.



    • Jeremy Wong September 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM #

      Hi Michael,

      Squarespace, Wix and Weebly will all be able to do this – enabling you to create a website to include images, a blog, just all the basic content you need to build a fairly robust website.

      They all also allow you to create contact forms in which you can insert your own custom fields so that you can request your visitors to insert specific information when submitting their information to you.

      I would recommend taking a look at our discussions about them (the links to the discussions are included in the chart above) and visiting their actual websites to get a sense of who they are. Then signing up to trial / free accounts and invest a bit of time to test which website builder you are most comfortable with.

      Hope points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  98. Jeff September 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for all the information, it helped me a lot. But I was hoping to get your view on which site is best for me. I’m going to be opening my own residential painting business. I not going to be selling anything from my website. Its more just for information, showing pictures of jobs and maybe a contact box where they can send me a question or information about a possible job quote.

    Thanks again


    • Jeremy Wong September 4, 2014 at 7:11 PM #

      Hi Jeff,

      If you just want to build a straight forward website with text, images, contact forms so that your visitors can get in touch with you, then all the website builders above should be able to do it.

      But I’d recommend you start off by testing / trying Squarespace, Wix and Weebly, as each of them have their own pros and cons. So give them a try and see which one best suit your needs. They’re free to sign up for and so you might want to invest a bit of time to explore them.

      If you don’t like any of them, then you can also try the other website builders as well.

      – Jeremy

  99. Ruben September 3, 2014 at 6:54 AM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    Thanks for all the information you provided so far!
    I have a question concerning speed of the websites. If you want a best performance on loading time which Website builder should you choose? I’m considering Wix, Weebly or Squarespace.

    Thanks in advance!


    • Jeremy Wong September 3, 2014 at 12:56 PM #

      Hi Ruben,

      It’s really hard to say which of them have a faster loading speed, as it fluctuates from time to time.

      The best practice is to optimize the content on your site, such as making your images in the right dimension so that it doesn’t exert so much effort for your site to load. A very common mistake amongst the website building community is to insert a raw, unedited large image into a page, and only want the image to display at a much smaller size.

      Even though visually the image is small, but when the site loads, it loads the large image size. So reducing the image dimension to what you want it to actually look on the site is a really important process to go through.

      Another tip is to shrink the file size of the image (not the image dimension, but the actual file size in terms of kilobytes). We use Kraken which is very helpful to instantly shrink the file size of images, which could potentially significantly improve your loading speed!

      – Jeremy

      PS: Love Netherlands! Connie and I visited Amsterdam last year and it’s one of our favorite cities!

      • Ruben September 5, 2014 at 2:24 AM #

        Thanks for the answer Jeremy!

        I stumbled on another interesting point. What I want to do is, build a website and create landing pages within the website (layout). So a page-url which is not visible but still clickable via a hyperlink in an email, newsletter or Adwords campaign. Its not totally clear to me if Squarspace or Jimdo provide this function. And if so is there a difference in performance/usability.

        Hope you can help me out (again)…

        Thank you so much!

        P.s. I have to agree with you I life in Amsterdam is great!

        • Jeremy Wong September 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM #

          Hey Ruben,

          I’m not sure if I fully understand what you are saying. Do you mean if any website builders can help you create a landing page where the menu bar is not displayed so that the page is cleaner?

          The page URL will always be showing on the website browser.

          – Jeremy

  100. John Parks September 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM #

    Thank you Jeremy and Connie for all of the great content.

    It really is a lot of work to figure out which website builder to go with. In the past I used WordPress, and was inundated with spam comments and the use of plug-ins and updating constantly have become quite a chore. Not to mention SEO. I have no clue to what I am doing with SEO, so my website just disappears in the search engines, which comes out to no traffic.

    I’m hoping to figure this out soon and be building a great website. You sure make it a lot easier, with your tutorials and comparisons.

    Thanks again,
    John Parks

  101. Tiger D. September 2, 2014 at 12:33 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the nice reviews. I plan to build my first website using say Weebly basic plan with an annual plan. Can I upgrade my plan within Weebly at any time? After a year and say I don’t want to continue with Weebly, can I import my website’s design and contents into another builder or to my own designer?


    • Jeremy Wong September 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM #

      Hi Tiger,

      Yes – you can upgrade / downgrade at any time within the Weebly user panel!

      If you want to take your website from Weebly and host it elsewhere, they do have an export function that we discuss in more details in our Weebly review here.

      One thing to note is that once you’ve exported the site, you will have to find a suitable hosting environment to host the site. At that point you will no longer be able to use Weebly’s drag and drop functions which makes site building easy.

      – Jeremy

  102. Tony B August 30, 2014 at 4:45 AM #

    Thanks so much for all the help you provide. I would like to build my own easy to navigate website with 2 or 3 dropdowns that would contain a name list of places to contain about 25 names each, once a name was clicked from the list, a page would load showing 3 or 4 pictures of that location that I could change when necessary. I could not find any templates from WIX or Weebly for what I believe to be a fairly simple website design. Am I asking too much? Do I need to pay someone to build this because of the dropdown menu?
    Thanks in advance for your time answering this question.

    • Jeremy Wong August 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM #

      Hi Tony,

      You should be able to do this with all the website builders listed above, and it doesn’t have anything to do with which template you pick from any of them.

      It’s the way you are to create your page structure. Just create main pages that will show up on your menu bar, then create subpages below these main pages and these will be the locations that you mentioned. So when people hover their mouse over the main menu bar, they will see the subpages show up by the menu bar and can click into them.

      You can modify all the pages with your own content as you want to.

      – Jeremy

  103. Remy August 29, 2014 at 3:58 PM #

    Hello Jeremy
    Thank you for all your efforts of trying to answer all of our questions.

    Now as for me, I know nothing about building a website, i am a TRUE NEWBIE. I don’t even know what’s a domain name or where to obtain one ! I have never built or try to build a website in my life and i never came in contact with anyone who created one for their personal use.
    Please talk to me like a three year old and in a few sentences explain to me where do i start.
    do i start by getting a domain name ( what’s that !) then pick one of those companies mentioned above and am done?
    I am trying to build a websites for my new established business of selling services to foreigners. I am just going to use it to put information about my business, and be able to receive payments and other common things that you normally see in a business website. Nothing major except for posting a few pictures here and there.
    Please help me out, your advice is much needed, I’m kind of in total darkness about this topic.
    Thank you so much.

    • Jeremy Wong August 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM #

      Hi Remy,

      A domain name is your website address. So for instance, our domain name is That’s the address where people insert into their web browser to find your website.

      So basically you have to connect your domain name to your website, so that when the address is searched, it will load up your website. You can purchase a domain name from GoDaddy (one of the biggest domain name providers), or some website builders above actually give you a free domain name if you subscribe to their annual plans.

      If you are a beginner and looking for something extremely easy to use, I’d suggest checking out Weebly or Wix. Wix has a bit more advanced features if you want to be a bit more adventurous, and Weebly is actually quite easy to use (but will a bit less tools – but good enough to build a good website).

      Each website builder will have comprehensive tutorials on how to connect a domain name to the website that you build with their platform.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  104. Lake August 26, 2014 at 3:52 PM #


    I’m a teen who would like to create a portfolio website for my photos, without having to spend a bunch of money or pay a high monthly fee. What do you recommend?

    • Jeremy Wong August 27, 2014 at 1:46 PM #

      Hi Lake,

      If you are very price sensitive, I’d suggest Weebly then as their lowest plan is $4 per month and if you purchase their annual plan, you get a discount which lowers your investment per month even lower. With their Starter Plan ($4/month), you can connect your own domain name to the Weebly site, and also have their advertisement removed so your site is only branded with your own content.

      Wix also has a $4/month plan, but that plan doesn’t allow you to remove the Wix logo from your site, even though you can connect your own domain name to the site.

      – Jeremy

  105. Nick August 24, 2014 at 7:31 AM #


    Using the various web builder ‘designer platforms’ or ‘white label products’ to build sites for clients/customers is something that I have been taking on lately, I have built some with Dreamweaver but my coding isn’t great and takes ages to complete, but with these products I can produce great sites with with great results, my questions are, how is this viewed with web designers, is this frowned upon? Am I classed as a web designer? Does anyone else run this kind of business?


    • Jeremy Wong August 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

      Hi Nick,

      This is a great question. From my perspective, if I want a website built and I want to hire someone, it’s the result that matters to me, not what tools you use (within reasons of course, unless you charged me $10,000 and used a drag and drop website to create a simple website – but that’s a whole other discussion about pricing and what you get!)

      There are a lot of designers using drag and drop website builders to help their clients build websites. The advantage includes being able to hand off the website to the client so they can manage it themselves on the go (no need to email / call the designer if you want to change the color of the font, for instance).

      Weebly has a good white label program and you can access it here. But for sure, it is no uncommon for designers to use these builders to service their clients. They are usually up front with their clients about this especially if they are not using white label options such as what Weebly offers.

      – Jeremy

  106. Marie-Eve August 18, 2014 at 6:26 AM #

    Hi, What is Responsive Themes?

    Thank you!


    • Jeremy Wong August 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

      Hi Marie-Eve,

      Basically, it is a template that automatically “responds”, or changes the layout to adapt to whatever device you are viewing the website with.

      So typically, a visitor to a website would be using a computer with a larger screen. But when he/she visits the same website using a tablet or a mobile phone (with a much smaller screen), if a website still insists that the visitor view the website the same way as he/she would with a larger computer monitor, it’s creates an inferior experience as you’re basically trying to stuff a large website viewing experience into a small mobile device screen.

      So a responsive template will “intelligently” adjust itself to “compress” or realign the content so that a person viewing the website with a mobile device will have a better experience.

      If you want to see it first hand, just visit Squarespace’s website on your computer, then start to manually shrink your web browser and you will start to see the website content shift to fit better in a smaller screen.

      Also, Squarespace is the only website builder at the moment that offers responsive templates for its users.

      – Jeremy

      • Ben August 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM #

        From my experience with WIX, you have the option of making your site responsive too. You have the option of deleting parts of the page and shrinking the text so that it is easy to use on a mobile.

        • Jeremy Wong August 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM #

          Hey Ben,

          You’re absolutely correct in that you can hide / show certain content on a mobile device through using Wix’s mobile editor – which is quite powerful in that it gives you the flexibility to optimize your site’s mobile display (for those wondering how Wix’s mobile editor works, see our discussion here).

          Although it isn’t technically “responsive”, the final outcome can be quite good with this approach, in creating a more mobile user friendly experience for your visitors.

          Thanks for adding this point to our discussion!

          – Jeremy

  107. Sindi McGuire August 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM #

    I have a lot of pictures on my website and would like to know how to compress them for upload to Weebly. I’ve never compressed anything but think I probably should. I use PC at home and Mac at work. Is there a program or is it already a part of my computer system? Thanks for your help.

    • Jeremy Wong August 16, 2014 at 10:05 PM #

      Hi Sindi,

      I’d suggest you use a couple of free online based software to really compress your images so that your website will load faster.

      Either Kraken or Yahoo SmushIt works. I personally prefer Kraken and it really does a great job in compressing your image files without sacrificing too much quality. Give them a try!

      – Jeremy

  108. Casey August 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM #

    Hi Jeremy!

    I am having problems with godaddy in regards to player mp3 audio files through my music site. Their website builder audio player is only compatible with desktop computers and not mobile. So when mobile users go to my site the audio player doesnt play….and I’d say 80% of my fans go to my website via mobile. Which website builder would you recommend would be best for me in that regards? Or is there a way to get html coding for an audio player that works for mobile that would allow me to keep my godaddy website builder…..if so where do I find the html code for my mp3 audio file I want to put on the html audio player and can I have it automatically play when someone visits my site?

    Thanks so much

    • Jeremy Wong August 17, 2014 at 11:01 AM #

      Hi Casey,

      Hmm that’s very interesting – I didn’t know that so thanks for sharing your findings!

      I think there are other good audio players available in the market that you can embed into your website. I don’t know off hand all the big names but I’m sure you can find them with a Google search. I have seen more people using Soundcloud to embed their audio files on their websites, and I would be surprised if the Soundcloud audio isn’t mobile compatible.

      I think they will give you some sort of embed code and you can just use GoDaddy’s HTML embed code element to insert the audio player on your page. This approach should also work with other website builders.

      Aside from GoDaddy, you can also check out Squarespace as they have some great built-in audio tools, such as allowing you to create an audio gallery / collection (if you have multiple audio files), or you can upload one audio file at a time and play it directly on your Squarespace page.

      Wix also utilizes Soundcloud to power their audio players, so you don’t have to mess around with codes to insert your audio player into a Wix website.

      Weebly has their own Audio Player built in, so you an just upload your audio file into a Weebly website.

      – Jeremy

  109. Angela August 15, 2014 at 12:38 PM #

    So glad I found you guys!! This site is awesome =) thank you for all of the helpful info.

  110. Peter August 14, 2014 at 5:42 AM #


    Great site. Looking to set up a simple website for a non-profit org and want to do the following:

    Create simple, attractive website
    Collect emails from visitors and be able to conform them by email
    Have email address for the site
    Add other collected emails to the site list
    Send out occasional email ‘blast’ to members to announce events
    Add pictures and videos from time to time
    Add links to other related sites
    Add links to Facebook, LinkedIn etc.
    No e-commerce anticipated
    Ability to create a .org domain and transfer it if necessary

    Would like to work with just one vendor (if possible) to handle domain setup, email management and website design, maybe simple blog too. Thinking that Weebly might accomplish all this but unsure.

    Would appreciate any recommendation. Thx

    • Jeremy Wong August 17, 2014 at 11:09 AM #

      Hi Peter,

      Amongst all the web builders we’ve covered on this page, none of them have “all” the features that you want, but you can certainly “bolt on” a few tools to get them which isn’t too challenging.

      For instance, Squarespace has most of what you want, except that they don’t have a built in email system, or newsletter system. But you can use Google Business App to create your own custom email address and connect it with your Squarespace site. Squarespace also allows you to integrate with Mailchimp which is a newsletter service provider as well.

      For Wix, they just released a newsletter feature called Shoutout which allows you to send out newsletter using their internal system so you don’t have to get any external services to supplement this. But the same as Squarespace, you do have to get your own email service.

      Weebly doesn’t have their own email services either, and doesn’t have tools to integrate with newsletter services but you can definitely sign up for your own newsletter service (such as Aweber) and insert it into your Weebly site using the Embed Code element. That works just fine.

      For the other websites (Jimdo, GoDaddy, Webs), as mentioned on the chart above, do provide email services if you upgrade.

      They all should work with .org domain names (though I never had a .org domain so I haven’t tested that before!)

      – Jeremy

  111. Jay August 8, 2014 at 6:52 AM #

    Hello Jeremy,
    First of all, what a great work is this site. It is really helpful already.

    I am considering working on a site based on certain fandoms. Most, if not all of the builders seem to be able to handle all what I desire.
    I have a question on some additional feature that might be implemented in the future.

    Originally I was intending to, as part of the site, link to portfolios which visitors would like to be featured. However another option, more complex undoubtly, is to give visitors some freedom in this. So my question:

    From your comments below, I see that it would not be possible for users to upload their own artwork. I was thinking that some smart user rights and blogging access might be a work around.
    What would your opinion be on this and, if you think that this would be total unworkable, which builder would you recommend for something that comes close?

    • Jeremy Wong August 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

      Hi Jay,

      The website builders we’ve listed above don’t have the ability for your visitors to upload and control some of your pages. I think a lot of webmasters are reluctant to do this as while it’s a great way to build up some interaction, there are a lot of spamming out there that will be very challenging to manage.

      Having said that, if you really want something that can enable this, I don’t have any software / platform in mind. Based on what I know, I can only suggest that you seek our a developer to help you develop this custom project.

      You can check out either Elance or oDesk as there are a lot of decent coders there that you can consult with, or hire.

      Good luck with that!

      – Jeremy

      • Jay August 9, 2014 at 1:06 AM #

        Hello Jeremy,

        Thank you for your reply. I feared so much, but no problem. I’ll just go with a “light” version without it and if the site has enough visits to make it worthwhile, I’ll extend from there.



    • Rachel August 11, 2014 at 8:50 AM #

      Hey Jeremy! I LOVE your website and you are a lifesaver for people like me!
      Anyways, I currently own an clothing store in Tictail, and I like it. But it doesnt have much flexible options. I cannot afford monthly payment services or anything like that. I chose Tictail because of the variety of style. What FREE website builder do you most recomment? Thanks. : )

      • Jeremy Wong August 11, 2014 at 10:10 AM #

        Hi Rachel,

        You can still use Weebly, Wix or Jimdo to power your online store but your access to their ecommerce features can be limited (for instance with Weebly and Jimdo, you can only sell up to 5 product items).

        Also, without their paid plans, you won’t be able to connect your own domain name to your site and you’ll have to use their subdomain name (such as

        But at the end of the day, you’ll still be able to sell products with the basic tools. But obviously, upgrading will give you a bit more flexibility.

        – Jeremy

  112. Pat Jackson August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM #

    Hey Jeremy, HELP! I’m so ignorant about all this! I tried to “build” a site on Homestead. I could get NO help. I couldn’t even post a comment or
    question on their so called Community page. I did get a domain name, I think. When the web site was finished and published, I could not get to it
    from any search engine or even by typing in the exact domain name in the URL address. Just got a blank page. I couldn’t even find a place to cancel the whole mess. It wouldn’t let me cancel my 1 month trial because I had gotten the domain name. I couldn’t even delete the domain name. There is no contact info. There is no phone. There is no supposed “live Chat” There is nothing except I will be billed every month for a non existent web site.

    All I want is a site to show and advertise my registered cats. There are many breeders on-line. I only need 3 or 4 pages with a place to post pictures
    of kittens for sale, and a home page to show my basic information. I have a business card that I would like to put on the site. Thank so much for any
    suggestions. I have a friend that uses GO Daddy but she seems to have a bit of trouble with them also. Pat J.

    • Jeremy Wong August 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM #

      Hey Pat,

      I’m sorry to hear about about your site with Homestead. I haven’t used them before so can’t speak to their effectiveness.

      Moving on, I think any of the top 3 website builders above will get the job done just fine. They’re very reputable and have good support. Squarespace will answer emails in an our and with Wix, you can even schedule up phone support. Weebly also has reliable support as they usually get back to its users in a day or 2.

      Squarespace has a free trial program (no credit card required) and both Wix and Weebly have free plans (but you can upgrade if you are comfortable with them).

      Good luck!

      – Jeremy

  113. Cory Yeakel August 6, 2014 at 9:43 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Awesome reviews, thanks for all of the great info. I do have a question though – not sure if this is possible on any of the above builders – I’m looking to build a site that allows users to post their own content. I read below that uploading things like pictures will require an actual developer, but can any of the above builders allow users to create their own account (just a username and password) and let them upload text posts? Similar to if you’re familiar with that.

    Let me know what you think.


    • Jeremy Wong August 7, 2014 at 11:50 AM #

      Hi Cory,

      Thanks for your question – I still don’t think any of the website builders we’ve mentioned above will allow you to do this. It sounds like you’re thinking of creating a forum, so you can try searching for some forum software that will enable you to do this.

      – Jeremy

  114. Donna July 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    This is a great resource. I’m glad I found you! First off, I am a REAL NEWBIE here! I have a marketing/PD background and am trying my best to figure out what I need to do to make money from domains I own. I do not have digital media/social media experience at the moment. I have several domain names with GoDaddy and want to build a site for one of them now. I have been researching web design companies and honestly am overwhelmed by all that is required to build a site, keep it running and make money from it! But I am determined to do so with at least one of my domains!

    Without going into a long post here, it will be an information site but I need the capability for users to post comments regarding the content/information they see and for me to reply and want users able to upload pictures or photos from any device to the site. I want to monetize the site in whatever way possible. Want to be able to link to my other domains (after I create pages for them). Also have capability to use PayPal and other services like. I am the only one working on this site so I need a web builder (and hosting company) that can make my work as easy as possible. With this limited information which ones would you suggest I try out? Which one do you think would best serve my needs. Appreciate any thoughts you can offer as to best web builder and/or hosting company.

    • Jeremy Wong July 30, 2014 at 4:00 PM #

      Hi Donna,

      The website builders above certainly allow you to create blog posts where your visitors can freely leave your comments. However, none of them have the ability for your visitors to upload their own pictures to your site. For this advanced feature to work, it sounds like you will probably have to get a good developer to help you build a fairly customized website.

      As for your other questions, you will be able to connect your custom domain names to the websites we mentioned above (most of them will need you to upgrade to their paid plans before allowing you connect your own domain name), and will work with PayPal as well.

      Hope this points you to the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  115. vinothini July 30, 2014 at 7:44 AM #

    Hi,I have an idea of building a website for medical school. I need online application forms which is compulsory ,so could you suggest me is it good to build a website with website building sites. And i want a domain with,where I cannot find this domain in any of the,.com etc are available. So is it good to buy a domain with any other company and connect with builder? I like to build a complete professional website(medical school) to attract students,and it should be user friendly . Even the information and the data’s will be more .So please suggest me an idea. whether all my needs are fulfilled with the website builder.If so suggest me the best.

    • Jeremy Wong July 30, 2014 at 3:48 PM #

      Hi Vinothini,

      I’m not sure how sophisticated you need the form to be, but all the website builders above have the ability to help you insert a custom contact form. So perhaps your applicants can submit their information through the contact form, and you can customize the number of fields / requirements you need in the contact form. It’s best to sign up for 2 or 3 website builders and test out their contact forms to see if they meet your needs.

      As for the domain name, you can try to secure the one you want through registrars such as GoDaddy. You can then connect the domain name with the website builder if you want to. All of the builders have detailed tutorials on how to connect your own domain name.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

      • Vinothini July 30, 2014 at 4:34 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,
        Thanks for your reply. That’s a nice idea. I will check with the different builders. Your message was useful. Thank you.

  116. Kathy July 28, 2014 at 7:41 AM #

    I am looking to set up a web site for our church. I have never done this before and found your site very helpful. I was wondering what hosting company do you recommend. We were looking at go daddy, since we already have our domains with them, but was wondering what you use. Is it good to go with a hosting company that provides web builder services along with it…or does it make a difference? Thanks in advance for your time.

    • Jeremy Wong July 28, 2014 at 10:32 AM #

      Hi Kathy,

      There is no significant advantage when it comes to using the same company to hold your domain name and also to host your website. The only (minor) things that I can think of is that it is probably slightly easier to connect your domain name to the website, and that you only get one invoice instead of two separate companies.

      If you are using GoDaddy to hold your domain names, you can still use other website builders that we highlighted above in the chart. All of them will have detailed guides on how to connect your domain name to the website you build. So I think the key is to focus on which website builder best suit your specific needs.

      The best way forward is to sign up for a free website / trial with at least 2 website builders, and invest a bit of time to playing around with them to see which one works best for you. At the end of the day, all of them are capable builders, but only you can figure out which one has the best tools for your needs!

      – Jeremy

  117. Bec Solo July 26, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

    Hi Jeremy – Wonderful advice especially for a newbie. I want to set up a site to sell old postcards. Each is a unique item and I’d want to list 100’s of them in different subjects. And I need a site that can handle the payments. Any suggestions? Thanks! Bec

    • Jeremy Wong July 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM #

      Hi Bec,

      Sounds like it’s a fairly straight-forward selling process, so I think the likes of Squarespace or Weebly will get the job done fairly well. Have a look at our ecommerce online store comparison chart which will highlight some of the key features for them. Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

  118. Mark Vieta July 26, 2014 at 6:43 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Your article and information is great! I am not a techy kinda guy so in your opinion what web builder would you go with in my case? We are going public with a personal safety academy that involves simple awareness to firearms use and fire safety/first aid to all hazards preparation. This for individuals and families. We have full time jobs also so we need something that will not eat a lot of time on the computer. Thank you for your help!

    • Jeremy Wong July 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM #

      Hi Mark,

      I’d say that Wix and Weebly are both really easy to use. Wix has a lot more comprehensive set of tools and allows a bit more creativity and flexibility when it comes to site design. They also have significantly more design templates for a broad range of industries.

      Weebly is more minimalistic, and intuitive to use – that’s what they’re known for.

      Both are great builders so I’d encourage you to sign up for free accounts and invest some time to exploring which one works best for you!

      – Jeremy

  119. Sharon July 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM #

    Hello and thank you for offering your thoughts and experience and for providing a forum for ideas and exchanges. I am a psychologist and want an easy-to-build, simple site that

    1) allows me to use and place my own images in varying sizes as visual interest on a number of different pages alongside more or less static written informational content about my practice and about me.
    2) I’d like at least one page that provides links to useful articles and resources.
    3) I would like the option to post articles that I write, possibly an ongoing blog.
    4) I would like to be able to provide forms for downloading and printing prior to an appointment.
    5) I would like the ability to accept payment in advance of an appointment.
    6) Ideally I would like an email address integrated with my domain and website, but from what I have read that is not as easy as it seems for a Mac. (I think that Gmail is not sufficiently encrypted and thus not HIPAA compliant for communication with patients.) (Regardless, I imagine that I can just provide a link on the website to whatever email I use.)
    7) I would like excellent accessible assistance along the way. Maybe even hand-holding.

    From what I have read so far it seems that Squarespace, Weebly or IM Creator would work for my purposes, although I am not sure about a few of the features that I mentioned.

    Thanks so much for your thoughts and for your expertise.

    • Jeremy Wong July 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Hi Sharon,

      I think the website builders that you mentioned have the tools to give you what you need. Instead of IM Creator, I would suggest you check out Wix as they have really good looking templates that are targeted to the health industry, and that IM Creator doesn’t have built in e-commerce functions to help you collect payments.

      As for email, we use Google Business Apps to run our business emails and we feel comfortable with it. I know a lot of other much larger organizations also use Google’s email app to power their email systems, but I can’t say with confidence if they are compliant with you industry standards or not. With Google Business App (email), you can use your own domain name to create your own custom email addresses, and it’s only a few dollars a month. The user interface is Gmail so it’s really easy to use.

      As for support, if you need a bit more handholding, I’d say that Squarespace and Wix are pretty accessible, as Squarespace has a 1 hour email response policy along with live chat, and Wix actually provides phone support if you make an appointment with them in advance.

      At the end of the day, the best approach is to sign up for a couple of trial accounts to see which one best suits your needs. That’s the only way to find out!

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  120. Cheyne July 23, 2014 at 7:19 AM #


    As everyone else has said, the information here is invaluable. What a great source!

    I am a new owner of a restaurant and we already have a website through WordPress. I’m not fond of our website now, so I’m trying to learn as much as I can. It appears that Squarespace is the solution for us. Would you share a few words of advice to see if I’m on the right track? Pub/Restaurant, sells clothes, etc… but we don’t have an online store (yet). Pretty standard stuff beyond that.

    Lastly, would a small business like this only merit the Professional level? Any reason to consider the premium?


    • Jeremy Wong July 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM #

      Hey Cheyne,

      Thanks for your compliments! I think Squarespace will work well for your needs, especially that Squarespace has really great looking design templates. They also have “Menu Blocks” that can help you create menus within the Squarespace site.

      You can always sign up for a free trial to see if they have what you need. If so, you can also just sign up for their Personal plan, as you can upgrade to their Professional plan at any time!

      – Jeremy

  121. Andy July 20, 2014 at 2:48 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Great site for a newbie like me. I would like to have a single page site to just collect user interest and registration at this point. Does any of the site builders you review (WIX, WEEBLY) offers user registration services (hosting the data), with maybe more sophisticated API integration for say social login/registration options?

    Thanks again.

    • Jeremy Wong July 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM #

      Hi Andy,

      I don’t think there are any tools that will host the data for you. But what you can do is set up contact forms and you can create options for your visitors to select which options they want (such as interests), then submit the form to you. But you’d have to manually collect the data on a separate spreadsheet for tracking purposes.

      – Jeremy

  122. Elaine July 15, 2014 at 8:19 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,
    I really appreciate that you are advising people based on their needs, and not trying to sell a particular website builder. Perhaps you’re the one to help us. : )

    We have a small, home based wedding decor rental & consultation business. We currently have a website with Homestead, but we’re not getting many hits off it and are considering making a change. Our main objectives are #1, to have a home page that will make our potential clients want to browse the rest of our site, and #2, to make it user friendly so our clients can easily see what our services are and what our inventory is. We’d like to have drop down lists for the various categories of decor and services, and also a search function for clients looking for a specific item. Our current web builder has neither of these options.

    Now that you know the background, I have two questions. #1 If we decide to change web builders would we be able to do it easily, keeping our domain name? #2 Is there a particular web builder you would recommend for a business such as ours?

    Thanks in advance for any guidance!


    • Jeremy Wong July 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM #

      Hi Elaine,

      1) Yes you can definitely keep your domain name. Just make sure you keep paying your annual fee to your domain name registrar. You can point / connect your domain name from your Homestead website to your new website builder. The new website builder that you choose to use will have tutorials on how to do that.

      What I’d suggest you do is build out your website first, using the free temporary subdomain name that the new website builder gives you. Then when you are ready to launch your site, point your domain name from your old site to your new site.

      2) I’d suggest checking out Squarespace, as their design templates are very professional and polished. So it can help you create a visually stunning website, which will probably be suitable for what you do.

      Wix also has a huge variety of available templates. So chances are pretty good that you can find a good looking, and relevant design for your site!

      – Jeremy

      • Elaine July 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM #

        Thanks so much for the response, Jeremy! We’ve looked at several of the web builders from your comparison chart, and are going to play around with both Squarespace and Wix to see which we like the best.

        I also want to say that the emails you send are very informative. You’ve been a great help! Thanks, again!

  123. Christine July 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM #

    I want to set a website where clients can see who I am, what I do and contact me. They will not purchase anything from the site. It whould be pretty basic……one page and button for email What would you suggest?

    • Jeremy Wong July 13, 2014 at 7:47 PM #

      Hi Christine,

      All of the website builders above will be able to help you create a simple website about yourself. I suppose the question is how you envision the website to look like, then spend some time to pick the right template design to use.

      Squarespace has some really good design templates for you, and all their templates are responsive so that it looks great across all viewing devices. Wix also has a lot of good templates (over 280), and Weebly has been introducing some more updated templates lately.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

  124. Hanz July 9, 2014 at 12:24 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Really like the detailed information on the free web builders. All of them grant you your own domain name when you sign up for a paid version. Which one of them is best when you should decide overtime to switch to another web builder? Do you own your own domain and can you take it with you, or is it lost because the web builder is the actual owner of your custom domain? I would like to use a free web builder but at the same time own my own domain name..

    Thanks for you thoughts on this.


    • Jeremy Wong July 9, 2014 at 1:29 PM #

      Hey Hanz,

      When you get your domain name, you own it and can take it with you if you decide to change websites builders. Just make sure you pay your annual registration fee going forward! All website builder services that give you a domain name use some sort of domain name registrar partner. So you can either continue to use their service (the domain name registrar that is), or you can transfer your domain name to other domain name registrars such as GoDaddy.

      – Jeremy

  125. Maggie July 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM #

    Jeremy – your site is a godsend to our new business. Question: which, if any, of the reviewed site builders allows for people to register – and pay – for workshops? Thanks! Maggie

    • Jeremy Wong July 5, 2014 at 7:24 PM #

      Hi Maggie,

      I don’t think there is a checkout / product process just for paid workshops. But here is a workaround to consider.

      You can sell your workshop as a digital product, then after your customer pays, you can automatically send him/her an email with the workshop details (this email is an order confirmation that can be automatically sent right after the checkout process is complete).

      Squarespace and Weebly both has the capability for you to sell digital products, and also send out order confirmation emails automatically so it can be pretty hands off for you!

      – Jeremy

  126. Waldopepper July 1, 2014 at 8:23 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I just wanted to thank you for the reviews and content on this site – they are so useful to those bamboozled by the various web-building services out there!

    We’re just starting to provide this service to clients to it’s good to get overviews of which technology is good/bad for each type of requirement.

    One thing we are still struggling to get an overview of, and would be good to add to your awesome comparison chart (if it gets updated), is the availability/rating of the CMS that users can use to update the site after you leave it with someone. It’s useful to be able to hand over a website with different levels of access for users e.g. overall admin, designers, content writers etc. Also how good the interface is, if is saves the revision history etc.

    As far as I can tell (so far!), Wix doesn’t really have a detached one (it’s basically the design interface which also includes text editing), Weebly has the client login page and you can restrict access to design, or just content editing which is great. Will have to check out the others too, has anyone experience of all of these and can give us a quick low-down?


    • Jeremy Wong July 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM #

      Hey Waldopepper,

      We actually do have a section for that and it’s the “Multiple Editors” line. Also see Footnote 13 above.

      In addition to Weebly, Squarespace gives you excellent control over this and you can see their help page for more information about how it works.

      Glad you’re finding the chart helpful!

      – Jeremy

  127. Grant June 30, 2014 at 12:02 AM #

    Jeremy, thank you SO MUCH for the reply. I hope you dont mind if I ask you one more question. Thank you in advance. My question is my partner and I we are thinking of building a website with multiple languages (Spanish, German, French, Chinese (simplified and traditional) and English of course). WHat do you recommend? Short of learning WordPress or coding, do you know any site builders that you compared have foreign languages built in as part of the options? Thank you Jeremy!

    • Jeremy Wong June 30, 2014 at 5:15 PM #

      Hey Grant,

      Building multi language sites is a bit tricky, and the website builders we’ve discussed above doesn’t cater specifically to multiple languages.

      What you can do, is create a separate website for each language (yes there will be a lot of repetitive translation and setup work). Then, give your main site the main domain name (for example: ‘ Then for your other language sites, give them a subdomain such as or

      Then you can just link out from your main site to these other language sites.

      – Jeremy

      • Jase July 4, 2014 at 9:38 AM #

        Hi Jeremy,

        Like Grant too, I’d like to build a 3 language site – perhaps using Squarespace. Does that mean that I have to pay for 3 sites each month. If I subscribe to their business plan, does that mean that each month I have to pay them $16×3 = $48 each month?

        Below is your reply to Grant:

        “What you can do, is create a separate website for each language (yes there will be a lot of repetitive translation and setup work). Then, give your main site the main domain name (for example: ‘ Then for your other language sites, give them a subdomain such as or you can just link out from your main site to these other language sites. ‘

        I have never built a site before and will the support people at Squarespace help me or show me how to do the linking of the 3 sites?



        • Jeremy Wong July 4, 2014 at 12:09 PM #

          Hi Jase,

          I’ve never tried it myself (as in building a multi language site) so I suspect that you would have to pay for 3 separate websites. I think it might be helpful if you send in a support ticket to Squarespace to see what they say, and if they have a special setup / package for those who are building multiple sites (same content but different languages).

          As for linking of the 3 sites, what you can do is just insert a button / text links perhaps in the footer or in the body of your site, that can lead your visitors to your other websites. So for instance, you can insert a small image of a German flag or just text, and hyperlink that to the German version of your website. That will work well to funnel German visitors there.

          – Jeremy

          • Jase July 5, 2014 at 5:01 AM #

            Thank you so much Jeremy. This is most helpful. I will check out with Squarespace on that!


  128. Sue June 27, 2014 at 5:18 AM #

    Jeremy – thanks so much for testing and reviewing all these website building tools and for creating a very informative website of your own!
    I’m looking for a website building application for a small non-profit – we have 100+ members who each contribute money that we collectively donate each year. Our members are actively involved in reviewing grant requests and, therefore, we need a website that provides member-only access to a series of documents. Would Webs be the way to go? Any others to consider? Thanks for your help!

    • Jeremy Wong June 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM #

      Hey Sue,

      Glad you’re finding our discussions helpful! We tested a lot of these website builders because we needed them to build our own websites a few years ago, and so we thought we’d put together our knowledge and experience to share them with others (as we couldn’t find any good discussion sites a few years back).

      As for membership gateways, yes – Webs is the only builder that has this as part of their basic package. But there are 2 other options:

      1) Wix – if you visit their App Market (see our discussion here), search for “Member” and there is an app that you can bolt on to your Wix website that can create a membership area.

      2) Sentry Login – this is a paid service but it can be used with Squarespace and Weebly.

      So there are a few options that you can consider to help you build your website!

      – Jeremy

  129. Erica June 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM #

    hello. Great job! I have a question. I like many that have asked for advice am new to the world of websites. I need your advice as well .We own a customized phone case business and looking to showcase and sell our phones. I am needing the ability to show a certain design in different colors. A drop down box that when selected goes to that particular color. I am also needing the option for our consumers to select a device after they choose their design, for example iPhone or Galaxy4. One more important option we need, is to allow our consumers to download images so we can customize the the product with their image. These our main concerns in choosing a web builder company. thank you so much for your time


    • Jeremy Wong June 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM #

      Hey Erica,

      It sounds like you’re going to need a pretty robust e-commerce building platform, that has good flexibility to power your store.

      I’d suggest you take a look at Shopify or Bigcommerce, as both are online store focused builders, and both have flexibility to create quite a bit of custom tools / functions that can match your needs.

      Both platforms also have quite a number of experts who can also help you customize your store. It might be worth while to seek our some of them to customize your store for you. We discussed briefly about Shopify’s experts here.

      – Jeremy

  130. Yoses June 20, 2014 at 10:11 AM #

    jeremy thanks for the article you made its helpful
    but i still confuse which one to pick

    im a fashion disgner but i won’t sell a fashion product i just want to share a fashio/lifestyle tips
    no product at all,and if i publish my website using one of those which one do you think that would make my web site appear in google search ? (SEO)
    i don’t wanna pay and my site doesn’t appear in google search at all, which one do you think its the best ? or its depend fully with us who manage it ?

    i guess its gonna be squarespace because it has a great design and SEO but do you have any suggestion ?

    • Jeremy Wong June 21, 2014 at 5:27 AM #

      Hi Yoses,

      I’d agree to give Squarespace’s free trial a test as their templates can be quite suitable based on the industry that you are in!

      As for ranking on Google, it is a very complicated topic and takes much more work than just building a website to get good ranking! If that was the case, then everybody will rank on page 1 of search engines (which in fact is a very very challenging task)!

      There are a lot of discussions about SEO and how to rank well on the internet if you search for them. A lot of it is decent, but a lot are not that great, so it will take you some time to study and sift through them. But it’s a good investment of your time if you are serious about ranking your website well.

      Also aside from SEO, you can also promote your site so that your content is not only discoverable with search engines, but also through social channels, word of mouth, etc.

      – Jeremy

  131. Adam June 16, 2014 at 10:48 PM #

    Thanks for the helpful article but I still Have a few questions. I am a first time website builder so simplicity is key. I want a website to store my opinionated writings for some of my school classes, so I want it set up almost like a news site.I would really like the website to include a comment section for other to post their opinions. My main concern is money. I want NO costs for this website while still being able to do what I asked for above. Which website do u recommend?

    • Jeremy Wong June 17, 2014 at 5:52 AM #

      Hey Adam,

      The easiest website builder to use in our view is Weebly, and you can sign up for free as well. I’d suggest you use their blogging function, so that others can leave comments on your blog posts. Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

  132. Geoffrey Grosse June 6, 2014 at 6:27 AM #

    First off…thanks for providing this resource. I’ve used weebly to create a new site and overall like it as a website builder. What it doesn’t do well is any sort of document management. When files are uploaded via Weebly for users to access, it’s extremely clunky for a site admin to delete those files later on.

    Question: What is your experience with these tools in this area? Do any of them provide any level of document management, such as bulk add / delete, etc? I’m not interested in document workflow or versioning by any means, just a better way for clients to manage documents once the site is handed over to them.


    • Jeremy Wong June 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM #

      Hi Geoffrey,

      Squarespace does allow you to manage files a bit better than Weebly. You can rename and delete files in a separate window, but I don’t think there is a bulk delete button. But it’s still a lot easier to manage!

      – Jeremy

  133. Jim June 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM #

    I am a fledgling, new author who is just getting into the game, so to speak. I have written and published two books and I am planning to complete and rewrite 10 to 15 more over the next several years. I am looking for the best website builder to help me help readers find my books, purchase them through the appropriate channels, and hopefully continue to build followers of my books and writing. I am not necessarily a geek when it comes to this kind of stuff, although I’d like to be. I am just concerned I will choose the wrong builder and waste time getting up and running. Appreciate any and all recommendations.

    • Jeremy Wong June 5, 2014 at 6:28 AM #

      Hi Jim,

      I think all of the website builders will allow you the ability to showcase your books. You can set up the pages so you can add descriptions and images for each book, and show your readers where they can purchase the books. You can even sell the books directly on your site if you use each website builder’s commerce functions.

      The question is which website builder you ultimately feel comfortable working with. It also depends on which design template you prefer to use. If you are looking for the easiest website builder to use, I’d suggest testing out Weebly. If you want something a bit more interactive with sliding backgrounds (for instance), Wix has a lot of templates and tools to allow you to do that.

      Squarespace has some really nice looking design templates and they are all responsive so they are optimized for mobile viewing experiences. The websites that they can build tend to be a lot more polished looking.

      You should sign up and invest some time to test them, as that’s the only way you can see which one of them is a good match for you!

      – Jeremy

  134. Lane June 2, 2014 at 12:44 PM #

    Hi Jeremy, great writings here. I just have a question. I’ve been using WordPress for around a year for professional blogging and posting my articles from the Lamar University Press that I’ve written for my portfolio. What website would you suggest for that? I need to get into SEO for more traffic and maybe one of these websites are good for that too. I’ve been thinking Squarespace. I’d like to have separate pages or folders for portfolio content then everyday blogging content. I like that you can integrate everything from WordPress into Squarespace.

    • Jeremy Wong June 4, 2014 at 7:09 AM #

      Hey Lane,

      I think Squarespace is a good candidate to test out as they do allow you to import WordPress content so you don’t have to start from scratch again. You can also separate your blogging content with your other content, as your blog page doesn’t have to be blended together with your other pages.

      Plus, our of all the website builders that we’ve used and discussed, Squarespace gives you a bit more flexibility when it comes to SEO. Now, this doesn’t guarantee that your website will rank really well (nobody can guarantee that!) but Squarespace does give you a bit more tools over the other website builders.

      – Jeremy

  135. Tina May 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM #

    This is great, thanks for the review… I’ve been looking for a site builder to build a hotel website and I ended up with im-creator, after seeing this site I’m now a bit concerned. Which site builder would you recommend for small hotels?

    • Jeremy Wong May 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM #

      Hi Tina,

      I don’t think you should be concerned about IM Creator at all, as they are a very capable website builder! Finding a website builder that suits your unique needs is an exploratory process, and while some website builders work well for some people, it may not work well for others.

      If you really want to (as in if you are not satisifed with IM Creator), I’d suggest you sign up to try some other website builders and test them out. THat’s the only way to figure out how well each builder caters to your own needs!

      – Jeremy

  136. Sindi May 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM #

    Hi Jeremy
    I have never attempted to build a website and my group is slightly different. We are a motorcycle group that would like to share our information with the public such as pictures from events, calendar of events, educational safety information and a place for our members to post. I’ve looked at the different sites you have reviewed and still I am not sure what might be the best for me. Simple is better and time is not something I have a lot of. Thank you for your help.

    • Jeremy Wong May 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM #

      Hi Sindi,

      In this case I’d suggest you check out either Weebly or Wix. Weebly is probably the easiest website builder to use in our opinion, but Wix isn’t too far behind. You will be able to drag and drop elements directly into your webpages, where you can just insert your pictures or text very quickly and easily.

      – Jeremy

  137. Craig May 18, 2014 at 7:06 AM #

    Hello, I am not a technical person but was hoping there was a website template that acted similar to Craigslist that allows users to input a one or two line summary on the homepage in a list form and if a user clicks on the summary, it redirects to a more in depth page with more detail. I don’t know what it is called, but almost like a classified add.. I would also like the home page to target the city in which the user is accessing the site.. does this make sense? I believe it is possible since I regularly get poppups of adds in my city. Sorry I am such a novice, but not sure where else to turn.
    Thank you so much

    • Jeremy Wong May 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM #

      Hi Craig,

      It doesn’t sound like any of the website builders that we’ve covered here will be able to do this, as it sounds like what you’re looking for is a very customized solution. Perhaps you should look at perhaps using WordPress (I’m not entirely sure if they have a template that will allow for these functions) or even hiring someone to custom build it for you?

      – Jeremy

      • Craig May 19, 2014 at 6:20 AM #

        Thank you Jeremy

  138. dan May 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM #

    What do you think of WebEasy? I’m a technical person but am just considering the simple drag-and-drop or wysiwyg type web builders, because this can’t take a lot of my time, don’t want to work with HTML or other coding and also because I’m building a site for a non technical person who will take it over.

    Base on what I’ve seen here the top candidate for me is Weebly, but I don’t want to tied to one host for ever, would not use their web hosting, if it’s possible. I’m old fasion, I like the idea of buying software, getting a CD, installing it on my PC, and having control of the files that are created. If the builder is online, like godaddy, then I don’t want it, because it ties me to that web host, which I don’t like. Is Weebly like that? This is one good thing about WebEasy, although I hear there are support issues with WebEasy.

    Any comments would be appreciated!

    • Jeremy Wong May 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM #

      Hi Dan,

      We haven’t used WebEasy before so can’t really comment on them. But Weebly is in our opinion, the easiest drag and drop builder to use. Even though by default, your website is hosted with Weebly (which a lot of people like as they don’t have to deal with the technicality of hosting their own websites), there is an export function which we discuss a bit more in our detailed review of Weebly (look under the “Hosting and Export Options” section).

      So you can definitely export whatever you create into your own host, but there are some drawbacks to that such as you will have to edit the codes directly once you export your site out of Weebly’s drag and drop builder environment.

      – Jeremy

  139. Jason May 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM #

    I see where Wix was knocked for not allowing you to change your template. Which provider is the most flexible in this regard?

    • Jeremy Wong May 15, 2014 at 3:49 AM #

      Hey Jason,

      Squarespace, Weebly and Jimdo all allow you to change templates, while retaining your content!

      – Jeremy

  140. Ken May 13, 2014 at 7:31 AM #

    I’m a psychotherapist who wants to build a web site. I signed up with BlueHost and started to build a web site with Weebly. I talked to one of the BlueHost staff who thought I would be better off building a site with Word Press. I did notice that Word Press has more Themes to choose from. Some of the themes say they haven’t been updated in two years so I’m wondering if I would have a problem choosing a theme from Word Press.

    I don’t think I’d need a lot of pages. Maybe ten pages with a page for billing, pages for different types of information, one for directions, etc.

    My knowledge of building a web site building or anything related to building a web site is minimal.

    Do you have any words of advice for me regarding Blue Host or Word Press.



    • Jeremy Wong May 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM #

      Hey Ken,

      You should also consider whether you would like to learn how to use WordPress effectively as it has a much higher learning curve than using drag and drop web builders such as Weebly. On the other side of the coin, WordPress is a lot more flexible and customizable, if you have the technical knowledge (codes) or have the resources to hire someone to help you do that.

      If you were to go with WordPress, you should make sure that you use a theme that is updated, as outdated themes may not incorporate the latest features properly and could even potentially be a security hazard to your website. This is one of the benefits of using hosted website builders (such as Weebly) as they are the ones who are providing themes themselves, so they’re always updated.

      We have a number of discussions that compares using WordPress and various drag and drop web builders. You’ll find some thoughts and discussions on this topic.

      – Jeremy

  141. T May 10, 2014 at 4:28 AM #

    Great article, as always; you’re insight is much appreciated by those of us not in the know.

    I’ve been researching the various platforms, and have been between Squarespace and Virb, though still unsure if either is right for my medium. I enjoy making YouTube videos, but would like a personal site to organize them in a manner more consistent than by upload date or playlist. I would prefer a site that allows Google Adsense (without taking 50% like Weebly), plus has ecommerce opportunities for a small business.

    Ideally, I would learn about web deisgn or hire someone, but this is new to me and I prefer to start with one of these and go from there. Any advice or recommendations for what I’m attempting?

    Thanks again!

    • Jeremy Wong May 10, 2014 at 2:01 PM #

      Hi T,

      I think for Squarespace you do have a bit more customization capability than other website builders that we’ve looked at. For instance, you can create Gallery Pages in Squarespace to display just images or videos (which you have), and you can choose which videos to display depending on how to tag or categorize your videos.

      So once you upload a video, you can give it a tag (think of it as a label) or categorize it. So when you tell the Gallery Page to only show specific tags or categories, then only those videos will be displayed.

      If you want even more flexibility, then you might have to use a more powerful platform such as WordPress and have someone custom create whatever function you are looking for.

      As for Adsense for Weebly, they no longer take 50% of your earnings. Whatever you earn through Adsense while using Weebly, you now get to keep 100% of it (see this announcement here).

      – Jeremy

  142. ren May 4, 2014 at 5:46 AM #

    what is your opinion on godaddy?

  143. AK May 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you very much for the many great articles. Love your writings.

    I just have a quick question. If I want to create a website with online assessment forms/surveys, and auto generated reports for the users, and credit card payment systems (based in Thailand) for face to face/skype counseling, with members log-in system for members to check their appointments and progress reports. What is the best website builder that you would recommend?

    Thank you very much for your kind guidance in advance.


    • Jeremy & Connie Wong May 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM #

      Hi AK,

      I think what you need is a pretty customized set up and best to hire a professional developer to help you map out your website system and to custom build something for you. That is not to say you can’t create something with a drag and drop website builder, but your entire system will be pretty manual and will be a bit labor intensive.

      For instance, you can get your visitors to submit a contact form (which you can customize to a certain extent to ask for key information), then you have to extract these data points and generate your own reports manually for each visitor. Then you have to somehow guide the them to pay you, then you manually reach out to them to set up an appointment, etc etc.

      So if you want a fluid system where each function is fully integrated, I think your best bet is to hire someone to custom build the system for you.

      – Jeremy

  144. Ed April 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM #

    having now tried our several web builders we have thankfully settled on Shopify.
    It is absolutely brilliant and the add on’s (many are free) make this into a complete professional package.
    In our viewm Shopify beats hands down all of the other ones (we also tried squarespace, weebly and wix),
    The templates are completely customisable, as are the add ons. such as marketing, selling, emails etc,
    Thanks to these articles and Jeremey and Connie’s hard work, we were able to make an excellent choice.
    The ONLY fault with Shopify is their lack of response to queries, some take up to 4 days to answer, very frustratring.
    The product, howeverm, is top notch and we would not use any other now,
    We are due to go live with our new website withi the next 7 days, so fingers crossed. Our old one has beem up for 7 years and is a little tired now.
    Thanks again to you both.
    Ed and the team

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong April 27, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

      Hi Ed,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with Shopify. They are indeed a very powerful and comprehensive e-commerce online store builder (others can read our review on Shopify here). The thing I really like about them (aside from being a Canadian company!) is that they have so many Apps available, that you can rest assured that as you grow your business and need more tools, there is a good chance that you will something that can help you in their App store.

      As for support turnaround time, I think they are growing so fast that they might be falling a bit behind in terms of responsiveness (typical growing pains for fast growing companies). But we didn’t have any issues with that before (our own experience anyway). One thing to know, if you’re not aware of it yet, is that they recently raised $100 million and I’m fairly confident that one of the things they want to invest in is more customer support specialists (in addition to growing and improving their platform / tools).

      Thanks for adding to this discussion again!

      – Jeremy

  145. Roy April 27, 2014 at 7:18 AM #

    What an incredibly usefui set of articles — thanks!

    I have had experience with Drupal and WordPress (and looked at many other CMSs) but never “cloud” tools like these. How would you compare using, say, WordPress, to using Weebly or Squarespace to build a small business site with a few dozen pages? How about adding more content later on, searching for content, and working with a database?

    • Jeremy & Connie Wong April 27, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

      Hi Roy,

      I haven’t had a chance to familiarize myself with Drupal (didn’t have an opportunity in our projects) so I’m not quite qualified to comment on it. But in general, WordPress is much more powerful and flexible than the likes of Squarespace and Weebly. But the drawback is that WordPress has a much higher learning curve than these cloud-based / hosted website builders.

      So at the end of the day, I always advise readers to choose a builder based on their specific needs. Some people will need maximum flexibility and the option of hiring developers to build in some customizations into their websites. In such cases, WordPress (or Drupal?) may be the better approach. Just bear in mind that hiring good developers is not cheap.

      But for those who doesn’t need maximum flexibility and just want to build a great looking website without climbing a steep learning curve (not technically oriented, or just don’t have time), and/or for those who may not have the financial resources to hire a developer, then these drag and drop website builders are really great options. You can definitely keep adding more content later, and grow your website with these website builders as well. But if you want to work with a database, then WordPress is the way to go.

      I have more benchmark discussions comparing WordPress with these drag & drop website builders here.

      Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

      • Roy April 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM #

        Thanks for the response! I used Drupal quite a bit before using WordPress and, in my opinion, Drupal is like a more complex, harder-to-learn but more flexible and more powerful equivalent to WordPress. I’m a developer myself, old school, way pre-web. I’ve taught myself HTML (not v5 yet), CSS, PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, etc., and can do a decent job with them. Integrating custom PHP code into WordPress can be tricky, and doing so successfully with Drupal can be way beyond tricky. (Haven’t used Drupal in a few years and it may have gotten a lot better in that time.)

        Since I wrote my comment, I read your article comparing e-commerce solutions. It was superb. I maintain a system that was created with osCommerce a decade ago and it can be a nightmare to update. You got me motivated to look into switching to a more capable, friendly, and up-to-date solution.

        You make a great website with very helpful, well-written, and informative articles. Kudos!

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


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

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

    Thanks for your help, Carol

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

      Hi Carol,

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

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

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

      Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

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


        I completely agree with Jeremy on this one.

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

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

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


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

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

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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

      Hi Priyanka,

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

    Hello Jeremy & Connie,

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

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

    What do you suggest?

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

      Hi Krupa,

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

    Hello Jeremy & Connie

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

    Thank you in advance

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

      Hi Jocelyn,

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

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

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

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

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

      Hopefully this points you in the right direction!

      – Jeremy

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

    Hey there,

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


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

      Hi Mark,

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

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

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

      Hope this is helpful!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

      Hi Tomija,

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

      – Jeremy

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

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


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

      Hey Mansi,

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

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Ed,

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

      – Jeremy

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

    Hello Folks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Best Regards,

    Mary Ellen D.

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

      Hey Mary Ellen,

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

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

    Thanks Teena

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

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

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

      Hey Ed,

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

    Hey both, love your comments and advice.

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

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

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

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

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


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

      Hey Ed,

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

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

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

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

    Hi Jeremy!

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

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

      Hey David,

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

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Shirish,

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

      Disclosure: we also operate DivTag Templates

      See if this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Sue,

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

          – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for the comparison chart.

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

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

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

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

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

      Hey Daley,

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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


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

      Hi Tan,

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

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hey SMx,

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

      Hi Dee,

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

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

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

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      – Jeremy

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

    Dear Jeremy and Connie,

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

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

    Thanks and Best Regards,

    Bill and Jody
    Minneapolis, Minnesota

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

      Hi Bill and Jody,

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

      Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hey Darren,

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hey MJ,

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Gillian,

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

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

      GOod luck!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Karen,

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

      Hey Ed,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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


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

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

    mahalo & aloha, Peter

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

      Hi Peter,

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

      Hi SK,

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

      – Jeremy

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


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

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

          Hi Connie,

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

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

          – Jeremy

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

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


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

      Hi Deborah,

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

    Hi Jeremy , Connie,

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

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


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

      Hi YK,

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

      Hey Marv,

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

    Greetings, great site you have here.

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

    THanks, hope to hear your feedback.

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

      Hi Chris,

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

      Check out our review on Shopify here.

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Ed,

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

      – Jeremy

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


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

    THANKS for all you do!

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

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

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

      Hey Todd,

      Weebly and IM Creator offer white labeling.

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Pieter,

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you,

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


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

      Hi Tsen,

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

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Michael,

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



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

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

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

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

      Hi Janet,

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

          Hi Stacey,

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

          – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Chad,

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

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

    Thanks, Joe

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

      Hi Joe,

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Ann,

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Stan,

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

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

    Hi Guys, Great work, appreciated.

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

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

      Hey Michael,

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

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Cyndi,

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

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

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

      Glad you liked our tutorials! : )

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hi Jeff,

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

      Hope this makes sense!

      – Jeremy

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

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

    Regardless, thank you for the useful information.

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

      Hi Laura,

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

      Thanks for asking though.

      – Jeremy

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

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

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

      Hey Ben,

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

      – Jeremy

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

        Thanks for a most informative item.

        Any comments on yola?

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


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

          Hi Ekkekan,

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

          – Jeremy

          • Judith August 5, 2014 at 3:31 AM #

            Hi jeremy!

            firstly, i wanted to say that you are making a great job giving the advices for us, so lost sheep)))
            2ly, i have a question as all of us here: I own a restaurant and after several weeks of studing the market of mobile apps i chose the one – Restaurant solution, so now we have a very accurate and clear site with small fee for it( what is important!!!) . The thing is that i can`t understan if we should build the usual site, if we need it… What do you think? and which one from those above is better to use if i want to repeat the style which we used in Mobile app????

            Thank u for ur answer in advance!

            • Jeremy Wong August 5, 2014 at 12:25 PM #

              Hi Judith,

              If you are building a restaurant, I’d suggest you go with Squarespace as their design templates are really great looking and can help you create a really nice looking restaurant website. Further, their designs are all responsive and so will look great across all mobile devices automatically.

              Also, Squarespace has a “Menu” block which is a feature that allows you to create menus on your site and you can update it really easily. So you don’t have to upload any PDF’s, or custom code menus into your site. They’ve taken care of that for you already.

              Squarespace also has an OpenTable “app” that can help you connect to OpenTable – so your visitors might find that helpful!

              – Jeremy

              • Jon Wilson October 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM #

                I want to create a business page of handbags, clothes, phone cases. What would you recommend? I want unlimited posts with tabs , logos, and the customers can actually transfer money to my paypal account. Thank you much