Website Builders Comparison Chart

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Overall [1]

4.7 / 5 Stars

4.6 / 5 Stars
4-stars 4.3 / 5 Stars 3.5-stars 3.5 / 5 Stars 3-stars 3 / 5 Stars 3-stars 2.2 / 5 Stars
Websites Powered [2] 82m 1.8m 30m 15m N/A 5.7m
Ease of Use 5 / 5 4 / 5 5 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Design Flexibility [3] 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 4.5 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5 3 / 5
Themes Design [4] 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 3.5 / 5 3 / 5 4 / 5 4 / 5
Responsive Themes [5] X [5] [5] X X X
Mobile Editor [6] X [6]
Pricing
(Monthly)
[7]
$4.08
$9.75
$12.92
$16.58
$24.92
$5.00
$12.00
$18.00
$26.00
$70.00
$7.42
$11.58
$24.92
$7.50
$20.00
$5.99
$9.99
$14.99
$7.95
Free Plan? 14 Days Trial X
Free Custom Domain [8] [8] [8] [8] X
SEO [9] 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 4 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5 1 / 5
Export Website? [10] X X X [10]
Support [11] Email
Phone
Forum
Knowledgebase
24/7 Email
Live Chat
Knowledgebase
Email
Phone
Live Chat
Knowledgebase
Email
Live Chat
Forum
Knowledgebase
Email
Live Chat
Phone
Knowledgebase
Email
Forum
Knowledgebase
Blogging [12] 4.5 / 5 5 / 5 4.5 / 5 3 / 5 3 / 5 1 / 5
e-Commerce [13] 5 / 5 3.5 / 5 4.5 / 5 4 / 5 0 / 5 0 / 5
Email Service [14] X [14] 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 4.6 / 5 Stars 4-stars 4.3 / 5 Stars 3.5-stars 3.5 / 5 Stars 3-stars 3 / 5 Stars 3-stars 2.2 / 5 Stars
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Footnotes:

[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 – Wix has a very large library of professionally designed themes that spans across a lot of different industries, so it’s easy to find one that’s suitable for you.  Squarespace themes are responsive and polished – by far the best amongst its peers.  Weebly 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 over 20 responsive themes and will be adding more over time.  They also have over a hundred older themes that are not mobile responsive, but are available for you to choose from. You can use Weebly’s mobile editor to configure the mobile layout for these older themes.

 

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

 

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

 

[9] SEO – Wix allows page level control, including H1 to H6 titles, but you cannot customize your URL. Wix is also specifically highlighted in the Google Webmaster Guidelines (next to WordPress), answering a common question as to whether Wix is search engine friendly. Squarespace gives you full control over page titles, meta descriptions and custom URL.  It also has the “Google Author Rank” built into your profile to improve your search engine exposure & site indexing.  This is automatically done so you don’t have to manually insert snippets of codes into your site which is very convenient.  Weebly allows page level control but no H1 title tags (on page level) or custom URL.  Do note that if you don’t upgrade to a paid Weebly plan, your website will not be indexed by search engines. Jimdo only allows page level title and meta description controls if you upgrade.  IM Creator only allows you site wide SEO configuration, but not on a page level.

 

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

 

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

 

[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 the Shopify Buy Button or Ecwid to add e-commerce function to your website.

 

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

 

[15] Newsletter Creator – Wix’s newsletter creator is called Shoutout, which allows you to import email addresses from your Gmail or Outlook / Hotmail. You can also automatically insert addresses of people who has contacted you through your contact form, or those who purchased products from you. Weebly’s newsletter creator is called Weebly Promote, and it is also synchronized to your contact list within Weebly. Both Wix and Weebly’s newsletter services are free if you are using their platforms to build your website. There are options to upgrade if you need additional features / emails to be sent out.

 

[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 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.  Squarespace as 4 mobile apps, allowing you to write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, track social followers, showcase your galleries / portfolio in a as a presentation on your iPad / iPhone, and a note app so you can keep track of your ideas which syncs with your website, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.  The Weebly App allows you to 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.

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

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  1. Alexia May 26, 2016 at 8:33 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    What are the cons of squarespace and shopify?

    Thanks

    Alexia

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 27, 2016 at 11:53 PM #

      Hi Alexia,

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

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

      Jeremy

  2. Jill K Miller May 25, 2016 at 7:29 PM #

    Hey Jeremy,

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

    Jill

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 27, 2016 at 11:45 PM #

      Hi Jill,

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  3. Anni May 19, 2016 at 1:33 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 19, 2016 at 8:27 PM #

      Hi Anni,

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

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

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

      Hope this helps.

      Jeremy

  4. Judy Kinkade May 5, 2016 at 4:08 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

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

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

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

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

    I really thank you for any thoughts you might have.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 5, 2016 at 6:46 PM #

      Hello Judy,

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

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

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

      Hope this helps! And good luck!

      Jeremy

  5. Tanya Fisher May 1, 2016 at 5:16 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

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

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

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

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

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

    I appreciate your time and consideration in advance.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 1, 2016 at 9:23 PM #

      Hey Tanya,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

      • Tanya Fisher May 4, 2016 at 5:57 PM #

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

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong May 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM #

          Tanya,

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

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

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

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

          Jeremy

  6. Anthony Flynn May 1, 2016 at 9:22 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 1, 2016 at 8:58 PM #

      Hi Anthony,

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

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

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  7. Andrea April 29, 2016 at 12:41 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 1, 2016 at 8:40 PM #

      Hi Andrea,

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

      Hope this points you in the right direction.

      Jeremy

  8. Rick April 27, 2016 at 11:44 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 28, 2016 at 6:49 PM #

      Hi Rick,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  9. Jay April 1, 2016 at 9:28 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    Jay

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 4, 2016 at 9:30 AM #

      Jay,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  10. Indigo March 31, 2016 at 9:49 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    Need help

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 31, 2016 at 6:25 PM #

      Hey Indigo,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  11. Cristina March 29, 2016 at 5:28 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 30, 2016 at 12:50 AM #

      Hi Cristina,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  12. Dave March 29, 2016 at 2:38 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 30, 2016 at 12:42 AM #

      Hi Dave,

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

      Jeremy

  13. Taleana March 20, 2016 at 10:56 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 20, 2016 at 7:34 PM #

      Hello Taleana,

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

      Jeremy

      • Taleana March 21, 2016 at 12:03 PM #

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

  14. Krupa March 12, 2016 at 4:52 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    Take care,
    Krupa

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong March 14, 2016 at 4:29 AM #

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

      Jeremy

  15. Lenushka February 25, 2016 at 6:41 AM #

    Hey Jeremy,

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

    Thanks for you article.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM #

      Hi Lenushka,

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

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

      Jeremy

  16. BJ February 23, 2016 at 2:35 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 24, 2016 at 1:18 AM #

      Hey BJ,

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

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

      Jeremy

      • BJ February 24, 2016 at 6:26 AM #

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

  17. Eric February 21, 2016 at 7:03 PM #

    Jeremy,

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

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

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

    Thanks, Eric

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 24, 2016 at 12:34 AM #

      Hey Eric,

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

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

      Jeremy

  18. Ellen February 20, 2016 at 8:46 AM #

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

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 21, 2016 at 6:38 PM #

      Hey Ellen,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with us!

      Jeremy

  19. Drue February 13, 2016 at 3:33 PM #

    Hello, Jeremy,

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 15, 2016 at 5:01 PM #

      Hey Drue,

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

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

      Jeremy

  20. D Nelson February 7, 2016 at 9:26 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 24, 2016 at 12:17 AM #

      Hi D,

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

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  21. Larry February 1, 2016 at 6:01 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

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

    Thank you,
    Larry

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 3, 2016 at 4:46 PM #

      Hello Larry,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

    • Shane February 16, 2016 at 7:48 AM #

      Hi Jeremy

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

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

      Thanks
      Shane

      • Jeremy Wong
        Jeremy Wong February 17, 2016 at 7:12 AM #

        Hello Shane,

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

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

        Jeremy

    • Alice Eldridge February 19, 2016 at 1:14 PM #

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

  22. Oliver January 31, 2016 at 6:12 PM #

    Hi Jeremy. Thanks for this awesome post.

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 1, 2016 at 4:35 PM #

      Hello Oliver,

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • Oliver February 1, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

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

  23. Chris January 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong February 1, 2016 at 4:23 PM #

      Thanks, Chris.

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  24. Joe D January 29, 2016 at 10:41 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 29, 2016 at 3:16 PM #

      hi Joe,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  25. Addis January 26, 2016 at 5:16 PM #

    Hello Jeremy, thanks for the info above.

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 28, 2016 at 3:38 PM #

      Hi Addis,

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

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

      Jeremy

  26. Mark January 22, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 23, 2016 at 6:35 PM #

      Hi Mark,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  27. Tessie Brooks January 21, 2016 at 6:39 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 23, 2016 at 6:32 PM #

      Hey Tessie,

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

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

      Jeremy

  28. John Percival January 14, 2016 at 8:04 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    thank you

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 16, 2016 at 5:51 PM #

      Hi John,

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

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

      Jeremy

  29. Cathy January 6, 2016 at 10:38 PM #

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

    Cathy

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 8, 2016 at 8:37 AM #

      Hi Cathy,

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  30. Gary Zenker January 1, 2016 at 2:24 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 4, 2016 at 2:16 PM #

      Hi Gary,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

      • M Ferreira January 5, 2016 at 1:48 PM #

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

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong January 6, 2016 at 12:04 PM #

          Hi there,

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

          Jeremy

          • Kate M January 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM #

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

            • Jeremy Wong
              Jeremy Wong January 18, 2016 at 12:19 PM #

              Very interesting, Kate. Thanks for sharing!

  31. Nik January 1, 2016 at 8:04 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    Nik

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 1, 2016 at 12:48 PM #

      Hi Nik,

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

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

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

      Happy New Year!

      Jeremy

  32. Richard E Tucker December 31, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

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

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong January 1, 2016 at 12:37 PM #

      Hi Richard,

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

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

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

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

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

      Thanks for adding to this discussion!

      Jeremy

      • Richard E Tucker January 2, 2016 at 6:04 AM #

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

  33. Peter December 29, 2015 at 11:40 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 30, 2015 at 10:55 AM #

      Hi Peter,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  34. Sarah Schrimpf December 28, 2015 at 7:52 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 28, 2015 at 11:09 AM #

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

      Jeremy

  35. Randy December 27, 2015 at 7:25 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 28, 2015 at 10:41 AM #

      Thanks for your comment, Randy.

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  36. Jesse, December 23, 2015 at 7:42 AM #

    Jeremy,

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

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 23, 2015 at 12:22 PM #

      Hi Jesse,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Take a look at our ecommerce builder comparison chart here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

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

  37. Joan McDonald December 15, 2015 at 6:56 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 16, 2015 at 1:38 PM #

      Hi Joan,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  38. Kimberly December 13, 2015 at 2:21 PM #

    Hello Jeremy,

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

    Thank You,

    Kimberly

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 14, 2015 at 2:02 PM #

      Hello Kimberly,

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

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

      Jeremy

  39. Marianne Lenkiewicz December 12, 2015 at 11:36 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 14, 2015 at 1:54 PM #

      Hello Marianne,

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

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

      Take a look at our discussion here for more information.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  40. Sandy December 10, 2015 at 5:42 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 11, 2015 at 12:15 PM #

      Hi Sandy,

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  41. Vickie December 6, 2015 at 3:55 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 7, 2015 at 2:04 PM #

      Hi Vickie,

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

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

      Jeremy

  42. Suchitra December 4, 2015 at 4:44 AM #

    Why word press is not in the list?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong December 4, 2015 at 11:44 AM #

      Hi Suchitra,

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

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

      Jeremy

  43. James Rheintgen November 22, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    Jeremy,

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

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

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

    One that offers major Credit cards and Paypal too

    Shipping options would be great as well

    I appreciate any sound insight

    Sincerely,

    Jim

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 23, 2015 at 1:10 PM #

      Hi James,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  44. Cindy genrich November 20, 2015 at 3:52 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 21, 2015 at 1:51 PM #

      Hi Cindy,

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

      Jeremy

  45. Miss Thing November 17, 2015 at 3:51 AM #

    Hi Jeremy —

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

    Take care —

    E

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 18, 2015 at 6:43 AM #

      Thanks, Miss Thing!

  46. John November 16, 2015 at 5:51 PM #

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

    Thanks in advance Jeremy!

    JD

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 18, 2015 at 6:37 AM #

      Hey John,

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

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

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

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  47. Logan November 5, 2015 at 7:42 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 6, 2015 at 11:34 AM #

      Hi Logan,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  48. Veron November 4, 2015 at 2:34 PM #

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

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

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

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

    What do you suggest? Thanks in advance. : )

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 6, 2015 at 11:19 AM #

      Hi Vernon,

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

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

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

      • Veron November 6, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

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

  49. Songtu November 4, 2015 at 12:18 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    Thanks & regards,
    Tu

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 4, 2015 at 2:02 PM #

      Hi Songtu,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  50. Will November 3, 2015 at 3:02 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 4, 2015 at 1:52 PM #

      Hi Will,

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

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

      Jeremy

  51. Fran October 31, 2015 at 6:24 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong November 2, 2015 at 4:06 PM #

      Hello Fran,

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

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

      • Fran November 9, 2015 at 2:29 AM #

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

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong November 9, 2015 at 5:51 PM #

          Hello Fran,

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

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

          Jeremy

  52. Leo B October 24, 2015 at 1:42 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 26, 2015 at 11:05 AM #

      Hi Leo,

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

      Jeremy

  53. Bram October 22, 2015 at 6:05 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 22, 2015 at 8:18 PM #

      Hey Bram,

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

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

      Jeremy

  54. Johan Jooste October 22, 2015 at 6:21 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 26, 2015 at 10:51 AM #

      Hi Johan,

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

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

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

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

      Hope this explains things a bit.

      Jeremy

  55. Geoffrey cantor October 20, 2015 at 5:21 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 20, 2015 at 7:12 PM #

      Hi Geoffrey,

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

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

      Jeremy

  56. jim October 14, 2015 at 7:47 AM #

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

    Thank you. Jim

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 28, 2015 at 10:25 AM #

      Hi Jim,

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

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

      Jeremy

  57. Que K. October 11, 2015 at 11:24 AM #

    Hello Jeremy,

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

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 14, 2015 at 11:38 AM #

      Hey Que,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  58. Doctrinam October 9, 2015 at 6:06 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 14, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

      Hi Doctrinam,

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

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

      Jeremy

  59. Carmen October 8, 2015 at 6:55 PM #

    Hi,

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

    Thanks!
    Carmen

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 14, 2015 at 11:20 AM #

      Hello Carmen,

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

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

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

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

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  60. Sistah Duch October 8, 2015 at 4:37 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 13, 2015 at 9:00 PM #

      Thanks Sistah!

  61. Ellie Belle October 5, 2015 at 8:34 AM #

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

    Ellie

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong October 5, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

      Ellie,

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

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

      Jeremy

      • Ellie Belle October 8, 2015 at 8:49 AM #

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

  62. Juanita October 1, 2015 at 1:27 PM #

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

  63. margot September 22, 2015 at 9:30 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM #

      Thanks Margot!

  64. Rashelle September 20, 2015 at 9:37 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 22, 2015 at 11:17 AM #

      Hello Rashelle,

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

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

      Jeremy

  65. Joanne September 16, 2015 at 7:10 AM #

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

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 17, 2015 at 5:38 PM #

      Hi Joanne,

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

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

      Jeremy

  66. Kay September 11, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

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

    Thanks for your time and effort.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 11, 2015 at 9:46 PM #

      Hi Kay,

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

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

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  67. Lauri September 2, 2015 at 10:43 PM #

    Hi Jeremy!

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

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

    Lauri

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong September 4, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

      Hello Lauri,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  68. Tyler August 29, 2015 at 5:40 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 31, 2015 at 11:14 AM #

      Hey Tyler,

      Sorry to hear about Web.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  69. Zi Yan August 26, 2015 at 12:22 AM #

    Hello!

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

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

    Thank you!

    Zi Yan

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 26, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

      Hello Zi Yan,

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

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

      Jeremy

  70. Shenley August 25, 2015 at 9:05 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 26, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

      Hey Shenley,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  71. John August 21, 2015 at 6:55 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    Thanks!

    John

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 21, 2015 at 10:01 AM #

      Hi John,

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  72. Bryttiny August 17, 2015 at 10:18 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 17, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

      Hello Bryttiny,

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

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

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  73. cindy chenard August 14, 2015 at 11:17 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 17, 2015 at 12:26 PM #

      Hi Cindy,

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

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

      Jeremy

  74. jan August 5, 2015 at 7:51 AM #

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 5, 2015 at 1:13 PM #

      Hi Jan,

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

      Jeremy

  75. John August 1, 2015 at 6:56 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong August 3, 2015 at 9:43 AM #

      Hi John,

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

      Jeremy

  76. Niels Larsen July 26, 2015 at 3:07 AM #

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 27, 2015 at 11:13 AM #

      Hi Niels,

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps somewhat!

      Jeremy

  77. Rosa July 25, 2015 at 4:45 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 27, 2015 at 10:59 AM #

      Hi Rosa,

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

      See the tutorials for Wix, Squarespace and Jimdo here.

      Jeremy

  78. Ayesha July 20, 2015 at 11:39 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM #

      Hi Ayesha,

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

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

      Jeremy

  79. Andy July 13, 2015 at 5:15 PM #

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

    Thanks
    Andy

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 17, 2015 at 11:53 AM #

      Hi Andy,

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

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

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  80. Lauraxer July 13, 2015 at 2:41 PM #

    I have a question, Is WordPress.com free?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 4:44 PM #

      Hi there,

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

      Jeremy

  81. Robert hart July 13, 2015 at 5:19 AM #

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

    Thank you
    Bob

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 10:41 AM #

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

      Jeremy

  82. Bill July 11, 2015 at 10:02 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 10:24 AM #

      Hi Bill,

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

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

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  83. mphafi matima July 9, 2015 at 11:59 AM #

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  84. Richard July 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 4, 2015 at 10:47 AM #

      Hey Richard,

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  85. herb fellows June 29, 2015 at 5:15 AM #

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 30, 2015 at 6:28 AM #

      Hi Herb,

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  86. Sarah June 23, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 25, 2015 at 9:39 PM #

      Hi Sarah,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  87. DC June 22, 2015 at 3:36 PM #

    Hi Jeremy,

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

    Thanks,
    DC

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong June 22, 2015 at 9:17 PM #

      Hi DC,

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  88. Dmitry May 28, 2015 at 2:36 PM #

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 29, 2015 at 10:02 PM #

      Hi Dmitry,

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

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

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

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

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

      • Dmitry May 31, 2015 at 2:30 PM #

        Thank you very much, Jeremy!

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

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

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

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

        Dmitry

        • Jeremy Wong
          Jeremy Wong June 21, 2015 at 9:37 PM #

          Hi Dmitry,

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Good luck!

          Jeremy

  89. Robert S May 28, 2015 at 9:51 AM #

    Jeremy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks again for your time, effort and help.

    Rob

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 29, 2015 at 10:06 PM #

      Hey Robert,

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

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

      Hope this helps a bit.

      Jeremy

      • Robert June 2, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

        Hi Jeremy:

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

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

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

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

        Thanks again for all you do.

        Rob

  90. Cheryl May 20, 2015 at 1:07 PM #

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

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

    Any and all information will be appreciated.
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 23, 2015 at 9:41 PM #

      Hi Cheryl,

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

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

      Jeremy

  91. Paul May 13, 2015 at 4:57 PM #

    Thank you for a great resource, Jeremy.

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

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

    Thanks in advance!

    Paul

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 14, 2015 at 12:31 AM #

      Hi Paul,

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

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

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

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

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

      Jeremy

      • Paul May 14, 2015 at 7:27 AM #

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

        • Bobby May 20, 2015 at 8:40 AM #

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

  92. Mariana Basile Resstom May 13, 2015 at 7:10 AM #

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong May 14, 2015 at 12:13 AM #

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

      Jeremy

  93. Purnima April 23, 2015 at 3:33 PM #

    HI,

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

    Thank you for amazing information!

    Sincerely,
    Purnima

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 25, 2015 at 7:26 PM #

      Purnima,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  94. Luc April 22, 2015 at 8:18 PM #

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

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

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 23, 2015 at 1:31 PM #

      Hi Luc,

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

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

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

      Hope this explains things a bit.

      Jeremy

      • Luc April 26, 2015 at 7:35 PM #

        Hi Jeremy,

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

        Luc

  95. Stef April 20, 2015 at 7:21 AM #

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

    Stef

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 21, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

      Stef,

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

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

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

      Jeremy

  96. Kevin April 19, 2015 at 7:08 PM #

    Jeremy,

    Thank you for a great and informative chart!

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

    I am trying to build a business website that:

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

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

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

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

    Let me know what you think!

    Thank you again for your guidance

    Kev

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 21, 2015 at 5:06 PM #

      Hi Kev,

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

      Jeremy

      • Kevin April 21, 2015 at 6:55 PM #

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

        Kev

  97. Kate April 12, 2015 at 7:23 AM #

    Jeremy –

    thanks for all this information.

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

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

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 12, 2015 at 5:57 PM #

      Hi Kate,

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

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

      Hope this guides you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

      • Kate April 12, 2015 at 6:02 PM #

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

  98. Trudy April 10, 2015 at 9:48 PM #

    Hi Jeremy

    What are your thoughts on WIX versus WordPress please?

    Thanks

    Trudy

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 11, 2015 at 3:51 PM #

      Hi Trudy,

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

      Hope you find it helpful!

      Jeremy

  99. Marlo Malaluan April 7, 2015 at 2:18 PM #

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 8, 2015 at 6:48 PM #

      Hey Marlo,

      Difference of opinion I guess! But I appreciate your input and views. It’s definitely a healthy debate.

      Don’t get me wrong, Weebly is a great website builder and we love using Weebly. But we just feel that Squarespace is pretty awesome too! : )

      Jeremy

  100. Alvin April 6, 2015 at 2:13 AM #

    For export website, weebly should be “no.” One can export it to html, but you cannot export it to another weebly site nor use it with weebly again. In short, you can export it, but cannot import it back to weebly. That’s like saying you can do a backup, but cannot restore your backup. Absurd right?

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong April 6, 2015 at 3:46 PM #

      Hey Alvin,

      Thanks for your input. Weebly allows you to export a Weebly website to import it into another hosting service, but they don’t have a function for you to import it back into Weebly again. The same thing applies across other website builders discussed here as well.

      I think the main reason is that each website builder’s platform has its unique code base (that enables you to drag and drop content to build out your website). So if you start tinkering with the codes after you export the site, if you are allowed to import the site back into the website builder (after you’ve modified the codes a bit), then the codes may not work properly and /or conflict with that website builder.

      But if you want to move a website across to another account, give their support team a shout and they are likely able to do that. Granted, I haven’t tried that myself, but I don’t see a reason why that shouldn’t be a possible.

      Good point though so thanks for bringing it up!

      Jeremy

  101. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  102. 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
      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 Weebly.com directly and using Weebly with another hosting service). There are definitely pros and cons to consider.

      Jeremy

  103. 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

  104. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  105. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

      • 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
          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.

          Jeremy

          • 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

  106. 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
      Jeremy Wong March 20, 2015 at 10:28 PM #

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

      Jeremy

  107. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

    • Marlo Malaluan April 7, 2015 at 2:21 PM #

      Go find some freelance designers on the Internet.

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

    it was very helpful thank you.

  109. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  110. 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 WordPress.com (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
      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 WordPress.com – meaning that if you build an ecommerce store with WordPress.com, 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!

      Jeremy

      • 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.

  111. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

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

    hello
    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
      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.

      Jeremy

    • 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

      Cheers!

  113. 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.

    Mike.

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

    • Tim Houston March 29, 2016 at 12:06 AM #

      Please don’t use WordPress. I have so many clients coming to me to untangle the WordPress mess it’s incredible! Stick with something user friendly like Weebly or Wix. Personally, I’m a Weebly fanatic and try touse it for all of my clients, even teach them how to do it themselves. WordPress is a nightmare.

  114. 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 kajabi.com.

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

  115. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  116. 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 one.com (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
      Jeremy Wong March 7, 2015 at 7:55 PM #

      Ossy,

      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.

      Jeremy

  117. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

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

    Hello

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

  119. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  120. 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
      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!)

      Jeremy

  121. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  122. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  123. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  124. 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
      Jeremy Wong February 20, 2015 at 2:43 PM #

      Thanks Kylie!

  125. 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 LendingTree.com 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  126. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  127. 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?

    Thanks,

    – Shem

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

      • 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
          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.

          Jeremy

  128. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  129. Nevin February 3, 2015 at 6:00 PM #

    Hi there,

    In regards to SEO options for website builder Wix, you mention that Wix allows page level control, including H1 to H6 titles, but you cannot customize your URL. I’m not familiar with the H1 and H6 titles, what does this mean?

    Also, you mention not customizing your URL on Wix, so does that mean if we switch to a Wix sitebuilder we have to add the name Wix to our own custom URL? Or are you referring only the URL as it relates to SEO settings.

    If we switch to Wix from Godaddy V7 sitebuilder (which were having lots of trouble with because Godaddy tech support does not know how to fix problems despite trying many times) can they import our text and images, pages ect to their site builder (different template of course) or de we have to rebuild site from scratch.

    We like Squarespace features but we do not like that black bar that borders all their templates. And we don’t really like how the scroll down bar is not on the outside edge of the templates. It feels like your website is reduced in screen size to allow for those fixed borders that surround the templates. We assume this is the part that makes their templates mobile. That part just doesn’t feel right to us though.

    • Jeremy Wong
      Jeremy Wong July 13, 2015 at 10:51 AM #

      Hi Nevin,

      “H” means Heading. Very simplistically, when used, it tells Google that it is something worth emphasizing, or is a section divider. So when Google crawls and reads the content on your site, having these headings will help it understand a bit better what your content is about. H1 has a much higher emphasis than H6. So for some users, having better control over headings can help you better communicate what you are trying to emphasize on the page.

      Not being able to customize the URL means that if you can change the text of your URL. So for this page you are on right now, our URL structure is domain name / page name “website-builders-comparison-chart”. Being able to change it means I can change it to “website-chart” (for instance). This also helps tell Google what the content of the page is, so having this flexibility is good.

      So you don’t have to show any “Wix” text in your website address (if you are using one of its paid plans).

      Hope this clarifies things!

      Jeremy

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

    Who owns the website when an outside firm builds the website?
    Thanks,
    Tom

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

  131. 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?

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

  132. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  133. 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
    Alex

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

    Jeremy,

    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.

    Thanks,
    DC

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

  135. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  136. 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
      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 🙂

      Jeremy

  137. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  138. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  139. 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 ‘www.footpain.org. May I thank you in advance for your kind reply. Mark Reed, DPM.

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

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

    Website Builders Comparison Chart i s good…

  141. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  142. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

      • 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
        Jennie

        • Jeremy Wong
          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.

          Jeremy

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

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

  143. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  144. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  145. 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
      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).

      Jeremy

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

        Thank you

  146. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  147. 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
      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?

      Jeremy

  148. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  149. 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 Web.com yet?

    Thank you,
    Ron

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

  150. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

      • 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!

        Matt

        • Jeremy Wong
          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!

          Jeremy

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

    Hi,

    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.

    Peter

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

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

    Hi,

    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
      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.

      Jeremy

  153. 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.
    Thanks.
    Maria

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

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

    hi..
    i am working on a personal project..im 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 recommend..ps i have no knowlege of coding..pls im looking forward to ur reply.

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

  155. 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?

    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

  156. 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
      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 Ning.com is great tool to power social network type websites. Perhaps you can give that a try?

      Jeremy

  157. 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
      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).

      Jeremy

  158. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  159. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  160. 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….

    thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

  161. 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
      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).

      Jeremy

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

    Have you performed an evaluation of webs.com
    Thanks,
    Frank

  163. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  164. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

      • 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

  165. 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?
    Thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

  166. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

  167. 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
    BB

    • Jeremy Wong
      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).

      Jeremy

  168. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  169. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  170. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

    • 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]seodeva.com

      Hannah

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

        Hannah,

        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?

        Thanks,
        ML0
        ?

        • 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]seodeva.com.

          Regards,

          Hannah

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

    Jeremy,

    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
      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!

      Jeremy

  172. 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)

    Thanks!

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

      Jeremy

      • 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!

        Stan

  173. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

  174. 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
      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!

      Jeremy

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

    Hello,

    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?

    Thanks,
    Verne

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

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

    I appreciate your great website!

    Questions:

    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?

    THANKS!

    • Jeremy Wong
      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.

      Jeremy

  177. 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
      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.

      Jeremy

      • 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.

  178. 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
      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

  179. 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?

    Phil

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

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

    Hello!

    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
      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

  181. 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 webs.com and it limited me to only 5 pages and I couldn’t make it work.

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

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

    Jeremy,
    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.
    Taunia

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  183. 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 jotform.com 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!

    Respectfully,
    John

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  184. 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
      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

  185. 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.

    Joanna

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  186. 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
      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

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

    Hi

    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.

    Emma

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  188. 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
      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

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

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

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  190. 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
    Marc

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  191. 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
      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

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

    Howdy!

    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
      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

  193. 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
      Jeremy Wong September 13, 2014 at 9:37 AM #

      Hey Joseph – glad you found our discussions helpful!

      – Jeremy

  194. 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
      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

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

    Hi,

    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,

    Adam

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  196. 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
      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

  197. 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
      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!

  198. 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.

    Sincerely,

    Michael

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  199. 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

    -Jeff

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  200. 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!

    Ruben
    Netherlands

    • Jeremy Wong
      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!

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

        • Jeremy Wong
          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

  201. 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

  202. 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?

    Regards,
    Tiger

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

  203. 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
      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

  204. 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
      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 http://www.websitebuilderexpert.com. 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

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

    Hi,

    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
      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

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

    Hi,

    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?

    Regards
    Nick

    • Jeremy Wong
      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

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

    Hi, What is Responsive Themes?

    Thank you!

    Marie-Eve

    • Jeremy Wong
      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 #

        Jeremy,
        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.
        Ben

        • Jeremy Wong
          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

  208. 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
      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

  209. 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
      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 / coll