Let’s get this out of the way – WordPress is one of the most used website builders (or content management systems) in the world.
It’s famous, powerful, flexible and enables you to have a piece of the internet real estate – your own website.
Now that I’ve flattered it, the key question is – is it the right website builder for you?
I’m guessing that you found this discussion here because you’re looking for some alternatives to WordPress.
Maybe you just want to better understand the choices available to you to enable you to build your own website, or maybe you got frustrated with learning how to use WordPress (it does have a steeper learning curve, after all).
Either way, this article will go over some WordPress alternatives, and direct you to some more in-depth discussions on how these other website builder choices compare to WordPress.
THERE ARE NO RIGHT OR WRONG WEBSITE BUILDERS
Before we dive into discussing some of these WordPress alternatives, I just want to table one thought.
There is no such thing as a perfect website builder. All platforms that enable you to build websites have their own pros and cons.
Who Is WordPress Good For?
Generally speaking, WordPress is a very powerful, flexible platform. Some of the world’s largest and most popular websites are built with WordPress. But they’re also nimble enough to power smaller websites.
However, it does take a bit of work to use it effectively, and the learning curve is higher than other website builders.
Who are Drag & Drop Website Builders Good For?
Let’s face it, not everybody has the resources (time and money) to learn how to use WordPress effectively.
There are some of you that prefer to DIY (“Do It Yourself”) and be very hands-on in the actual building of your own website.
You’re not tech savvy and don’t have a high interest in tweaking codes (or learning how to). You might not want to manage developers, or wait for them to make updates as you prefer to make instant modifications to your website on the fly.
If that person is you, then using a drag & drop website builder, is probably a better alternative for you.
Before we get into a list of WordPress alternatives, understand that these website builders are not as flexible or customizable as WordPress.
But they do offer a lot of value that WordPress can’t (much easier to use, fully supported by dedicated help teams, no coding required to build a great website, you can do it all by yourself without hiring help).
Here is a summary table of our recommendations:
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So if you still want to explore some choices outside of WordPress, let’s get into our detailed analysis below.
WordPress vs Drag & Drop Website Builders – Click to see more comparison discussions
1. WordPress Alternative #1 – Wix (Best All Around Website Builder)
Wix is the best All Around drag & drop website builders available today. They currently have over 100 million registered users, and over 2.47 million paying subscribers.
You can literally drag and drop any content you want on your website, without touching a line of code. So you don’t need to be technical at all to use Wix.
Wix also offers you over 500 professional looking design templates to choose from, across a broad range of industries so you are likely to find something that’s suitable for your needs.
They also have industry-specific tools created for musicians, hotels / accommodations, consultants, etc. So Wix is not just another website builder that helps you create a generic website. They give you industry-specific designs and tools to help you build your business.
Here are some examples of websites built with Wix.
Here’s what we like about them:
- Very innovative – they’re always adding new tools and features so your website can keep up with the web industry (instead of looking outdated). You want a website builder that’s continuously innovating so you can improve your website as well. This is an important point.
- Their designs are up-to-date with the latest trends – you can build 1-pager parallax designs, insert background videos, create different background sections, all without knowing how to code.
In addition, they offer you email and phone support (something that WordPress does not have) if you have any questions or run into any issues.
Wix vs WordPress – click here to see our detailed comparison
Wix Review – click here to see our detailed pros & cons of using Wix
2. WordPress Alternative #2 – Squarespace (Best Designs)
Squarespace, although not as easy to use as Wix (but still much easier to use and customize compared to WordPress), they give you the ability to build a gorgeous, really polished looking website.
Their strength is in their design templates, which are all mobile responsive and beautifully crafted. They can make your website look clean, minimalistic and chic.
You can literally “drag and drop” you way to building a website that looks like you’ve invested thousands of dollars into hiring a designer to help you create.
If you are in the portfolio / design, photography, boutique business, restaurant or wedding / occasions industry, Squarespace’s designs can work really well for you.
You can see some websites built with Squarespace here.
A couple of things that we really like about them:
- Very design-focused – As mentioned above, Squarespace designs can give people the impression that you hired an expensive professional designer to create your website.
- Allows you to play an active role in customizing your design – Squarespace allows you to make design customizations without touching codes.
Same as Wix, Squarespace offers you email and live chat support. Again, it’s something WordPress does not have unless you pay a developer to assist you (which can cost more than what you pay per month to use Squarespace).
Squarespace vs WordPress – click here to see our detailed comparison
Squarespace Review – click here to see our detailed pros & cons of using Squarespace
3. WordPress Alternative #3 – Weebly (Easiest to Use)
Weebly is probably the easiest to use, drag and drop website builder available today.
Their user interface is very friendly and minimalistic, making it pretty intuitive for you to learn how to quickly build your website (again, without touching a line of code).
So if you’re really afraid of technology and you’re looking for the easiest and simple website building solution, Weebly can work really well for you.
Their design templates are not as comprehensive as Wix, or not as polished as Squarespace, but they’re continually introducing new and better designs – and they’re getting better and better at it.
We like Weebly because:
- Drop dead easy to use – We’ve seen 8 years old kids and elderlies build decent websites with Weebly. It’s almost like learning how to use an iPad – they make it intuitive and easy.
- Access to design codes – If you know a bit of code, you can make design customizations. For sure, this is not a necessity as you can build a good looking site without touching codes. But it’s an added flexibility if you want to take your design to the next level.
Weebly provides you with email and phone support, just in case you need them. But they’re really easy to use, so you might not even need help.
Weebly vs WordPress – click here to see our detailed comparison
Weebly Review – click here to see our detailed pros & cons of using Weebly
WHAT ABOUT ECOMMERCE WEBSITES?
One of the flexibilities of using WordPress is that you can also use them to build a very comprehensive ecommerce online store.
The challenge for the non-tech savvy users is that you need to piece together various plugins, and potentially modify some codes, to make these tools work for you.
If you don’t have the time, interest or budget to hire someone to do that for you, it can be a bit of a pain to get your online store up and running effectively.
So here are a couple of good WordPress ecommerce alternatives for you to consider.
4. WordPress eCommerce Alternative #1 – Shopify
Shopify powers over 377,500 active stores. It is the best “one-stop shop” ecommerce package for you to build a small to a very large / advanced online store.
The benefit of using Shopify is that they take care of all the technical stuff for you, so you can focus on building and growing your business.
They offer you premium storefront themes, advanced ecommerce tools, and an extensive app store for you to integrate even more powerful tools if you need to, all with just one click of a button.
Shopify has phone, live chat, and email support, so you can reach them at any time.
Here are some examples of online stores that are powered by Shopify.
Basically, they make building an ecommerce website easier for you compared to using WordPress.
Similar to online stores powered by WordPress, Shopify has the capability to help smaller businesses grow, and the scale to power businesses that are selling millions of dollars in products.
1) Shopify Review – see our detailed pros & cons of using Shopify
2) Free Tutorial Guides – series of Shopify guides to help you build & grow your business
3) Ecommerce Examples – See how others have built successful online stores using Shopify
4) Shopify Plus (Enterprise Level Users) – If you’re in the big leagues and your business generates 6 to 7 figures in sales per year, Shopify Plus can help you achieve more.
5. WordPress eCommerce Alternative #2 – BigCommerce
BigCommerce powers over 95,000 active ecommerce websites and is a very reputable online store builder.
They can also help you get your website up and running without having to get too tangled up in technology.
They offer you a very comprehensive set of “out of the box” ecommerce related tools, and just like Shopify, allow you to access more advanced tools through their App store.
BigCommerce is also one of the best ecommerce software available in the market. In our opinion their biggest competitor is Shopify, and each of them has their own pros and cons.
BigCommerce review – see our detailed pros & cons of using BigCommerce
BigCommerce vs Shopify – see the biggest differences between these two ecommerce builders
CONCLUSION – WORDPRESS ALTERNATIVES
At the end of the day, using WordPress or one of the alternatives I suggested above really depends on what you want to achieve, and what experience you want to get out of the process.
WordPress is a very powerful and flexible website builder. But at the end of the day, you’ll have to have the patience and interest in learning how to use it effectively. The learning curve is higher than other website builders, but if you have the resources to pour into your website, you build a really great website with WordPress.
But WordPress is not for everybody.
If you want to be more hands-on in managing and building your own website, yet don’t want to invest the time in becoming your own IT staff to troubleshoot technology, then some of the drag and drop website builders I suggested above might be excellent options for you.
With drag and drop website builders, you really don’t need to know how to write one single line of code, and you can quickly build a website and move on to doing other more important things. Not to mention, these website builders have dedicated support teams to answer your questions should you have any.
Not only do you not need to be tech savvy, the timeframe it takes for you to launch a website with the WordPress alternatives is so much shorter using WordPress (in my own experience anyway).
At the end of the day, all the platforms that we discussed in this article are capable, and all of they have their own pros and cons. Pick the one that will give you the best experience as building a website is a process.
It’s like trying to get healthier. Aim for a lifestyle, routine, and process that works for you, which gives you the best experience. There are many different ways of building good websites.
But if you really dislike the process and experience, then it’s probably not worth pursuing.
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