How to Choose the Best Website Builder for You With 9 Simple Questions

Last updated on August 16, 2017

Before discovering website builders, did you ever asked yourself these questions?

  • “I have WAY too much admin work already. I can’t spare a few months to build a website — I have more important things to do!” 
  • “I’m not a techie! I get jittery even when need to update a software program — How on earth am I supposed to create a website?” 
  • “I just don’t have any talent for designing things. I don’t want to feel embarrassed about my website — What if people think my business is unprofessional?” 
  • “I’ve heard horror stories of people getting ripped off, so hiring designers to build my website scares me — I want to do it myself, if only it wasn’t so hard!”

If this sounds all too familiar, you’ve come to the right place.

choose-best-website-builder-thumbnailBuilding your own website used to be almost impossible — you used to have to know how to code like a pro (or hire expensive coders) and keeping your website up and running is very time intensive and expensive.

Thankfully — those days are now behind us and you’re living in a time where drag & drop website builders are plentiful. They enable you to build a professional looking website without having to write a line of code.

They’re also very affordable as well, as you no longer have to hire designers or coders to help you set up and maintain your website on an ongoing basis.

By removing the technical “shackles”, these website builders give you a fair chance and freedom to create a good looking, functional website.

They manage all the technicalities of operating websites for you, so it’s almost like having a team of IT technicians working for you in the background.

 

What are Some of the Best Website Builders & How Should I Choose?

More and more drag & drop website builders are becoming available, especially over the past few years.

Instead of listing out 10 – 20 different website builders, which can lead to choice paralysis (having too many options to study and consider), we’ve narrowed down our recommended list to 3 really good website builders:

  1. Wix
  2. Squarespace
  3. Weebly

(We will explain why we’re recommending these 3 below)

All of them enable you to build a website without having to know how to code and they all manage the hosting and system administration functions for you – so you don’t have to deal with them.

So how do you figure out which of the 3 is the most suitable for you? We’ll guide you through some of the right questions to ask in order to get started below.

Here are the main sections we’ll go over in this article:

Ready? So let’s get going!

 

1. How long has the company been established?

  1. Wix – Established in 2006. It is also a publicly traded company, so they have been thoroughly vetted by the securities stock exchange and government agencies.
  2. Squarespace – Established in 2004. Based in New York City. Squarespace is currently a private company.
  3. Weebly – Established in 2007. Based in San Francisco. Weebly is currently a private company.

All 3 website builders have been established for many years. In our view, they are the original pioneers of the drag and drop, code-free, website building industry.

 

2. How many people are using the builder?

  1. Wix – Over 109 million websites have been created with Wix. Currently, there are over 2.87 million paying subscribers.
  2. Squarespace – The company stated that millions of users have registered to try Squarespace. As the company is private, they did not disclose exactly how many registered users they have. However, they highlight that they do have over 1 million paying subscribers.
  3. Weebly – Over 40 million websites have been created with Weebly. As the company is private, they did not disclose how many paying users they have.

There are good reasons why millions of users are using their platforms.  These website builders have invested millions of dollars and many years into growing and improving their software.

 

3. Are the number of users growing?

  1. Wix – Over 45,000 new users are signing up to try Wix every day. Based on publicly available information, the number of registered users is growing by 25% every year, and the number of paying users is growing by 38% every year.
  2. Squarespace – As mentioned, this private company does not disclose the number of users. But we’ve been following them for years now and their presence and brand is growing. They purchased advertising slots during the Super Bowl TV commercials **, so it gives you a sense that they are not a small time company.
  3. Weebly – Over the past few years, we’ve witnessed Weebly grow from 15 million users to 40 million users right now. So they’re growing quite rapidly.

** Note that Wix also participated in creating Super Bowl TV Commercials. This also shows that they are a legitimate, established company.

With high user growth, this further reinforces that these website builders are expanding, growing and are leading the charge in making website creation easy.

 

4. Are people searching for the company in Google?

Here is a chart from Google Trends, highlighting how often each of these website builders is searched on Google relative to one another.

Choose Best Website Builder - Google Trend

Click image to see the latest trending chart

You can see that the searches for these website builders have been growing over the past 10 years.

As people start realizing that they can build websites without coding or play the role of an IT systems administrator, these companies started to grow quite rapidly as more and more people signed up.

This also shows you that these website builders are not the “flavor of the month” sort of companies. They have been around for years, are established and are well branded.

You can also see that Wix’s growth is the highest, followed by Weebly and Squarespace. This suggests that Wix is the most popular, followed by Weebly and Squarespace

 

5. Is it easy to get in touch with the company’s support team?

  1. Wix – You can reach their support team through the phone, email, and users forum.
  2. Squarespace – You can reach their support team through live chat, email, and users forum.
  3. Weebly – You can reach their support team through the phone, live chat, and email.

So getting in touch with an actual person from each of the website builders is not challenging.

This further reinforces the point that they are not some sort of dodgy companies that hide behind their websites.

 

6. Does the company have a fair refund policy?

All three website builders have fair refund policies:

  1. Wix – No questions asked, 14 day refund period after you decide to upgrade to a paid plan. Note that Wix is also free to use before you decide whether you want to upgrade. So this gives you a chance to test them out before committing to anything. There is no time limit to their free plan so there is no pressure to upgrade.
  2. Squarespace – They don’t have a free plan like Wix or Weebly, but you do get a 14 day free trial period before deciding if you want to continue using their services. If you do, you will have to upgrade. But once you upgrade to their paid plans, you can cancel at any time and Squarespace will refund you the remaining, unused portion of your plan (only applicable to annual plans).
  3. Weebly – No questions asked, 30 day refund period after you decide to upgrade to a paid plan. Similar to Wix, Weebly is also free to use before you decide if you want to upgrade. There is also no time limit to how long you want to use their free plan.

What we really like here, is that you have an opportunity to test out all their tools before deciding whether you want to upgrade to a paid plan or not.

If you do upgrade, and you change your mind for whatever reason, you get a reasonable number of days to get your refund.

Having a fair, reasonable and transparent refund policy is a sign a good business to deal with.

 

7. Pros & Cons Comparison Chart

We’ll go over each website builder company in more details below in sections 10, 11 and 12.

But before we get to the overviews of each company, here is a table of pros & cons between the website builders so you can get a sense of which one might be more suitable for you:

 

Wix

Squarespace

Weebly

Pro #1

Over 500 professional looking templates across many different industries for you to choose from.

Beautiful, mobile responsive templates that can give you with a very polished design.

One of the easiest website builders to use. They are very user-friendly & minimalistic.

Pro #2

“Pure” drag & drop user interface. Insert content anywhere without any limitations. This makes designing much easier.

All websites built are mobile responsive. You don’t have to edit your website separately in a mobile editor.

An increasing number of mobile responsive templates. Same as Squarespace, your site is automatically optimized for mobile devices.

Pro #3

Comprehensive tutorials if you have questions. Also provides phone & email support.

Extensive styling controls without you having to know how to code.

Over 40 pre-designed page layouts for you to pick from, so you don’t have to start your page designs from scratch.

Con #1

Very visible advertisement if you are using the free plan. To remove the advertisement, you need to upgrade.

Due to your website being mobile responsive, what you see in your editor may not be exactly how it shows up “live” as your layout changes depending on the screen size.

Designs are good, but not as good looking / sophisticated as Wix or Squarespace. But designs are “catching up” and have been improving significantly.

Con #2

Once you select a template, you cannot change it without having to rebuild your content.

The comprehensive style editor could be overwhelming for non-designers. Not the easiest tool to use.

Limited styling options compared to Wix or Squarespace (unless you modify the codes to the templates).

Con #3

Page URL structure is not as pretty. But Wix webpages are fully crawlable & indexable by search engines (e.g. Google).

No free plan. So you can’t continue to use their services if you don’t upgrade after the free trial period.

While Weebly is easy to use, their tutorials / user guides are not very detailed or comprehensive.

Wix vs Squarespace – see our comprehensive, in-depth comparison between them

Wix vs Weebly – see our comprehensive, in-depth comparison between them

 

8. Which Website Builder Should You Choose?

To be honest, we can’t tell you exactly which website builder will be the best for you.

We wished we could — but there are many potential factors affecting why you may or may not like a particular platform.

For instance, you may favor one user interface over the others, you may like a design template from one specific web builder, or you may like a specific tool that one builder offers while the others don’t.

So as you can see, how you view and assess whether Wix, Squarespace, or Weebly works best for you, is a very personal experience.  Each website builder has its own set of pros and cons, and you may find some cons more acceptable than others, according to your own website needs. That’s why we recommend that you test out all three of them so you can make an informed decision as to which one you want to commit to.

You can test all of them for free.  Wix and Weebly both have free plans.  While Squarespace doesn’t have a permanent free plan, they do offer you a 14-day risk-free trial period so you can give them a test drive.

To help make this process slightly easier for you, to enable you to at least have a sense of which website builder might be more suitable for you, here are our recommendations based on what you might be looking for:

  • Easiest To UseWix and Weebly
  • Stylish & Professional Design – Wix and Squarespace
  • Best Help / Support Guides – Wix and Squarespace
  • Most Customizable – Wix and Squarespace (If you know how to modify codes, Weebly is best)
  • Most Popular (based on user numbers and most searched after in Google) – Wix
Website Builders Comparison Chart – see our detailed side-by-side comparison between Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly

 

9. How Much Does Each Website Builder Cost?

Of course, we can’t complete our coverage of these website builders without briefly discussing their pricing plans.

Here are the monthly prices in US$, based on their annual plans:

Wix Plans:

  • Connect Domain: $5.00
  • Combo: $10.00
  • Unlimited: $14.00
  • eCommerce: $17.00
  • VIP: $25.00
Squarespace Plans:

  • Personal Website: $12
  • Business Website: $18
  • Basic eCommerce: $26
  • Advanced eCommerce: $40
Weebly Plans:

  • Starter $8 / month
  • Pro $12 / month
  • Business $25 / month
  • Performance $49 / month
As you can see, the pricing differences between Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly are not drastically different.

All of them also give you a free domain name for the first year if you signed up to their annual plans (except for the “Connect Domain” plan from Wix). So that’s an additional $10 – $15 in savings for the first year. After the first year, you will have to pay to renew the domain name (at around $20 per year).

This is why we suggest you test out the website builders to see which one you like best, as the pricing difference between each website builder is not significant.

Using a drag & drop web builder is a very affordable way for you to create a website- without having to hire a designer (see our debate on why you should NOT hire a designer).

They’re easy to use, and the cost is very predictable compared to other more advanced web building platforms such as WordPress, or custom websites.

See our detailed discussion about the cost of building a website along with issues for you to think about if you are exploring different types of website builders.

 

10. Overview of Wix

Wix is one of the best drag & drop website builders available. As highlighted above, they have over 109 million registered users and over 2.87 million paying subscribers.

The number of actual paying customers shows a high level of confidence and that people are happy with Wix’s services.

Choose Best Website Builder - Wix

One of the reasons why people like to use Wix is that you can drag and drop any content around your website – without having to touch a line of code.

They are a “pure” drag and drop website builder, so you can have full control over the creative design of your website and place your content pretty much anywhere you want to – without restrictions.

Wix also offers you over 500 professionally designed templates to pick from, and they cover a very wide range of industries (such as advertising & marketing, real estate, health & beauty, hospitality, photography, retail, fashion, etc). So you’ll most likely be able to find a design that suits your taste.

As mentioned above, their support is superb and easy to reach. They offer you help through the phone, email and user forum where you can post questions. Wix also has a very extensive help library with both text and video content. So overall, they are quite committed and dedicated to supporting its users.

Just as a last, but important note – Wix has a dedicated mobile editor, so your website is definitely mobile friendly.

See Our Full Review of Wix

 

11. Overview of Squarespace

Even though Squarespace is not as easy to use as Wix or Weebly (but not that difficult), they can help you create a really gorgeous, polished looking website.Their secret is in their design templates, which are all beautifully crafted and mobile responsive.

If you look at their templates, you can tell that Squarespace has dedicated a lot of energy and time into designing their templates. As a result, once you use their templates, you don’t have to do too much more work to create a great looking website.

Choose Best Website Builder - Squarespace

You can see the difference in approach between Squarespace and Wix here. Squarespace offers you over 60 designs, whereas Wix has over 500.

So Squarespace is very focused on a limited number of templates, in making them very beautiful. This is not to say that Wix’s designs are bad (they’re good), but just a difference in design approach and philosophy.

Squarespace’s support is also easy to reach and is very responsive. Although they don’t offer phone support, they have a live chat function, and also provide 24/7 support via email. Their email response time is fast, and you’ll get answers usually in less than an hour.

Squarespace also has a comprehensive library of help articles, including both text and video content.

See our Full Review of Squarespace

 

12. Overview of Weebly

Weebly is probably the easiest, drag and drop website builder to use.

Their user interface and tools are very user-friendly and uncomplicated, so it’s quite intuitive for you to learn how to quickly build a good website without having to know how to code.

choose best website builder weebly

Even though Wix is pretty easy to use, Weebly is even simpler. This does mean that Weebly offers you less advanced tools than Wix (and Squarespace).

But you shouldn’t conclude that they cannot help you build a relatively sophisticated website. Weebly’s philosophy is that you don’t need all sorts of bells and whistles to create a professional website – and it’s true.

Their tools are relatively minimalistic, yet effective when used properly.

When it comes to designs, Weebly’s range of templates is not as comprehensive as Wix’s, or as polished as Squarespace’s. But Weebly has been continually introducing better designs over time. Their newer templates are all mobile responsive, and their pre-set page layouts are superb.

Weebly offers you phone and email support, along with help articles. So they’re always around if you need help. But in our experience, the way they’ve designed their platform makes it really easy to use so you might not even need to speak to a customer support personnel.

See Our Full Review of Weebly

 

13. Conclusion / Recommendation

In our view, Wix, Squarespace, and Weebly are some of the best drag & drop website builders available today.

What makes them good and reputable?  They are all well-established for many years, have very large number of users, are very frequently searched in Google, have strong user support, and have fair refund policies.

Of course, each website builder has its own pros and cons which we highlighted above. So depending on what you’re looking for, you may gravitate towards one specific website builder over the other.

For instance, if you want something that is dead easy to use, Wix or Weebly are well known for that.

If you are looking for very stylish designs, Wix and Squarespace are great choices.

We covered which website builder is good which what in this section above.

As in anything, there is no “perfect” website builder at the end of the day, especially when what you are looking for is different from what others are looking for.

So we highly recommend that once you had a chance to review our thoughts on each website builder here, sign up to at least 2 of them and invest some time to test them out (for free).  That’s the only way you can know for sure which one is most suitable for you.

Each website builder has its own unique style (such as user interface.  So you might prefer one over the other and that’s a big part of deciding which one is most suitable for you.  Testing each website builder out is free, after all!

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Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

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

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Jeremy Wong

About Jeremy Wong

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

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36 Responses to How to Choose the Best Website Builder for You With 9 Simple Questions

  1. #

    Question, my company’s website doesn’t have many advanced features (no user login, no commerce features, etc), but the one thing we would want is to create a custom template using our graphic designer that integrates our colors, branding, logo, etc. However, we are a small company and our guy that knew coding at an advanced level just left. As we’re considering a website revamp, we would like to use an “easy” hosting service that doesn’t require much code to operate but would still allow us to build a custom design template for how we want it to look. I know we’d run into limitations on either side, but what would be our best bet?

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Ryan,

      I’m not sure if there is a website builder where you can build your own custom template and upload it.

      You can start with a blank template on Weebly and build your site from scratch, so this could be a solution?

      Otherwise, it can be very time + money saving to start with a template and then edit it as you see fit, there’s no limit to how much you can change them, so the world is your oyster!

      It’s not an ideal fix if you’re set on creating something unique, but hopefully it points you in the right direction!

      I’ve linked to our Weebly + Wix reviews as this could be helpful.

      Thanks,
      – Tom

  2. #

    Hi Jeremy,
    Im not sure if being called Jeremy means excellent teacher .. i have a trainer also called Jeremy (in my professional career in IP Networking) that i admire, it just comes to me that you also get my attention. I like your approach of overlaying the information to learn stuff.
    this post is very interesting.
    That brings to few questions i have related to this post.

    – From the comparison you give, i notice that you don’t mention about Mobile Responsiveness for Wix but only for Squarespace. Does that mean Wix does not have that functionality for mobile devices and screen size responsiveness?
    – As far as the domain name, what would you recommend? Get it from Wix/Squarespace/Weebly or from a more customed vendor like Godaddy/Bluehost?
    – If i get domain name with any of these website builders, then after i move to let’s say WordPress. Would i be able to move everything to WordPress including domain and web content (Hosting)?
    – I notice that you mention that Wix has a dedicated Mobile Editor, would it mean that it is not used by default i-e using Wix template designs do not have this capability included automatically or maybe something else?

    Keep the good work! sorry for the length of my comment!

    • Tom Watts
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      Hello Carl,

      Thanks for the kind feedback – I know Jeremy’s advice tends to hit the nail on the head, so it’s great that it’s proven useful to you.

      Hopefully I can match his expertise by answering your questions!

      – Wix has both a desktop and mobile mode built into its editor, so you can optimize how your site looks for both desktop users and those on the go. Now this isn’t true mobile responsiveness, which means that your website automatically resizes + rearranges content for smaller screens, but is more of a ‘mobile ready’ option. So you have to tweak it yourself, but once you have, you can trust that your site will look good for users whatever device they are viewing it on.

      – For convenience you can buy your domain directly through your website builder. Unless you have an existing custom domain bought through GoDaddy/etc and have been using it elsewhere, which might mean there are mailboxes attached to it, or if you intend to move platform in the foreseeable future, then there’s no clear benefit to purchasing the domain outside of your website builder. We’ve more info in our domain name guide, which will prove very useful for you!

      – It would be difficult, but not impossible, to move from Wix to WordPress. To migrate content can be tricky as it involves pulling in an RSS feed (a type of online content distribution system) of your Wix posts to your WordPress site, and then re-creating each page from scratch because Wix doesn’t let you export your site due to the way the platform is designed. Likewise, if you were to purchase your domain through Wix you would need to set up redirects between pages, whereas a custom domain from GoDaddy would be easier to move to WordPress directly.

      – The mobile editor is one sign of the coin and the desktop editor is the other side. So rather than fully responsive templates, Wix leaves it to you to optimize your website for mobile as you see fit. You can take any of Wix’s templates into the mobile editor by selecting the one you want, going to the editor and selecting ‘mobile editor’ in the top right of the editing screen. Take a look at our comparison of website builder mobile editors as this will give you more information about Wix’s mobile capacities.

      Hope that helps,
      – Tom

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        thanks for you comments.. appreciated

  3. #

    Right to the point. Fair and honest review. I could here your integrity. Extremely helpful.
    Wow! Thx!

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Kathy,

      Glad to hear you found the discussion so useful!

      Feel free to share on social media if you think your friends and family might benefit too – we really appreciate the word being spread 🙂

      Thanks for reading,
      – Tom

  4. #

    Hi Jeremy,

    I live in Ghana and want to create a website to spread the word of God. Which of the three website can handle it? Take note, I will be adding images and diagrams.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Kwame,

      If you are looking to create a fairly simple website (that also includes graphics and diagrams), then any of Wix, Weebly or Squarespace would be a great choice for you to look at.

      Wix offers the widest choice of templates, most versatility and probably the best value for money.

      Weebly is the simplest to use and offers you a lot of creative freedom when designing.

      Squarespace can create the most beautiful sites, but gives you a little less freedom when editing.

      I’ve linked to our specific reviews, so that should give you some food for thought.

      Hope it helps,
      – Tom

  5. #

    This was massively helpful while still remaining direct and simple. Thank you!!!

    • Tom Watts
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      Hello Christian,

      thank you for your kind feedback, good to know it was helpful.

      – Tom

  6. #

    Great post sir

  7. #

    very helpful article! it helped me decide how to move forward. Thank you!!

  8. #

    hey i like the design of your page

  9. #

    It’s awesome that technology has come this far since my last website building experience 5 years ago. Your comparison of these 3 options appears to be un-bias and is very informative.
    Thanks ,
    Mark F

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks, Mark. Glad this article is helpful to you.

      Jeremy

  10. #

    Thanks for an excellent overview. One subject you did not discuss is security, which is pretty crucial for the eCommerce packages especially. Can you compare these three with WordPress on security?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Mark,

      Very good point. With Wix, Squarespace and Weebly, the security aspect of your website is taken care of by these website builders since they are “full service” so to speak. The only thing you are responsible for when it comes to security to ensure that your log in password is strong and that you rotate it from time to time (best practice).

      With WordPress.org, you’ll need to make sure that you update your WordPress version and plugins when they release updates. Instead of having this automatically done for you, you’ll need to update these yourself. It’s not technically difficult, but if you made custom changes to your website, you’ll need to make sure you test your website thoroughly to ensure that these customizations won’t conflict with the updates.

      Of course, make sure you have a strong log in password and rotate it from time to time.

      Jeremy

  11. #

    Hi Jeremy

    thanks for your nice article ! I’m planing to create a website for my language school , between Wix and Weebly, which is better for dual languages ? for example German and Chinese ?

    thanks .

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Lucy,

      We have a guide going over how to build multiple language websites and we touch on tools offered by Wix and Weebly. You can see the guide here.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  12. #

    What about the e-commerce aspect- which of is above is better in that regard?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Frances,

      Take a look at our ecommerce builder comparison chart here.

      Generally speaking, if you want to build a sophisticated / advanced online store, I’d recommend Shopify or BigCommerce. But if you want a relatively straightforward store without a lot of bells and whistles, if up to 10 or so products, then Wix, Squarespace and Weebly will work just fine.

      Also have a look at our ecommerce software guide here.

      Jeremy

  13. #

    Hands down the best review and comparison I have read.
    As much as I dislike online software, I’m going to have to come into the 21st century (I don’t have a cellphone, tablet, or any mobile device) sooner or later.
    Thanks for a great article,
    Bill

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thank you, Bill. Welcome to the world of online software! : )

      Jeremy

  14. #

    Wow–I learned in minutes what I’ve tried NOT to know anything about for decades! I can’t run from technology forever, though–and thank goodness I saw your generous, honest, clearly-written spot.
    After I wah-wah awhile about having to learn this new extra-dimensional stuff, sniffle into a fresh cuppa coffee, I must decide what route to go for putting my own artwork and writing online. Now I have a few clues, wonder which road to follow into the scary forest the Internet seems to be . . . but I have to send you a virtual hug and big THANKS for the most sugar-coated pill (of learning) in my experience.
    I think I want to buy a domain name from GoDaddy and then use Weebly . . for just starting out and being shy, unsure–and fairly old . . .
    Any coments from you very welcome.
    Toni

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Toni,

      Glad you found our guide helpful! To be honest, we were scared as heck too back in the days when we first started out. We had no clue what we were doing, and really wished there were more (easy-to-understand) information available online. I think the fact it didn’t inspired us to write this guide.

      I think your choice of using Weebly is a good one. They’re the easiest website builder to use, in our view. Very intuitive and user-friendly. Plus, it’s free to sign up to test for as long as you want to. So don’t rush yourself! Just upgrade if / when you want to.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

  15. #

    Hey Jeremy,

    Thank you so much for your wonderful website! It’s beautifully written, well-organized, “authoritative & comprehensive”(clarion call of reference/research librarians across the known universe).

    Question: Would Squarespace be a good option for a personal (blog/career change) website? Perhaps just a cover page for now? I’ve have found no examples of personalized, non-business sites with this company, but it appears overall to be the finest available without having to relearn Dreamweaver or heaven forbid, the unsupported FrontPage.

    Shari

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Shari,

      Thanks for reading our website and glad to hear that these discussions are helpful to you!

      As for Squarespace, you can definitely build a good personal (non-business) website with them. If you visit their templates page, you’ll find the “Personal” category there.

      But if you find another template that you prefer in other categories (such as Blogs), you can definitely use it. It’s how you use the design template that is important.

      If you need more ideas, take a look at Wix’s template collections. They have a broader selection of designs and design categories. Even if you don’t end up using Wix, it’s a good way to get some inspiration from how they layout their content on their example sites.

      We also have a tutorial on how to create a good home page design here – you might find it helpful.

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy!
    Very nice article. Thank you.
    What would you suggest for a stock trading website that would show historical price charts of all stocks being traded?
    Regards,
    Brian.

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      Hey Brian,

      If you are trying to create a stock trading website from scratch, similar to Yahoo Finance (for example), then you’ll probably need to custom build the website and something like Yahoo Finance could cost you a fortune so you can aggregate stock market details (and I’m sure you know, there are a lot of publicly traded companies out there!)

      But if you just want to embed the stock charts that’s generated elsewhere, I think all of the website builders can do that, as long as the source of the charts provide proper embed codes.

      Jeremy

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    Jeremy,

    Appreciate your insights and review. I am looking to build a new website, and move my current webhost and registrar. I will be building a basic site for commercial financing company and will need to include a Credit Application form with numerous fill-in fields, and needs to be secure. Also with Captcha capabilities. Looks like I will need to pay extra for a “forms tool”?

    Also would need webmail capabilities.

    For this purpose, which website builder would you recommend – Wix, Squarespace, Weebly?

    Thanks for your input.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Dennis,

      Take a look at Wix as they have a pretty comprehensive App Market. Within the App Market, you’ll see a lot of different form builders that might be able to cater to your needs (especially from the security side of things). We’ve written about their App Market here.

      In terms of email functions, all these website builders (Wix, Squarespace & Weebly) don’t offer their own webmail capabilities. Instead, they’ve partnered with Google Business Apps (basically the Gmail user interface) to allow you to create your own custom email addresses. The cost is about $5 per month, which isn’t bad at all considering you get the stability, security and reliability that Google mail offers. We use it ourselves and love it!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy-

    Which is better for ecommerce, Wix or Squarespace?

    thanks for you information!
    Jane

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hello Jane,

      It “depends”. With Squarespace you can only use Stripe as your check out processor, and Stripe is in most developed countries, but not all countries. Take a look at this to see where they operate.

      Squarespace also has more advanced features, such as Abandoned Cart Recovery (with their highest plan). But just because they have more advanced features doesn’t mean it’s useful to everybody.

      Features aside, don’t forget a big part of it is how you enjoy working with each website builder. That’s why I always recommend folks to test out different platforms as that is the only way you can get a hands on feel of which one you prefer to work with. If you really dislike working with a specific platform, that may have an impact on which platform you end up using!

      Take a look at our discussions about Wix and Squarespace’s ecommerce here.

      We also have an ecommerce comparison chart here.

      Good luck!

      Jeremy

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    Hi Jeremy, I live in Taiwan and want to create a website that is dual language, Chinese and English. I also want to have customizable web page urls. lastly, I want to have an interactive map, either using Google maps or an imag of a map. Do you know of a website creator that can handle all this?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Josh,

      Take a look at Squarespace (our review here).

      They do have some templates that have multiple language capability. Take a look at this discussion here.

      Lastly, they are the only website builder that we’ve covered that allow you to alter the URL structure of your webpages.

      Jeremy