4 Simple Website Builder Software To Help Build Your Website in 2017

Last updated on September 6, 2017

Website Builder SoftwareWhen it comes to building websites, understanding what is a good website builder software (or platform) and how to pick one for you will help you move forward in creating your own website.

Here’s Wikipedia’s definition:

Website builders are tools that allow the construction of websites without manual code editing.

There is a lot of website builder software in the market nowadays to help you create your own website, even if you don’t have any technical knowledge.

For sure, if you have a bit of coding knowledge, you can take your website design and functionality a lot further – but this is not an absolute necessity when it comes to building websites.

It’s not that long ago that if you wanted to create a website, you will either have to go through a painful process to learn how to code, or you have to spend thousands of dollars to hire someone to code one up for you.

Not anymore.

Web builder software such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo are built to make website building possible for anyone, from kids to grandparents.  Specifically, Wix, Weebly, and Jimdo are free website builder software, while Squarespace has a free trial program.

Here’s a quick snap shot of some of the website building software that we recommend and we rate them.

Category Website Builder Software
Website Builder List
  1. Wix.com
  2. Squarespace
  3. Weebly
  4. Jimdo
Recommendations

  • Best Overall – Wix
  • Best Designs – Wix and Squarespace
  • Easiest to Use – Weebly
  • Best for eCommerce – Squarespace and Weebly
  • Best Support – Wix and Squarespace

Now that you’ve seen the summary, let’s get into our detailed analysis of how they can help you build your website.

 

WYSIWYG WEBSITE BUILDERS / CREATORS

“No longer do you need to know how to code to build websites. You don’t need to be technical at all!”

To make website building possible for all levels and ages, the website builders we mentioned above created what the industry calls “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) builders.

Basically, you get to drag and drop content directly onto a blank canvas for you to build a website.

No longer must you code in any content such as paragraphs, pictures, slideshows, dividers, and so on and so forth. If you can drag & drop, you can build websites now.

WYSIWYG website creators give you the tools so you just have to drag a picture (for example) from their toolbar directly into the website content area to start constructing your site. You can add pages, subpages, blog posts, pretty much most of the critical components of a website are within your reach.

Website Builder Software -WYSIWYG

Weebly Website Builder

Once you have populated your website with content , you just have to save your additions and publish your site. What you see on your screen when you are editing, will show up exactly the same way when you publish your website (that’s why they call it What You See Is What You Get!)

This makes website creation very simple, straight forward and powerful. Almost anyone can drag content, upload pictures or text, and publish without having to write one line of code.

1) Website Builder Software Comparison Chart – see our side-by-side comparison of different website builders

2) eCommerce Builder Software Comparison Chart – if you want to build an online store, see this

3) Road Map To Building Your First Website (Infographic): An overview of what you need to build a successful website & keeps you on the right track.

4) How to Make a Website – see our easy to follow guide on how to build a website without having to write code.

 

MAKING YOUR WEBSITE LOOK GOOD

“Website builder software gives you a broad range of design templates to choose from, so you can pick your favorite design to make your site look professional.”

One other benefit of using website builder platform is that they give you a selection of templates or themes. These are basically “clothes” to give your website more style and personality. You can pick from a broad selection of themes to make your website more professional and pretty.

Website Builder Software - templates

Themes from Squarespace

Website builders are continually adding more themes to their selection to attract users to pick their builder to create websites. This is a really important consideration for you as most website builder software have similar tools for you to use, but what can really set your website apart from others is how your website looks.

In our view, Wix & Squarespace provide you with the best-looking themes amongst most WYSIWYG website builders.

1) Collection of Free Templates – see a variety of templates from a few website builder software

2) Wix Templates – see over 500 beautiful templates across multiple different industries

3) Squarespace Templates – see polished, mobile responsive templates here

 

WHICH WEBSITE BUILDER SOFTWARE IS THE BEST FOR YOU?

“Each website builder has its own pros & cons. Try the ones that best fit your needs and go from there.”

There really isn’t a “best” site builder software or website builder platform as each has their own pros and cons. Some are more design oriented and can help you build a more attractive website, some are easier to use, some have better e-commerce tools, and some come with 24/7 support.

What is more important is that you find one that fits your unique needs. Here is a summary of our thoughts and recommendations:

  • Easiest to Use – Wix and Weebly
  • Best Designs – Wix and Squarespace
  • Best e-Commerce Tools – Squarespace and Weebly
  • 24/7 Support – Wix and Squarespace

1) Pros & Cons Between Different Website Builders – see our detailed break down here

2) Website Builder Software Comparison Table – see our detailed analysis here

3) 9 Questions To Choosing the Right Website Builder – see what are the right questions you should be asking

 

WHAT’S BAD ABOUT WYSIWYG WEBSITE BUILDER SOFTWARE?

“Drag & Drop website builders do have weaknesses compared to more advanced platforms. But they do enable you to build websites without worrying about technical headaches.”

WYSIWYG website builders are often criticized as the “poor man’s” way of building websites. It’s not as sophisticated or flexible as other more powerful website creators such as WordPress.

However, the traditional or more “advanced” way of building websites can really hinder most non-technical people from creating their own websites.

Drag and drop website builders breakdown the technical barrier and open up the possibility of publishing websites to pretty much every single person.

This is not to say that there are no drawbacks when it comes to using WYSIWYG builders. Some of the more popular points against using drag and drop builders include:

Customization Limitations – since these website builders are “closed source” software, they only allow you to customize your website to a certain extent, but a lot less flexible than other more advanced website builders.

Shared Hosting – as your website will be hosted on these website builders’ servers, you don’t have full control over your own content, and if you violate the website builders’ terms & conditions, they can terminate your account. This is extremely rare, and you really have to be doing something really bad for this to happen.

No Backup – most of the builders (except for Weebly) do not allow you to fully backup your websites. So if you want to take your entire website elsewhere, this is going to be a challenge.

Slower Loading Speed – as your website will be hosted on shared hosting, you will be sharing servers and bandwidth with other websites. This will result in slower website loading speed, especially if you have very large image files on your website.

So there are definitely trade-offs if you choose to use a WYSIWYG website builder.

BENEFITS:

The benefits include you not having to know any code to be able to publish a website (nor hire developers), the ease of use (dragging and dropping content), and customer support from the builders.

Moreover, you no longer have to throw thousands of dollars to a website developer to help you build a website.  To most, this is a significant financial commitment and what if you don’t get what you want?

With the website builder software discussed here, it’s no longer expensive for you to build your own website, and you can limit your financial risks as they only charge you a monthly payment (if you decide to upgrade) and you can walk away at any time without getting dragged into a dispute with a website developer.  In fact, most of these web builder software have free plans.

DRAWBACKS:

These benefits are offset with less flexibility, slower loading speed, and you won’t have full control of where your website is hosted.

In our view, these trade-offs are definitely worth it if you want to publish a website and don’t have the skills or financial resources to hire someone to build one for you.

 

CONCLUSION – WEBSITE BUILDER SOFTWARE

Using a drag and drop WYSIWYG site builder software to create your website is a quick and effective solution. Instead of investing months to learn codes, you can create a decent website within a day and showcase it to the world.

Not everybody has the time or financial resources to create a custom built website or to learn to use to use a more advanced builder such as WordPress or Joomla.  These website design software require much less financial commitment, and in some cases, they are free for you to use.

If you are building a business related website, and have a smaller budget, using builders such as Wix, Squarespace, Weebly or Jimdo can definitely help you maintain financial discipline, and also allow you to create and update your own website in a very short period of time – no need to call / email your website developer and wait for small updates as you can now make them yourself. Additionally, with the time you save, you can focus on other more important aspects of running your business.

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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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74 Responses to 4 Simple Website Builder Software To Help Build Your Website in 2017

  1. #

    Hi guys ,

    can you suggest me good option for build a new software for making Classified website.?

    I mean how can I create thats type of software, there visitors will come and create own classified site with own brand. and thats software similar like wordpress. like when you install wordpress then you have option for multiple templates and addons of wordpress. but i want to create my own classified builder solftware.

    Thanks
    Rackons

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi there,

      Unfortuantely it isn’t currently possible to create a classifieds website on either Wix, Weebly or Squarespace. This is because there are no relevant plugins that can grant your users the ability to post products or listings and independently bid or click on them.

      This may be possible on WordPress with certain plugins, so I would advise having a look down that avenue.

      Hope that points you in the right direction.

      Thanks,
      – Tom

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    All these website builders are good as long as you are content with their templates. I recently found another website builder when I needed to build a website from scratch. TemplateToaster is the software which lets me build themes from scratch on many CMS including WordPress, Magento etc. I think you should also give it a try so that you can about it when a question on flexibility of design arises. Thanks for the wonderful article anyways.

    • Tom Watts
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      Hi Mike,

      I haven’t encountered TemplateToaster before, so thanks for the heads up – it sounds like an interesting service.

      We’re fans of how easy the simple drag and drop interfaces on Wix, Weebly and the like, make creating a great website for non-techy users so my concern would be that once you’ve created a theme or template for WordPress or Magento, etc. you would still need to understand and be able to use the CMS in order to fully tweak the theme exactly how you want it.

      Thanks for joining the discussion.

      – Tom

  3. #

    Wix, Squarespace, etc. aren’t website builders. They’re website hosting services that offer website builders for their sites only. You can’t export the design to another host.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks for sharing your perspective with us.

      To us, if a platform enables a user to build a website, we consider that as a “website builder”.

      But you’re right in that some of these drag and drop website builders don’t have export functions. The main reason is that once the websites leave their proprietary platform where they enable you to build websites without coding (drag & drop), then the drag and drop features won’t work anymore. It’s their proprietary software that enable users to use their own tools.

      Having said that, website builders such as Squarespace and Weebly do allow you to export your websites, but in different ways.

      We discuss this in our website builder comparison chart here (see the footnote under the “Export” line item).

      Generally speaking, Squarespace allows you to export most of your content to WordPress. And Weebly allows you to export all your codes and you can import them into any host of your choice (such as Bluehost).

      The main difference is that once you import Squarespace content into WordPress, you can then use WordPress to continue operating your website. For Weebly, to make any changes after you import the codes into a host, you’ll have to make the updates directly in the codes (so not as user friendly as Squarespace’s export option).

      Hope this clarifies things.

      Jeremy

  4. #

    very good, useful, thanks

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Laurence. Glad you found this guide helpful!

      Jeremy

  5. #

    Such a helpful post for web developers as well as other people.

  6. #

    I noticed many people on this thread want to build their websites themselves, on their laptop, with no internet connection required. Like the good old days of Frontpage, Dreamweaver and many others which seem to have ‘disappeared”.
    I just came across Mobirise. I have no idea how good it is but I will try it.

    Anyone used Mobirise before? What’s your opinion?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Patrick,

      I haven’t used them before, so I’m not entirely sure how “good” they are. Do let me know what you think after trying!

      Jeremy

  7. #

    hi Jeremy,

    I want to build a website which allows registered members( ie property owners) to list their properties for sale or rent themselves.

    Each listing need to be able to display a few photos of their properties, maybe an optional video of their property as well as a brief description of their properties details, size, asking prices, contact numbers n email, etc. Potential buyers or tenants who viewed these listings online will contact these owners directly. Need an option to charge a small fee for listings later when site is widely accepted.

    What would be a good website builder to do make this website?

    Is WIX or WEEBLY sufficient? Or must it be CMS software like Dreamweaver? Or do u recommend any easy to use website builder?

    Unfortunately, I have no knowledge in coding n programming. Hence Dreamweaver seems way impossible for me to do it myself……

    I plan to do something simple myself first. I’ll get a professional IT person to do it up with a more sophisticated software like Dreamweaver once i’ve funds.

    Thank you and regards.

    Howard

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Howard,

      I think a custom built website is probably what you need. Weebly and Wix provide basic membership type functions, but this only allow members to log into restricted pages of your website. What you’re looking to build is a marketplace.

      But I’d be a bit hesitate to invest a lot of money into building this marketplace website without first knowing that the concept works and that you can drive a lot of traffic to your website. A classic mistake is to spend thousands of dollars into building a website and end up discovering that the business idea doesn’t work well, or that you couldn’t get enough interested parties to make it work.

      If you are comfortable with proceeding, we do have a guide on how and where to hire web designers or developers here.

      Jeremy

  8. #

    Hi Jeremy, your post is great advice for Beginners. I’ll surely try out the mentioned site builders. Thanx

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Thanks Edi. Good luck and let me know how they work out for you!

      Jeremy

  9. #

    Can you please some suggest me some best web designing softwares ?
    i use webstorm

  10. #

    I have a web page I would like to control , How do I go about this ,, I owner the domain

    • Jeremy Wong
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      hi Tom,

      I would suggest testing out some of the drag and drop website builders listed above, pick the one you like best and then connect your domain name to your website.

      All the website builders have tutorials on how you can connect your domain name to your website.

      Jeremy

  11. #

    Hello dear Jeremy

    what I’m looking for is an offline software like adobe muse or dream weaver, but with the basic templates and tools and easy to use abilities as wix builder, a software I could use without writing codes, which has almost all the options, and then I could publish my own website anywhere I want!

    so does something like that exist?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Sara,

      Unfortunately I haven’t seen anything like that. Is there a specific reason why you’re looking for something like that? Is it because you don’t want to be online all the time in order to be able to build a website?

      Jeremy

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        I would assume she wants this because, 99% of “free” website builders nowadays, will allow you to create an awesome website on their domain, with a limited amount of space, and a crappy subdomain name. I am also looking for what she wants. As I assume with her, I want to be able to create my website easily, offline, and upload it to a host/domain that I already own, rather than using something like wix, with which, you have to pay 5 bucks a month, to link your domain name to the site.

      • #

        Hi Sara, Dwight, Daniel and Jeremy,
        Any update on the offline website builders? I’m looking for one too – so that I can upload to my own domain without paying $60/year or thereabouts
        Thanks
        CJ

    • #

      Hi Sara, I am looking for the same things you were in your 2015 post. Did you find any offline software that met your needs? Thanks,-Dwight

  12. #

    Hello Jeremy, do all top four programs offer a ‘Shopping cart’?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Julia,

      Yes they all do. You can take a look at our ecommerce builder comparison table to see the differences between the 4 website builders.

      In the table, Shopify and Bigcommerce are “pure” ecommerce builder and have a lot of advanced tools. So they are suitable if you need more tools and flexibility to power your store. But if you have a relatively simple sales structure (just selling a handful of items), then Wix, Weebly or Squarespace will do just fine.

      Jeremy

  13. #

    hi.. i’d like to make a social events calender but i’m having a hard time getting the right template for it

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Jacqueline,

      Wix’s App Market allows you to integrate calendars into a website built with their platform. Take a look at our discussion on their App Market here. When you get to their app page, just search for “Calendar”.

      Squarespace also has a calendar tool as well.

      Hope this points you in the right direction!

      Jeremy

  14. #

    It is quite an interesting article. It has definetely guided me as I am in diapers when we speak about website creation and development!
    I have actually chosen to try 2 website builders:
    weebly; as it seems very complete, it allows you to save backup and use it in other builders, It seems to be of very easy use, ecommerce features and has mobile apps.
    Squarespace is my other choice it is pretty simiar to weebly, allows you to export your work to wordpress withouth coding issues, although it has not email service, neither newsletter and membership creators.

    Best regards,

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Andres,

      Thanks for your feedback.

      One thing to clarify about Weeby is that while it allows you to export your website codes and upload it into another host, if you want to make changes to your exported site, you will have to hand / manually code those changes, which not everybody can do.

      The main reason is that once the website is out of Weebly’s easy to use drag & drop platform, then naturally you won’t have the drag & drop capability to edit your site any more. And since each website builder is different from one another, there isn’t a way to import a Weebly site into another website builder such as Squarespace, Wix or WordPress. So I just want to clarify this point for your benefit!

      If you haven’t seen our comprehensive comparison chart for some leading website builders yet, click here to see it. It will help you breakdown some of the high level differences between them.

      Hope this helps!

      Jeremy

  15. #

    Greetings!
    I want to put together a combination Social Media / eCommerce website. I am an amateur but want to do this myself. I want the eCommerce with a few personal pages and a blog or two. I have not found this nor do I know how to combine any software or apps to do this. Any suggestions!
    Michael

    • Jeremy Wong
      #

      Hey Michael,

      Take a look at Shopify. They’re a pure ecommerce online store builder but they also allow you to build non-commerce pages.

      Jeremy

  16. #

    I want to create a signup and login page with password with the users automatically redict to their page. I am on weebly. Can you help.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Mirza,

      I don’t think your members can create their own page with Weebly’s membership feature. You’re probably thinking of some sort of forum set up where a member can create content to share.

      But perhaps you can ask Weebly’s support team to see if there is a workaround for this. But as far as I know, with Weebly’s membership features, your members can sign up and log in to view protected pages, but not able to upload their own content or create their own pages.

      Jeremy

  17. #

    Hello,

    Thanks. Very happy for the information. It was informative.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Glad you found our discussions helpful Dawnette!

      Do click on the social sharing buttons at the top or left side of our pages to share our website with others!

      Jeremy

  18. #

    Hello,
    Thanks for you article.
    The website builders you mentioned are nice.

  19. #

    I had a website a number of years back that I created using Front Page. I loved Front Page because it allowed me to position things where I wanted, and in the way that I wanted; I wasn’t constricted by the shortcomings of some of the software around then.

    What I am looking for is software that I can own and possess rivals what Front Page was back then. What would you suggest?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Doug,

      I’d suggest signing up for a free account with Wix (see our detailed discussion here) as Wix is a pure drag and drop website builder in which you can almost place any content pretty much anywhere on your pages.

      While Squarespace and Weebly are both great website builders, the ability to drag and drop content anywhere on any pages is not as flexible as Wix.

      – Jeremy

  20. #

    Hi Jeremy, I have a small problem. I have already gone through WordPress website and purchased a custom domain.

    The problem I am facing is the development of the blog. I just don’t want blog but also the website. It’s very tough to know the functionality of WordPress(integrating the buttons etc). Now I am willing to use that custom domain(www.click4gulf.com) with weebly.

    It will be a great help if you guide about taking that domain and using it with weebly. Is it possible?

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Ali,

      You can certainly use your domain name with Weebly. Just visit their support center here, then there is a “Domain Name” item that you can click on and you will find out how to point your domain name to Weebly.

      – Jeremy

  21. #

    Hi! What can i do if i want to implement the “website builder” service in my company as a service to my clients?
    thnx!
    charly

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Charly,

      Weebly has a “Designer” platform that allows you to sell website building services to your clients. So you can brand the Weebly builder platform as your own, so that your clients won’t know that you are using Weebly to power your tools.

      Just visit Weebly (click here) and look up their “Designers” option.

      – Jeremy

      • #

        Thank you very much!

  22. #

    Hi:
    I have a website that I built several years ago using Microsoft FrontPage. My hosting service has recently done some upgrading and will no longer allow me to access my site using FrontPage due to security issues with the obsolete software. Will any of these programs allow me to import my existing site and update/republish it without having to re-build it from scratch? If not, would you have any suggestions for alternatives?

    Thanks
    Bob

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hi Bob,

      The only website builder that allow you to import content from other sources is Squarespace but this is restricted to content from Tumblr, Blogger, or if you have an online store from Big Cartel, Etsy or Shopify.

      Other than that, unfortunately, you will have to rebuild your website from scratch. But these drag and drop builders are designed to make construction of websites easy. The easiest one to use in our view is Weebly.

      – Jeremy

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        Hi, Jeremy:
        Thanks for the response. Having looked a little further into Weebly I don’t think it would fit my needs. I already have a hosting service that is paid up for another year so I wouldn’t be using their service, and based on your response to Brady below it sounds as though I wouldn’t be able to use most of the features. I am looking for a software package I can buy for a one time fee, not a monthly subscription service.

        Thanks anyway,
        Bob

  23. #

    Hello,
    You state that weebly websites can be backed up but I cant see how to do that anywhere. Do you know how.

    • Jeremy Wong
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      Hey Brady,

      When you are in Weebly Editor, go to “Settings”, then “Archive / Unpublish”. There you can create an export zip file of your website in which you can import to another host if you want to.

      But just be aware that you won’t be able to use Weebly’s drag and drop tools to edit your site after you port your website to somewhere outside of Weebly’s platform.

      To edit your site then, you will need to edit the codes directly. We have more details in our Weebly discussion here under the “Hosting and Export Options” section.

      – Jeremy

  24. #

    What are the pros and cons of hosting your own website on your own in-house server?

    Thanks,

    Steve

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Steve,

      I think if you have the technical know-how and time to manage your own servers, you can tweak and optimize it to work specifically for your website / business. So it can really help you.

      On the other hand, you have to know what you’re doing or else it can be potentially detrimental to your site if you “break” something along the way.

      That’s why using professional managed servers (either a hosting service such as Bluehost, or hosted services such as Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, etc) is in my view, a better alternative as they have dedicated staff to manage, update, and make sure that servers are secured.

      – Jeremy

  25. #

    Thank you Jeremie & Connie, you are helping many people. For us, website building was a big struggle three years ago. There were not many low-cost or free building websites at that time. Now there are a number to chose from: Wix, Weebly, Squarespace or Jimdo and we used a few of them.

    Keep up the good work,
    Johann & Juliet

  26. #

    I agree that coding is difficult and WYSIWYG softwares has drawbacks. I tried to learn WordPress, but found little bit difficult to understand and still trying to learn it.

    Also made a website with Weebly, it is good. Then bought a website building software with some on-page SEO help and creates mobile pages automatically.

    Can your suggest me any other WYSIWYG software which I can use to build websites for my clients, which has no much limitation as you explained in the post ?

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Shaun,

      Unfortunately I don’t know of any drag and drop builders that don’t have any of the limitations that I pointed out. The leading builders, such as Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, etc, are always improving their functionality, but I guess it’s very rare to be able to build a website that is custom built where you can customize majority of the website and also upgrade hosting services.

      – Jeremy

  27. #

    I need help finding a website builder to just create and edit my website. I am have purchased my domain name and am planning on hosting with godaddy.com

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hi Clarissa,

      Perhaps start by viewing our website builder comparison chart to get an overview of a number of website builders.

      From there, once you’ve narrowed down a couple of choices, you can then read our detailed reviews on your choices (there are links in the chart).

      At the end of the day, I’d encourage you to sign up for a free trial or account with your final choices, and invest some time to test them out to see which one of them fits your needs better.

      Unfortunately there isn’t a “one size fits all” solution (unless you pay thousands of dollars to have one custom built for you!), so testing your final website builder choices is a very important process!

      – Jeremy

    • #

      Hope you don’t mind!

      GoDaddy supports a few site building systems including WordPress, but also offers a site builder.

  28. #

    Hi Jeremy and Connie,

    our Company has a website that is built using Umbraco. All computer guys say this is a really great platform however as a user (with no code capabilities) we find it stiff and limiting. Our developers have set up a few fonts, a few templates but I am missing the variations that WYSIWYG software provide. We are tempeted to scrap our Umbraco site and start. We do not need a complicated website with tons of pages but like lots of Pictures, vivid photos, a few sound files, news feed and so on.

    The WYSIWYGs that you are discussing above all seem good – my question is: Are there any limitations as fas ar as how the website will look on different computers, mobile devices, Apple etc? We don’t want to create a website that cannot be viewed by certain devices. Any comments on this?

    Regards,
    Anna

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    A little while ago, I left you a message asking for help figuring out some basics about website design and hosting. I think I’ve got the answer I was looking for. I contacted TotalChoice Hosting and they do only hosting, no web design help. So, I am going to read your articles about WIX and SquareSpace again and go with one of them to develop and host the website for my new domain name. Sorry to waste your time. I just had to realized that domain registration, website hosting and website development are all 3 totally separate things, even though some companies combine some or all of these services. Thanks again.
    Maureen

    • Jeremy & Connie
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      Hey Maureen,

      No worries. I just answered your question on the other page. It will hopefully clear up some questions that other readers have as well, so thank you for asking!

      Yes, those 3 items are separate but you need all 3 to build a website. For both Wix and Squarespace, if you subscribe to their premium plans they give you a free domain name. Then the monthly fee covers the website development / building and hosting services.

      – Jeremy

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    Hi, I have taken a course in dreamweaver and know more than Joe average, but wonder how I could start off with customizing an existing template than later down the road taking it to another level & tweaking it with Dreamweaver. Do any of these companies allow you to do that or are you
    stuck with their online site templates through their software?

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      Hi Abbey,

      With Weebly and Jimdo, you have full access to the templates’ HTML and CSS codes so you can make modifications as you wish directly within their editor. For Squarespace, you have access to the CSS codes so you can make changes there.

      So you do get a certain level of flexibility with the website builders I mentioned above, but there are some limitations as to how much you can do as you are playing within their website building platform.

      – Jeremy

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    Hello, i am looking to start a website and have used wix and wordpress on seperate sites. I want to allow visitors to the site to be able to post a tutorial or something of that nature to my site what would be my best option? i do not want a straight forum look unless i have no choice. Any help would be appreciated and your reviews have already helped me a ton!

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      Hi Hunter,

      It sounds to me that what you need is a customized website interface where people can participate by posting their own content. Unfortunately, none of the website builders that we’ve reviewed on this site has this capability. You may need to hire someone to build a more customized solution for your needs.

      – Jeremy

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    Great article – question – I have a few domains registered on godaddy just to hold them – can I use one of these builders with godaddy? Also what about web security? I have heard horror stories about websites being infected almost immediately with spam, etc. Thx! Steve

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      Hi Steve,

      Thanks. If you mean if you can link up your domain names with the website builders, then yes, that can be done. Each web builder will have their own specific instructions on how to do this. But the basic idea is to log into your GoDaddy account under Domain Management, then change the DNS (domain name server, which is an IP address) and point it to the specific website builder that you are using.

      It’s a relatively quick change once you navigate to the right section in GoDaddy, and linking between the domain name and the website should be established within a few hours (up to a day).

      I think in any web builders you use, the risk of receiving spam comments are pretty much the same. There are tools available with WordPress that can help filter out some spam, but you’ll still receive them. The same goes with the website builders that we review.

      It’s the same idea as receiving spam email! The email service provider may try to send most of them into the spam / junk inbox, but some of them will inevitably come through.

      – Jeremy

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    How easy is it to make a weebly site device responsive in a better design than the standard they offer?

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      Hi Marjan,

      Unfortunately Weebly’s mobile optimization settings is not responsive as the templates that they provide are not responsive in nature. What their mobile mobile mode does is to take the content on the webpages, and re-arrange (squeeze) them into a column so it displays better on mobile devices. While this works just fine, it isn’t responsive.

      If you want to use a website builder with responsive templates, checkout Squarespace (our review here).

      Also see our other article comparing mobile modes for some of the website builders.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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    Hi there, I was just wondering… Weebly uses shared hosting, but if I use weebly through my Bluehost.com account then I have more control. So my question is, how can I set up weebly so that my clients can sign into their websites, as a CMS. Perhaps this is a question to ask blue host? your thoughts and time are appreciated. thank you,

    Ali

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      Hi Ali,

      Thanks for your comment. Weebly actually has a white label designer platform (search “Weebly Designer” on Google), where you can use their CMS as your own, so you can allow your clients to sign into their own website and edit / build their own websites.

      They will still get the complete Weebly drag and drop experience, except that they won’t know it’s Weebly, as the builder will be branded as yours.

      Hope this helps!

      – Jeremy

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        Dear bro

        can I get source files of the website made in weebly and how? I want to export the source files and put them on other hosting, can it be possible and how.
        And also please tell can we host streaming website on weebly?