The Best Website Builders – Researched, Ranked and Reviewed
Ready to find out what the best website builder of 2019 is? Well, you’re in the right place! Here at Website Builder Expert, it’s our job to research, test, review, and compare platforms that help you get online.
Unlike many of our competitors, we’re not satisfied by simply trying a website builder out ourselves then writing up a mediocre review. In order to give you expert reviews, and truly know which website builders are the best, we needed to fully test them by getting help off everyday people like you!
From hundreds and hundreds of hours researching and testing, we know that the best overall website builder isn’t always the best website builder for you. So, not only will we tell you the top 10 website builders, we’ll also break it down by the type of industry you’re looking to build a website for, and which platforms won the individual areas from our research.
So, without further ado, let’s find out who the winners are.
What are the best website builders?
These are the best platforms around for website building today. How do we know? We tried and tested each and every one ourselves. We also analysed, compared, and carried out user testing on them to get the most accurate results.
We looked at important factors such as ease of use, value for money, range and quality of features, customer support, and design flexibility. This means we can give you the best advice and information on choosing the perfect builder for your website. If you need anything from a free website to a top-level platform, look no further…
Compare the Best Website Builders
Select the builders you want to compare from the dropdown below and use the right column to swipe through them.
Our overall ratings are based on the average score of all ratings combined.
Our scores give you an at-a-glance overview of which website builder offers you the best features and functionality. This will save you time comparing each and every feature if you’re short on time or aren’t sure quite what you need.
Find out what areas of website creation our recommended builders are best for
Our ‘Best for’ awards highlight builders which excel in the areas that matter most to our readers. If you don’t know where to start, these awards should help you to quickly identify the builder bested suited to your needs.
Best all around
Easiest to use
Best for designs
Tells you how easy and intuitive each builder is to use.
Not feeling confident around technology shouldn’t prevent you from having a website! We’ve rated each builder on how easy it is to pick up and use, so you know how much of learning curve each one has. Why spend hours figuring out which builder is suited to your skills when we’ve saved you the trouble?
The current number of websites powered by each builder.
When it comes to website builders, we really do think that the more users a platform has, then the better it probably is. Think of it like a restaurant – if it didn’t make good food then nobody would eat there! A website builder is the same – if it wasn’t good to use then nobody would use it.
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A theme defines the look and layout of your site (but not the content).
Having a wide selection of great looking themes to choose from is really helpful when designing your website. It not only helps you create a great-looking site quickly and easily, but you’re free to customize each theme as much or as little as you like in order to really make the design your own.
501 templates available for you to choose from.
81 templates available for you to choose from.
16 templates available for you to choose from.
Responsive themes resize your website automatically so it looks great on different screen sizes + devices, like smartphones and tablets.
Think about how often you browse the internet on your phone – it’s a lot, right? Now think about how many other people are browsing the internet on a mobile device right now. Having access to responsive templates helps to ensure your website looks great anytime, anywhere and on any device.
Wix’s templates are mobile-friendly rather than fully responsive, but they are improving all the time. The current elements classed as responsive are: galleries; text strips & columns; slideshows; horizontal menus; and a selection of Wix apps. You can find a full list here: https://support.wix.com/en/article/request-responsive-sites
Weebly’s templates all have a mobile-optimized view and most are now fully responsive, which is great for maintaining your site’s design across different devices.
All Squarespace themes are mobile responsive, so your website will look great across different mobile devices.
GoDaddy offers responsive themes across all of its plans.
Jimdo converted all its themes to become mobile responsive, and they currently have 16 themes for you to choose from.
An editor that lets you specifically edit how your website is displayed on mobile devices.
If you don’t have a responsive theme then the next best option is having a mobile editor. Your site might not auto-optimize itself for different screen sizes, but at least you’ll be able you to tweak your website so that it looks good on the go and keep your visitors engaged.
Wix provides a mobile editor so that you can adjust how your website looks to visitors browsing on the go.
Gives you an idea of how freely you can arrange layouts and customize the design of your site.
Website builders vary in the amount of drag-and-drop freedom they provide. Knowing how flexible a builder is can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. If you only want a simple site, you may not want to use a builder with a high level of flexibility. While if you’re after something more complicated, then the more flexible and versatile the better!
Some website builders have tools that help create the first draft of your website and automatically insert content .
Having built in support and AI-aided design can give you a great helping hand if you’re new to website building. Unsure how best to design your website? Or want to get something online fast? This ‘do-it-for-you’ service can be a lifesaver if you’re short on time or struggling for inspiration.
Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) is a program that acts like a design assistant for you. You simply answer a few questions and Wix ADI will automatically create the first draft of your website design and insert content. You’re free to continue editing your website after Wix ADI completes the initial draft.
A 14-day free trial.
Having access to a free trial lets you take your website builder for a test drive before deciding if it’s right for you. It’s the best way to get to know a website builder before you commit your time, energy and money to it.
A cost-free subscription plan.
Having access to a free plan lets you take your website builder for a test drive before deciding if it’s right for you. It’s the best way to get to know a website builder before you commit your time, energy and money to it.
No Free Plan. 2-week Free Trial only.
1-month Free Trial only.
The number of different paid subscription plans offered by each builder.
The bigger the choice of plans you have, the better you can tailor your subscription to your needs.
Annual Plan Price/Month:
Connect Domain – $5.00
Combo – $10.00
Unlimited – $14.00
eCommerce – $17.00
VIP – $25.00
Annual Plan Price/Month:
Connect Domain – $7
Starter – $8.00
Pro – $12.00
Business – $25.00
Performance – $38.00
Annual Plan Price/Month:
Personal – $12.00
Business – $18.00
Basic – $26.00
Advanced – $40.00
Annual Plan Price/Month:
Personal – $5.99
Business – $9.99
Business Plus – $14.99
Online Store – $29.99
Annual Plan Price/Month:
Pro – $7.50
Business – $20.00
Platinum – $30.00
The entry-level plan is the one that is both cheapest and that offers you all the features you need to build and run a successful website, such as bandwidth, storage, etc.
If you’re looking to build a website on a budget, then the entry-level plan may be of interest to you. It’s the best way of creating your own online presence and not having to worry about the technical side of things, such as sorting your own hosting or domain name. Let the website builder take care of it for you and save some time and money!
Having a custom domain lets you personalize your website’s URL or address (e.g. www.mycustomdomain.com).
Some website builders offer you a free custom domain when signing up to one of their premium plans. Having a custom (and more personalized) domain not only makes your website look legitimate, but it can also help you stand out and become more memorable to users too! Heck, you’re far more likely to click on www.mycoolsite.com than www.mycoolsite.weebly.com – right? If you want to know more about domain names, check out our domain name guide (Domain name guide).
Wix provides you with a free domain name if you sign up to their Combo or higher plans.
Weebly gives you a free custom domain when signing up to a paid plan and paying for it annually.
Squarespace gives you a free custom domain if you subscribe to a paid plan and for it pay annually.
If you subscribe to a paid plan then Jimdo will provide you with a free custom domain for one year only. You’ll have to pay to renew it after the first 12 months have passed.
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encrypts the connection between your website and your visitor, improving privacy and keeping you both safe online. Your website builder will manage this for you.
Having a website that is encrypted not only protects you and your users, but can improve ecommerce conversion rates as your shoppers will trust that their private data is safe with you. It can also boost your SEO and rankings as secure sites are looked favourably on by Google and other search engines.
Free SSL certificates across all plans.
Free SSL certificates provided across all plans, including free plans.
Free SSL certificates across all plans.
SSL certificates included only for the Business, Business Plus and Online Store plans.
Free SSL certificates across all plans.
Being able to control your website’s SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) helps you to refine your website in order to improve its visibility online and in search engine rankings
Having more control of your website’s SEO is a great way to improve your search engine rankings, increase visitors to your website, boost sales, and grow your website’s online reputation. It’s a vital piece of the online success jigsaw puzzle.
Wix SEO Wiz is built into your editor and can help you optimize your site for search engines. You can also customize titles and webpage URLs (webpage addresses) so search engines will better understand the purpose of your pages. Wix is specifically highlighted in the Google Webmaster Guidelines (next to WordPress), answering a common question as to whether Wix is search engine friendly.
Weebly has a built-in SEO option in its editor. It enables you to edit your site and page descriptions, as well as add focus keywords to help search engines categorize your website. It’s not as in-depth as Wix or Squarespace though.
Squarespace gives you full control over page titles, on-page headings, image alt text, tags and categories, which all help to tell Google what your site is about and improve its standing in search engine results pages.
GoDaddy enables SEO optimizations for page titles and more on the Business, Business Plus, and Online Store plans
Jimdo only allows page level title and meta description controls if you upgrade to a Business or Platinum plan.
Enables you to export your website from the builder and move it to a different platform.
Sometimes the builder you chose isn’t right for you in the long term. So rather than build a new website from scratch it can be handy to export your existing one and take it elsewhere. Note: This isn’t offered by all builders though, and if it is, then you may find it limited to certain pages or file types.
You cannot export a Wix website.
Weebly lets you export HTML / CSS codes to use with another host. You can’t export everything though and to edit your site you will need to modify the codes yourself.
Squarespace lets you export certain content from your website to use on WordPress.
If something goes wrong, you have the ability to restore a previous version of your website from a backup.
It’s always good to have a backup (trust us, we’re talking from experience here!). Having one can save you hours if you make a mistake or accidentally delete a page.
Wix allows you to save unlimited versions of your website with its ‘Site history’ feature. This means you can restore your entire website at any time, even weeks after you’ve made a mistake.
Weebly allows you to undo changes, but once you exit the editor or publish your website, you cannot undo any changes. If you’ve accidentally deleted your website or pages, you’ll need to email Weebly & wait for them to restore the deletions. So unlike Wix or Squarespace, you can’t recover your deletions immediately.
Squarespace allows you to restore deleted pages & blog posts up to 30 days after they’ve been deleted.
GoDaddy’s website builder lets you create up to five backups of your website. You can use these to restore your site if something goes wrong.
Email services enable you to set up an email address using your own personal domain (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Having an email address linked with your domain makes you look more professional. It also helps make any emails you send appear more legitimate.
It’s possible to get a personalized email address for your domain by subscribing to Wix’s partnership with G Suite by Google ($5/mo per user). Only on premium plans.
You can create a custom email address for your domain through Weebly’s partnership with G Suite by Google ($5/mo per user). Only on premium plans.
You can create a custom email address for your domain through Squarespace’s partnership with G Suite by Google ($5/mo per user). Only on premium plans.
You can get a custom email linked to your domain address on GoDaddy’s Personal plan and above. On the Personal plan, you get a custom email from Office 365, free for the first year.
Email service is only included if you upgrade to a Jimdo Pro, Business or Platinum premium plan.
Having a mobile app lets you manage your site or online store on the go.
An easy-to-use, reliable mobile app is a powerful feature to have if you want to create your site and post content on the go. Whether you’re a jet-set travel blogger, or making a vital homepage update on the commute to work, mobile apps make it super convenient for you to stay on top of your website.
Wix has a mobile app where you can create and manage blog posts, manage your online store (track orders, add / edit products, receive sales notifications), interact with your visitors (get notifications when you receive a message, when someone books an appointment, etc.), or even start live chatting with your visitors when they are on your website! Wix also has a mobile app for their newsletter function (Wix ShoutOut app), allowing you to create a newsletter directly on your mobile device to send to your subscribers.
The Weebly App allows you to build your entire website (with their iPad app), write blog posts, manage comments, monitor traffic, and manage products & get sales notifications for your online store (using the iPhone & Android app). With the iPad app, you can even create your Weebly site offline (without internet connection) so you can work anywhere.
Squarespace has five mobile apps. Analytics keeps you on top of the essential website metrics you care about, Commerce lets you run your online store on the go, Blog gives you the tools you need to write, edit + post across multiple sites, Portfolio lets you sync galleries and take your creative work with you, and Note helps you to capture moments of inspiration for later use.
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.
This feature gives you the ability to set up multiple editor profiles for your website and control their level of access.
Being able to share the workload across multiple editors is an essential feature if you have colleagues or a team or that you want to help manage or build your site. You can set different levels of access for each editor.
Wix allows you to add editors with different levels of access to help you manage your website. You can set limits so some editors can’t access all parts of your website.
Weebly allows 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.
Do you have the ability to add and keep a blog on your website?
A blog helps you to create regular, engaging content, which is great for attracting visitors and has SEO benefits (Google LOVES fresh content). Blogging is a really easy way of engaging with potential and existing cutomers, establish yourself or your business as an industry thought-leader, connect people to your brand and create sharable content (who knows, you could even make something that goes viral!).
The Wix Blog feature makes it quick and easy to share your thoughts online and grow a community around your passion.
Weebly makes it easy to create great looking blog content, refine its SEO properties (URLs, descriptions, etc), schedule when to publish posts, integrate Facebook or Disqus comments, and even mange comments to avoid spam. You get given a fair bit of flexibility when blogging on Weebly.
Squarespace lets you 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 built-in integration with the Disqus commenting system (if you don’t want to use Squarespace’s commenting system), and has multiple author support for guest postings.
You can only add a blog on GoDaddy’s Personal plan.
You can add and activate a blog on all Jimdo plans, inlcuding the free plan.
Enables you to turn your website into an ecommerce store and start selling products. Some builders are designed specifically with ecommerce in mind.
“Being able to start an online store has completely transformed how we buy and sell goods (just think of Amazon or eBay). More and more money is beng spent online by consumers – so how do you get a slice of that pie? Being able to add ecommerce functionality to your website enables you to turn your website into an online store and start earning some money!
If you want to build an online store, it’s worth checking out our ecommerce builder comparison chart.”
Wix ecommerce tools can help you quickly set up a small online store. You can can access even more powerful tools through the Wix App Market (our review), allowing you to bolt on powerful ecommerce platforms such as Shopify (our review) or Ecwid.
Weebly offers some neat ecommerce tools, ideal if you want to start a little online store as a side business. It provides a fully-integrated Shopping Cart, which is really convenient for shoppers, as well as a secure checkout so cutomer details remain safe. Weebly even has inventory tracking tools so you can manage your store down to the last sale.
Squarespace’s Business plans make it easy to start an online store. There are no transaction fees so your earnings are higher. There’s a wide range of integrations you can ake advantage of, including (but not limited to) label printing, inventory + tax plugins, accounting integrations, abandoned cart recovery and the ability to create customer accounts.
GoDaddy now offers ecommerce tools and three of its paid plans are aimed at online businesses looking to sell goods. On the Online Store plan you can accept PayPal and credit card payments, use the built-in shopping cart, configure shipping + tax rates, offer discounts, and manage your stock + orders. The Online Store plan also offers abandoned cart recovery so you minimize the risk of losing sales.
With Jimdo, you can run an ecommerce store on the Business and Platinum premium plans. Jimdo provides ecommerce templates, the ability to use coupons + discounts, add a shopping cart, use a secure checkout, and manage shipping and inventory. Your site will also be responsive.
Enables people to sign up or register to your website and access otherwise restricted content.
This is a helpful tool to have if you want to create a private club or offer exclusive content and classes. You might also just want to restrict access to the general public to make your website more exclusive.
With Wix, you just add their Member Login app (from their App Market) to your Wix site – it’s that easy! From there you can create an unlimited number of memberships.
With Weebly, you can have up to 100 members on the Pro Plan or unlimited members with the Business Plan.
With Squarespace, you can use either the Square Secure, Sentry Login, or GoPaywall integrations to create a membership area on your website.
You’ll need to use a third-party tool to create members-only areas
Professional service and platform support via email
Knowing what support you have available when encountering problems can save you a lot of time. And professional guidance can help you build your site the way you want to.
Wix allows you to submit a support ticket if its help pages don’t solve your problem.
Weebly provides email support across all plans.
Squarespace provides 24/7 email support.
Jimdo offers different levels of email support for Business, Pro, and Free subscribers. You can’t email directly, but can submit issues and questions through its help form.
Professional service and platform support via phone.
If you are subscribed to a Wix paid premium plan, you can arrange a callback from the call center (between 6am – 5pm PST)
Weebly provides phone support to Pro and Business plan subscribers.
GoDaddy provides 24/7 phone call support for different nations.
Professional service and platform support via on-site live chat.
Knowing what support you have available when encountering problems can save you a lot of time. And professional guidance can help you build your site the way you want to.
Weebly provides chat support across all plans.
Live chat support is available between 4am and 8pm Eastern Time, Mon-Fri
GoDaddy has an on-site Live chat option that you can connect to for more immediate problem solving.
Lets you get service and platform support from other users in offical forums.
Knowing what support you have available when encountering problems can save you a lot of time. And professional guidance can help you build your site the way you want to.
The community forum discussion boards let you ask for help from Weebly experts or from other users.
Squarespace’s forum is manned by users only, so you may be waiting around for an answer. On the other hand, there’s some really impressive technical support available, so it’s worth searching to see if your question has been answered already. Squarespace’s user forum is on the subdomain: www.answers.squarespace.com
The GoDaddy Community is a forum where you can ask questions and wait for answers from experts or other users.
Jimdo does offer a forum, but by default it is in German! You’ll need to let Google Chrome translate it for you in order to use it.
On-site support that provides helpful articles and “How to” guides.
Wix’s Online Help Center is a comprehensive library of knowledge and should be your first stop if you have any questions.
The Weebly Help Center provides a wide selection of useful guides that can help you get started building your site, opening a store, running email marketing and more.
Squarespace Help provides a large selection of guides and videos that can help you get the most from your website.
GoDaddy’s Help pages for its website builder cover the basics, on-site fine tuning and more advanced tips and tricks. For more support there’s also the community forum.
Jimdo’s Support Center has a decent selection of helpful guides and FAQs that answer most common questions
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Still unsure which one is best for you? No problem, it’s time for you to find your perfect builder.
In this guide you’ll find the best of the best – we’ve done the research, so you can browse the top builders on the market right away. From blogging to businesses, we’ve left no stone unturned, so you’re guaranteed to make the right choice. Scroll through the options below and click for more information.
For years, we’ve been researching and testing website builders so you don’t have to. Our articles are expertly put together, and offer some of the most reliable, up-to-date and detailed information around. Off the back of our work, we’ve been able to compile an ordered list of the best platforms in 2019. So, without further ado, here they are…
Best all-round website builder
Pricing plans from: free – $35 a month
More information on Wix
Wix is the best all-round website builder. Its pure drag-and-drop design means anyone and everyone can use it to create a website quickly and easily. It’s so easy to use, people said they were most likely to recommend Wix when they tried it out.
Wix has great customization tools, so you can make your website totally personalized and stylish with just a few clicks. Features include:
- Over 500 designer templates
- Unlimited fonts
- Scroll effects
- Media galleries
- Video backgrounds
- Maps and contact forms
- Testimonial boxes
With Wix, you’ll have all the tools at your fingertips to make your website stand out from the crowd. Other in-built features include SEO (search engine optimization) guides and plans to get your site found in Google.
And if you need more tools, check out the App Market. This is perfect for expanding what your site can do.
With its free plan and impressive range of features, Wix came top for value for money. With seven different paid plans available, there’s an option to suit every budget. Not to mention it’s easy to scale up as your website grows.
Perfect for presenting a portfolio or building a business site, Wix is the number one choice.
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Best for: small businesses and portfolio websites
Pricing plans from: free – $38 a month
More information on Weebly
Like Wix, Weebly is a drag-and-drop website builder, although it offers less creative freedom than its competitor. Weebly has more structured templates: this makes it super easy to create a website if you want more guidance on the design of your pages, but it can feel limiting if you’re after creative control.
Weebly has a quality range of over 50 industry tailored templates. The best thing about Weebly’s templates is you can change your mind even after you’ve published your website. This is a great feature, as it means you’re not committed to one design forever. If you want to rebrand or refresh your site, you can!
Weebly has a free plan and four paid plans. You can sell online with all of Weebly’s paid plans. The higher premiums unlock more advanced ecommerce features, such as inventory management and unlimited products. The basic plans reflect great value for money.
In our research, Weebly was number one when it came to features. It has more in-built features than Wix, and combines this with an impressive app store. This makes it a top choice for growing your online business.
Weebly is not as creative or easy to use as Wix, but it’s a solid choice, especially for small businesses.
Weebly Pros and Cons
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Best for: creatives and quality designs
Pricing plans from: $12 – $40 a month
More information on Squarespace
Squarespace has the best quality designs of any website builder on the market. Sophisticated, modern, and sleek templates creates truly stunning websites. Ideal for creatives and those after real customization, Squarespace knows how to make your site look good.
This creative freedom comes at a cost, though. There’s a 14 day free trial that lets you test out Squarespace to see if it’s right for you, but after that, the four price plans on offer start at $12 a month. The highest two plans unlock some advanced ecommerce functions.
You will struggle with Squarespace if you’re a total beginner. It’s more technical than Wix and Weebly, so it takes longer to get to grips with. But if you’re willing to put in a bit of time, you’ll end up with a top notch site.
Squarespace isn’t just a pretty face: it has the best quality features of any builder too. Install multiple templates to work on at once, use video backgrounds, add custom codes, optimize your images for SEO, upload and share music, link your social accounts, and more.
Perfect for any creative who is technically confident, Squarespace offers top quality designs and extremely high levels of customization.
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Best for: help and support via live chat
Pricing plans from: free – $10.80 a month
More information on Site123
SITE123 makes it easy to create simple websites. Its live chat support and straightforward design means you can publish your website really quickly.
Its brilliant customer support is this builder’s main strength. The live chat feature means you can easily get help if you get stuck while creating or editing your website. If you’re a beginner or are looking to set up your site fast, SITE123 is a safe choice.
With only two pricing plans – the free plan or the premium plan at $10.80 a month – SITE123 is not the right choice for scaling your site or business. Despite its easy to use and extensive app market, SITE123 just can’t compete with the features offered by other builders.
What’s more, there’s a lack of quality in the tools on offer. SITE123 is good for creating a basic site, but if you’re looking for more than this, it will become limiting very quickly.
You can’t change templates once your site is live, but all templates are mobile and desktop responsive. You can edit your pages to suit either format to ensure your site looks its best on all devices.
SITE123 is beginner friendly and great for building a simple site.
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Best for: value for money
Pricing plans from: free – $49 a month
More information on Strikingly
Strikingly ties with Wix for best value for money. Like Wix, it has a free plan which you can stay on as long as you like. This plan has some great basic features, which makes it easy to stay on long-term.
However, Strikingly’s free plan only allows you to create one-page websites. This is good if you want something live easily and quickly, but can be limiting if you’re looking to build a complex site.
Strikingly has a range of blogging features, including an RSS feed and a comments section. This makes it a great alternative to WordPress, especially for beginners. Strikingly is a much simpler builder: you don’t need to code, and adding elements like text is super easy.
However, this simplicity really limits the level of creative control you have over your site. Strikingly is designed to be easy for absolutely everyone to use, which means pushing the limits of your template can become frustrating very quickly.
The upside is, it’s super easy to change templates. Even once your website is live, you can switch your template and your content will automatically reformat itself to keep your pages looking great.
Strikingly’s a simple builder, giving you lots of value for your money.
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Best for: beginners! Easiest to use website builder
Pricing plans from: $3.84 – $9.22 a month
More information on Sitebuilder
SiteBuilder is the easiest website builder to use. This makes it perfect for anyone with limited technical know-how. The editing style is user friendly, making it super fast to build your website and publish it online.
However, if you’re more confident, you’ll most likely find SiteBuilder frustrating to use due to its lack of flexibility. Basic functions and limited features means it’s not suitable for building a more advanced website.
SiteBuilder has three price plans to choose from, starting at $3.84 a month. You can upgrade to unlock features like an ecommerce store and priority support.
While very user friendly, SiteBuilder has poor customer support, no restore option, and limited features. It’s great for building a simple site quickly and easily. But SiteBuilder isn’t recommended for anyone looking for creative control or in-depth features.
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Best for: blogging
Pricing plans from: free – $25 a month
More information on WordPress.com
WordPress.com is the simpler version of the popular blogging platform WordPress.org.
It has a more streamlined design than WordPress.org, making it more suitable for those not comfortable with lots of coding.
WordPress.com is ideal for blogging, offering features such as social bookmarking, an RSS feed, and archives. You can also choose details like displaying the author bio on single posts, or where you want the featured image to appear.
Lots of features, high quality blogging tools, and sensible prices make WordPress.com a great choice. But it’s not the easiest platform to use. Beginners may struggle with the editing layout, which is not as simple as drag-and-drop builders like Wix and Weebly.
It’s hard to really customize WordPress.com templates for anything other than blogging. Plus, if you want to expand your site, you’ll need to perform basic coding.
WordPress.com combines simplified website builder design with the powerful blogging tools it’s well known for. Easier to use than WordPress.org but still unsuitable for novices, WordPress.com is perfect for bloggers with some technical confidence.
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Best for: creating and publishing websites fast
Pricing plans from: $5.99 – $19.99 a month
More information on GoDaddy
GoDaddy is very user-friendly, and is the fastest website builder to create your website. Its design assistance means you just have to enter your details, then GoDaddy creates a tailored website for you to customize.
Simple layouts and guidance on adding elements to your site make for an extremely straightforward and speedy building process.
There are four price plans covering personal use, businesses and online stores. These plans range from the free plan up to the most expensive, which costs $19.99 a month.
You can switch themes whenever you like. This offers great flexibility and the chance to change your mind once your site is live. However, this freedom is not reflected in the editor; you don’t have much creative control with GoDaddy.
GoDaddy may offer speed and simplicity, but this also means it’s not the best choice for building a really complex or personalized website.
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#9: Jimdo Creator
Best for: removing adverts at a cheap price
Pricing plans from: free – $40 a month
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Jimdo is a basic website builder which is best for creating simple websites rather than anything complex or flashy.
It’s super easy to add images, text and other elements with just a few clicks, but once you’ve added them, it’s difficult to edit and personalize your page. It’s quite rigid and offers very little creative freedom for you to change the template design.
On the plus side, you get unlimited storage space on Jimdo’s premium plans. There are four premium plans to choose from.
The best part of Jimdo’s price plans is how cheap it is to remove the adverts from the free plan. You only need to upgrade to the cheapest Pro plan for $7.50 a month. That’s the lowest price around to make your site ad-free!
Jimdo Creator has all the basic features you need to build your website. But if you want the power to edit, personalize, or create an advanced site, it will start to feel rigid very quickly.
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#10: 1&1 IONOS
Best for: multilingual websites and businesses
Pricing plans from: $1 – $10 a month
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1&1 IONOS has everything you need to create a functional, standard website. It won’t look like a Squarespace site or win awards for its designs, but it will get the job done. It has all the basic features you need, especially for small corporate businesses.
One of the strengths of 1&1 IONOS is the multilingual feature, available on both Business and Pro plans. This is great for widening your visitor base and creating a modern website.
Other features include email marketing and social media widgets. These tools and features support business growth, and make 1&1 IONOS ideal for scaling through your website.
The downside is 1&1 IONOS lacks quality in its designs. Compared to the other best website builders, the template designs are basic and less appealing. But the templates do cover a range of industries to suit your needs.
1&1 IONOS is a functional website builder. It won’t create the best-looking site on the internet. But it has the features to make your site or business succeed.
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Each website builder has its own strengths and weaknesses. Because of this, some are better suited to designing certain types of websites. Below, we’ll run through the key reasons why people need a website, and the top three website builders for the job.
Use the expandable options below to navigate to your product, service or industry and see the best website builder.
When working for, or running your own small business, an online presence is vital. It helps business owners keep in contact with customers or clients, advertises your service to a much wider audience, and ultimately, having your own business website brings in more work for your company.
Top three for small business:
Ecommerce (selling products)
If you don’t need a website purely to just sell online (if you do, see here for online store builders), a website builder is a great option. They help showcase and sell your products while also keeping tabs on the important stuff, like invoicing, transaction fees and shipping.
Top three for ecommerce:
New to building a website? Don’t worry, there are plenty of platforms out there that are beginner-friendly. You’ll want a site builder that’s easy to use. Whether you’re a complete novice, or someone who’s just a little limited on a computer, website builders make it easy for you to design your own stunning website.
Top three for beginners:
Whether you’re a budding writer or literary master of the keyboard, you need a website builder that specializes in blogging. Things like separate post categories, comments sections, RSS feeds, and social sharing are all crucial features for a successful blogging website.
Top three for blogging:
Instead of firing out hundreds of CVs when looking for a job, why not link employers to your fancy online resume? It’s a surefire way to stand out from the crowd and increase your chances of getting that all important interview. Website builders can help you put together your resume quickly, creatively, and affordably.
Top three for resumes:
Artists, photographers and portfolios
Creative industries need beautiful websites. The design of your website is a direct reflection of your work, so you’re going to want one with a beautiful layout and slick features. This isn’t limited to web developers, though. You can create visually stunning designs with website builders, too.
Top three for artists, photographers and portfolios:
Similar to the industries above, your website should reflect your music. You need a website builder that has themes to match you, or your band’s, identity. Of course, things like digital downloads, high-quality imagery and booking systems are also key components.
Top three for Musicians:
Looking for your own website to call home? You’ll need something that’s attractive, functional and in your price range. Luckily, there’s plenty of website builders on the market that tick the boxes. Advertise your properties with any of these three platforms and turn your website into a luxury online property.
Top three for real estate:
It’s a match made in heaven, and we don’t mean your partner! Plan everything in one place down to the last perfect detail with a website builder. Wedding invites, venue details and catering arrangements can all be brought to life if you say ‘I do’ to any of these three platforms.
Top three for weddings:
Affiliate marketing (making money)
With affiliate marketing, it’s all about showing your clients you can deliver them customers. You want to promote products in an honest and responsible manner while still converting a good number of customers. Analytical tracking is just one key feature to help you see where you’re performing well, and what needs improving.
Top three for affiliate marketing:
We live in a globalized world but not everyone can understand English! If you’d like to say Hola, Bonjour or 你好用中文 to anyone online, you’ll need a website builder that can work in multiple languages. Share your message worldwide with any of these fantastic platforms.
Top three for multilingual:
We’re extremely proud of our research. It’s what helps set us apart from the competition when reviewing and comparing website builders. Below, we’ll look at all the areas we’ve investigated, tell you why they matter, and which platforms came top in each area.
Keep reading by clicking on the expandable tiles that interest you most:
Ease of Use
You probably want to use a website builder because you need to put something online and either don’t know how or haven’t got the time to code a whole site yourself, right? Not to mention the extortionate fees a web developer would charge you!
You want something simple. Something quick, that will allow you to create your own website hassle-free. And who better to test how easy a website builder is to use than someone just like you?
It’s easy for one of our competitors to sit there, use a website builder, and say how easy they thought it was to use, but how relatable to you really is that?
At Website Builder Expert we do things differently. We got participants to build a website from a designed task sheet (to make it a fair test) across every builder.
In order to make the test as accurate as possible, some participants did the test on multiple builders, to compare them, while others just used one, having never encountered a builder before then.
We asked them to score how easy, or hard, they found each task to complete and interviewed them at the end to identify any areas of the builder they were particularly pleased or annoyed with.
Ease of Use Winner – Wix
- Drag-and-drop functionality
- ADI option
- Intuitive editor
Mobile Website Creator – Wix
- Mobile app to build your website on the go
- Other mobile-first apps to help you track and manage website performance
Everyone wants to know what the product they’re potentially buying is capable of. More than whether it simply can or can’t do something, though, you want to know how good it is at doing those things.
That’s why the main test we ran in Features was the quality of them. We found out which website builders did what, and how well they did it.
After breaking down whether each feature was built-in to the website builder, was offered via a third party app, or was an added extra cost, we then grouped them together to see which website builder had the best features for the following categories:
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Password Protection / Members Areas
On top of this, we tested how easy it was to embed certain apps, the cost of purchasing or transferring a pre-existing domain name, how much storage space was offered, and the price it cost to make your website free from advertisement.
Features Winner – Weebly
- Hundreds of built-in features ready to use
- Great app market for additional add-ons
- Quality features perfect for scaling
SEO – Weebly
- Ability to edit elements of your website that impacts search engines results
- Offers SEO-friendly keyword support
- SEO specific apps to help guide you
As technology advances, Flash is becoming more outdated. It’s important to find different software to use as many website builders no longer support Flash. Wix, our top-rated website builder, is just one example of a platform that no longer supports Flash.
This is all about the templates (also known as themes). We wanted to find out how many industries each builder covered in their selection of pre-made templates, and whether you had the ability to switch templates after publishing your site — without having to reformat everything.
We also spoke to a team of Design, Branding and UX (User Experience) experts and put together a list of best practices when it came to websites. From this, we were able to determine how aesthetically pleasing, industry appropriate, user-friendly and modern each template selection is.
Finally, we tested how effective editing your site was, both on desktop and mobile, to establish if any amendments made would automatically adapt to fit the different screen sizes, making it desktop and mobile-friendly.
Design Flexibility Winner – Squarespace
- Best templates of any website builder
- Easy to customize and make your own
- Lots of customizable features
Responsive design – Squarespace
- All templates are fully mobile responsive
- Preview how your website will look on mobile and tablet screen sizes
WYSIWYG drag-and-drop – Wix
- Most flexible editor
- Full customization with pure drag-and-drop
Value for Money
No one likes to be ripped off, but equally scraping the barrel for the cheapest product isn’t always the best route to go either. You want a product that meets all your needs, at a price that doesn’t make your eyes water.
That’s why we took our quality of features score and combined it with the average price across all pricing plans available on each website builder.
It’s also always a good idea to ‘try before you buy’, so we went and dug up the information on which website builders offer a free plan, or at least a free trial, giving you ample time to get a feel for the builder before fully committing to it.
Value for Money Winner – Wix
- Completely free plan
- Low average pricing
- Quality features at affordable rates
Cheapest – Strikingly
- Lowest average pricing
- Free plan available
Free – Wix
- Most flexibility of any free plan
- Best help and support of any free plan
Help and Support
What’s the point in investing in a product only to get stuck within 10 minutes and be offered limited or poor help? You want comprehensive, step-by-step support!
We looked at all the different forms customer service you get through the help offered from each site builder (phone, email, live chat, forum, ‘how to’ videos/GIFS and social media) and established whether these services were available 24/7.
We also tested each builder’s help center, asking a series of questions and seeing if the search returns gave us the up-to-date answers we were looking for. To stay impartial, the same questions were asked to each website builder.
Finally, we checked out what restore options are available to you and which builders came with in-built SSL security.
Help and Support Winner – Wix
- Support via phone, email, forum, social media or help center
- Only website builder with in-editor help
- Most intuitive and comprehensive help guides of any website builder
It’s easy for us to sit here and rave about or berate each website builder, but what do you, the public, think of them? Well, we got real life participants to test the products and let us know what they thought about them.
As well as gaining some great insight into specific pain points, we also asked participants to rate how likely they’d be to recommend the website builder to a friend who’s looking to get online. This was fantastic as you’re no longer just taking our word for it — the people have literally spoken!
Moreover, we used our overall Value for Money score as well to show you what people thought about each website builder and whether you’d be getting your money’s worth.
Customer Score Winner – Wix
- 88% of our users highly recommend Wix to a friend
- Brillant help and support
- Great value for money
Chances are, more than one area of our research is important to you. You want an easy-to-use website builder, but not at the expense of good web design. Or maybe a platform that’s bursting with cool features, but maintains a good level of help and support.
In order to tackle this, we’ve put together tons of expert comparisons that pit the best website builders in the game against each other. Whether it’s Wix the mighty versus the GoDaddy the great, or the wonderful Weebly against stylish Squarespace, these comparisons will answer all your burning questions, helping you make the right choice.
The price of your website builder hinges on many things. Most are incredibly affordable. Prices range from completely free, to a few hundred dollars a month. By and large though, you’ll be looking at between $5/month and $40/month.
Do any of them offer free trials?
Yes, but better still, there are some free website builders! Wix, Weebly and SITE123 all allow you to create and publish an entirely free website. The only catch is you’ll get tacky advertising on your website – which can be removed for just a few buck a month.
Squarespace and GoDaddy both have 14-day free trials which gives you more than enough time to decide whether its the right platform for you. 1&1 IONOS also has a 30-day, money-back guarantee, so you can try it for a full month before committing.
More Pricing Information
Our list of the best website builders on the market gives you a whole range of options. There are all sorts of pros, cons, prices and features to think about. You know which builders made it onto the top 10 list, but how do you choose the best of the best?Overall, we definitely recommend Wix. It has something for everyone: it’s the best all-round website builder, offering loads of features, an easy to use editor, and a free plan! So even if you’re unsure, it’s a great place to start creating your site.
If Wix isn’t tickling your fancy, you’ve still got loads of options to pick from. Make a list of the most important factors for your site and set a budget. Are high quality designs essential? Do you need to sell through your website? How technically confident are you?
The answers to just some of these questions already cancel out some options, and will make others stand out. Read our reviews and comparisons to make sure you’re making the best choice. You’ve got a whole selection right at your fingertips. Happy browsing!
We didn’t just pull this top 10 list out of thin air. We conducted hours of research on each builder to reach the most accurate conclusions.
We tested every single builder ourselves. But we also got everyday people to test each one and carry out tasks. We listened to feedback and analysed the scoring of their experience. This gave us valuable data for our ease of use ratings and customer scores.
Other sites might use a builder once and write their review based just on that experience. We decided that wasn’t enough.
By getting whole groups of people to test out each builder, we get more honest results. Did they enjoy it? Was the terminology confusing? Would they recommend it? We could find out what real people thought, and why.
And that’s not all! We did research into customer support and design flexibility. We also combined features with average prices to work out value for money. Price is an important factor when making decisions, and we want you to get the most for your hard-earned cash.
We want you to enjoy building your website, which is why we work the hardest to give you the very best data possible.
So you’ve seen the list of the best website builders. You know how we got these results and probably have an idea of which builders might be better for you.
Let’s have a quick recap of the best 10 website builders:
- Wix – best all-round website builder
- Weebly – best for small businesses and portfolios
- Squarespace – best for creatives and design
- SITE123 – best help and support
- Strikingly – best value for money
- SiteBuilder – best for beginners
- WordPress.com – best for blogging
- GoDaddy – best for building fast
- Jimdo Creator – best for removing ads cheaply
- 1&1 IONOS – best for multilingual sites
Wix is the best overall website builder, but as you can see from this list, each builder has its own strengths. Whichever website builder you choose, you can be certain you’re choosing from the very best on the market. Read our reviews on your chosen builder for in-depth detail, links to free trials, and more.
What is the difference between a website builder and web hosting?
A website builder is an online platform that helps you create your own website. Web hosting or a self-hosted website is when you pay for a space online to place your website. Typically, the cost of hosting your website is included in your monthly fee for a website builder.
Which web hosting provider has the best website builder?
Not many web hosting providers have website builders, but two who do are GoDaddy and 1&1 IONOS. Of the two, GoDaddy has the better overall website builder. It’s also the world’s largest domain name registrar, so you can choose from its all-in-one website builder package, or purchase things like hosting and your domain separately.
Is there any website creator that's a cross between Wordpress and Wix?
What is most flexible web builder in terms of design?
Squarespace won our overall design category, but for pure flexibility, it’s Wix. You can drag-and-drop anything, anywhere. This is also one of the reasons Wix is so easy to use, but be careful, it can be a hindrance. Most website builders restrict you so your site meets design best practices, with Wix, it’s in your own hands.
What is a custom domain name? Do I get a free one?
A custom domain name is what people type into their browsers i.e. ‘www.websitebuilderexpert.com’. Some website builders give you a years’ free domain when signing up to a premium plan, but expect this to renew at around $10/year. If you’re on a free plan, you’ll get given a sub-domain which includes the website builder’s name i.e. ‘www.websitebuilderexpert.wix.com’.
What are content management systems?
A content management system – commonly abbreviated to a CMS – is what’s known as the backend of your website. It’s where you and/or your team will manage and edit the site. The CMS won’t be seen by your website’s visitors, but you can make changes to what visitors see via your CMS.
How do I use a website builder?
Each website builder is slightly different. With most, you’ll start by picking from a selection of themes or templates, then populate it with your own content in the website builder’s editor. Editors vary from using drag-and-drop to sections, and some even let you access the raw code.
Should I just use a website builder or hire a web designer?
Unless you’ve got money to burn, using a website builder is a smart choice. They’re easy to use and you’re in full control of your own website. With a designer or developer, you can end up shelling out thousands of dollars for a swanky site then have to pay even more every time you need something tweaked or updated.
Is WordPress a website builder?
Webflow is a website builder that allows you to access code. It’s a great middle ground between coding a site from scratch and novice-friendly web builder. On Webflow, you have the option of not only using the drag-and-drop editor, but also bringing up the code and seeing how certain lines change your site’s look.
Is it worth learning HTML and CSS when we already have web builders?
The short answers is it depends on the level of control you need over your site. You can easily design your own website through a web builder without knowing any code. That said, for a deeper level of control over things like aesthetics and SEO, it wouldn’t hurt to have some basic coding knowledge.
Can I edit the website builder templates?
Absolutely. The selection of templates you see when deciding on one are just populated with example content. All the images, text, buttons and even features can be changed. It’s just there to give you a general idea of what your website’s layout will be. It’s also worth picking a template that’s relevant to your industry as the chances are it’ll have the features you need already built-in.
What is ADI?
ADI stands for Artificial Design Intelligence. ADI website builders create a site for you based on your answers to a few simple questions. It’ll ask things like the type of website you want, if you have any social media, and your brand name. From there, it’ll design your website in a matter of seconds. You can make edits afterwards, but ADI is really for people who need basic websites up fast!
Which builder is best for ADI?
Wix, separate to the main editor, has its own ADI platform. Other website builders like GoDaddy and SITE123 are solely ADI platforms, but Wix blends the two perfectly. Not only can you get your own website live in a matter or minutes, you can also edit it thoroughly by switching to Wix’s main editor after it’s been designed for you.
Which website builders should you avoid?
Nearly all website builders are good for one thing or another (otherwise they wouldn’t have a place in the market!) We’d say to avoid using a platform that clearly doesn’t match your needs. For example, don’t use 1&1 IONOS is you’re an artist looking to sell your work because it’s designed for white-collar businesses.
How scalable are website builders?
Website builders are mainly used by individuals or small-to-medium sized businesses. Most are scalable unless you’re looking to sell products in bulk. If that’s your aim, you’ll need an ecommerce website builder, like Shopify or BigCommerce, which are powerful online store builders used by multi-million dollar businesses.
What is bandwidth? Do website builders have it? Do I need it?
Bandwidth refers to the amount of data your website can handle. The more visitors (traffic) your site gets, the more bandwidth you’ll need. It’s the same with streaming videos and viewing high-quality images. Most website builders offer unlimited bandwidth with top-tier premium plans.