The days of needing a professional programmer to create a website are long gone. Now, all you need is a website builder and some free time. There are several website builders that can help you create your own professional and easy to use website. Services like Squarespace, Wix, and Weebly can help you quickly and easily create an elegant site that can take your business to the next level.
You don't have to stick to the basics, as some website builders come with more advanced features, such as email marketing or e-commerce capabilities. These are especially important features if you're trying to increase your number of followers or monetize your site. Wix is the undisputed leader in the race for dominance by website builders. It is the most important player with more than 110 million websites created.
Despite being the clear favorite among most critics, Wix has some drawbacks. Wix was one of the few creators that has data limitations for each of its plan levels, so if you want to upload an endless number of photos and videos, or expect more than 5000 visits per month to your site, be sure to do the math before choosing a plan. We think Squarespace is the cool kid from high school: flashy and modern on the surface, but lacking substance underneath. We found that it was between Wix and Weebly in terms of ease of use, although critics always rated it positively on the quality of the design options.
What we think could really shine is for small and medium-sized businesses that want a well-designed page and space for e-commerce growth with lower transaction fees. The Squarespace editor isn't as intuitive as Wix and Weebly, and it requires a bit of work until you master it. It has a good number of plugins, templates and website tools, and the universal style editor and powerful photo editing come in handy. The responsive website editor means that your site will always look good on a mobile device, but you won't be able to make specific edits for mobile devices, such as with Wix or Duda.
We also earned high and consistent ratings for helpful and responsive customer support, which should put business owners at ease. Weebly goes unnoticed compared to Wix with 50 million websites created, but offers great options depending on your needs. If you want a simple and easy to use website editor, a large site (more than 25 to 30 pages), unlimited storage, site portability, and affordable yet powerful online store capabilities, Weebly gives a good David to the Wix Goliath. The editor is one of the easiest to use website creation options, and the low learning curve still makes for attractive sites.
That ease of use means that the editor is more limited in terms of plugins and design flexibility, and doesn't have the range of options or mobile customization that a creator like Wix has. Even so, in our tests, we never reached a point where we discovered that those restrictions were limiting. However, for a high-octane web designer, it could arise. Weebly is a good choice for those who may have more limitations in terms of investing time, and its commerce options outperform competitors like Wix and Squarespace.
For those who are wary of committing to a website builder knowing that they won't be able to pick them up and abandon them later, Weebly also offers the ability to download files from the site so they can move them to another server, a rarity in the site builder landscape. If Wix is the clear favorite for most website building needs, Shopify fulfills that role as an e-commerce store. The platform offers an easy and easy to use way to get an online e-commerce web store up and running, and supports business owners throughout the process with its e-commerce tools. Shopify is a safe place for most e-retailers, although similar to Wix, that doesn't mean it's perfect for every scenario.
The editor has a lot of features and flexibility when it comes to configuring it, but like Wix, that may be too much for newcomers. However, if you have a bit of experience, those features and tools, such as product variants and tax rates, will likely come in handy as you grow up or if you're already working on a large scale. Storage and bandwidth are usually unlimited, but there are exceptions such as Wix which scales its storage capacity based on the plan level - even their lowest tier plan has a decent amount (3 GB of storage) and enough bandwidth to support up to about 5000 visitors per month). By first establishing your raison d'être you can prioritize the tools add-ons and capabilities you want in your creator - so you don't get carried away by sophisticated add-ons that don't help you achieve your goal.