4 of the Best Tools to Build Your Next Website

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Website builders make it easy for entrepreneurs to validate their ideas and launch businesses without writing a single line of code.

As a small business, it’s not necessary to spend a few thousand dollars on a web development agency when you can just build a website yourself for less than $15 per month.

However, like anything else, it’s important to start by establishing the overall goals for your website. There’s a huge selection of website builders to choose from, so don’t worry if you’re having trouble finding the right one.

While every builder is different, some are definitely better than others. Here’s a quick overview of the four best website builders for entrepreneurs of any experience level looking to launch their next idea.

 

Wix

While most drag and drop website builders have a reputation for being over-complicated and difficult to use, Wix is easy for anyone, from experienced to designers to first-time website builders.

The blank canvas start and expansive library of tools give users the ability to create stunning custom websites from scratch.

With over 100 million users across nearly 200 countries, Wix is widely accepted as the best website builder for people that need complete control over their design.

Wix is a true blank canvas editor—and while typical site builders that start you off from scratch are cumbersome and disorganized, Wix combines high levels of customization with an easy-to-use interface.

Unlike most of the other blank canvas editors, Wix pays attention to the details. It’s the small features like being able to hide all toolbars and preview any page of your website with a single click that make Wix such an intuitive platform to use.

Despite the inherent messiness that comes with being this customizable, Wix makes up for it by giving users tons of control without the cost of hiring a full team of designers and programmers.

Features: 

  • Blog
  • Newsletter
  • Ecommerce
  • Membership system
  • iOS & Android Apps
  • True Blank Canvas
  • Restaurant Menu
  • Audio Player

Wix’s best features, its flexibility and customization options, are also its biggest downfalls. Wix isn’t the most organized website builder, and its editor lacks the refinement of other platforms such as Squarespace or Weebly.

 

Squarespace

As the oldest and arguably most well-known online website builder, Squarespace has carved itself a dedicated following by creating an extremely refined jack-of-all-trades platform for artists, entrepreneurs, and everyone in-between.

After launching in 2004, Squarespace has taken years to perfect its interface—and for the most part, constant refinement has paid off—Squarespace is by far and above the most polished website builder on the market.

One of Squarespace’s highlights is its massive range of gorgeous starter templates. Though most themes are beautiful to begin with, almost all of the elements are customizable depending on which one you select and what you’d like to change.

Squarespace also offers great customer service in the forms of a highly responsive chat and 24/7 email support.

Features: 

  • Blog
  • Newsletter
  • Ecommerce
  • Form Builder
  • iOS & Android Apps
  • Restaurant Menu
  • Audio Player
  • Themes

Despite being extremely customizable, Squarespace’s organization is quick to learn and easy to use. Every template starts you off with a few examples of Content Blocks, so the best way to get the hang of things is to just start playing around. The interface is linear, guided, flexible, yet understandable to anyone.

 

Weebly

Similar to Wix, Weebly is another drag and drop website editor that makes it easy to build highly customized websites without any prior knowledge of HTML or CSS.

Another benefit of Weebly is its expansive App Center—a place for users to find elements such as galleries, pricing charts, tables, information accordions, counters, FAQ sections, and even integrations with some popular Google apps.

Weebly offers a great blend of power and intuitiveness for people that want a refined, easy to use, highly customizable website builder.

You can start with a variety of simple themes and place custom text elements, images, and other components onto the body of your page. Weebly may not be as customizable as a platform like Wix, but it’s definitely more refined.

Weebly is lightyears ahead of its competition in terms of interfaces and subtle details like snap to grid, control over map elements, and customizable items in the App Center.

Features: 

  • Blog
  • Newsletter
  • Ecommerce
  • Membership System
  • Multi-Lingual Support
  • Form Builder
  • iOS & Android Apps
  • Restaurant Menu
  • Audio Player

Weebly is rapidly improving and is a solid option for anyone that needs high levels of customization in a well-rounded, easy to use package.

 

Strikingly

Strikingly is by far  the best builder for people looking to design a one-page website. One-page sites are a great way to get attention and encourage users to take action.

Another benefit of single page websites is how simple and fast they are to set up and publish. Most builders are terrible at creating one-page sites—as most of them are for extensive portfolios and commerce stores, they only end up making the process way too complicated.

Strikingly is best suited for simple sites with strong CTAs and large design elements. While its overall features list may not be the longest, Strikingly isn’t trying to fill the same niche as a website builder like Wix. That being said, when you want an extremely fast platform that makes it easy to build a captivating single page website, it’s hard to beat Strikingly’s themes and convenience.

Features: 

  • Blog
  • Ecommerce
  • iOS & Android Apps

If you’re looking for a quick way to build landing pages that make a bold impression, Strikingly is the way to go.

 

Always Stick with the Minimum

It’s easy to overestimate the scope of your website and pick something that only ends up overcomplicating your project. The fact is, most websites can be accomplished in a single page with a simple design. Think about your overall goals and growth the most basic platform possible.

Simplicity always wins when you’re trying to get the attention of potential customers.

By | 2017-11-07T16:06:59+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|