Best Website Builders 2017

 

I build about 3 to 5 websites a week on various website building platforms and have thousands of hours of build time using them. With my website builder reviews listed below I share with you my experiences with each of them and tell you all the good and bad points of each.

 

Up until a couple of years ago, I had never used website builders before…

 

I have been building websites for over 15 years so had often avoided drag and drop functions that website builders have feeling they were inferior to the methods I used to use.

 

I have to admit though that once I started to use them I was very pleased with what they were capable of doing with some able to act as out of the box eCommerce solutions.

 

The costs of these website builders are quite affordable. Unfortunately, over the last couple of years I have tried using website builders that were very outdated or had extortionate renewal costs.

Who are Website Builders Best for?

 

I think website builders are best suited for people who want a cost effective way to get online and share a portfolio of work:

  • Small Businesses
  • Photographers, Artists
  • eCommerce startups

Why Choose a Website Builder vs Using a Web Designer?

 

A simple customised website to suit your needs could easily cost you over $2000. Then you have to factor in things like making changes to pages or adding new content could still require a freelance designer or web developer to help you continually update your site; plus there is the cost of web hosting.

 

Yet for only a few dollars each month, some of these website builders below could give you almost everything you’d ever want at less than 1% of the cost.
Not to mention, you can easily login yourself and change copy, upload images, or add new pages within seconds (and without calling for tech support).

 

A good website builder might set you back anywhere between $5 to $20 a month. However, there are a few other considerations to make besides just pricing when choosing the next home for your new website.

 

Without further ado here are my reviews of the best website builder software available.

Best Overall Web Builder

Weebly

Weebly came out on top in all of our tests. Probably the easiest web builder to use, as well as having an amazing app store, where you can buy stunning functionality features for your website. Pricing is extremely competitive.

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THE BEST WEBSITE BUILDERS TOP 6

One of the easiest website builders I have worked with, Weebly is a solid, reliable platform, that’s jam packed with useful features and an app store that is second to none.

 

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GO TO WEEBLY

An eCommerce website building solutions provider of the highest order. Shopify has everything you need to set up a fully functioning eCommerce site.

 

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GO TO SHOPIFY
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WIX

Solid and robust web builder that has loads of extra functionality features for your site. Takes a bit of time to get used to, but well worth the effort, as the websites you can build are top draw.

 

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GO TO WIX

SIMBLA

A powerful website building platform that has an extensive range of website styling and customising options. Slick user interface with the ability to create highly responsive, robust and stylish websites.

 

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iPAGE WEB BUILDER

With all the functionality of Weebly website builder, iPage is fast becoming a major player in web building software, and have teamed up with Weebly to create a very good product.

 

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VOOG

The Voog site builder is known for its simplicity and easy to use functionailty. Not as slick as Squarespace or Weebly, but still a solid web building platform.

 

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GO TO VOOG

THE GOOD WEBSITE BUILDERS – TOP 3

1 & 1

Slick, highly responsive, robust and stylish themes, along with a powerful website building platform that has an extensive range of website styling and customising options.

 

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SQUARESPACE

Slick, highly responsive, robust and stylish themes, along with a powerful website building platform that has an extensive range of website styling and customising options.

 

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ADOBE MUSE

Not really suitable for people wanting an off the shelf website solutions. This is more targeted at graphic designers who want to build sites without knowing how to code.

 

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THE NOT RECOMMENDED WEBSITE BUILDERS

JIMDO

Editor is easy to use, but overall lacks guidance for first time users. Templates fall behind the rest of the competition and aren’t as good as site builders like Weebly or Squarespace.

 

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MOONFRUIT

Great looking templates built in Flash & HTML5 but there’s no means to edit the HTML. If you want to customize your themes then this isn’t the web builder for you.

 

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YOLA

Great for newbie web designers or small businesses wanting a simple solution to getting their websites up and running. Limited in terms what you can do, and themes are too simple.

 

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VISTAPRINT WEB BUILDER

Really user-friendly platform, where you can have a website designed and built in less than an hour. The variety of templates are a bit limited but its a good starting point for newbies.

 

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VOLUSION

The Volusion website builder is fully loaded with eCommerce features and easy to use CMS functionality, which is suitable for creating on-line shopping websites.

 

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ZENFOLIO

Slick, highly responsive, robust and stylish themes, along with a powerful website building platform that has an extensive range of website styling and customising options.

 

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GO TO ZENFOLIO