There are a multitude of website builders out there waiting for your time and money. In the most ideal world, you will choose the correct website builder straight away. Know that this isn’t always the case, but this article will provide you with valuable information and links to send you on your way to learning more about the best fit for your business or blog type.
What to consider:
The goals you have and the features you want on your website. Do you want to have a blog section, photo gallery, online store, contact form, reservation section, social media buttons, etc? Consider growth as well. Are you planning on adding content and/or products daily? Do you plan to sell more on your site in the future? You need to make sure that the builder you choose is capable of handling your needs as you scale your business.
If you’re coming up short on details of what you want, take a look at your competitors or other websites for inspiration.
Many website builders offer drag and drop user interfaces to help you build your website. Take advantage of any trial periods available with services you are considering.
That being said, let’s take a look at a few of the top website builder platforms to create your website without hiring a developer.
Please note that there are two versions of WordPress available. There is self-hosted WordPress.org and WordPress.com. WordPress.com will be addressed later in this article.
The self-hosted WordPress (wordpress.org) is, in my opinion, the best website builder due to its popularity, powerful features, scalability, and ease of use. With WordPress.org, you have complete control over all aspects of your website and can build any type of site. Additionally, there are thousands of pre-made themes that you can use for design and functionality purposes to build your website.
With WordPress.org, you can build any type of website from a blog to a corporate website to an e-commerce shop and more.
Squarespace is a popular fully-hosted website builder known for great designs and ease of use. It is a secure and robust platform that allows you to focus on building your website and growing your business without worrying about hosting.
All of these pre-made designs are fully ready for all types of content. They are fully editable, and Squarespace even allows you to use many templates for the same website at one time.
There is an e-commerce plan that allows you to build your own online store and add it to your website. The management interface for your online store is easy to analyze products, inventory, orders, coupons, discounts and more.
A downfall of building with Squarespace is that the platform offers a limited amount of integrations with third-party services which can be a hurdle when trying to grow your business.
Squarespace can be a great option for boutique/smaller shops that need e-commerce functionality as well as displaying your portfolio if you are an experienced photographer or videographer.
Shopify is a very popular e-commerce website builder designed specifically for online stores and e-commerce websites.
This platform is another all-in-one fully-hosted solution, this means you don’t have to worry about managing software, installing updates, or backing things up on your own. Shopify does it for you.
There is an integrated payment solution and you can add third-party payment gateways to accept other payment types.
As an e-commerce website builder, Shopify offers full inventory management, unlimited products, powerful statistics, and simple marketing tools. They also have a POS system, which will allow you to accept all credit cards and take advantage of Shopify’s inventory, shipping, marketing, and stats management tools for your physical store.
Shopify is very popular among successful dropshipping entrepreneurs. If that is the avenue you are thinking of going down, it is a great idea to look into the trial they offer.
WordPress.com is a blog and website hosting service. It was created by the co-founder of WordPress.org. WordPress.com is not the same as self-hosted WordPress.org. You don’t have to worry about the software and backups as WordPress.com takes care of it.
There are free and paid plans that have a particular set of features. Plans allow users to choose from hundreds of free and paid WordPress themes. You can then use the built-in customizer to add your site title, use the available widgets, add navigation menus, among other things.
WordPress.com doesn’t offer drag and drop functionality like other website builders, but you do have the ability to customize the designs to a certain extent. If you are overwhelmed when you have too many options, WordPress.com could be a great option.
Our preferred website builder is wordpress.org. It allows for the most flexibility for customization and allows for unlimited content addition.
I decided to address the four website builders that people are most curious about when we chat. They are easy to use and WordPress.org, Squarespace, and Shopify offer a multitude of services with relatively low fees.