As more and more children become familiar with the technology, the Internet serves as a great way for teachers and schools to incorporate new ways of learning. A website with uploaded tasks or additional information on subjects might make teaching more interesting and more interactive.
However, building a learning platform for your students can seem daunting and time-consuming.
And for busy teachers looking for creative solutions, website builders are a great fit. They're easy to use, and can potentially be great time-saving options.
Here is the list of best website builders for teachers:
- Weebly (Has a dedicated tool specifically for education)
- Wix (A variety of education-oriented templates)
- SITE123 (Easy website builder with excellent support)
- uKit (A huge variety of templates and useful widgets)
- GoCentral (A lot of pre-built templates for easy building)
1. Weebly (Weebly Education)
Recommended for: users who want simple and easy-to-use free teacher websites.
Weebly is one of the biggest names in website building, and with an easy-to-use interface and a drag-and-drop editor, it is well suited for both professionals and beginners.
More recently, Weebly has created its very own educational tool for teachers and schools. Weebly Education is a feature that allows users to launch project websites, educative websites, and student portfolios.
No matter what your age or technical knowledge - you'll be able to create a website from scratch that suits your needs in no time at all.
Weebly has also taken into account teacher, student, and parent confidentiality.
What this means is that the system allows teachers to set up passwords for student accounts, it's then up to them to decide which information is displayed or kept hidden from the student account. This way, the passwords can be safe, and information kept secure.
Weebly's blogging feature also stands out. Teachers will be able to publish class news, home assignments and information aimed at parents. On top of this, students will be able to respond with ideas and express their thoughts on certain topics.
There's a lot to love, but what about the price?
Well, Weebly offers a free plan which offers more than enough to get most users started.
However, there are four other paid plans which range from $8.00 - $38.00 per month. For teachers or schools, the Starter plan ($8.00) might be just about enough.
- Drag-and-drop editor
- The free plan offers a lot
- Chat and email support
- Lack of video tutorials about the platform's features
Recommended for: teachers or schools who want a versatile website builder with plenty of templates.
Wix is a versatile website builder that has plenty of templates tailored for teachers, schools, and students.
I believe that website building for teachers should be simple and affordable - if not free. And Wix helps provide that, offering a free plan for all of its users.
And this, of course, can be a great tool for many educators on a budget. But the price is not the only thing where you can see the potential in Wix for teachers and schools.
There are plenty of mobile-friendly templates to choose from in the 'Education' category. These include templates for private schools, kindergarten, music schools, language schools and more.
Let's take a look at some of the other features Wix has to offer:
- You can create a multifunctional blog (which only takes only a few clicks);
- Add a forum to your website to communicate and share things with students;
- A member-login feature which allows other users to join your website;
- You can answer a few industry-specific questions with Wix ADI and Wix will build a website for you;
Will Wix be the teacher's pet?
Wix does offer a free plan, however, if you intend on creating a decent website with Wix then I would recommend upgrading to one of their paid plans. There are five plans available and range from $5.00 - $24.50.
If you wish to connect a custom domain then this will cost you just $5.00 per month. However, I would recommend a plan with higher storage for teachers and schools. Its unlimited and most popular plan is priced at $12.50, it includes 10GB storage, unlimited bandwidth and a free domain for a year.
- Hundreds of templates
- Fair-priced unlimited plan
- Responsive templates for all devices
- Create a visually attractive website easily
- Lack of features specifically designed for teachers or schools
Recommended for: teachers or schools who want fast and straightforward website builder with great support.
SITE123 is a website builder that delivers an easy and straightforward creation process. It's all about letting you create professional-looking websites without putting too much time into design.
There are no drag-and-drop features here, this builder works based on blocks. You can add different content blocks to a predefined place on your page. While it can limit creativity a bit, it also means you won't mess everything up accidentally.
You can choose what type of website you want to create from 14 categories including community, music, creative arts, etc. Your website will be generated with relative images and text based on your choice.
And if you have a problem or just need a little help, you can count on SITE123's customer support. It's available 24/7 by email and live chat, and when I gave it a try I was pleasantly surprised on how fast and polite they were.
Every template offered here is mobile-friendly. And since the editor works with blocks, you don't need to worry about how your changes might affect the mobile or tablet versions.
The premium plans also allow you to set up and translate your content into multiple languages. This is great if you want to reach a bigger audience or cover a wider array of topics.
Do You Need a Premium Plan?
While the free plan allows you to create and host your educational website, it does have quite a lot of restrictions. The most important thing is that you're limited to using a random subdomain name ( something like 5dde72e025f6d.site123.me).
The cheapest Basic plan costs $5.45 a month, it gives 10GB of storage and 5GB of bandwidth. It also allows you to add your custom domain and removes all SITE123 branding, so your website can become truly yours.
I recommend going with the Advance plan for $8.45/mo, as it gives you more storage space, 15GB bandwidth, and 1 additional language. If you need a lot of storage for media, you can get the Gold plan for $16.45 that increases the storage space to 270 and adds an additional 5 languages.
You also get a free domain name and free domain privacy for one year when choosing an annual billing cycle.
- 24/7 customer support
- Mobile-friendly templates
- Multiple languages
- Limited free plan
Recommended for: users who want hundreds of templates and a drag-and-drop editor.
For teachers who want to build a personalized website that is easy to set up, uKit would make for a good choice.
Not only does it have an intuitive interface that uses a drag-and-drop editor, but it also comes loaded with 300+ templates - each in its deserved category.
All of which are fully responsive and will look great on almost any device.
uKit also has an impressive selection of widgets that could be useful for teachers to communicate with their students and/or parents.
Communication between teachers and students can be a key factor in successful learning - luckily, with uKit, you can integrate popular tools and widgets such as LiveChat and Mailchimp. Teachers can also add files that students can download, including homework assessments, news updates, and calendars.
How much do these widgets cost?
Unfortunately, uKit does not offer a free plan. However, its four paid plans are a very good value for money - and they start at low prices too.
For teachers and schools, I would recommend the Premium plan at just $4.00 per month. It includes unlimited pages, disk space and bandwidth, 24/7 support, a mobile-responsive design, and a dashboard to view your website's statistics.
- 300+ templates
- 24/7 support
- Plenty of integrable widgets
- Great starter price plans
- Lack of blogging features
- Backups take place on a weekly basis and not daily
Recommended for: users who want pre-built designs with few customization options.
GoCentral creates mobile-friendly and responsive websites using pre-built templates. It is aimed at building simple websites easy and hassle-free, and therefore only offers a few customization options.
But this doesn't mean that you can't create a teacher website, it just means that you do less work to achieve it.
Also, rather than using a simple drag-and-drop editor, GoCentral uses a swipe-to-style feature that makes it just as simple to create your website.
You'll also be pleased to know that you have nine templates to choose from, and they are all modern and well designed.
Let's take a look at some of the other features that GoCentral has to offer.
- Teachers can build up an impressive portfolio with the GoCentral Portfolio feature;
- Communicate with your students using the GoCentral blogging feature;
- Keep on track of work with the built-in appointments feature;
Is GoCentral a good value option?
Again, unfortunately, there is no free plan available with GoCentral.
There are four paid plans that range from $5.99 - $29.99 per month, depending on which package you choose.
The Personal plan ($5.99) would suit teachers and schools, though - with it includes website hosting, 24/7 support, blogging features, and SSL security. Overall, this is a pretty solid package for the price.
- Simple and easy to use blogging platform
- Mobile-optimized website
- Limitations when customizing
- To get the full GoCentral experience, you will need to upgrade
So, Which Will Be Crowned The Best Website Builder For Teachers And Schools?
Out of the five website builders that I have tested, which website builder do I believe is the best choice for teachers and schools?
I have made a list of what (I believe) each of these website builders does best, so the choice is entirely up to you:
- Weebly is best suited for teachers who want an education website with plenty of features.
- Wix is best suited for users who want educational templates with an excellent blog feature. You can also create free classroom websites with brilliant 24/7 support.
- SITE123 has an easy website builder with excellent support, that teachers will definitely find helpful.
- uKit has a great selection of templates and widgets that teachers may find useful.
- GoCentral is best suited for teachers who want an impressive portfolio at a low price.
Overall, Wix had the best templates - they were both beautiful and up to date. SITE123 gives you great support and easy website creation. However, the simple and user-friendly approach from Weebly and GoCentral is also going to be great for many. uKit, on the other hand, doesn't include many education-specific features, but it gives teachers a great place to add notes and important information for pupils to access online.
So, after testing dozens of website builders, I came to the conclusion that these are the top 5 website builders are the best to create a website for teachers and schools.
Have you given them a shot? Or maybe you feel I'm missing out on an important provider? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!