'Do It Yourself' has become the norm these days when it comes to building furniture, decorating things, organizing socks, and... building websites.
This is because simple and easy to use website builders have become a huge hit for small business ventures, but with so many adverts and platforms to choose from, choosing one can be a little bit overwhelming.
However, I've done a little DIY myself when I was personally researching plenty of website builders.
And without further ado, here's a list of my top 5 DIY website builders:
- Wix - all-around drag and drop website builder
- Squarespace - outstanding looking templates for any type of site
- GoCentral - create professional looking websites with little knowledge
- Weebly - creative freedom for building unique looking websites
- IM Creator - useful tutorial videos and hundreds of templates
From $0.00 /month
Recommended for: users who want 100s of templates with a user-friendly interface
Wix gives the user complete control over the building process of their website while providing them with a bunch of easy-to-use features.
Users of Wix can literally 'do it themselves' in such an effortless way - no coding, no hard implementation, no fuss.
Users who are new to website building may find its interface slightly overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is one of the easiest website builders to operate.
At the other end of the spectrum, experienced users will see Wix's potential immediately - creating a custom built website really is a piece of cake. There are 100's of templates to choose from; each one as stunning as the last and completely mobile-friendly.
Wix can be both free, and quite expensive
To top it off, Wix offers a free plan with more than enough features to get your website up and running. However, if you're looking to have a custom domain, you must pay for one of its plans.
There are four paid plans that range from $5.00 - $25.00. The Combo plan ($10.00) includes a 2GB bandwidth, 3GB storage, it allows you to connect a custom domain and also remove Wix ads. For users who want an online store, though, the eCommerce plan is priced at $17.00 per month. All in all, judging by the business standards, Wix is neatly in the middle when it comes to prices.
- Drag and drop editor
- Connect a custom domain from just $5.00
- 24/7 support
- Has a free plan which allows you to get used to the platform
- No native way to move your Wix website to another platform
From $12.00 /month
Recommended for: users who want a unique and professional looking website with minimal effort
And you'd be wrong thinking that its expensive looking websites are the reward for hours of hard work too.
In fact, it isn't too difficult to get to grips with, making it an excellent do it yourself website builder for beginners.
The Squarespace templates are good-looking and mobile-optimized, so users can expect a website that will look great on all devices. Users can create an eye-catching portfolio and a great blogging platform with ease too. Customizing your website can be done by dragging and dropping images or content - these can be moved, deleted, or adjusted easily.
Users can also change the color scheme of their website, along with fonts and page configurations - although this is fairly straightforward, some coding is required.
Squarespace won't leave you in trouble
Should you encounter a problem whilst building your website, or have a query before you start - Squarespace offers 24/7 support services.
Upon reviewing Squarespace, I fired over a couple of questions to their support team via their live chat feature. Although I was ninth place in the queue - my query was responded to in around 15 minutes.
However, all of those beautiful templates and customer support will cost you a bit.
There are four paid plans that range from $12.00 - $40.00 - which one you choose will depend on which features you require. The Personal plan ($12.00) is a good suit for most, however, and includes a custom domain, mobile-optimized website, SSL security, and unlimited storage and bandwidth.
Is it good value? If you really enjoy at least one of the Squarespace's templates, it really is.
- Modern design features
- Stunning templates for all businesses
- Responsive live chat
- No free plan
- Paid plans are a little on the pricey side of website builders
From $5.99 /month
Recommended for: users who want pre-built elements to build their website
Instead of using the popular drag and drop editor that we see attached to most website builders today, it uses its very own swipe-to-style interface.
To be honest, it operates in much the same way as your standard drag and drop.
It's creative elements for building a simple website continue to impress me. GoCentral uses a mix and match feature that allows users to completely customize the layout of their website using content blocks.
Let's take a look at some of the other GoCentral features.
- GoCentral has a simple blogging platform that is easy to set up
- There is no coding knowledge required to build a website with GoCentral
- GoCentral reviews your site and optimizes it for search engines such as Google and Yahoo
- GoCentral provides video tutorials to help get you started should you need them
- Create and restore backups whenever you wish
No free plan - but a great free trial
Unfortunately, there is no free plan available with GoCentral. However, they do offer a free trial with all of their plans. And you can choose to trial any kind of a GoCentral plan, meaning that you can setting up your online shop without even entering your credit card information.
There are four paid plans to choose from, these range from $5.99 - $29.00 per month. For small businesses, I would recommend taking its most popular Business plan ($12.99), it includes website hosting, SEO optimization, PayPal buttons, and SSL security.
- 24/7 support
- Swipe-to-style interface
- Easy to manage eCommerce service
- Free trial with all plans
- Limited customization options
- Fewer template options
From $0.00 /month
Recommended for: users who want a simple drag and drop editor with plenty of customization features
But what Weebly does so well is that it gives the user a good amount of creative freedom.
Creating a unique website that is personal to you without any technical expertise is often extremely difficult - but with Weebly, this isn't the case.
On top of this, you can also add custom pages such as an 'about me' or 'contact' page.
Overall, Weebly is a great platform for users who want to 'do it themselves'.
It also offers a free plan (although quite limited) which allows users to get used to the platform before upgrading!
- Drag and drop editor makes it easy to build
- Simple to use dashboard
- Good customization options
- Its free plan is quite limited
5. IM Creator
From $9.95 /month
Recommended for: users who want modern design features and a stunning looking website
IM Creator allows the users to choose from pre-built templates or start with a blank - both of which are simple to set-up and produce great results.
IM Creator uses a simple editor to build your website, that then uses blocks and stripes to build its layout. At first glance, there may seem a lot of options for you to choose from, but most of these are self-explanatory.
However, if you do have any problems, IM Creator provides tutorial videos and online documentation to help you.
Let's take a look at some the other features:
- Users can add things like pictures, videos, slideshows, menus, and sub-menus to their website.
- Build a blog that stands out with IM Creators blog platform.
- Users have the option to set up an online store with its eCommerce feature.
IM Creator also provides users with a free plan and access to the entire template range. If that's not enough, though, you can upgrade to its Premium plan which is priced at $9.95 per month (biannual package), which includes unlimited hosting, bandwidth, and the option to connect a custom domain.
- 24/7 support
- Drag and drop editor
- Hundreds of templates to get you started
- Fewer paid plan options
Which Is The Number One DIY Website Builder?
After thoroughly testing each of these website builders for years, Wix and Squarespace have impressed me the most.
But to help further your decision, I have made a list of what (I believe) each of them does best:
- Wix would make a good choice for users who want an all-around website builder with plenty of templates and features
- Squarespace is best suited to experienced users who want a modern and professional DIY websites design
- GoCentral is best suited for users who want a simple website with fewer customization options.
- Weebly would make a good choice for users who want an extremely user-friendly website builder.
- IM Creator is a good choice for users who want a unique DIY website design and a great free plan.
Overall, I would recommend Squarespace to users who don't mind a steeper learning curve and want to build their website with some of the most intuitive design features available. Wix, on the other hand, has a certain creative freedom that money cannot buy.
So, after testing dozens of website builders, I came to the conclusion that these are the best DIY website builders. However, if you have your own suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!