Top Website Builders For MacOS – Best Ways To Build Your Site
2019 January 17th at 5:55
Despite brilliant user interface and ease of use, Macs are far from perfect platforms for website building.
The HTML editing options are fairly limited and as of now, there is no native solution for Mac users to build beautiful, responsive websites on their devices.
But there are options - and we're going to talk about them in this article.
We present you the best Mac website builders:
- Wix - all-around website design software with tonnes of features and themes
- Jimdo - responsive web design can be built by an Artificial Intelligence
- GoCentral - cheap option to build your website quickly
- Blocs - software exclusive for Mac users, providing complete freedom
From $0.00 /month
Recommended for: users who want a huge selection of templates and a simple drag and drop editor
Once you have chosen your template (from the hundreds available), you are then free to customize your it using the Wix drag and drop editor. For users who are new to website building (or Wix for that matter) - rest assured, it's one of the most straightforward and user-friendly editors you will find.
Wix offers a whole bunch of other features too, including:
- Wix stores - Gives you the option to create an online store to sell digital and physical goods.
- Wix booking feature - Easy bookings for your services which are perfect for artists and gallery exhibitions.
- Wix photography - a great way to display images, videos or text in over 30 galleries.
Once your website is up and running, users can get paid easily with 0% commission on all sales, manage shipping, tax, inventory, track orders online. You can even manage your store on your mobile device.
Wix has plenty of options
Fortunately, Wix offers a free plan! This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the Wix features and design.
In addition to this, there are a number of paid plans to choose from, ranging from $5.00 - $35.00 per month. There are four general plans and three, specializing fully on eCommerce.
- Stunning selection of templates
- 24/7 customer support
- Drag and drop editor for a user-friendly experience
- Free plan is available
- Overwhelming dashboard for inexperienced users
From $0.00 /month
Recommended for: users who want the option of an AI website designer as well as a build your own
The first thing to touch upon is that there are two options to choose from when starting the creative process - one called Dolphin and another called Creator.
Dolphin is an AI web designer that creates your website in just three minutes - with three simple steps. It does this by asking the user questions relating to their business, while also gathering background information from Google, Facebook and Instagram. Once it's system has built your website, you are free to customize it however you like.For users who enjoy a more hands-on approach - Creator gives you the option to build your website completely by yourself too. There is a great selection of templates available - and what's more, you can modify your site on the go with the Jimdo iOS app.
Also, for all the budding photographers and artists out there, Jimdo has an excellent gallery feature to showcase your projects. And to ensure that your projects get noticed and to boost the traffic to your website, Jimdo has a built-in SEO and statistics tool.
But How Much Do Those Features Cost?
Well, to get you started and used to the Jimdo interface - nothing (due to its free trial). However, there are four paid plans that range from $7.50 - $40.00 per month.
The Pro plan ($7.50) per month includes 5GB storage, 10GB bandwidth, an ad-free website, HTTPS encryption and a free domain for the first year. To make the most out of the SEO and online store features though, I would recommend upgrading to the most popular Business plan ($20.00)
- AI web design is great for newbies
- Simple to set-up eCommerce websites
- Free plan is available
- eCommerce plan is expensive
- Templates customization is slightly limited
From $5.99 /month
Recommended for: users who want to build a good-looking website cheap and fast
And like the other listed website builders, it comes loaded with a number of exciting features to build your website and show off your brand.
One of the most important things, though, is its interface - which is incredibly simple and easy to use. Once you have chosen a template (of which there are 100s), you are free to customize it however you like using GoCentrals swipe-to-style editor.And as you can see from the photo right here, the dashboard is clean and minimal. Although this is a good thing for newbies, experienced users may find themselves slightly limited when it comes to customization.
However, there are plenty of other features which make up for it, including:
- Interacting with your visitors is made easy with the GoCentral blogging platform.
- A GoCentral online store which integrates flawlessly into your existing GoCentral website.
- GoCentral SEO tools are a great way to get your website discovered and attract potential clients
- 24/7 customer support, so there's no reason for you to be left alone when building your website.
As you can see, GoCentral has a lot to offer for users who are inexperienced in website building.
Best free trial in the business
GoCentral doesn't offer a free plan. However, there are free trials for literally every plan that's available, meaning you can make an online shop, without even entering your credit card details.
The four paid plans range from $5.99 to $29.99 per month.
For users who want a good-looking website with SEO features, 24/7 support, and web hosting - I'd recommend the Business plan which is priced at $9.99 per month. If you are looking to create an online store, then the eCommerce plan is priced at $29.99 per month.
- Simple to set-up and easy to build a website
- 24/7 customer support
- User-friendly interface which suits newbies
- Design options are limited.
- Personal plan ($5.99) is lacking in features
$99.00 - one-time payment
Recommended for: users who want a visual design tool for creating responsive websites using macOS
Blocs is the dark horse in my list, and it's also the only platform that is designed for Mac users only. Its a downloadable piece of software built specifically for web designers who want to create websites from scratch.
For this reason, there are only around 20 templates to choose from, and they all cost around $20.00 each.
At first glance, it's dashboard is slightly overwhelming due to the number of menus and options. However, after a few hours, I was familiar with most of its controls and could begin building my website.
Building your website is done by stacking ready made Blocs and Brics. Blocs are used to form the layout of your website - you can use them to add or edit things like photos, videos, text, icons, colors, effects etc.
Brics are what the Blocs consist of. There are 50 different Brics to choose from and they include things like headings, video, buttons, dropdown, columns, labels, etc. basically - all the elements you need to build up your website.
Because Blocs is a desktop application - all of the websites you build with it will require hosting. Unfortunately, though, to upload your website to the housing or to update its files, you will have to use an external application as Blocs doesn't have an integrated FTP (File Transfer Protocol) manager.
A bit of an awkward payment structure
Blocs does cost $99 to download for the first time. However, as mentioned earlier, you will have to pay separately for templates. And that's not it.
To purchase Blocs, it will set you back $99.99. However, to have the most up-to-date version of Blocs at all times, you'll have to spend $60.00 everytime a new version is available.
- Designed exclusively for macOS users
- One-time fee
- Website can be built using Blocs and Brics
- Great for web designers looking to create a website from scratch
- Created websites are responsive on all devices
- Paid templates ($20) and updates ($60)
- No integrated FTP manager
Which Mac Website Builder Is The Best?
To pick an outright winner from this bunch is a tough decision. Each one of them brings something unique and exciting that will suit the needs of many different users - I've outlined some of these below:
- Wix is suited to users who want an all-around website designing software for Mac, with stunning templates and a user-friendly interface.
- Jimdo would make a good match for users who want AI web design to build their website for them.
- GoCentral is a good choice for users who are on a budget and want to build a website fast.
- Blocs is for Mac users who want a visual design software with complete creative freedom.
The website builder which best suits you is down to the purpose of your website and your experience in website building. Jimdo, however, is suited to both experienced and inexperienced users, because of its AI website design technology.
Blocs certainly stands out on my list due to it's visual design software and the fact its only a website builder for Mac, however, it's pricing model is a shame. On the other hand, you have Wix, the master at building websites - it makes a great starter-kit for anyone, especially for people who love the modern and simple designs.
Prior to this review, I tested dozens of website builders and have come to the conclusion that these are the best ones for macOS. However, if you think I missed one out, let me know in the comments below.
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