Responsive design means that you only need one website design, for it to look good and for all information to fit perfectly on every device.
And to be fair, nowadays, surfing the internet on a mobile device is the norm - according to Statista, the percentage of mobile device website traffic worldwide was around 52% in 2018.
Which means having a responsive website that looks impressive on all sizes of screens is extremely important.
But which website builders can give you the best result, when it comes to superior website design and great responsiveness?
If you're looking for a responsive website builder, these right here are at the top:
- GoCentral - fully customizable from mobile devices
- Weebly - completely free plan
- Squarespace - professional look for your website
- Wix - outstanding free mobile editor
- Jimdo - simple site builder with around 50 templates
From $5.99 /month
GoCentral is the new website builder from GoDaddy. It has been completely rebuilt to replace their old website builder - so if you've used a GoDaddy website builder before, you may want to look at this again.
This website builder is different and allows you to create a great mobile-friendly, fully-responsive website design.
Although at the moment of writing, there are only 9 main templates available, each one of them is clear and modern. Also, one thing I particularly liked was that you can view both your desktop site and your mobile site all on one page. This allows you to see how the changes you're making look on both types of devices.
The desktop site translates well over to mobile, tablets and other small screen devices too, and you can do just about anything you want in terms of editing your website from your mobile device. The GoCentral swipe-to-style feature makes it very easy to create your website - it's actually very similar to a drag and drop editor.
But, Does It Offer A Free Plan?
Well, unfortunately not. However, there is a 30-day trial to test its features!
The GoCentral price plans range from $5.99 - $25.99, and they all include mobile-friendly, fully responsive designs.
- Swipe-to-style feature is easy to use
- Fully responsive designs
- You can edit your website from a mobile device app
- There is no free plan with GoCentral
- You cannot edit the mobile presentation separately
From: $0.00 /month
Weebly is known for being one of the easiest drag and drop website builders to use, but will this industry-leading website builder be the best mobile website builder?
The answer is, absolutely YES! Weebly takes your website, compresses it into a mobile version and then adjusts to fit the viewer's screen. Based on my experience, it serves as a very responsive and attractive website builder. No text or menus get misplaced, and images look great on all device sizes.
And there are plenty of features too...
- Users can choose from over a hundred fully responsive themes
- A visual editor allows users to drag and drop content into a fully responsive template
- You can edit your website on your mobile device using Weebly's simple interface
Users will also be pleased that Weebly offers a completely free plan, so you can take your time to build an eye-catching desktop website that will then translate to your mobile device.
- Lots of templates to choose from
- Fully responsive designs
- iOS and Android apps available
- Weebly offers a free plan
- Impossible to view both desktop and mobile sites when editing
From: $12.00 /month
Squarespace is quite possibly the most responsive website builder on the market today. This automatic website builder adjusts the layout of your website to suit the size of your device. Impressive, huh?
But what Squarespace does equally as good, and I'm sure plenty of people will agree with me, is that it gives non-technical users an expensive and professional looking website - whether it's on a tablet, smartphone, or a mobile device.
And what's more, it adjusts to the format of different web browsers. Hell, Squarespace sites even look good on Internet Explorer of all things.
But the features don't stop there...
- Your content will automatically be stacked vertically on mobile devices so your visitors won't have to pinch or zoom
- With Device View you can preview your website on mobile, tablet, or desktop
- Users can choose from hundreds of responsive templates
It is worth noting that users can also edit their website using their mobile or tablet! You can edit things such as fonts, colors, background and spacing.
But What Do These Features Cost?
Well, to be fair - quite a bit. First of all, Squarespace does not offer a free plan.
There are two paid plans for users to choose from, and they both include a mobile-optimized website. There is a Personal one priced at $12.00 per month, and a Business one priced at $18.00 per month. The major difference between the two is an eCommerce feature is included in the Business plan.
- Hundreds of responsive templates to choose from
- 24/7 support
- Google's Accelerated Mobile Pages AMP
- No free plan
- Plans are quite expensive
From: $12.00 /month
Out of all the website builders reviewed so far, Wix's editor is easily one of the most impressive. It offers completely responsive designs and also has a great mobile app editor too!
Unlike some platforms that simply take your desktop site and compress it to fit a mobile screen, Wix offers you a full interface so you can make edits to your website on tablets and mobiles.
Wix has built its editor in a way that it will automatically sense what device users of your website are using, and will then navigate them to the correct design version of your website - giving them the perfect visual experience.
This is an impressive feature, and it ensures that your website will look good consistently, no matter how or where it's being viewed from.
Impressive, Wix, But What's The Price We Have To Pay?
Like Weebly, Wix offers a free plan to its users.
They have an additional four paid plans that range from $5.00 - $25.00. Users who want to add a custom domain can expect to pay as little as $5.00 per month. Each of these plans comes with a mobile-optimized website.
- There is a free plan on offer
- Full mobile interface
- A handful of impressive mobile features
- Upgrade your account to connect a domain
From: $0.00 /month (free plan not mobile-optimized)Similar to Squarespace, all of Jimdo's templates are fully-responsive. By using Jimdo's mobile website builder, you will be provided with around 50 fully responsive templates.
Jimdo uses an almost identical approach to Weebly - it takes your existing website and compresses it to fit on smaller devices, automatically adjusting depending on which device the visitor is using.
It is by far the most simplistic of the 5 website builder I have chosen, however, Jimdo still provides its users with a neat and tidy mobile editor with plenty of fully responsive templates.
The mobile preview that Jimdo uses, gives the user a horizontal view as well as a vertical one. Now, this may seem very basic, but it is the only one out of the 5 best website builders to do this.
And What About A Free Plan?
Indeed, there is a free plan for users to get stuck into, however - this brings a real annoyance.
For some bizarre reason, Jimdo has chosen to exclude websites optimized for mobile devices from its free plan. So, if you want a Jimdo website that is mobile optimized, it will cost you $7.50 per month. Not the best way to attract customers, I must admit.
- There is a free plan on offer
- Plenty of fully responsive templates to choose from
- Impressively simple
- You'll need to upgrade to get a mobile-optimized website
- Jimdo's free plan is limited
Which Website Builder Stands Out as the Most Responsive?
Out of the 5 website builders that I tested, Wix and Squarespace stood out as being the best responsive website builders.
But to help your decision, I have made a list of what (I believe) each of them does best.
- GoCentral is suited to users who want a simple design with fewer customization options
- Weebly would suit users who want a drag and drop mobile editor and free plan
- Squarespace would make a good choice for users who want an expensive and professional looking website
- Wix is the perfect all-around platform for users who want greater mobile customization options
- Jimdo is best suited for users who want to simply transfer their desktop site to a mobile or tablet
The Wix mobile interface is an impressive feature that makes this platform stand out from the crowd. For users who want an additional mobile version of their website that they can customize - Wix is for you. On the other hand, you can't ignore the quality of the Squarespace templates - and how well they perform on mobile and tablet devices.
So, after testing dozens of responsive web design software, I came to the conclusion that these are the top 5 responsive website builders. If you think I missed any, please feel free to share them in the comments below.