When you want to create a new website without the hassle of coding or going through a developer, a website builder are a great solution.
Website builders include easy to use features such as customizable templates and drag-and-drop content blocks to make designing and launching your website fast.
Today, I’ll walk you through a website builder comparison to help you find the website creation platform that will work best for your site. I’ll look specifically at these six website builders:
Website Builder Comparison Chart
Before diving into the specific features of different website builders, let’s take a look at how each of these six website builders stacks up in a website builder comparison chart:
|Wix||SITE123||Squarespace||SiteBuilder||Weebly||GoDaddy Website Builder|
|Popularity||109 million sites||Less than 1 million sites||Less than 1 million sites||Less than 1 million sites||40 million sites||16 million sites|
|Ease of Use||5/5||5/5||4/5||4/5||4.5/5||3/5|
|Themes||~500||~400||Less than 100||250||50||15|
|Starting Price per Month (Basic Site)||Free||Free||$12||$7.68||Free||$5.99|
|Starting Price per Month (E-Commerce)||$20||$10.80||$26||$18.45||$12||$19.99|
As you can see, Wix is the most popular website builder on this list with more than 100 million sites under its belt. But there are many other factors which we have to look into.
With that overview in mind, let’s take a closer look at each service to more thoroughly compare website builders.
Recommended for: those who value ease of use.
Price from: Free
Wix is the most popular website builder by far, used by over 100 million websites. The main reason Wix enjoys such popularity is that it is extremely user-friendly and allows you to get your website up and running in just a few hours.
To get your website started, Wix offers over 500 themes that can be further customized once you start building your site. There are a huge variety of content blocks, any of which can be added to your site and moved around thanks to drag-and-drop functionality. If you need more features, Wix also offers an app store where you can download free plugins.
Plus, all Wix website templates allow you to quickly and easily start a blog page.
Note, though, that the blog isn’t quite as customizable as with dedicated blogging platforms. You'll have to choose from one of the presets and go with it.
Wix offers a free website option, which is great for getting your site off the ground before committing to a paid plan. However, free websites offer a limited number of themes and can only use ‘.wixsite.com’ domain. Paid plans start at $11 per month without e-commerce or $20 per month for online stores.
Recommended for: those looking for an exceptional eCommerce solution.
Price from: Free
SITE123 excels when it comes to e-commerce sites. That’s thanks to a dedicated section in the platform’s online documentation and templates that are designed to easily adapt to the functionality needed to convert visitors.
On top of that, SITE123’s drag-and-drop interface doesn’t stop at content blocks. You can also drag-and-drop pages to re-order them and to customize the look and feel of your theme. There’s even a mobile editor if you need to update your site on the go.
Even a person with no development experience (or sense of design) could get a beautiful website in minutes.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of SITE123 is its incredibly friendly pricing. You can create a free website, albeit without your own domain. Alternatively, ‘Premium’ plans cost just $10.80 per month and include e-commerce and a free domain.
Recommended for: users who focus on design.
Price from: $12/month
Squarespace is a design-oriented website builder catered towards creative professionals. All of their themes are intended to give your website a manicured look and feel. Plus, you get unlimited content storage space with all plans to host photos, videos, music, and more.
In contrast to most other site builders, Squarespace opts for quality over quantity when it comes to themes. There are fewer than 100 themes, but each of them is beautifully crafted and offers a wider range of customization options than for any other website builder.
However, your editing options will be quite limited. Squarespace put a lot of thought in the templates - and they also give you limit as to how much you can ruin them.
Another advantage to Squarespace is that every website comes with 24/7 email support and a wealth of online documentation. So, you can be sure that if you have a question about your website, it will be answered within a few hours at the most.
The main downside to Squarespace is its price. Plans start at $12 per month for a basic website, or at $26 per month for an online store. There’s no free option for using Squarespace, although there is a 14-day trial.
Recommended for: users who want a huge variety of website templates.
Price from: $7.68/month
SiteBuilder is a fully-featured website builder that includes everything you need to get started with a basic website, online store, or blog. The platform offers more than 250 templates, giving it the widest variety out of any website builder in my comparison except for the GoDaddy Website Builder. Of course, all of these templates can be fully customized to help your website pop.
The drag-and-drop editor in SiteBuilder is extremely easy to use, although this alone doesn’t allow the platform to stand out from the crowd. What does set it apart, though, is an integrated analytics suite that makes it simple to track how visitors are moving through your website.
SiteBuilder’s pricing is very competitive thanks to a 50% discount during your first year. Without the discount, plans start at just $7.68 per month or $18.45 per month for an e-commerce site. All plans also include a free domain name as a bonus.
Recommended for: users who want to effortlessly edit the design and content at the same time.
Price from: Free
Weebly closely resembles Wix, at the building/customization experience is just as good - if not better. The interactive website builder gives you access to content blocks and customization options all in the same place, so there’s no need to jump through menus to change the appearance of content as you generate it.
This website builder also offers several hundred templates, many of which are catered towards e-commerce sites. For online sellers, the e-commerce interface is simple to use and control. The main downside is that e-commerce plans are somewhat expensive, starting at $25 per month if you don’t want to pay commission on your transactions.
The other downside to Weebly is that there are few options for keeping in touch with your customers through your website. You can send emails through GSuite, but Weebly will charge $5 per email for the service.
Recommended for: users who want to build a scalable e-commerce website.
Price from: $5.99/month
GoDaddy is best known for its domain name registration and hosting services, but the company also offers a highly functional website builder. This platform is capable of hosting either basic sites or e-commerce stores.
A major advantage of GoDaddy’s website builder is its flexibility, especially for online sales. There are multiple eCommerce plans, starting at $19.99 per month, that allow you to pay more or less depending on the types of payment methods you want to use. There’s also a handy scheduling feature that allows you to bill clients for the time through your website.
The downside to GoDaddy is that the website builder’s interface isn’t quite as intuitive as most of the other website builders in my comparison. The drag-and-drop is clunky and requires going through multiple menus to find the content or customization options you need.
Pick The Website Builder That's Best For You
When it comes to choosing a website builder, it’s easy to see why Wix is the most popular option. It offers inexpensive pricing, more than 500 themes to choose from, an app store, and an incredibly easy to use drag-and-drop interface.
If you need more themes to choose from, GoDaddy and SITE123 both offer a vast expanse of themes to get your website started.
On the other end of the spectrum, Squarespace offers few themes, but each is carefully crafted and looks absolutely stunning.
Did this website builder comparison help you choose a website builder to create your site? Or is there something else you'd like to find out? Let me know in the comments below!
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