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Nowadays a lot of people want a website to sell their products, show their portfolio or even to have it as their business card. Different purposes and the same aim – to be present in the web. So you can know nothing about HTML or CSS and still build a website with the help of sitebuilder and choose templates prepared by professionals. Or you can even be a developer who needs a simple site very fast.

In this post, we will take a look at 11 popular sitebuilders that we hope will help you impressively express your ideas.

  1. Wix
  2. Squarespace
  3. Shopify
  4. Webs
  5. Weebly
  6. SITE123
  7. Jimbo
  8. Ucraft
  9. Webnode
  10. Tilda
  11. Weblium

1. Wix

Wix

If you need an easy-to-use and advanced drag&drop editor with a large amount of templates made by professionals, Wix will fit you. Using this platform you can create your personal web page, portfolio or even a resume.

Advantages:

  • It's user-friendly for newbies.
  • It has a free plan.
  • You don't have to pay for hosting.
  • There are a lot of templates divided in categories.
  • A lot of free and paid apps that extend site functionality.
  • There is a handy drag&drop editor.
  • You can change your hosting.
  • Wix ADI. You can answer a few questions about your future website and artificial intelligence will create it from scratch. Quite impressive, if you have never created something like that and you need a website with low maintenance.

Disadvantages:

  • Free plan is limited to 500 MB storage and 500 MB of bandwidth. By the way, Wix ads will be shown on your pages.
  • You can get rid of ads using paid plan. It costs $ 8.25 per month.
    Wix plans
  • If you decide to transfer your site to another host, you can face some difficulties.
  • Note that even though paid plan 'Connect Domain' offers domain connection, you should pay for your domain separately.
  • You can't edit HTML/CSS.

2. Squarespace

Squarespace

So here we've come to definitely one of the most eye-pleasing sitebuilders on this list. Squarespace positions itself as a builder of blogs, portfolios and online stores. There is a support for live mode which allows you to edit the site and immediately see the result. Unfortunately, all this beauty is destined only for those who are willing to pay. The service does not offer a free plan, only a 14-day trial.

Advantages:

  • drag&drop editor
  • quality templates
  • manually editable CSS/JavaScript
  • unlimited number of items for sale
  • adaptive design
  • you can transfer your site/blog from Squarespace to WordPress

Disadvantages:

  • there is no free plan, only a 14-day trial period
  • 3% sales commission in the Business plan
  • not so many templates – about 40
  • not the most user-friendly interface
  • according to the Google PageSpeed tool, the load time can be not so fast
  • only 3 payment systems are available: Stripe, Apple Pay, and PayPal

3. Shopify

Shopify

Shopify is a site builder designed specially for Ecommerce. This platform is used for more than half a million online stores and sold products worth more than $40 billion. Unlike many sitebuilders, there are no free plans, only a 14-day test period. So this is definitely a good choice, if you want to create your own online store.

Advantages:

  • wide functionality for creating an online store
  • service handles the work with a hosting
  • you can add third-party payment systems
  • a lot of templates
  • drag&drop editor

Disadvantages:

  • there is no free plan, only a test period of 14 days
  • plans don't include paid templates, they need to be paid for separately
  • there are transaction fees from 0.5% to 2% for all plans

4. Webs

Webs

This is one of the largest services with more than 50 million sites. Webs has existed since 2001, when it was called Freewebs and was one of the first free sitebuilders. Many new and modern designs as well as a drag&drop editor have been added in latest updates.

Advantages:

  • free plan
  • no need to worry about hosting
  • drag&drop editor
  • a lot of templates
  • affordable prices

Disadvantages:

  • non-intuitive interface
  • some templates are available only for paid plans
  • limited functionality that can not be expanded
  • quite expensive for Ecommerce
  • the free plan is very limited in comparison with other sitebuilders

5. Weebly

Weebly

Weebly is an open-source SaaS which will fit experienced companies and startups. This platform offers drag&drop interface, integrated CMS and HTML files that you can edit. Also, it includes SEO tools and Google Analytics.

Weebly is compliant with any devices and platforms and it makes website development very flexible. By the way, it has such goodies for Ecommerce as integration with PayPal, automatic tax calculator, digital gift cards and much more. Also, you can install useful apps extending your opportunities.

Advantages:

  • free plan with unlimited brandwidth and 500+ МБ storage
  • convenient drag&drop editor
  • adaptive and editable templates
  • a lot of features for Ecommerce
  • a store of useful apps
  • editable HTML/CSS

Disadvantages:

  • relatively small number of templates
  • Ecommerce is available only in paid plans
  • commission fee is 3% and you can skip it using only the most expensive plan
  • limited opportunities for website design

6. SITE123

SITE123

SITE123 exists for about 15 years and is considered one of the most simple and convenient sitebuilders. Customizable templates and a collection of free graphics, images and fonts will appeal to creative people. The free plan includes hosting, domain, 1 GB of bandwidth, 500 MB of storage and integration with Google Analytics.

Advantages:

  • free plan
  • easy to use
  • you can create several websites using one account
  • a lot of extensions
  • adaptive and mobile-friendly templates
  • fast load speed

Disadvantages:

  • lack of functionality for professional users
  • not advanced enough for online stores

7. Jimdo

Jimdo

More than 20 million websites have been created with the help of Jimdo since 2007. This is a free open-source constructor with free cloud storage for backups and the possibility to edit HTML/CSS files. Jimdo can be used for the creation of both personal pages and online stores. However, it should be noted that not all designer options are available for free and if you want to create an online store you'll definitely have to pay.

Advantages:

  • free plan
  • drag & drop editor
  • you can modify HTML / CSS files
  • free cloud for backups
  • you can create multilingual websites
  • mobile app for site creation
  • providing support when moving a website

Disadvantages:

  • To get additional functions, you need a paid plan.
  • If you use a free plan, the site is hosted in the subdomain of jimdofree.com.
  • A few templates – 17 templates divided into 4 categories.
  • Load time is about 1 second.
  • You can manage SEO settings using only the most expensive plan.
  • You can create an online shop using only paid plan.
  • You can pay only via PayPal.

8. Ucraft

Ucraft

Ucraft offers a friendly interface which even beginners can create their site with. You can create a blog, portfolio or online store. All online stores are integrated with platforms like PayPal and Intercom. You can even create a mailing list and integrate it with MailChimp or Google Docs. Ucraft has a free plan which includes free templates, SEO tools and much more.

Advantages:

  • free plan
  • affordable prices (even for Ecommerce)
  • simple interface
  • quality templates and themes
  • lots of additional functions

Disadvantages:

  • weak customization
  • you can't edit HTML/CSS files

9. Webnode

Webnode

With Webnode you can create blogs, portfolio and online store. And thanks to adaptive templates your site will look equally good on all devices.

Advantages:

  • free plan with many functions
  • you can create a multilingual site
  • drag&drop editor
  • a lot of of adaptive templates
  • wide opportunities for SEO
  • affordable plan prices

Disadvantages:

  • not as many functions as it could be
  • there is no app store like Wix or Weebly has
  • you can't integrate with tools like MailChimp

10. Tilda

Tilda

Tilda is a beautiful sitebuilder with minimalistic templates. It provides a lot of integrations with different services and payment systems. What I appreciate in it is a lot of educational content useful not only for creating a website using this sitebuilder but also for improving your perception.

Advantages:

  • style and design
  • possibility to integrate a website with different services for email marketing, CRMs and payment systems
  • user-friendliness
  • high load speed

Disadvantages:

  • You can create only one website for free and it'll have a lot of limits (for example, it'll be hosted on Tilda subdomain).
  • You can export source code using only 'Business' plan.
  • Great for creating landing pages but not so great for creating Ecommerce sites.

11. Weblium

Weblium

Weblium is a hybrid of sitebuilder and digital agency. Quite a new idea which can help you quickly create a good quality website. What does it mean? So it's a sitebuilder where you develop your site and get support from web developers and designers. Interesting solution for a cheap price.

Advantages:

  • live support at any questions and development issues
  • cheap plans
  • responsive platform
  • subscription includes Google Cloud hosting, SSL-certificate, and unlimited website storage
  • possibility to integrate custom features and edit the code
  • optimized load speed

Disadvantages:

  • not optimized for Ecommerce yet
  • not as flexible as it could be
  • no free plan

And what sitebuilders have you used and why? Maybe we should add some new platforms to this list. It'll be great if you share your feedback in the comments below and say what lists you would like to read. I'll be glad to review the tools you need :)