By now, you’ve no doubt heard the news: Setting up a website that not only looks great but also provides everything your visitors could possibly need no longer means shelling out thousands to a professional design.
Nor does it mean wading through pages of complicated code and investing countless hours to learn the ins and outs of web design.
Since the rise of online website builders, anyone with a few hours and even the tightest of budgets to spend can enjoy all the benefits of a beautiful, functional website, with none of the technical headaches.
Indeed, it’s this lack of any need for technical knowledge that makes these site builders such popular options for those looking to develop their first website. If you can put together a Powerpoint presentation, chances are you’re already equipped with all the expertise you’ll need together a first class site that really impresses your visitors.
Just getting started and looking for the best website builder for a beginner like you? Here’s a few of our favourites.
Weebly might not pack quite the punch of other similar platforms, yet in that respect, it’s somewhat limited resources make it an ideal pick for those taking their first tentative steps into designing their own websites.
It’s clean, simple interface is a breeze to navigate, whilst it’s free website templates can be completely customized within just a few clicks, and the drag-and-drop function makes adding everything from maps to online stores as easy as you could ever hope for.
A lot of this is absolutely free, giving you the opportunity to play around and experiment before settling on a design that works for you. That said, paid options are available, offering you additional extras such as added functionality and the ability to upload files greater than 10MB in size.
If you’re completely new to the game, Weebly is a great place to learn the ropes and is no harder to learn than WordPress!
No review of top website builders would be complete without a mention of Wix, and for good reason.
Though it may have been Wix’s seemingly omnipresent marketing that drew scores of would be website builders to it in the first place, it’s the platforms ease-of-use and vast number of editable templates that keep them coming back.
Again, drag-and-drop is the name of the game here, and that’s about as technical as it ever gets. If you can use your mouse, you can build a solid site with Wix using its large array of features.
As with Weebly, paid extras do exist, but in the majority of cases you should have more than you need at your disposal to get a site that works for you.
Another website builder that has benefited immensely from a heavy marketing campaign, Moonfruit’s biggest draw is the sheer quality of its templates. We’ve seen some really impressive sites designed with Moonfruit, and a few experiments of our own revealed just how simple it is to make finished products that really do stand up against any designed by a pro.
The only drawback here is that if you encounter a problem, you’re pretty much flying solo. Moonfruit don’t offer customer support for their free accounts, but then we found this platform so simple to get the hang of that it’s hard to imagine running into too many obstacles.
Webnodes constantly crops up in lists of the best website builders on the net. This is thanks in large part to its support for eCommerce and media-based websites. Sure, you’re limited to just 10MB for an online shop (100MB for other websites), but if you’re planning to start small, Webnodes has a lot to offer in helping you get your business live on the web.
As your business grows, so too can your website. The paid features offered by Webnodes are worth the investment and in many cases surpass the premium options offered by others on this list.