02 Nov 2018

5 Best Drag & Drop Website Builders in 2018

Using the modern technology we have available today, this list of best drag and drop website builders in 2018 will show you how easy it is to create a website. The magic really sits behind how quickly this can be achieved; from blogs to portfolios, business websites to eCommerce stores.

Most drag and drop site builders don’t require any coding knowledge, making them a great source for absolutely anyone. We’ve certainly moved along in time from the days where HTML and CSS is a requirement to create a website!

1. Wix

First on our list (which should tell you a lot already) is Wix’s website builder. When you compare Wix to other drag and drop builders on the market, it really does excel. Whether you’re creating a new business, personal, portfolio, or blog site, it’s quick and easy to achieve with Wix.

There’s a great selection of templates to choose from before you get started. Simply filter by category to find the perfect design to suit your needs! The beauty of this drag and drop website builder is that you can tailor each template to your website or business. If you like the design but don’t like the colour, it’s a simple and quick method to change it.

One of the main selling points of Wix is just how simple and easy to use it is. Whether you’re creating a blog, forum, website, or eCommerce shop, the process is very self explanatory. Simply drag and drop existing or new components onto your web page, and within a matter of hours you can achieve the perfect website.

 

Pros:

• Easy to use drag and drop functionality
• Templates sorted by category so you can find your perfect design
• Ability to switch between desktop and mobile views to ensure your site is mobile friendly
• Affordable pricing and scalability dependent on needs

Cons:

• If you want adverts to be removed, you’ll need to pay a higher price
• Once you’ve selected a template and gone live, you can’t change your selection

 

2. Shopify

Shopify is a versatile eCommerce drag and drop website builder. No matter what type of online store you’re looking to run, Shopify will give you the tools to achieve it. Shopify is designed to integrate with lots of other apps, including your social media channels. It’s drag and drop functionality makes it really simple to create the perfect online shop.

One of the main features that stands out for me is Shopify’s analytics. You can monitor your sales, shipping, customer information, etc. allowing you to monitor every aspect of your website. Handy easy to use graphs are available so you can have an instant overview of how your eCommerce website is performing.

You can even add a blog section to your website to engage your customers. That’s right, it doesn’t just have to be a shop, there’s so much more you can do with Shopify, and that’s why I love it.

 

Pros:

• Tonnes of analytics to monitor website and eCommerce performance
• User friendly UI even if you’ve never created an online shop before
• Plenty of templates and designs to choose from for inspiration
• Easy to integrate with other apps and social media platforms

Cons:

• Can be quite pricey dependent on the plan you choose
• Transaction fees apply on sales

 

3. Squarespace

Squarespace is insanely easy to use, which is why it makes it’s way comfortably into our best drag and drop website builders. Because of how user friendly it is, Squarespace is a popular website builder among users all over the world (including celebrities)! No matter whether your website is a portfolio, blog, eCommerce store, or anything else, you can achieve it with Squarespace.

There are lots of professionally designed templates from you to choose from. Creating a wedding website, online food shop, or showing off your musical talents? It’s all really simple to do with this drag and drop builder. You can quite easily get a website live over the space of a couple of hours – I told you it was easy!

The beauty of Squarespace is that it’s not limited – you can fully customise any template to achieve the perfect design. What’s more, it’s an all-in-one package if you want it to be, offering a domain name, SSL certificate, and more.

 

Pros:

• Exquisite and professional templates
• Mobile responsive approach
• Style Editor gives you full drag and drop customisable control

Cons:

• Pricier than other comparative drag and drop builders
• No separate mobile builder

 

4. Ukit

Russian based Ukit prides itself on it’s drag and drop technology. The beauty of this website builder is that you don’t need to know or understand an ounce of code to build your perfect website. There’s several hundreds of templates to choose from, so you won’t be lost for inspiration – that’s for sure!

Once you’ve created an account, you’ll get to select a domain name and input your business details. Ukit is designed for businesses, so if you’re looking for a personal website, this wouldn’t be our recommended choice. Once you’ve got past the initial stages, your basic web pages will be setup for you (home, about, blog, and contact pages).

The only thing you really need to add is your own content, and you’re good to go! There’s easy to use widgets and blocks that you can drag and drop onto your site, placing things exactly where you want them. In my experience, you can get a website live with Ukit in just a couple of hours.

 

Pros:

• Free 14-day trial giving you premium access
• Stunning templates that rival the likes of Squarespace
• Your business and website will automatically be connected to Google Maps, Google Console and Google Analytics

Cons:

• Weekly-based backups as opposed to daily
• Domain names do not include WHOIS protection

 

5. Weebly

Weebly is a long-standing and professional drag and drop website builder. You can create any type of website with Weebly, whether it be for personal or business reasons. You’ll get to choose the type of style you want for your Weebly website straight away, where it’s technology will take over and do most of the work for you.

Weebly’s drag and drop editor is very intuitive, so if you’ve never used one before, it won’t be a scary experience. Getting a website live doesn’t take much time or effort, so you’ll be able to see your website on the internet in no time at all. There’s lots of templates to choose from, so if you’re not feeling creative, there will be something for you.

What excites me the most about Weebly is it’s mobile app. So, if you’re not at the computer and you need to make some changes on the go, you can! Plus, you’ll get to see your website in mobile view which is a bonus too!

 

Pros:

• Mobile app to access your website builder and make changes on the go
• Intuitive drag and drop software
• No experience required to get your website live the same day

Cons:

• Advanced marketing tools are hard or impossible to get working
• Migration to another CMS platform is very difficult

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04 Aug 2018

Wix VS Squarespace

If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering which website builder is best for you. Well, it’s a good job you’ve arrived! Website builders generally do have similar features to equip you with the tools to make your perfect website. However, there are also many difference between them, setting one platform apart from the other.

I’ve signed up and used both Wix and Squarespace in order to give you an accurate representation of each website builder. I’ve looked at various elements of each site in order to provide you with the best comparison in 2018!

Wix vs Squarespace: Mobile Ready

User experience is something which cannot be ignored (and shouldn’t). 87% of consumers own and use a mobile device. It’s estimated that 6.1 billion people will be using a smartphone by the year 2020! According to IMPACT, nearly 60% of mobile users would not recommend a business with a poor mobile site.

When designing a website using a website builder, I expect to be equipped with a mobile ready site. I experimented with Wix and Squarespace’s tools and features to see how easy it would be to design a mobile a website. Let’s take a look at the results!

 

Wix

Wix has loads of beautifully designed templates to choose from. However, they don’t provide exclusive responsive templates. That’s not to say that their templates aren’t mobile ready, because most of them do appear to be.

It’s great if you’re simply looking to make a few changes to an existing template! But, if you want to add/remove features like blogs and forums, things get a little more tricky. Wix has a mobile interface editor which allows you to view a mobile version of your website and edit content as you please. The issue is that this can cause the process of creating a website to take a lot longer than other website builders.

If you’ve got the time though, Wix’s mobile editor is actually very powerful. There’s lots of advanced tools allowing you to create a mobile version of your website that’s either the same or entirely different to your desktop version. In my opinion this offers a lot more flexibility and control over how your mobile visitors view your website.

 

Squarespace

On the flip side, Squarespace’s templates are all mobile responsive. They can be used on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobiles, with absolutely no effort or changes required. Their templates look absolutely effortless and I for sure love them!

Because all of Squarespace’s templates are designed by professionals, there’s a level of guarantee that other website builders don’t offer. If you’re not sure how your website will look, you can easily view it on a selection of devices and test it’s responsiveness in front of your own eyes.

 

Wix vs Squarespace: Features

When you’re paying for a website builder, you want to be reassured that you’re getting the most for your money. I certainly do anyway! Features are of course dependent on what your own needs are, but it’s also possible to make a general assumption as to which builder offers more.

 

Wix

If you’re a complete beginner to building websites, Wix is a great choice. You can build websites, blogs, forums, and more, all with a few clicks. It’s not possible to list every feature that Wix offers, so I’m going to break down the main ones here:

  • App Market: Whether you’re looking for a form builder or newsletter signup, the app market has it all. Apps unfortunately aren’t free, so you’ll need to pay a price on top of the standard Wix fee.
  • eCommerce: You can build an online store within minutes! Wix’s store manager allows you to organise and filter products into collections, as well as creating options for sizes, colours, etc.
  • Blog: It’s super easy to integrate a blog into your website. You can manage posts, social media, and comments all in one place.
  • Forums: Does your website have a need for a forum? Sure it does! It’s simple to add a forum to your website where users can interact with each other and post thoughts/ideas.

 

Squarespace

Squarespace offers very similar features to Wix, bar the app market. What I feel sets Squarespace aside though is their advanced approach to existing tools and features. Don’t get me wrong, Squarespace is really user friendly, but I feel it offers more to those who aren’t just beginners:

  • Import/Export: As well as creating your own blog with Squarespace, you can import content. That’s right, if you have WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc. you can bring your content over to your site.
  • App management: If you need to make any changes to your Squarespace site on the go, there are iOS and Android apps to access your account.
  • Developer platform: Confident with code? Squarespace allows you to change any code on your website so you’re not stuck with your template looking the same as everyone elses.
  • Access levels: Having a team of people manage your website can be useful. Especially if you’re running an eCommerce store. Squarespace gives you the option to manage multiple contributors with different access levels.

 

Wix vs Squarespace: Customer Support

In my experience both Wix and Squarespace have offered outstanding support. In fairness I’ve never really needed to contact them, but as a test I did. There’s not too much to say on this subject, so I’ve briefly summed up my thoughts on both website builders below.

 

Wix

+ Every element in Wix has an icon you can click to learn more

+ Large help center

+ Videos and how-to articles

+ Ticket support

+ Phone support (Mon-Fri 5am-5pm PST)

 

Squarespace

+ Tutorials

+ Workshops held in New York office

+ Wide knowledge-base and guides

+ Forum

+ Email support

+ Live chat support

 

Wix vs Squarespace: Pricing

Both website builders offer a range of pricing plans catering to different requirements. Wix has 5 plans and Squarespace has 2 plans for website users and 2 plans for eCommerce users. It’s hard to directly compare all of the prices available as they differ so much, so I’ve tried to outline some key elements for you:

  Wix Squarespace
Pricing Connect (£3/month)

Combo (£6/month)

Unlimited (£8.50/month)

eCommerce (£11/month)

VIP (£16/month)

Personal (£10/month)

Business (£15/month)

Basic (£20/month)

Advanced (£30/month)

 Free Plan Brand ads on Free No free option
 Domains 1-year domain on Combo+ Free domain on all plans
 SSL SSL licence additional Free SSL licence
 eCommerce Online store on eCommerce+ Online store on Business+
 Marketing $75 ad vouchers on Combo+ $100 AdWords on Business

 

Wix

Overall, Wix’s plans are cheaper than Squarespace’s. If price is all you’re worried about, Wix would seem like the sensible option. You can choose Wix’s free plan, but you’ll have a Wix branded advert displayed on your website at all times. You’ll also have a Wix domain e.g. (mywebsite.wix.com) which in my opinion doesn’t look very professional. If you’re willing to pay for your website, Wix offers tiered pricing to suit all users, from beginners to experts, blogs to online stores.

 

Squarespace

Squarespace is more on the pricey side and they don’t offer a free plan. If you want to try their services, you can opt into their 14 day free trial. If you know what you want from your website builder, Squarespace offers more features than most I’ve seen, so their hefty price tag really does seem worth it. If you’ve never used a website builder before and want a more professional look, give Squarespace a go for free to start off with.

 

Wix vs Squarespace: Conclusion

To be honest this is a bit of a tough cookie to crack! My recommendation here is to give Wix and Squarespace a try before you buy! Deciding which website builder is best for you is really down to your own needs.

Wix is a great platform if you’ve never created a website before. It’s also pretty handy if you want to edit the entire content of your site including it’s positioning on desktop and mobile. Wix’s ease of use makes it a perfect choice if you’re not too fussed about having every feature available to you.

Squarespace has professionally designed templates that look extremely professional. Squarespace may not be as easy to use as Wix if you’ve never built a website before, but it sure does have great features.

You’ll honestly have a different experience with both website builders; neither of them are sub-standard to the other. They have both positioned themselves well in their market, providing the tools and resources to build a professional website from scratch at their reflected prices.

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