Best Website Builders of 2019 (On-Going Case Study)

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Previously, if any of us wanted a website, we’d be looking at hiring a web developer for the cost of thousands. It’s now possible to create a professional website in a matter of hours, for a fraction of the cost by using a website builder.

Website builders are perfect solutions for individuals and small businesses; the ability to create a website in less than a day and have it visible online is pretty impressive, wouldn’t you say?

With over 50+ different website builders, many of them sounding very similar, both in features and functionality it’s often hard to know which is best suited for your requirements.

We decided to sign up, test and review the best website builders.

Best Website Builders of 2019

To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a few key points that each website builder may (or may not) have. Some offer free alternatives, free trials, and free domains, whereas others are simpler to use.

WEBSITE BUILDERPRICE*FREE DOMAINFREE BUILDER OPTIONTEMPLATESUSABILITYSIGN UP
1. WIX£3/MonthNoYes500+BestWIX.COM
2. SITEBUILDER£4.05/MonthYesNo1000+Best SITEBUILDER.COM
3. SITE123£10.37/MonthYesYes100sGood SITE123.COM
4. WEEBLY£4/MonthYesYes100sGood WEEBLY.COM
5. SQUARESPACE£10/MonthYesYes (trial)100sAverage SQUARESPACE.COM
6. STRIKINGLY£6.48/MonthYesYes100sGood STRIKINGLY.COM
7. SHOPIFY£23.50/MonthNoYes (trial)1000sGood SHOPIFY.COM
8. IPAGE£6.99/MonthNoYes (with hosting)100sGoodIPAGE.COM
9. WORDPRESSFREENoYes (WordPress.com)1000sAverageWORDPRESS.COM
10. GODADDY£4.99/MonthYesYes (trial)1000sAverageGODADDY.COM

* Prices have been converted from U.S. Dollars ($) to GBP (£)

1. Wix: Best Overall Website Builder (£3/Month)

Wix’s website builder is probably one of the easiest and cleanest user experiences you’ll encounter. With revenue growth of 40% in 2018 alone, it’s one of the fastest growing site builders out there.

Wix is a company, in my eyes, that considers everyone. Their drag and drop builder means you can literally build a site within minutes, easily moving and editing content and image blocks as you desire. However, if you’re not interested in customising your website because you don’t fancy it or don’t have time, Wix is a perfect solution.

When I look through Wix’s templates, they inspire me. Wix screams clean, modern, and professional, and that really comes through in their website templates. Every template is mobile responsive, with the ability to edit your mobile site completely separately if you wish.

All of my experiences of Wix have been great; for me, they really focus on their customers.

Wix Example

Create a Website with Wix.com

Usability:

The classic drag and drop website builder is enhanced upon with Wix. If I had to rate Wix’s ease of use, I’d give it a solid 5 out of 5 because it is super easy to use. If you’ve never created a website before and are feeling a little anxious, Wix will put your mind to rest.

Wix UsabilityThe drag and drop builder is very intuitive, with helpful hints and tools to guide you along the way. When you first setup your website, Wix will ensure that your needs are met, and your site is created to your liking.

It explains things very well, so if you’ve heard some terminology before like meta data and have no clue what it is, you’ll soon know the ins and outs without the slightest bit of trouble.

Features:

Whether you’re fussed about features and design options (or not), you’ll be satisfied with Wix. It doesn’t push things onto you, but if you want to get your teeth stuck in, there’s plenty to experiment with. If you get something wrong (or change the whole colour theme accidentally), it’s really easy to put right.

Wix has over 500 free themes to choose from. All of their themes come mobile ready which means you don’t have to create a separate mobile version of your website. Although, if you did want to change the mobile version of your site, you can do this separately as the option is there! Wix has an SEO wizard which I found really helpful.

You’ll find lots of fun features like images, image filters, video templates, and even a blog tool. Many people, like me, create websites with a blog section.

Speed & Performance:

This is a really important factor to me when I consider any web host or website builder. If your website isn’t fast, and is often down, who’s going to want to visit it? Also, if your website performs poorly, it can actually affect your SEO (which you definitely don’t want as a small business).

I signed up to Wix and created a test website so that I could report back my findings to you. Over a 12 month period, my average website uptime was 99.98% which is actually better than some web hosts. Even when I added loads of features to my site, including images and videos, my website’s response time was a very respectable 568ms which is just over .5 of a second.

Pros:

• Over 500 professional template designs organised into easy-to-use categories
• Variable pricing options covering all types of users
• Mobile device website builder included with all designs
• Knowledgeable support agents who are on hand 24/7
• Exciting ADI technology with access to the latest features and updates
• Their innovative drag and drop builder make them a great choice for beginners and pros alike.
• The eCommerce functionality is impressive with a great range of sales and marketing apps

Cons:

• eCommerce plans are available but come at a higher price

2. SiteBuilder: Best Feature Packed Website Builder (£4.05/Month)

SiteBuilder has a lot of experience in it’s market, prioritising ease of use and user experience for it’s customers. Recommending SiteBuilder for a specific purpose is quite difficult as they really are a decent all-rounder.

If you’re looking for a solid website builder for a new blog your starting, or even an eCommerce store, you won’t be disappointed.

When I’ve looked at specific website platforms for eCommerce, I’ve found the lack of templates a little off putting. However, SiteBuilder restored my faith! They have thousands of free templates (yes, free), including eCommerce stores.

When you start selling online, or even if you just want to generate traffic to your website, SEO is really important. SiteBuilder’s SEO tools are simple to use and actually work. You can monitor your site’s performance and continue to improve and develop your website, the way it should be.

SiteBuilder.com

Create a Website with SiteBuilder.com

Pricing Plans:

SiteBuilder has 3 pricing plans. They’re transparent and clearly displayed on the SiteBuilder website making it easy to come to a decision of what you’re going to choose. It’s important to note, if you’re looking to create a website for a small business that sells products online, you’re going to have to choose the eCommerce plan.

Usability:

SiteBuilder is possibly one of the easiest website builders to use. It’s completely straight forward and not once did I find myself stumped at where to go next. I’d highly recommend SiteBuilder for anyone – whether you’re just starting a new blog, a small business, or even a big scale site that attracts lots of visitors. The whole process is very intuitive making a pain free experience.

When you use a website builder, you want it to be easy. After all, you’ve made the decision not to hire a web developer, therefore expect an affordable and easy to use platform. SiteBuilder certainly ticks all those boxes in my opinion (so go check it out for yourself)!

Features:

SiteBuilder comes loaded with a lot of features. In fact, I’d be happy to bet that even web professionals would be impressed by what’s on offer here. They have over 1200 templates for your to browse and use. Some website builders lack in this area and potentially lose customers because there’s not much to choose from.

Something which might seem like a basic feature is actually one of my favourites. They have a ‘save history’ feature so you can go back on your history to see what’s been done. Similar to WordPress’s draft/revisions, this is really useful if you can’t remember what you’ve done, or want to go back and check some previous work.

Among all their useful tools, you’ll also find a really great customer support team. I always like to test customer support, because if something does go wrong, they’re the people you’re going to seek advice from. Their live chat is incredibly useful and easy to use, as well as providing expert help and advice all day long.

Speed & Performance:

I’m excited to write about this! SiteBuilder blew my socks off in this area, and I really wasn’t expecting them to. Over the 6 months that I tested their website builder, I encountered an almost perfect uptime (check it out):

An uptime of 99.99% rivals some of the top web hosts out there! I had around 1 minute of downtime across 6 months which is insanely good! What’s more, the response times I was getting were also really impressive.

The average response time for my website built with SiteBuilder was 387ms which is under 0.3 seconds – how could you complain at that?

Pros:

• Plenty of eCommerce options, including £200 in advertisement credits
• Over 1200 templates free templates, from online CVs and blogs to online stores
• Custom template creation for those who want to inject their own design flair
• Professional SEO tools including website performance monitoring

Cons:

• Website builder tool runs slowly

3. SITE123: Easiest Website Builder to Use (£10.37/Month)

SITE123 is a website builder designed for those of us who aren’t as tech savvy as the rest! The aim of the game is to get you online as quickly as possible, having a website up and running fast.

SITE123 is different from traditional drag and drop web builders, using an editor system that allows users to choose from many exciting templates and then modify them from the settings panel, empowering users to make websites even faster!

The system is ideal for individuals or small businesses who need a professional website online fast. SITE123 provides a user-friendly experience that doesn’t dumb down the effectiveness of their features and technology.

Create a Website with SITE123.com

Pricing Plans:

SITE123 probably has the simplest pricing plans in the website builder market. They have two clear plans which tailor towards beginners, and everyone else. When you sign up, you’ve got several options in terms of how long your plan contract is: 3 months, 12 months, 24 months, and 36 months. You can also switch your plan at any time throughout your contract.

As with all website builders, there are a few things to keep in mind before we begin:

• All plans offer a 14-day money-back guarantee
• All plans include a free domain
• SITE123 templates are mobile friendly

SITE123’s free plan (honestly, it’s actually free), comes with 500MB storage, 1GB bandwidth, and a subdomain. Though the features may not suit everyone, it’s a great choice even for small businesses to begin with. Sometimes, and there’s no harm in doing so, people want to try a product before they buy. SITE123’s free plan gives you this option so you can see if they’re the right choice for you.

Once you’ve decided that SITE123 is actually pretty awesome, their premium plan is only $10.80 per month. Now, that is more expensive than Wix’s recommended plan, but it still offers some pretty cool features. Website builders (like web hosting) isn’t just about the price. It’s important to weigh up what you want to use your website builder for, whether the features are right for you, and ultimately how confident you feel using it.

Usability:

What I found with SITE123 in terms of usability was that they suited both beginners and experts. There’s something for everyone, such as the simplicity for beginners (or those that just want to create something without really thinking too much).

But, if you want to get a bit more hands-on, advanced users can certainly get involved. You can customise pages and alter the design without just changing some text boxes or colour themes. Though the point of a website builder is to make life easier, I know some users like experimenting and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.

Features:

When you decide to sign up to SITE123, you’ll be asked a series of questions (3 to be exact) about the type of website you want to create. This allows SIET123’s intuitive technology to create a basic design for you so you can edit your content and go live within minutes.

There’s also hundreds of templates to look through too. Everything from a basic website to art portfolio, cafes/restaurants to online shops. It’s a really clever platform and something that I will likely spend even more time experimenting with in the future.

Speed & Performance:

I do think speed and performance are a good measure as to whether a website builder is going to be good in the long term.

I recorded the results over 6 months to check SITE123’s response time (speed) and uptime (performance). This would allow me to make an informed decision as to whether they were actually worth considering as a permanent website builder.

Over 6 months, I had a 99.98% uptime record which is absolutely fantastic. Some web hosts who specialise in this area only guarantee 99.9%.

My site’s response time peaked at around 1067ms (just over 1 second) but averaged out at around 753ms over the 6 months. This isn’t as fast as Wix or some other website builders but it certainly isn’t going to change my mind about SITE123.

Pros:

• Accessible customer support with helpful advisers, including instant 24/7 live chat
• All templates are mobile friendly and fully responsive on all devices
• SITE123 app market is super easy to use with tonnes of features
• Design Assistance allows you to create a customised template without any technical or development knowledge
• Constantly updated with new features and expanded capabilities

Cons:

• Some features are streamlined and cannot be customized beyond a certain point

4. Weebly: Best for Customer Service (£4/Month)

Weebly is a website builder that truly brings all aspects of a website together. Integrating templates, eCommerce, and marketing, all of their functions work seamlessly side by side. With the wide range of pricing plans, you’ll struggle NOT to find something that suits you.

I like Weebly because they offer something for everyone. They’ve placed themselves snug in the middle of the market; not too expensive, a wide range of features, and simple to get to grips with. 0.4% of all websites use Weebly, but to be honest I’d expect more.

Their analytics feature is something which really impresses me. Being able to monitor the traffic going to your website and using that data to further cash in on those figures is quite something.

Their all-inclusive approach makes blogging or running an online store easy. Understandably, this type of model doesn’t suit everyone, so that’s up to you to decide if it’s right for your needs.

Weebly

Create a Website with Weebly.com

Pricing Plans:

Weebly has a selection of pricing plans to get your teeth sunken into. Like some website builders, they offer a free plan which includes Weebly branding. This means that you can build and host a free website with them but it won’t look very professional. It’s a great option if you want to experiment with their tools and features but not recommended if you want users to visit your website.

I’m going to point out a few things you need to know about Weebly before signing up:

  • All paid plans include a free domain for 1 year (if paid annually)
  • There’s a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy
  • Themes are mobile responsive
  • Flexible drag and drop blog builder included in all plans

Starter Plan

Weebly’s starter plan, when paid annually, usually costs £5. Currently it’s priced at £9 (probably to encourage people onto the Pro plan). As per the name, I found this plan to be very suitable if you’re just starting out. If you’re thinking about setting up a small business, you can’t go wrong with Weebly’s starter plan. You’ll get an unlimited amount of storage space, a free SSL certificate, free domain name, and no Weebly branded ads will display.

In terms of it’s eCommerce capabilities, you’ll get the following included:

• Shopping cart

• Payments through Square

• 2.9% transaction fee

• 3rd party payment providers (2.9% fee + 3% on top)

• SEO marketing

• Contact forms

• Advanced site statistics

If you’re just running a small business (which I am assuming because you’ve landed here), then this is a perfect plan. I tested this pricing plan out and found it had everything I needed to get on my feet. Granted, the transaction fees are pretty steep, and if you want to use a third party payment provider, there’s an extra 3% fee on top of the 2.9% which isn’t great. However, as a starting point, it’s definitely worth trying out!

Pro Plan

The pro plan is currently £1 cheaper than the Starter plan, at only £8 per month (when paid annually). At this moment in time, I’d recommend this plan above all others if you’re looking for a website builder for small businesses. It has all the same features as the starter plan, but kicks things up a notch in terms of saving you money on fees and the introduction of other features.

Let’s take a look at what’s included for £8 per month:

• All the features of the starter plan

• No additional fees for using a third party payment provider

• Product badges, product options, tax calculator, inventory management

• Product reviews, shipping calculator

• Facebook integration

• eCommerce statistics

As you can (hopefully) see, there’s a lot more in the Pro plan which is focused towards online selling. If you’re looking to grab a bargain, I’d sign up for the Pro plan whilst it’s currently cheaper than the Starter plan. You’ll get a lot more for your money, and it will save you having to upgrade later down the line once your small business starts to grow into a bigger business!

Usability:

Weebly’s website builder is pretty easy to get the hang of. I found it to be quite intuitive and I was able to set up my website with just a few clicks. My main issue with Weebly’s builder was the fact it was really limited in comparison to other website builders. Their pre-formatted templates mean that you have to follow quite strict formats that you aren’t able to deviate from.

Now, I’m not necessarily saying this is a completely bad thing, especially if you’re just starting out with building your small business website. But if you’re looking to customise your website beyond the limits and confines of Weebly’s restrictions, you’re going to have trouble doing so.

Features:

Weebly’s features are definitely value for money (aside from their restrictive builder itself). The drag and drop builder makes it easy to integrate eCommerce features with your website and blog. The ability to interact with your website’s visitors and monitor statistics is really useful. Every small business should make use of these kind of tools in order to grow into a larger business.

For me, the best feature is quite a simple one. Weebly’s mobile app means you can edit and manage your site on the go. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve wanted to edit my site on a bus, train, or even when I’m out for a meal (yes I know, it’s addictive). The mobile app is a great feature and could save your small business from taking a nose dive if you’ve made a mistake or need to add something quickly.

Speed & Performance:

Weebly’s speed and performance is actually quite good. Going into this, I didn’t really expect much in terms of website speed that holds it’s own compared to individual web hosts. Over a 6 month period, I monitored my website’s uptime with Weebly and here are the results:

A total uptime of 99.97% over a 6 month period is something to be really proud of. 6 months equates to around 4380 hours of which my site was down for 2 of those hours. When you put it into context, there’s no way that I could provide anything but positive feedback in this area.

I also put my website that I created with Weebly through the ringer by measuring it’s response time. This averaged out at around 560ms which is just over 0.5 seconds. Again, my site loaded well within the 3 second threshold, resulting in a very happy chap!

Pros:

• Plenty of support options including live chat with lightning speed response times
• Free option available for those who don’t mind a subdomain
• Partnered with SiteGround, our leading web host
• App store with endless amounts of 3rd party apps to make your website entirely unique
• On-boarding hints throughout, when you need them

Cons:

• All-inclusive approach may not be to every users’ liking
• Lack of server file access can make adding custom tools more difficult

5. Squarespace: Best Design Orientated Website Builder (£10/Month)

Have you been looking for a website builder who provides real professional templates? Squarespace will undoubtedly catch your attention! It’s slick drag and drop builder makes creating a website or online store look too easy, but the truth is, it is easy.

If you’re into design like me, SquareSpace is a great option. As well as their stunning templates, you can edit the HTML and CSS of said templates to make them your own. Even if you’re not familiar with coding, this could be your chance to give it a go!

To further aid in customising your website, SquareSpace gives you access to over 1000 Typekit fonts, and over 600 Google fonts. This means you can really make your website stand out. I love playing around with different designs and fonts to create something truly unique.

Although Squarespace may be a little pricier than its competitors, I don’t feel this would put me off. Their easy to use platform makes creating a website an absolute joy, even if you have no coding experience.

Squarespace

Create a Website with SquareSpace.com

Pricing Plans:

SquareSpace have 4 pricing plans on offer. 2 plans in their ‘websites’ category, and 2 plans in their ‘business’ category. I’m going to start with their business plans as these are going to be more suitable if you’re looking to build a website for a small business.

Plans start from £20 per month (billed annually), and as they say, are suitable to get your business off the ground. There are a lot of features included in even the most basic ‘online store’ plan which I’ll outline below:

• Sell unlimited products

• No transaction fees (this is amazing)

• Free domain

• SSL certificate

• Commerce metrics, Inventory orders, Tax

• Label printing

• Customer accounts

There’s even more features included too, but there’s actually too many to list (rarely does this happen). The more expensive online stores plan includes all of the above as well as subscriptions, abandoned cart recovery, advanced shipping, flexible discounts, gift cards, and orders API.

I’m not going to go into too much detail here as you can probably already see that SquareSpace offer a lot in their pricing plans. Their website plans comes with unlimited bandwidth and storage, a mobile optimised site, free domain, website metrics, SSL certificate, and 24/7 customer support.

For just £15 per month, you’ll get all of the above as well as Google ads credit, eCommerce, 3% transaction fee, sell unlimited products, and even more. This is a great plan to start with (undeniably), but I’m recommending the first online store plan for small businesses as there’s a lot more room to grow.

Usability:

SquareSpace is definitely marketed towards those who love design. For this reason, I expected SquareSpace to be more intuitive than I found it to be. I wouldn’t necessarily say it was confusing as such, but certain areas did feel a little botched and didn’t flow in the way I had hoped.

Comparing it to the likes of Wix and SiteBuilder which are very intuitive website builders, SquareSpace certainly lacks in this area. After around an hour of using SquareSpace, I got a little frustrated!

Features:

This is where SquareSpace massively redeems itself for me. You may think at this point I had given up on SquareSpace because of the website builder tools, but their features are hard to come by.

SquareSpace lets their users dive into the actual code of the website, making for some exciting design work. If you’ve never used website code before, don’t worry, you don’t have to do this, it’s more experimental. In fact, I’d suggest building a test website and playing around with some of the features so you can see for yourself. This level of customisation isn’t always possible with some other website builders, and it’s fairly easy to perform a search engine search and inject some funky code yourself.

Speed & Performance:

SquareSpace certainly fair well when it comes to their speed and performance. I was feeling a bit dubious about this, but they proved me wrong on so many levels. After I purchased my plan with SquareSpace, I created a test website and monitored the uptime and response time.

My uptime over a 6 month period resulted in 99.95% which really isn’t bad at all! I know that if I continue with SquareSpace, I’ll receive a reliable server where my site will experience very little downtime. This is essential for any website (especially those with lots of visitors like small businesses).

On average, my site’s response time was 648ms (under 1 second) which again is very promising. If you want a reliable website builder that’s going to have your back, I highly recommend SquareSpace.

Pros:

• Over 60 exquisite templates for free across all of Squarespace’s pricing plans
• Access to 1000+ Typekit fonts and 600+ Google fonts to make your website stand out from the crowd
• Advanced users can edit the HTML and CSS of some of the templates
• Video background creation for a stunning landing page
• Email and live chat support with friendly staff who are quick to answer questions

Cons:

• Advanced users and eCommerce businesses may not benefit from the lack of a proper file management system and advanced features
• Pricing is more in-line with Shopify and BigCommerce without all of the same tools

6. Strikingly: Best Website Builder for Blogging (£6.48/Month)

Diving deeper into one of the more niche markets, Strikingly is a website builder that focuses on one page websites. The idea is that users, especially those on mobile, are able to access one page to gain all the information they need, making for a better user experience.

I’d recommend Strikingly to those who are keen to get their website built in a matter of hours at an affordable cost. But, if you want a full-blown online store, this website builder won’t be suited to you.

Pricing Plans:

Usability:

Features:

Speed & Performance:

Pros:

• 14-day free trial to test Strikingly’s website builder
• Ability to transfer templates and designs mid-build without losing any of your existing work
• Custom HTML headers and footers can be implemented
• Ideal for portfolios due to the photo-heavy nature of the templates available

Cons:

• Not suitable for advanced users due to lack of flexibility and features
• Not catered towards eCommerce, even with their Simple Store they only allow 300 products per site on their Pro plan

7. Shopify: Best Overall eCommerce Website Builder (£23.50/Month)

For those of you who are simply interested in creating an online store, Shopify is my recommended eCommerce website builder. It’s active user base of over 1 million displays a level of confidence in what it offers. Shopify’s all-in-one solution means you can get everything to run your online store in one place.

Shopify Review

Shopify is entirely hassle free and has all the features you’ll need to setup your online store. What’s more, you can integrate it with WordPress too – fancy!

Pricing Plans:

Usability:

Features:

Speed & Performance:

Pros:

• Easy to use drag and drop interface
• Great management system including inventory, shipping, and marketing tools
• Integration with WordPress if you already have a WordPress website or plan to start one from scratch
• Unlimited products meaning you’ll never be restricted to what you can sell
• All-in-one solution so your web hosting and website is under one branch

Cons:

• Expensive pricing starting from $29 per month
• No website builder included, only an online store

8. iPage: Cheapest Website Builder (£6.99/Month)

You may have seen on my iPage review that this web host actually comes with its own in-house website builder. You’ll have access to a limited version of the builder with your hosting account so it’s definitely worth taking a look at.

iPage Review

With over 100+ mobile responsive templates, you’d be surprised at what it can offer at such an affordable price. An ideal solution if you’re interested in creating a starter website.

Pricing Plans:

Usability:

Features:

Speed & Performance:

Pros:

• All templates and designs are mobile responsive without the need to change views if you add/remove sections to your website
• All elements are drag and drop compatible so editing becomes a breeze
• Pre-built sections allow users to drop in popular website features without the hassle of too much thought
• iPage’s website builder comes with built-in social media tools

Cons:

• Features are limited for advanced users
• Lack of 3rd party apps means you can only use what’s available to you

9. WordPress.com: Best Budget Option (It’s Free)

WordPress.com (not to be confused with WordPress.org) is a web hosting service. But, it uses the same WordPress software as you might be familiar with. Users have the option to choose from free or paid plans, with access to hundreds of popular WordPress themes.

I think WordPress.com is versatile enough to cater for all user markets; beginners and experts alike, from small personal blogs to up and coming online stores.

Pricing Plans:

Usability:

Features:

Speed & Performance:

Pros:

• Free version available to those who want a more affordable option
• Customisable designs allowing you to make your own stamp on your website with navigation menus and more
• WordPress.com will automatically backup your website and keep your software updated without the need for any intervention

Cons:

• Unlike WordPress.org, you can’t install custom plugins or themes unless you pay for a business plan
• Lack of eCommerce features unless you upgrade to Business which costs $24 per month

10. GoDaddy: Best Website Builder for Beginners (£4.99/Month)

Another web host whose services come with a website builder is GoDaddy. Their builder is included in all of their hosting plans, giving you easy access to a simple and professional tool. If you want to work on your website on the go, you can actually do this from your phone or tablet.

For users who want to host and build a simple website, GoDaddy is a great and affordable choice.

Pricing Plans:

Usability:

Features:

Speed & Performance:

Pros:

• Really simple to use and recommended as a starting point for beginners
• Pre-loaded sections so you don’t have to create your own
• Getty Photography integrated photo library giving you access to an array of images you can use on your website

Cons:

• There aren’t many features available if you’re intending on building a complex website
• If you want to move your website from GoDaddy to another website builder, this may prove difficult

Web Developer vs Website Builder

I’ve touched on this very briefly, but I want to explore this in a little more detail. Web developers still exist – there will always be a need for them because not everyone has the time to invest into alternatives.

The issue for most people (the likes of you and I) is that hiring a web developer can cost upwards of £1000. And, the costs don’t stop there. If you require changes to your website in the future, you’ll either need to pay your original developer for more time, or hire freelancers on a fixed or hourly rate basis.

Website builders give people the freedom and flexibility to create stunning websites at a very affordable cost. In fact, lots of website builders offer free trials, or free plans altogether. It really doesn’t matter whether you’re building a personal website or a business website, users all around the world are jumping on the website builder train.

It’s all about exploring the perfect website builder for your own needs; hopefully, I can help you with this.

Is a Website Builder right for me?

You may be wondering whether you even need a website builder. Although they’re very useful, the truth is they’re not recommended for everyone and that’s okay. But, if you use a website builder for the right reasons, you could be onto a real winner (like me)! Let me run you through the reasons why a website builder would be suitable. If any of these points ring true with you, then I invite you to carry on reading:

• You run or want to start a small business website

• You have a personal blog or want to start on

• You want to or already do sell products online

In honesty, that probably covers a lot of users, and that’s why I highly rate website builders. I think more and more people are starting their own small businesses now than they ever were before. Why? Most likely because they can start a small business without the worry of how much a website is going to cost to build or start.

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