My name is Steve and I'm here to help. This is my guide to the world of website builders. I’ve been building websites since I was 10 years old and along the way have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post and Wired.Get Started About Me →
I know the feeling. Hours wasted cross-matching features, desperately Googling around for the tool that fits you perfectly. I want to help.
Here’s the truth: most tools involve tradeoffs— some are easy to use but lack customization. Others are difficult to use but customizable.
At a high level tools for building small websites can be broken into these categories— each with unique strengths:
Visual drag-and-drop editors that require no-coding. What I recommend for most small websites.
Examples: Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Webflow
Tools focussed only on building ecommerce websites. What I'd recommend for sophisticated ecommerce websites.
Examples: Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce
A flexible CMS that comes with a bit of a learning curve. Huge open source community. Free to use but will require a paid host.
Example Hosts: BlueHost, Kinsta, Siteground
Coming Soon: The JAMStack has opened new possibilities for quickly building small websites by code.
Example Hosts: Jekyll, Gatsby, Hugo
I'm a professional web developer and I don't code small websites by hand anymore. It's stupid. It's overkill. You don't need to code to build a website in 2019— and I can show you how.Guide To Making A Website