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 spent cross-matching features, desperately Googling around for the tool that fits you perfectly.
Here’s the truth: most tools involve tradeoffs. Some are easy to use but lack customization. Others are difficult to use but highly 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 are hosted and require no-coding. What I recommend for most small websites.
Examples: Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, Webflow
Tools focussed only on building ecommerce websites. Often hosted. Recommended for sophisticated ecommerce.
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
Within this, you'll find that there are variations. For example, Carrd is a website builder for one page website builders, Format is for portfolio websites and Webflow is really it's own thing entirely.
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