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How is a website builder different from a CMS such as Wordpress?

A CMS and a website builder are two different things. Examples of a CMS include Wordpress, Drupal and Joomla.

A CMS is more powerful than a website builder but has a steeper learning curve— for example, a CMS will typically require you to setup a web host and configure databases.

Even though I'm a web developer, I still use Squarespace for projects (for example: my band's website. Why? It's just easier. I believe a website builder such as Squarespace or Weebly is suitable for 95% of websites.

So what about the other 5% of websites? Here's two situations where I think you should consider a CMS:

  1. If you're building a large website. A website builder, for example, is not suitable for making a university's website.
  2. If you're building an unconventional website. Website builders are designed to build conventional websites— you'll want to use a CMS if you're building something unconventional (though realistically, you'll likely have to learn to code or hire someone to code for you if you want something truly unconventional).

Steve Benjamins I founded Site Builder Report in 2012 in order to help people choose the right website builder. I also make music (you should check it out!). You can also follow me on Twitter here.