2017 Reviews

Best Website Builders - 2017 Reviews

BigCommerce

Comprehensive, e-commerce website builder, no transaction fees, built-in blog

  • $30, $80 or $200/mo.
  • 15-day free trial
Made for:

Businesses looking to expand to e-commerce and mobile commerce, unlimited merchandise options

Not for:

Selling high volumes of low price merchandise, users who don't want to code at all

Wix Pure drag and drop builder; various template design options; custom mobile site

  • $5 - $25/mo.
  • 14-day money back guarantee
Made for:

Quick, easy setup; creating separate, customizable mobile and desktop sites

Not for:

Advanced e-commerce functionality, changing templates/designs after original setup, editing the website's source code

Squarespace Extensive, customizable designs; complex, easy to use editor; built-in analytics

  • $12 - $40/mo.
  • 14-day free trial
Made for:

Portfolios, designers and artists, restaurants and events websites; SEO-focused users

Not for:

Bloggers; integrating with multiple pricing processors including PayPal, or extensive marketing

Shopify Robust, e-commerce focused; check out in over 50 languages

  • $29, $79 or $229/mo.
  • 14-day free trial
Made for:

Managing online stores from a mobile app, social selling and mobile e-commerce

Not for:

Customizing websites without coding, low transaction fees or low monthly sales volume

Jimdo iOS and Android apps provide full site editing capabilities; online SEO tutorial

  • $0 - $240 /year
  • Free version
Made for:

Small businesses looking to build an online presence or setting up websites in various languages with extensive code customization

Not for:
Personal websites or user accounts; website or content backup

Weebly Intuitive UI; customizable pre-designed page layouts; auto-save edits

  • $0 - $49/mo.
  • Free version
Made for:

Small businesses, artists, personal websites and simple online stores; scheduling blog posts; site editing with an iPad app

Not for:

Extensive template customization or photo editing; e-commerce focused or multilingual sites

eHost Simple solution for setting up and maintaining online presence

  • $2.75/mo.
  • 45-day money back guarantee
Made for:

Simple setup with free domain, hosting, and e-mail integrations

Not for:

Business-class solutions, extensive support or those seeking secure unshared servers

GoDaddy Website Builder Simple editor, audio player creates playlists; collects email addresses

  • $6 - $30/mo
  • 1st month free
Made for:

Extensive support and creating multiple backup copies of your website

Not for:

Restaurants, blogging; responsive, e-commerce, or multilingual websites

Wordpress.com Moderate learning curve; Shopify integration

  • $0 - $25/mo.
  • Free version
Made for:

Bloggers, Wordpress.org CMS, Woocommerce or Jetpack users

Not for:

Extensive customization, newsletters, e-commerce or restaurant sites

WebStarts Built by a small team but packing a lot of custom widgets

  • $0 - $20/mo.
  • Free version
Made for:

People looking for individualized support

Not for:

The most modern of designs; ecommerce

Getsocio An easy-to-use website builder for creating customizable online stores.

  • $15 - $2000/month
  • Free trial
Made for:

Quick online store setup with extensive developer support

Not for:

Large sales volumes

Vistaprint From the promotion giant comes digital branding services

  • $5 - $25/mo.
  • Free 30-day trial
Made for:

High-touch support; putting simple business presence online

Not for:

Ecommerce; customized page layouts; highly variable content types

Sitelio Also marketed as SiteBuilder, WebsiteBuilder or Sitey; Ecwid integration

  • $6 - $12/mo.
  • 14-day free trial
Made for:

Bloggers, and users seeking to create image galleries

Not for:

Extensive support during setup, mobile editing, social media integration, or SEO-focused websites

Voog Multilingual content focus; responsive

  • $8, $14 or $40/mo.
  • 30-day free trial
Made for:

Multlingual websites or multilingual staff

Not for:

Modern designs, heavy engagement or tool integration

Web.com Simple, shared hosting plans; mobile site separate

  • $25 - $46/mo.
  • Teaser intro rate
Made for:

Quick setup and uptime without any coding

Not for:

Setting up mobile websites, or dedicated hosting

Google Sites Simple online content sharing for teams or personal productivity

  • Free
Made for:

Internal company sites, small showcase pages to share with friends

Not for:

Marketing or ecommerce; a standalone web presence

Blogger Google's free tool built specifically for blogging

  • Free
Made for:

Blogging and G Suite users, digital journaling and archiving

Not for:

Business sites, heavy customization

Soholaunch Linux or Windows server needed; Authorize.net integration

  • $18/mo.
  • No free trial
Made for:

Home-based business owners, easy content formatting

Not for:

Mobile-ready sites or extensive support

Dex Copywriters create your site content

  • $199 - $399/mo.
  • $149 start fee
Made for:

Users looking for a company to set up their website for them

Not for:

Quick, easy editing

1 & 1 A website builder and design service subsidiary of the hosting giant

  • $10 - $30/mo.
  • Money back guarantee
Made for:

Support seekers; people looking to have others' design their site

Not for:

Mobile-first designs; budget users; students

Expert Interviews

"When we look at something that’s more on the SaaS side, like Shopify or BigCommerce, we often make decisions between the two based on the available applications. The differentiation is in a bit of the app market, and there are certain pieces of their system that one focuses on more than the other. So, there are some nuances there. I think we recommend one a bit more than the other, but I think they both have their place."
Adam Morris
CEO, Restage
"I like to look at Magento as the Cadillac, Shopify as a Corolla, and BigCommerce as a Civic. Not everybody needs a Cadillac with 500 horsepower, and not everybody needs something fully customizable. So, if your needs are very simple, you’re doing self-fulfillment, you’re only selling from one warehouse to one or two countries, you have a small team, and your product is simple, you probably don’t need Magento. It will cost a lot more, even in a simpler configuration, because it’s a higher-end system. In some cases, the Corolla or the Honda are going better for your business."
David Ward
President, Meticulosity
"It's important to know, for anyone thinking of building a new website, changing their CMS or relaunching an existing page, that the site is never 100% complete. People shouldn't worry about ironing out all the wrinkles before the launch, since they can continue to edit the page as they go. No website is set in stone, and it should remain flexible to changes. Many of our clients get hung-up on making the site absolutely perfect before the launch, but that just delays the process. There will always be something to change or to update, and that's the great thing about websites."
Tanya Wigmore
VP Marketing, Meticulosity