2017 Reviews

Best Website Builders - 2017 Reviews

Simbla Quick drag and drop set up; Google Maps integration

  • $6 - $48/mo.
  • Free version
Made for:

Setting up websites without any coding knowledge, and automatically optimizing sites across all devices

Not for:
Mobile editing, e-commerce-based businesses, or blogging

IM XPRS Modern HTML5 builder; all ad free; offers whitelabel package for design firms

  • $0 or $8/mo.
  • 14-day money back guarantee
Made for:

Students, Artists and Non-profits looks for a simple, free solution

Not for:

Users seeking advanced features or integrations, or designing a website from scratch

Website-Welcome Limited space; supports payments; affordable annual rate. Pay for add-ons

  • $65/year
  • 30-day money back guarantee
Made for:

Events or causes, 5 pages or less, basic payment or donation processing

Not for:

Many pages, modern designs, on-shore support, month to month plans

SimpleSite Free 15 page sites with limited design choices; costly premium plans

  • $120 - $300/year
  • Free version
Made for:

Posting a basic, limited site extremely quickly

Not for:

Long-term projects, marketable content, modern designs

Duda Dedicated to mobile responsiveness and feature-driven eCommerce options

  • $0 - $46/mo.
  • Free version
Made for:

Customizable setup, transparent eCommerce functionality, and mobile-only websites.

Not for:

Online stability and customer support.

Zoey (by Magento) Scalable, 3rd party payment and shipping integrations

  • $89 - $599/mo.
  • 14-day free trial
Made for:

Setting up online stores, recurring payments and selling gift cards

Not for:
New or small store-fronts with low sales volume

Impress.ly App-like HTML5 websites designed mobile-first

  • $108 or $168/year
  • Build before you buy
Made for:

Mobile-first audience, e-commerce inventory and shipping automation

Not for:

Advanced analytics; code injection; complex sites

Zoho Site Builder

Makes the most of Zoho CRM add-on options

  • $0 - $48/mo.
  • Free version
Made for:

Zoho CRM users that want a basic online presence to integrate with their CRM

Not for:

All inclusive product suite

Strikingly Easily customizable site builder with limited eCommerce functionality

  • $7 - $20/mo.
  • 14-day free trial
Made for:

DIY creatives and entrepreneurs that prefer longer term pricing plans.

Not for:

Users that want a more complicated site with vast capabilities for eCommerce.

MoPro Web promotions, online presence and reputation management

  • $199/mo.
  • No free trial
Made for:

Setting up websites with a designer's help

Not for:

Users under a budget and DIY'ers

Yola Lags well behind modern web builders; overpriced

  • $7 - $30/mo.
  • Free version
Made for:

Mobile publishing

Not for:

Modern designs, ecommerce, advanced editing

Expert Interviews

"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