You don’t need to be a programmer to build a website. Coding a site from scratch takes time, which you might not have to spare if you’re running a small business or trying to get a website off the ground. There are plenty of “website builders” out there offering ways for anybody to craft their website. Here are some of the best.
Wix: Free and Simple
Wix is a popular site builder, sporting a simple interface, great templates, and smooth websites. They have a free version with limited storage space and bandwidth, and you can unlock more with their “Unlimited” plan for $14 per month.
The free plan does come at a cost—Wix will brand your site’s footer with a “Made by Wix” advert and give you a Wix domain like “yourdomain.wix.com.” You also can’t use it (or the “Unlimited” plan) for an online store unless you also pay for their e-commerce plan, which starts at $20 a month.
Weebly: Built for E-Commerce
Weebly’s free plan has many of the same features as Wix, but their paid plans are cheaper and offer a few different features. With their $8 per month “Starter” plan, you’ll get a free domain, a $100 Google Ads voucher to advertise for your website, and some basic e-commerce features.
However, everything except the $25 “Business” plan will charge a 3% fee for items sold on the site, redirect to Weebly to handle checkout, and limit the number of products you can sell. If you’re running a business off of your site, you’ll want this plan.
1&1: Pricy, but a Great Site Editor
1&1 boasts one of the best drag and drop editors on the market. It’s easy to use for beginners, but very powerful for someone who wants to customize their site. They’re also a great hosting provider and will handle your domain for you as well.
Their basic plan starts at $1 per month but rises to $10 per month after the first year. They have separate website builder for e-commerce starting at $20 a month.
GoDaddy: Premium Hosting
GoDaddy, the domain registrar and web hosting service, also has their own website builder. It’s a fully-featured drag and drop editor, with some great premade templates for you to use. You also get all the benefits of hosting on GoDaddy, one of the largest web hosting providers.
GoDaddy doesn’t have a free plan, but they do have a one-month free trial. If you’re running a store, you’ll need to pay for their $20 per month “Online Store” plan, although their “Business” plan lets users pay to book online appointments.
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