Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that website builders are one of the best tools available to people who opt for a DIY website. Building your own website saves you money on developer costs and puts you in control.
There are both paid and free website builders on the market that can save you time and money. Many website builders offer a all-in-one solution for anyone looking to create a beautiful website; no coding skills needed. You simply choose a design, begin customizing and launch.
With website creation and maintenance increasingly becoming more affordable thanks to the scores of SaaS website-building tools and content management systems, it is quite shocking to realize that “nearly half of small businesses do not have a website,” according to Clutch.co’s Small Business Websites in 2016 survey.
If you don’t have a fully-functional and well-designed business website, you’re missing out. Customers “mix technology and in-store visits for major purchases,” according to a 2016 Forbes Insights report. The same report found that 82% of customers conduct research online. These findings suggest that without a strong website, you’re missing out on potential revenue-generating opportunities.
If you’re looking for a website builder to help you craft a professional website (no coding required), here’s a list of DIY website builder tools to consider:
Ucraft is a website builder and content management system that offers professionally built templates that can be used for both personal and business purposes. Template categories include: restaurant, travel, sports, art, design, photography, and portfolio themes. All templates are mobile-responsive and customizable.
The Ucraft interface is powered by drag-and-drop technology and requires absolutely no coding skills. It also comes with a Team app that allows teams to collaboratively build a website with others.
A free 14-day trial is available. After which, pricing is at $8 per month or $77 per year for one website, an unlimited number of pages, free hosting, a logo maker, and a landing page creator, among other benefits. A forever free package that includes a single-page website, free hosting, and the ability to connect your own domain is also offered.
SiteBuilder is a drag-and-drop website creation platform that includes thousands of fully customizable templates, with categories ranging from architecture and real estate to computers and technology, from pets and animals to sports and leisure.
The service can be used for free, but if you need features not covered by the free variety, such as custom domain, ad-free browsing, marketing and SEO, email assistance, and ecommerce support, you’ll need to upgrade to a paid subscription. If you need a custom website built for you, SiteBuilder offers that service, too. Paid packages start $7.68 per month.
Specifically made for non-coders, Yola is a website creation platform with a clean, minimalistic, drag-and-drop interface. Its WYSIWYG editor lets you click on a site element, and you immediately see how the changes appear on the site. Unlike other site builders, Yola’s free website option doesn’t carry any third-party ads that can negatively impact user experience.
One notable Yola feature is Facebook publishing, which lets you publish your website as a separate tab on your Facebook business page, allowing your customers to browse your site and make purchases without leaving the page. The feature can be enabled when you upgrade to a Silver package. Pricing for paid subscriptions starts at $4.16 per month for the Bronze option, if paid annually.
With a user interface that’s easy to use, Jimdo is a website builder created to meet the needs of beginner users. Prebuilt templates that are also customizable fall under four buckets: business, store, portfolio, and personal.
A mobile app is free for iOS and Android users, letting you create, manage, and monitor your Jimdo website even when on the go. SEO tools to help your website rank well in the search engines are also available.
Jimdo can be used for free. But if you need to get rid of the ads and acquire extra features for your online store, paid options start $7.50 per month for annual plans.
Duda is an intuitive website builder focused on creating responsive sites that look good on any platform – smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop – through its array of products: DudaOne for sites that work on both desktop and mobile devices, DudaMobile for mobile-only sites, and InSite for website personalization.
With a lot of free templates to get you started, Duda allows free use of their platform – provided you’re okay with them serving ads on your website. Ad-free usage requires you to upgrade to any of their paid options, which start at $7.20 per month.
Paid plans include features such as full tracking and analytics, email support, secure HTTPS connection, site backup, Chrome push notifications, multi-language support, and many more. Both free and paid packages offer e-commerce solutions.
Designed for service-based businesses, Ocoos is a web publishing tool that offers a suite of services for small and medium-sized businesses: built-in e-commerce system, online scheduling, discount manager, e-signature, sales tracking, photo and video galleries, surveys and questionnaires, CRM-integrated messaging, among other features.
One downside to using Ocoos is their limited design options. Pricing starts at $25 per month.
7. GoDaddy Website Builder
GoDaddy isn’t just a domain registrar and web hosting provider, they offer a site-building service as well. The GoDaddy Website Builder offers hundreds of templates. The platform is easy to use and provides generous storage space, but carries limited features. For example, if you also want a mobile site, online store, or a blogging platform, you’ll have to make a separate purchase.
A free 30-day trial is available. Paid plans start at $12 per year. You can cancel your subscription at anytime.
With the range of high quality and affordable website builder options at your fingertips, there has to be an overwhelming reason why your business opts not to have a company website.
Aside from reaching potential customers who are actively searching for your product or service on search engines, a website lends credibility to your business by verifying its existence. It also enables you to convey accurate information to your audience.
Having an online presence with a company website is a no-brainer. These seven website builders can get you on your way!
This article has been edited and condensed.
Maricel Rivera is a freelance writer, editor, and content marketer whose work appear on sites such as Business.com, Business 2 Community, CustomerThink, TweakYourBiz, among many others. She’s also the owner of RiveraWrites, a content development and marketing company. Connect with @rivera_writes on Twitter.
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