Weebly has been around longer than just about another website builder, but unfortunately they have not been able to keep up with their more modern competitors. The template designs look older, and the website builder is more difficult to figure out. It’s not a bad choice if you have a particular reason for choosing it, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend it.
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E-Commerce Hosting – If your business revolves around selling a product, then an e-commerce feature set is key for your website builder. Some website builders allow you to build an online store directly into your site, complete with a payment gateway so that your website is truly a one-stop shop. E-commerce features will often require the payment of an additional monthly fee.
Most of the products here can tell you about site traffic, though the amount of detail varies greatly among them, and it's often tied to premium account levels. For example, Weebly can not only show you page views and unique visitors for each day of the month, but also search terms used to get to the site, referring sites, and top-visited pages. Wix and uKit, at the other end, have nothing in the way of built-in site stats, instead requiring you to create your own Google Analytics account, and even that requires a paid account. Another drawback of that approach is that you can only see traffic from the preceding day and earlier; it's not up-to-the-minute, or even the hour.
Whatever software tools are used to design, create and maintain web pages, the quality of the underlying HTML is dependent on the skill of the person who works on the page. Some knowledge of HTML, CSS and other scripting languages as well as a familiarity with the current W3C recommendations in these areas will help any designer produce better web pages, with a WYSIWYG HTML editor and without.
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Absence of SEO – Some website builders do not contain blogging tools or an option for users to build a blog within the site. This is a major drawback for SEO opportunities, as content is currently king when it comes to search engine results page (SERP) rankings. The more high-quality, relevant content that you can push out to your site’s visitors on a diverse range of high traffic keywords, the higher your site will appear in Google’s rankings and the larger share of traffic you will receive.
Obviously, your website will need extensions to connect with your social media accounts, add voting plugin, save user account details, and more. For all that you will need a platform that can be extended to meet your needs, and WordPress makes all this super easy. You may also be able to find free plugins to do a lot of things which will help you keep the costs in check.
Shopify is an e-commerce solution that offers a range of tools which companies can use to create and operate online stores and sell goods in person. The application is deployed by over 120,000 stores around the globe and offers tools designed for offline retail. Business owners and experts rate it as one of the leading e-commerce products available today. You can easily use all its features for a test when you sign up for a Shopify free trial here.
Overall SquareSpace is a high quality website builder that comes with a variety of modern templates to choose from. The builder interface takes a few minutes to get accustomed to, but once you do it is intuitive and easy to use. The only real downside is the price. You won’t be disappointed with your website design, but you can make an equally great site with Wix while paying less. I basically look at SquareSpace as a more expensive version of Wix.
WordPress (either version) is a blog-focused content management system that accepts plug-ins and themes that extend its capabilities to most of what the other products here offer, including commerce. In fact, WordPress.com uses plug-ins such as JetPack to provide many of its features. As a whole, WordPress (either .com or .org) is not as easy to use as the other options in this roundup, but if blogging and site transferability are of key importance and you don't mind digging into its weeds a bit, you should consider the platform. Furthermore, the ability to use WordPress is a valuable skill, as some estimates say that WordPress powers 30 percent of the internet.
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Maybe just like you, at first we didn't have a darn clue about how to build a website, nevermind write half a line of code if our life depended on it! We wanted to build a website to start a side business, and felt overwhelmed, confused & scared about how to actually do it, which builder to use, and making wrong decisions. After years of trials & errors using different website builders, we're here to share our experiences with you.