Updated 01-11-2017

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Planning to create a website for your wedding, travel blog, restaurant or store? Website builders make it easier than ever. These online tools give you everything you need to make your very own website, without having to know a thing about HTML coding. We've reviewed some of the most popular options out there and tested them out for things that matter most when it comes to creating and customizing your website, including template selection, SEO, storage, bandwidth, social media and e-commerce. To find one that best fits your needs, check out our reviews below.

Website Building Reviews & Ratings

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Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
GoDaddy WebBuilder Rating: stars
Limitless editing options; online menu builder is handy for restaurants; easy-to-customize templates; ability to add or edit HTML coding
Wix Rating: stars
HTML 5 drag-and-drop editor; free and paid plans; hundreds of templates; highly customizable features in its app market
Weebly Rating: stars
Many detailed features for setting up an online store on your website; drag-and-drop editor makes page building easy; stellar customer service
Squarespace Rating: stars
Unlimited bandwidth and storage with all of its plans; extensive options for e-commerce; top-notch customer service
Yola Rating: stars
Sleek templates; decent editing tools; outstanding customer service and 30-day money back guarantee; mobile optimization only available on select plans
Jimdo Rating: stars
Clean, user-friendly interface; forever-free plan has little to no advanced features; excellent customer service; lacking in additional customization tools
Voog Rating: stars
Simple website builder; somewhat limited template selection; multilingual capabilities; lacking in some of the features that similar services offer to users
Web.com Rating: stars
SEO and e-commerce only available on select plans; design templates and other tools are extremely dated; plans are on the expensive side
WebStarts Rating: stars
Fairly easy to use; not all plans include mobile optimization; standard website building features come at a hefty price tag with this provider
Lunarpages Rating: stars
Building tools and site as a whole aren't user-friendly; old templates and fonts offer limited customization; poor customer support and help tools

NextAdvisor Website Building Blog Headlines

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4 Digital Subscriptions That Make Perfect Last-Minute Gifts
Wondering what to get for your loved ones this holiday season? Finding the right gift for each of your friends and family members can be puzzling, especially if you waited until the last minute to shop, so why not take out some of the guesswork? Giving digital subscriptions to online services like cloud storage or […]

Things to Remember When Building an E-Commerce Website
There’s a lot to take into consideration when creating a website for your small business. This is especially true if it’s an e-commerce website. Aside from pricing, products and shipping options (if you’re selling a physical product), there are a few things that you’ll want to keep in mind when it comes to creating the […]

Which Website Builders Offer Free Mobile Optimization?
Whether you’re a small business looking to connect with new customers or someone wanting to showcase their work portfolio, having a website is a necessity in this day and age. And although there are plenty of services that can help you build a website, not all of them offer mobile optimization, which means visitors using […]

How it works

After selecting a website building service to use to create your website, you'll either create a new domain name or connect a pre-existing one. Then you'll choose from one of the pre-made templates or designs to begin customizing your website. You then have the option to add, edit, delete or reorder the pages for your website (e.g. Home, About Us, Contact). These services offer customization tools that allow you to fully customize your website to your liking, including things such as text, headers/footers, photos, background image, audio and video files, color scheme and social media buttons.

How we tested these website builders

We signed up for each one of these website builders to see how user-friendly they were and to try out all of the tools offered for website building. With each service, we selected the "restaurant" category to create a website for a mock coffee shop. Some of the website builders had templates specifically curated for this type of restaurant, while others had a generic restaurant template that we had to customize with our own images and background image. For the most part, the website builders automatically generated multiple pages for us for this particular category, such as Home, About, Menu and Contact Us. Some, however, only gave us a home page to start with, and then we added these additional pages. We then tested out other features that allowed us to add/edit other things, including text, photos, slideshows, photo galleries, social media buttons and other layout and design features.

Can I keep my website private while editing?

Of course. All of these website builders let you edit and customize your website privately until you're ready to push it live. You can even select which pages you want published and which ones you want to keep private while you're still working on them. For example, you can publish your main Home page and About Us page, and keep your Menu page private if you're still working on finishing it.

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