Updated 10-19-2017

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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:
Wix Rating: stars
HTML 5 drag-and-drop editor; free and paid plans; hundreds of templates; highly customizable features in its app market
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
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
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

NextAdvisor Website Building Blog Headlines

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You’ve heard that having a mobile website is important, but did you know that the speed of your mobile site’s pages has a hand in determining your rankings in mobile search results? As of July 9, 2018, Google has started rolling out its Speed Update for all users, transforming page speed into a ranking factor […]

Responsive Design and Mobile Optimization: What You Need to Know
As mobile users become the norm in the U.S., you’ve increasingly heard about the importance of having a mobile website. You’ve even noticed that Google’s been rolling out mobile-first indexing, shifting the starting basis of search engine result rankings from desktop versions of websites to mobile versions. But before you roll up your sleeves and […]

Tips for Combining Fonts on Your Website
If you haven’t heard, Netflix jumped on the bandwagon and got its own custom typeface recently, joining the likes of tech giants Apple, Google, Samsung and more that adopted bespoke typefaces. Why would these companies go through the hassle of creating custom typefaces? One possible reason has to do with how typeface and font usage […]

Square Closes Weebly Acquisition: Here’s What You Should Know
On May 31, 2018, one of our top-rated website builders, Weebly, announced that it had officially become a part of financial services company Square, marking the close of the Weebly acquisition. According to a press release, Weebly, known for its popular website- and online store-building tools, agreed to be acquired by Square, a company renowned […]

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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