Remember the days when you’d have to look for a website designer or developer just to get your website done? Sooner or later, this breed of web designers are going to be extinct. If you can point the mouse on a button and click, you can build a website yourself. This is the era of web-based tools that can sometimes decimate an entire population of professionals.
Say hello to DIY website builders. What started off as a fancy experiment is now a worldwide revolution. How long does it take to make a website, you ask? How about 4 hours? Or maybe 2 hours? I do websites in less than 30 minutes, flat.
Here are some of the best Do-It-Yourself (DIY) website builders in the market today:
I can’t start a list like this without the popular WordPress option for you. Before I rave about it, you’d just have to know some WordPress statistics and just how many websites are on WordPress really.
According to Craig Smith of Expanded Ramblings, WordPress powers more than 25% of the entire Internet. More than 2.5 billion posts have been published already and at least 50,000 websites based on WordPress are added daily.
WordPress is easy to use. It’s fast, it’s dependable, it’s scalable, and it’s flexible. All the content you ever product lives with you forever, and WordPress comes with thousands of themes and plugins (along with related services) to make it even more of a tempting choice.
With do it yourself, Drag and Drop options such as:
It’s one of the classier options to build your small business website or even an ecommerce website. SquareSpace allows you to whip out a simple logo, put up a simple website (and really good looking ones), and go live within a few hours.
SquareSpace is more of a closed ecosystem (like Weebly and Wix) and you can transfer your files, content, or other assets to anyplace else.
If you choose not to host your business website with SquareSpace, you have to manually migrate every piece of content, image, and other files.
Webflow is an incredibly capable website builder. Unlike most other DIY website building tools on this list, it’s the only one that lets you tinker with code while allowing you to drag and drop elements to build web pages.
On one hand, you can drag and drop. On the other hand, you can retain complete control over how your elements are placed, positioned, or designed.
Recently Webflow also provides you with a CMS option so you can now have a complete platform to work for your business. Webflow’s CMS option literally allows you to have a complete WordPress Alternative. Plus, the hosting is on Amazon’s servers and that gives you blazing speeds.
Weekly, just like Wix, has been growing with times too. You can get a simple, responsive, and attractive looking website in no time. Of the few times I used it to help build websites for clients, I did notice a few constraints with respect to design.
I should admit that Weebly, with its new Carbon Upgrade, Weebly mails, blogs, and many other feature add-ons, is the best thing for small businesses.
Duda has something that I didn’t see in any of the other website builders: InSite
With InSite, you can customise your website to meet the needs of your website visitors. Almost as if your website really knows what your visitors want.
Like, give out discounts for repeat visitors, for instance. One thing I did notice with Duda is that most of the things you need: such as integration with email service providers like MailChimp and Campaign Monitor are not available.
Unlike WordPress, you also don’t have access to widgets and plugins. You get what you get
Strikingly started out as the simplest and the fastest way to put up a single page website — like your vCard or one-page Parallax, or a personal portfolio page.
Slowly, it evolved into a fantastic option to quickly build up multi-page websites too. As on today, it also allows you to build a full-fledged ecommerce store. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s incredibly good at what it does.
You can use Mozello to build responsive websites fast and easy. It comes with a preset base of beautiful professional designs and you’d need no technical skills whatsoever. You can also create simple online stores. The templates are not rigid, and are certainly not etched on stone. You can switch them anytime, and they are always adaptive and mobile-ready.
Take a look at a few examples of websites you can create with Mozello.
Wix has been growing ever since I knew about it. The DIY website builder is no ordinary website builder, I should tell you. It literally sets you up within a few hours and with the recent overhaul,
Wix has a ton of tools (Thanks to the App Store) to help you create just the kind of website you need for your business.
Webydo is geared to suit the needs of developers and designers, more than the needs of small business owners.
Yet, it works like all the other DIY website builders on this list. Pick a theme or template, add your content, and you are good to go. Webydo has everything you need, including hosting.
However, just like Duda, I don’t see any possibilities of Integrating with other services you’d need for marketing and other services.
Have you built sites using any of the Do It Yourself Website Builder tools above? It’s time to showcase your designs here. Tell me all about it.