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List of DIY Website Builders

Having a website is great for selling products, building your online presence, doing outreach programs, or even if you just feel like having your own little corner on the internet.

There are numerous tools and website builders out there to help with creating a website. You can ensure it’s pixel-perfect or just with basic functionality. You can customize with tons of templates, or if you have a little more knowledge of HTML and CSS, then you can modify what’s under the hood.

The main USP of these tools is the quick design and rapid deployment of websites which significantly decreases time-to-market.

A lot of these tools also offer hosting and storage services, which makes them a holistic solution for website development.

Here is a list of website builders and tools that get you up and running without much technical know-how.

Weebly

weebly
Sample theme from Weebly
  • Features: One of the most popular website builder tools; Loads of templates and simple interface; Third-party integrations; Mobile responsive design.
  • Pricing: Free plan for basic use (500MB storage and weebly.com subdomain); paid plans starting from $8.00/month paid annually; specialized plans for eCommerce sites, Support sites and Marketing sites.

Squarespace

squarespace
johnmalkovich.com powered by Squarespace
  • Features: Great looking designs; Popular for personal websites and artist portfolios; Use multiple template designs on the same website; Analytics app to measure site performance; Simple pricing.
  • Pricing: Personal website — $12/month billed annually, or Business website — $18/month billed annually

Wix

wix
Sample Wix template. Wix Templates can be edited in both desktop and mobile view.
  • Features: Templates that extensively cover use cases for websites; Easy to setup forums on the site; Add a chat solution to connect with website visitors; Mobile app for tracking real time performance; Social media integrations; Google analytics integration for all plans.
  • Pricing: Basic free plan — drag ’n’ drop editor, 500MB storage, secure hosting and mobile site; Paid premium plans starting from $7/month or $5/month for yearly cycle.

The Grid

grid
JJ Wines website: designed using Grid’s AI, Molly
  • Features: Artificial Intelligence backed web design; Upload your content, AI designs around that; Content dictates form; Android and iOS app to create websites for pictures and media right from the phone; Mobile friendly.
  • Pricing: Starter — $96/year, Pro — $144/year, Biz — $384/year; 2 week money back guarantee if not satisfied.

Webydo

webydo
Marti theme on Webydo
  • Features: For designers who want to create websites without the complexity of code; Each pixel automatically translated to HTML code; Create responsive breakpoints for different devices; Ability to add animations and transitions to elements without any code.
  • Pricing: Pro — Up to 10 sites @ $75/month billed annually, Team — Up to 30 sites @ $150/month billed annually, Agency — Up to 100 sites @ $400/month billed annually, Enterprise plan — custom pricing.

Jimdo

jimdo
Responsive templates available on Jimdo
  • Features: Responsive templates for personal or business websites; Ease of use; Domain and Email account option on paid plans; Edit website directly from mobile app.
  • Pricing: Free plan — 500MB storage, 2GB bandwidth; JimdoPro — $7.50/month, 5GB storage, 10GB bandwidth; Jimdo Business — $20/month, unlimited storage and bandwidth.

IM Creator

IM Creator
Templates can be edited in IM Creator using drag and drop functionality or via IM XPRS which gives more flexibility.
  • Feature: Edit templates via Drag ’n’ drop functionality or via the XPRS functionality that gives more control over modifications; Scalable system for rapid expansion; SEO friendly; Responsive across devices.
  • Pricing: Free license for students, artists, and non-profits; Premium account — $8/month; Unlimited licenses and Whitelabel — $350 annually.

Duda

duda
Duda templates are optimized for speed as per Google PageSpeed
  • Features: Responsive templates; Option of mobile-only website builder; Developer mode to access HTML and CSS code; Editing as per individual devices; Pre-built widgets; Speed optimization as per Google PageSpeed.
  • Pricing: Plans for responsive sites start at $14.25/month and those for mobile-only websites start at $7.20/month. There are also plans for resellers.

Strikingly

Strikingly
Red Paper Plane’s website, designed with Strikingly
  • Features: Simple editor for templates; Responsive sites across devices; Full hosting service included; Analytics; Social Feed integration.
  • Pricing: Free plan — No custom domain, unlimited free sites, 5GB bandwidth monthly; Limited plan — $8/month billed yearly, 2 Limited sites & unlimited free sites, 50GB bandwidth monthly; Pro plan — $16/month billed yearly, custom domain, 3 Pro sites & unlimited free sites, unlimited bandwidth.

Yola

yola
Sample Yola template
  • Features: Free of ads no matter what the plan; Drag and drop widgets; Add HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for customization; Hosting service; Add apps for modular functionality such as customer mailing list, Google maps, and contact forms.
  • Pricing: Free plan covers 3 pages with 1GB bandwidth and 1GB storage; Paid plans start at $4.16/month offering unlimited pages, unlimited bandwidth, along with custom domain and premium support.

Webs

webs
Washivore site designed using Webs.com
  • Features: Drag and drop builder; Local listing; Password protection; Maps; Contact forms; Extensive theme customization.
  • Pricing: Starter plan — starts at $5.99/month, custom domain, unlimited pages, 1GB storage, and basic usage statistics; Enhanced plan — starts at $12.99/month, custom domain, 5GB storage, advanced usage statistics, premium themes; Pro plan — starts at $22.99/month, all features in Enhanced plan, SEO booster, extensive support.

GoDaddy

Go daddy
Sample site from GoDaddy’s website builder
  • Features: Healthy amount of storage offered; Hosting service provided; No limit on bandwidth or number of pages; Simple interface; Suitable for cases where not a lot of choices are needed in design decisions and the priority is a short time-to-market.
  • Pricing: Personal — $5.99/month; Business — $9.99/month(SSL secturity and SEO); Business+ — $14.99/month(Email marketing plus all features in Business); Online store — $29.99(Built-in shopping cart, payment gateway and abandoned cart recovery)

Ucraft

Ucraft
Sample portfolio template on Ucraft
  • Features: Drag and drop builder; Free cloud hosting; Team collaboration; Free logo maker; Free landing page creator; UI Kit.
  • Pricing: Starter plan — Free forever, 1 page, custom domain, SEO, free hosting; Builder plan — $8/month, unlimited pages, multilingual, free hosting, 10+ integrations. Power up packs such as eCommerce available for $29/month.

WordPress

wordpress
Sample WordPress Theme
  • Features: Loads of themes; Simple customization; Mobile friendly; Access from mobile app.
  • Pricing: Free plan — WordPress subdomain, 3GB storage; Personal — $2.99/month, custom domain, 6GB storage, Support, No ads; Premium — $8.25/month, all features in previous plan, unlimited themes, 13GB storage; Business — $24.92/month, all features in previous plan, SEO tools, Google analytics.

Webflow

webflow
Webflow designer
  • Features: Simple editor, CMS, designer, and hosting options; Straightforward SEO controls; Invite collaborators to edit the site; Design assistance; Suitable for designers looking to create sites for clients.
  • Pricing: Plans depend on hosting, designing, and team requirements. Hosting plans range from $12/month to $36/month; the Designer plan has a free option and paid plans of $16/month and $35/month; Design teams can collaborate on Webflow, plans to start at $35/person.

uCoz

ucoz
Choose a custom a specialized website builder as per your need on uCoz
  • Features: Choose store builder as per need — Personal, Business or Online Shop; Low pricing; Reuse uploaded images; Simple blogging tool.
  • Pricing: Free plan — 400MB storage, can be connected to custom domain; Minimal — $2.99/month, 1GB storage, basic antivirus; Basic — $5.99/month, 2GB storage, automatic backup; Optimal — $7.99/month, 10GB, premium antivirus, mobile templates; Maximal — $15.99/month, 20GB storage, all previous features. Special plan for an online store at $9.99/month.

Voog

Voog
guardtime.com powered by Voog
  • Features: Full customization of templates; Responsive for mobile; Multilingual; Open API for adding integrations.
  • Pricing: Standard — € 6/month, 2GB storage, 3 users, 30 pages; Plus — € 10/month, 10GB storage, unlimited pages, custom domain free; Premium — € 39/month, all resources unlimited, complete online store, SSL.

Moonfruit

Moonfruit
Moonfruit’s editor gives extensive customization options with a simple point and click interface
  • Features: Point and click interface; Extremely customizable; Lots of templates; Good reviews for customer support.
  • Pricing: Lite — $6.75/month, 10GB bandwidth, 500MB storage; Standard — $9/month, 20GB bandwidth, 1GB storage; unlimited admins, Google AdWords; Plus — $15/month, up to 10 sites, unlimited bandwidth, 5GB storage; Max — $26.25/month, up to 20 sites, unlimited bandwidth, 10GB storage.

Zoho Sites

Zohosites
Zoho Sites’ editor
  • Features: Drag and drop builder; Mobile-ready; Media & social integration; Contact forms that integrate with CRMs; Analytics; Iterate over different page versions; HTML/CSS editor
  • Pricing: Free — two free sites; Basic — $5 per site/month, custom domain hosting, ad-free; Standard — $10 per site/month, SSL hosting, newsletter subscription; Professional — $15 per site/month, all previous features, PayPal integration.

SnapPages

SnapPages
Sample Dorado Theme in SnapPages
  • Features: Drag and drop editor; Responsive; Simple blog; Form builder; Integrations.
  • Pricing: Personal — $4/month, 500MB storage, 5 pages; Basic — $10/month, 10GB storage, unlimited pages, custom domain; Advanced — $15/month — 20GB storage, unlimited pages, all previous features, priority support.

Light CMS

LightCMS
Hoboken Coffee Roasters website built on Light CMS
  • Features: Customize HTML, CSS and JavaScript; Online store solution built-in; User registration; Mobile-friendly; Form builder.
  • Pricing: Personal — $19/month, 10 pages, 1GB storage; Standard — $29/month, 25 pages, 3GB storage; Premium — $49/month, 50 pages, 6GB storage; Professional — $69/month, 100 pages, 12GB storage; Unlimited — $99/month, unlimited resources.

Carbonmade

CarbonMade
Claudia Corrent’s portfolio powered by Carbonmade
  • Features: Built exclusively for online portfolios; Easily customizable; Simple upload for all the media in your portfolio.
  • Pricing: Okay — $6/month, 10 projects, Project archiving, Priority Support; Whoo! — $12/month, 50 projects, HD video, Password protection, analytics; Laser Whale — $18/month, Unlimited projects, all previous features.

Tumblr

Tumbler
Tumblr dashboard
  • Features: Microblogging setup; Focus on content; Free and premium themes to choose from; Editable HTML/CSS code, Link custom domain; Access via mobile app.
  • Pricing: The only cost is for premium themes, free otherwise.

Possible alternatives

Just in case you are still looking for an alternative, these are other services that offer DIY website builders:

Some things to remember

  • It’s important to find a platform that you’re comfortable with. It would be tedious and resource-consuming to sign up for a service that doesn’t seem like a good fit and then having to migrate your website to another platform.
  • Some services are better suited for individual portfolios and small businesses. The hosting service, the bandwidth provided, and storage allocation are indicators of this suitability.
  • Keep in mind scalability needs and future requirements. If you’re starting an eCommerce website then you may need to expand as per your growth. On the other hand, if you’re hosting your own portfolio then you may not need a very scalable environment.

Hope you’re able to get your site up and running using one of these DIY platforms! What other platforms are there? Let us know in the comments!

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