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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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