Best Website Builders

I signed up and tested each one

By Alex Jasin
JANUARY 8TH, 2017   UPDATED: MARCH 14TH, 2017

These are the 10 best website builders out there, period.

How am I so confident?

Well, because I signed up for each one myself, then tested them all to the freaking limit.

The results are pretty interesting, let’s jump in!

Summary

Best all around option? Go with SiteBuilder if you don’t want to be disappointed and over pay.

Best option for Beginners or those needing eCommerce? Wix is your best bet, or Shopify if you have more demanding needs.

Best for photographers, designers, or other visual businesses? Chances are you’ll love SquareSpace’s beautiful templates.

 WEBSITE BUILDER  PRICE  SPEED  UPTIME  USABILITY  RATING
 1. SiteBuilder  $4.99/mo  510ms  99.96%  BEST ★★★★★
 2. Wix  $9.25/mo  436ms  99.96%  GOOD  ★★★★
 3. SquareSpace  $18.00/mo  546ms  99.91%  GOOD  ★★★★
 4. BoldGrid $4.19/mo  801ms  99.96%  DIFFICULT  ★★★
 5. Weebly.com  $12.00/mo  316ms  99.90%  AVERAGE  ★★★
 6. Jimdo.com  $7.95/mo  404ms  99.96%  TOO LIMITED  ★★
 7. Doodlekit $10.00/mo  439ms  99.90%  OUTDATED  ★
 8. Webs.com  $12.99/mo  973ms  99.26%  TERRIBLE  ★
 9.Yola.com  $8.33/mo  307ms  99.99%  TERRIBLE  ★
 10. Web.com  –  –  –  BAD BILLING  ★

Website builders vs. hiring a web developer?

A custom website can easily cost $2000 (on the low end). Making changes or ongoing updates could still require a freelance designer or developer to help you continually update your site.

But for only a few dollars each month, some of these website builders below could give you almost everything you’d ever want at less than 1% of the cost.

Not to mention, you can easily login yourself and change copy, upload images, or add new pages within seconds (and without calling for tech support).

Who should use website builders?

Website builders are the perfect solution for individuals or small businesses with low budgets. Just to name few of them:

  • small business owners
  • writers
  • musicians
  • artists
  • photographers
  • wedding planners
  • and many more

Steps taken to find the best website builder

Unlike many other blogs you might read on the same topic, I really spent some money and signed up with them – so you know which ones are the best website builders.

My goal is to provide an unbiased review, by actually going through each product in detail, to help you make the best decision.

Here’s the process I took:

  1. I signed up with the top 10 website builders (I paid for them).

Those that are recommended by the major ‘Review Websites’ like SiteBuilderReport.com, Reviews.com, PCMag.com and many others.

  1. Setup a simple ‘5-minute’ test website.

After signing up with them, I decided to make a quick ‘5 minute’ website on my own domain name.

  1. Monitored each site’s uptime and page load times (6+ months, ongoing).

Over a period of 6 months (still ongoing) I monitored my websites uptime and page load times via Pingdom.com tool. Some of my sites had more than 24 hours of downtime…(!)

  1. Uncovered the TRUE cost of each website builder.

Many of these website builders trick you with their low introductory prices, like letting you set up a website for free. But once you want to launch it, you’ll need to pay. That’s why it’s VERY important to check pricing before you set up a website with them.

This last point is especially important because most website builders will claim to be ‘free’ even though you’re gonna be forced to take out that credit card at some point.

Thanks to Website Setup blogs and Website Builder support for your assistance with this post!

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