The Best Website Builder List for 2016

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Did you know? Some interesting facts:

Web.com is a publicly traded company, based in Florida, which offers web and marketing services to small – medium sized businesses. With millions of customers, thousands of templates to choose from, and great support, it’s no surprise they are one of the leading website creation services. That being said, Web only offers a limited free option, and most start with the monthly plan (which includes a .COM domain).

Web has introduced the “Website Coach” system, in which a certified expert guides you as you build your first website, including live help after the launch. Their system fits both first time novices and business.

Wix is a drag-and-drop website builder, founded in 2006. They started utilizing HTML5 in 2012 and now power more than 70 million websites, with 44,000 new member sign ups every single day.

Dominant features include free for life plans (hosted on Wix’s servers and domain), a large App market, hundreds of designer templates, mobile friendly layout and a vibrant community. Wix went public in 2013 and is traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Did you happen to catch their latest Super Bowl ad?

Based in San Francisco, Weebly is another leading host and website creation service. Catering to freelancers, small businesses, and service providers that are building a website for the first time – Weebly is easy to use and fast to deploy. Some say they have managed to create appealing websites in under 15 minutes.

Being featured in magazines and journals, such as Entrepreneur & WSJ, they are praised for simplicity and versatile features, in addition to their ecommerce abilities. They are reasonably priced, and it is always good when a service includes a free-for-life plan as well. See our extensive Weebly themes and templates collection.

WordPress is a leading open source, PHP based content management system that reportedly powers more than 24% of the internet as of 2016.

With a mission statement to “democratize publishing”, this blog solution is great for intermediate users, and enables endless possibilities due to a vibrant community and related marketplaces.

If you are looking for an ecommerce solution, Shopify might fit the bill. Based in Ontario, they were set to disrupt the online store market with a new solution that incorporates social channels, multiple high end integrated applications, and premium support.

Today, the company reports that more than 200,000 store owners use their online software and has even added offline features, like a point of sale system, which integrates into the online shop. They are a bit pricey but we do think Shopify is a great ecommerce solution, and they have a two week trial, too.

Bigcommerce, a privately held company, is another one of the big ecommerce solutions out there. They recently reported that more than 5 billion dollars in sales were processed, using their platform. Social and mobile integration applications were professionally executed, and the overall design and feel of the platform is inviting. We thought their pricing was fairly high and recommend using Bigcommerce if you already have some basic experience.

Drupal is known as an advanced CMS suited for advanced designers and developers looking to handle large traffic volumes and pages.

Distributed under the General Public License and great for corporate users, Drupal gained traction and marketplaces for add-ons, designs and services sprouted over time. Drupal templates and themes are available at relatively low price.

GoDaddy started as a domain registrar and hosting provider back in 1997. They provide web creation services for personal and enterprise uses as well. Pricing for their various plans is competitive, compared to offered space and bandwidth.

Although the brand is solid and known internationally, the service is not quite up to par with industry standards to our taste. You can definitely try GoDaddy, but there are better solutions in our opinion.

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41 Responses to The Best Website Builder List for 2016

  1. Martin JD May 23, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    Can someone recommend a website maker that’s good for creating photography websites? I am creating something like a portfolio and want to be sure that I choose the best builder. Thank you.

    • David Brandon May 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

      Hey Matin,

      If you’ll give it a try, any decent web site builder will do the job for you, as most of them are designed in such way that you will have the ability to build many different types of websites, including portfolio type ones. As for being specific, I would choose Weebly to start with, and upgrade if it is for your liking. Not a lot of other website builders use the Drag N’ Drop feature, hope you’ll like it. GL.

    • Mike February 3, 2016 at 3:18 am #

      Has anyone used Joomla and how was the experience?

  2. Samuel Rouna May 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    Which website builder would you guys recommend for creating sites for multiple clients ? Web or Wix?

    • David Brandon May 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

      You will usually see eCommerce options as a paid feature in most online website builder providers. I suggest you either build your own website using WordPress, or try out Shopify & BigCommerce trial plans.

      • Ibrahim Farag August 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

        Hi David,

        I want to build a sort of an advanced website. It is interactive with the option of daily alteration. As you mentioned, it is an e-commerce. but I need who can be flexible to understand my needs and do it for myself. It is for a financial brokerage company.

  3. Gaia Oleary May 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

    Any word about which is the best free website builder for the creation of online stores?
    I appreciate the information and help! Gaia.

    • David Brandon May 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

      Hello there Gaia, thank you for reaching out!
      To keep it short and to the point, I really think that the number one free website maker of the year is Wix. Be sure to check it out.

    • Sophorn May 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

      Any one of the recommended ones above would work for you. For myself, I like Web eStore’s website builder. It’s very easy and intuitive, yet it’s powerful enough to grow with you. I love their integrated e-commerce platform as well. They have a 10 day free trial available that is fully featured.

  4. Dan P. Lun May 23, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

    Hello! I am looking to create a site where I can display real estate listings, the twist is though that I want my clients to be able to pay the fee online and submit their own photos and create their own listings as well. Do any of these sites offer a client editing tool of any kind? Thank You :)

  5. Maggy June 5, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Godaddy is not a good website creator. I had so many problems just trying to register for the service that I can’t even explain it to you. Even after I solved those, I still wasn’t impressed with what the builder software had to offer to me. I switched to Weebly and I’m very satisfied with their online store builder.

    I have yet to try other services, but it seems like the list here is spot on.

  6. Ryan Murray June 5, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    I read a few bad reviews about Web and I can’t put my finger on it. There are so many people that have rated the builder highly (at the top 3 or even number one) and there are still people who say so many bad things. I think that there have been some exceptions not mentioned. I mean, people say that they agree to the licenses and stuff, but don’t read them. I’m sure that if you took the time to read them, then you would find out that the problem is with you and not Web.

  7. WordPress integration? June 5, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    It seems that Weebly has impressive responsiveness. that’s very nice since a lot of my websites’ visitors are coming from mobile devices. I might give this a chance. WordPress seems predictable to me nowadays. Is there any good integration with tracking tools?

    • David Brandon June 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      There are settings and options which allow you to add custom header and footer code. There, of course, you can paste code snippets for whatever you want – trackers, analytics, webmaster tools, anything. As long as you don’t violate the rules.

  8. web building and commerce platforms June 5, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    There aren’t many eCommerce dedicated builders, and the competition isn’t very big. But I like Shopify. It’s an excellent online store builder. But I think that the fact it isn’t multipurpose gives it a low score.

    i’ve used WordPress to create an online store and it wasn’t the same. It’s much better to use a dedicated builder/platform for that. Others aren’t just as good. Wix and Weebly are also a good option, but they lack some of the settings and features that are present to Shopify, so…

  9. Ruth Agamem June 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

    I am contemplating if I should use WP or a dedicated store builder. All of the business WordPress templates look the same. Of course, there is a little twist to them, but they all seem the same! The light colors, the big slider on the homepage, and the “great customizability”. Are the developers stealing the themes from one another? I wouldn’t get a WordPress website if I had a business, the quality of the available themes is very low and I would probably go for a designer!

    What should I do?

  10. Strikingly? June 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    I have not seen this service on your list, could you elaborate about the service?

    Thank you.

    • David Brandon June 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

      As you already know, Strikingly is used to create one page websites. Now we’ll see how easy is to create a website with the platform. Creating the page is based on adding blocks and filling them with content.

      Apart from the apps which the platform has by default, there is also an app page that includes lots of 3rd party apps that you can add to your website. These include HTML coding, MailChimp integration and even Google Maps. You can even filter them by category. This is very useful if you want to find something quick or only search for a plugin in a certain category. There is also an eCommerce category which pretty much means that you will be able to create one page online stores.

      As far as ease of use goes, Strikingly’s builder is very easy and intuitive to use. Even without reading the tutorials and information center’s educational articles you will be able to find your way around pretty quickly.
      However, the depth of the settings for each section isn’t too big. This means that there are some settings for the different sections, but they are not too much, there is more to require from the builder. This is certainly a direction in which the developers will want to improve.

      Overall, I would suggest you use a different online store builder as there are better choices out there. Be sure to see the above list and read our reviews.

      • Melanie :) June 16, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

        Hey Brandon,

        My experience with Strikingly is so bad, that I would suggest taking the name off of here so that new users will not see the option to use them. The support was bad, poor interface and practically everything just went wrong using them.

        Just my 2 cents.

        Melanie

        • David Brandon August 21, 2015 at 11:28 pm #

          I appreciate the input Melanie. Of course things are subjective, yet any user feedback is important.

  11. Sandra Merzela June 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    I did not found many tutorials on Web.com as you might find on some of its competitors, which is quite frustrating. Yet there are enough resources for you to get started and create your website all by yourself. Even if you have a problem with creating your website, you can always use the “have it created for you” service. Instead of you having to create it by yourself, which is nice. As a novice in website building, I found the process easy and even quite enjoyable.

    • Hey Sandra June 16, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      Rocco here,

      The builder does have a good deal of templates and most of them are on the same level of design. But thanks to the freedom of design options you are getting, you can practically create your own personalised site on top of the already existing templates, which is nice.

      However, I am not familiar with other web builder softwares, so I am not sure if this is unique or not.

    • David Brandon August 21, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

      I tend to agree with you about the tutorial part, but I do think it is related to the fact that the company’s name is so generic, that it is getting “lost in translation”. I mean, try and search Web Tutorial..

      The fact is, you could find ample videos on youtube and other results on a simple google search including words like, build a website with web.com and so on. Still, the competitors are easier to find due to their unique names.

      All the best and good luck!

  12. Matt June 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

    Why haven’t you included Squarespace on your list? They provide only high quality templates that are comparable to those of professional designers’ work. In fact, the platform offers some the best templates in the website creation industry. They are cleanly designed and fully responsive.

    At the moment they offer just above 34 templates, but none of them could be categorized as mediocre. This is a platform that aims at providing quality and not quantity. A lot of people seem to think that a low number of templates means that they will have a hard time finding the perfect template. But with the quality provided by them, this thought won’t arise. They are clearly one of the top website builders available today, just try and find a credible squarespace review on Google.

    For those who want to even further customize the templates, Squarespace allows the editing of HTML and CSS. If you choose to do so, it will be useful to know that you can always revert back to the default code, without losing your content and progress.

    • David Brandon August 21, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

      Hi Matt,

      Squarespace is surely a leading website builder with strong presence, especially in the photography related scene. Sure, their websites turn out pretty well for portfolio and gallery uses, but not a complete solution for small business owner and the like.

      From recent reviews, it is clear that the latest update they had was not the best move they did, as users did not like it as much as the previous versions (6 for example). If you want to design your own website with a web page builder that is strictly aimed for beauty and compelling pictures, that Squarespace is a good choice.

      GL.

    • Gareth H. January 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      As a small business owner, I completed agree with David. Squarespace is great if you’re already established and have an audience willing to come to you, but it’s fairly limited compared to other platforms. I’ve been in business for a few years now and still wouldn’t turn to Squarespace as there are so many better (and more affordable) options out there. I use Shopify for my sales site, and Weebly for my informational version. I did want to merge the pair, but both have their own followings and audiences so there’s really no point.

  13. Using WordPress / WooCommerce July 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    WordPress themes are great, especially because of WooCommerce. This is perhaps the best plugin for any platform in a long time. Allowing you to create an online e-commerce store for free is great. What’s even greater is that you can use extensions for the WooCommerce plugin.

    This allows you to buy or even create one by yourself. Regardless to WooCommerce, using the OpenSource WP platform, you can design and build numerous websites, blogs, galleries and much more.

    • Patricia Diaz July 4, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      WooCommerce extensions are bloody expensive. Over $100 for an extension? And what happens when you need 5-6 of them? I think that it’s over priced. Nonetheless, I do agree that wordpress might be a great option for anyone trying to create his own website, though using a service from the ones suggested above will be easier.

      I would suggest for a novice user to read some web site builder reviews and how to’s regarding WP to make a conscious decision about what’s best for him / her.

      • Lillian July 4, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

        It might be expensive but you are only paying it once. Also consider the fact that they do bring a lot of functionality to your website. You would otherwise have to pay thousands of dollars for that same thing…

  14. Cher July 20, 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    Whoa, Web actually has an almost 10/10! I can’t believe this. I thought that people didn’t like the builder at all. I mean, the builder is only for residents of North America. How has that earned them such a big rating? Weebly and Wix have servers all over the world. btw, I prefer weebly over web.

    • Hey Cher July 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

      Maybe Web.com is one of the top website builders, but it’s nowhere near the eCommerce market. I mean that the builder does not have the quality nor the security to help you create a full-scale online store, which is why most people create websites nowadays no?

      Shopify and Bigcommerce are the two big names when it comes to online stores. Wix and Weebly are general-purpose website builders, but they have great eCommerce solutions. If Web.com is that good, I think that they would offer a selling platform as well.

      Frankly speaking, I have used Web.com in the past and I do find it exceptionally good, but to a certain degree. It’s nothing special and I could have gotten that service from other builders as well.

  15. Dala Hermanoff July 20, 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    I really like the fact that Weebly is very easy to use. Even if you want to create an store, you won’t have a problem even if you are a total beginner. You just need to follow a few instructions and you are in the clear.

    Since this is a free website builder, it’s concentrating on helping people with no knowledge or skill create their website. Also, I know that the platform now allows you to create blog pages. People used to complain about the fact that blogs aren’t as powerful as WordPress. With this new introduction I think that this has changed. It made a difference for me, at least.

    From my experience, Wix is a total disaster, beware!

  16. Davis Brown July 25, 2015 at 4:59 am #

    Thanks for the list, but I missed Jimdo, templatetoaster and Squarespace. Website builder always helps, especially for beginners who like to try new technology for building good web design stuffs in a very short time. Nowadays there are many website builders available to us some time it felt difficult to choose which one is better than the other. So all the articles like these can surely help you to choose the best website builder to build websites /themes/templates like professionals .

  17. Sonam Chamaria July 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Hi,

    What payment gateways are best for India?
    Wix offers WebMoney, Authorize.Net, PayU Latam or the Offline Payment option with an Online Store shopping cart.
    I am starting a small business and am building a website on Wix but I don’t know if I should go ahead and invest in their premium plan if they don’t great offer payment options for India..
    Also, where can I get domain names at reasonable prices? Is is better to buy from Wix itself?
    I’m ready to move from Wix to another website builder, so feel free to suggest if you know of a better one.
    Thanks!

    Sonam.

    • David Brandon August 21, 2015 at 11:41 pm #

      Sonam, I actually think that the Wix premium plan could be the best for choice for you. It is the best website builder for small business outside of the U.S and Canada by all means.

      It is a pity that Web.com offer services only to north american users.. Your second best choice is Wix by all means.

      Let me know if you need further help.

  18. Max Thomson August 1, 2015 at 10:52 am #

    I was looking of a website creator that doesn’t include advertisements when you actually finish creating it. I know weebly does, and I have seen many times the ad at the bottom of many websites saying, “this website has been created with Weebly, come and visit us now”, or something like that. So, can you guys tell me of a website creator that doesn’t do this?

    Thanks

  19. Holly August 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm #

    Hi! I am looking to build a website that is purely informational for a small non-profit group. I need to be able to showcase pictures professionally, have a few tabs that can hold informational content as well as links to other websites. We have all the content we need and have permission to use trademark graphics. We don’t need much- no membership, no shopping option, no one will need to pay for anything. We just need to keep it clean and professional. Weebly looks good? Any suggestions?
    Key points:

    – Professional (not link wordpress or tumblr)
    – own domain name (already checked and its available)
    – update pictures
    – use graphics
    – Update content easily and quickly
    – 3 or 4 tabs
    – ability to use links
    – a few people have the ability to sign in and update content

  20. Mark A Lynde October 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

    Despite layout and ease of platform, I used “sitebuilder”… ( Im a sign designer,.and use illustrator and photoshop regularly and a friend had asked me to build him a site..which I did and it went well in the beginning,.but.. ) I found some glitches, for instance in google chrome…you cannot return to the site after 2 or three views.

    Well after about 4 days of back and forth “customer tech support” hit and run quick superficial “brushoffs” yes it was a permanent problem that they of course blame on google.. ( too bad half of the free world uses it.. so much for the two or three hours I lost learning this.. ( and they always leave you with “kind regards”..which after awhile just makes you want to rip your hair out of your head..sheeeesh! ) Living with this I went to set up their “free mailbox” which absolutely didn’t work either! again, after an hour of chat on a weekend..

    They told me to email tech support..and again… I get a quick email that comes in ( usually about 4 in the morning ) you reply back only to describe the situation.( this is ongoing now… since I built this site for a friend I cant just “jump ship” he loves the way it looks..and hopefully in a month his email will work..for the time being I put the ” email under construction” please just email at..etc..etc. )

    POINT BEING ..finding out the hard way that Buyer be wear…Im seeing if there is someone to communicate with, they aren’t afraid to stand behind their product.. ( I am being schooled in 3rd world business ethics I guess )

  21. Jess December 12, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi do you know which would be a good website for selling wedding invitations?
    I need a drop down menu for the quantity. The price depends on how many invitations they need.
    ex.
    10 + $1.00 each
    50 $1.99 (starting price)
    100 -$0.50 each
    etc..

    I have already tried Godaddy and SiteBuilder, neither offer that kind of drop down menu for pricing.
    Just wondering if anyone knows one that does :)

    Thanks

  22. Burlac Serghei December 25, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    Hi David
    I need to build online store for T-shirts Business . What would you recommend it to me? . I think to use for that WordPress or Wix.
    Thank you

  23. kirsty February 5, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    hi – i’m trying to launch a news website – i like the drag and drop ease of website builders like wix but need features like subscription forms for data collection (to build a readership for email newsletters etc) and potentially password protected articles. am i best with something like wordpress, or would wix or squarespace be ok for an online news portal?

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