Do we love WordPress? Yes, we do. But it’s not for everyone; in particular, those starting out might be better suited to working with a website builder. It requires less skill and gets you up and running fast. WordPress will be there later, but for now, we want a great website that doesn’t require new hires. Here are our four favorite WordPress alternatives.
If you’re all about looks, it’s okay to admit it. Squarespace might be the perfect builder for you. Their templates are practically unparalleled when it comes to modern elegance, with plenty of space for high-quality images, meaning you can bring plenty of your own mood to any theme. Overall, Squarespace has a very clean interface, is easy to use, and offers great customer support.
Wix has long been one of our favorites, mostly because it’s so incredibly functional. Taking a look at any comprehensive wix.com review makes that clear. Wix is also much more stable than it was in years past, ensuring that your site will remain online and running smoothly. Ultimately, it’s just the perfect builder for beginners who don’t want to bother with much more than the dead easy drag-and-drop building capability.
However, remember that like other website builders, it’s very much worth paying for your own domain name. If you go for the most basic packages, the builder’s name will be included in your address, which never comes off as very professional.
Do you have some website building skills, but don’t want to have to rest on them? Then Weebly is certainly worth a try. Like Wix, you have the option to drag and drop your features. However, you can also go in and utilize code where you like. Weebly has also kept up with the times in terms of mobile responsiveness, making it a good pick for small businesses. Add to that the SEO support, and it’s a great way to get your fledgling organization off the ground – or finally bring your business into the 21st century.
When it comes to e-commerce, your needs are different. If you want to bring an extensive product catalog online, Shopify should be at the top of your list. It has the level of security necessary for merchants who need to process payments, without sacrificing any of the speed needed to keep that prospective shopper on your site.
Two of the standouts here include marketing and support. Increasing sales is just wishful thinking without marketing, and Shopify’s SEO features and plugins help here. Toss in their customer support, and it’s never been easier for you to take your brick and mortar worldwide.
If you want to build your first website, there are probably a few concerns holding you back. If you can’t choose a builder from my list you can try a little smaller and less known builders like Ucraft. You worry that builders won’t create a sophisticated enough site, but you don’t have the coding skill to create it yourself. You could have a designer/developer do it for you, but costs are a concern. Now, neither of these are barriers to online success. With our four favorite WordPress alternatives, you can be selling and blogging seamlessly and beautifully in as little as a few days.