The topic today? Finding an easy website builder for your small business. Website builders come in all shapes and sizes. Some are easy to use and some are not for the faint of heart. A handful produce beautiful websites while others create websites that look like something out of my fifth grade art class. Some are exceptional at search engine optimization and some will make your site disappear into the jungle.
So what is the simplest website builder for a small business to use?
While there are many website builders on the market (too many actually), let’s keep our focus on the top 3: Wix, Squarespace and Weebly. We’ve already compared Wix vs WordPress previously, so we’ll leave WordPress out of this.
Some of the info below comes from WebsiteBuilderExpert.com. Many thanks to them for their due diligence and depth of knowledge.
The Wix Small Business Website Builder
Started in 2006, Wix currently powers over 100 million websites. That means over 100 million small business just like yours use the Wix websuite builder platform. Pretty impressive. They also have over 500 beautifully designed small business website templates to choose from. No matter your line of business, there is a template for you.
Wix is pure drag and drop and its learning curve is lesser than Squarespace and Weebly. Their support system rocks, with tons of tutorials and videos, as well as phone and email support.
If you want a free small business website builder, Wix has a free plan. But it does mean there will be very visible Wix ads on your website. You will want to avoid this by signing up for one of their premium plans, which are priced very reasonably.
The Squarespace Small Business Website Builder
Squarespace was founded in 2003 and currently has over one million small business websites on its platform. They have a wide variety of templates to choose from, though they do match up with Wix when it comes to the number of choices. Like Wix, their sites are responsive, so your small business website will look great on all devices.
As per WebsiteBuilderExpert.com, “their comprehensive style editor could be overwhelming for non-designers and it is not the easiest tool to use.”
And since we are talking about EASY small business website builders, Squarespace does not match up with Wix.
The Weebly Small Business Website Builder
Weebly is the newest kid on the block, starting in 2007, and currently over 40 million small businesses use their website platform.
While the platform is easy to use, they seriously lack when it comes to the number of templates available, so your options will be limited. On top of that, many of the templates are pretty uninspiring.
And compared to Wix and Squarespace, the customization options are pretty limited as well, unless you modify the code. And since you are looking for an easy small business website builder, I’m guessing coding is the last thing you want to do.