Website builders and online website designers make the process of designing and launching a website simple, but deciding if a site builder is for you and then choosing the right one for your business is not easy.
There are hundreds of options to choose from so the choice can be daunting and even costly if you have to change in the future. We have tried and tested site builders to give you clear and honest reviews of the best available on the market today.
Our recommended web builders make great websites, are easy to use and are free to try.
Website builders are a great place to start your web journey.
They allow you to get a good looking website live quickly, cheaply, with no technical knowledge and little effort.
For start-ups they are perfect, giving you all the tools to get started and some scalability for the future. For small to medium businesses looking for a website refresh they provide robust functionality to build a website that requires little hassle and maintenance.
All site builders have their strengths and weaknesses.
Some are focussed on usability, others on design or functionality or e-commerce, often we do not feel we are comparing sites like-for-like when they have different areas of speciality. So, you may see star ratings and “scores out of 10” on other review sites but, we believe the best approach is to simply highlight the builders that we think are the best available on the market today.
We have built websites, compared functionality, pricing, checked site speed and compiled live customer reviews to decide on our recommended picks to help you make the perfect choice of site builder for your needs.
Free site builder plans usually will not allow you to have your own domain name, your site will have advertising for the site builder in prominent positions and most features will be unavailable.
To test and try the website builder to see if it fits your needs these free plans are perfect and all our recommended site builders have trial/free plans to get started. In the long term if you are looking to grow your visitor numbers and to have control over every aspect of your site you will want to upgrade.
Shopify is built to take the hassle out of managing an e-commerce business. Our other recommendations all have ecommerce solutions but if you are planning on having more than 50 products on your site Shopify has the tools to make sure you are not drowning in admin and can scale your business when required.
Wix is our choice of the best all-round website builder and is perfect for a restaurant. Having full control with the drag and drop interface you can design the site to suit your restaurant, plus, the Wix app store has loads of relevant apps for restaurants including menus, reservations and orders.
Yes, all free website builders will allocate you a domain but this will be a random string of letters and numbers. To grow traffic to your site and to market your site you will want a domain name that matches with your brand. A lot of website builders will offer you a free domain when you upgrade to paid plans.
However, we suggest managing your domain outside of your website builder, this gives you more flexibility in the future if your business grows out of a site builder solution or you want to change to another builder.
Don’t have a domain yet? We like Google domains.