What do you know about building a website or how to use website builders and pick your website templates? This article will go through a rundown of the different website builders and what templates they have to offer, and also give a foundation on what website builder you want to use for the website templates for your business.
How to Choose a Website Builder?
When comparing website builders, there are a few things to consider to reach the goal of your website. Is it going to be customizable? Is it going to be something you can use for your business? Will it be good design-wise, functionality-wise, and SEO-wise? Will it help you rank within search engines?
You have to consider your end goal, of course, is to have a sleek professional, either an online store, or it could even be a regular website. Then you want to make sure that you tailor it to a specific website builder.
Say you’re creating an e-commerce site. Then there’s Shopify, Wix, Go Daddy, and Squarespace. Now, if you’re building a regular website, other non-e-commerce templates are tailored to that as well for a website builder, which again is Wix, Squarespace, and Jim Do.
Next, of course, for those who are looking for a simple yet attractive blog or basic site, you should go ahead and look into a website builder that has an easy-to-use interface as well as very well-designed templates.
Next, for those who are more knowledgeable within the digital industry, this includes URL redirect services, file managers, FTP managers, and MIME types. Pretty much look for those that have complete control over the internal structure of your site.
Lastly, for those who want software and scripts, make sure you look for website builders that have PEL support or Perl support and website backup support. Now, of course, this would be important for some of your templates, especially if you’re building it from code up or if you’re building it from a website builder, that’s something you should consider.
How to Choose the Suitable Platform
Now, let’s talk about the actual platforms that are available for you.
Starting off, we’ve got Wix, a very powerful website builder. So that might be something you’d be interested in when picking out your template for your business. It’s not too overwhelming. It’s very easy for beginners. It comes with plenty of templates and got great customer support. I would say that it’s a top choice, without a doubt, for beginners or even pro web developers. Next, we’ve got Squarespace. It’s also a very popular and great website builder. It has loads of useful features that can come in very handy for the user, but it can take a while to learn in terms of location, menus, features, etc.
Next, we’ve got Godot which is really good for first-time builders. It requires zero technical skills. You also only answer a few questions, and it basically builds the site for you. You can choose templates if you want to and pretty much just go from there. However, Godot doesn’t offer as many design options, meaning that it’s not like drag and drop editor. You point and click, and you can change the text.
We’ve got Jim Do, which helps you create personalized sites. It might be great for you to pick out some templates there, depending on whether you want to go for, ex., a blogging website, a photography website, etc., nothing to do with e-commerce. Then, this would be the platform for you.
Lastly, we have Xero, which is a great website builder, and has the lowest prices by far. So be sure to take advantage of those low costs. However, you do need to agree to a four-year contract, but other than that, you get a choice of hundreds of different templates to get started. Although the designs are really good, the hero sections or images are pretty much full-screen. So they use these to nail the designs.
Most modern websites have quite big hero sections in order to promote or push the visitor to look at the website. Either way, this is a drag-and-drop editor and has all the elements you need to build a website.
Website Builders Pros and Cons
What are the pros and cons for each of the website builders? Depending on what your business is about, you want to consider some of the key factors as well. If you want a very quick website template, then by all means, all of these offer that.
However, you want to ensure you have a timescale on how long you want to spend on the technological side of your business. There are a lot of things to consider. Coming in first, we’ve got Wix, which has a huge list of different templates, has great documentation support, and offers a free version to test the service. So that is, again, one of the better platforms. As for the cons, unfortunately, we’ve got a very confusing amount of editors.
Next, we’ve got Squarespace. It’s got modern, stunning website designs, is very user-friendly, has a good number of apps for added functionality to the site, AMP for matting, and limited availability labels for e-commerce. The problem is it lacks customization freedom, so that designs can vary. It is fairly expensive for what it is as well compared to other website builders, and it has limited customer support. So that’s some of the pros and cons to consider.
Godot has 24/7 customer support, which is great value for introductory plans. It uses artificial design intelligence to create a quick site. The cons are that it has a limited app market, very limited customization, and is very pricey with the add-ons.
Next, we’ve got Jim Do. It has a free image library and can create a custom site within three minutes, so pretty much the same as Godot. You’ve got personal website assistance as well, so 24/7 help, and it’s very extremely easy to use. The problem is there’s no blog functionality, no app store to add, or enhanced functionality to the site, which is a bit unfortunate because that means that if you want to increase your SEO, you cannot do so since there is no app store. That means you’re not able to enhance basically the ranking of the site and that there is no app store to enhance the functionality of that site. You’ve also got template restrictions, which is a bit unfortunate since Jim Do is a very good website builder.
Lastly, we’ve got Xero, which is great for beginners. It’s got SSL encryption, a drag-and-drop editor, and is very easy to use as well. The cons to this is you can’t switch to another template once you’ve picked. Lack of advanced features, no real-time support for the free plan, and no access to code editing.
Different Website Templates and How to Choose Between Them
What we love about Wix is the thousands of templates that you can choose from. There are different sections for business, health and wellness, beauty and hair, fashion and style, travel and tourism, restaurants and food, landing pages, and even a professional CV. Renderforest, as a versatile online platform, offers a wide array of design tools and an extensive selection of travel website templates to cater to your specific needs in website creation and design. So you can choose whichever template you prefer and edit it or view it. And if you are an e-commerce website, there are many different options for you as well.
If you select Store, you can get a category from fashion and clothing, jewellery and accessories, arts and crafts, beauty and wellness, food and drinks, sports and outdoors, electronics, kids and babies, books and publishers, pets and animals, and CPD. Now, of course, there are different ones there as well for websites dedicated to photography, design, architecture, art and illustration. There’s one for creative arts, music, portfolio and CV, and video. If you can’t find one that you like, you can go ahead and select the blank template.
Next, we can move on to Squarespace. It is a little bit limited compared to Wix regarding the different templates that you can get. However, you still have a good amount of choices to pick from. You can also build your own template. Just be aware, especially if you have used Squarespace before or you’re just coming back, that there has been a couple of layer changes in terms of navigation.
As for Godot, they have templates for Fashion and Beauty, Home Services, and Online Stores. Again, it’s the same as Wix and Squarespace where it’s an e-commerce site, and they provide templates for regular websites, which is great, especially if you’re a beginner.
Go Daddy is one of the best website builders for those who are less technical. You can create a website in less than three minutes and add sections afterwards if you wish. It has a very simple editing tool and, again, one of the ones that I recommend for beginners.
Hopefully, this article has helped you understand what you need to explore within different platforms, or if you want to try out the platforms that we’ve tried out here, by all means, go ahead. If you have any questions at all or if I’ve missed anything, let us know in the comments section below.