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11 Best Website Builders For 2022 – Reviews & Comparisons

Figuring out how to choose the best website builder for your website is a tough and often all too confusing process. It’s tough to do a simple comparison because there is no such thing as an absolute “best website builder.” There is only the website builder that is right for you considering all the pros & cons.

The tradeoffs include, but are not limited to, your budget, your technical knowledge, the features you need, and how long you need your website.

Who Are The Best Website Builders?

Based on my experience working with many website builders, there are a few that are a good fit for most people.

  1. Who Are The Best Website Builders?
  2. 1. Wix
  3. 2. WordPress.com
  4. 3. Squarespace
  5. Other Website Builders
  6. What to Look for in a Website Builder
  7. Best Website Builder Quiz

1. Wix

Wix

My Rating: 9.0 out of 10
Wix Review

Wix was founded in 2006 and is an Israeli-based company. They are traded on the NASDAQ as the stock symbol WIX. Wix has 2.3% of the market share or over 200 million users worldwide. They continue to grow year over year taking away the market share of smaller website builders.

Wix Pricing

PlanComboUnlimitedProVIP
Price$14.00/mo.$18.00/mo.$23.00/mo.$39.00/mo.
Storage3 GB10 GB20 GB35 GB
Bandwidth/month2 GBunmeteredunmeteredunmetered
Email Accounts----
Dedicated Domainyesyesyesyes
Free Domain Name1 year1 year1 year1 year
Free SSLyesyesyesyes
Display Ads----
Analytics-yesyesyes

Best For

Wix is best for hobby bloggers and small businesses who want a quick and easy way to create a web presence without the need of getting into many customizations. Though some websites may outgrow the Wix service and may seek WordPress as an alternative.

Strengths

Wix’s primary strength is the ability to create a professional-looking website without the need for a designer. You can pick from over 800 pre-made templates if you decide to use Wix.

Previously SEO (Search Engine Optimization) was a weak spot for the service. In recent years Wix has decided to make that a primary focus and has many options for SEO novices and professionals alike.

Wix not only allows you to create a basic website but can also sell products via their eCommerce website builder.

Weaknesses

Wix is disliked by graphic designers if you are wanting to hire a web designer to build a website for you.

Extendability is lacking because you have to use the options available within Wix’s ecosystem. Unlike WordPress which has thousands of plugins available, Wix does not.

2. WordPress.com

WordPress.com

WordPress runs approximately 41% of all websites on the internet. WordPress.com allows you to use the most popular CMS without any of the headaches.

If you’ve done any research for a CMS you’ve probably already have heard of WordPress. But WordPress.com isn’t the free version (WordPress.org) you must manage yourself or find a web host.

WordPress.com is a website builder in a similar vein to Wix, Squarespace, or Weebly. You create your account and go.

WordPress.com Pricing

PlanPersonalPremiumBusinesseCommerce
Price*$4.00/mo.$14.00/mo.$25.00/mo.$45.00/mo.
Websites1111
Storage6 GB13 GB200 GB200 GB
Visitors/monthunmeteredunmeteredunmeteredunmetered
Free Domain Name1 year1 year1 year1 year
Free SSLyesyesyesyes
CDN----
Dedicated IP----
Daily Backups----
* Pricing per month for a 12-month subscription

Best For

For bloggers who want to use WordPress without managing plugins, themes, and other technical details.

The primary advantage of using WordPress.com is the ability to grow and move the self-hosted option as your website grows. Be aware that WordPress.com isn’t the only game in town that offers WordPress. There are many other web hosts that specialize in WordPress hosting.

Strengths

Since it functions very similar to the open-source version, it is much easier to find editors, writers, and designers who will like working with WordPress.com

Weaknesses

WordPress self-hosted installations you can choose from literally thousands of plugins and themes. With WordPress.com you are limited in the number of plugins and themes the service offers.

3. Squarespace

Squarespace

My Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Squarespace Review

Squarespace was founded in 2004 and is located in New York City. Like Wix, they are also a publically traded company on the NYSE as SQSP. Squarespace has around 2.3% of the market share or over 170 million users worldwide.

Squarespace Pricing

PlanPersonalBusinessBasic CommerceAdvanced Commerce
Price$16.00/mo.$26.00/mo.$35.00/mo.$54.00/mo.
Yearly Price (discount)$12.00/mo.$18.00/mo.$26.00/mo.$40.00/mo.
Storageunlimitedunlimitedunlimitedunlimited
Visitors/monthunmeteredunmeteredunmeteredunmetered
Email Accounts----
Dedicated Domainyesyesyesyes
Free Domain Name1 year1 year1 year1 year
Free SSLyesyesyesyes
Display Ads----
Analytics----

Best For

Wix is best for website designers. Though like most website builders may outgrow the service and may need to seek Squarespace alternatives.

Strengths

Squarespace really shines with its professional-looking design templates.

Previously SEO (Search Engine Optimization) was a weak spot for the service. In recent years Wix has decided to make that a primary focus and has many options for SEO novices and professionals alike.

Wix not only allows you to create a basic website but can also sell products via their eCommerce website builder.

Weaknesses

Unlike self-hosted WordPress blogs, there are not as many third-party Squarespace extensions.

Currently, Squarespace lists 28 extensions. Whereas WordPress has thousands of WordPress plugins.

Compared to self-hosted WordPress options, Squarespace can be much more expensive as well.

Lastly SEO isn’t Squarespace’s strength and if you are expecting good results using Squarespace you should see other options instead.

This website builder comparison quiz takes all the most common considerations and maps out the answers to the top website builder choices. It includes the best website builders with eCommerce options.

Take the quiz and see who fits your needs the best. They all have free plans – so if you aren’t sure, be sure to try them out yourself!

Other Website Builders

Website builders are a dime a dozen on the Internet. Here are other best website builders that I’ve used that might be a good fit for your project.

Shopify

Shopify is 100% focused on eCommerce & small business. They have a full toolset to help get your store online.

Read my Shopify review.

Check out Shopify’s plans.

GATOR Website Builder

A really versatile option from HostGator (a traditional hosting company). Excellent onboarding and pricing with self-hosting included.

Read my GATOR Website Builder Review.

Check out GATOR Website Builder Plans.

GoDaddy GoCentral

A very limited option, but also very convenient. It also integrates seamlessly with GoDaddy domain and small business products.

Read my GoDaddy Website Builder Review.

Check out GoDaddy Website Builder Plans.

Blogger

The original blog website builder. They are owned by Google, but still ticking along for anyone that wants a traditional blog.

Read my Blogger review.

Check out Blogger’s plans.

Jimdo

Jimdo is a very popular website builder out of Europe. They comply with all of the EU’s data laws out of the box. The builder is also pretty solid with a few key downsides.

Read my Jimdo review.

Check out Jimdo plans.

Duda

Duda is a website builder focuses on agencies & software providers. They build a website builder to be sold or bundled with other products. However, the builder is available as a stand-alone product, and is pretty solid.

Read my Duda review.

Check out Duda plans.

Site123

Site123 is a very straightforward, simple site builder. It also has a free plan with limitations. The builder does not have as many options as other direct competitors, but it’s very simple to use.

Read my Site123 review.

Check out Site123 plans.

Website Creator

Website Creator is an interesting “overlay” builder for self-hosted WordPress. It’s a website builder app that allow you to use self-hosted WordPress (and all the control benefits of it) but have drag & drop design of traditional web builders. If you are curious about self-hosted WordPress, and would like to get a free trial setup – you can check out the ShivarWeb Sandbox for WordPress here.

Read my Website Creator review.

Check out Website Creator plans.

What to Look for in a Website Builder

Website builders exist on a spectrum, and the builder that makes sense for you depends on what you really need out of it.

Think about when you are choosing a car. The core need is to get from point A to point B. With an website builder, you need a place for your website to “live”, a toolset to help you create the right design, and the ability to edit content. That’s it. But like car selection – there’s more to it. Here’s the most common considerations to look at when choosing your “top” or “best website builder.”

Ecommerce Options

Ecommerce options are basically inventory, a shopping cart and the ability to accept payment. Some website builders integrate, and some offer it as an upgrade (sometimes paid and sometimes free). If you don’t need ecommerce right now, then it widens your options. If eCommerce is a high priority for you – I actually recommend taking the ecommerce platform quiz here.

Budget & Pricing

Free is not necessarily cheap and expensive is not necessarily the best. However, budget does provide some parameters. Think about when you go car shopping – if a salesman knows you have a maximum budget of $20,000, they can at least rule out the Ferrari.

Drag & Drop Functionality

Most all website builders start with a “theme” or “template” as the design foundation. You can then use any editor to customize to your liking. However, some allow for drag and drop customization. Some people like it, and some prefer to customize within set parameters.

Pre-made Templates

Related to the drag and drop are the pre-made templates. Some website builders have basic templates that you customize. Some offer beautiful, professionally designed templates that you aren’t really supposed to customize much.

Setup Options

The best websites aren’t always a click, click, done process. But if you need something quick and basic, then a fast setup might be exactly what you want.

Length of Project

If your website will be around for a while, you want to optimize for the long-term and use a website builder than provides either a good foundation or options to upgrade. If it’s a short term project, then you should optimize for speed and convenience.

Migration Options

On a related note, even if you want to optimize for speed and convenience now, do you want to have the option to migrate to a longer-term website platform? If not, again, you can optimize purely for speed and convenience.

SEO & Marketing Options

Most website owners want their websites to be found. Website builders as a whole have come leaps & bounds from 10 years ago in regards to SEO (search engine optimization). But you should still confirm that their development team is aware of basic SEO features plus any marketing features that you know you’ll want (email, social, tracking, etc).

Blogging Functionality

A blog is simply webpages listed in reverse chronological order. However, most blogging platforms make creating new posts fast and automatically formatted in a certain way. Some website builders do not have strong blogging functionality – they focus on creating a series of static pages.

Customer Support

This consideration is straightforward – if you get stuck do you want to email/call someone or are you comfortable Googling the answer. Keep in mind that customer support costs money.

Read more about Best Website Builder for Videographers, Website Builders Explained, and How to Choose the Best Free Website Builder for Your Website.

Best Website Builder Quiz

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Larry Ludwig

About Larry Ludwig

Larry Ludwig is an entrepreneur, financial expert, tech & marketing guru with over 25 years of industry experience.

In July 2018, Larry successfully sold Investor Junkie for $6 million.

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