So you are ready to get online, but what’s the best website builder for your small businesses? We compare website builders WordPress, Shopify, Wix and Silverstripe. Find out what’s best for you.
Below we have compared some of the main players in 2022 to find the best website builder. We looked at costs, difficulty, and details. See which one is best for you.
*hosting cost can vary and depends on the provider
Shopify is a CMS where little CSS knowledge is needed and it is easy to set up an online store. Pick a template, and begin editing. You can use one of Shopify’s free temples or pay for a more complex and styled template. Shopify also has a number of online resources and you can pay for a Shopify expert to help you with set-up and updates.
- Easy to use and set up
- Safe Ecommerce functionality
- A lot of info and is support forums through Shopify
- Easy to hire an excerpt for updates
- A lot of template options with great design
- You don’t need any coding experience
- They offer 24/7 support
- Because this is not open source, Shopify tends to have you locked in
- You can be somewhat restricted by the template you buy or use and may find some of the functionality is not available.
- Spotify is on the more expensive end starting at $29 per month but they do offer a good service for this
- Plans can get quite pricing if you are adding extra third party functionality
Voted best website builder of 2o21 by techradar, here is how WordPress describes their CMS “WordPress is software designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use. We believe great software should work with minimum set-up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely. The basic WordPress software is simple and predictable so you can easily get started. It also offers powerful features for growth and success”.
And they really hit the nail on the head with this blurb.
- Easy to use, usually comes with a frontend editor
- A huge amount of options for themes and plugins so you can build basically anything you want
- It’s FREE!
- It’s open-source so there are scores of people working together to solve issues that you may have, This makes troubleshooting and finding information super-simple
- Customisation is very easy so you can make a very unique site
- WordPress offers lots of options/plugins for SEO
- There is a little bit to set up which makes it more challenging for a website beginner, however everything you need to know can be found on Youtube.
- You need to keep updating files and wordpress or you will have issues with the site
- You have to set up your own hosting and domain
*Please note, make sure you download and install worpdress.org, not wordpress.com
Voted second best CMS of 2o21 by techradar,
Square Space, like Shopify, is a template-based CMS where you can download a template and begin editing. Like Shopify, this can be limiting but is a great platform if you do not have any coding experience,
- Easy to set up and edit
- They offer their own resource centre to help you with questions
- A number of beautiful templates and designs, both for free and to purchase.
- Monthly charges go from $12- $40 depending on your plan
- Can be limiting with customisation
Wix can be viewed as the budget template option, offering the cheapest plans. I do believe you get what you pay for in this area however but if you are on a budget and have limited web experience Wix can be a good option.
- Easy to set up and use
- A number of templates to use or buy
- Free domain name
- Wix sites can tend to look similar and look like a wix site especially if you use the free platform which comes WIX branded. We do not reccomend using the free option as it really cheapens your barnd and user confidnece)
A truly local CMS, created in New Zealand and favoured among many government websites. Unlike the rest of the options above, you will need a significant amount of knowledge in JS to use this system. However, if you fit this bill it can be very customizable with you building most of the functionality
- No fee for CSM
- Super customisable with no limitations
- If you do know have advanced coding experience you will need to pay an agency to build the site and then pay high costs to make all changes and maintain the website
Looking at the players above the winner for the best website builder goes to WordPress for cost, customization and price. Get in touch with us to discuss the best website options for your business.