During the past few years we’ve seen tremendous growth in Wix; these were years of expansion and growth for the company. It has introduced a series of powerful business management apps, improved eCommerce, developed the Mobile Solution and hit over 97 million signups in over 190 countries.
Zenfolio is a powerful and complex website builder for professional photographers. It allows creating multifunctional portfolio websites that support eCommerce functionality. As a result, we get a specific website, which features a unique combination of a portfolio (photo/video), a blog and an online store.
Launched more than 11 years ago, Squarespace is one of the oldest website builders out there. Since its launch, the company has grown from a single-person startup to a team of 503 employees serving millions of websites in 190 countries, and a Super Bowl star. Who is it for? Squarespace targets all kinds of creative pros, small businesses and e-retailers.
SmugMug is a multi-functional portfolio website builder. The target audience of the service includes photographers willing to sell their works online. The system makes it possible to create online galleries with shared access. It’s worth mentioning that it is not similar to standard portfolios like those in promo websites.
Mobirise (current version is 4.4.0) is an offline website builder that has recently become available for Windows, Android and Mac. The program is used to create promo websites and landing pages. It is absolutely free both for commercial and non-commercial use. Just download it, install and… enjoy creating as many websites as you need without any limitations!
BigCommerce is a specialized eCommerce website builder. It was launched in 2003, the offices of the company are located in the USA (Austin, Texas) and Australia (Sydney). Over 25000 online stores have been created with the platform by now. Even a quick glance at the service creates powerful impression.
Graphic designers and other creatives with a strong aesthetic sense often lack the gene responsible for coding, and vice versa. For this reason, designers have to cooperate with developers to have their designs manually converted into valid code. ‘If only there was a program allowing to design websites in a code-free manner’, – many designers wondered. Tada! Meet Adobe Muse.
Launched about 11 years ago, in 2006, when the industry wasn’t so saturated, DoodleKit quickly became a popular solution for DIY website creation. At last count the company has over 50,000 sites hosted on their servers, including 2,000 non-profit sites provided on a ‘pro bono’ basis, and about 100 sign-ups every day.
Did you know that there exist open source website builders? Meet Berta.me, a DIY site builder that you can either download or use online. This site builder was created by a team of designers who needed the builder themselves. When the platform proved successful, they decided to make it available to everyone.
Some of the best website builders I’ve had the pleasure to review were created out of need, rather than just another application to sell, and Carbonmade is one of these. This unpretentious portfolio builder was developed for personal use by a creative team of three in December 2005. Even though this tool was called to make life easier for its creators only, its popularity grew very fast.