Want to create a website from scratch, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Here, at SuperbWebsiteBuilders, we strive to provide useful and reliable information on how to create a website with minimum effort. You won’t leave empty-handed.
So how to create a site from scratch without writing a single line of code? Our quick answer is to use website builders.
Website builders are probably the most cost-effective, fast and easy way to set up a website. These web services work out-of-the-box, doing all the heavy lifting for you.
Building a website using a DIY site builder is similar to creating a social media account: you sign up, configure your profile, upload your content and maintain your account. Nothing to set up. Everything is done via your browser.
In most cases you can choose to start building your site using a free/trial version of the software. Your website will be published on a subdomain and most probably have an advertisement somewhere in the footer or header.
And only when you feel that you’ve found the right platform, you may consider buying and attaching your own domain name and upgrading your account to get rid of the ads.
But before you sign up to any site builder, make sure you’ve done your homework:
Step 1: Make up a blueprint of your website
The most important element of the whole undertaking is your idea. You must clearly define the purpose of your website and build everything around this purpose. It’s also advisable to make at least a simple business plan before building a website.
Step 2: Make up a list of functions you may need
Take your time to come up with a list of the most vital web functions for your future website. These may include built-in e-Commerce capabilities, custom email, user management options, the ability to set up a forum, blog, etc.
Step 3: Prepare your content
Purchase or take high-quality images, shoot an introductory video (if needed) and write copy for your website. Make sure your content is unique and doesn’t infringe someone else’s copyright.
Step 4: Check out our rating
Now it’s time to find the optimal web publishing solution. We’ve already reviewed over 50 website builders, and distilled the results into our top 10 rating. The rating includes both advanced website builders with full code control and easy-to-use, drag-and-drop website builders for beginners.
To help you weed out complex platforms, here are our favorite, most user-friendly site builders:
Wix would be a great pick for those who put visual impression first. The site builder has an amazing gallery of responsive themes in over seventy industry categories!
The control panel of Wix is dominated by a preview of your site so that you see all your changes immediately in action, as you build/edit your site.
Wix has its own eCommerce system, a decent blogging engine and even a mobile editor that lets you adjust your site’s mobile look using the same drag-and-drop tools.
Strongest side: Wix has a rich collection of in-house and third-party applications called Wix App Market. The Market includes both free and paid apps. There are various commerce, marketing, social, booking and other extensions. You can add literally any functionality to your site thanks to the bank of apps.
Disadvantages: Personally, I don’t like the URLs Wix generates. Check out any Wix-based website, and you’ll see something like #!product/prd14/3647484501. Another disappointing thing is that you can’t change templates.
Pricing: You can connect a custom domain at $4.50/mo, but note that the cheapest paid version of Wix doesn’t remove Wix ads from your site. Other plans range from $8.50 to $24.50/mo with annual subscription.
uKit is a visual, drag-and-drop website builder that targets business owners and independent professionals. It’s so easy to use, that you can design and publish a site within minutes.
All you need is to create an account (no credit card info required), pick a template, and populate it with your content. Though uKit is advertised as a site builder for business, it can be used for creating nearly any type of site.
Adding new features to your site is mostly done through adding ready-to-use widgets. These include SoundCloud, LiveChat, MailChimp and Ecwid, among others.
Strongest side: uKit is very easy-to-use. Literally anyone can build a site with it. If you know how to use a computer mouse, you can build a site using uKit in half an hour.
Disadvantages: uKit doesn’t let you tweak the site’s CSS. Designed for beginners, it’s built in such a way that users can’t make deep changes to their templates. On one hand, it’s limiting, on the other hand – it helps avoid such frustrating scenarios as messy layout, awkward color combinations and mismatched fonts.
Pricing: uKit keeps things simple; there’re only two plans: Premium – $5/mo billed monthly which is discounted to $4/mo, if billed annually and Pro, with a possibility of HTML-editing -$15/mo or $12/mo respectively.
Weebly is one of the most popular site builders. Since its launch in 2006, it has amassed 25 million users worldwide and lots of useful features. Weebly has a feature-rich in-house eCommerce system and a powerful blogging engine.
Strongest side: Cohesive infrastructure and possibility to create groups of your website’s members
Disadvantages: If you want to build an full-stack eCommerce website with Weebly, you’ll have to go with the ‘Business‘ plan, which is $25/mo or ‘Performance‘ plan for $49/mo where you receive additional eCommerce features to your website. There are less expensive alternatives out there.
Pricing: There’s a free version and four paid plans: Starter, Pro and Business, ranging from $8 to $49/mo.
What is next?
Once you’ve read the reviews and comparisons, and you’re armed with information, you can start building a website from scratch: just go to the selected web service, sign up to it and begin embodying your ideas. Most website builders offer great introductory videos and tutorials that will guide you through all the stages of the process.
When your website is ready, it’s time to check its basic usability characteristics. Read web design related articles to get a better idea of how a highly usable website should look like.
If your site meets all your business needs and usability requirements, publish it and share this great news with the world!
In case you still have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact me directly via contact form or comments!