Imagine a small café serving customers organic coffee, a French bakery around the corner or that girl who operates a tiny flowershop located on the ground floor next to your house. Imagine thousands of other similar small and medium businesses, each with their own philosophy, audience and… challenges. Most of them realize the importance of having a website these days, yet not all of them are willing to invest thousands of dollars into their web presence. They don’t see the need to have their sites hand-coded from scratch by the best web design agency out there. They just want to have their own piece of the web that bridges the gap between their customers and products/services.
Many of these people have no idea about what it takes to design and publish a website, but they still have the right to create 🙂 . This is where DIY site builders come into play. They allow newbies to bring their ideas to life in one sitting without any prior coding experience. Today we take a look at WebsiteBuilder.com, one of the freshest specimens of this kind.
#1 Ease of Use
Created with small business owners in mind, WebsiteBuilder.com is extremely easy-to-use. Its admin panel is well structured and quite intuitive. Similar to other site makers for newbies, it’s backed by a drag-and-drop editor that makes the entire process of website creation easy and fun. All content is customizable.
What I like most about their admin panel is that it combines the simplicity of the standard text editor with the power of professional web design suite. When editing images, for example, you can play with such properties as opacity, alignment, overlay, border roundness, element actions and behaviors etc.
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
WebsiteBuilder.com is a versatile site builder for creating various website types: from simple brochure-like corporate sites to online portfolios and webstores. It has a decent selection of built-in widgets to extend your site functionality: maps, forms, galleries, documents, eCommerce extensions and more.
Each WebsiteBuilder.com-driven website is mobile-ready from the start. What’s more, users can completely rebuild mobile versions of their sites using the same easy-to-use tools of the builder. Changes made to the mobile view won’t affect the desktop version of your site.
WebsiteBuilder.com offers a nice collection of templates grouped by industry: Restaurant, Music, Business, Wedding, Blog etc. All templates are highly customizable, so the way any template looks when you get it from the library is just the beginning. Good news for those knowing a thing or two about coding – you can inject your own HTML into the footer and header of your site.
#4 Customer Support
WebsiteBuilder.com has an extensive knowledge base comprised of how-to guides, top 5 FAQs and Billing support. You can also get in touch with their experts over email. Besides, most elements of the editor come with inline help icons that help you learn as you build.
#5 Pricing Policy
All WebsiteBuilder.com projects are free while under construction and are published on a subdomain. In order to connect your own domain name, as well as unlock more capabilities* you need to purchase a paid package. There are Personal, Pro and Premium plans (see screenshot).
*Mobile view support, included ad credits, larger site storage, unlimited bandwidth, second site special (50% off) and more.
Websitebuilder.com gives the impression of being a solid, flexible web publishing platform suitable for creating various website types. The only downside of the product to my mind is that it doesn’t offer anything unique and thus can be easily lost among other similar products that have already built good credit.
WebsiteBuilder.com Review: Conclusion
Well, I can safely say that WebsiteBuilder.com has the potential to be popular if its Team continues to develop the product and add more unique features to the platform’s arsenal. Try it yourself to see how it works and feels, and remember to share your experience in the comments 🙂 !
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