3 simple website builders for non-coders

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Website building is no longer a task solely for the developers and designers of this world. Technology has moved on and now there are no more excuses...

Your budget (or lack of) used to be a major constraint; now, however, there are tools and resources out there for even the slimmest of budgets.

Now, I’m not advocating that everyone should go out there and build their own website. It all depends on the desired functionality and scale of the website.

For large scale projects with loads of pages and e-commerce functionality - seek professional help and in-trust your new website in the hands of someone who dreams in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Warning: Custom code required.

However, for smaller projects where you just want to showcase your business and enable customers to contact you - this article is for you.

 

Custom coding not required.

Yes, there are plenty of great website building platforms out there for the non-coders and website challenged...

Naturally, you want to know the best website builders on the market and this is where we come in.

Below are our picks as the top 3 website platforms for non-coders:

1) Squarespace

We use Squarespace for a lot of our website builds. It has plenty of templates with hundreds of customisable features. Squarespace is also highly functional and SEO-friendly. The platform is also designed for both coders and non-coders alike.

The main benefits of Squarespace include the responsive design functionality, blogging system and the ability to import or export from platforms such as Wordpress, Shopify or Blogger.

However, Squarespace is not without its limitations. One thing to watch out for is your view in the editing mode might be different from the actual published version on mobile devices. This is as a result of the responsive design elements. Basically, the website view will automatically adjust depending on the screen size.

Another potential disadvantage of Squarespace is the e-commerce platform only integrates with one payment processor (Stripe). While Stripe is a great option for most online shops; if you want another option then you are out of luck for the present time.

2) Wix

Wix provides a quick and simple option for individuals with no coding experience. It has drag and drop features as well as designer-made templates.

One cool thing about Wix is they’ve designed templates specifically for niche industries such as photographers or musicians.

They even have a feature that uses an artificial intelligence programme called ADI in order to build the majority of your website for you. Pretty awesome, right?

Here comes the but... Wix does have criticisms. If you decide to go for the free option, your website domain will be structured like this: http://yourwebsite.wix.com/yourwebsite. But you get what you pay for (not pay for), right?

If you find an awesome feature or plugin that Wix doesn’t offer, it is generally quite difficult to implement into your Wix website. This is a result of Wix controlling the full-build process. Any external code will likely not work unless you are prepared to fight the system, as it were.

However, if you are prepared to just use the different functionality that Wix offer, then you will have no problem building a decent site.

Lastly, in the past Wix have been criticized for performing poorly for SEO. This has largely changed in recent years, as they stopped using Flash and Wix have fixed a number of other issues that they were plagued with.

3) Weebly

Weebly is a really simple website builder with the option of creating a free site or paying a bit extra to produce a better quality site, or an e-commerce platform.

Weebly also offers hosting for all websites built on their platform. Sometimes this can be a disadvantage, but in Weebly’s case it is a strength. This is because their platform offers fast page load times and they also protect against spammers and hackers.

Just like Wix, Weebly’s website builder works with a drag and drop system. In addition, it offers the ability to easily edit CSS modules so you can add padding or align modules to your liking.

A disadvantage of using Weebly is their content management system (CMS). While it does have the ability to change the structure and hierarchy of your site, the system is clunky and finding individual pages can be a challenge.

Another weakness of Weebly is an inability to transfer your site to another platform such as Wordpress. While it is possible, it will be tricky... and you’ll definitely want to use a professional.

Basically, Weebly is great if you want to use it as a platform in the long-run.
 

NEXT STEPS:

Hopefully, you now have a better idea about the strengths and weaknesses of the above website builders. There are other options out there for non-coders, but these are our picks.

When considering how to build your website; the most important considerations are around scope and functionality. Scope means: how many pages are you looking to create? Functionality means: what do you want users to be able to do on the site?

In other words, are you happy with a simple static site or are you wanting a high degree of interactivity? If it’s the latter; we highly recommend that you don’t DIY and you hire professional developers.

Lastly, if you are going to be the one managing your site, it might be a good idea to learn the basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Even learning what each language is - will help you in the long-run.

Learning the basics of each language will enable you to make small changes to the site yourself, and you won’t have to bother the developers every five minutes...

You can do it; we believe in you!