Online presence is essential for any business to strive forward. The size of the website can be of any scale, but the target is its reach-ability and user experience. If having a brilliant idea or ambition to create an online representation of yourself or your business, then you are at the right place. You will learn about some of the best DIY website builder tools to transform your imagination into reality.
These tools are easy to learn, easy to use and can help you to create and upload a website in a few hours. Most of the tools available these days, don’t need you to pay for a very basic website design. If you need advanced features then you may have to pay for the additional services, features, and tools. There a number of website builder platforms like Weebly, Wix, Dudaone, Webs, Kompozer, OpenBexi, Squarespace, IM creator, BlueGriffen etc. We will discuss the first three due to the features they offer and the popularity they enjoy.
Top 3 most popular and best website builder tools
Weebly, Wix and Dudaone are the top DIY web builder tools with following features in common.
|Websites you can create||Blog, Business or eCommerce|
|Ease of use||Excellent|
|Creation Style||Drag & Drop|
|Highlight||Third party apps and plug-ins to use in website|
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Weebly 4.0 is the latest in the series on Weebly interfaces to build amazingly efficient websites. It is a one-stop solution for those of you who want to make eCommerce or online shopping website. Weebly saves you from collecting the individual components, widgets or plug-ins to make a complete website. It has an inbuilt collection of apps that can straightaway be placed on the web page. Most of these are third party tools which take the burden off your mind about all the integration issues.
At the core, Weebly provides a base on which the functionality can be added with third party tools with seamless integration with your WebPages. Weebly interface provides space for placing different elements by dragging and dropping can be easily done by anyone who is familiar with any editor. You can change the page layout depending upon the kind of activity you want the page to present.
If you have a predefined and predesigned layout for your web page all you need to do is just drag and drop the things you need on it to make your pages. Under basic category, you get elements like title, image, lists, slideshow, gallery, map, contact form, buttons, newsletter form. The structure elements are spacer and divider. In the media category, you can add HD vide, YouTube video, Audio, Flash animation, or any other document relevant to your page content. It also gives you the option to handle your newsletter mailing list to reach your clients and audience.
In Weebly, you get a whole set of themes to select from without paying anything in the categories like featured, Online store, Business, Portfolio, Personal, Event, and Blog. All these themes are modern in outlook, promising a neat and uncluttered appearance of your website.
Since Weebly is specially meant to create e-commerce website so it provides all the options needed to create a store like adding products, taking orders, managing coupons, tax implementation depending upon the countries your customers are located in. Payment options are PayPal, Stripe, Square, and Authorize.net.
For creating your shopping section you can import products from a ready CSV file, Shopify or Etsy. Once you create a product page by filling a convenient form you can update the page with the elements from basic or media section. It can be enhanced further with third party plug-ins like Simple Tabs, FAQs, Price Chart, Counter etc. You can also add third-party code blocks to make the website flexible without needing to learn intricacies of HTML or CSS coding
Weebly allows you to customize any theme by selecting a different background from available images or one from your personal gallery to represent your business. In the free version of Weebly you will get the standard tools of creation but of you need advanced features like search tool then you have to get the paid version
Wix is another What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) web builder tool. It is a versatile cloud-based web development platform so that the users can create websites with amazing functionality and stunning visual appeal in HTML5 code. It can be a business interface, an online Store, a blog, Photography album or an event based website. For any kind of needs, you can select an appropriate template from a whole range of customizable templates that look and feel professional.
After selecting a blank template or any one of your choices from the available categories, you can do all the editing using the Wix editor. It is a very comfortable interface similar to other editors giving you the option to create the pages, delete them, create navigation, and preview the pages by adding the elements from the available toolbar. A good feature added to Wix is that you can preview the content in the device of your choices like a PC, Smartphone or Tablet.
Wix holds a close association with a number of third-party vendors to offer you the tools like chat, blog, photography etc. in addition to uploading your content from existing gallery. You can add audio, video, photographs and so on.
The ease of creating a website is as convenient as drag and drop the elements and setting their attributes. With the option of handling each of the added elements, you can easily customize any element without ruining the position and look of other elements. Elements can be easily edited, duplicated, deleted, resized or repositioned by simply clicking actions.
The most striking advantage of Wix is that its interface is intuitive and lucid that anyone who has used a computer and any word-processing or presentation software can create stunning and visually superlative websites in a few hours. You can opt for the free version (cannot use your own domain name and comes with a Wix banner on your site) or a combo plan at $10 PM to get a banner free website with your unique domain name.
Once again this WYSIWYG website builder tool is highly appreciated due to its convenience and ease of learning. Like the others builders listed here, this one too does not impose any skill prerequisites on the user. Dudaone is the best platform to build fully responsive websites i.e websites which are ready for any kind of gadget for its browsing.
In addition to the promise to give you a responsive and quickly built a website, Dudaone has an additional advantage of importing content from other websites. The website you are permitted to export content must be owned by you. If you don’t have an existing website, but you have a very active and traffic fetching the Facebook page, you can pull your content from there.
The interface that you get on the online Dudaone homepage prompts you to create a new website. As you click this button, you will have a whole set of predesigned templates from which you can choose one that suits best to your business or blog. Any selected template can be customized for any kind of changes you want to make. You will have to give the present website’s name or Facebook page if you have one, else you can skip it and start from scratch.
With this done you will get an initial look of your website with a logo and navigation. The feature that I like the most is that I can preview the site in any gadget of any brand individually. Alternatively, you can view the website look on all the gadgets together to actually compare them in the same moment.
Its editor is also quite easy to use with the well-known drag and drop capability. The elements are editable with easy click and edit option. You can add any kind of content from text to HD video. The ease of creating a website extends to another level with the ability to add an entire row or column of elements thus speeding up the process of website creation. You can publish a website with Duda free of cost but it will have a Duda banner. If you want to do without a banner you can choose from Business($7.50) or Business+($14.25) plans per month for advanced interactivity in your website.
With advantages like low cost, eliminating the need of coding skills and low website development time, website builder tools are a lucrative option. Get a unique and perfect representation name as your domain name from a reputed hosting services provider. Decide wisely when choosing a DIY builder, as you are putting your business’s fate on its online presence. So it is best to “Think, Rethink and Review”.