What Website Builder Should I Use

what website builder should I use

What Website Builder Should I Use?

People often ask what website builder should I use. And guess what? I have the answer to your question!

In this post you’re going to learn the #1 web design tool on the market!

 

AND THE GREAT NEWS IS THIS!!! – You’ve got tons of choices!!!

There Are Many Different Website Builders To Choose From

When people ask me what website builder they should use for a project, I almost always have the same answer.  And to be honest, the answer I give them includes asking a few simple questions to understand their needs.

First, I explain that there are many different choices when considering how to go about designing a website. 

There are TONS of popular website builders you could use.  Additionally, you can use a Content Management System (CMS) instead of a “website builder” to manage the content on your website.

However, before you can choose what to use you must fully understand your web design project.  Below we will go over some of the things you will want to ask yourself before you choose a website builder.

 

What Type Of Website Do You Want To Build?

The first question you will want to ask yourself is this: what type of website do you want to build?  Will your website be representing a hobby or a passion, or is it the representation of your full time job?  These are important things to figure out before you choose a web design platform.
LET ME BE REAL WITH YOU:  If your website is going to represent a full time job or career, you will probably want to hire a web design agency.   Bizmap LLC is a skilled web design and SEO agency, so hiring them would be a great idea.

 

DESIGNING A WEBSITE TAKES TIME

Web design takes YEARS to master.  Your agency can work with you so that the design of your website is perfect!  We’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed if you hire someone.

Additionally, if you work with an agency on a custom website, your site will be professional, function properly, and have your own “personal touch” too.  So this is definitely an option to consider.

 

SOME PEOPLE WANT TO DESIGN THEIR OWN WEBSITE

However, many people want to design a website on their own.  Some want the hands-on involvement of creating their own site.  Others might need an affordable web design service but can’t find one that meets their needs.

So, in many cases, people may choose to design a site on their own.  And if they do that they will want to identify the type of website they are creating beforehand.

 

Below Are Several Types Of Websites:

BUSINESS SITE

Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a startup company, your business website is serious business!  You will want to use a professional website builder so that customers take you seriously and trust your professionalism.

Squarespace is a great choice for professionals and businesses alike.  Besides it being a great website builder with lots of great theme options, many designers choose to use Squarespace.

If down the line you are interested in a redesign of your website, it wouldn’t be difficult to find a web designer to edit the site you’ve created.

Another great choice is WordPress.  Unlike Squarespace, WordPress is a content management system (CMS).  It requires a higher skill level and expertise to use.

So if you have the time to learn to use WordPress, this would be a great choice because it is used by businesses large and small.  However, in most cases, if you’re running a business you probably will not have the time to also learn web design.

WordPress is the most popular tool to use for professional business websites.  Both Squarespace and WordPress are favorites of SEO agencies.  This is because they are easily optimized and search engines love them!  However, WordPress might not be the most practical option if you’re designing a site for the first time.

PORTFOLIO WEBSITE

If you want to create a portfolio site to showcase your work or resume, something simple, easy to use and professional would be best.  Wix or Weebly would be an excellent option.

Because a portfolio site probably won’t need optimizations or blog posts, this two website builders would be great choices.  Both Wix and Weebly have easy interfaces and customizations and don’t require a high level of expertise to get something that showcases your work appropriately.

 

Portfolio Websites Might Include:

  • photography sites
  • artist sites
  • websites for musicians and bands
  • showcase your resume

 

However, if your website needs to be very professional with customizations and optimizations, you should steer clear of these two choices.

ECOMMERCE WEBSITE

If you are designing an ecommerce site, you will want to use software to make selling your products or services easy and smooth.  Additionally, you will want customizations and transactions to be seamless for yourself too.

 

Ecommerce business models/types:

  1. Business To Business (B2B)
  2. Business To Consumer (B2C)
  3. Consumer To Business (C2B)
  4. Consumer To Consumer (C2C)

 

Types Of Transactions:

  1. Retail
  2. Services
  3. Digital Goods
  4. Physical Goods
  5. Wholesale
  6. Dropshipping
  7. Subscription
  8. Crowdfunding

 

website for ecommerce

 

There are many great website builders that offer options for e-commerce adaptivity.  However, I’m going to recommend two of my favorites.

Shopify is one of the most popular ecommerce web builders on the market today.  It has many features that help online stores easily scale and grow their business.

Additionally, website builders such as Squarespace are great for online stores and e-commerce.  With many template choices you can’t go wrong with this professional website builder.

 

A BLOG

Depending on who you want to reach will determine what website builder to use as a channel for your blogging.  If you want to blog professionally (and make an income doing so), choosing WordPress or Wix would be a great choice.

If you want to reach a lot of people, you use Youtube as a channel for your blogging.  You can do this easily by either vlogging or creating blog posts with YouTube embeds to improve SEO.

Another great platform for blogging is Medium.  In addition to just posting your blog posts, Medium also serves as a tool for syndication.

What Is Your Skill Level With Web Design

Once you have decided what type of site you want to build, you will want to move on the the next important question.  You will want to ask yourself what your skill level is with web design.  Additionally, you will want to explore how much time you are willing to devote to building your website.

Do you want to work on it 3 hours a day or do you want to work on it 3 hours a month?  If you are on major time constraints with a limited skill level, it’s probably a good idea to start with something super easy.

The 5 Best Platforms To Build Your Website

We’ve gone over a few different things that are important for you to consider when choosing a website builder.  Although there are quite a few options, only one or two will probably be a fit.

Below are the 5 best options for you to build your website along with some pros and cons for each.

 

Squarespace screenshot

Squarespace

Squarespace is a great tool for you to use to build your website, whether you are using it professionally or not.  Additionally, Squarespace has excellent support which is an added plus for web design newbies.

Squarespace’s blogging tool is awesome and it has tons of templates that are mobile responsive.  It’s a great choice for all of your web design needs.

PROS: Great professional website builder.  Lots of great templates that are mobile responsive.  Also good for e-commerce sites and easily SEO optimized.

CONS:  One sub navigation menu, page speed issues, some usability issues

 

WordPress 

Not a website builder but the most popular CMS for professional use.  Great templates but a little more difficult to learn.  WordPress is a professional and customizable choice for your next business website.

PROS:  Highly customizable, tons of themes (free as well as custom), highly used, professional, adaptive, good for SEO, works with most 3rd party tools

CONS:  More complicated to use (there isn’t a built-in drag and drop feature like many web builders)

Shopify

This is the best website builder for ecommerce and online stores.  It is easy to use for beginners as well as has customizable features for familiar with CSS and HTML.

PROS: Affordable, good for “drop-shipping”, has “abandoned cart” functionality with all plans, comes with free themes and has an easy to use interface.

CONS: Adding custom options is complicated, professional reporting is not available on all plans, exporting blog posts can be complicated, the less expensive plans have less features

 

Wix

Great for beginners who want a clean looking website that is easy to customize.  The basic layout and structuring is already in place which makes customizing easy for beginners.

PROS:  Ready-made templates that are easy to customize, good for photographers, artists, and musicians

CONS: Not good if you want a large, complex website

Medium

Great platform that can be used for blogging and for growing a blogging business.

PROS: Don’t need any technical skills and can just focus on blogging, the platform will contribute to your exposure and growth

CONS: Not your own website and there aren’t as many features

Conclusion

I hope this post has given you enough information on the different choices you have for building a website.  Additionally, we hope that you now know the answer to your questions what website builder should I use.