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5 Website Builders to Consider in 2024: Comprehensive Review

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I’ve tested a few of the most popular website builders, and in this blog, I’ll go through each one, letting you know which is the best fit for you. You’ll find all the links below in this blog.

Now, let’s look at each website builder:

GoDaddy

Let’s start with the first website builder on the list, GoDaddy. It is an all-in-one website builder that includes hosting, customizable themes, a visual editor, and additional features like email marketing or e-commerce with GoDaddy.

Building your website is very simple. You simply choose the type of website you want to create, pick a name, and voila, you have a pre-made website. From there, you can select your main theme and customize the content as you wish.

One thing to note is that GoDaddy does not have a drag-and-drop builder, which means you can’t place text or images wherever you want on your page. Instead, you are limited to placing them in predetermined positions based on the structure provided by GoDaddy.

This means that creating your website will be faster and easier, and you also won’t have to worry about optimizing your content for mobile devices, as everything will automatically display correctly on smaller screens. However, this restriction also means that you will have less flexibility when it comes to customizing your website.

GoDaddy also provides basic features for email marketing, blogs and e-commerce, but if you are looking for advanced features, this may not be the right option for you.

GoDaddy offers a completely free package, but it has a drawback. You won’t be able to use your own custom domain, and an ad will be displayed at the top of your website. So, if you want to use your own custom domain and remove the ad, then you need to upgrade to a paid plan.

The basic plan starts at £6.99 per month and will probably be sufficient for most simple websites. If you are looking to sell products on your website, you will need to opt for the business plan starting at £12.99 per month. Just keep in mind that these prices are for annual payments and will be more expensive if you decide to pay on a monthly basis.

In conclusion, GoDaddy is an excellent option for those who want to create a simple website and don’t need extensive customization options.

godaddy uk website

Squarespace

Let’s move on to the next option, which is Squarespace. Compared to GoDaddy, Squarespace offers much more flexibility when it comes to customizing your website with nearly 150 website templates. In various industries such as photography, local businesses, restaurants, and more, you will probably find one that fits your needs, and all of them are completely free and have a modern and sleek design.

Squarespace recently introduced its so-called fluid engine that allows you to create your website by drag-and-drop, making it easy to achieve the design you have in mind. Personally, I find that Squarespace offers a good balance between flexibility and ease of use, offering many customization options without being too complicated for beginners.

Squarespace currently does not offer a completely free plan, but it does provide a 14-day free trial that you can take advantage of to test everything before committing to a paid plan.

Once the trial is over, you can choose between four different plans, starting with the personal plan at £12 per month if you pay annually, or £16 per month if you pay monthly. If you need e-commerce features, you will need to opt for business plans starting at £24 per month, allowing you to accept payments on your website with a 3% transaction fee. To reduce these transaction fees to 0%, you will need to choose one of the commerce plans starting at £28 per month.

Squarespace is, therefore, an excellent option if you are looking for an easy-to-use website builder without sacrificing too much flexibility in customizing your website.

squarespace uk website

Wix

Next up, we have Wix. Wix comes with over 800 website templates, all completely free. So, no matter what type of website you want to create, Wix is sure to have the perfect template for you.

Wix also has a drag-and-drop website builder, just like Squarespace, allowing you to place elements anywhere on the page. Compared to Squarespace, the Wix website builder offers even more flexibility and customization options when it comes to designing your website. However, from my experience, it is much easier to make mistakes and misalign elements on Wix simply because of the control they give you. I have also found that on Wix, it usually takes me a bit longer to optimise content for mobile than on Squarespace.

One thing that sets Wix apart from its competitors is its open app market. This allows independent developers to create apps that add additional features to a Wix website. Currently, there are over 300 apps to choose from, most of which are free, just like with most other all-in-one website builders.

Wix also allows you to create a blog or turn your website into an online store and sell products. When it comes to e-commerce, Wix is a good option for small online stores or for people who already have a Wix website and also want to start selling certain products. However, if the primary goal of your website is to sell products online, I actually recommend another provider that I will talk about further in this blog.

If you are looking for an all-in-one solution to create a blog, I would personally choose Squarespace over Wix as their blog features are slightly more sophisticated from what I have seen.

Just like the GoDaddy website builder, Wix also offers a completely free plan, which means you will have to host your website on a Wix domain and you will also have Wix ads on your website. The cheapest plan starts at £7 per month and allows you to use your own custom domain and get rid of the Wix ads. Additionally, you get a free domain for the first year if you choose to pay annually. If you want to sell products on your website and create an online store, you will need to opt for the e-commerce and business plans starting at £10 per month.

Wix is, therefore, an excellent option if you are looking for an all-in-one website builder with a wide variety of templates to choose from and good flexibility when it comes to designing your website.

wix website uk

Shopify

Next, I want to introduce you to Shopify. Shopify is specifically designed for creating online stores and e-commerce businesses. So, if the primary goal of your website is not to sell products and accept payments, you don’t need to turn to Shopify. However, if you are considering creating an online store, Shopify is definitely one of the best options.

Their website builder is similar to GoDaddy, so it is not a drag-and-drop website builder. You simply add elements and then customize them through the website menu, which limits your design freedom but makes creating your store very simple and quick. Plus, everything is fully responsive so that your store will also look great on mobile devices.

If you want to use Shopify but need more design freedom, you can install a third-party application such as Gem Pages, allowing you to create your website using a drag-and-drop builder. The Shopify app store currently offers over 8,000 apps that give you endless options to add new features to your store.

Shopify comes with a little over 100 online store templates to choose from, only 11 of which are free. The paid templates cost between £160 and £280. Shopify is certainly not the cheapest option, but they currently offer a three-day free trial to test out all the features after the trial. You can choose one of their paid plans starting at £19 per month if you pay annually, or £25 per month if you pay monthly.

Shopify is, therefore, my top recommendation for those who want to create an e-commerce website very easily and quickly and are not afraid to spend a little more money to get a very powerful all-in-one e-commerce solution.

shopify website uk

WordPress

Lastly, let’s talk about the final website builder, which is WordPress. WordPress remains the most popular platform for creating websites. In fact, over 43% of all existing websites run on WordPress. While the other website builders mentioned earlier do not provide an all-in-one solution, WordPress is a content management system that requires you to handle certain aspects of website management yourself, such as hosting or security.

So, managing your website on WordPress certainly requires a certain level of technical understanding compared to all-in-one solutions like Wix or Squarespace. Learning how to use WordPress can certainly be a bit overwhelming, especially if you have no previous experience, so you need to be prepared to spend time watching tutorials until you understand it.

Fortunately, WordPress being a very popular platform, there are tons of resources available. WordPress gives you full control over every aspect of your website, leaving you with no limits on what you can do with your website. In the future, you have access to over 55,000 plugins that are essentially small software adding additional features to your website. Just like the apps for Shopify and Wix, this means you can add virtually any functionality to your website, including social media integration, e-commerce, and much more.

When it comes to design, WordPress offers thousands of free and paid templates to choose from, so it can give a website exactly the look you want. There is also a drag-and-drop page builder called Elementor that allows you to create your website without any coding.

Now, WordPress itself is completely free. So, for simple websites that don’t require a lot of additional features through paid plugins, the only thing you need to pay for is hosting. The hosting provider I recommend is called Fasthosts. It is fast, reliable, easy to use, and their plans cost only £1 per month.

So, if you have a very tight budget and don’t mind spending a little more time learning how to use WordPress, then it’s a great option. Additionally, WordPress remains the number one choice for me 🙂


While you are still here, this is the latest website that I built for PMU Services! Its an ecommerce website, so, come take a look!

wordpress website uk

Website builders: Conclusion

So, which website builder is the right choice for you? Each of these five options has unique advantages, so you need to consider your needs before making your final decision.

If you are looking for an all-in-one solution to create simple websites at affordable prices, the GoDaddy website builder is probably the right choice for you.

Squarespace is an excellent option if you are looking for a flexible yet easy-to-use website builder with a little more customization options.

Wix is a good option if you are looking for an all-in-one solution with a wide variety of templates and good flexibility in designing your website.

Shopify is my top recommendation for those who want to create an e-commerce website very easily and quickly and don’t mind spending a little more money to get a very powerful all-in-one e-commerce solution.

And finally, if you don’t want to impose any limits on what you can do with your website and are willing to spend a little more time learning the platform, WordPress is the best option for you.

Regardless of which one you choose, the most important thing is to get started and create the website you have always dreamed of. 

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