Paid Website Builders
Squarespace gets a lot of attention, and for good reason. It’s sleek, full of features, pretty, and inexpensive. Squarespace will run you eight dollars a month for the basic package, with rates topping out at $24.00 a month for the “Business” package. $8 a month nets you 500 GB of bandwidth, a mobile website, up to 20 pages, 2 GB of storage, a custom domain, and 24/7 customer support. For $24.00, you get unlimited bandwidth/storage, and more. Like WordPress, Squarespace will also provide you with traffic stats. If you ever develop an affinity for WordPress, Squarespace allows you to export your website into WP. This means you’ll be able to add on features to your website that WordPress has and Squarespace does not, like tag clouds.
Light CMS is a favorite among websites that sell products. Light CMS has great cloud hosting and eCommerce features, including shopping cart/checkout. Galleries re-size and adapt images based on what device you’re using to view a Light CMS webpage. The basic $19.00/month plan you get 10 pages, 1 GB storage, and you can list 100 products. With the $99.00 monthly plan, you get unlimited pages, storage, and product listings. Through Light CMS’ usage of cloud hosting, there’s no bandwidth limit, regardless of what plan you opt for. Font selection is sparse, but Light CMS lets you implement Google web fonts.
Yola (no, not YOLO) offers free and paid plans. Yola is really simple to use and looks clean. For just $4.95 you get unlimited pages, 2 GB storage, a custom domain (.com), and unlimited bandwidth, making Yola one of the better deals out there. The Gold Plan, which costs $16.66 a month, gets you 3,000 stock photos to use, advanced editing, mobile sites, unlimited store, and more. The only downer here is you have to at least use their Silver plan to remove the Yola branding from your site. It also has a really convenient help screen that expands from the bottom corner. It’s not the most customizable site builder out there, and there are some features we would have liked to see like more templates, but it’s a solid option.
Jimdo has one of the better user interfaces out there. One of the first things we noticed about Jimdo is its Dropbox integration, which makes using photos from your Dropbox account simple. Jimdo’s eCommerce features are strong and include inventory tracking, the ability to make coupon codes, and automatic generation of purchase confirmation e-mails that get sent directly to customers. Jimdo Pro offers unlimited storage and up to 20 custom email addresses.
Overall, Breezi is easy to use and very customizable. Breezi’s $9 monthly plan gives you hundreds of fonts to choose from, eCommerce features like the ability to display Yelp reviews on your site, along with completely customizable layouts, Dropbox integration, site stats, no storage or bandwidth limits, and more. One of our favorite things this builder does is allow you to edit content, like images, quickly and easily with simple adjustment buttons that pop up.