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Get in with the times! Build a better website with these 7 services

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The best premium website builders

Squarespace

Squarespace

Squarespace gets a lot of attention — and for good reason. It’s sleek, full of features, pretty, and inexpensive. Squarespace will run you $8 a month for the basic package, with rates topping out at $26 a month for its Commerce package. The $8 a month nets you 500GB of bandwidth, a mobile website, up to 20 pages, 2GB of storage, a custom domain, and 24/7 customer support.

The modern website builder allows you to build an HTML5-compliant site with a heavy focus in commerce, yet, it also hits its stride when it comes to analytics tools and its resounding ability to accommodate mobile devices. Buttons for adding and editing content line the left-hand side of the straightforward interface, as well a button for quickly previewing how your content will look once live, all of which adhere to your respective theme.

Squarespace’s integration with third-party widgets isn’t as impressive as other website builders, but the Developer Platform does give competent users the ability to insert their own HTML, CSS, and JavaScript coding if they want to add further functionality to their site.

The service also provides step-by-step tutorials for importing pages from other sites, and moreover, provides forums and even workshops to get you up to speed regarding nearly all aspects of the site. You can’t customize the mobile experience and the platform lacks on-page ad tools, but there a lot to be said for its hands-off approach and immense selling capabilities.

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Squarespace

Light CMS

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Light CMS is a favorite among commerce-centric sites, most likely because of its utter simplicity and no-frills approach to website building. The content management platform doesn’t feature central dashboard, but instead, allows you to directly add and edit content while browsing your pages. There’s roughly 100 different pre-made templates to choose from, each of which lets you add a personal touch via a plethora of color and font changes.

Advanced users can also design their website using HTML, CSS, and JS, and though you can’t customize the mobile experience, the templates are designed to automatically adhere to the width of the browser at hand. The platform offers a basic set of CMS tools — including those for building photo galleries, calendars, forms, product listings, etc. — as well as a rich set of commerce tools aimed those looking to sell both digital and physical goods online.

Light CMS additionally supplies you with an excellent set of SEO and analytics tool in case you want to optimize your site for search results and better monitor its progression as a whole. Personal packages begin at $19 a month, which grants you 1GB of storage and the ability to list 100 items, but even the low-tier offerings still provide access to every feature the service offers. None of the premium packages include bandwidth restrictions, either, making the service’s sparse font selection truly the only component in need of change. Thank god for Google Web fonts.

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Light CMS

Voog

Voog

Edicy did more than just change its name when it became Voog last year, but the heart of the platform essentially remains the same. The platform is built on a simple drag-and-drop interface that’s reliant on the horizontal menu bar located at the bottom of the page, one that gives you the option to adding text, movies, photo galleries, and the like.

It basks in the basics with only a handful of themes to choose from, but each is responsive and optimized for whatever platform users might be using to view the site. The lack of customization might be a deterrent to those looking for a more comprehensive package, though it also renders the site one of the easiest to use for novices with little design experience.

However, the hallmark of Voog is its multilingual component, a facet that lets you build parallel iterations of your site for different regions around the globe (i.e. the United States, Brazil, Canada). Few services offer such a feature, which makes the platform a standout for $9 if you’re setting up an international, Web-based store. You’ll also receive 2GB of storage and access to the open API for the price, while more expensive offerings bestow you with additional storage and pages.

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Voog

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