Want to build your own site? These are the best website builders to do it with

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The best premium website builders

Squarespace

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Squarespace

Squarespace gets a lot of attention — and for good reason. It’s sleek, full of features, pretty, and inexpensive. Squarespace will run you $12 a month for the basic package, with rates topping out at $40 a month for its Commerce package. The $12 a month nets you unlimited storage and bandwidth, but a restriction to 20 pages. You also have full e-commerce integration, and an included SSL security certificate.

The more expensive packages offer a greater number of pages, as well as lower transaction fees and free adwords credits.

The modern website builder allows you to create 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.

Build your website using:

Squarespace

Strikingly

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Strikingly

Strikingly claims that you can build a beautiful website using its built in tools in just 30 minutes. While that might be a little optimistic for those with no website building experience, its extensive list of positive reviews and testimonials would suggest its developers aren’t just blowing hot air.

The big takeaway from Strikingly is that it’s very much focused on single-page websites. Although that’s not to everyone’s tastes, it’s something that a lot of other website builders make more complicated than it needs to be. If that’s the kind of site you want to put together, Strikingly is one of the best.

It offers 25 themes to pick from, and that number is growing all the time. SiteBuilderReport described them as fresh and contemporary, helping to cater to the intended audience of creatives and freelancers. Although there are some limitations on font choices and coloring, for the most part the editing tool has enough options that you can differentiate your site from your fellow Strikingly users.

With a very simple free package for those who want to try out the service, Strikingly offers $8 and $16 per month packages which are far from extortionate and offer access to the website building tool and some interesting features. Each offers a bundled domain name and registration, ecommerce store access and 24/7 support.

Blog support is limited compared to the likes of WordPress, but it’s there, and Strikingly has its own iOS and Android applications so you can edit your website and view analytics while on the go.

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Strikingly

Voog

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Voog

Edicy did more than just change its name when it became Voog in 2014, but the heart of the platform essentially remains the same. It’s 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 and photo galleries.

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 six Euros a month (about seven US dollars) 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.

Build your website using:

Voog

But if none of the above website builders strike your fancy, maybe you’d rather dig a little deeper into web design. If so, here is our list of the best free web design software.

Updated by Jon Martindale 09/22/2017 – updated list with best website builders.

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