DIY website builder platforms are in immense demand in the world of website design. In fact, some studies show that websites built on DIY or content management platforms make up the majority of the websites on the internet. Presented below are some of the best DIY website development platforms.
- Squarespace: Website Builder Platforms come in all shapes and sizes. But Squarespace is probably the most balanced and attractive amongst them all. It has distinctive Templates that are quickly recognizable, easy to adapt and modify, with lots of white space. Typography is outstanding, and there is ample space for displaying photos noticeably. It is these Templates that set Squarespace apart from the others. The Features are an eye opener. It offers some of the best photo galleries and audio players of the Web Building fraternity. Then there is its blogging and audio players that are feted the world over. Lest one forgets, Squarespace also has an ecommerce that matches dedicated ecommerce Website Builders like Shopify. All in all, this is a wonderful package. Even the pricing is top of the class honest and straight forward. There are no small-minded pricing haggles down the road. It is all there open from the word go, the user knows what to expect.
- Webflow: Website Builders value this truly DIY Platform as something unique, even in this world of Web design. Unlike the other successful competitors, Webflow does not hide behind Templates and abstracts to lull the User into a sense of complacency. It is all there, its complex, and it gives the Designer total independence. Of course it is difficult to use, but then it allows the Webflow Designer to integrate the CMS, thus creating customized solutions, and even repeatable content types. This is unique to this Platform, and none other can copy some of its final designs.
- Shopify: Shopify is universally recognized as the best E-commerce website builder. It is constantly updating and reinventing itself, it its bid to dominate the world’s E-commerce Software. The Google App Store supports Shopify to the hilt. While the Shopify Core covers nearly 80% of the requirements, the App Store covers the balance and prevents Shopify Stores to overstock. Innovative features, like Shopify POS, Shopify Payments and Shopify Augmented Reality, make it difficult for competitors to ever catch up with Shopify. In addition it is a pleasure to use Shopify because it is so easy to use. Even Beginners get the hang of it soon enough.
- Weebly: This is the easiest of all the website builder platforms on offer. It is meant as a class solution for the amateur and for those who are not particularly tech-savvy. But that does not take away from its capabilities. In sophistication, it matches the front-liners like Squarespace. And along with Squarespace it also has the best E-commerce amongst all non-dedicated website builders. New features, like Paid Memberships, Powerful Tables and Language Translations, can be called up from the app store. With around 70 Themes, Weebly is very competitive, with its only weakness being that it does not offer sufficient Theme Customization.
- Wix: Wix is an unstructured editor that gives precise control. Here, Dragging and Dropping is not limited a pre-designed grid. Wix Editor allows Dragging and Dropping elements anywhere on the page, without any restrictions. Of course, this sometimes results in tedious work that is time consuming and challenging, but the freedom of choice is an enviable feature for any designer.
- Format: This Website is especially apt for making Portfolios. It is mostly preferred by Photographers and includes interesting features like Proofing Features, Integration and Watermarking associated with Adobe Lightroom and also Capture One. In 2019, almost 1630 Photographers had a surveyed several such Portfolio websites, with Format scoring a big 97% in the Customer Satisfaction level.
- GoDaddy: Website Builder Platforms try to fulfil different Customer aspirations, but this one is really honest and interesting. Its objective is simply to create websites at high speed. This they hope to achieve by the simplicity of their structure. For example, GoDaddy offers just 20 Themes. Each Theme uses the same Font for paragraphs (Open Sans). GoDaddy offers 52 Sections to choose from for any website. But no further variation is available, and no customization. Each Section is a content block, and content blocks can be stacked vertically. And so on. When it works, for quick fix website solutions, its great. But novelty is the key to modern websites, and one of the important routes to cut bounce rate. This one just doesn’t have it.
- WordPress: Unlike its peer, WordPress.org, this version is WordPress.com and is far simpler to use. Again, unlike common Website Builders, this is not a drag and drop visual editor. Famously, it is a form-based editor that separates content from design in a page. Only problem is, there is no pre-view. WordPress.com is the most universally loved Blogging Platform.