Practical Ecommerce

10 DIY Website Builders for Small Businesses

Do-it-yourself website builders can help small businesses get online quickly and affordably using customizable templates and drag-and-drop design tools. Businesses can create simple landing pages, blogs, and even basic online stores. While general website builders are no substitute for dedicated ecommerce solutions, they do allow businesses to reach customers and test markets.

Here is a list of easy-to-use website builders for small businesses. Some of the tools provide out-of-the-box websites, while others offer design tools without the need to code. All of the site builders are affordable, and most have a free plan.

Squarespace

Squarespace.

Squarespace.

The mission of Squarespace is to help anyone build an attractive online presence. Squarespace is a popular solution, with well-designed templates for small businesses — from ecommerce merchants to emerging artists. Every website template is equipped with ecommerce features (like shoppable product galleries) without using plug-ins. Squarespace offers a variety of tools to build a store and manage inventories, customer emails, packing slips, and more. Use real-time analytics to gain customer insight and for social integrations, to connect with customers on social networks. Price: $12 per month for 20 pages. $18 per month for unlimited plan. Ecommerce starts at $26 per month.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com.

WordPress.com.

WordPress.com is a hosted version of the WordPress open-source software. Choose from hundreds of customizable themes, with new additions weekly. Build a blog, a full website, or a combo. Update your site from anywhere with mobile apps. Drag-and-drop images into posts and pages. Embed audio, video, and more. Automatically send new posts to Twitter, Facebook, and more. Make it easy for new fans to find you with built-in search engine optimization. Support is available via email and community forums; upgraded plan offers live-chat assistance. Price: Free with WordPress.com subdomain. Paid plans start at $2.99 per month.

Webflow

Webflow.

Webflow.

Webflow has a mission to empower people to create for the web. Rather than the standard out-of-the-box template system, Webflow provides users with a powerful and intuitive way to build flexible, responsive layouts with CSS3’s flexible boxes. Add complex interactions and animations without even looking at JavaScript. When you create a Collection, Webflow automatically generates a template page so you can design how that content displays. Then that template gets applied to every item in the Collection. Price: Free plan includes two unhosted projects. Paid plans start at $35 per month and $5 per month for hosting.

Wix

Wix.

Wix.

Wix is a popular platform to create websites for businesses and enterprises. Wix has a lengthy list of features and prides itself on providing quick and easy solutions for users. Wix offers over 500 templates, drag-and-drop editing, free hosting, one-page websites, Skype call and chat button, search bar, live chat, video backgrounds, stock images, and over 40 unique galleries. New features include new animations and scroll effects, artificial intelligence design, and more. Price: Basic plan is free. Premium plans start at $5 per month.

Jimdo

Jimdo.

Jimdo.

Launched in 2007, Jimdo offers creative and professional templates for equally creative businesses. Template categories include business, store, portfolio and personal. Upload photos and create galleries. Start a blog to keep customers up to date. Build a website that’s easy to find on Google and other search engines and easy to share with social media networks. Jimdo offers mobile apps to create and edit your websites on the go. Over 15 million sites have been created with Jimdo. Price: Free plan offers five store items. Paid plans start at $7.50 per month.

Strikingly

Strikingly.

Strikingly.

Strikingly promises that users can create a beautiful website in less than 30 minutes. Features include galleries, video backgrounds, media sliders, built-in analytics, contact forms, and more. Each blog post gets its own page. Show your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feed directly on your site. Sell products on your site with ecommerce functionality. Price: Free plan comes with simple one-product store. Paid plans start at $8 per month.

Duda

DudaOne.

Duda.

Duda is a DIY website builder for web professionals and small businesses via: DudaMobile, a mobile-only site builder; DudaOne, a responsive website builder, and DudaPro, for designers and agencies. Duda features business-driving widgets and essential integrations, SEO tools, an analytics dashboard, and Amazon Web Services hosting. Template categories include business, restaurant, portfolio, one pager, store, blog, and blank. Price: Basic plan is free (includes 10-product store). Paid plans start at $14.25 per month.

Moonfruit

Moonfruit.

Moonfruit.

Moonfruit is driven to free the closet entrepreneur. The website builder provides users with everything they need to get a site up and running, including web hosting, templates, and add-on features such as video widgets, image gallery tools, and Google Maps. According to its site, Moonfruit is the number one hosted site builder in the U.K., with one-third of its users coming from the U.S. Price: Plans start at $4.50 per month.

Weebly

Weebly.

Weebly.

Weebly has been in existence since 2007. Designed with first-time business owners in mind, Weebly has an assortment of templates to customize using a drag-and-drop editor. All Weebly sites feature a sitemap, SEO-friendly HTML formatting, meta descriptions, responsive design, and more. Weebly also features email marketing templates, blogging templates, third-party integrations, and ecommerce functionality. Price: Free plan with Weebly branding. Paid plans start at $8 per month.

Voog

Voog.

Voog.

Voog is a tool for creating and managing multilingual websites for businesses. (The tool itself is translated into 15 languages.) It offers an out-of-the-box solution for users. Voog has a batch of nicely designed templates, with an array of integrations. Choose a template and get your website running in 15 minutes. For ecommerce functionality, contact Voog to help set it up. Voog offers 24/7 support for users. Price: Plans start at €6 per month for 30 pages.

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Comments ( 8 )

  1. Nikita September 5, 2016 Reply

    For my opinion, Tilda is the best. https://tilda.cc

  2. Maven September 5, 2016 Reply

    Interesting how Vista Print isn’t on your list. They were easy to set up but I’ve found are bad for SEO. Not sure about the others you mention, but quick and east may not always be the best route.

  3. Anne September 6, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for a very useful list. Many that I wasn’t aware of.

  4. Bob September 8, 2016 Reply

    Very nice list i like Wixx and igloo http://www.iglooapp.com/ is great to use as well

  5. Mary September 11, 2016 Reply

    Nice collection, but you forgot about vemono.

    https://www.vemono.com/de/

  6. Leslie Alston September 21, 2016 Reply

    Thank yoo for this list. I am a Small Business Owner and now I know where to go to save money on websites that are user friendly. Kee up with all ine information. I am earning so much.

  7. Michael P. September 24, 2016 Reply

    Great list to get me started with my site research! Thank you.

  8. Rebeka February 14, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for the article!
    It is really important for startups to find an affordable website builder that can provide unique, customized design. DIY website builders tend to be the best option, and they are for a while. After a time, people realize that they limit themselves and can’t achieve a professional, customized design, thereby not making a good first impression. If you are a start-up, you may want to check Wiredelta and what it can offer you. Wiredelta now even has more themes than DIY website builders like Weebly and Squarespace combined! https://blog.wiredelta.com/wiredelta-has-more-themes-than-squarespace-and-weebly/