Frequently Asked Questions
1) Why Should I Use a Website Builder?
There is a number of reasons why we recommend using a website builder to build your website. The obvious reasons are that you could save a lot of time and money using a website builder. It is a cheaper and faster alternative to hiring a web design company. Many website builders also cater specifically to certain website types such as small business websites, design and portfolio websites and eCommerce websites. Maintenance and editing is also simple which makes your website flexible and allows pivoting in your website purpose or design. However, some website builders might be limited when compared to alternatives such as Content Management Systems (CMS) like WordPress or hiring a developer who can code any requirements to make your website.
2) Which Website Builder do you Recommend?
This depends on your unique website needs. Our in-depth comparison highlights all the features that the best website builders do or do not have. We recommend that you start by identifying your specific website needs and then compare the top options to see which serves your website short and long-term needs best. An overview to the websites we recommend based on certain criterias:
- Overall Leaders: Bookmark.com (General Websites)
- Easiest to Use: Weebly
- Best Template Options: Wix
- Most Innovative: Bookmark.com
- Best for SEO: Wix
- Restaurant Business: Wix, Bookmark, Sitebuilder
- Small Business Websites: Bookmark, Wix, Ukit
- Musical Artists: Wix, Strikingly, Weebly
- Entrepreneurs: Strikingly, Bookmark, Ukit
- Hotel/Hospitality: Bookmark, Wix, Weebly
- Art & Design: Ucraft, Wix, Bookmark
3) Which Website Builder is the Most Innovative?
Most website builders use the traditional template-based methodology where they provide industry-specific templates that work with a variety of businesses. Users then choose a template as a starting point and start editing using innovative drag and drop editors. A few website builders decided to create a new method of building a website by integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) with web design.
A leader in the incorporation of AI in design is Bookmark.com. Bookmark changed the way websites are set up and thus are our most innovative website builder of 2016-2018. Their AI design assistant has the ability to build unique industry-specific websites in minutes and have the potential to eventually become the future of website building setting the bar high for other website builders to follow.
Wix is also testing the incorporation of AI with their own Wix ADI option. Wix ADI chooses certain human-assisted themes and randomizes it with templates that they have to result in websites that fit your unique website needs.
The Verdict: Bookmark.com
4) How much does it cost to build a website?
The total cost would depend on the specifications of your website. However, in 2018, the power is in the user’s hands due to the high competitive nature of the website building industry. Prices are now as low as they could get, with some plans starting as low as $4.00 a month. The average price of a monthly plan is $14.50 per month ($174/year).
If you would also need a custom domain name for your website, domains usually go for $10-15/year. Yet, we recommend upgrading to a yearly plan with a website builder to get a free custom domain name for a year. Hosting is also included with most website builders. Other costs might include SSL Certificates, Professional Emails and unique integrations that you can add to your website.
Prices could be higher for eCommerce websites. Needing an online store usually bumps the monthly subscription fee to $25 per month. ($300/year). Other costs could be transaction fees (for some website builders) and shipping costs (in some cases).
The prices would differ if you decide to use a Content Management System such as WordPress. For an in-depth ultimate cost review, check out our article topic: ____
5) Can I build a website without any design or coding skills?
Absolutely! All of the website builders on our list cater to the non-technical individual. The simple drag-and-drop editors makes it possible for any person to build a beautiful website. Whether you use Artificial Intelligence (Bookmark and/or Wix) or a template-based website builder; you can definitely build a website without any technical skills.
6) How long does building a website take?
The average time it takes to build a complete functional website with a website builder ranges between 4-10 hours.. Website builders eliminate most of the effort required for website design. The remaining steps would usually be adding unique content and replacing some images on the website. This would depend on the amount of content you are planning on adding to your website. In some cases such as portfolio websites where 90% of the website is images, it could take as low as an hour. In other cases such as lawyer and dentist websites, more content is required so it might take around 5 hours to fully complete the website.