Website Builder Reviews

Pros:

  • Limited free account available
  • Very high quality templates
  • Excellent guidance for website creation
  • The ability to accept online payments is included with this plan
  • Live chat support available
  • Free one-year registration of a .com

Cons:

  • Phone support not available without upgrading plan

Conclusion:

Weebly has become one of the most popular website builders on the market, and their Pro product offers a great value for an entry level price. They also include $100 of free credit for Google Adwords advertising. Weebly's free account option gives people a great way to test the product and view the templates before making a purchase.


Weebly's Features

Name of Plan

Weebly Starter

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$8.00

Domain Registration Cost

1 Year Free

Free Trial

Unlimited

Number of Templates

40

E Commerce Tools

Yes

Hosting Space

Unlimited

Customer Support

4 stars for Weebly's Customer Support

Ease of Use

5 stars for Weebly's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Low monthly cost
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Offers 24/7 phone customer support
  • Live chat support available
  • Easy email set up for your domain
  • Free one-year registration of a .com, .co, .net or .org domain

Cons:

  • No free trial available to test the service
  • Can't edit HTML of the website template
  • No ability to accept online payments with this plan
  • Must upgrade to build a mobile friendly site

Conclusion:

GoDaddy is best known for the domain registration services (and racy commercials), but their website builder is a solid product and offers a very good value- especially for the first year. The Personal plan includes an adequate number of good looking templates to chose from and the builder is pretty easy to use. The templates aren't quite as modern as some of their competitors (like Weebly), but, for the price, GoDaddy's website builder is hard to beat. One other thing to consider is that websites built with this plan aren't mobile friendly. You'll need to upgrade to the Business plan ($9.99/ month) to get a mobile friendly site.


GoDaddy's Features

Name of Plan

Personal

Price Per Month (including hosting)

5.99 $1.00

Domain Registration Cost

1 Year Free

Free Trial

No, but

Number of Templates

50

E Commerce Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

1 GB

Customer Support

4 stars for GoDaddy's Customer Support

Ease of Use

4 stars for GoDaddy's Ease of Use


1&1

Pros:

  • Low monthly cost
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Offers 24/7 phone customer support
  • Live chat support available
  • Large number of templates available
  • Free one-year registration of a .com, .org, .net, .info, .biz
  • Includes the ability to sell products online through PayPal Minishop

Cons:

  • Limited ability to edit HTML of the website template
  • Must upgrade to Premium or Online Store package in order to gain full eCommerce functionality

Conclusion:

1&1’s Website Builder Personal plan is a great tool and currently available for $11.88 for the first year (an effective rate of $.99/ month). After the first year, the product renews annually at $6.99/ month rate ($83.88/ year). The builder is easy to use and very flexible, and includes a large number of templates and access to their royalty free image gallery. While we found that content blocks were not able to be manipulated by dragging and dropping, we loved that 1&1’s builder can completely reorganize your site’s information into predetermined layouts with a few simple clicks. They also have great customer support options, including high quality, 24/7, US-based technical phone and live chat support.

Ease of Use

1&1's Website Builder received 4 out of 5 stars for Ease of Use. They provide the most comprehensive setup wizard that we have seen. Whereas most setup wizards gather basic information to help you start working on your website, 1&1’s entire interface is designed to guide you through creating your site all the way from start to finish. Direct editing features make it easy to customize your site, but 1&1 does not provide drag-and-drop content block manipulation. Adding site elements is a simple one-click process that instantly places your element into position on your site. Uploading images takes no more than three clicks at a time. 1&1's Website Builder packages offer access to their royalty free image library with 12,238 images.

The Website Builder Personal plan offers 200 website templates for you to select from and customize, however, these templates are industry specific. This package also allows you to edit some HTML of the templates, and the website builder offers above average flexibility in other respects. You can completely switch the entire design of your website in a few clicks due to the user-friendly organization of your site layout. 1&1 allows you to insert metatags for the purpose of optimizing your site for search engines. The builder also allows you to add many types of content to your site, including content blocks like text, image, table, button, blog and widgets. 

Customer Support

1&1 received 4 out of 5 stars for Customer Support. Technical phone support is advertised as available 24/7 to paying customers. The technical phone support appears to be U.S. based and is very knowledgeable. We even tested on the weekend, and they answered all our questions correctly. 1&1 also offers live chat and email support as well as online tutorials, a searchable knowledge base and a forum (although the forum is not particularly helpful at this time).

Account Features

1&1's Website Builder Personal account includes 1 email account related to your domain name (i.e. yourname@yourdomain.com) with their website builder service. 1&1 also includes Privacy Protection from the WHOIS database for free if you decide to register your domain with them (which typically costs $8 to $20 per year from other registrars). The WHOIS database is a publicly searchable database with information about the registrants of domain names. Keeping information like your name, address, telephone number, and email address out of this database helps protect you against unwanted marketing, spam, and identity theft. When Privacy Protection is enacted, your domain registrar will keep this information private by replacing your contact information with theirs. A unique feature that this plan offers is that it is also a hosting plan with unlimited data storage, which means, if you decide to replace the website that you built using their tool with a Wordpress website or something else, this account can work just like a traditional hosting account.

Pricing

1&1’s Personal plan has an intro price of $.99/ month, but they require you to pay up front for the first year, which is $11.88. The renewal rate is $6.99/ month, which also requires upfront annual payment. 1&1 includes the first year of domain registration with this plan, but after the first year, the standard 1&1 registration fee is $14.99. 1&1 can also host a domain you’ve already registered with another registrar, as long as you point your domain to 1&1’s server. 1&1 offers a 30-day free trial so you can fully explore their services before committing to an annual plan.

Upgrades

1&1 offers three Website Builder upgraded packages: Basic, Plus & Pro. The Basic package is currently available for $59.88 for the first year, with a renewal rate of $9.99/ month and features like a more templates, images and web apps. The Plus package is currently available for $119.88 for the first year with a renewal rate of $19.99/ month. This package offers everything in the Basic package and adds an SEO assistant, one click and done Facebook site, the ability to edit the HTML of your site and an SSL certificate (changes your http:// site to https://). The Premium plan can purchased for $179.88 for the first year with a renewal rate of $29.99/ month. This package offers everything in the Plus plan and adds 1&1s Online Store with the possibility to sell up to 1,000 products and their Personal Consultant helping website promotion. 1&1 also offers eCommerce Website Builder that is designed to manage an online store with thousands of products. One thing to remember is that you can't easily switch between Website Builder and eCommerce Website Builder packages.


1&1's Features

Name of Plan

Personal

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$6.99 $.99

Domain Registration Cost

1 Year Free

Free Trial

30 Days

Number of Templates

200

E Commerce Tools

Yes, but

Hosting Space

10 GB

Customer Support

4 stars for 1&1's Customer Support

Ease of Use

4 stars for 1&1's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Low monthly cost
  • Limited free account available
  • Highly customizable website builder
  • Large number of templates available
  • Free one-year registration of a .com

Cons:

  • Can't edit HTML of the website template
  • No ability to accept online payments with this plan

Conclusion:

Overall, WebStarts Pro is a great website builder that is user-friendly with a lot of valuable features. The Pro builder scored 4 out of 5 stars for Ease of Use and Customer Support primarily because of the lack of a set-up wizard and no phone customer support. Besides those two drawbacks, the service is pretty much perfect. The support team is very knowledgeable and the website builder is extremely flexible, allowing you to build completely customizable and professional-quality websites for a low price.                


WebStarts's Features

Name of Plan

WebStarts Pro

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$4.89

Domain Registration Cost

Included

Free Trial

No

Number of Templates

100

E Commerce Tools

No

Hosting Space

25 GB

Customer Support

4 stars for WebStarts's Customer Support

Ease of Use

4 stars for WebStarts's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Low monthly cost
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Highly customizable website builder
  • The ability to accept online payments is included with this plan

Cons:

  • No free trial available to test the service
  • Poor/minimal guidance for website creation
  • Can't edit HTML of the website template
  • Phone support not available

Conclusion:

Moonfruit offers beautiful templates with a lot of direction to get you acquainted with their software quickly and easily, but their lack of phone or live chat support means that you cannot receive help with their service in real time. Moonfruit’s software is also highly flexible, and editing content blocks is simple. Moonfruit is a great website builder that we would highly recommend, if their customer support options were better.


Moonfruit's Features

Name of Plan

Moonfruit Lite

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$4.50

Domain Registration Cost

$14.99/year

Free Trial

No

Number of Templates

90

E Commerce Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

0.5 GB

Customer Support

3 stars for Moonfruit's Customer Support

Ease of Use

4 stars for Moonfruit's Ease of Use


Wix

Pros:

  • Low monthly cost
  • Limited free account available
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Large number of templates available

Cons:

  • No free trial available to test the service
  • Poor/minimal guidance for website creation
  • Can't edit HTML of the website template
  • No ability to accept online payments with this plan

Conclusion:

Wix’s My Domain plan is very easy to use. While a set up wizard is not offered to help guide you along when first setting up your website a variety of tutorials and how-to’s provide much guidance for their already intuitive website builder. Their builder is  more flexible than many competitors, allowing you to edit all sorts of details in a free-form manner. A downside to the the Wix website builder is that domain name services are not provided. If you are looking for an intuitive and easy to use website builder Wix is a great choice as long as you are not looking for a website builder provider that also provides domain names.


Wix's Features

Name of Plan

Connect Domain

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$4.08

Domain Registration Cost

N/A

Free Trial

Unlimited

Number of Templates

300+

E Commerce Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

0.5 GB

Customer Support

4 stars for Wix's Customer Support

Ease of Use

5 stars for Wix's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Limited free account available
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Live chat support available
  • Free one-year registration of a .com

Cons:

  • Poor/minimal guidance for website creation
  • Phone support not available

Conclusion:

Yola Silver has wonderful Customer Support and is incredibly easy to use. The builder scored 5 out of 5 stars in both these categories, making it  the highest ranked builder we reviewed. Yola’s builder has an intuitive layout and detailed guides that allow you to get started extremely quickly. They provide excellent customer service, including 24/7 phone support, which we found to be very knowledgeable. The only problem we found was that it was difficult to edit or resize content blocks within the website builder.


Yola's Features

Name of Plan

Yola Silver

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$8.33

Domain Registration Cost

$11.95/year

Free Trial

No, but

Number of Templates

100+

E Commerce Tools

Yes, but

Hosting Space

5 GB

Customer Support

5 stars for Yola's Customer Support

Ease of Use

5 stars for Yola's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Large number of templates available
  • Free one-year registration of a .com

Cons:

  • High monthly cost
  • No free trial available to test the service
  • Limited flexibility of website builder
  • Poor/minimal guidance for website creation
  • Can't drag and drop content
  • No ability to accept online payments with this plan

Conclusion:

While Web.com provides helpful customer service support, their builder is difficult to edit and their pricing is more expensive than other website builders. Familiarizing yourself with Web.com’s website builder is harder than most because their builder possesses an unintuitive interface. These problems do not justify Web.com’s promotional price of $9.95 for the first 3 months that increases to $19.95 after that .


Web.com's Features

Name of Plan

Website Builder

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$9.95

Domain Registration Cost

Included

Free Trial

No

Number of Templates

9,500+

E Commerce Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

Unlimited

Customer Support

3 stars for Web.com's Customer Support

Ease of Use

2 stars for Web.com's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Low monthly cost
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Excellent guidance for website creation
  • Easy email set up for your domain
  • Large number of templates available
  • Free one-year registration of a .com

Cons:

  • No free trial available to test the service
  • Can't edit HTML of the website template
  • Phone support not available

Conclusion:

Webs.com's Starter package charges a low monthly cost with month-to month payment options.  You also have the ability to test out the website builder tool for free and host your website under a subdomain of Webs.com. Webs.com website builder is not as easy to use or as intuitive as some of the other website builders reviewed on this site. It lacks several features that make it easy to use such as the ability to drag and drop content blocks, and customizing your site is difficult.  A setup wizard to help you get started is not provided,  so if you need  a lot of guidance this may not be your best option. Customer service is also lacking with no phone or email support offered. Overall, Webs.com website builder is not a great builder for someone who is a novice or wants to easily customize their website.


Webs.com's Features

Name of Plan

Starter

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$4.16

Domain Registration Cost

$29.95/year

Free Trial

Unlimited

Number of Templates

300+

E Commerce Tools

Yes

Hosting Space

400 MB

Customer Support

3 stars for Webs.com's Customer Support

Ease of Use

3 stars for Webs.com's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Low monthly cost
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Excellent guidance for website creation
  • Live chat support available
  • Large number of templates available

Cons:

  • Limited flexibility of website builder
  • Can't edit HTML of the website template

Conclusion:

Homestead's Starter Plan (formerly Intuit’s Personal Plan) is an excellent choice for those seeking an easy-to-use website builder with a professional appearance. Homestead provides users with a setup wizard that guides you seamlessly through the process of developing your website in order to get your site live quickly. They also provide customers with a wide variety of customer support options, as well as phone support seven days a week. Homestead is also one of the few companies to provide live chat support as you edit your site. While they don’t offer a free account like some website builders, they do provide a 30-day free trial so you can try out their services.


Homestead's Features

Name of Plan

Starter

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$5.99

Domain Registration Cost

$9.99/year

Free Trial

30 Days

Number of Templates

2,000+

E Commerce Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

.025 GB

Customer Support

4 stars for Homestead's Customer Support

Ease of Use

5 stars for Homestead's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • Highly customizable website builder
  • Excellent guidance for website creation
  • The ability to accept online payments is included with this plan
  • Live chat support available
  • Free one-year registration of a .com

Cons:

  • At the time of this review, there are no notable cons

Conclusion:

The OnlyBusiness Bronze Website Builder is full of features that you can add to your website to make it rich and robust, but their builder’s lack of direct editing, guidance, and flexibility makes creating your site more difficult than with other website builders. While their builder does lack in those areas. we found their phone  support to be high quality as they were able to answer all of our questions correctly.


OnlyBusiness's Features

Name of Plan

Bronze

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$8.99

Domain Registration Cost

Included

Free Trial

15 Days

Number of Templates

60

E Commerce Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

2 GB

Customer Support

4 stars for OnlyBusiness's Customer Support

Ease of Use

2 stars for OnlyBusiness's Ease of Use