2. Domain Name & Business Website

 

Website Builder Reviews

Pros:

  • Highly customizable website builder
  • Offers 24/7 phone customer support
  • Easy email setup for your domain
  • Includes domain registration
  • Very inexpensive introductory rate

Cons:

  • Free trial not available

Conclusion:

GoDaddy’s Starter package is a very simple way to get a domain, website and a business email address all at once. Although no free trial is offered, for $12, you can get all that for one year. This is only an introductory rate, so it will renew after the first year at the "then-current" rate. Today, the rate for this bundled package is $11.99/ month. GoDaddy's customizable themes, unlimited pages, large image gallery combined with a low price point make this  a very good offer.


GoDaddy's Features

Name of Plan

Starter Plan

Price Per Month (including hosting)

11.99 $1.00

Domain Registration Cost

Included

Free Trial

No

Number of Templates

100+

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:

  • Highly customizable website builder
  • Provides Excellent guidance for website creation
  • Easy email setup for your domain
  • Includes domain registration

Cons:

  • Can't drag and drop content

Conclusion:

1&1’s Basic 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 at $9.99/ month. We found this builder to be easy to use and very flexible. 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; however, we found 1&1’s phone support availability to be a bit inconsistent and it took us several tries to reach them. If phone support isn’t a big issue for you, this would be a great web builder to use.


1&1's Features

Name of Plan

MyWebsite Basic

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$9.99 $.99

Domain Registration Cost

Included

Free Trial

No, but

Number of Templates

200+

E Commerce Tools

No, but

Hosting Space

10GB

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
  • Free one-year domain registration of a .com

Cons:

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

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:

  • Offers free account option
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans

Cons:

  • 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)

$4.05

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:

  • Highly customizable website builder
  • Extremely user-friendly website builder
  • Offers month-to-month plans in addition to annual plans
  • 300+ website templates to choose from
  • Offers free account option

Cons:

  • Can't edit HTML of the website template

Conclusion:


Wix's Features

Name of Plan

Connect Domain

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$4.08

Domain Registration Cost

N/A

Free Trial

No

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:

  • Offers free account option

Cons:

  • Can't edit HTML of the website template
  • Phone support not available

Conclusion:

While Weebly Pro is slightly cheaper than most competitors, their poor customer support and average flexibility of the builder mean that there are better options for building a website with other website builders. Weebly’s builder possesses a rather intuitive interface, so getting started isn’t very difficult, but their lack of a phone or live chat customer support service means that you will never be able to get help in real time. However, Weebly is one of four builders reviewed to offer a free account option, giving you the option to try them out at no risk.


Weebly's Features

Name of Plan

Weebly Pro

Price Per Month (including hosting)

$3.99

Domain Registration Cost

$39.95/year

Free Trial

No

Number of Templates

100+

E Commerce Tools

Yes

Hosting Space

Unlimited

Customer Support

2 stars for Weebly's Customer Support

Ease of Use

4 stars for Weebly's Ease of Use


Pros:

  • Provides excellent guidance for website creation
  • Offers excellent customer service
  • Extremely user-friendly website builder
  • Offers 24/7 phone customer support
  • Offers free account option

Cons:

  • At the time of this review, we did not identify anything that we felt should be labeled as a con.

Conclusion:


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:

  • 300+ website templates to choose from
  • Free one-year registration of a .com

Cons:

  • High monthly cost
  • Limited flexibility of website buidler
  • Poor/minimal guidance for website creation
  • Can't drag and drop content

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

Cons:

  • Limited flexibility of website builder
  • Poor/minimal guidance for website creation
  • Can't drag and drop content
  • 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

No

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:

  • Highly customizable website builder
  • Provides excellent guidance for website creation
  • Live chat support available
  • 2,000+ website templates to choose from
  • Extremely user-friendly website builder

Cons:

  • At the time of our most recent review, there were no notable cons.

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
  • Live chat support available

Cons:

  • Limited flexibility of website builder
  • Poor/minimal guidance for website creation
  • Can't edit directly onto the website template

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