Website building tools can be a great option if you want to create your own website yourself. Doing it yourself will save you the cost of hiring a professional and it does enable you to build the site exactly how you want and to your own design. However the secret to success is finding the one you can work with and if you are a beginner, it needs to be easy to use.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the website building tools out there, from some of the more established brands such as WordPress to new web building products such as Karta.
WordPress.com is the basic building platform offered by WordPress. There is also WordPress.org which offers more power but is technically more demanding.
WordPress .com is not the easiest web builder on the market to use. It does require that you have a basic understanding of basic coding in order to maximise the site and novices may struggle with using it. However it is perfect for users who have some technical confidence and is suitable for all types of site from basic blogging to large commercial enterprises. Price options range from free to $45 per month depending on your package.
Wix is easy to use so is a great choice, using simple drag and drop editing tools plus a range of great features. Wix features 500 templates that you can customise but beware; once the site goes live you will not be able to change the basic design.
Wix is a good choice for beginners because of its easy usability. In addition there are eight different payment plans starting at $14 per month plus a free option. This means you could try it out for free and then upgrade to a paid plan once you are satisfied.
Squarepress is a fantastic web builder if you want your website to display a creative and unique interface with plenty of fully customised extras. The template designs are considered the best in the industry so this is a great choice if you want a visually impressive website.
Squarepress is not as easy to use as Wix and there is no free option. However you do get a free 14 day trial so you can try it out cost free. After that, there is a range of 4 premium plans which start at $14.99 per month.
Karta is a new kid on the block when it comes to web building but it already attracting a lot of positive attention. Karta is easy to use, employing drag and drop technology similar to Wix. There are hundreds of templates to choose from and is easily customised with other technology such as video links, check out software and more. It also gives you a place to store leads and helps you arrange your marketing information.
Karta is suitable for beginners – you don’t need to understand coding and there is a high level support on offer from the help desk. There is no free option but you can choose between a range of options that start at $99. There is also a limited offer that enables you to try the site for a month for only $1.00
Karta is a good choice for a business website, but is not suitable for a private blog site.