Back in the day getting a professional website for your business meant spending a lot of money. But as the internet evolved and things became more accessible, creating a professional website became easier to achieve and largely thanks to the arrival of website building tools.
Not everyone is interested in learning how to code or finding a web host and installing WordPress and messing about with plugins and scripts, some people would just prefer to create a website the easiest way possible. And not everyone can afford to pay for a web designer to create a professional looking website, which is why there are many companies offering website building tools at a reasonably affordable cost. So in this post I’m going to share with you 3 awesome and powerful simple to use website building tools you need to try out.
What are website building tools?
Companies provide individuals and businesses a complete all-in-one solution to creating a website without the technicalities involved, so that means you pay a monthly subscription fee and you get web hosting, domain hosting and website building tools with a host of premium features to create a professional website the way you want it to look, or by using a template, all under one umbrella.
Now let’s dive straight in and take a look at what there is available -
OK, let’s kick off with the crème de la crème of website building tools provided by Moonfruit. Moonfruit started out during the dot-com bubble and has withstood the test of time. Moonfruit is a classic point drag and drop website building tool boasting with some amazing features which includes –
- Blogging tools
- Email subscription and list building tools
- Ecommerce tools with PayPal integration (Plus Facebook shop)
- Google Analytics and Webmaster tools
- Website optimized for wireless devices
- Plus tons of premium options such as domain name, more disk space and mobile checkout.
Moonfruit currently serves more than 6 million websites and over 100,000 ecommerce websites worldwide. For many years Moonfruit’s site builder has been running on flash, as you know creating a website using flash these days is becoming less and less popular, which is why the company is moving forward with launching their latest Moonfruit version 6 which will be running on HTML5 with a host of added new features.
Overall Moonfruit is both affordable and a good all round solution to building a professional looking website. Support is provided through FAQ’s, online guides, a forum and a ticket system.
Check out Moonfruit or watch the video below -
MrSite is a company which started in 2004 by two entrepreneurs and has since become the UK’s favorite website building packages. Not remotely as popular as Moonfruit, nevertheless MrSite still offers some great features in 4 different website building packages.
- Starter Package - Which includes your own domain, 5 web pages, 250 MB hosting and 2GB bandwidth.
- Classic Package - This package offers everything above with a little more space, 50 pages and a host of design features.
- Pro Package - The pro package gives you even more space, 100 pages and unlimited bandwidth, along with SEO tools and a host of design features, plus more…
- Seller Package - Which includes domain, unlimited pages and bandwidth, 1 GB web hosting, SEO tools, design features, business tools and shops.
Support is provided through telephone, email, online chat and lots of easy to use guides. Find out more about MrSite.
Finally in our top three website building tools we get to 1and1. 1and1 is a website builder that combines web hosting, domains, email, web servers and eCommerce all in one place. The site provides easy-to-use web building tools with hundreds of nicely designed templates and design features to choose from. You can choose to build a business or a personal website.
Whilst 1and1 uses a similar point, drag and drop design system as Moonfruit, and is quite intuitive, your creative freedom is somewhat limited as to what you can do to make your website absolutely 100% unique to you (column layouts).
The layout remains the same and all you need to do is add or remove widgets, images, YouTube videos, text boxes, files etc to fixed columns on a page. As with Moonfruit on the other hand you can drag any object practically anywhere you want on the page, for example of you want something to appear in the middle and nothing else, you can drag it there and delete everything else.
Having said that 1and1 is perfect for anyone looking for a no fills solution to creating a reasonably good enough website for a business or personal use. Here are some of the features and benefits of using 1and1 website building tools.
- 30-day free trial, however if you don’t cancel, you’re then locked in a 12 month contract
- Choose business (Basic, Plus or Premium), or personal website
- Free domain name
- Hundreds of high quality design templates to choose from
- SEO tools
- Social media and YouTube integration and more.
So there you have it, 3 great website building tools to choose from but which one would be the best option for you?
Personally I’ve only ever used Moonfruit properly to build an actual ‘live’ website. I’ve played a little bit with MrSite and the free trial version of 1and1 before, but personally I’d go for a Moonfruit powered website. You have complete control over the design aspect of your site, plus get tons of features and tools added at a real low cost. Anyways take a look at all three of them yourself and decide which one would suit your need, enjoy.