What website builder do you like best?


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What website builder do you like best?

Buying a general store/deli with no online presence outside of facebook. This place doesn’t even have a menu online anywhere and yet takes phone in orders! So we need to solve for that and build a website.

No e-commerce needs for now, maybe down the road.

I want to have a domain name, email service through it (so can have myname@storename.com or whatever for email) for a couple of employees, and the ability to put up the menu, post about specials and events easily, some nice photos, and an about us section with some history of the place. Pretty basic stuff.

What service do you use to DIY your site? How much do you pay? Thanks!

What website builder do you like best?

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10 Replies to “What website builder do you like best?”

  1. I’ve used Squarespace and it’s been good for me. It’s very template heavy, and can get expensive, but has been worth it for me. I’m paying around $200 per year for the domain, website hosting, and one email address at my url name.

    I’m sure there’s way better options, but I’m a person who isn’t into website building/coding.

  2. Namecheap offers WordPress shared hosting (sounds like it would meet your needs) for like $17 a year. Requires some knowledge of c-panel to get it up and running, but for $17 a year you get the website and email.

  3. I use GoDaddy WordPress Hosting and I build everything on Divi from ElegantThemes. I have a pro/partner account, but I believe WordPress starts at $7/month and includes a free domain and email forwarder with new registrations, plus a free email account for a year. I appreciate a lot of people hate on GoDaddy; some of the criticism is warranted, some of it is not.

    I build on WordPress using Divi because of how easily extensible WordPress is and how easy it is to frame a site with Divi. I know my way around HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; I almost never need to use it. Divi works like Legos for websites, it’s modular. You’ll find great communities built around both WordPress and Divi to help with support (Divi has it’s own dedicated awesome support team).

    Why I use GoDaddy:

    * My up-time is three 9’s and my page load speeds are fast, in the area of 500ms on average.
    * Their US based customer support is great. I’ve heard complaints of long wait times, this has never been my experience. Very knowledgeable, very helpful.
    * They have extended support at $50 an incident. If you did something to your site that has nothing to do with GoDaddy, they will pair you with a support pro. If you’re on your own this can be invaluable in your time of need (i.e. a plugin breaks your site).
    * Daily backups, decent basic security, a staging site, a CDN, the latest version of PHP, SFTP access, super easy to add an SSL certificate, no messing with cPanel.
    * GoDaddy WordPress hosting just works, you don’t need to concern yourself with any of the underpinnings. Everything is managed for you, you just maintain your website(s).
    * Everything you need is under the umbrella of one company, you can easily add another site, a new domain, email, or an O365 account. It simplifies billings and renewals.
    * They have decent “pro” tools if you need to manage multiple WordPress sites.

    The Cons:

    * More expensive then other options and renewals can be significantly higher after your first year if you’re not paying attention.
    * They will try and upsell you, they’ll try to upsell you again, then they’ll try and upsell you some more.

    I’ve been using managed WordPress hosting from GoDaddy for going on 7 years now, some of my sites are relatively high-volume, I have never had an issue with GoDaddy hosting that I did not cause myself. I know the moment I hit “comment” there will be a web developer out there already crafting a reply about how dumb I am and how much GoDaddy sucks; that’s just not my experience. I have a suspicion that due to their size they draw a high-volume of low-knowledge customers which result in a negative perception compared to other hosting providers because of lofty expectations about what a hosting provider does. It hosts.

    EDIT: [https://www.elegantthemes.com/](https://www.elegantthemes.com/) for anyone interested. And yes, I know about Elementor, but I don’t use the visual builder I use the classic builder!

  4. Strikingly is around $18 a month I think. You can buy domains and emails through this and it’s very easy.

  5. One issue with DIY website is the SEO/search engine issues, which means you might be missing on other opportunities. Custom email is not hard to get.

  6. I use Lightsail by AWS for multiple sites and my cost is less than $5 per month per site. This is for a basic ecommerce store, and two wordpress sites. Numbers may vary based on resources used but this has been the best way for me after spending years and thousands on sites using Bluehost, GoDaddy, etc.

  7. I would look into WordPress and Elementor. I’m biased though – I’m a WP developer. I have a friend that’s a graphic designer for restaurants and food industry though if you’d like an introduction. It’s not cheap, but if your goal is to increase brand awareness and online presence, it would be an option to consider for the long-term.

  8. I like Pixpa, it has helped my business to come online with a website and an online store.

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