After strolling out of my Computer Science I final during my freshman year of college, I knew I’d never code anything in my life again. My computer science class was incredibly interesting when we learned about the theory of programming languages. But when we had to put theory into practice, the only programing I was doing was texting my friend to email me the code of whatever project I was working on (sorry Professor Harms!).
If you have the same sentiment toward programming as me, but you need to build a website for your business or your personal portfolio, don’t fret. There are affordable, intuitive website builders that can help you develop a robust website without any coding knowledge. And we’ve rounded up the seven of the best ones for 2019 below.
Powering over 30% of the websites on the internet, WordPress is arguably the most popular website builder out there. Whether you want to develop a website for your business or your own personal projects, you can use WordPress’ intuitive editor to build an entire website and blog.
With WordPress, you can also easily add images to your website with their drag-and-drop editor and embed audio, video, and documents in your website. If you want visibility into your website’s analytics and SEO data, WordPress has these features built into their platform.
Additionally, WordPress offers hundreds of themes that you can leverage to build a beautiful website without much coding knowledge, as well as an online store builder.
Wix is one of the most versatile website builders on the market. The website builder offers the ability to build a website specifically for stores, musicians, events, and restaurants.
If your business doesn’t operate under one of the previously mentioned categories, don’t worry, Wix is still a viable option. Their code-free editor is robust and intuitive, providing over 500 website templates, over 100 fonts, scroll effects, an app market, and a drag-and-drop functionality, letting you build a website for nearly any type of organization.
WIth HubSpot's content management system, or CMS, you can create blog posts, landing pages, website pages, and emails in one platform, and then manage, optimize, and track your content’s performance in the same exact place.
HubSpot's CMS also automatically optimizes your content for mobile and search engines by leveraging responsive design and a built-in SSL. Additionally, you can personalize your content for each website visitor based on location, source, device, language, or any other detail stored in your HubSpot CRM, from demographic information to your contacts’ interactions with your brand.
You can either buy HubSpot’s CMS as a standalone product, or as an add-on to HubSpot's all-in-one marketing software.
With award-winning, fully customizable website templates designed by their own team of web designers, Squarespace gives you the ability to craft some of the most visually aesthetic websites that a website builder can possibly develop.
Squarespace also offers some robust marketing tools, like email campaigns, SEO features, blogging, social integration, analytics, lead capture features, a map of your store location, calendars, and an online store builder.
Additionally, Squarespace offers dozens of integrations to amplify your design and marketing efforts, like Getty Images, Unsplash, Eventbrite, Disqus, PayPal, OpenTable, Google Maps, Google AMP, and more.
Weebly also lets you store your contacts in a contact database, write blog posts, create and send emails, share content on your social profiles, analyze your SEO, and examine your website analytics. If you have an online store, you can even create Facebook ads inside of their platform.
Additionally, Weebly will host your website on their servers for free, transfer your domain from another website builder, keep your website safe by offering SSL security and DDoS protection, and provides 24/7 email & chat support.
Tailored for small businesses, Google Sites can automatically generate your company’s information on your website with information from your Google My Business profile. You can also customize your website’s text, photos, and design themes. Additionally, Google Sites are mobile responsive, can use custom domains, and can display your Google Maps location.
Shopify also provides over 70 website themes, customizable templates, a blogging platform, and access to your website’s HTML and CSS, which allows you to intuitively build a robust website for your online store. Additionally, Shopify enables you to build your brand by offering SEO tools, social media integration, the ability to sell your products on Facebook, analytics reports, and an integration with Google Analytics.
If you need help building your store, Shopify can connect you with a retail expert to photograph your inventory, market your store, set up your website, and even help you create 3D models of your products.
Originally published Feb 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM, updated December 16 2019