Skip to main content

10 things to know before choosing a website builder

At one point or another, creating an online presence is something that should have crossed almost everyone’s mind. Why? Because everything we do in this day and age revolves around the web. 

Higher growth potential and a wider pool of consumers for businesses can all be attained if the right website is made. When it comes to creating a solid online presence,the best  website builder services and web hosting providers are key ingredients to making that happen.

Finding the right tools is imperative to your online success, but you need to know what you’re looking for. So if you are starting up a website and are scouring through website builders, here’s 10 things you need to know and look out for before you lock in and purchase.

1. Pricing and renewal cost 

It is important to have a rough budget of what you are willing to spend on a website builder in order for things not to get out of hand, say if a renewal cost varies from the original price you paid to purchase the service.

For example, Bluehost Website Builder has a Pro plan that is priced at $9.95 per month, for a 12-month subscription that renews at $14.99 per month. Its Online Store will similarly cost you $24.99 per month for the same duration, and renews at $39.95 per month.

So if you plan to stick it out with the website builder you’ve chosen, it’s important to check the renewal cost so it doesn’t come as a surprise when the bill comes. Several providers offer free website builder services, but charge anywhere between $5-$25 per month for packages that provide features most websites or businesses may not need.

2. Ease of use 

If you aren't a professional web developer or have no coding experience, you’ll most likely want to pick a website builder that is extremely simple to use and navigate. 

One of the easiest ways to build a website is to use a provider that offers a drag-and-drop system, allowing you to simply pick a template before dragging all the features and elements you need..

For example, Wix has over 800 designer-made templates that cover all types of websites, from a recipe blog to a wedding event site, and from a car mechanic business to a consultancy. 

Such services mean beginners can still get professional quality websites made without needing to pay for a web developer or a website design service.

3. Customer service support 

Many of the best website builders on the market offer quality 24/7 customer support, but not all offer the same level of assistance.

Some offer live chat support, while others offer phone or email options - and some website builders offer all three.

If you have a query that can be answered by looking on the provider’s FAQ page, you will certainly need an option available to help whenever you need it.

4. Mobile friendly 

In an age where smartphones have become the miniature computers we all carry around in our pockets, having a mobile-friendly online presence is imperative. 

Most website builders give you the option to edit your site on a desktop, tablet or mobile setting to help you see what your users will see when they visit your site. Using a mobile website builder with device preview gives you peace of mind that your website will always perform at its best. 

Zyro offers a builder with a mobile-first approach that has responsive templates to fit the dimensions of a phone, tablet or desktop screen. The last thing you want is a great looking website that works perfectly on a desktop, but is hardly legible on a smartphone. 

5. Domain 

Every website builder differs when it comes to the specific features it offers. Some website builders such as Gator offer free domain name registration for a year.

If you have already purchased a domain using a domain registrar, this feature will not necessarily be an important one for you.

Every website needs a domain name that is catchy and unique to your brand or business, so it’s important to think about this before you choose a website builder and start creating your site. 

6. Reviews 

The best way to gauge which website builders can be as simple as reading reviews. Getting some information on the website builders you have in mind before you test for yourself could save a lot of time and could eliminate the process of testing out multiple builders.

We’ve tested and reviewed over 160 website builder and web hosting providers, and have honed in on the most important elements each service offers.  

7. Storage 

When it comes to the amount of storage you need for your website, it will always vary based on the type of site you want to build.

For the average advanced user, 30 GB is usually plenty, and is the standard offered by  many of the top website builder services around.

For more sophisticated websites that require more space, most builders offer unlimited storage when you pick packages on the higher price scale of its offerings. Weebly, for example, offers 500 MB storage for its free plan, but unlimited storage if you purchase its pro plan.

Once you know the type of website you want to create, you can very quickly determine just how much storage you are likely going to need.

8. SEO capabilities 

Building a website is one thing, having a site that ranks highly on Google is another. You always want your website to be visible for potential users, and that’s where SEO tools come in. 

Check for a website builder that offers SEO tools, which will give you the ability to add keyword tags to your site. Some builders even allow you to add SEO data for your entire website. SEO tools make it simpler and easier to ensure that your website is optimized for performance, as well as being able to manage and monitor your search engine rankings.

9. Ecommerce capabilities 

Although only applicable to those who want to build an online store and sell products or services, picking a website builder that has ecommerce capabilities will provide you with the best place to showcase your merchandise, help with online transactions and track your financial progress in the easiest way.

Most website builders offer ecommerce plans, therefore knowing how many products you plan to sell, how you want to promote those products and the types of payments you are willing to accept should all be key factors in your choice.

When you look at an ecommerce website builder such as Shopify, it offers users complete control over a store’s design, and no matter what plan you choose.

10. Web hosting 

 Last but by far not the least is web hosting. To host your site, you will need to pick a top quality web hosting provider that offers the most appropriate solution that you can afford.

From shared hosting to VPS hosting, there are hosting services that cater to all types of websites online. The type of website you want to create will determine the type of hosting service you choose, as many web hosting services are user friendly and come with 24/7 customer support.

Before you go 

Remember, these tips are only a guideline to help you along your journey to building a successful website and expanding your online presence.

Website builder services are the perfect solution for those looking to build a professional website on a budget. The do-it-yourself approach these services promote saves you time and money, and can help you bring your online vision to life.



Source: TechRadar

Popular posts from this blog

Twitter has hidden the chronological feed on iOS again – and I'm furious

In a controversial move, Twitter has brought back a feature that removes the 'Latest Tweets' view for users on iOS, which is something that many users, including me, hated back in March 2022 – and it's now rolling out. The first time the company decided to do this, 'Home' would appear first in a tab at the top, and there was no way of changing it so that 'Latest Tweets' would be the default view. It was reverted back after the company said it was a 'bug' for iOS users. This time though, it's no bug. Instead, it's 'For You' and 'Following' where you can only swipe between them now, which doesn't make much sense for a platform where you're using the platform to keep up to date with who you follow. It's a bizarre change that makes me ask – who wants this, especially during a time when its new owner, Elon Musk, is bringing in and reversing changes almost every week still? This one change will have big consequenc

This new Linux malware floods machines with cryptominers and DDoS bots

Cybersecurity researchers have spotted a new Linux malware downloader that targets poorly defended Linux servers with cryptocurrency miners and DDoS IRC bots. Researchers from ASEC discovered the attack after the Shell Script Compiler (SHC) used to create the downloader was uploaded to VirusTotal. Apparently, Korean users were the ones uploading the SHC, and it’s Korean users who are targets, as well. Further analysis has shown that the threat actors are going after poorly defended Linux servers, brute-forcing their way into administrator accounts over SSH.  Mining Monero Once they make their way in, they’ll either install a cryptocurrency miner, or a DDoS IRC bot. The miner being deployed is XMRig, arguably the most popular cryptocurrency miner among hackers. It uses the computing power of a victim's endpoints to generate Monero, a privacy-oriented cryptocurrency whose transactions are seemingly impossible to track, and whose users are allegedly impossible to identify. Fo

Port of Lisbon hit by ransomware attack

One of Europe’s busiest seaports, the Port of Lisbon, has been hit with a ransomware attack that knocked some of its digital systems offline. "All safety protocols and response measures provided for this type of occurrence were quickly activated, the situation being monitored by the National Cybersecurity Center and the Judicial Police," a statement shared by the Port of Lisbon Administration (APL) with local media earlier this week said. The incident failed to impact the port’s operations, but did take its official website, portodelisboa.pt, offline. LockBit taking responsibility "The Port of Lisbon Administration is working permanently and closely with all competent entities in order to guarantee the security of the systems and respective data," the statement concludes. While the company doesn’t explicitly say it was targeted with ransomware, the LockBit ransomware operator has added APL to its leaks website, taking responsibility for the hit.  The databas

Code-generating tools could be more of a security hindrance than help

New research by a group of Stanford-affiliated researchers has uncovered that code-generating AI tools such as Github Copilot can present more security risks than many users may realize. The study looked specifically at Codex, a product of OpenAI, of which Elon Musk is among the co-founders.  Codex powers the Microsoft-owned GitHub Copilot platform, which is designed to make coding easier and more accessible by translating natural language into code and suggesting changes based on contextual evidence. AI-coding problems Lead co-author of the study, Neil Perry, explains that “code-generating systems are currently not a replacement for human developers”. The study asked 47 developers of differing abilities to use Codex for security-related problems, using Python, JavaScript and C programming languages. It concluded that the participants who relied on Codex were more likely to write insecure code compared with a control group. Read more > These are the best laptops for progr