There are now more tools than ever before for building a blog or website. Many of these tools fall under the category of website builders. These are very useful for people who want to build a website quickly without having to worry about coding. Let's look at some of the questions you should ask before making your choice.

How Much Does it Cost?

Pricing for website builders is not always a straightforward matter. Many web hosts offer a free website builder, but then you have to factor in the overall cost of the hosting. When it comes to other free website builders, you will probably be encouraged to upgrade to a paid plan. For this reason, you have to carefully consider what features you need and if these are included in any free website builder.

Can You Use Your Own Domain?

This is an important consideration, as it's not really your own website if you don't own the domain. Some free website builders have options to upgrade where you can use your own domain. If you're using a web host's website builder, you will probably have a domain so this won't be an issue. Keep in mind that websites that use third party domains are harder to rank for in the search engines and more difficult to brand in any way. For example, instead of your site being www.mysite.com, it will be something like www.websitebuildername/mysite.com.

How Many Themes or Templates are Available?

The theme or template determines the basic look your website will have. This includes a certain layout and may be geared to a specific interest or business. For example, there are website templates for photography sites, real estate sites, restaurants, sports and just about any category you can think of. The more templates a website building tool offers, the easier it is to customize your site and give it the look you want.

What Features and Capabilities are Offered?

Websites today have all kinds of features, widgets and plugins. Depending on what type of site you are building, you may want to include photo galleries, videos, slideshows, Google Maps, social media widgets and other features on your site. Before choosing a website builder, make sure it offers all of the capabilities you need.

Is it User Friendly?

The whole point of a website builder is that it should be simple to use. These are tools designed for people without a great deal of technical experience. That's why they are set up so you can build a site in a step-by-step, point and click manner. Still, some website builders are more user friendly than others. You can usually get a good idea about this by looking over the site. You can also look up reviews and ratings for the service to see what past and present customers think.

What if I have more questions?

We hope these FAQs have helped you in deciding which website builder is right for you, our website builder articles might be of assistance, as they provide a number of background articles about website builders.

If you still have questions you are free to contact us at contact@top10websitebuilders.ca and we’ll do our best to assist.