Which style of website builder is right for you?

Though building a website can seem like a difficult task at the outset, it’s actually quite a bit easier than writing computer programs thanks to many kinds of automatic website builders. While website builders don’t give you as much control overall website as you would have if you built it yourself from scratch, they give you enough control for almost any website. There are two different approaches to automatic website builders: form based website builders and drag and drop builders.

Form or template based website builders are the slightly more common type. At the easier end of the design spectrum, tools like Blogger or Webs.com give you a limited choice of highly structured templates. While your website is limited in customizability, these limited choices make it incredibly quick to set up a website. At the other end of the spectrum, tools like WordPress, Wix, and Weebly give the ability to customize more or less everything on your website. If you know anything about website design, like HTML or CSS, you can customize your website even further.

Form based builders are great for those new to website design or for someone who needs to quickly set up a simple website for any reason. Many of the companies mentioned above offer free websites with their advertising on it using their domain name, but for a small fee you can put the site at your own domain name and remove most or all of their branding. This gives your site a professional, customized look without the expensive of hiring a web developer to create a website from scratch.

Drag and drop website builders can be more complicated. Some, though not all, of this type of website builder require basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The advantages of using a drag and drop website builder are that you have much more control over the appearance of your website, and your website looks unique. Even advanced development tools like Adobe Dreamweaver usually have some drag and drop features the speed up website creation. A similar type of website building tools is called WYSIWYG, or What You See Is What You Get. These tools have a simple browser like interface where you design your website, and may feature drag and drop tools.

The needs of your website and your skill level determine which type of website builder is right for you. If you’re following a tutorial or taking a class to learn web design, then your instructor might prefer one particular development tool. This will probably be the easiest one for you to use. Otherwise, check out the example website builders we’ve listed here and do your own research to find the perfect tool for your site. Even if you’ve never made a website before, with help from some pre-made templates you can have a website created in little time.