What Are the Top Website Builders Offering in 2017?
Website builder platforms have existed for years, but there was a time when they were only useful for the simplest of personal websites. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case.
Every year, the companies behind these platforms continue to unveil exciting new features and capabilities, and now even the most demanding businesses can use them to create powerful, stunning websites.
Here’s a breakdown of how the top five web-building platforms are raising the bar in 2017.
1. Wix Can Build a Website With Artificial Intelligence
With millions of customers worldwide, Wix is one of the most popular website builders on the planet. Users love Wix because the straightforward page builder makes it easy for anyone to build their dream website in minutes.
Pretty soon, users will be able to cut out most of the existing legwork entirely, and it’s all thanks to Wix ADI.
Wix ADI, or “Artificial Design Intelligence,” is already in beta mode and open to select customers. It begins by asking the user a few simple questions about who they are and what they’re trying to achieve.
Based on the provided information, Wix ADI custom-builds a 100% unique website that’s tailored to the user’s needs. It even includes custom images, videos, and text. Just check out the demo.
If the user isn’t happy with the images or text that Wix ADI chooses, they can just hover their mouse over the unwanted element and click “Replace.” Then they can make their own customisations as they see fit. They can even change the layout to something more suitable.
Wix ADI is remarkably intuitive because it was developed based on data from 80 million Wix customers. Though it’s available in limited release now, it’s expected to be fully unveiled in the first quarter of 2017. Best of all, it will be available to users at all membership levels.
Other new Wix features include a stunning slideshow creation tool, native Google Maps integration, and customised mobile menu designs.
Check out Wix to learn more or get started.
2. Web.com - A Website Builder Just for Online Stores
Web.com, another industry leader, is getting serious about ecommerce. In recent months, the company unveiled a new website builder specifically for online sellers. In the past, ecommerce customers had to rely on the standard website builder with a simple shopping cart add-on. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case.
The new ecommerce platform includes:
More than 300 custom templates for different industries
Secure order processing
A web dashboard that’s optimised for store management
Online marketing tools for newsletters, email subscribers, analytics, and more
For those who want to give themselves every entrepreneurial advantage, Web.com now offers Premium Agency Services. Launched in the summer of 2015, this plan provides Web.com customers with their very own dedicated team of account management professionals.
These professionals handle web design, SEO, lead generation, pay-per-click campaigns (like Google AdWords), and even social media marketing. You don’t have to lift a finger, but you call all the shots. The service also comes with 24/7 support, and pricing is calculated based on the individual needs of the customer.
Finally, Web.com now offers a variety of options that enable you to protect your website from hackers and thieves. This is accomplished using different types of SSL (“Secure Sockets Layer”) certificates, which automatically encrypt all of the data that’s transmitted from your website.
For instance, small businesses can purchase a Thawte certificate for protection at an affordable cost, and larger businesses can protect their site with an Extended Validation SSL from Symantec (formerly VeriSign).
Visit Web.com to explore the new features.
3. eHost - Offering Massive Cloud Storage for Next to Nothing
eHost is renowned for their low prices, and now they’re sweetening the deal even more by offering a 50% discount to new customers.
For the first year of membership, users can enjoy all the robust features of the eHost website builder and hosting plan for just $2.75 per month. This comes with an array of added bonuses like $100 in Google AdWords credits, $100 in Yahoo!/Bing credits, and even a free domain.
One of the biggest added perks, though, is the 1GB of cloud storage that’s now included with every membership. eHost has partnered with JustCloud, one of the most secure and trusted cloud providers on the market, to enhance their customers’ experiences.
This is a major advantage, as very few website builders offer cloud storage in addition to their standard web storage. With JustCloud storage, users can:
Fully back up their site, protecting it in the event of an outage or hack
Access data easily from any device
Sync data from multiple devices
Best of all, this free cloud storage comes in addition to the unlimited web storage that eHost already offers to all members.
Consider taking advantage of this unbeatable deal from eHost.
4. Weebly - A New Suite of Features for Businesses
Weebly, another power player in the world of DIY web building, recently announced the release of Weebly 4. This updated platform includes a host of exquisite new features for entrepreneurs, including:
Video background integration
Branded store email capabilities
Store management tools
Online shipping rates
New industry-specific templates
Ecommerce stores are now more customisable than ever, and the layouts are gorgeous. Check out the new Weebly features.
5. 1&1 - Just Made Things a Whole Lot Easier
1&1 has long been a trusted hosting provider, but the company is also making massive strides with its website builder. 1&1 MyWebsite already offers access to over 20 million stock images and thousands of professionally designed templates, and now the platform has a wealth of new features that simplify the site-building process.
Unveiled back in October, the new features include enhanced Google Maps integration and an updated website editor that makes it easier to drag and drop elements on a page.
There’s even a brand new site wizard that walks users through the entire process of building a website.
1&1 has also simplified the process of creating subpages with the click of a mouse. Best of all, every feature is now touch-optimised, which means that users can easily build a website right from their tablet.
Explore all of the new 1&1 features.
If simplicity is the top concern, check out Wix. If you want to take advantage of an incredible deal, hurry on over to eHost.
If you want to get your online business on track for success, check out the new Web.com features.
About Chris Scalise
Chris Scalise has worked with major website builders since the early days of Adobe PageMill. For more than a decade, he has been addressing the web building and content management needs of leading online businesses like Coalition Technologies and Opposing Views. In his spare time, he reviews website design and creation.