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    Hi Nick.
    I have used Weebly for a number of years now. It has been very reliable and, adding pages to each site is simple and easy. It also doesn’t seem to slow it down. Like others, though, it is a pain for email. Not sure why charging $5 to 6 a month for a single email is cost effective. For novice builders their site builder is very easy to use.
    Great article, thanks for sharing.

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    Some WordPress fact checking! Hi there, I know that everybody has different likings in some way. Just want to say something regardings WordPress.
    You don’t need much programming skills as you can set up a site very fast. You can go to almost any website host from GoDaddy to Gator etc. and start your site pretty quick. – It certainly helps to have some skill but you can progress with the WordPress along the way. The wordpress help and support community is so vast that you will almost always find an answer to a problem. Because there are so many wordpress developers. You can spend a lifetime picking up free themes and free tools that are wordpress based. WordPress is like the Ford Model T with the option to build a supercar. You can switch hosting providers if you want. But you can’t do that with Wix. I was looking for some unbiased information and that’s how I found your site. Because it’s an org. I don’t see unbiased information here however. Aside from wix, wordpress etc. You might want to spell out these are merely the platforms. You are not going to get anywhere without SEO, content planning and content creation.

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      Hey Frank, we are big fans of WordPress ourselves. This very site was built with WordPress. However, this post is about website builders, not self-hosted solutions or content management systems. And, of course, having a website is just the beginning. To make it successful, you also need to learn about SEO, content, and other forms of marketing. We actually have a post on that very topic: /increase-website-traffic/

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    I work for a co-op and looking to create a new website with wix. We would have hundreds documents in pdf. Is there a limit to this?

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      Hey Mandi, the only limit I can think of is the amount of storage available to you depending on the plan you choose. Aside from that, website builders usually don’t have rules for the number of files. If you want to be sure, I advise you get in touch with Wix support.

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    Hey thank you so much for this article!

    It was really helpful. I do have a question regarding what platform I should use for my eCommerce business venture. I currently using WordPress that I use for my blog and thinking to use woo commerce.

    I have loved working with WP, but I am starting a marketing business online and want something that allows me to build a store for me and other businesses quickly, and be able to do a broad range of things since I would be building for other people I would need that flexibility. Also, does need something that offers a sales funnel.

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    Unfortunately website builders such as Wix and Squarespace typically have in their Terms of Use that they co-own any content you publish and they are free to reuse it without your permission even to the point of monetizing it.

    Also WordPress.org (the software) is 100% free and WordPress.com that you list is simply a hosting company that only utilizes the WordPress software. So that’s not a fair comparison of Website Builders.

    I personally wouldn’t use Wix, Squarespace, or probably any other the others you list except WordPress. I definitely wouldn’t use the Godaddy Builder, it’s horrific.

    I would get my own hosting and build my website for free using the plethora of themes and plugins that’s available for WordPress, specifically I would use the Elementor page builder plugin. Just my 2cents and I build websites so I’ve dealt with a lot of different CMS’ out there.

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        Thank you, Nick. Very helpful article.
        I like to have a basic website for tutoring at home of the customer.
        I like to have a Smartphone friendly (responsive) Website and a “Call me” Button. Also it would be nice to have a (contact) Form, where the customer write the ZIP Code and have the pricing of the area. Also a top Level Domain .com .
        I was thinking in Wix or WordPress. But I don’t have experience with making Website.
        What Website builder do you recommend?
        What ist the cheapest option für me?
        Does someone have an idea?
        Sorry for my English. I’m Not a native speaker.

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          Hey Simon, if you need a very simple website usually Wix would be a good idea. However, I don’t know if they can accommodate your contact form needs like that. WordPress might have some plugin solution for that but I don’t know any from the top of my head. However, nothing a little research can’t answer.

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    Sure, Squarspace isn’t that cheap. But there are NO hidden fees or complicated stuff. Trust me, I’ve tried everything, but they are all disappointing. Squarespace has not suspended me or those stupid rules other site builders have. You’ve got to pay more to do some advanced stuff like coding but there is always a workaround. It’s the best platform I have ever found!

    Although true, customer service can be annoying and slow but I always get what am looking for in the end. They are always willing to stay with you even if you take 30 minutes to just to fix your issue. At least that covers up the slowness.

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    Your report was exactly what I was looking for, thanks for doing all that research. It is daunting to change my website hosting & building. I am a long time Adobe muse user and hosting with GoDaddy and now I feel abandoned by both, as Muse is being discontinued and GoDaddy seems more interested in selling me more services than supporting what I already have.

    I need a change and you are helping me hone it down with your insightful information…..Thanks again!

    Barbara

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    Wix is awful. If you’re putting a one or two page together it’s fine, but as you add pages, it becomes unstable. Objects begin to move around on their own and it was a thoroughly unpleasant experience.

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    I have a Weebly site. I’m so disappointed that I’m thinking of un-publishing it. Their ‘help’ is terrible. My site is built. I paid to have a .com rather than the .weebly.com. My url isn’t showing up in Google’s SEO. Weebly said I’d have to contact an SEO expert. When I asked if they could recommend someone, they say no. Google doesn’t recognize my url. When I Google my name my url doesn’t come up. I need a website that I can control because as an author my information changes weekly, but Weebly isn’t working for me. I even asked the person on the help line if I could go back and use the .weebly.com to get my url active, and her response was, “oh, you don’t want to do that.”

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      Hey Loretta, I’m sorry to hear you are having a bad experience with Weebly. I would recommend you google for site:yourdomain.com (exchange your actual domain for yourdomain.com). If your site doesn’t show up then, it is not being indexed. In that case, something is blocking it from being indexed, which is something the Weebly support should be able to help you with.

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