What are the best resources for building websites?

asked by Ted Birchmore
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    #1Squarespace

    Squarespace

    Squarespace is a web based web builder that allows users to build and host their website, with a beautifully designed template, which can be chosen from a highly polished selection. 

    Software

    Web

    $12- Varies by plan

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  2. 39

    #2Wix

    Wix
    Wix is a free website builder available online. It helps users create custom websites using drag-and-drop tools, font and color customization, and various design features. Custom domains and SEO services are also available.
    Online Tools

    Free- Varies by plan

    Melissa Taylor
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Building a website can be daunting, there is a lot to learn from scratch. Wix lets you get up and running by doing most of the boring tedious work for you."
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    #3WordPress

    WordPress
    WordPress is an open-sourced web development tool available on web, iOS, and Android platforms. Users sign up for free to start building blogs, personal sites, business sites or online stores. 24/7 support is also available via email and forums.
    Online Tools

    Free- Varies by plan

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    #4Weebly

    Weebly

    Weebly is an online tool where users can build professional websites or online stores for free. Its features include a drag-and-drop builder, custom fonts, and an image editor. This resource is also available on iOS and Android.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

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    #5Strikingly

    Strikingly

    Strikingly is a free website builder that helps users create, edit, publish and manage websites. Users also get 24/7 support by live chat or email. Use it on your desktop or any iOS or Android device.

    Software

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- $20/month

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    #6Simbla

    Simbla

    Simbla is a web based software that lets you design amazing websites. It's a responsive, easy, Bootstrap3 based website builder that also offers app building and app market services.

    Software

    Web

    Free- $48/month

    Jerry Lucas
    Written on March 3, 2017
    "Simbla is a package program that helps you build websites and applications. Although Simbla is very useful, I would like to see a source just focused on websites only, even for beginners and professionals."
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    #7Adobe Dreamweaver

    Adobe Dreamweaver

    Dreamweaver CC has a modern interface and a fast, flexible coding engine to give web designers and front-end developers easier ways to create, code, and manage websites that look amazing on any size screen.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $20.99- Varies by plan

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  5. 24

    #8Jimdo

    Jimdo

    Jimdo allows you to create websites and online stores in minutes, with beautiful layouts and optimized for search. 

    Software

    Web

    Free- $15/year

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    #9PageCloud

    PageCloud

    PageCloud is a simple tool for building your own website. It also can be extremely useful for affiliation tasks, in case you are looking for something that allows you to create a website very fast. 

    Websites

    George Carlson
    Written on January 17, 2018
    "PageCloud is a clean, responsive website that is a gateway to building your own clean and responsive websites. They easily allow people with little to no experience to setup their own beautifully designed websites, saving them thousands on designers."
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    #10CoffeeCup

    CoffeeCup
    CoffeeCup is a responsive web design tool tha allows you to design visually without writing any code. Users can build websites with the Bootstrap and Foundation frameworks. It works on Windows and OSX and includes a 21-day free trial.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    $189- Free trial available

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    #11openElement

    openElement

    openElement is a free web authoring software for creative professionals that lets you build a solid & responsive website easily.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

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    #12BigCommerce

    BigCommerce

    BigCommerce is an e-commerce platform that lets you customize your site, manage shipping and payments, and list your products on Amazon, eBay, and Facebook.

    Software

    Web

    $29.95- Varies by plan

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    #13Shopify

    Shopify
    Shopify is a customizable eCommerce solution or platform that adapts to your needs. This software allows users to sell stuff online or on social media platforms, in store, and more.
    Software

    Web

    $29- Varies by plan

    Zachary Taylor
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "I have been building a small business selling customized metal art and have been wanting to sell my work online. I needed to find the best resource for building a website to start selling products online. I checked out "Shopify" and it was exactly what I needed. It allowed me to make a customized site that was uniquely adapted to my eCommerce needs. I would definitely recommend Shopfiy to anyone else that is looking to create an online market. "
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    #14Balsamiq

    Balsamiq
    Balsamiq is a prototyping tool that lets you build mockups with ease. Thanks to its drag & drop system, anyone can create a mockup from scratch without previous experience.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $12- Varies by plan

    Janice Burke
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is a good tool for making mockups but not for building actual websites. "
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    #15Mockplus

    Mockplus
    Mockplus is a simple drag-and-drop tool that lets you build interactive prototypes easily. A set of pre-designed components, including Pop-up Panel, Stack Panel, Scroll Box, SlidingDrawer and Image Carousel enable you create full interactions faster and easier. 
    Software

    Android, iOS, Mac, Windows

    $29- Free trial available

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    #16Joomla!

    Joomla!

    Joomla! is a free and open source mobile-ready and user-friendly way to build a website. It lets you choose from thousands of features and designs and has a highly customizable CMS.

    Software

    Web

    Free

    Judith Hart
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "This is a great product for helping you build your own website. The Joomla website itself is very easy to navigate and provides a friendly interface. The tools they give you to help build the site range from beginner to advanced, so all skill levels should be able to take advantage of the Joomla services, from businesses to schools and churches to individuals. Very versatile!"
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    #17Above the Fold

    Above the Fold

    Above the Fold is a different kind of web design book, it's about the fundamentals of clear graphic communication within the context of Web design. 

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    Brian Chapman
    Written on September 27, 2017
    "As a web designer, I am always looking for new resources to help me create better websites. I recently bought and read Above the Fold which is a book about web design. I believed that this would be a another great resource for me but I found a large issue. In many sections, there’s only a very brief and rough explanations on how to do things. "
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    #18HTML & CSS: A Beginner's Guide

    HTML & CSS: A Beginner's Guide

    This book offers practical guidance, examples and know how without the long boring technical fluff and how to apply it to related Web development issues. 

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    Maria Robinson
    Written on October 1, 2017
    "The book is extremely useful. The language is understandable for a difficult concept. The price is a bit high, but sometimes you get what you pay for. I liked the layout and the flow of the book. It started by giving me information that was basic and then built upon the concepts that I already knew about. By the time I got to learning about developing a website I felt comfortable learning the new language."
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    #19Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS

    Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS

    This book introduces you to HTML and CSS as you follow along with the author, step-by-step, to build a fully functional web site from the ground up.

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    Henry Lynch
    Written on September 4, 2017
    "I wanted to keep this book around as reference material but it really just has not aged well. Web standards and style keep aging at a rapid rate and this book is just old and full of outdated knowledge that's both highly technical and completely obsolete. "
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    #20BracketsNinja

    BracketsNinja

    With BracketsNinja marketers can create their own customized brackets, integrate them into their site and manage them online. BracketsNinja's intuitive interface makes it very easy to create brackets, no prior knowledge is required. 

    Websites

    Free- $99

    César Amador
    Written on November 6, 2017
    "I have a pub and I was thinking about putting together something on my computer for the Final Four this year. I ran across BracketsNinja and I was really impressed at the design and ease you use. I am not a programmer, just a bar owner. But I dabble in computer programming and this was super easy to use and create a bracket for my next tournament. "
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    #21Levobuilder

    Levobuilder

    Levobuilder is an online service that would help build your dream website from providing blogs, subscription services, e-commerce, and many more. It has more than 500 designer-made templates and hundreds of the best sales funnels. 

    Websites

    $9.99- Varies by plan

    Judith Bryant
    Written on October 1, 2019
    "Thanks to Levobuilder I was able to get my desired design of my blog website that I have been using for years already. I noticed that after i changed my design more people have been visiting my blog since my traffic has been increasing. Again thank you so muchie!!!"

Summary

Best What are the best resources for building websites
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1SquarespaceSoftware 41 Paid
2WixOnline Tools 39 Free
3WordPressOnline Tools 36 Free
4WeeblyWebsites 34 Free
5StrikinglySoftware 31 Free
6SimblaSoftware 28 Free
7Adobe DreamweaverSoftware 26 Paid
8JimdoSoftware 24 Free
9PageCloudWebsites 23 Paid
10CoffeeCupSoftware 22 Paid
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