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10 Best Website Builders to Easily Build Your Own Site

10 Best Website Builders to Easily Build Your Own Site

We browse through various websites daily on the Internet, seeking all kinds of knowledge, information, products, services, and whatever else the Internet has to offer. But if you yourself are a sharer on the Internet, then you probably want a website to pour you knowledge into.

You can hire a programmer or a company to build a decent-looking website of your own (if you are big on the wallet). Or you can do it yourself if you are enthusiastic enough to do so.

Getting your own website used to be a huge hassle. Thankfully, online site builders have simplified the task. There’s an abundance of website-building tools and services available on the market. Here below, we present to you 10 of the best website builders to help you easily build your own website.

1. WordPress

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    About one-fifth of the websites on the web are built with WordPress. WordPress, being an open-source platform, offers a huge array of templates, themes and plugins to be downloaded for free or bought for a premium price.

    It sure demands you invest a little time learning your ways around it but it offers you a level of customization like no other. Although questions are raised sometimes about its security, you can rest assured to find fixes and answers to any of your questions, given the fact that it has a big, robust community of users and developers.

    Nonetheless, WordPress excels when it comes to ready-made themes, mobile-optimized templates, and widgets that allow you to include everything from comments to images. There are even tools which can help you find what WordPress theme is used by a site you particularly like.

    2. Weebly

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      Weebly has been on the market long enough to be one of the favorites among those who use template-based website builders. The drag and drop features offer WYSIWYG solutions to neatly build websites from novice to advanced designers.

      The customization options are limited to inserting elements into designated areas of your page, but there are plenty of options to help you choose the template of your liking. One of its outstanding features is that it allows you to download your entire website as a ZIP file in case you want to move it to a standard web-hosting service.

      It also packs a set of e-commerce tools if you are looking to put up an online store.

      3. GoDaddy

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        GoDaddy is known mostly for its inexpensive domain registration and site hosting. It also sells online website builder accounts which are easy to use, stylish, and minimalistic. This could be just the thing for those who don’t have much talent in designing and want to quickly build a good looking website.

        The tools are to-the-point, intuitive and easy to use with drag and drop interface. The storage and bandwidth offers are generous, but they do not offer mobile-site creation and do not have the blogging and ecommerce tools. While it has no freemium package, the premium packages get the top-notch customer support.

        4. Wix

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          Wix is recognized for its simplicity offered without compromising possibilities. It is a free website builder in the market which powers over 70 million websites. Your website will be hosted with their subdomain, if you opt for the free account while the paid accounts offer you more, including a customized URL.

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          There are thousands of extremely user-friendly HTML templates with powerful, intuitive interface, plus mobile site-building tools (although the sites aren’t strictly responsive). Blogging tools are available for the bloggers and also e-commerce tools to put up a storefront.

          It provides a wide array of third-party services and a flexible customization service that allows you to separately customize an accompanying mobile site

          5. Shopify

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            Shopify is the all-in-one ecommerce solution which is currently powering over 200,000 online shops. It’s been praised by thousands of its users and the reviewers as the best online shop builder currently available in the market.

            With 24/7-available, top-performing support system, Shopify has all sorts of tools to meet the extended functionalities of your online store. It gives you over 100 professional-looking, premium templates to choose from with mobile e-commerce abilities. Everything related to the e-commerce portion is taken care of by Shopify so you can focus on other aspects of your business. It is truly a one-stop ecommerce solution.

            6. SquareSpace

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              SquareSpace stands out from the crowd of website builders because of its responsive, visually stimulating templates. There’s not much you have to worry about the mobile site creation since everything is mobile-ready. It automatically generates a mobile site from the site you built for desktop browsers.

              It gives you extensive styling options to customize your website design easily without having to edit codes. However, it gives competent designers choices to insert their own HTML, CSS and JavaScript codes.

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              Although it doesn’t offer free accounts, the paid accounts are not very expensive and you get 24/7 customer support. It also supports ecommerce site building like Wix and Weebly.

              7. Jimdo

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                Jimdo is another WYSIWYG website builder with lots of site customization options and good mobile support with reasonable prices. The freemium package, JimdoFree, provides you enough tools to build a functional website with not so steep learning curve.

                It is actually e-commerce oriented, so it has above average ecommerce features, but that does not restrict you to build a good website other than an online shop such as an Instagram search engine.

                It has a large community with multiple language support and features for social integration. It even launched the first iPad app for site building—the first of its kind.

                8. BigCommerce

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                  BigCommerce gives you a comprehensive set of e-commerce tools that you actually use to build your online shop. The biggest plus point that BigCommerce offers is that it allows you to build a fully integrated and synchronized store on various social channels to help you grow your sales.

                  The templates are mobile friendly and professional looking while the BigCommerce apps let you extend functionalities as your business grows. It is the next big contender among the online store builders after Shopify.

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                  9. IM Creator

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                    IM Creator is the one you want if you prefer to have a quick launch without having to spend much time designing and preparing your website. It comes with pre-populated templates with sample contents which you can quickly replace with your own content and publish.

                    The templates are image rich and professional looking with a pure drag-and-drop editor. The websites are all mobile ready and the customer support responds you within 12 hours, which isn’t bad given the fact that they manage 3 million websites.

                    10. LightCMS

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                      LightCMS gives you roughly 100 different pre-made templates to choose from while offering a basic set of CMS tools as well as a rich set of ecommerce tools. This lightweight builder allows you to directly add and edit contents while browsing your page instead of featuring a central dashboard editor.

                      The templates are responsive, but don’t really let you customize the mobile experience, although the desktop sites offer options for the advance users to design the website with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

                      Site-traffic monitoring and optimization for search engines are made easy with a set of SEO and analytical tools.

                      Featured photo credit: Blogger Tolly Moseley Portrait by Marisa Vasquez via Flickr via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

                          Daytum

                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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