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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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                      Published on September 20, 2018

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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