7 Easiest Website Builders for Beginners in 2019

Jazmine Betz
Jazmine Betz  |  January 24, 2019

Building an online presence is a keystone of modern business.

That all starts with a beautiful, branded website to showcase your product or service in the best light possible. Creating a website from the ground up has been simplified by website builders, but the process can still appear daunting, especially for small-business owners with a lot on their plate.

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We’re presenting the top 7 website builders (ranked easiest to use by G2 Crowd reviewers) so you can get your business on the web in no time.  

The products below are listed in order, with the easiest to use at the top. All of the information below is based on each product’s plans for websites. Plans will often be different for e-commerce sites.

Placements have been determined based on comparative usability ratings found on the G2 Crowd's Easiest to Use Website Builder tab. Exact placements can shift as new reviews come in, and the order products are listed in here are current as of January 24, 2019.

For products with G2 Crowd verified user reviews, we have included:

  • G2 Crowd star rating
  • User recommendations for those considering the product

Easiest website builders in 2019

Product reviews and G2 Crowd star ratings were updated as of January 23, 2019

1. Google Sites

google-website-builderProduct Name: Google Sites
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5.0 stars (233 reviews)

 

 

Overview

The tech giant Google has a product for almost everything, and website builders are no exception. Google Sites is affordable and integrates with other popular Google software solutions many businesses already have in place. Google Sites also makes it easy to collaborate within the platform in real time.

Free option

  • Requires consumer account

Paid option

  • Basic, $5/user/month: 30 GB storage
  • Business, $10/user/month: Basic features, plus unlimited storage, low code-app development environment, cloud search, eDiscovery for chats, files, and emails
  • Enterprise, $25/user/month: Business features, plus security center for G Suite, more extensive eDiscovery

Features

  • Business email via Gmail
  • Team communications via Google Hangouts
  • 24/7 support by phone, email, and online 

2. Squarespace

squarespace-website-builderProduct Name: Squarespace
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5.0 stars (740 reviews)

 

Overview

Squarespace was an early player in the website builder space and has since been synonymous with well-designed website templates and intuitive drag-and-drop tools. Its affordability makes it a popular solution for small businesses and professionals looking to make portfolios and personal websites.

Free option

  • 14-day free trial

Paid option

  • Personal, $12/month billed annually or $16/month billed monthly: limit of two contributors
  • Business, $18/month annually or $26/month billed monthly: Personal features, plus unlimited contributors, $100 Google Ads credit, one professional Gmail and G Suite account

Features

  • Unlimited bandwidth and storage
  • Website metrics
  • Thousands of premade, industry-specific templates
  • Custom domain comes with purchase
  • Easy domain transfer 

3. Wix

wix-logoProduct Name: Wix
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 stars (911 reviews)

 

Overview

Wix built itself as a direct competitor of Squarespace, and its freemium business model packs quite the punch. The free plan comes with SEO plans and offers complete freedom over website design, should users opt out of their templates. Paid plans include features like custom logo design and unlimited bandwidth.  

Free option

  • Completely and indefinitely free option available

Paid option

  • Combo, $11/month: 2 GB bandwidth, 3 GB storage, 30 video minutes, ad removal
  • Unlimited, $14/month: Combo features, plus unlimited bandwidth, 10 GB storage, one video hour, $300 in ad vouchers
  • Pro, $19/month: Unlimited features, plus 20 GB storage, two video hours, professional logo, social media logo files
  • VIP, $29/month: Pro features, plus priority and VIP response from support

Features

  • Free domain for a year with paid plans
  • Templates and custom design options
  • Personalized SEO plan
  • Unlimited fonts
  • Mobile optimized 

4. HubSpot

hubspot-website-builderProduct Name: HubSpot
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.3 out of 5.0 stars (3,096 reviews)

 

Overview

HubSpot is a well-known marketing juggernaut behind some of the most popular business blogs today. Its built-in content management system allows content creators to handle website design, content creation and analytics from one platform. Whether you’re building blog posts or landing pages, HubSpot makes the process painless. HubSpot is the best option if you’re looking for extensive marketing potential.

Free option

  • Completely and indefinitely free option available

Paid option

  • Starter, $50/month: HubSpot branding removed, email marketing, mobile optimization
  • Professional, $800/month billed annually: Starter features, plus blog and content creation tools, SEO and content strategy, landing pages, video hosting and management, subdomains, A/B testing
  • Enterprise, $3,200/month billed annually: Professional features, plus custom event reporting and triggers, predictive lead scoring, single sign-on (SSO), YouTube integration

Features

  • Pop-up forms
  • Ad management for Facebook and Instagram leads
  • Inbox
  • Live chat and chatbots
  • Team email

5. PageCloud

pagecloud-website-builderProduct Name: PageCloud
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.7 out of 5.0 stars (40 reviews)

 

Overview

PageCloud might not be a familiar name, but it should be, with good reason. Few visual design editors can tout a cleaner interface or a smoother user experience. Built with designers in mind, PageCloud allows users to copy and paste images directly from other design tools like Adobe Photoshop and Sketch. Its keyboard shortcuts even mimic those from other popular editors.

Free option

  • 14-day free trial

Paid option

  • $20/month billed annually or $24/month billed monthly

Features

  • Unlimited pages and storage
  • Keyboard shortcuts for design tools
  • Browser-agnostic WYSIWYG
  • Prebuilt elements (buttons, shapes, forms, navigation, etc.)
  • Premade templates 

6. Weebly

weebly-website-builderProduct Name: Weebly
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 stars (366 reviews)

 

Overview

Weebly made a name for itself for being e-commerce site-friendly and providing some of the cleanest premade templates on the market. Users are able to upload custom fonts directly to the builder and can edit images within the platform. Built-in analytics put the cherry on top of this well-rounded website builder.

Free option

  • Completely and indefinitely free option available

Paid option

  • Connect, $5/month billed annually: custom domain, lead capture
  • Pro, $12/month billed annually: Connect features, plus unlimited storage, remove Weebly ads, $100 of Google Ads credit, advanced site analytics, video backgrounds, HD video and audio, phone support, 100 members
  • Business, $25/month billed annually: Pro features, plus unlimited members, membership registration

Features

  • At least 500 MB storage (with free and Connect plans)
  • SSL security
  • SEO plan
  • Community forum
  • Chat and email support

7. WordPress.com

wordpress-website-builderProduct Name: WordPress.com
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.3 out of 5.0 stars (1,642 reviews)

 

Overview

WordPress.com has been a staple of bloggers for nearly two decades, and that’s reflected in its streamlined content editor and exporting capability. While it’s comparatively lacking in free themes, WordPress.com is an excellent option for those looking for a no-nonsense approach to web design and content sharing. Note: There are two versions of WordPress available. Learn more about the difference between WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

Free option

  • Completely and indefinitely free option available

Paid option

  • Personal, $5/month billed annually: custom domain free for a year, 6 GB storage space, remove WordPress.com ads
  • Premium, $8/month billed annually: Personal features, plus unlimited premium themes, advanced design customization, 13 GB storage, monetization options
  • Business, $25/month billed annually: Premium features, plus SEO tools, plugins, upload themes, Google Analytics integration, remove WordPress.com branding

Features

  • Dozens of free themes
  • At least 3 GB storage space (with free option)
  • Community support
  • Drag-and-drop functionality 

What to consider when picking a website builder

With all of the options available, narrowing down the options can be a struggle. Here are some things to consider when deciding on a website builder.

Type of website — As mentioned previously, all the information listed is based on the website-based plans offered by each company. E-commerce sites are handled separately, as they require a different set of features than normal websites. Additionally, a personal website and business website will have different requirements. Business websites may require access for multiple members and content performance analytics. Personal websites may be more concerned with overall design and presentation.

Storage space — Website builders often offer very different amounts of storage space depending on the product. Some offer unlimited storage off the bat with their free plan while others will require users to pay for a premium plan before they get anywhere close to that. Understanding how much storage space your site will require in relation to your price point will narrow down your options very quickly.

Scalability — While those making personal websites probably won’t have to worry about scaling, businesses posting content more almost definitely will. This can mean paying more over time to accommodate more users, increased storage space requirements and more branding options. If you’re expecting to scale your business, picking a website builder that can grow with you will save a lot of hassle in the long run.

Design options — Some website builders are more focused on the content presented and will only offer a few pre-made templates or themes even with paid versions. Other products are very design-focused and give users extensive creative freedom over their website’s layout. Understanding your design needs can help guide your search for a product that best suits your use case.

* User reviews may have been edited for grammar and spelling


Looking specifically for free options? Check out our blog on the best free website builders for 2019.

Jazmine Betz
Author

Jazmine Betz

Jazmine is a Research Specialist focusing on content management and collaboration software at G2 Crowd. She earned her Bachelor’s in psychology from the frozen tundra of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She enjoys running games of Dungeons and Dragons and spending too much time playing DotA 2.