Looking for opinions on website builder systems

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by -pete-, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. -pete- macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Hello everyone,

    I'm currently do a bit of research into basic website builder sites and content systems, such as the £1 website, domain and hosting from GoDaddy or the CloudSite system from names.

    I know there are "proper" systems out there but I really want to be able to develop a simple site quickly without any hassle.

    Has anyone had any experience with these systems? How have you found them? Would you recommend them to others?

    Any thoughts or opinions are really appreciated!
  2. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Pick a host that has onclick WordPress installs. Click the install, pick a theme, add some posts. Your off and running in no time. It'll take you longer to decide on the theme than to actually get the site up and running.

    PS. I loathe GoDaddy. Others love it.

    PPS. Google best web hosting 2015. Click on a couple of the top links; pick one that matches your need.
  3. -pete- thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Thanks for this, helpful but I think I should be a little clearer with my requirements.

    We currently build bespoke WordPress themes and sites for SME, we are looking at setting up a basic brand to sell cheaper, simple, 5 page or less sites that don't require so much customisation of the themes.

    Most of the WordPress themes we have bought in the past have been horrible bloated nightmares that cause nothing but trouble.
  4. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Don't go for online website builders and stuff web posters provide for you that is so called made by themselves for you.. Often they don't have any conditional scripts tags in place so if you choose to have a slideshow on your website you'll load all related slideshow scripting on every page of your website while it's only needed on the page where the slideshow has to been shown.

    I've seen a few people get in evolved with Wix.com website builders and it's drama from start till the end. When those people where done creating and designing their website they had 64 images, 48 Javascript files, 23 stylesheets and page loads of 12 seconds on a single page.

    If you really want to design something yourself, like iWeb in the early days use this on your Mac. When ready, upload it via FTP to your host.
  5. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    True, if you don't know what you'll buy because it's not your business or field of expert chances are you buy a sloppy WordPress Theme..

    It's because those developers on ThemeForrest and whatnot -are trying to create a theme design that fits everybody or at least as much people as possible. You pay 50,- for a theme, they sell it 2.500 times to different people but their main job is not to create a solid theme. Their job is to create a theme that needs no support after payment, so they will create lots of options for you to change and alter the layout from the backend. This is wrong and goes against everything WordPress stands for..

    Quoted from WordPress Philosophy page.
    Read everything WordPress stand for here.

    If you choose WordPress for your site you really have to know what theme you can buy or get for free that isn't bloated with options and functions but is created with the WordPress Philosophy page in mind. When you find a theme like that you have no troubles at all when updating.
  6. rizvi macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2015
    If your requirements are not so hard then why don't you take some time going through wordpress, it is open source and easy to learn. Most important is that you will be able to handle more complex sites in future once you learn wordpress.
  7. haydn! macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    If you're able or willing to do some design/coding work yourself, and are looking for a simple yet powerful CMS, I couldn't recommend Perch CMS enough!
  8. ImBuz macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2014
    I really happen to like WIX--and find it very nice and user friendly

    Regards Buz
  9. 2457244 macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2015
    Someone has to like it of course.. there are also thousands of people that still install MacKeeper on their Macs so..
  10. veronica2015, Oct 20, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2015

    veronica2015 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2015
    You need be careful in choosing webbuilder for you. GoDaddy is quite good for simple building but there are others. For detailed review you need to ask an advice from someone who may now about them like from dedicated site here http://www.bestadvisor.com/main-review/bestwebsitebuilders . Godaddy for example, is one of the leaders on the market, If clients believe them you may also want to believe them but don`t you want to some kind of expertise for making a final decision.
  11. RusherRacing macrumors newbie

    Aug 12, 2015
    Yankton, SD
    Webbly is super simple. Are you looking to do Ecommerce? If so Bigcommerce or Shopify.

    Wordpress is ok - tons of plugins etc (overwhelming unless you know what you are looking for) but for quick and easy I say webbly has the upper hand.
  12. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Wordpress all the way. So many options, very user friendly. I find a lot of other options very limited and they make your site look like junk.
  13. -pete- thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    Thanks everyone for your responses, they are helpful.

    Just to clarify again though, we already develop in WordPress! You don't have to sell it to me, I use it, develop in it and enjoy it (almost) everyday :)

    What I'm looking for is opinions on simple website builder services such as wix, weebly, squarespace or lightcms which people have used to make simple sites, these would be for our clients who are looking for a simple system to manage their small 3 to 5 page "brochure style" websites.
  14. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    For that, I use a heavily modified PIP Framework with contentEditable for the headers, page content and click to change image upload. The user logs in, and literally just edits on the page, ajax saves updates immediately. No [Save] button, very simple for simple sites.
  15. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    Take a look at Pagekit (https://pagekit.com) it's from the guys at YooTheme, they make Joomla and WordPress templates. It's really simple to use and setup and is great for making sites of just a few pages. It's still in the beta phase, but it's something well worth considering.

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