Leo Bassam
Leo BassamFounder, CEO at Plutio.com

What's the best website builder for early start-ups?

Starting up, you need to setup a website for your next idea. What's the best tool to use to build a site, efficiently, quick and without breaking the bank?
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  1. Steven Cristens
    Steven CristensDigital marketer & web specialist · Written
    It's not the most advanced tool, but it's free and easy to setup and learn. It also has a large community, so you'll find a lot of themes and plugins.
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    Laef 🐶🐱
    Laef 🐶🐱Programmer and co-creator, FindALostPet · Written
    While WordPress is traditionally more for blogs, with a little bit of theming, it becomes an incredibly versatile and useful tool for pretty much any website, while remaining easy to use and maintain.
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    Wordpress any day. With the availability of lot of Premium themes and plugins you can set up a stunning website in 10 minutes (not exaggerating ) :)
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  2. Webflow templates are beautifully designed, there are a ton of integrations and it's very easy to handle.
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    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    Agree! Anyone and everyone without any prior coding knowledge can create responsive websites without code. Much more powerful than other darg-and-drops. Waiting for their Interactions 2.0! (https://webflow.com/feature/inte...)
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    Squarespace

    Create beautiful websites and blogs easily

    Kyle Hess
    Kyle Hess5Fintech Product Manager · Written
    Squarespace is as good as it gets. Super fast, everything looks pretty, good for mobile, and nice enough analytics tools to get you up and running.
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    Bubble

    Build a fully functional web app without any code

    If you want your website to validate your idea (like an MVP or the actual product), you can create very complex ideas with a 2 to 5-hour learning curve. Now, if you want the simplest option to just showcase something, I'd go with Squarespace. And if you want the most flexibility in terms of design, Webflow is what you want.
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    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    Exactly - build more than a website without code. Been using Bubble and made a few completely functional apps on Bubble without code. That said, there is a bit of learning curve to understand the fundamentals of visual programming if you want to go beyond just a website. The Bubble schema is built from things — basically tables. Programming is expressed through events in a workflow. A workflow in Bubble refers to an action (event) that can be called by an element within the app. Events have conditions expressed by boolean expressions.
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    • Keith Crosley
      Keith CrosleyGRUPZ.com

      Look: There’s no platform that can enable someone with no freaking clue about how to build an app to magically build one... But boy does Bubble come close.

      I love visual/no-code/alterna-code environments and have worked on several of the most famous ones. Bubble is right up there.

      I feel like this tool‘s positioning (“you don’t have to be a coder”) belies its true strength. It‘s GRRRREAAAT for those who would rather NOT code most stuff.

      I do my best to help folks out in the forums at forum.bubble.is, but wish it had a StackExhange equivalent -- it’s that deep. Love it and wish it the best. You can build awesome stuff on Bubble, but (duh) prepare to learn some computer science In the process (this is a GOOD thing)...

    • An app that's more about doing something technically than paying any attention to the user or use-cases. Is just very impractical, with all the real-world features difficult to impossible. Just look at data-upload: https://forum.bubble.is/t/best-way-to-bulk-upload/1690

  5. From the ability to copy any page to start your website to their ability to go straight from photoshop to the web PageCloud is the best!
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    Carrd

    Simple, responsive, one-page sites for pretty much anything.

    I've been a big fan of Carrd since seeing it on Ask PH. Their platform is dead simple to use, the templates are beautiful, and you can attach your own domain. It's something you should consider depending on the complexity of the site you're trying to build.
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    • Brendan Hersh
      Brendan Hershdev/designer/domainer

      Carrd is the most amazing web building platform I've seen to date- and trust me, I've tried everything. You start off with a blank page, or choose from expertly-designed templates, then you can build your own site with content LEGOs: drag text under an image, make a row of links across the top, or even add some of your own code.

      When you discover control bars that let you break your site into pages, though, it's when everything changes: Carrd goes from letting you create business-card like pages to making full-blown websites for anything- home base for your app with dedicated support and contact pages, a sign-up form for an event that plugs names and comments into a Google sheet, ANYTHING (how do I make extra bold?)

      Carrd is now my go-to tool for anything web-building related. I made a website for a friend and even made a few bucks off it. I'm also teaching an HTML class for my homeschool support group and there will be a whole lesson on Carrd!

      I just want to say thanks to @ajlkn for my favorite website for websites, ever.

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    • David Berkowitz
      David BerkowitzPrincipal, Serial Marketer

      Very intuitive. I created the site serialmarketers.net in a few minutes, customizing the fonts pretty easily. My site looks great, and even better on mobile. The $20 custom domain upgrade is a pretty good deal.

  7. Steven Cristens
    Steven CristensDigital marketer & web specialist · Written
    If you're less focused on content management, and more on templating and building a basic 'drag and drop' site, then Wix could be a good option.
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    I have made many beautiful sites with wix.com, but it can be slow if you load it up with too many apps/uploads. I tried like every single one out there, and it was the easiest and affordable website builder. But beware the average customer will not wait more than a few seconds if the page is taking too long to load. I moved onto Shopify. It's more expensive than wix, but if your planning on having a lot of merchandise/photo's Etc It's better off you buy a template from a designer and use Shopify. It has a lot of great features like setting up your Facebook store. I found it simple and more reliable, it all depends on your budget.
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    Satori Studio
    Satori StudioCEO at Satori Studio · Written
    Having experience both with startups and website builders, I'd say Wix or Weebly, those are the two that offer the best value for money (which is extra important for startups). You can use a wizard like this one to decide which better suits your particular needs: http://satoristudio.net/website-...
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  8. Oswen Corbel
    Oswen CorbelTech enthusiast! · Written
    I would recommend Duda as the easiest website builder. I've used Wordpress and then Squarespace. Wordpress allows you to add plugins but makes your website slow. Squarespace is like iOS, beautiful and simple but you can't touch any code line (almost). Makes me a bit unsatisfied.. Finally, I tried Duda which is very simple to handle, and most of all.. is FAST! They have pretty good ideas, and building a website with their system is way easier than other products. I've monitored speed tests and my website is 50% faster compare to Squarespace :) Google recommends it as well.
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    Semplice Studio

    The portfolio platform for designers & small studios.

    Andrew S Allen
    Andrew S AllenCo-Founder / Design · Written
    Powerful, beautiful website builder for those who want more than the standard
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    Weebly Carbon

    The website building platform for entrepreneurs

    Sam Dickie
    Sam DickieProduct Manager| NoCode| BetaTesta · Written
    I have been using Weebly for the last 6 years and can't fault it. Great themes, fully customisable CSS/HTML, app store and reasonable pricing structure.
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  11. 2
    Blocs CMS

    Design any project or design flow in Blocs

    Fast, easy to use and powerful visual web design tool that lets you create beautiful and modern websites without the need to write code.
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    Tilda Publishing

    Build beautiful websites and tell stories without any code

    Ricardo Polo
    Ricardo PoloCo-founder of Tulpep · Written
    This is awesome. In all other options you have to design, no code but design. In Tilda they made design for you. Even if you are not very artisit it will look great.
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    • Anna Filou
      Anna FilouTech Geek, Web Designer

      Tilda is mostly a joy to use, the huge variety of blocks and the control that the site gives you (almost everything is adjustable) allows you to create pretty much anything without code and the results look fantastic.

      Now, I'm not sure how well it's being maintained since some internal links on their homepage are broken (404).

      The big problem is that, at $10/month with annual payment and $15/month with monthly payment, it is relatively expensive. I think that most people interested in Tilda would be hobbyist writers or photographers (that's just my personal guess) so 120 $ year just for a side project is quite a lot when there are free options out there.

      Tilda does have a free option but many blocks are then locked, you cannot connect your own domain name and you are limited to a single page with 50 blocks in total (so blogs are out of the question on the free tier).

      Despite that I spent quite a few hours messing around with Tilda and I really do like what I see. I'd love to recommend it to my friends but know they'd find it too expensive.

    • Serge Galan
      Serge GalanSGFCMS Owner

      I'm inspired by the project, the people who work on it. It is really good, it develops no matter what, сonstantly there is something new, project management very attentively concerns feedback from users.

      For me, Tilda has become the main development environment. At first there were some objections, they say, it is necessary to write code in wordpad-like stuff, keep yourself in a sweater with deers, grow a beard... The prototype becomes a mock-up, another man makes a mock-up to become a design, the other makes layout, the programmers are working after and so on and so on..

      Guys, it`s 2018 outside!

      We do not need to stop the car every 30 km to fill a bucket of water in the radiator, right? Times are changing, so is the format of work on web projects has changed, and this is Tilda Publishing!

  13. Really depends on what you want to do exactly. I tried Spark Page yesterday. Not a lot if customization options, buy nice little tool to create shareable web stories in minutes.
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  14. TemplateToaster is a powerful website builder, used for designing websites , themes and templates for five major content management systems. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and Prestashop. Add to this, it is also used for creating Blogger templates.
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    IM Creator

    Friendlier website builder

    It's a DIY website builder built for professionals but easy enough for anyone to use. So the sites are both functional, look great and can be easily promoted.
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  16. Easy to get started with. runs on text files, doesn't need expensive hosting plans nor need lots of updates (set and forget).
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    Press Pages by Upbeat

    Easy and automatically updated press pages for your company

    Ricky Yean
    Ricky YeanCEO, UpbeatPR.com (formerly PRX.co) · Written
    Ricky Yean made this product
    For an early stage startup, it makes sense to focus and leverage outside tools. For your jobs page you might link to AngelList or Lever, for your support page you might want Zendesk to power it. When it comes to PR and your "press" page, you might want to consider Press Pages by Upbeat. We'll help keep the page up-to-date automatically with your latest press mentions so it's always ready for journalists.
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  18. Yann Guichard
    Yann GuichardFounder & CEO of Lauyan Software · Written
    Yann Guichard made this product
    Give a try to PageXL, I developed it for start-ups needing a websites in minutes.
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    Sharetribe

    The easiest way to start a marketplace business

    Scott Smith
    Scott Smith12 years experience in IT · Written
    This one was great for me, I created a sharing economy website for IT freelancers. My new site is tekkshare.com .
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