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What is a website builder?

Glad you asked this question. A website builder is the newest generation of web development but without having to know any programming knowledge whatsoever.

A website builder (which is also known as site builder, online CMS, web builder) is a software program that either runs online or offline (via a downloaded program and installed onto your PC) uses a drag and drop interface where non technical people can build a feature rich website with many functionalities. Modern website builders are usually executed online to make it extra simple to get started i.e. no downloading and installing software involved, and for this reason, all recommended website builders reviewed by us are online.

Website builder’s base their architecture of building a website on a CMS model (Content Management System) where code and content are separated so that non technical staff can modify a website and maintain it without having to know any programming at all.

Should I use a website builder?

You should use a website builder if you want to build your own website but don’t have a background in web development and rather not pay a web development company to do it for you. In short, if you want to build the website yourself but don’t know where to start, a website builder is for you and will make your life easier.

There are lots of people who use online website builders. In fact millions of people and businesses do as it save them time and money. Many of the websites that you see on the Internet are constructed using a website builder. You can see some working samples here:

How easy is it to use and what can it do?

Website builders are so easy to use, a kid can build a nice looking and dynamic website themselves. Most interfaces uses drag and drop functions so for example you wanted to add an image to a webpage, just drag the image icon into position on the page and you’re done. Same with text and videos. Some good webs builders such as Weebly extend this even further to allowing you to add a contact us feature onto your website by just dragging and dropping this function into position. They go as far as allowing you to add a forum to your website by dragging and dropping the forum icon into position. What would usually take hours of programming work can be done in seconds, litterally.

So to summarise, a website builder is very easy to use and it can build super dynamic websites. Oh…and most of them are completely free to use.

Which website builders are recommended?

There are several good builders out there that are highly recommended which you can find more detailed reviews here.


Last Updated April 26 2014 by Alex Tse