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Tips for Choosing the Best Business Website Builder

I don’t have many guest posters, one because not many ask and two a lot of those who do just don’t submit a post that I think is worth of my readers. Today however I’m more than happy to present to you this guest post by Charles Mburugu who more than fulfilled all the requirements for submitting a guest post. I’m sure that you’ll enjoy his tips for choosing the best business website builder.

Many business owners don’t have the time to look through the many website building programs to identify the one which is appropriate for their style of business. Even for business owners with technological know-how, this can be a very confusing and complicated area of technology. The vital thing to remember when you are looking for the best business website builder is to be aware of what you expect your website to accomplish.

Financial Impact

This is a vital detail that should be studied when beginning your program research. The budget for small business websites is usually low, while more established companies may pay more to have glamorous websites. Whatever the case, the internet offers several programs at no cost. Though such free software may not be rich in features, you can still use them to build a decent, comprehensive site.

Knowledge of User

After looking at the financial aspect, you need to consider how hard or easy the program will be to use. There are a wide range of business site builder programs available which cater to various levels of technical competency. Do not overestimate your technological know-how. Find a program which fits your present skill level and operate within the limits of your knowledge.

Integration

Many companies pay for the hosting of their websites in the World Wide Web. However, it is vital to ensure that the site you are building is compatible with the program being used to build that site. You do not want to find yourself starting from scratch later because your website can’t be integrated into your host’s server. Some research of the different programs will enable you to run a check to ensure that equipment being used is compatible with the program being utilized.

Features

“How many and what type of features does the program offer?” is a question that many people ask when looking for website building software. If you are putting up an online store, you will want a program which will allow you to integrate a shopping cart in the website. A site which deals with the current/news events will probably need a blogging section. Photographers who want to showcase their work on their site will need access to a photo gallery. The availability of such features will play a vital role in determining which software package you will end up choosing.

When you are considering which business site builder is right for you, think through these different aspects. A little research when starting the project can potentially save you many headaches once the finished product is launched into cyberspace.

Try Before You Buy

With every software company claiming that their site builders have the best features and are easy to use, it is vital to download the free evaluation copy. This will enable you to test different software and see the pros and cons of each.

Technical Support

Customer service is very vital for the ‘pre-sale’ and ‘after-sale’ stages. When browsing the website offering the site builder, check to see if the company offers email support, telephone helpline or live chat. Explain an imaginary problem and see if they can provide professional and timely support. If you experience a problem with the software, lacking support can make the site a real nightmare.

 

Author Bio

Charles Mburugu is a professional content developer and an entrepreneur. He often writes about real estate, finance, business start-ups and internet marketing. Unfortunately I had to remove the links in his Bio as explained in this post.

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This Post Has 34 Comments

  1. I see the rather large banner I’m a little surprised to see it right next to the flex ad.

      1. I musta meant to add more to it and hit submit too fast.

        When I wrote the comment, the ad was for a website builder, but then I recalled you saying many times how the flex ad was your best seller…..my point was in there somewhere. lol

  2. Hey Charles,

    This is a wonderful article, and it was a great read. I have been thinking about using a site builder. Having top notch customer service is a must!

    God bless,
    William Veasley

  3. I think the last one, Technical Support, is the clincher. With anything software-based, you need to have that after-sales service.

  4. Try before you buy, i like that one, it’s very true oftentimes you are promised a very different product from what you actually get.
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    1. I agree trying before you buy is a great option. I always go for that option whenever possible and that way I only buy the stuff that works for me.
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  5. Hi Charles
    Useful article but no recommendations.
    So many out there it would take ages to choose.

    I’ve just bought the developer version of Genesis and I’m in the process of setting up a couple of client business sites using it.

    Some great themes and lots of help in the Genesis forums.

    Whatever you buy… got to have good technical support.

    Thanks Charles and Peter
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  6. I have to agree with the last comment about technical support so often I have brought stuff and it does everything you want according to the spec. But when you try to use it you find it a complete nightmare and buggy as hell.

    I think half of the features on web builders are just there to sell the virtually no one will them. This is a classic case of software builders not being web builders but it happens in all industries. Software experts think you want something but you never use it.

    1. When this happens it’s because they build something according to what they think people want. It would be so much better if they went out and asked people want they wanted and then build that into their specifications.
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  7. I don’t think site builders can ever match the end product of using HTML & CSS to design a personalised site. It’s just so much more satisfying to know that you have built a one-of-a-kind site. Site builders tend to use templates that are typically poor and overly used.

    1. What you want from a site builder is a product that is easily adapted to their personal needs so that it can be made to look the way they want it to. It’s one of the many reason why I love the theme I’m using for my blogs.
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  8. Technical support after your purchase of a site builder is a primary consideration. There always will be questions about setup and getting quick, accurate response from the support desk will make your project go smoothly.

    1. One way to know how good the tech support is by accessing the forums if they have one. This way you can see how long it takes to reply to a customers problem and how they respond to it. There have been times when I didn’t make a purchase purely from the posts I’ve seen in a forum
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  9. I’ve tried a couple of website builders (like yola.com) and I have to say they are surprisingly easy to use. But I found the best solution is probably to install wordpress, find a nice theme and you are all set. Most hosting company will help you install wordpress if you need help so it’s not that complicated :)

    1. That’s a great point Anita, installing WordPress can be a great way of building your site. It’s also a great platform for updating your content on a constant basis.
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  10. I too like WordPress. It is a great blogging software and website designing software too! I try to avoid using website builder because I find them difficult compared with WordPress. It is difficult to insert a contact form on a website, for example. But with WordPress, you just install a plugin and that’s all. This doesn’t mean I don’t use software. There are some website builder that I really love. One of them is Artisteer.

    Thanks a lot for this post and the useful tips. :)

    Have an awesome day!

    Mouh

    1. I’m sure everything that is new can be difficult but with perseverance it can be conquered. Perhaps finding the right site builder would make things easier just like finding the right WordPress theme.
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  11. I think it is important to do a market research of what you will be needing before attempting to design any kind of site. Technical support is one of the most important aspect for any type of software not only website builders so that must be the first priority of a person searching for website builders. For small time business, I think WordPress is the best thing, I mean you do not have to do much of building, just a small installation and you are good to go and then there are so many business related themes out there, most of the times free and it saves a hell lot of money.

    1. I actually built my first website from scratch and I admit it’s a lot easier and quicker to install a WordPress site.

  12. I think wordpress is the best option anyone can use whether it be an e-commerce site or a business blog.

    Setting up wordpress is cheap, it is easy to handle and a CMS with a lot of added functionality thanks to the plugins available.

    what do you think ?

    1. You won’t get an argument out of me Karan.

  13. I don’t think any serious business should use a website builder. Your website is a reflection of your company.

    1. Perhaps someone that can’t afford to pay for a professionally designed one?

  14. I would either recommend XSitePro software or WordPress platform to build professional looking websites. XSitePro comes with lots of features, great looking templates and also its very simple to use.

  15. WordPress all the way, search for a premium theme and maybe fork out $35 for it but it will be worth it. Tons of free plugins and modding/customising is as easy as Googling what you want to do then following others tips/tutorials. Nice blog BTW

    1. Thanks Alex, glad you liked it and I agree WordPress all the way. :thumbup_tb:

  16. The only one I have used before is XSitePro and is was easy to use but I still felt limited by it. I only use WordPress these days but I still use the XHeader utility software made by XSitePro as you can generate a nice header for a WordPress site in minutes.

  17. I started with wordpress and then moved onto xsitepro. Surprisingly, I had much better success with xsitepro than with wordpress. This might sound silly, but it was because of lack of features in xsitepro that made it a success.

    When I had wordpress, I used to spend a lot of time tweaking the look and feel, trying different themes, playing around with plugins, tinkering permalinks and things like that.

    But with xsitepro, once decided, it was tough to change things. So I actually put a lot more thought into the website in the starting phase itself. Since then I have switched back to wordpress, but the lessons have been learnt.

    1. Hi Amanda, I understand completely. I wasted a lot of time in the search of the right theme. It’s all been smooth sailing though once I found it and decided on the plugins I wanted to use.

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