Let Them Build it For You
If you are a rather busy individual and do not have the time to build your own website using WebsiteBuilder’s tools, then you can have them build it for you.
For $349, you get a full design package that consists of 7 pages, custom images, integrated videos, blog setup, email setup, maps, and a contact form.
They will also help you setup a domain name and publish your website. Even better, once your website is done, you can then send them feedback and let them know if you would like anything changed. You get an allowance of free edits.
Pricing & Features
WebsiteBuilder offers a free plan so you can try it out for yourself before committing to a paid subscription. Of course, you can also just stay in the free plan if you don’t need the extra features the higher plans offer. That is, if you are fine with ads displaying on your website. If not, then you would have to upgrade your subscription to a paid one. They have four that you can choose from, namely:
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As you can see, the entry-level Personal plan is curiously more expensive than their Premium plan. This is especially confusing since the latter has SEO, marketing help, and the ability to create mobile sites – three features that are absent from the former. As to how the entry-level plan got to be more expensive than WebsiteBuilder’s slightly more feature-packed Personal plan is anybody’s guess as they don’t really provide an in-depth comparison of all their plans.
Even more confusing, when you arrive on their upgrade page, the prices for each are different than on their main pricing page. For instance, the Personal plan now becomes $7.99 per month, and now provides free email and the ability to create mobile sites. Which of the two different pricing schemes will apply to your subscription is unclear.
These minor quibbles aside, it’s great that all of WebsiteBuilder’s plans include a free domain, free hosting, and free ad credits. The Business plan, meanwhile, throws in free email and priority support in the mix. The eCommerce plan gives you all of the features of the Business subscription and adds in the ability to create online stores.
A word of warning, however. Upon further investigation, it seems that this website builder has made a notorious name for itself. While its functionality at the free tier is commendable, there have been numerous complains on its auto-renewal of subscriptions, shady billings, and poor customer service all around.
Before committing to anything, be sure to check out what you’re getting and what you’re willing to pay for.
Ease of Use
If you have ever used a DIY website builder service before, then you will most likely feel at home here. WebsiteBuilder uses a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) drag-and-drop site editor that will allow you to build sites with relative ease. It is a mouthful but the complexities end there.
To start, you can sign up for a free account on their website. All you need to do is fill in your name and email address and then you are good to go. After doing so, you will get redirected to the site editor. You can then pick among the thousands of fully customizable templates on offer. The great thing about their templates is that you can find one for just about any category or industry.
After picking a template, you can now edit your site. Now, while WebsiteBuilder’s editor seems just like any other site editor out there, it works a little differently than most. Your site is built by simply stacking Sections, which are basically individual parts of your website (i.e. header, Contact Us, etc.). Each Section allows a great deal of flexibility thanks to a wide variety of Section Templates. These include categories such as Video & Text, Images & Text, Front Page, Contact Us, and more. You can then mix and match different Section Templates to create a one-of-a-kind website. It is that easy, especially since the main dashboard gives you quick and easy access to your site’s management tools, as well as the various marketing tools on tap.
WebsiteBuilder’s customer support options are pretty good, overall. They offer a comprehensive knowledgebase that can give your more insight into their service. If you would rather connect with one of their representatives, they also offer various phone lines for both US and international customers. You can also reach them via email if you don’t want to talk one-on-one.
What's the Verdict on WebsiteBuilder?
WebsiteBuilder Review 2017 – Conclusion
As much as we would like to recommend this service based on the functionality of its free plan, we cannot overlook the glaring holes in the quality of service they provide. This website builder isn’t that terrible of a choice if you’re only looking for a temporary landing page, but if you’re looking for something sustainable, it’s best to check out other website builders on the net.
Don’t worry, though. We know plenty of other builders worth your time.