When I originally set out to build Build A Website 1-2-3, I entered the creative process with three of my favorite website builders in mind: Wix, Squarespace, and WordPress

Over the years I’ve gained a lot of experience for all three of these platforms, with each one offering something unique over the others. Whether I am looking to create a personal blog or sell items in an online shop, I typically know exactly what I need — and that’s what I am looking to offer you.

My goal with this post is to make building websites a fun and enjoyable experience, while being educational at the same time. After all, isn’t it nice to learn to something new from time to time? So let’s do just that.

Wix

Wix is actually what inspired Build A Website 1-2-3 to begin with. When I discovered Wix and how easy it was to use, I knew right away that I needed to learn what the platform had to offer and eventually share with others what I love about it.

To put it simply, Wix is huge. From its intuitive drag-and-drop editor to support for live chat whenever someone visits your website, I continue to be amazed by all the features it has available. And best of all, most of the features can be used by free and paid customers. In other words, you don’t necessarily have to pay a fee to enjoy the benefits.

However, let’s be real here. If you are looking to take website creation seriously, you’re going to want to look into upgrading your free account to premium. Doing so not only unlocks useful tools such as a contact form builder, but you also gain access to your own custom domain name, increased file storage, and even $300 in advertising credits.

More information on pricing can be seen here on Wix’s website.

In regards to customer service, Wix has you covered with 24/7 support via phone and email, as well as an extensive help center featuring a plethora of useful information.

I have so much more to say about Wix, so feel free to check out my Wix Guides to further learn how the platform can benefit you.

Squarespace

Squarespace, for as long as I can remember, has always been a favorite website builder of mine. It takes everything I enjoy about web design and presents it one place, making it easy to create professional websites that are easy on the eyes.

Similar to Wix, Squarespace works on a drag-and-drop editor that is quite flexible and quick to pick up for users of all experience. It’s a particularly great platform if you are looking to display rich image galleries, something I find myself doing quite often.

Unfortunately, a free trial on Squarespace is limited to 14 days. Though this can sometimes be extended upon request, it would be nice if customers could use the services free of charge — even if they are limited to a specific set of features. But unlike Wix, this is not the case.

Customer service, however? That’s always available. My experience with Squarespace’s support team has generally been positive. Just be aware that they do not offer feedback in regards to coding. That’s up to you.

WordPress

And finally, let’s talk about WordPress. Perhaps the least user friendly of them all, it’s considered one of the most powerful website creation platforms on the Internet. If you have the will to learn something new, then please continue reading.

WordPress, unlike Wix and Squarespace, is more of a fragmented experience — but an incredibly versatile one at that. It can be used in two ways, with each offering something different for the user: WordPress.com and WordPress.org

Going the WordPress.com route means your website will automatically be hosted on WordPress servers, making the process easy to understand for beginners. This means that all compatible WordPress themes are available to use, free and paid. You also have access to a variety of plugins (add-ons) that are guaranteed to work with your website.

On the other side of the spectrum is WordPress.org — a far more flexible platform that is virtually limitless with themes and plugins. Hosting is not included, so you are forced to look for a web host that works for you. Personally, I recommend Bluehost, as they offer hosting packages that are built specifically with WordPress in mind.

Customer support with WordPress varies depending on which route you take. For WordPress.com, go here. And for WordPress.org, go here.