My Review - by Jordan Bones {Home}

Website Builder Reviews

I Always Hired a Designer to Build my Sites. I Wish I Knew I Could Have Built them Myself...

...I saved thousands of dollars this year by getting rid of my designer. Now I build websites on my own...

Up until recently, the only to get a website was to hire a designer, or build the website using html. I build every website on my own using no designer, and zero html.

Luckily, I've found some of the best online website building tools online. These are premium, do it yourself website builders that allow you to do it on your own. Over the past few years, a new crop of website builders have emerged.

I decided to sit down and review these website builders.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the results � all the builders have their own unique features, and the results are great. If you pick the right builder, you could have your website up and running in a few hours.

I reviewed 7 Online Website Builders (MoonFruit.com, Godaddy.com, iRun.com, CityMax.com.com, Homestead.com, ProStores.com and Web.com) - only 3 met my criteria:

  • The Best Tools & Features - pro tools small businesses need
  • Fast and Easy Setup - in only a few hours, even for novices
  • Affordable Monthly Cost (under $30)

"Still the best Website Builder in 2008 "

CityMax.com
5.0 stars rating

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CityMax.com

My First Pick: #1 CityMax.com
(Easy, Free Trial, Ready to go)

Hands down the easiest - CityMax.com gets you going by offering a 10-day free trial. Once you're in, it all comes together in minutes.

CityMax is the only Website Builder that offers you all the tools in one place. We got our domain name, a free merchant account, the whole website builder with a ton of money making tools.

Impressively, my support ticket was responded to in under an hour (although it could take a little longer at weekends), and there is an unconditional 30 days guarantee.

The best part, the entire package (shopping cart, domain name, merchant account is easy to sign up for, and cheap - we were able to build the site in about 3 hours, and all for $19.98 per month.

Given that it's proven to make almost any business an online success, you could well recoup your investment in under 2 months.

Sept 2008 Update: CityMax has completely re-designed, and added a ton of cool new features to the site. Everything is easier to navigate, and there are over 500 new templates.

The Verdict: Fast and easy setup; perfect for any small business. Cheap, fun to use, and we were proud to show off our site.

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"Not bad and a decent value "

Homestead.com
4.0 stars rating

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My Second Pick: #2 Homestead.com
(Customizable templates and images)

Homestead.com is my next choice because it offers so many design options. It has plenty of customizable templates and images, so I could create a unique site with my own logos and color schemes.

The biggest disadvantage is that it doesn't offer all its builder features in an all-in-one program. To make my e-commerce site, I had to learn how to use a separate builder in addition to the regular one. However, the e-commerce builder had lots of advanced features that would suit pretty much any business.

This website builder has some great features that made my website look sharp, like search boxes, a calendar, and a location map. The phone support is both helpful and fast, but unless you get one of the more expensive packages, you'll have to pay $10 per call after the first 30 days.

The Verdict: Great for personal sites, but can be both challenging and costly for online businesses.

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"Third Place but still worth a try "

Web.com
3.5 stars rating

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Web.com

My Third Pick: #3 Web.com
(Customizable templates and images)

My third choice is Web.com, which has lots of templates, a great collection of professional business tools, and a strong e-commerce system. I customized the look of my business' website quickly and easily.

Web.com makes text editing and image uploading very straightforward. The bad news is that many of its other features use different types of software on different toolbars, so I constantly had to switch between various editing tools to add features and make changes.

Setting up an online store wasn't easy. One of the builders was too simplistic for my needs and the other one was overly complex. I also wanted to advertise my business, but Web.com's marketing program was overpriced. I decided to handle my own advertising, but Web.com didn't offer much assistance or how-to articles.

Web.com offers no trial period or money-back guarantee, but it does offer a free web consultation. The phone support is unreliable � I was on hold for 20 minutes and then was disconnected.

The Bottom Line: Web.com is competitively priced, but with no trial period, you'll have to be sure that it has the features you want before you commit. It's not the easiest builder to use, but it comes with some great professional business tools that you might find worthwhile.

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