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8 Low-Cost Website Builders That Are Worth Your Time

ByScott Gerber, Last Modified
Jul 05, 2018
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Building a website can be a daunting task, especially if it's not something that you do regularly. But in this day and age, having a website is a must: It's is an important part of your branding and web presence. If you're less than tech savvy, there is still hope.
 
We asked members of the Young Entrepreneurs Council how to best go about this. Here are some of the sites and systems they favor, as well as why: 
 

1. Wix

Wix isn't groundbreaking, but if you are on a budget and need something quick, it's fantastic. You can pick a template that best meets your needs, then add all the content you have and away you go. - Adrien Schmidt, OpenBouquet

2. Elementor

Elementor is free and easy website page builder with simple frontend drag and drop functionality. It is a simple plugin and one can simply download and activate on a WordPress website. It comes with a number of free page templates. The easy to understand page structure makes it possible to design page in any number of responsive rows or columns. Best for beginners and budget websites. - Liam Martin, TimeDoctor.com 

3. Shopify

If you are thinking of starting an e-commerce business, then the tool you should use is Shopify. The cost for a starter account is very fair for a young company and the ease of use is tremendous, even if you don't have any coding skills. Shopify has a slew of themes that you can plug-and-play to get your store up and running fast. We started with them when we were a small business; now we sell millions. - Diego Orjuela, Cables & Sensors 

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4. Divi Builder

I have used many platforms and websitebuilders and the hands down best I have come across is the Divi Builder by Elegant Themes. It is intuitive, easy to use, well-designed and beginner friendly without sacrificing advanced features that allow you to execute just about any design you can think of with ease. It is problem and bug-free, and their support team is excellent. Highly recommended. - Justin Faerman, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine  

5. Themeforest

If someone is on a tight budget, I like to recommend Themeforest because they can browse through thousands of WordPress themes and won't need to hire a developer. The trick is to find a theme with great reviews and make sure to read their documentation carefully when setting up the site.  - Jared Atchison, WPForms

6. Squarespace

While Squarespace isn’t the most customizable option, I’ve been really impressed with their range of designs, SEO capabilities and e-commerce integrations. - Sam Saxton, Paragon Stairs

7. Glitch.com

If you need customization beyond what a website builder like WordPress offers, try Glitch.com. Glitch offers intuitive interfaces and tutorials for tweaking existing web projects to fit your own needs. You can even build your own chatbots for a variety of apps! - Thursday Bram, The Responsible Communication Style Guide

8. Carrd

Carrd is by far the simplest website builder I've ever used. That being said, it's incredibly powerful and flexible with Stripe, Typeform and many other integrations. I find it best for quick websites and landing pages. - Ben Lang, IT Kit

 

Scott Gerber
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Scott Gerber is the founder of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Gerber is also a serial entrepreneur, regular TV commentator and author of the book Never Get a “Real” Job.
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