Tools to quickly put together and launch a full website
If you are looking to setup an e-commerce website this is the place to start. With a variety of modern themes to show off your new product Shopify offers both free and paid themes for a variety of different industries (clothing, jewellery, furniture, art, etc.), so you can dress up your website accordingly. Check out some of these examples.
Shopify also offers a large App store where you can choose from over 1000 apps to plug into your store. The tools include accounting, customer service, inventory management and more!
Carrd is a platform for building simple, responsive, one-page sites for pretty much anything, whether it's a personal profile, a landing page with a MailChimp signup form, or something a bit more elaborate. It's fast, flexible, simple to use, and 100% free.
Webydo provides an intuitive drag-and-drop editor. Combined with a minimalist interface, it creates a intuitive, easy-to-navigate website building environment optimised for both web and mobile. I personally find Webydo is aimed at a slightly more design savvy user as it's packed with a host of design features similar to a Photoshop-like control panel with advanced web design tools that let you fine tune your website.
If you have some experience in web design but don't want to spend hours coding then this is a fantastic option packed with all the design tools you need to make a stunning, unique, modern website.
Ekko creates your business website in seconds, using your Facebook page. Update your Facebook page - whether that’s a new status, biography, a photo, or simply new opening hours, then Facebook informs Ekko of this update and they fetch your latest page data and your site is instantly updated to reflect your Facebook Page's content. It's that easy, you don't need to do anything!
No prior design or code skills needed, Ekko provides a selection of beautiful themes that elegantly adapt to your content, on any device.
Ekko offers a free 14 day trial too - Brilliant!
With Readymag you can create any kind of web publications using only one tool, including creating websites. Readymag gives you complete freedom over your creative process — you don’t have to think about any technical aspects. There are no limits and absolutely no coding required. Readymag has a great selection of tasteful templates to choose from, or if you are feeling particularly creative, start from a blank canvas and craft your own site using their intuitive drag and drop tools.
Readymag has an incredible selection of web fonts to choose from making it one of the more stylish options for creating a website. Readymag provides a completely free package to get you started. And it doesn't stop there; Readymag also lets you create magazines. photo stories, portfolios and presentations all in the same platform.
Pixpa is packed with just about every feature you can imagine for building your perfect website. With a huge selection of fully responsive themes to choose from for just about any type of website you desire. However, if you fancy adding your own flare to your website, Pixpa offers combinations of 300+ content blocks that you can drag-and-drop, sequence and edit easily. Thus, you have full flexibility and power to present your content the way you want.
Berta.me is an ideal tool for artists, photographers, designers, craftsmen and other creatives. Its layout is simple, minimalistic and responsive. The themes available are super modern and chic and perfect for creatives as there is a tonne of fonts through google to choose from as well as layout examples for portfolios or stores.
Strikingly is a drag and drop website builder that prides itself as being an easy solution for people who are not technically savvy enough to design and publish a high-quality website without coding.
It didn't take me long to get to grips with the interface and I managed to get a create looking modern landing page in an hour. Strikingly seemed to have made a conscious effort to ensure all their templates are fully mobile optimised unlike some of their competitors i've tested.
The mobile age is upon us, and having a mobile-optimised website is more important than ever. Don't lose your visitors under the weight of a heavy, confusing website.
Tilda has a clean user interface with a modular drag and drop system. Choose from thousands, yes thousands of pre-set layouts. The drag and drop image feature has to be one of my favourite features, so simple. After just an hour playing about with Tilda I had a basic landing page up and running. With Tilda you can create long forms and articles, as well as landing pages, websites, photo stories, blogs and all other kinds of content oriented web projects.
Webflow is one of the most powerful, customisable visual website builders there is. It was built to empower designers and entrepreneurs to create really powerful dynamic sites without having to learn how to code. It certainly has one of the more steeper learning curves but don't let that put you off.
If you're frustrated by the limitations of typical drag and drop website builders then this might be the very tool you are looking for. The level of design customisation is second to none and certainly geared towards users with a flair for design. Webflow provides a ton of carefully crafted how to videos to get you up to speed and they are pretty funny too! Webflow offers a very generous free tier to get you started.
Squarespace has to be one of the most visually impressive drag and drop website builders out there.
Just take a look at some of the websites that have been created using their platform. The templates are very attractive and have a slick, contemporary look and feel - arguably outclassing the offering from most other website building solutions. Additionally, the templates are responsive, meaning that a mobile / tablet-optimised version of your site is automatically generated for users viewing your site on those devices.
I find Squarespace slightly more difficult getting to grips with, however the stunning themes are worthing the extra effort.
Sheet2Site is a free website builder that will generate you a beautiful website just in a few clicks from a Google Spreadsheet. If you are looking to create a quick simple website in a matter of minutes this is a fantastically simple and easy to use tool. No coding necessary whatsoever. Build a site with pictures, text and links.
Weebly is the easiest drag & drop website builder. I have used it for the past 5 years and really can't fault it as a beginner code-free tool.
They enable you to build a great looking website without having to write a single line of code. You literally just use your mouse and drag in pictures, slideshows, products, without the need to deal with any codes. Over the past year the monthly updates have vastly improved the look and feel of Weebly and provided loads of new features. Weebly has a free version which is great to play with before you commit to one of their payed packages. Weebly provides modern mobile optimised websites with a variety of pre-built themes available.
The previous version of this site was built with Weebly and can be seen here.