“SiteBuilder’s template editor uses drag-and-drop and WYSIWYG (‘what you see is what you get’) to help you build a simple site without knowing a single line of code.”
Getting Started: Quick and Easy
Ease of use is SiteBuilder’s number one priority, and the website builder scored 4.3 stars out of five in our ease of use testing. This score reflects how SiteBuilder delivers in the early stages of site builder pricing. But, the more our users wanted to customize their pages, the more frustrated they grew with its restrictions.
SiteBuilder supports Social Login, which means you can sign up with just one click using your Google or Facebook account. This saves a surprising amount of time and hassle!
Then it’s straight down to business. You must pick a domain (for example, www.mybeautifulwebsite.com), choose your plan, and enter your payment details. Pay up front whether you choose a monthly, yearly or two year plan. Once you’ve confirmed your purchase, you can get building!
The editor kicks off with a brief ‘guided tour’. Staring at a blank screen or an uncustomized template can be intimidating, so the tour helps to get you started.
Basic Template Tweaks: Very Easy
SiteBuilder has pre-filled templates for you to edit. This guides your design, gives you a layout to work with, and makes it easy to visualize how your site will look once it’s live.
SiteBuilder’s drag-and-drop controls give you easy control over basic template tweaks.
It’s not the ‘pure drag-and-drop’ of Wix – you can’t move anything anywhere – but you do get a straightforward editor that doesn’t require any coding knowledge.
Adding photos is a breeze, as long as you upload them from your computer or use SiteBuilder’s large library of free stock images.
All your uploaded snaps are stored in your SiteBuilder file manager, which means you won’t have to upload the same photo twice.
And to save you the hassle of using separate software, SiteBuilder has a free, easy-to-use, built-in photo editor.
SiteBuilder’s photo editor is powered by Photoshop’s creator Adobe, but it’s much simpler than Photoshop.
It offers an easy toolbar of options for decorating your pics with text, doodles and fun stickers, as well as cropping and enhancing your photos.
Some other website builders have integrated photo editors too (including Wix), but SiteBuilder’s is particularly easy to use. Credit where it’s due!
Deeper Customization: Frustrating
It’s easy enough to add pages, sections, and extra features to your SiteBuilder site by dragging them onto the template.
The trouble comes when you want to customize and rearrange them.
Sections have to be arranged one after the other, and can’t be laid out next to each other instead. This really reduces your layout choices.
What’s more, you can’t move features and sections between pages. For example, if you have a customized map on your homepage, you can’t move it to a new page later on.
This limits your freedom to expand and improve your site over time.
To use an analogy, imagine you’re hanging pictures in your new home. In time, you’re going to want to move pictures around your house – not just around the same wall!
For an easier building experience, try Wix. It’s a simple drag-and-drop builder and has much more advanced customization tools, meaning you can create a professional looking site in a few hours.
If you’re after speed as well as a headache-free builder, check out Wix ADI or GoDaddy. These both use Artificial Design Intelligence to create a website for you.
All you do is enter information about the website you want to create, and the builder uses these details to create a personalized website for you. It takes minutes (at most!) and is the most effortless way of building a website.
Unlike SiteBuilder, GoDaddy offers a free trial and Wix lets you build for free, so you can have a play around to see which one you like the most.