What DIY Website Builder would you use?

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If you could only use one of the many DIY website builder platforms that can be self hosted(Ex:Weebly,Wix,web,etc) to create a site for an offline business, which one would you pick, and why? So no custom coded or even a wordpress.org.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    I had used weebly for my few websites and its really a Good website builder with lots of great option. Drag and drop options make you to use it easily.
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  • Profile picture of the author NatWil00
    I used 1&1 with success!
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    • Profile picture of the author wiifm
      Don't overlook the option of using a template and edit it with any HTML editor yourself. It's really not that much different than using a website builder, only you have a lot more options depending on how much you want to learn and the end result is a site that is more unique.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        I have tried many of the DIY options and I still come back to WordPress hosted on your own account (not WordPress.org).

        Flexibility is the key. There are thousands and thousands of great themes available, lots of tutorials to help you, grundles of plug-ins (free and paid) and when you go to sell your site, others will already be familiar with the admin interface.

        I know this might not be what you're looking for . . . but I faced the same decision your are facing and I am glad I went with self hosted WP.

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        • Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

          I have tried many of the DIY options and I still come back to WordPress hosted on your own account (not WordPress.org).

          . . . but I faced the same decision your are facing and I am glad I went with self hosted WP.

          Steve
          Steve, I think you meant "not WordPress.com"...

          WordPress.com is the free blogging platform hosted by WordPress.

          Anyway, I agree with you that WordPress is the best platform I've run into. I have been using it since 2006. The ability to customize is massive. Although it is designed to be a blogging platform, it is viable and possible to run it as a static website as well without a blog. Plus you have the ability to add the blog functionality at any time.

          I'm with you, WordPress, hands down.
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        • Profile picture of the author bbminded
          I agree also that wordpress.org is one of the best CMS(if not the best) to use for building websites. Little more of a learning curve then say weebly or a wix platform, but still great for the person with no coding knowledge.
          I asked the question for those cases where in which you land an offline client that just wants you to build them a simple website that they will take over and edit/add to etc. So basically build the site, get paid and your done with that customer.

          Originally Posted by Steve B View Post

          I have tried many of the DIY options and I still come back to WordPress hosted on your own account (not WordPress.org).

          Flexibility is the key. There are thousands and thousands of great themes available, lots of tutorials to help you, grundles of plug-ins (free and paid) and when you go to sell your site, others will already be familiar with the admin interface.

          I know this might not be what you're looking for . . . but I faced the same decision your are facing and I am glad I went with self hosted WP.

          Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author bbminded
      will check them out..Thanks
      Originally Posted by NatWil00 View Post

      I used 1&1 with success!
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by bbminded View Post

    If you could only use one of the many DIY website builder platforms that can be self hosted(Ex:Weebly,Wix,web,etc) to create a site for an offline business, which one would you pick, and why?
    Probably Weebly.

    Because it's pretty easy-to-use, has some nice-looking sites, and is a very professionally-run, reliable, long-established, trustworthy business.

    I've used many sites of this type (not being a WordPress user, myself) and have found Weebly pretty good, overall.

    I do think that you need a really good reason not to use a self-hosted WordPress blog, though, to make even Weebly the "best choice" for your business. But it might be. It was, for me, at one point.

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  • Profile picture of the author pxjenkins
    Originally Posted by bbminded View Post

    If you could only use one of the many DIY website builder platforms that can be self hosted(Ex:Weebly,Wix,web,etc) to create a site for an offline business, which one would you pick, and why? So no custom coded or even a wordpress.org.
    I'm a fan of Fastline...not so well known, but great devs, simple to create a site rapidly from ready-made templates, very compliant with Wordpress codex and FAST to load because little 'baked-in' shortcode added.
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    • Profile picture of the author bbminded
      Have never heard of fastline. Thanks, i will check it out.

      Originally Posted by pxjenkins View Post

      I'm a fan of Fastline...not so well known, but great devs, simple to create a site rapidly from ready-made templates, very compliant with Wordpress codex and FAST to load because little 'baked-in' shortcode added.
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  • Profile picture of the author ThinhH
    Originally Posted by bbminded View Post

    If you could only use one of the many DIY website builder platforms that can be self hosted(Ex:Weebly,Wix,web,etc) to create a site for an offline business, which one would you pick, and why? So no custom coded or even a wordpress.org.
    Have you ever thought of using programs like Dreamweaver or Web Expression? You can
    simply buy a template at a very cheap price (less than $10). Then, you use the software to
    customize them. You are not required to have any knowledge about HTML or CSS.

    Good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author bbminded
      Hmm....I have always thought that Dreamweaver was one of the most popular programs for web developers that knew code. But then again things change so quickly in this industry. I will give it a look also. Thanks

      Originally Posted by ThinhH View Post

      Have you ever thought of using programs like Dreamweaver or Web Expression? You can
      simply buy a template at a very cheap price (less than $10). Then, you use the software to
      customize them. You are not required to have any knowledge about HTML or CSS.

      Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author thisisraz65
    Adove muse and upload it to any hosting(not self hosting)
    done
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