There’s a wealth of website building software in the market these days: in-browser website builders, professional web design suites, SaaS (software as a service) platforms and downloadable site constructors just to name a few types.
They all vary in price, flexibility and sometimes – in target audience.
Thus, in this post I’d like to touch upon the two major types of website builders, namely multi-functional (versatile) and specialized site makers.
Multi-Functional Website Builders
Versatile website builders are geared towards creating virtually any type of website. Usually, they offer a wide range of tools allowing users to mold the system limitlessly to help them build exceptional, personalized and multi-faceted websites (freedom of customization can vary from service to service).
With uCoz for instance, anyone is capable of creating a Forum, a Blog, an eCommerce or a Business website without much technical knowledge – just pick a module you need and activate it (check out my freshly compiled uCoz Websites Examples).
Furthermore, multifunctional website builders allow you to build not only websites of any type for yourself, but also for your clients (in case you’re a web designer or just getting your feet wet in the realm). Webydo for example, is literally packed with advanced business-related features helping designers organize their workflow in the most productive way. Webydo allows designers to rebrand the whole system from the ground up: you can place your own company logo on your Dashboard, Design Management System and also your client’s CMS.
Specialized Website Builders
Unlike versatile web builders, these services cater to a certain audience only. Take iClanWebsites for example. It is developed exclusively to meet avid gamers’ needs. Its feature set allows you to implement the most actual functions a powerful guild website may need: online chats, ability to host your own tournaments, forums and activity feeds, event management and other handy options.
Another great example of a specialized site builder is MadeFreshly, a lightweight eCommerce web builder. It can be used for building e-stores only. It’s an easy-to-navigate and very elegant solution for small retailers and handcrafters.
Cons and Pros
On the one hand specialized website builders are real godsends for those who know exactly what kind of website they need. They are much easier to use, as there are no ‘useless’ menus, buttons and blocks in their admin panels. But on the other hand, what if you decide to extend your website over time? This is where versatile site builders come into play. So, before choosing between the two options, it makes sense to do some planning .
The number of the narrowly specialized website builders is confidently growing these days – I often come across various ‘restaurant website builders’, ‘site makers for kids’ and similar web services. But when I land at their pages I realize that these are in fact the same site builders but with food- or kids-themed templates . So, when selecting a specialized website builder for your business, make sure it offers advanced ‘inner features’ as well, not only topical eye-catching templates.