December 1, 2017
A decade ago, it was almost next to impossible to build an eye-catching website especially for those who lack the knowledge of designing and coding. However, the situation has completely changed these days. Anyone can build a website without needing to write the code. All you just need to do is select the best website builder to bring your vision to life.
Thankfully, there is a multitude to choose from. The trickiest part is which one to choose. Looking at all the HTML5 website builders to watch in 2017, I narrowed the lens to top three HTML5 website builders – in no particular order — that simply acts as a tool to simplify the process of web design and enables you to create a great site without needing to know a lot about programming or coding.
Shopify is the name that tops a lot of companies sites’ lists and of course with good reason. Due to its dependability and countless features, including SEO and marketing resources, secure shopping carts and compatibility with mobile devices, more than 500,000 online stores have been built on Shopify to-date. The platform truly acts as one-stop destination for numerous business owners especially the ones who want to include an eCommerce store on their website. In layman’s language, this HTML5 website builder is compatible with all forms of eCommerce. Right from setting up an online store to selling whatever goods and services you like, to organizing your products, to customizing the entire store, to accepting payments, to tracking and responding to orders, everything can be done easily within Shopify’s interface.
Using the platform is quite intuitive and easy to grasp right from the get-go. If you are still confused, however, feel free to get in touch with a recognized Shopify development company. If you don’t have the necessary skills yourself, professionals can take care of everything for you.
Price: Payment plans are based on monthly billing. For anyone running a profitable store, these costs should quickly become negligible. For example, Shopify Lite is $9 per month and allows one to sell on social media, in person, or on an existing website. Basic Shopify is $29 per month and offers all the basics for starting a new business.
With more than $4 billion in sales from more than 55,000 digital retailers, the platform is quickly becoming one of the top choices for serious eCommerce businesses. BigCommerce comprises a bunch of features that delve far deeper than a secured shopping portal. Unlike other eCommerce solutions, it enables users to control, market and analyze store performance via the latest in eCommerce technologies.
If you have very little experience with designing, and wish to avoid spending hundreds on a professional graphic designer, not to worry — there are many themes to choose from free to $195. Instead of choosing pre-built themes, I would personally like to recommend using style editor for customized store elements. By doing this you will get more control over the site’s appearance. Users already having an eCommerce store can easily integrate their design in BigCommerce’s interface. With a few clicks of a button, an entire site can be imported and set-up to be used with other BigCommerce features.
Other marketing tools offered by the platform are:
• Gift Certificates
• Customized Promotional Banners
• Google Analytics Integration
• Bulk Order Discounts
• Promotional Campaigns
• Live Chat Software Integration
Price: Standard: $29.95/mo where you can sell online with your own online store. It’s the most popular of the four packages. Another one is plus: $79.95/mo where you can grow your online business with marketing tools proven to increase conversion.
Another leading HTML5 Website builder is Volusion. The platform is suitable for businesses of all sizes when it comes to selling goods and services online. As it stands, more than 40,000 online stores call Volusion home for their eCommerce website solutions. All told, it has more than 18 billion in merchant sales between them.
It may interest you to know that the platform integrates pretty well with Twitter, Facebook and other social media so that one can market their goods and services pretty easily. ‘Daily Deal’ buttons point customers to certain products that you specify. It’s also very easy to manage your inventory and set sales prices and descriptions for each product. In addition to this, Volusion has a 24/7 support staff as well as online training videos and how-to guides for getting up to speed on all of the site features.
Price: Mini: $15/mo, 100 products, 1GB of bandwidth, online support, secure checkout.
Plus: $35/mo, 1,000 products, 3GB of bandwidth, online and phone support, secure checkout.
Rakesh Patel is marketing manager at eTatvaSoft, a Web, eCommerce and mobile app development company in India. He writes about technology trends, leadership and many more things about IT services, enabling people to learn about new technologies through his online contribution.