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kalypso

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Website Builder Platforms Explained

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Website Builder Platforms Explained

Wordpress/Wix/Webflow

a. Wordpress.com

  • A platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online.

Key Factors

  • Host through wordpress.com
  • A wordpress subdomain - Free Version
  • WordPress.com's own ads and branding
  • No monetization options for blog or website
  • Limited disk space of 3GB
  • Can't install third-party plugins or themes.

Problem

  • Premium plan will cost you atleast 130$ annually with limits.

Best usage

  • If you want to start a blog and you don't care about having a subdomain link like "www.yoursite.wordpress.com"

b. Wordpress.org

  • Self hosted wordpress -100% flexible and open-source

Key Factors

  • Full control over your site
  • Custom hosting and domain provider
  • No ads unless you add ads to monetize
  • Flexible disk space managed by hosting
  • Can install third-party plugins or themes.

Problem

  • Full control to you - development, security and maintenance.
  • Not a drag and drop setup system.

Best usage

  • 100% control and rights to your content. You decide how much to pay yearly by using what fits in your budget.

c. Webflow

  • An easy to use drag-and-drop site building tool.

Key Factors

  • Freedom to create customized websites without any coding
  • Drag and drop page builder
  • Easy to create animations and interactions w/o plugins
  • Invite editors and collaborators to add and review content.
  • Hosting with minimal downtime by webflow
  • No Initial setup

Problem

  • Expensive plans, with prices ranging from $12/month to $212/month. Limitations to export dynamic content

Best usage

  • 100% free to try with webflow subdomain for 2 projects. but has some limitations.

d. Wix

  • A simple drag and drop website builder.

Key Factors

  • Free to try with a Wix branding massive template library
  • Easy-to-use editor and drag and drop sidebar
  • Automatic website backups
  • Wix controls the hosting.
  • No Initial Setup

Problem

  • Premium plans are single-site only. Limitation to switch templates after the site is published.

Best usage

  • 100% free to try with Wix branding with 500 mb limit

e. My Favourite

  • I use wordpress.org for kalypsodesign.com

Why wordpress.org?

  • I need 100% control and rights for my content. With a self hosted wordpress setup, I can transfer my hosting provider or the entire site to a new domain anytime. This allows me to start with a low cost and upgrade as per the requirement.
  • Tons of flexibility when it comes to customizations. I can install and use any number of free or premium themes and plugins to change the visual design and functionality of the website.
  • No additional charges for creating a membership function or an online store or a community forum.
  • Freedom to decide how much to spend yearly.

What's your favourite platform?

Let me know in the comments

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