Six of the best website building tools
Posted by Paul Nesbitt on 19 May 2016 09:10 AM
Six of the best website building tools
Before you decide on which hosting package is perfect for your business, first you need to decide whether to take out Windows or Linux hosting – the choice you make will depend on the type of applications you want your website to run.
Linux is the most popular operating system, partly down to the fact that website building tools such as Joomla, Magento, Drupal, WordPress, and Softaculous, among others, work brilliantly on it – all of which come pre-loaded with all of our web hosting packages.
Once you’ve picked your operating system, you will need to choose the right website building tool for you and your company, so we at PAC WebHosting have put together a guide that outlines six of the best.
Joomla is one of the most popular Content Management Systems on the market and is often used by some of the world’s biggest companies to build their websites.
This tool is perfect if you are looking to add a professional touch to a basic website as its range of thousands of extensions, plugins and regular software upgrades released by the Joomla community allows you to add extra features to your website that will really help it stand out from the crowd.
Small-medium e-commerce sites also turn to Joomla because of its compatibility with VirtueMart, which allows payments to be made online, and its ability to create captcha and handle SSL Certificates means that your customers can browse your online store and make payments, knowing their sensitive details are secure.
Other key features: Its comprehensive navigation structure allows you to create menus with multiple levels while the automatic creation of breadcrumbs means your customers can easily find their way through your site.
Also, thanks to its inbuilt WYSIWYG editor, content for your site can be created and managed without knowledge of HTML.
The drawbacks: The sheer amount of plugins, extensions and scope for customising your website means some technical knowledge is required. Secondly, some plugins only work with particular scripts, meaning some features may crash if the right scripts are not available on your site.
Over 12million active websites across the world are running on WordPress.
WordPress has evolved from just a simple blogging platform into a full-featured, versatile Content Management System that allows for the creation of professional-looking websites that are also fully responsive for use on mobile platforms. However, its blogging fundamentals remain, meaning uploading vast amounts of eye-catching, multimedia content is incredibly easy.
WordPress is considered the simplest of all the website building tools on this list, making it the perfect option for those creating a website for the first time. Its huge range of customisable templates makes it easy to create industry-specific web pages that will help your brand shine while its ability to create comments sections on your site makes it the perfect option if you want to create a two-way conversation between you and your customers.
Other key features: WordPress is perfect for SEO. You’ll be able to produce engaging content that contains headers, page descriptions, and keywords, making your content inviting to the major search engines which will increase the chances of your site appearing high in their rankings.
The drawbacks: WordPress is considered the least powerful of all the options on this list while the vast amount of plugins and extensions you need to create a website that meets the needs of your customers will reduce the speed of your site.
This is considered the most powerful, comprehensive website building tool on this list. Drupal is fully scalable, so it will adapt and respond as your business grows. You can add large amounts of new, multimedia content and the performance of your site will remain high, even in the face of large volumes of traffic.
One of Drupal’s key features is the ability to create multilingual websites that can even offer tailored information to customers, depending on their location. While the Drupal Commerce module allows you to create a secure, fully personalised online store that can handle large amounts of sales and cater for different currencies, payment methods and tax rates. This is the perfect platform for large scale e-commerce sites.
Other key features: Drupal works with a team of security experts to identify threats and constantly develops patches to help keep sites safe against the most sophisticated attacks while its ability to offer customisable menu structures allows you to create a navigation system that enhances the user experience of your site.
The drawbacks: Drupal is a highly advanced tool that allows for the creation of sophisticated, dynamic sites. However, it is a very technical tool to use and requires a lot of time to install and get up and running. Unless you have someone with Drupal expertise on your team or have the resources to hire a developer, then this may not be the programme for you.
Unlike the previous programmes on this list, Magento was designed specifically for e-commerce. It includes many of the features you would expect to see in an online store without having to install a lot of extensions.
Similar to Drupal, Magento allows you to handle a wide range of payment methods and gives you the opportunity to categorise your products by different variables: size, colour, material, and availability, for example. This provides your customers with a smooth, fluid shopping experience.
Magento is a powerful system, commanding a 7% share of global e-commerce sales. It is extremely popular with large businesses as its ability to allow you to manage multiple stores and brands from one back-end system reduces the time spent on site administration, making your web presence more streamlined.
Other key features: As well as thousands of extra extensions, Magento is famed for its security. The tool is PA-DSS compliant, meaning that Magento satisfies the global standard for payment security and meets 14 key protection criteria.
The drawbacks: Because of the flexibility Magento offers, a large amount of technical knowledge is required. If you don’t have this, Magento developers are very expensive – so only consider this option if you anticipate large volumes of traffic and a prolific online store.
Working with cPanel, Softaculous can install applications onto your website in just a matter of seconds. With this piece of software, the potentially lengthy process of downloading applications such as WordPress onto your website is reduced significantly.
With over 300 applications for you to choose from, you can choose to download anything from forums, blogs, polls and shopping carts for e-commerce sites, all without having to download individual installers for each application – saving you time when building your website.
Other key features: Softaculous automatically scans the applications you install for updates. It will let you know in your dashboard when an update is ready to be installed.
The drawbacks: Softaculous has two accounts: Free and Premium. The Free license has 59 scripts for you to choose from while the Premium license comes at a cost but has all scripts available. The cost depends on the duration of license you choose.
Much like WordPress, Wix is perfect for businesses who are just setting out to develop their online presence. Its user-friendly interface allows you to drag and drop a wide range of multimedia content onto every page of your site – so no knowledge of coding is required.
With over 500 industry-specific templates to choose from, you can create dynamic web pages that bring your brand to life.
Wix also has a wide range of e-commerce functions that give your customers the ability to book appointments online, make purchases and have access to their own login area where they can see exclusive content relating to your business – it’s no wonder they have over 82million registered users.
Other key features: All Wix templates are mobile-friendly, meaning your site can be accessed on the go from a range of devices.
The drawbacks: Because every template is fully customisable, once you pick a template you cannot interchange it with another and, if you decide to go with a Free account from Wix, your website will have Wix branded advertising on it unless you upgrade to Premium.
Talk to our team here at PAC WebHosting for an in-depth discussion about which web building tool would best suit the needs of your business.