6 Software To Create Your Professional Website7 min

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For the creation and hosting of a professional website, various technologies are made available to webmasters. They have the choice between paid or free software, which depends entirely on the budget that the owner decides to carry out his site creation project.

WIX

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In a few words…

Created in 2006, Wix is a website creation tool known for its drag-and-drop system, but also for the diversity and richness of its templates. Simple to use, intuitive, very graphically neat and rather complete, Wix meets the needs of the most neophytes as well as professionals. All the necessary functionalities in the creation of Web site are present on Wix. Among them, there is the mobile version, the optimization of a search engine, etc. Moreover, the Wix Apps Market allows to add many third party services like FormBuilder, Ebay, Facebook comments, etc..  In addition to having a free version, Wix exists in paid and self-accommodated version with monthly subscription. Creating a website with Wix allows you to create a powerful HTML5 site and a pleasant navigation.

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There is no doubt: Wix’s ease of use, superb designs and flexibility are its best assets. Its FAQ and online help center greatly simplify the creation of a website. With this abundance of features, Wix is a practical and efficient software to create your website

WORDPRESS

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Launched in 2003, WordPress is an open source content management software, written in PHP. It stands out by the ease of use of its content editor, very similar to that of Microsoft Word. This accessibility is undoubtedly at the origin of its popularity. It is the most downloaded and most used CMS in the world. One of the great strengths of WordPress is the size of its community, and the range of modules available, allowing to add features like photo gallery creation, newsletter management, etc.. WordPress was originally dedicated to blogging, but for the last few years, it has even offered the possibility to integrate an e-commerce extension to create an online store.

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This software stands out from other site creation software by the ease it provides to web site creators. In fact, in addition to the usual functionalities offered by software, it offers companies the possibility of creating, in no time, a WordPress site in the URL format “my-site.wordpress.com”. Thus, a few clicks are enough to create a site without need of advanced computer knowledge or programming language. Moreover, downloading the software is free. The ease of use of WordPress also concerns its use. It is indeed the only software of creation of Internet site which does not require the mastery of computer language since its interface is similar to that of Microsoft Word.

WEEBLY

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Weebly, a web content creation and management tool developed by three students at the University of Pennsylvania, was launched in 2006. Very popular in the United States, creating a professional website is done in a few clicks and drag and drop. Its notoriety is also due to the advanced features offered: integration adsense, web analytics tool, page protection by password, automatic generation of mobile version, export site, etc.. In short, it is an evolving tool for everyone. However, it is necessary to pay to have access to all features.

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Weebly is a website creation software that offers about the same features as the first two software. It owes its notoriety to the complementary features it offers compared to its cousins. Indeed, in addition to the classic functionalities, it offers adsense integrations, automatic mobile sites or page protection by passwords. With Weebly, the construction of the web pages is done by block from the side menu. You should know that Weebly uses the latest technologies in computer languages. For example, it uses HTML5, the latest development in the field. However, to unlock the full functionality of the software, it is necessary to pay a monthly fee.

JIMDO

Jimdo

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Born in 2007, and fruit of the work of three friends passionate about the web, the Jimdo website creation software is among the most used in the world. Rich in features, Jimdo is ahead of its competitors with powerful capabilities such as the ability to administer meta-information or discount codes in online sales. You should know that e-commerce is its obvious target. In a few minutes, you can create your sales site, showcase site, with an integrated blog, newsletter, guestbook, etc. Usable online, Jimdo offers a free version and two paid versions: JimdoPro and JimdoBusiness.

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Unlike other design software, its interface is very ergonomic, making it easy to use. It should be added here that over the years, Jimdo has continued to develop and now offers features that its competitors do not yet have. This is for example the case of meta-information administration and discount code management in the e-commerce module. Jimdo also provides two paid offers and a 5-day trial for site creators. Finally, the Jimdofree, a free formula, allowing creators to try the software before making a final choice.

1&1

1&1

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1&1 has been in the Internet business since 1988 and is now a major hosting company worldwide. But it also offers a MyWebsite creation tool aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. Given the target audience, 1&1 relies on simplicity of use and a range of designs classified by sector of activity. In all, there are a hundred trades referenced. The 1&1 paid offers are particularly interesting, because they include hosting, domain name, creation tool and access to a number of services: SEO, responsive design, e-commerce module, newsletter, etc..

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With 1&1, users are delighted, because it allows to have an operational website very quickly. Thanks to the Web apps, we can integrate tools developed by third parties. Navigation depth is possible up to three levels. Note that the title tags, META tags and image tags are editable. 1and1 also provides professionals with an impressive photo bank. As for the audience, it is available for instant discussion. 1&1 still has a handicap. Its content is pre-filled. In other words, all users have duplicate texts if these contents remain unchanged. Thus, they will be badly referenced in search engines.

Webnode

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Operational since 2006, the Webnode platform is one of the five major players in the sector. What sets it apart from its competitors is its multilingual management as it is available in more than 20 languages. Even better, support is available in each of these languages. With Webnode, site creation is done on a web interface. Adaptable to most web browsers, it is always possible to create or modify your site from a computer or mobile device. Webnode offers an unlimited free version. There are also paid packs with several versions: mini, standard or pro. They include hosting, a storage space more or less important, an e-commerce module, email boxes, etc..

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Webnode’s success is based on its practicality, i.e. the drag and drop function, and its availability in several languages. Therefore, Webnode is very interesting for large websites with an international dimension. Navigation levels seem unlimited, and SEO is also optimized. However, its features such as the variety of themes are limited.

A small summary table to conclude

Positive points Negative points
Wix
  • Very intuitive interface
  • Diversity of templates
  • Quality Designs
  • Numerous features
  • Theme change not possible once selected
WordPress
  • Multitude of plug-ins
  • Free and open source software
  • Easy to install and use
  • Some themes are complex
  • Difficult to identify the different extensions
Weebly
  • Drag and drop system
  • Very simple content editor
  • Lack of functionality
Jimdo
  • Speed of creation
  • Rich e-commerce module
  • Full support
  • Little flexible page structure
  • SEO
1&1
  • Speed of creation
  • Design range
  • Sectoral approach
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Possibility to be penalized in SEO
Webnode
  • Multilingual function
  • Unlimited navigation levels
  • Lack of functionality
  • Very few models

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