Have you ever heard that saying, Don’t reinvent the wheel?
When it comes to building a selling website for your online store, that phrase is an important one to keep in mind. There are countless options that make building your website fast, easy, and affordable — without having to hire a web designer.
There are many ways to sell online with Ecwid, such as:
- creating a store on Facebook
- launching a free
one-pageEcwid Instant Site
- selling with your own mobile app
- and, of course, adding a store to your existing website.
Ecwid store can be seamlessly added to any website. That’s great, but if you haven’t got one yet, you might wonder how to choose the right site builder for your goals?
In this post, we’ll look at four popular site builders that integrate with Ecwid so you can get your
Why Use Site Builders
Before we jump into the different options, let’s take a moment to talk about the advantages of using site builders as opposed to hiring a web designer or agency to create your website from scratch.
They take the legwork out of layout and web design so that you can quickly build off a
Site builders also work well because they offer
Data from comScore shows that mobile usage outpaced desktop usage back in 2014
With this in mind, it’s important to approach web design with a
Most site builders offer hosting as part of their packages — which means your website is securely hosted by the site builders’ servers and you can purchase a custom domain.
The beauty of this is that you can often manage your website hosting right within the site builder — no need to go through an external channel that adds another step to the process.
Search engine optimization
If search engine optimization (SEO) is a priority for you, some site builders offer templates that have been created with this objective in mind.
Site builders are an affordable option for
This allows the business owner to select the pricing plan that best fits their budget and allows them to select only the features they need.
It also creates an opportunity to scale the services of the site builder up or down as the business evolves over time.
While some online retailers may decide to hire a designer to help with elements of a website created through one of these platforms (like customizing a template, graphic elements, etc.), using a site builder can help make the process faster and more affordable as opposed to starting with a
Next, let’s compare some of the popular site builders to see how they stack up against each other.
Looking for a way to add an online store to your WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal website? Read How To Add an Online Store to Your Existing Website
Overview of 9 Most Popular Site Builders that Have Ecwid Integration
There are many different options for site builders, but we’re going to focus on some of the more popular platforms that we see websites and stores being built with on a regular basis.
Some of the commonly used site builders that integrate with Ecwid are:
To help you decide, let’s take a more
Wix is a site builder that prides itself on simple website development. Using drag and drop tools, you can easily create a website that’s
- Unlimited pages
- Supports video and audio files
- Social integrations
- Stock images
- Free and reliable hosting
Here’s an example of an online store/website built on Wix:
With a clean, simple layout and easy navigation tools, you can create a website and online store using Wix that wows your customers.
Integrating Wix with Ecwid is as simple as adding the app from the Wix App Market to your site.
Weebly boasts more than 40 million users, and is a site builder beloved for it’s no frills approach to website design.
In minutes, you can create a
- SEO tools
- Custom domain hosting
- Video embedding
- Fast load times
Take a look at this example of an online store/website built on Weebly:
Notice how in this example bold images are front and center and the top navigation makes it easy for shoppers to browse by category. Using Weebly, you can put a store like this one together and go live within a day.
Weebly sites integrate with Ecwid when you drop in the appropriate html text.
More than 25% of the entire web runs on WordPress, and because of its open source platform, many integrations, tools, and
With flexible pricing and endless templates, you can use this site builder to create a customized website that’s completely unique and
- Various plugins
- Advanced site metrics
- Free themes
Here’s an example of what a WordPress
WordPress sites are often more customizable than other site builders because there are so many existing resources for this particular platform — from templates to integrations and beyond.
You can integrate any WordPress site with Ecwid by adding a simple plugin.
Squarespace is another easy to use tool with many different templates that allow you to build and launch a customized online store and website in minutes.
With hosting and custom domains available for purchase within this platform, you can take care of all of your website needs without ever leaving this one site. Other features include:
Award-winningdesigns and templates
- Analytics and tools for inventory tracking, shipping, customized emails and more
- SEO resources
- Social media integrations
Here’s an example Squarespace site:
If you’re looking for a site builder that’s
You can tie together your Squarespace website and Ecwid accounts with a piece of html code.
Drupal is a lot like WordPress — a free,
Drupal is popular with developers thanks to its free,
- Free; you only pay for your hosting costs.
- Thousands of extensions and themes (almost 50,000).
- Can be modified to fit virtually any need.
- Rock solid and stable; won’t crash.
- Difficult to use. You will need external help if you’re not technical.
- Plain vanilla Drupal isn’t very useful. You will need to buy/download extensions.
- No hosting or support.
Best for: businesses with
Ecwid integration: Follow the instructions here to learn how to integrate Ecwid with Drupal.
Here’s a very high profile site using Drupal — Weather.com:
Where Joomla stands out from Drupal is in its
Joomla has the same downsides as Drupal or any other
- Great at handling large amounts of content (1000+ pages).
- Thousands of extensions and themes available.
- Not as customizable as Drupal.
- Hard to use compared to paid alternatives.
- No hosting or support.
Best for: Businesses that expect to host a large number of pages such as media companies.
Ecwid integration: Joomla has an official Ecwid integration that you can find here.
Here’s an example of a
Strikingly isn’t a
As the name implies, these are sites with a single, scrolling page.
Where Strikingly stands out is in its ease of use and beautiful templates. Instead of building a site from scratch, you can quickly click and customize existing templates. This makes getting online incredibly fast and easy.
On the downside, this
If you are an Ecwid seller, you can also consider using a free Ecwid Instant Site instead of a
You can learn more about Ecwid Instant Sites for ecommerce websites here. You can also view inspiring sites built with Ecwid.
- Beautiful templates out of the box.
- Extremely easy to use.
One-pageformat is convenient for many small businesses.
- Extremely limiting format; can’t add pages or change templates.
- Limited templates.
- Need to purchase pro plan to use a custom domain.
Best for: Small businesses that need a placeholder site that links to their online store.
Ecwid integration: The Ecwid app is available in the Strikingly app store. You can access it here.
Here’s an example of a Strikingly site: TribeWanted.com
Duda is the responsive website builder from Duda. It complements DudaMobile, which is Duda’s mobile website builder. This can be confusing for most businesses.
Setting aside naming confusions, Duda offers a simple,
One big strength of Duda over its competitors is that it gives you access to the underlying code. If you know your HTML/CSS, you can customize any template extensively.
- Offers a free option with limited, but usable features.
- Drag and drop builder is easy to use.
- Supports a number of integrations such as OpenTable reservations, Yelp reviews, etc.
- Doesn’t support blogs.
- Can’t change web hosts.
- Some stability issues.
- Limited templates.
Best for: Small businesses who want a quick and cheap site for establishing a web presence.
Ecwid integration: Duda supports Ecwid out of the box.
Here’s an example of a site built on a Duda template: ChefAdoni.com.
Weld is a relatively new player among site builders. Weld helps you build any kind of site with its flexible,
Weld’s ease of use and flexibility are its two biggest strengths. The site builder uses smart objects and content blocks to help you create interactive, dynamic websites. You aren’t limited by the number of pages or
On the downside, Weld’s
- Highly customizable templates.
- Drag and drop smart objects and content blocks.
- Free to use.
Pre-builttemplates are somewhat basic.
- Little documentation or support.
- Need customization to get the most out of Weld.
Best for: Businesses who want a free site builder and are willing to figure things out on their own.
Ecwid integration: You can add Ecwid to your Weld site using the Ecwid app in the Weld library.
Here’s an example of a site built on Weld: Framtidskoll.nu.
Site Builders: Fantastic Resources
If you do not have a website, check out Bookmark, a free website builder. Bookmark allows you to instantly integrate your Facebook page with a click of a button using their A.I powered website builder which creates your website in 30 seconds or less.
Now that you know some of the
Tip: site builders are great for creating a website with multiple pages, a blog, or a picture gallery. If you need a