There is no doubt that online website builders are getting much better these past couple of years. You no longer have to settle for bad designs and messy code; today’s best website builders are actually more sophisticated than that. There are a lot of good reasons why you should use the available website builders when you want to quickly design a page – or an entire site. In this article, however, we are going to focus more on a few of those reasons.
Great Design Templates
As mentioned earlier, you no longer have to settle for bad designs and generic templates when you use online website builders. Wix, for example, has hundreds of modern-looking, gorgeously crafted themes and templates for you to use. You can base your site on any of these themes.
Templates or themes can really help you save a lot of time. They are also responsive and coded nicely, which means you will end up with a highly optimized site or pages once you are done. Templates allow you to focus on what really matter: your content.
There is a template for every type of site too. Whether you are creating a personal page, an online resume or a fully functional online store, you can always start with a suitable theme or template. You can also add elements to the existing template to make it your own. At the end of the design process, your site can look as unique as you want it to be.
Fluid Drag & Drop Interface
The actual web builder or design platform handles all the hard work for you. It will figure out the right
or web elements to create in order to maintain the look you are trying to achieve. The same goes for responsiveness and other technical stuff. This way, you can freely drag and drop text, images, videos and even interactive elements to your page.
Also, the drag-and-drop interface helps you see how the page (or the entire site) looks on multiple devices. Depending on the online website builder you choose to use, you can either see a preview on the side of the design interface or actually design the page live; you can change the screen size or simulate mobile devices just as easily with these two types of interface.
Even some experienced web designers now use online website builders to help them create mockups and design guides. You can save a lot of time by using a good online web builder indeed. For starters, you don’t have to go through books and tutorials about how to code in HTML and CSS. You can just jump straight to organizing your content into a gorgeous page.
The export function of top web builders grants you access to the raw code of the pages too. If you want, you can continue to edit these codes manually to achieve the look or functionality you want. For me, this is truly a valuable feature. I can choose to quickly create a page and publish it immediately or simply take my time and tweak the finished page further. You can too.
Optimized and Mobile Friendly
Did I tell you that online web builders such as Weebly now supports responsive layouts? Responsive layouts are layouts that show content differently depending on the size of your viewers’ screen. It is a good way to make your site mobile-friendly; considering over 60% of internet users now browse the web using their smartphones and tablets, creating a mobile-friendly site is simply a must.
Online web building tools understand the importance of mobile-friendliness, which is why the latest templates available are designed to be natively responsive. When you add text or images, the site builder will automatically code them to be flexible in width (or size), allowing the page to appear correctly regardless of the size of the viewer’s screen.
Publish or Export
I’ve talked about the ability to export HTML and CSS files once you are done with the design process. This is a handy tool to have, especially if you want to customize the page further. It is also a good way to go when you are using your own web hosting service to publish the site.
On the other hand, you can also publish the site immediately. Using Weebly for example, you can have yourname.weebly.com, for instance, and show the pages you created immediately. Some online web builders go a step further by allowing you to use your own domain name and branding. Both options are great to have since they allow you to publish the finished page or site quickly.