WordPress isn’t as beginner-friendly as some alternatives, but it offers vastly more potential for customization. Is, and when is, WordPress a good website builder?
When you’re choosing a tool for building your new website, you have a number of solid options. Some are aimed at complete novices, enabling users to build a site by choosing from a few ready-made themes and editing premade content sections. Others require a little more effort upfront, but may also offer more powerful functionality as a whole.
WordPress falls into the latter category. It isn’t necessarily as beginner-friendly from the start as some alternatives, but it offers vastly more potential for growth and customization than do most DIY website services. Here we’ll examine how this tradeoff works, and ask: all things considered, is WordPress a good website builder?
We’ll examine how easy it is to get WordPress up and running with a default installation. From there, it’s on to the world of themes and plugins—and how they can be game-changers.
But first, it’s important to understand the fundamental differences between WordPress and the other website builders on the market.
WordPress vs. Other Website Builders
How does WordPress compare to website builder solutions like Wix and Squarespace?
Over the years, WordPress has gained a reputation as a professional-grade tool. Yet, it still seeks to compete in the beginner and hobbyist markets as well. It’s looking to become the best website builder available for virtually any type of project. WordPress is also open-source (meaning the code is not owned by anyone) and free to use.
Meanwhile, a whole range of companies are looking to recruit those same users. They’ve built proprietary tools that are marketed as one-size-fits-all solutions. Many claim to have removed the technical challenges out of building a site. In many cases, you’ll have to pay in order to use them (although there may be free versions with reduced features).
So, how do these two approaches compare?
DIY Website Builders
Many of the competitors in this space, including tools such as Wix and Squarespace, are designed so that users can build a website without knowing code. While there may be the option to add custom code, it’s not at the forefront of their offerings.
The goal is to provide a means for anyone, regardless of previous experience, a visually-oriented way to build a site. The interfaces tend to be oriented around simple interactions like clicking and dragging and dropping.
These tools are widely used, and they really do work as advertised—you can use them to create a beautiful website without code. Specifically, Squarespace works very well for this; Wix and Weebly are much worse options.
However, what these options
This article was written by Eric Karkovack and originally published on WPShout.