Website Builders, eCommerce, and Open-Source

Anyone looking to create a website today has probably been suggested WordPress as a good option. WordPress certainly has a lot of positives that make it the platform of choice for website development. It is used by over 40% of all websites and 60% of content management systems.

There is no doubt that you can create almost any kind of website with WordPress. But being so general purpose is also a negative as you can’t optimize the platform to do one specific thing. In this post, I’ll tell you about some alternatives to WordPress that might suit you better for creating websites.

Alternatives to WordPress Website Builder

Let’s start the discussion with some full-fledged website builders that you can use to create regular websites.

Squarespace

Squarespace was a blog hosting service with a simple drag-and-drop builder in the early years. However, it has now grown into a full-fledged website builder where you can create almost any type of website.

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There are a lot of templates available to help you build anything from an online store or restaurant website to a blog or portfolio.

You’ll also be able to use the Squarespace marketplace extensions to integrate more functionality into the site.

A big advantage of using Squarespace is that you don’t have to worry about website maintenance, security, and optimization as much as you would have with WordPress. This frees up your time and resources to focus on actual website building and content promotion.

We also have another article that covers the Squarespace vs WordPress comparison in more detail.

Wix

Wix is ​​another popular platform that many people use to create their website. In fact, it is slightly more popular compared to Squarespace.

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Wix is ​​a SaaS product just like Squarespace. This means you also get similar benefits when it comes to ease of installation and setup.

In terms of design, there are over 900 free and customizable templates available for you to use. The templates are made with optimization for all types of use in mind.

You can also use the website builder to create a website from scratch. You can create a website to sell products online, start a simple blog or to organize events.

The entire process of using Wix to create websites is hassle-free, and you don’t have to worry about downtime or maintenance issues.

You can read more about the tool in our comparison of Wix with WordPress.

Web flow

Are you the kind of person who likes to create websites where you have absolute control over the look and feel of various elements on a web page? Webflow will be a good WordPress alternative for you.

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While you can create your own website designs from scratch in Webflow, there is also the option to use some pre-built free and premium themes for further customization.

I would like to mention that the granular control over every aspect of your site in Webflow comes at the cost of a steep learning curve. This will probably be a challenge if you are a beginner.

You will be able to add different types of interactions and animations to the elements of a web page to make it more lively and interesting.

The platform is optimized for SEO performance and allows people to collaborate on content creation.

Read this Webflow and WordPress comparison post to get a better idea of ​​the platform.

WordPress Ecommerce Alternatives

All the website builders I have mentioned above can also be used to create e-commerce websites. We can also easily create an online store to sell our products using the WordPress WooCommerce plugin.

However, there are other alternatives specifically designed to sell products that are worth considering.

Shopify

Shopify is one of the most popular platforms to use when you want to create a website to sell products online. The website claims to handle 10% of total US e-commerce.

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You need very little time to set up your e-commerce store with Shopify. There are a lot of themes available for you to use so you don’t have to start from scratch. However, you will still be able to customize the store to give it a personal touch.

Shopify App Store comes with several extensions to help you with different aspects of e-commerce like dropshipping, marketing, product reviews or selling products on places like Facebook and Instagram.

There’s no need to worry about website maintenance, security or scalability, as Shopify will take care of all that for you.

Want to read more about Shopify? Read this detailed comparison of Shopify with WordPress.

PrestaShop

Not everyone wants to sacrifice complete control of their online store for quick setup and ease of use. If you are one of these people, you may find PrestaShop a good alternative to WordPress.

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Like WordPress, PrestaShop is also open source, but its primary focus is on being an e-commerce store rather than a full-fledged CMS for creating general-purpose websites.

You do not need to meet special technical requirements to use PrestaShop. All you need is support for PHP, MySQL and Apache or Nginx servers similar to WordPress.

There is a thriving community of over 1 million users and thousands of developers ready to help you. There is also an official marketplace that you can use to purchase PrestaShop modules and templates to get started quickly.

Snipcart

I used Snipcart to develop an online store for one of my clients and liked what the service had to offer. As the website suggests, you can use Snipcart to add a shopping cart to any website with a JavaScript library and some HTML.

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There are several benefits to using Snipcart. Two of them are the easy setup and complete integration with an existing website without much hassle. There is no need to start fresh and waste time.

You also get lots of customization options for your store as well as the checkout page etc. The support staff were also very helpful. You can test the service for free and start paying when you decide to go online.

WordPress Open Source CMS Alternatives

Finally, I would like to mention two open source alternatives to WordPress if you want full control over all aspects of your website.

Joomla

Although not as popular as WordPress, Joomla is the website development platform of choice for many people. There are over 2 million active websites using Joomla.

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One of the biggest advantages of Joomla is that it is completely free and open source, so you have absolute control over the website you create.

The CMS offers fantastic multilingual support with over 70 translation packs available at its core. You get many features like content versioning, scheduling and administration that you would expect in a CMS. The WYSIWYG editor included with Joomla supports direct drag and drop of images into the content.

Check out our article comparing WordPress and Joomla.

Drupal

Drupal is the third most popular CMS out there after WordPress and Joomla. A lot of well-known government organizations and companies like NASA, Dr. Reddy’s etc use Drupal to make their website. So rest assured, you can use the platform with full confidence, even if you haven’t heard much about it.

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Drupal has focused a lot on being highly accessible and offering multilingual support in its latest release. This is good news if you are trying to reach a large number of target audiences.

Behind the scenes, Drupal is written in PHP and can work with MySQL or MariaDB for any database need. You can also use PostgreSQL or SQLite if you want. It will also work on any web server with the appropriate PHP version installed. This basically means you don’t have to worry about installation issues.

Some of the things you’ll want in Drupal include its support for more powerful and flexible content type and access control options.

We also have an in-depth article comparing WordPress and Drupal.

Final thoughts

Web development has come a long way in the past decade. There are now a lot of tools and services around to help you create a website. You can choose to either go the open source route or use popular SaaS products like Squarespace, Shopify or Snipcart.

I would suggest that you do further research on any of the alternatives you like before fully committing your time and resources.

William

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