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The 10 Best Free Ecommerce Website Builders

There is no shortage of options to create an online store these days. But doing it for free? Not actually that simple. The choice in platforms is limited, and on top of that, you have to do without some of the features reserved for paying users. So we thought we’d investigate the best free ecommerce builders

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Sell Digital Downloads: What, How and Where?

There’s no denying it, selling digital downloads can be very lucrative. Think about it, unlike physical products that you have to package and ship to customers, digital products can be created once and sold repeatedly to many different customers without having to replenish your inventory. That means less work and more money… If you do

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Squarespace Vs. WordPress: Who Wins This Unequal Fight?

Congratulations, you’ve finally narrowed it down to two options: WordPress.org Vs Squarespace. So, which of these two website builders is the right one for you? Well, that’s a little bit like asking what kind of car you should drive. The short answer is: it depends. We know, that’s not exactly helpful, but hopefully by the

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7 Surprising Stats That Show The Size of Shopify’s Market Share

In the US, Shopify’s market share is currently the largest of all the ecommerce platforms, with nearly a third of ecommerce websites using Shopify to power their businesses. We’ve previously looked at how popular Shopify is in the ecommerce world, but we wanted to get a more general view of the Canadian company’s market share. What we

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AI website builders – do they live up to the hype?

Ever heard of The Grid? If you follow the website builder market (like we do), you’ll know that it was one of the industry’s most hyped-up products a few years back. In the lead up to its release, The Grid promised to revolutionize the process of building websites. Its aim was to develop an AI

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11 Great WordPress Alternatives to Easily Create Your Own Website

There are millions of WordPress fans out there. And little wonder: it boasts a great variety of themes and plugins, is flexible, and relatively easy to use. That’s why they power a whopping % of all websites. However, the free Open Source platform WordPress.org is not for everyone as it also comes with some disadvantages. In

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12 Best Free Shopify Themes for 2022

So, you’ve just signed up for Shopify and you want to start creating your perfect online store! One of the first (and most exciting) things you’re probably thinking about is: how is it going to look? Well, that depends on which Shopify theme you choose for your store. There are hundreds of different themes, boasting

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BigCommerce SEO: Optimize your store for higher Search Engine rankings!

BigCommerce SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is the process of improving the quantity and quality of the website traffic coming to your BigCommerce store from the search engines. Luckily, the SEO features provided by BigCommerce are really robust. The default settings are already SEO friendly. And you have complete control over all the areas of your

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The world’s most accessible websites

For many of us, the internet is obvious. You know where to look, what to click, and how everything works – no matter which website builder or CMS made what you’re looking at. But what if you were one of the one billion people worldwide with a disability, for whom the internet is a lot

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Wix Vs Weebly – Battling To Be The Best Website Builder

The main difference between Wix and Weebly is the range and quality of available templates, as well as the editor. While Wix sports around 800 very modern themes, Weebly only offers around 40, many of which could use an update. Weebly is somewhat easier to use as the range of features is considerably lower. Both

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Examining Squarespace’s Market Share Through 7 Surprising Stats

I was watching this interview with Squarespace CEO Anthony Casalena the other day, and he mentions a few interesting things. The company has been around for 16 years, and the Internet landscape has changed a lot during that time. So they have to adapt and evolve constantly. It’s certainly something we’ve witnessed by reviewing various updates

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WooCommerce Market Share – Should be Top Ecommerce Plugin, But Is It?

Considering WordPress powers a whopping % of all websites on the Internet, it would make sense to guess that WooCommerce is also the most popular online store solution. But as I’ve previously seen in our research on Squarespace and Shopify, there might be differences between what you expect, and what the market share actually looks like. So

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Ecwid vs Shopify – With Greater Store Power Comes Greater Cost

The main difference between Ecwid and Shopify is the completeness of the platform as an e-commerce store builder. Shopify is an all-in-one solution that hosts your online store for you. Ecwid is largely designed to be plugged into an existing website (on WordPress, Squarespace, or Wix, for example). It does offer an Instant Site feature

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The Best Places to Freelance in the USA

During the last couple of years, more and more people have turned to freelancing as a way of earning their income. According to data, there were 59 million freelancers in the USA in 2020, compared to 53 million in 2014. Freelancing gives people flexibility. It allows people to have the freedom to have their own

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Squarespace vs GoDaddy: Which suits your needs best?

There’s no shortage of website building tools out there–in fact, we’ve evaluated 16 of the best website builders here at Tooltester. So if you’ve whittled it down to two: Squarespace vs GoDaddy–you deserve a big round of applause. Both Squarespace and Godaddy are powerful and popular website builders, but each has strengths better suited to specific

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11 of The Best Free Blogging Platforms Today

Caught the blogging bug? Ready to polish that draft and press publish? Great! But which blog maker offers the best option if you want to start a blog for free? As you’ve guessed, there’s tons of free blogging platforms online, and not all of them are created equal. So the best one will vary depending

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What Are The Cheapest Website Builders?

Times have changed. There’s no reason why launching your own website should cost an arm and a leg. You could, of course, ask someone to design the website for you, but our suggestions below are some of the cheapest website builders that might be a better option for you. The best cheap website builders in

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WordPress Market Share – If It’s on the Web, It’s Probably on WordPress

WordPress has become THE dominant force on the CMS market in recent years. This article explains some facts and figures around WordPress in comparison to other content management systems. How big is WordPress’ market share? That’s right! Everyone from small bloggers to huge country-sized corporations use WordPress to manage their content. Since its founding in

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WordPress.com Vs WordPress.org – Which One is Best For Your Website?

When I first started comparing website builders, I used to just write “WordPress” in my reviews. This led to some confusion. Some people asked if I meant WordPress.com or WordPress.org, and to be perfectly honest, I always had trouble remembering which one was which. So at WebsiteToolTester, we came up with this cool mnemonic: WordPress.com is

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Wix Vs Squarespace – Squaring Up For A Good Fight

Squarespace and Wix are two of the biggest names in the website builder space. Big enough to employ a workforce of thousands and run Superbowl ads. Oh, and should you ever become a hard-core fan of one of the two companies, you could even purchase some of their NASDAQ-listed shares. But let’s not get ahead

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Blue Team or Dream Team? Our Review of Bluehost Vs DreamHost

If you’ve already read a few reviews on our site, you’ll quickly learn two things. One, we’re huge fans of DreamHost. Two, EIG products aren’t our favorite. And Bluehost (read review) is indeed a perfect example of everything we find wrong with brands from the Endurance International Group, which also includes HostGator and iPage, amongst

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What is BigCommerce?

BigCommerce is an ecommerce platform that provides a cloud based solution for selling physical and digital products online. As an ecommerce platform, BigCommerce is an “all-in-one” solution, which provides everything you need to build and run an online store: domain name, web hosting, design tools, product inventory and management, payment integration, shipping and tax settings,

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Your Ultimate Guide to Squarespace Templates

According to Squarespace, its templates are “award-winning”. But that could mean anything, really. It could even just be marketing mumbo-jumbo. So I decided to investigate. A few Google searches later, I found the truth: Squarespace has actually been shortlisted and won a few Webby awards, including one for the best visual design. I have to

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Shopify Vs Wix – Ecommerce Champion or Website Builder Superstar?

At first, the idea of this article almost seemed absurd. Who needs a comparison of apples and oranges? The position has always been: Wix is a brilliant tool for regular websites. Shopify is the go to store builder. Not much has changed for Shopify, they still focus 100% on ecommerce. Wix, however, has discovered that

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The 21 Best Free Website Builders: We Expose Their Strengths and Weaknesses

Creating a website has become a fun, relatively pain-free experience in recent years. Forget coding, cryptic words like HTML and FTP. These days, the main challenge is to find the right website builder among the enormous selection available on the market. As you can guess, plenty of site builders offer free plans for you to

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How to create a small business website – without breaking the bank!

Just come up with an exciting new idea for a small business? Or, been in the small business game for a while, and thinking about how to take the next big step of moving your business online? First of all – congratulations! As a small business ourselves (we currently have 10 members and work out

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Online Reviews Statistics – What Ecommerce Owners Need to Know in 2022

When I was in college, I used to work part-time in a phone store. The iPhone 3G had just been released (yes, it was that long ago), and, as you can expect, every second customer who came in wanted one. Although they had all done their research and knew the product inside out, there was one

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Stay in The Online Retail Loop – 21 Ecommerce Statistics to Know in 2022

If you run a small store, you may wonder why ecommerce statistics would be important to you. The thing is, ecommerce is changing so rapidly, sometimes it helps to zoom out and study the larger trends. So here’s what could be in it for you: ideas about your next marketing campaign, what to expect in

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HostGator vs Bluehost: 11 Crucial Aspects to Consider in 2022

You know how when you gamble in casinos the house always wins? In the world of web hosting, it seems like no matter which provider you choose, it’s always EIG who makes a profit – even with this Bluehost Vs Hostgator dilemma. Let me explain: EIG (Endurance International Group) is a massive corporation that owns over 60

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The 17 Best Wix Alternatives – Who Else Can You Build Your Website With?

Stunning websites. Freedom to create anything. The best choice for you. These are just a few of the claims Wix make on their website. And to an extent, we tend to agree. They regularly top the list of our most recommended website building platforms. We think they are great for small businesses, drag and drop

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Shopify vs Squarespace: Who is Your Online Store Super Hero?

If you are reading this article, I assume you are looking into building an online store. Why you ask? Well, that’s what Shopify mainly does. Squarespace also does ecommerce, and it does it pretty well. But that’s not Squarespace’s original focus. Squarespace is a website builder and very good at that, especially when it comes

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Squarespace, Domain and Email – Do I Get All Three Together or Separately?

These are questions we get a lot here, at Tooltester: When I subscribe to a website builder, what kind of domain and email options do I get? And can I bring my own? We’ve already detailed how it works with Weebly and Wix. Today we’ll look at Squarespace. Using the Built-In Squarespace Domains It’s entirely possible

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Wix ADI Vs Wix Editor – How Smart Is Their Artificial Design Intelligence?

Hard to believe that it would take weeks or months to create a website manually a few years ago. Web builders have drastically accelerated the process, and they’re now raising the bar once more thanks to the technology of AI (Artificial Intelligence). That’s right, after deciding which Netflix show you should watch or what Amazon product

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WP Engine Pricing – Is It Worth Paying For Their Managed WordPress Hosting?

Since you’re on this page, I will assume you already know what WP Engine is. But here’s what two very different websites have to say about them: “WP Engine is the leading WordPress digital experience platform (…), a new breed of technology company at the intersection of software innovation and service”. Another says: “WP Server’s are

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Best Podcast Hosting: 13 Free and Paid Platforms Tested and Compared

With the rising popularity of podcasts, podcasters have no shortage of hosting platforms to choose from. The bad news is: if you’re new to the podcasting game, you might be completely overwhelmed by the choice and wide range of features available out there. But here’s the good news: this guide will share some of the

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Bluehost Vs GoDaddy: Who’s the (Web)Host With the Most?

Okay, if you’re going to pick between Bluehost and GoDaddy, I should tell you something right away: they’re not exactly everyone’s favourite providers. In fact, both have a pretty poor reputation with web developers and more technical users. At some point, GoDaddy seemed to inject JavaScript code into the websites that you couldn’t remove. Bluehost is owned

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GoDaddy Vs HostGator: Two Popular, Mid-Tier Hosts

Yes, both GoDaddy and HostGator are very recognizable names in the hosting world. But I also call them mid-tiers, because they’ve tended to disappoint me in the past. In fact, it’s been pretty tough finding a clear winner between these two, as you’ll read below. But if you had to choose one only, make sure

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GoDaddy Hosting Pricing – Which Of Their 20+ Plans is Right For Your Website?

GoDaddy is often the first name that springs to mind for buying domain names. But of course, they also offer hosting services — and you’re pretty spoilt for choice with all their options. In fact, there are so many options that it can be confusing to find the right one. Hopefully, this guide will help you get

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Let’s Find The Best Online Quiz Maker For Your Website

Did you know that the New York Times’ most shared content wasn’t an article, but an interactive Rent or Buy calculator? But, of course, more entertaining quizzes can be extremely successful and viral. That’s why Buzzfeed launches new ones every day. At WebsiteToolTester, however, we’ve been using quizzes for a while. We call it Smart

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AliDropship Review – The All-in-One Dropshipping Plugin for WordPress

Ready to start your own dropshipping business? Not so fast… I usually dive in straight away with these plugin reviews, but here I wanted to leave a few definitions at the top. Be ready to scroll back up as you read on, because it’s not exactly straightforward! Alibaba: this is the Chinese company that owns

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SiteGround Pricing: Fees & Prices of Each Plan

SiteGround is one of the most popular providers for shared hosting – and one of my favorite ones. But they offer much more than shared hosting: cloud hosting, enterprise hosting  and even hosting plans optimized for WordPress, Joomla or WooCommerce. So you are probably wondering: What hosting plan should I get? Let’s then find out what exactly

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The 17 Best Weebly Alternatives

Let’s get one thing out of the way: we really used to like Weebly. They regularly took the 1st or 2nd spot on our list of the best website builders, and 40M users sounds impressive. However, all that changed when Square acquired the company. Since then, we hardly saw any improvements of the platform. So

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Squarespace Website Examples: 18 Standout Sites & Blogs

Looking to find some examples of the best Squarespace websites? You’ve come to the right place. Given Squarespace’s reputation as being the website builder for creatives, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Squarespace websites were exclusively made up of portfolios and design sites. But the truth is, Squarespace’s vast feature range supports so many different

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Wix Vs WordPress: Fast and Flashy Vs Full Features?

If you’ve heard of Wix, it’s probably through their massive advertising campaigns that include A-list movie stars, pyrotechnics and million-dollar budgets. You will have an idea of their platform as fast, fun and flashy. In a way, they’re quite like the Apple of web builders. The one for the cool kids. WordPress.org, on the other hand,

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Is Wix’s SEO really that bad?

You may have heard (or read) someone saying: “Don’t go with Wix, their SEO sucks”. You’re not the only one: So we decided to thoroughly check the ins and outs of Wix’s SEO and let you in on our findings. We’ll also show you where we identified weaknesses (for certain types of projects even we would advise against

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Weebly Vs WordPress: Your Complete Guide

According to some reports, WordPress powers more than a third of all the websites on the Internet. That’s an insane number of websites! So does it mean you should definitely go with the popular option? Well, if you’re reading this article, you’re already considering one alternative in the form of Weebly. Which is great because

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Shopify SEO: Will it get my store on Google?

Unless you are a massive social media influencer or have a large curated list of contacts to sell to, you’ll need to rely on organic search engine traffic to sell online. Just like an ice cream maker depends on sunny days. That’s why before purchasing Shopify, you should really check their SEO (search engine optimization)

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Shopify vs WooCommerce – We Compare Them in 14 Different Rounds

Have a look at the Google Trends graph below. See the little blue and red lines? Yep, they represent the public’s interest in Shopify and WooCommerce, two solutions for creating a fully-fledged online store. As you can see, interest in Shopify has been steadily growing in recent years, while interest in WooCommerce has remained pretty

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10 Stats That Show the Size of Wix’s Market Share

Wix likes to think big. Really big. Superbowl ads, celebrity endorsements, superlatives, that kind of thing. And we also find there is substance behind those boasts. The company regularly tops our list of the best website builders for beginners. But how big a company are they really? Is their popularity real, or boosted by marketing campaigns?

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Shopify vs Amazon: Which is Best for Your Ecommerce Store?

Where do you go if you’re looking to buy something online? I’m thinking Amazon is a top pick due to the sheer range of products it has available. So would it make sense to sell on Amazon if you’re looking to run an ecommerce store? Not necessarily. Shopify is a popular ecommerce platform too and

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Five Essential Facts about BigCommerce’s Market Share

BigCommerce has become one of the best-known names in the eCommerce market. At the time BigCommerce launched, online sales made up only six percent of U.S. retail sales. However, the founders saw an opportunity for small businesses to increase their sales online through an easy-to-use store builder platform. Today, BigCommerce powers around 60,000 stores, generating

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GoDaddy vs Wix – Clash of the Web Builders Juggernauts

Both GoDaddy and Wix are huge companies. They are publicly traded, making millions in profit, and spending millions in marketing. For a few years, both even ran mega-budget SuperBowl commercials (often starring celebrities and supermodels). They also target similar audiences: personal users, small and medium-sized business, and online stores. All through a solution that makes

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Wix Templates: more than 800 beautiful designs – but are they right for you?

Your website is a window into your online presence. Whether you use it to attract customers, to showcase your work or to grow your business, you have to make sure of one thing: that it looks absolutely great. But if you’re building your website from scratch, it can be an overwhelming task: how big should

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The 16 Best Squarespace Alternatives

If you’ve been researching ‘best website builders’ on Google, you probably would have seen Squarespace topping a few of those lists. If you’ve come to this page, though, you’re probably not 100% convinced. Honestly, I don’t blame you. Squarespace is a lot of things – sleek, modern, and design-savvy, with loads of cash to splash

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Find out How Domain Names & Email Accounts Work with Weebly

If you want to create your own website using Weebly, you are probably looking to associate a proper domain name to it (e.g. your-biz.com). However, there are several options and it can get confusing. Some proof of that is all the regular questions we get about this: To help all these confused Weebly users out

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15 Shopify Alternatives – When the Ecommerce Number One Isn’t the Right One

The title gives it away, but I really believe Shopify is the best online store platform in most cases. Still, it may not be for everyone. Yes, it’s growing in popularity and yes, it’s now home to more than 1,000,000 ecommerce. But maybe it shouldn’t be yours. Time to look for good Shopify alternatives. But before

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All You Need to Know About
Wix’s Domains & Email

At WebsiteToolTester.com we receive many questions about website builders. And a high percentage of them relate to Wix. Particularly, you guys often ask about how domain names and email accounts work at Wix.com. So let’s explore these questions in-depth: Do I need my own custom domain name? As you probably know, Wix offers a free

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Best Affiliate Marketing Software: The Top 10 Tracking Tools (I am all using myself)

Since affiliate marketing is our main source of revenue at Tooltester, we’re signed up with 100s of companies. From this unique perspective, I would like to show you what features affiliate publishers are looking for. Because, in the end, it’s essential your affiliates get value out of the software you are offering to them. The

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Bluehost vs SiteGround – What To Expect From These Popular Providers

OK, I’ll be honest… I spend waaaaay too much time making (even simple) decisions. This has been the case when deciding what camera to buy, what gym to join, or even what dessert to choose. But when I was deciding what hosting should I go for, I took this to the next level. I spent

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Bluehost Pricing, Plans & Fees in Detail

If you’re looking to purchase a Bluehost product, you may be overwhelmed with so many offers, plans, discounts and sometimes hidden fees. It’s not surprising. Just take a look at their website – it’s a minefield of the many different services they offer. So let me walk you through Bluehost pricing and plans in detail, to

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Start A Successful Blog: 8 Easy Steps

I’ve always embraced technology, especially ‘The Internet’. However, if you had told me 10 years ago that blogging would pay my living… … I would have probably laughed at you. I thought good jobs were on the top floor of skyscrapers in New York, Chicago or London. But things have apparently changed! At WebsiteToolTester we create

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CMS Market Share Trends – What’s Changed in 2021?

Content management systems (CMS) have exploded in popularity over the last ten years. In 2011, a whopping 76% of websites were hand-coded. Now, with the availability of CMSs like WordPress, Shopify, and Wix, that percentage has dropped to 36%. Why are CMSs such a popular choice? Primarily because they’re relatively easy to use: you can

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Best SERP Tracking for 2022: My 10 Favorite Rank Trackers

How do you check your Google rankings? Typing your keyword into Google, counting the results and then adding your position to a spreadsheet? Not exactly ideal, especially if you want to track a larger number of keywords. That’s what SERP trackers are made for. You simply enter all the keywords you want to monitor and

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How Much Is A Website Exactly?

Let’s try to guess: $100? $500? Or maybe $5,000? The problem with the question isn’t that it’s broad. And we’ve certainly asked ourselves how much a website should cost before. The problem is that the answer is: all of the above. You see, asking how much a website costs is like asking how much a car

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Create Your Site with a Website Builder for Musicians

Building a great website doesn’t need to take months of back and forth, hefty bills and a degree in programming. We use the Wix.com website builder to show you how you can create a rockstar website in under 40 minutes.

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Which is The Most Reliable Web Host? We Tested 15 of Them for Uptime and Speed

Building a website is one thing, but hosting it is a whole other can of worms. Say you’ve settled on WordPress, for instance, you’ll need to find a hosting provider that offers a good speed and is reliable, so that your site is not constantly offline because the servers are overloaded. What’s the cheapest web

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9 Things You Can Do With Wix Hotels
(and 4 Things You Can’t)

If you run a hotel, bed and breakfast, or vacation rental, you’ll know that it looks a lot more glamorous than it really is. Aside from the demanding day-to-day tasks and the non-existent weekends, you also have to constantly be on top of the business side of things. The most time-consuming of these tasks? Securing

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WordPress SiteGround Review: Pros, Cons & Pricing of its plans

I don’t know about you, but as I get older I find that time is the most important asset I need to manage and optimize. At the end of the day, being productive is crucial for the success of any business. I don’t even want to think about the hours I’ve wasted trying to contact hosting providers’

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34 Outstanding Live Wix Website Examples

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but here it goes: when I spot a website online that’s been built with Wix, it really makes my day. Whether it’s a travel blog I’ve stumbled across on Google, or a friend’s newly-launched restaurant website, it’s a pretty satisfying feeling to know that that website was created

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SiteGround Vs HostGator: There’s a Clear Winner in My Book

I’ve been comparing a lot of affordable web hosting companies lately, and I have to say SiteGround is one of the best one I’ve tried so far. But it doesn’t mean it’s perfect for everyone! And in fact, there could be advantages to choosing another provider like HostGator. So which one is really ideal for your project?

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Funny Terms and Conditions: Learn about our T&Cs stunt

Have you ever accepted a website’s terms and conditions without actually reading them? Of course you have. After all, if you’d read every single word in the most common T&Cs, you would have spent around 12 hours of your life so far dedicated to the fine print (see table below for a detailed breakdown). For

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Webflow vs Squarespace: Which Should You Pick?

The idea of a website builder for designers might seem a little counterintuitive. Templates? Prebuilt layouts? AI? Not exactly conducive to creativity, right? Well, that may have been true a few years ago. But website builders have evolved, and with that comes a generation of website builders that have been specifically created with designers and

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Our Step-by-Step Wix Tutorial for Beginners

Website builders are often touted as “the easiest way to build a website”. And when we’re talking website builders, they don’t get any bigger than Wix – it boasts over 200 million users worldwide (you can see some examples of real Wix websites here). Despite this, Wix’s countless editing and customization options can make it

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How to Hire a Live Chat Team

Using Live Chat to help your website visitors with their questions is a powerful way to boost your website’s performance. Once you see that it’s working, you’ll want to have it available constantly. But managing it yourself at all hours of the day is not realistic. At HelpFlow, we manage website live chat software for

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What is live chat support and how can I make it work on my website?

Live Chat Support is a relatively new way to interact with your website visitors. Usually the visitor initiates a chat request by clicking an icon on your website. This can look like this, for example: Image: Pure Chat live chat button The chat button can be positioned anywhere on your site. However, on most websites

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LiveChat Pricing: What you Need to Know

We highly rate LiveChat. In fact, we named it the ‘Mac of live chat tools’ in our complete review of the software. But does it carry an equally large price tag? In short, no it doesn’t, but that all depends on how many agents you wish to add to your subscription. In the past, LiveChat

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Olark Pricing: What’s the Deal?

Olark is one of the most popular live chat tools out there, claiming to serve more than 11,000 businesses. Through the app you’ll be able to provide effective support instantly and make sure that no client leaves your site without their questions answered. Its main premium features include automated messages, team management, real-time reporting, and

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Best Practice: Our Favorite Live Chat Automation Tricks

One of the best things about live chat is the fact that you can automatically send messages to visitors based on certain criteria. Each live chat tool seems to have a different name for them: Greetings (LiveChat), Triggers (Zopim), Targeted Chat (Olark) and Proactive Chat (SnapEngage) to name just a few. But essentially they all

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17 Top App Makers to Create Your Own Mobile App – Without a Single Line of Code!

We’ve been following the website builder market for more than five years now and creating a simple website is not really much of a problem these days. But does the same hold true for mobile apps? Can it be possible to create a mobile app without having a clue about programming languages? While my wife

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Appointlet Review – The Pros and Cons of this Online Scheduling Service

It’s surprising how much time can be spent on something as mundane as scheduling appointments. In the past, many workplaces had someone employed full-time just to keep on top of staff calendars. This organizational time-sink got developers thinking: what if there was an easier way? This is where online scheduling services come in, and Appointlet

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Are website builders good for SEO at all?

Overview of this guide: What is SEO? How SEO works SEO recommended tools The best website builders for SEO Final comments Many people complain about the performance of website builders in search engines. Some argue that it’s impossible to rank well with them. But the truth is that they’re not too different from other website-building

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We tested 10 free logo makers:
But which one is the best?

If you have a company or brand, having a logo is a no brainer. A good logo helps people to recognize your company and sets you apart from the competition. It’s a unique way to show customers who you are. They see your logo and connect all their experiences with the brand. They will know

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Best Live Chat Software: These Are Our 20 Top Tools (with Pros and Cons)

Running a business online, you now have access to more support and sales channels than ever. From phone to email, social media like Twitter, Facebook and even Whatsapp, there is no shortage of ways in which you can communicate with your users and customers. But one new channel, in particular, is becoming increasingly popular: live

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All You Need To Know About Wix Events

Full disclosure: In May 2020 I’ll be getting married to my wonderful fiancé Catherine, and as you can imagine we have loads to organize at the moment. Update: well, at least that was the plan. But as you can imagine, 2020 turned out quite differently. The wedding still happened though, albeit quite a bit smaller than

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The 8 Best Landing Page Builders – Which One is Right for You?

In the past, when I needed a landing page, I would attempt to code one… …and most of these pages turned out terrible. As a coding newbie, I just wasn’t able to put together stunning landing pages good enough to show website visitors and potential customers. And the coding was taking way too much time,

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Website Not Available:
The Top Outage Prone Sites 2021

There’s little more frustrating than a website being down. We should know, website building is what we do. That feeling when you want to tweet, check the scores or binge your favourite TV show, but all you can do is stare at a blank screen, is enough to send many a gadget to an early

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Do I Need Wix Ascend for My Website?

If you’re a Wix user, ‘Ascend by Wix’ is a name you’ve probably seen pop up more and more lately. And if that’s the case, you might have the following two questions on your mind: What exactly is ‘Ascend by Wix’? Do I actually need it? I don’t blame you if you’re a little confused

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SG Optimizer Plugin, SiteGround’s Solution to Accelerate Your WordPress Site

We humans have a thing for speed. That’s why we build really expensive cars to race them against each other, create supersonic planes, and gather to watch the fastest women and men in the Olympics. And websites are no exception. Users favor those sites that load faster. In fact, there are studies that suggest that

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Shopify Vs BigCommerce: The Ultimate Knockout Ecommerce Deathmatch

Ladies and Gentlemen, the gloves are off. Shopify and BigCommerce are both competing for the top spot as your next ecommerce platform, and they’re not scared of fighting dirty. Just look at these two pages! Shopify Vs BigCommerce (according to Shopify) BigCommerce Vs Shopify (according to BigCommerce) Not exactly objective / helpful, are they? Luckily for you,

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Volusion Vs Shopify: Two Different Ecommerce Visions

If you’ve never heard of Volusion, you might be surprised. The company has been around since 1999, and they currently power 30,000 online stores. Which really isn’t all that impressive, when you compare it with the Shopify stats. Launched in 2006, Shopify is now the home of 800,000+ online stores. Talk about a fast growth!

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WP Engine vs. SiteGround – What To Expect From These Powerhouse Hosts

Choosing the right hosting provider for your website can be tricky, there are dozens of factors to consider, like uptime, price, speed, security or support. And, Spoiler Alert!, choosing between SiteGround or WP Engine will be hard, both are great hosts. I’ve been using both for years on a daily basis, so let me share my experience

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World wide web: The worst sites for the environment

Did you know that every time you load a website’s homepage, you’re adding to your carbon footprint? This is because websites rely on servers to power them – servers that are plugged into the mains and need electricity to run. The slower the website is to load, the more power it uses, and the more

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Best Explainer Video Software to Use in 2022

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth millions. But if you’ve landed on this page then you probably know that. But how easy is it to actually make an animated video using explainer video software? Companies may boast that their software is the easiest to use or that you can

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SiteGround vs InMotion: It’s Closer Than You Think

Sometimes I like to record my first impressions when looking at a company website and see if they were right or not. On the SiteGround landing page, I get a clean, wholesome feeling, almost like I’m stepping into a fancy coffee shop. Siteground Pricing Page I mean, they even call it web hosting “crafted with care”.

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Our Complete Checklist to Help You Make a Portfolio

Ready to showcase your creativity to the world? It doesn’t matter if it’s audio, video, photography, writing, design, or illustration. At some point, you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands and build yourself a space on the Internet. Sure, you could just rely on Instagram for your photos, Twitter for your

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Squarespace Tutorial: How to Create A Stunning Website in 12 Steps

If you need to build an eye-catching website for your portfolio, blog, or online store, it’s hard to go past Squarespace. With its long-standing reputation as the website builder for designers, artists and creatives, Squarespace’s sleek templates are behind some of the web’s most visually striking websites. So, how easy is it to build a website with

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The world’s most surveilled citizens

They’re watching us. And no, we don’t mean aliens – we mean the hundreds of thousands of CCTV cameras on every street corner, online surveillance and millions of attempts across the globe from governments to gain their citizen’s personal data. Which countries are keeping the closest eye on their citizens At WebsiteToolTester we wanted to

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WebsiteToolTester Award Winners for 2021

It’s no secret that we love our cloud tools here at WebsiteToolTester.com. And if you’ve been reviewing website builders, hosting providers, live chat software and other website tools as long as we have, you’ll start to notice that a handful really are a cut above the rest. We decided it was time to honor those

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Best AI Chatbot – Which One is Right for You?

Chatbots are used by all kinds of businesses. You can find them in apps, online messaging platforms and on websites, and though it’s usually pretty obvious you’re speaking to a chatbot, that doesn’t mean they’re not helpful. If a chatbot is set up properly, it can help automate the more repetitive aspects of your customer

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The State of Website Creation in 2020

This year, the state of the world has moved so much of our lives online, and our team was curious to learn what the general population thought about building websites. Have they considered it? Did they feel they could do it on their own? What tools do they think would help them the most? For

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Wix Payments: Too Good to be True?

Nowadays, selling your products online couldn’t be easier. If you’ve landed on this page then you’ve probably already got your online store up and running. But what about payment processing? Is Wix Payments the solution? To find out, I’ve tested Wix Payments to see if it makes sense for you to use it. Wix Payments Overview

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Which Builder is The Best for a Church Website?

So you’re ready to create an online home for your church. Great! Now the question is: which website builder should you use? Do you want to start with a premade church template? Or do you want the freedom to build it however you like? There’s a lot to think about. Luckily, we’ve compiled this list

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16 Shopify Experts Reveal their Favourite Hacks with the Platform

About Shopify Experts We refer to Shopify as “The Swiss army knife of online stores” in our ecommerce site builder guide, thanks to their impressive functionalities and versatility for building all kinds of ecommerces. But like a real Swiss army knife, it can take a while to learn exactly how to make use of all

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Coronavirus: 10 Online Strategies to Apply to Your Business

This is a worrying time, and we’re not here to add to any concerns you may have or create any additional panic. Instead, we’d like to offer some helpful online strategies that you can put in place to help your business survive during this difficult period. So let’s dive in! 1. Offer Online Delivery For

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Squarespace vs. Weebly: Who Will Make The Best Websites?

If Squarespace and Weebly were salespeople, they’d have very different personalities. Weebly would be humble, understated, maybe quietly confident. Squarespace would be the flashy, stylish guy who repeatedly namedrops Keanu Reeves. The guy who regularly splashes millions of dollars on SuperBowl adverts. Speaking of millions, Squarespace claims to have “millions of users”, without actually saying how

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What We Learned After Testing the Speed of 4,500 Sites

By now you’ve probably heard it a thousand times: speed is crucial when it comes to website creation and success. The fastest your website loads the better conversions and user experience. On top of that, Google and other search engines will decrease slow sites’ rankings. So yes, SEOs, developers and pretty much everyone who owns/works

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What is Wix Bookings and how to use it?

The website builder Wix has a very handy feature in their “Wix App Market”: Wix Bookings. This Wix app is very useful if you want to let visitors book appointments or classes online. Need examples? Offer yoga classes, consultation services, photography sessions, cooking classes or guitar lessons via your website – the list is endless. Sidenote: The Bookings app

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Wix: Good Enough For Your (Own Exclusive) Membership Site?

When I first got started with website builders in 2014, their membership capabilities felt very thin. Actually, you were lucky if they allowed you to password-protect your pages. However, Wix has always been (at least) one step ahead of their competition in terms of innovation, and back in the day, you were already able to provide

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How to Design a Website: A Guide for Beginners

The world wide web as we know it today has come a long way. When the first websites were launched in 1991, they were nothing more than text on a plain background with some links. Designing a website was nothing more than writing some text. A LOT has changed since then. Here’s a nice time machine project that

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Is Squarespace Actually SEO Friendly?

On average, I answer about 15 to 20 comments/emails a day about website builders, and a big chunk of those are SEO related. What can I say, SEO is a trendy topic. Some love Squarespace and think their SEO is great, and others consider it weak and limited (see next image). Many more, perhaps you

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Why a Call to Action Can Improve Your Website Dramatically

Do you remember the last time when you were on a website, you wanted to buy something or hire someone, but you just didn’t know exactly how to do it. Sure, there was a phone number and a contact form, but somehow the process was more difficult that it should have been. Probably there was

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WP Engine vs Flywheel – The Story Of How We Almost Switched Our Hosting Company

This article has originally been published in 2015 and since updated. It’s not that we were unhappy with the service WP Engine provides. Their servers are fast, they have every comfort you can imagine, a proper staging area being one of them, and their support usually answers promptly. But… Their prices: when you have between

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SEO Experiment: WordPress, Jimdo, Wix vs Weebly in Google SERPs

Since I started at WebsiteToolTester.com, I’ve probably gotten 4 or 5 pieces of ‘hate’ emails or comments a month concerning SEO and website builders. After over 4 years, this means I’ve gotten over 200 people complaining about website builders’ SEO. Mainly I get comments from: Unhappy users Developers and agencies SEO Professionals But I’ve also seen people

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Shopify Payments – Cutting Out Card Transactions Middlemen

If you were to type “ecommerce” into Google, like I just did, you’d only be a couple of clicks away from a link to Shopify. It didn’t surprise me. Shopify is truly the leading ecommerce solution these days, and not just thanks to their online marketing techniques. In fact, they regularly top the list of

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The Complete Guide to Square Fees

Square is a publicly traded company. If you had bought their shares when they first joined the stock market in 2015, they would have cost you $12 each. Three years later, you could have sold them for close to $100 each. The point is, Square is growing, that’s also the reason why they recently acquired Weebly,

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Shopify: An unstoppable force in the global ecommerce builder market?

Shopify is growing fast. So far over 1m stores have been built using Shopify’s technology. In the US and Canada, Shopify is a household name. It’s often the first platform that comes to mind when users think about building an online store. But is this the case for the rest of the world? Just how

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Opening a Shopify Store? See What Real Owners Think of the Platform

Reading in-depth reviews about Shopify can give you a lot of answers, but maybe not all of them. So today, we thought we’d ask some real life Shopify store owners to give us their thoughts on the popular platform. Why did they choose it? Was it a wise decision? And what would they change about

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Oberlo Review – The Easy Way to Build Your Dropshipping Business

The last time I was travelling in Asia, I met a lot of so-called “digital nomads”. They were all hanging out in cafes, typing on their laptops, working on jobs remotely. A lot of them were running online stores. But I wondered: don’t you need to manage products inventory and shipping to do that? Don’t

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7 Must-Know Rules When Writing For The Web

This is how I imagine my ideal readers: they’re in a reclining chair, maybe sipping on warm tea. Poring over my words with great attention. Occasionally chuckling to one of my bon mots. But I have to scrap that. Because the average reader only goes over 20% of the content on website pages. That’s right! Four

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What Can You Expect From Velo by Wix (formerly Wix Code)

I was pretty excited when Wix first launched their development environment and granted superpowers to their classic editor. Several months after its launch, I am still thrilled about what Velo by Wix (formerly known as Wix Code) can do. But I also found some shortcomings you should know about – keep on reading to find out more. Be

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7 Avoidable Mistakes that Scare Away your Website Visitors

The internet is a shopper’s paradise, filled with store fronts at every turn. If one store front doesn’t look interesting, then the shopper can just move on to the next one. But if you’re committing any of these errors, you can be sure you’re actively driving your visitors away. 1. Tired, faded merchandize = visibly

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How to Create a Password-Protected Website or Membership Areas easily

There are a variety of reasons to protect your website or parts of it: For example: you would like to share photos with your friends, you want to show work in progress to different clients (e.g. a designer or a photographer), your goal is to make content available exclusively to members (paid or unpaid), for

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Best Game Engines For Beginners: 14 Alternatives

Here’s the thing with technology: the longer it’s around, the more people will access it. For instance, 10 years ago, nobody would have dreamed of creating a website without programming knowledge. Now everyone can do it in minutes. You can even build a smartphone app in the same way! So what about creating computer games? Well yes, it

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Website Builder and Ecommerce Support – Which Platforms Offer The Best Help?

At WebsiteToolTester, we take support questions very seriously. I really enjoy helping users find the best solution (after all, that’s why I created the site), and it keeps me updated about how website builders and ecommerce platforms are performing. So when our users started complaining about missing refunds from Wix or the support they received

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Sites Like Flippa? Here Are 12 Other Ways to Buy and Sell Websites

A few months ago, I was browsing Flippa.com when I came across a perfect find. A small content website with decent organic traffic. A few years old. Good opportunity for monetization. Low amount of bidders. I entered the auction. Five days later, I was still the top bidder. Then came the final few hours. Someone

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7 Website Tips for Freelancers to Attract More Clients

Very few freelancers can afford to forego an online presence. There are so many ways to establish an online profile. There’s LinkedIn, of course, but Twitter and Instagram are also very effective at attracting potential customers because of the large number of users on these platforms. All these social networks are great, but it’s important

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The 7 Most Annoying Web Design Trends

Obviously, your website should be modern and appealing, and it should inspire your visitors by using an elegant design. But be careful: Don’t just chase trend after trend! After all, conventions that die-hard are not necessarily conventions worth their while… To keep your website clear of the little things in design and usability that often

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Weebly Themes: Few, But Completely Free

We’ve often praised Weebly for being one of the easiest website builder out there. We love their robust features like team management that can give you or your company a professional online presence. But that’s all about how the websites operate. Today, we’ll take an in-depth look at the pros and cons of how they look.

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How Good is Weebly for SEO Exactly?

Website builders are great for complete beginners. Maybe that’s why professional webmasters sometimes look down on them. This is particularly true when it comes to SEO. They will claim that web builders miss crucial SEO features. And they point to a lack of sites built with, say, Wix or Weebly at the top of the Google

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Why you should prepare to have your site down – lessons learned from going offline

I love my weekends, who doesn’t right? A couple of Saturdays ago I had some popcorn in the microwave and I was ready to enjoy a film. I can’t remember exactly why I checked WebsiteToolTester.com that night, but strangely, the website wasn’t there. At first I thought it was a problem with my old laptop,

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How can I prevent my website from being visible before I have finished editing it?

Last update: 06 July 2016 We have often been asked this question, which is enough reason to write a little blog article. There are different reasons for wanting to keep your website shielded from public access. One of them is that it simply may not yet be ready. A website generally only appears in search

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Top 7 Ecommerce Website Builders for Creative Entrepreneurs

If you’re a creative entrepreneur trying to set up shop, you might wonder what website builder is right for your business. You may have custom needs to make your business and ecommerce shop run smoothly, like a quick and easy store software with simple themes to get up-and-running quickly, or robust design and customization tools.

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What a Website Builder Can & Can’t Do

So! You’re looking at creating a website using a website builder like Weebly or Wix but you’re not sure if they are powerful enough for your project? Let’s find out what can and cannot be achieved with them. Example 1: Portfolio or Small Business website Creating a (relatively small) online portfolio for your work, a

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The 19 Best Ways to Build Your Website, Online Store (and Mobile App!)

Remember 1992? The year Wayne’s World came out, the Olympic games took place in Barcelona (our home town!) and Microsoft managed to release a Windows version that didn’t flop (3.1). But yet another game-changing thing happened that was almost unnoticed—the Internet. Prior to that point in time the Internet was strictly scientific, but in 1992 it was

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How Reliable Are Website Builder Servers Really?

Nothing is more irritating than not being able to load a website because the server is unavailable. Because we, too, are annoyed by this, we tested the server availability for popular website builder providers back in 2011. In our test, Jimdo came away as the winner, with only 33 minutes and four seconds of downtime

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Website Builder Market Report 2014: From Whipping Boy to Investor’s Darling in 6 Years

In 2008, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch published an article about a brand new website builder called Webnode: “Webnode appears to have been on mars for the past few years as it is launching a Web site building tool ignoring moves by some little-known players called Google, WordPress, Six Apart and others.” That quote pretty much

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Too Slow Across the Board: A Review of Eight Website Builders’ Page Speeds

Whether at home or on the go, when users look up information on the web, they expect an immediate response. Initial content such as headlines and navigation should ideally be available within two seconds, giving the user the opportunity to interact with the website. Your website offers relevant information, is SEO optimized, and user-friendly, too?

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Hosting – CMS – Domain – Site Builders: How is it all connected and what does it mean for my website?

Readers contact us on a regular basis with questions such as, “I created my website using Jimdo Free, which was nice and easy. Now I want to move my site to my own hosting service because I already have a domain, but I’m not sure how to do that. Do I have to start over

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Re-Launching Our Website – Why We Switched to WordPress

It’s done – it has been nearly four years now since we began our work, and now we are proud to present our brand-new layout. It was a fair deal of work – after all, we started working on it in May! Why the change? Our old website, which was based on Webnode, had been

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8 Top Tips for a Smooth Relationship with your Web Design Client

A word from Robert: In our blog we usually we focus on how beginners can quickly and easily create their own website. This great post, however, talks about web designers and the challenges they may face in their day to day business. It comes from Nir Barlev of the Webydo site builder that has been made specifically

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The Complete Guide to Making Your Website Accessible

As the web evolves, the software we use to access information becomes more sophisticated. With the evolution of web browsers, smartphones and tablets come powerful tools that make the web available to anyone. But software can only get us halfway towards the goal of a fully open, accessible web. In order to ensure disabled users

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Find out What Your About Page Should Include

Believe it or not, your About page is one of the most important, if not the most important page on your website. But why? The About page is the place where you get to sell your brand. An About page can help to set your company apart from the competition. For example, many companies market

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Creating a Charity Website: How a homeless shelter dropped their costs from $500 to almost zero

Just like for regular companies, websites are essential tools for charitable organizations. Not only do they need to provide up to date information to their supporters, but they also need to offer easy ways to give donations, which is another important aspect. A few weeks ago, William Keffeler contacted us because he was looking for

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Facebook page vs. business website: what’s more important?

Millions of brands and businesses actively use social media, and Facebook is an essential component of any social media marketing campaign. But over the last few months, businesses have found a less useful tool. More ads, less of what users really want to see Facebook has shifted the goal posts, reducing the visibility of posts

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The advantages of Google Analytics and how to add it to your website

Those who run a website usually want to know how many visitors are actually accessing the site. A lot of online website builders often provide their own statistics tools. This article will tell you why we nevertheless recommend using Google Analytics. What exactly is Google Analytics? Analytics is a free web analysis service from Google, which allows you to

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8 Myths & Facts About Website Builders

Not all that long ago, using a website builder to design your website had a similar stigma attached to it as trying to run your car off of reused cooking oil. It could be smelled out from a mile away and the performance often left much to be desired. Recently things have taken a change

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Wix html5 Website Builder – Let’s Compare It with the Flash Version

As the first maker of a website builder, Wix released their HTML5 editor by the end of March. Over the Easter holidays we finally took the time to experiment with this new powerful tool. Here’s what we think of it. Flash versus HTML5 The fact that one of the largest website builder makers creates a new editor

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Alternatives to Etsy and Ebay for selling your handmade products online

It’s the classic challenge for young start-up design or crafts businesses: you have a great new product – but how do you sell it? Whether it’s shoulder bags made from old rubber dinghies, jewelry from recycled materials, or organic cotton T-shirts: there is no shortage of new product ideas – nor is there a lack

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How to create a favicon and install it on your website

What is a favicon, anyway? A favicon is a 16×16 or 32×32 pixel small icon, symbol or logo that is usually located left of the address bar of the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Firefox). Just like here: When you have many browser windows open, you can easily and quickly find a particular desired site

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Our review of Yola’s new online store

More and more small-business owners are using platforms like eBay or Etsy to sell their products online. And many do so very successfully. For a lot of them it also makes sense to create their own online store so that they are more independent when, for example, eBay decides to increase their sales fees again. It’s great

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Discontinuation of Office Live Small Business – Microsoft, are you kidding us?

Microsoft used to offer a neat website builder called Office Live Small Business (OLSB). It was never perfect but it was free, easy to use and the name Microsoft promised a solid company behind it. In late 2010 Microsoft announced that the service would be discontinued leading to more than 100 mostly very angry comments. The funny thing is

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Four months of continuous testing: Server availability of five major website builders

Note: here you’ll find the results of our server availability test 2014! How often does your website look like this? A website that’s off-line is not a great first impression for your business. With online website builders we usually have no control over where the site is hosted. We are therefore at the mercy of the web host

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Create a backup of your website easily – works for Jimdo, 1&1, Webs and most other site builders

If you’ve ever had a hard drive failure, you’ll know that a backup can be the ultimate life-saver. If you’ve built your website with an online website builder, all your data is stored in the “cloud”. Your provider will take great care to make sure nothing ever gets lost. But sometimes unfortunate things happen: for example, you may

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How to add a free search engine to your website

In this tutorial you will learn how you can add a free Google-powered search engine to your website. Many website builders either don’t feature a search engine at all or only offer a very simple one at best. We are going to use Google’s custom search, which will look like the search top-right of this page. It’s

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Find out Which Website Builder Is the Best at Mobile-Friendly Sites

Mobile internet usage is on the rise: projections show that by 2015, more people will use mobile devices than computers to get online. Thanks to the iPhone, iPad and Android devices among others, this market segment is growing at an unstoppable rate. Mobile versions of websites will soon be essential for a range of location-based businesses,

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Best of Photography: 9 Inspiring Sample Websites

Presenting a portfolio in a professional way is particularly important to a photographer. A website can be the best way to showcase his or her work to prospective clients and to the rest of the world. We went searching and found 9 great sample websites that have been created with easy to use website builders. Get

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Find out why even your (very) small business needs a website

Almost half of all small businesses do not have their own website, according to a 2009 study by Adology. This number may be even higher among freelancers. The reason for this almost always comes down to one of three things: a lack of money, a lack of time – or both. So we’ve come up with

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Showcase: 12 great websites made using website builders

If you think it’s not possible to create a stunning-looking website with a website builder, then you clearly haven’t seen our gallery. We had a lot of fun creating this blog post. We talked to a Swedish band, an English writer and two great designers, as well as many other interesting people who make their living

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Now everyone can create their own websites: We help find the right website builder for you.

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who have the technical skills to build a website, and those who have actual content worth sharing. It can seem so unfair! Wouldn’t it be nice if there were website tools that were so user friendly, you didn’t have to be a web designer to

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