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Website builders are tools that allow the construction of websites without manual code editing. They fall into two categories: on-line proprietary tools provided by web hosting companies, typically intended for users to build their private site; and software which runs on a computer, creating pages off-line and which can then publish these pages on any host. (The latter are often considered to be "website design software" rather than "website builders".)



The first websites were created in the early 1990s.[1] These sites were hand written in a HTML.

Later software was written to help design web pages and by 1998 Dreamweaver had been established as the industry leader; however some have criticized the quality of the code produced by such software as being overblown and reliant on tables. As the industry moved towards W3C standards, Dreamweaver and others were criticized for not being compliant. Compliance has improved over time, but many professionals still prefer to write optimized markup by hand.

Open source tools were typically developed to the standards, and made fewer exceptions for the then dominant Internet Explorer's deviations from the standards. The W3C started Amaya in 1996 to showcase Web technologies in a fully featured Web client. This was to provide a framework that integrated lots of W3C technologies in a single, consistent environment. Amaya started as an HTML and CSS editor and now supports XML, XHTML, MathML, and SVG.[2]

On- and off-line

On-line website builders typically require customers to sign up with the web hosting company. Some companies provide examples of what a fully functional website made with their website builder looks like. The range of services varies anywhere between creating basic personal web pages or social network content (Widgets) to making complete business/e-commerce websites, either template based or - on the more flexible platforms - totally design free.

The main advantage of an online website builder is that it is quick and easy to use, and does not require any experience. Often a website can be built and be up and running live on the Internet quickly. Technical support is usually provided, as are how-to video and help files. This makes online website builders ideal for the beginner.

Sites are generally created using either HTML or Adobe Flash. HTML is a standard format supported by all browsers. Flash has a growing popularity, mainly since it has overcome some limitations such as not being seen by web crawlers such as Google and Yahoo, and thus being indexed. Flash is more resource intensive than HTML. HTML tools are divided into those that allow editing of the source code and those that only have a WYSIWYG mode.

Off-line web builders cater to professional web designers who need to create pages for more than one client or web host. Modern off-line web builders are usually both WYSIWYG and allow direct editing of source code and cascading style sheets (CSS) styling. They generally require at least a basic understanding of HTML and CSS code. They are more flexible than on-line builders, but may be expensive to buy. There are some open source web builders which may be downloaded free of charge.

Current online website builders

Website builder comparison

! Yola uCoz Jimdo Edicy Cubender Moonfruit Weebly Doomby Webnode Webs Wix Webpin WebHornet WebPaper Wordpress SiteZilla
Disk Space 1Gb 5GB 400Mb 500Mb 5GB 5GB 20Mb Unlimited Unlimited 250Mb 100Mb 40Mb 2.5GB 50Mb 1GB 2Mb Unlimited Unlimited
Max upload file size 15Mb 15Mb 15Mb 5Mb 50Mb 1 GB 20Mb 5Mb 5Mb 15Mb 8Mb 40Mb 15MB 20Mb 20MB 5MB 50 MB 16 MB
Custom domains
Number of Templates 100 100+ 258 77 49+ 30 94 300 100 100+ 16 X 300+ 300+ 300+ 40 70+ 200 100+
User management
Bandwidth Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 5Gb Unlimited 1Gb Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 1Gb 100Mb Unlimited Unlimited 30 GB 1Gb Unlimited Unlimited
Template builder
Template editor
Password protection 1 page
Blog widget
Forum widget widget widget widget
Email forms
Photo Albums
Comments Disqus widget
Site News
File catalog
Article catalog
Site catalog
Polls widget Polldaddy widget
Online games
Chat widget widget widget widget
E-shop 5 items limit External service provider 5 items limit 5 items limit
Site search Google Google Google Google
Force Ad : Front End No Ads No Ads No Ads No Ads Banners No Ads No Ads
User Ad
Number of pages Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 15 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 8 50 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 40 10
Websites per account 5 1 Unlimited 1 Unlimited 1 1 1 2 Unlimited Unlimited 1 Unlimited 1 1 Unlimited Unlimited
OpenID uID Unlimited
Meta tags
Custom logo
RSS import widget
Mobile Site
Site map

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