|Best For Awards||
|Great Value for Money||Best Inbuilt Features||Best Designed Templates||The One to Watch|
|Easy Of Use||4 / 5||3.6 / 5||3.3 / 5||3.4 / 5||4 / 5|
|Customer Score||4.7 / 5||4.5 / 5||3.2 / 5||4 / 5||4 / 5|
|Overall Score||4.7 / 5||2.6 / 5||4.5 / 5||3.5 / 5||2.6 / 5|
|Inventory||5 / 5||2 / 5||5 / 5||5 / 5||3 / 5|
|Multi Channel Integration|
|Abandoned Cart Recovery|
|No Transaction Fees|
|Number Of Plans||3||3||3||2||5|
|Entry Plan (Monthly)||
Business Basic: $23
|Overall Score||4.1 / 5||4 / 5||4.1 / 5||3.6 / 5||4 / 5|
|SEO Control||4 / 5||5 / 5||5 / 5||3 / 5||4 / 5|
|Free Custom Domain|
|Built-in Marketing Tools|
|Overall Score||3.7 / 5||4 / 5||3.2 / 5||4.2 / 5||3.2 / 5|
|Find Out More||Visit Shopify||Visit WIX||Visit BigCommerce||Visit Squarespace||Visit Weebly|
Our overall ratings are based on the average score of all ratings combined.
Our scores give you an at-a-glance overview of which service offers you the best features, value, and more.
Find out what areas of website creation our recommended builders are best for
Our ‘Best for’ awards highlight builders which excel in the areas that matter most to our readers. If you don’t know where to start, these awards should help you to quickly identify the builder best suited to your needs.
Tells you how easy and intuitive each builder is to use.
Not feeling confident around technology shouldn’t prevent you from having a website! We’ve rated each builder on how easy it is to pick up and use, so you know how much of learning curve each one has. Why spend hours figuring out which builder is suited to your skills when we’ve saved you the trouble?
How many online stores are hosted on each platform.
Popularity doesn’t always translate to quality, but it can be helpful to know how many others trust the platform with their ecommerce business.
How likely people who have tested the platform would be to recommend it to a friend.
Word of mouth is an important factor when making any decision, and having non-experts test each platform is a surefire way to work out which are most beginner-friendly. This testing is something we really believe in – it’s what sets us apart from our competition.
Transactions fees, whether you can create promotional codes and abandoned cart recovery. These are just some of the sales features we have taken into account to provide you with a combined score of how good each platform’s sales features are.
How we rate each ecommerce platform’s inventory quality is based on the amount of products you can sell, the ability to create multiple variants, if you can import products in bulk, the stock management available, whether you get revenue reports, and if you can see visitor counts.
Can you to sell across social media and other marketplaces?
When an automatic email is sent to a customer should they leave your site with items in their cart, but without checking out.
Abandoned cart recovery emails can help you recoup up to 15% of otherwise lost sales. It’s a great way of retargeting your customers and getting them to come back to your store.
Does the platform itself enforce any additional fees when you process a customer’s payment?
If the platform takes a cut each time you process a payment, you’ll be losing unnecessary money on each transaction.
Do they accept PayPal as a payment option?
Do they accept Square as a payment option?
Do they accept Stripe as a payment option?
Do they accept Apple Pay as a payment option?
Do they accept Amazon as a payment option?
The number of different paid subscription plans offered by each builder.
The bigger the choice of plans you have, the better you can tailor your subscription to your needs.
The cost of each service’s cheapest pricing plan. Please note, these are the regular prices – most providers will offer further discounted rates for new customers, but these will only be applicable to your initial sign-up term. Check out each host’s own site for further details.
A 14-day free trial.
Having access to a free trial lets you take your website builder for a test drive before deciding if it’s right for you. It’s the best way to get to know a website builder before you commit your time, energy and money to it.
Incorporated in this category of investigation are areas such as inbuilt features, storage space, app store quality and whether the platform has the ability to support a blog.
Being able to control your website’s SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) helps you to refine your website in order to improve its visibility online and in search engine rankings
Having more control of your website’s SEO is a great way to improve your search engine rankings, increase visitors to your website, boost sales, and grow your website’s online reputation. It’s a vital piece of the online success jigsaw puzzle.
Having a custom domain lets you personalize your website’s URL or address (e.g. www.mycustomdomain.com).
Some website builders offer you a free custom domain when signing up to one of their premium plans. Having a custom (and more personalized) domain not only makes your website look legitimate, but it can also help you stand out and become more memorable to users too!
Features that don’t need installing which help you advertise and market your store/products.
Having marketing tools readily available to you means you’re not wasting time searching around for them, or paying extra to install them. It also lets you know the platform takes your marketing seriously.