SiteBuilder is a little bit of an enigma since there is a slight discrepancy between the name and the actual tool. SiteBuilder.com was introduced in 2015 but is essentially the same engine that drives a couple of other site builders as well.
There’s not much company information available, although that should not be a major concern unless you’re considering one of their premier paid plans.
In terms of what features are available, SiteBuilder offers what I consider should be the standard of website builders. It includes drag and drop elements, editable sections in templates, eCommerce support and much more. All of that is backed by a template resource pool that numbers in what the site claims is ‘thousands’ – I lost count after 50.
I would say that the drag-and-drop editor is easily one of the best I’ve seen in terms of a combination of two features – comprehensiveness and ease of use. It’s the perfect blend that will allow the novice to create yet at the same time not overwhelm or undersell.
SiteBuilder also comes with a dedicated blog tool that helps you create that section of your site. The layout of the blog area can be radically different from your main site. Editing it is easy as you’ll be using a WYSWIG editor that is similar to what WordPress has.
As a sweetener on top of features already stated, SiteBuilder goes the whole nine yards and comes packaged with marketing and support tools such as Search Engine Optimization, and a wide range of support.
SiteBuilder has five distinct plans for subscribers that range from free to $11.99 a year. Free plans are functional, but their paid plans all come packaged with a free domain name. For a mere $4.99 a month onwards, you also get free email accounts, priority support and create an online store. I would say that the pricing tiers are reasonable and match real needs.
|SiteBuilder Plans||Annual Plan*||Free Domain||Built-in Templates||Email Hosting||Online Store|
* Price based on 12-months subscription. SiteBuilder Pro Plan comes at $4.99/mo for first term of service.
The Dance Emporium is a dance school that has its site based on SiteBuilder. It has comprehensive lists of classes available as well as online registration for classes. Although it doesn’t sell stuff online, the site offers a good bird’s eye view of what you could do with SiteBuilder. Overall, I’d say reflective of Sitebuilder – Short and sweet yet very much complete.
SiteBuilder is in fact, a clone of WebSiteBuilder. It’s also a clone of Sitelio and Sitey. Why exactly they have chosen to market through so many channels under separate identities is beyond me, but even the pricing structures are almost identical. Of note though are the multiple billing complaints against the site, which does not bode well, given how fractured the business seems to be.
Also – Learn the Three ways to create a website.
- Free plan available
- Powerful and user-friendly editor
- Site transfers not allowed
- Bad reputation in billing practice
- Other site builders: Wix, Weebly
- Online store builders: Big Commerce
- Traditional hosting providers: SiteGround, InMotion Hosting, A2 Hosting, BlueHost.