Website.com offers everything you need to build an online presence, from domain name to website editor and email addresses. With hundreds of templates to choose from, an easy-to-use drag-and-drop editor, pre-formatted layouts, powerful built-in widgets, and fully-integrated 3rd party applications, you can easily build a personal or business website in a few clicks. Website.com also takes the standard website building features and brings them to the new level – free domain name registration for the lifetime of your subscription, free Connect your domain and free A/B Testing with Google Analytics. Website.com has certainly found themselves a place in the league with some of the big-name players.
Summary of Pros
- Easy-to-use editor
Website.com's site editor is extremely user-friendly. Its simple and clean interface makes it very intuitive for users of any experience- and skill-level. The editor has all the standard features – blog, contact forms, photo gallery, calendars, maps, social buttons and more. There is also plenty of fully-integrated third party applications such as Skype button, Paypal, SoundCloud and SetMore. Plus, you can always use the HTML element to embed custom codes onto your website. The editor also comes with various managers to help you manage your uploaded images and files, form data and site members.
Website.com offers live support via phone (toll-free) and chat to all users, regardless of the subscribed plan.
Google Marketing Tool integration
SEO is more than just putting a domain name and website on the Internet and Website.com comes with a variety of tools that can help boast your website's visibility online and on Google. You can easily incorporate various Google Marketing tools on your website, and if you are already using Google Analytics, you can use Website.com to easily conduct A/B testing and optimize the conversion rates for your web pages – a feature that is not offered by other website builders at this time.
Free domain name
Website.com offers a free domain name registration complete with domain email services on all its subscription plans. While other website builders give you a free 1-year domain registration, Website.com extends the free registration of your domain name to the lifetime of your website builder subscription plan – so as long as you remain with Website.com, your domain name will be renewed for you free of charge.
Summary of Cons
- No image editor
Website.com's image editor is quite disappointing, especially when compared to website builders that offer an integrated Aviary editor. Website.com offers the standard editing functions such as crop, rotate, pan and zoom. But if you are looking for special effects and filters, you are better off to edit the image using Photoshop or other programs prior to uploading the image to your website.
Cannot swap templates
Website.com does allow you to change templates anytime, but existing content will not be transferred over and you will need to add your content all over again. While this may be an inconvenience for some, it is already more flexible than the Wix editor, where it is impossible to switch templates during the editing process.
Limited template customization
While Website.com has an extensive library of customizable templates, they don't offer the flexibility to alter the design through the HTML or CSS codes of the template. Template customization is limited to changing the color scheme, background color/image and font styles.