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Top 5 Web Design Platforms of 2019

Top 5 Web Design Platforms of 2019

Web design can be a tricky skill to learn. Most people who hire out professional web designers find themselves easily spending multiple thousands of dollars to have the job done right. If you’re bootstrapping your company and don’t have the kind of cash to pay for custom web design (or if you just need a website for a personal project) using a pre-built web hosting site can save you a lot of time and money. Without further ado, below are five of the best web design platforms around for 2019.

1. Squarespace

Squarespace is a highly-approachable and extremely intuitive website builder. Its themes are some of the best available, and the design interface is pretty simple to use once you get the hang of it. The downside that comes with using Squarespace is that you might not have the precise control that other website builders can offer you. Squarespace also has a great variety of e-commerce options and capabilities and can fairly easily sync with third-party apps like Printful. Their features are simple and pretty comprehensive, although lacking for professional designers or those who want more control. Squarespace, like most editors on this list, offers a specific mobile view to make sure that all of your designs are mobile-friendly.

2. Weebly

Weebly’s main benefit is its ease of use. It also comes with around 70 pre-built themes, most of which are fairly good. Unlike Squarespace, Weebly comes with WordPress-like apps from third-party developers that can be installed. Some are free, and some require subscriptions. Like Squarespace, Weebly can be a bit lacking in customization.

3. Format

A format is an excellent option for creative professionals looking to highlight their work above all. The format comes with a good variety of attractive themes that push beyond grid-style gallery pages and incorporate well-thought-out design features that highlight your work instead of distracting from it. It also includes tools to integrate with apps like Lightroom.

4. Webflow

Webflow offers the most customization out of all the options on this list – but it also comes with the steepest learning curve. Webflow offers the unique benefit of allowing designers to build a website from the ground up, visually — and see their designs converted to CMS code instantaneously. This makes Webflow a great tool for designers that need to collaborate with coders, or vice-versa.

5. Wix

Wix is a great in-between option — it’s not quite as customizable as Webflow, but it is far more customizable than Squarespace. It comes with a good amount of free themes that are designed well, but not quite as simplistic or clean as Squarespace. Wix’s editor is completely free; you are allowed to drag and drop elements on the page anywhere you see fit. This makes it a great option for those looking for a bit more control without the precision that Webflow allows. Wix is a large hosting platform, which means that your website speed will be pretty consistent.

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