Best For: Novices and beginners - especially small business owners - looking to construct a website
Easy to use drop and drag editing with video tutorials for assistance
Has a free website creation service
Well over 200 website templates to choose from
No cancellation fees
Includes email marketing, business email, and analytics
Customer assistance is limited, slow to respond
No money-back guarantee
Many features require extra costs
Site requires you to pay for 12 months up front
An easy-to-use website builder for small businesses and beginners, though many features require paid upgrades.
Free video hosting
Allows for setting up an online store
Responsive mobile version of site
WebStarts’ simple interface is tailor-made for beginners. The drag and drop editing is intuitive and the system walks you through website design step by step. After clicking on free trial, you can choose a design from over 200 templates. After you pick a template and a domain name, a 9-minute tutorial video explains the rest of the process. You are then taken to “edit site”, where it’s quite simple and intuitive to walk your way through the many design options and tools.
Novice users should have no problem using the site, and with a free trial option, they get to take it for a test run – no strings attached.
One important note with the payment packages – WebStarts requires you to pay 12 months in advance, rather than month-to-month payment. The site claims that this is to cut down on credit card fees, but it could turn off some potential users.
I counted 220 templates, but that may not be a static number. The templates cover a wide variety of themes, from animals/pets to beauty, cars, games, travel, weddings, and more. They have more variety and quality than the handful of generic stock photos featured on some other website builders. The templates can be easily edited for your site.
While many features require an upgrade, this is a solid website builder for small businesses looking to establish a web presence. The interface is very easy to work your way through, and there are many attractive templates to choose. Though many features cost extra, for basic users it’s an affordable and easy to use platform, which includes a free website option. A WebStarts site can also be easily set up for ecommerce with the online store option.
The first thing that jumps out about WebStarts is simplicity. The platform walks you through from A to Z and the entire system is intuitive. Unlike some industry leaders, it isn’t loaded with sophisticated features and is clearly not designed for seasoned web designers. For a beginner or someone looking for a pretty simple website, it should be more than enough, but with all the extra costs for “premium” features, those looking for more may be better off going with an industry competitor that includes those features standard.
WebStarts was founded in 2007 by Adam Barger. In his bio on WebStarts, Barger says he was “frustrated with the high cost and long wait times of hiring professional designers to maintain my website, I went in search for a do it yourself website builder.” Saying that he felt that other sites “stifled” their users with limitations, he decided to create a website builder “where everyday people could create unique pages without knowing any code and without the harsh limitations of other website builders.”
It is unclear what options they have in different languages, geos, but according to WebStarts, the platform has been used to build and host 3.8 million websites.