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Volusion Vs Shopify: Two Different Ecommerce Visions

If you’ve never heard of Volusion, you might be surprised. The company has been around since 1999, and they currently power 30,000 online stores. Which really isn’t all that impressive, when you compare it with the Shopify stats. Launched in 2006, Shopify is now the home of 600,000+ online stores. Talk about a fast growth! Google

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Will my store get found with Shopify’s SEO?

Unless you are a massive social media influencer or have a large curated list of contacts to sell to, you’ll need to rely on organic search engine traffic to sell online. Just like an ice cream maker depends on sunny days. That’s why before purchasing Shopify, you should really check their SEO options and see

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Squarespace vs. Weebly: Who Will Make The Best Websites?

If Squarespace and Weebly were salespeople, they’d have very different personalities. Weebly would be humble, understated, maybe quietly confident. Squarespace would be the flashy, stylish guy who repeatedly namedrops Keanu Reeves. The guy who regularly splashes millions of dollars on a SuperBowl adverts. Speaking of millions, Squarespace claims to have “millions of users”, without actually saying

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The 9 Best Free Ecommerce Website Builders

There is no shortage of options to create an online store these days. But doing it for free? Not actually that simple. The choice in platforms is limited, and on top of that, you have to do without some of the features reserved for paying users. So we thought we’d investigate the best free ecommerce builders out

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How Good is Weebly for SEO Exactly?

Website builders are great for complete beginners. Maybe that’s why professional webmasters sometimes look down on them. This is particularly true when it comes to SEO. They will claim that web builders miss crucial SEO features. And they point to a lack of sites built with, say, Wix or Weebly at the top of the Google

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The 15 Best Wix Alternatives – Who Else Can You Build Your Website With?

Stunning websites. Freedom to create anything. The best choice for you. These are just a few of the claims Wix make on their website. And to an extent, we tend to agree. They regularly top the list of our most recommended website building platforms. We think they are great for small businesses, drag and drop

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Wix Vs Squarespace – Squaring Up For A Good Fight

“You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”. Sounds nice as an ideal. But then, of course, we all go around and do exactly that. Whether we like it or not, appearances matter a lot, and the look of your website is no different. So what do you do when two platforms offer fresh, sleek

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Wix Vs Weebly – Battling To Be The Best Website Builder

Wix and Weebly have a lot in common. Offices all over the world. Big marketing budgets. Good reputations. In fact, they are two of the most popular website builders on this planet. However, taking a look into Google’s Keyword Planner Tool we can clearly see that Wix.com gets six times as many searches as Weebly.com.

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6 Great WordPress Alternatives to Easily Create Your Own Website

There are millions of WordPress fans out there. And little wonder: it boasts a great variety of themes and plugins, is flexible, and very easy to use. However, the free Open Source platform WordPress.org is not for everyone as it also comes with some disadvantages. In this article I will take a look at situations where WordPress

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The 19 Best Free Website Builders: We Expose Their Strengths and Weaknesses

Creating a website has become a fun, relatively pain-free experience in recent years. Forget coding, cryptic words like HTML and FTP. These days, the main challenge is to find the right website builder among the enormous selection available on the market. As you can guess, plenty of site builders offer free plans for you to

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Wix ADI Vs Wix Editor – How Smart Is Their Artificial Design Intelligence?

Hard to believe that it would take weeks or months to create a website manually a few years ago. Web builders have drastically accelerated the process, and they’re now raising the bar once more thanks to the technology of AI (Artificial Intelligence). That’s right, after deciding which Netflix show you should watch or what Amazon product

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Best Live Chat Software: These Are Our 18 Top Tools (with Pros and Cons)

Running a business online, you now have access to more support and sales channels than ever. From phone to email, social media like Twitter and Facebook and even Whatsapp, there is no shortage of ways in which you can communicate with your users and customers. But one new channel, in particular, is becoming increasingly popular:

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18 Top App Makers to Create Your Own Mobile App – Without a Single Line of Code!

We’ve been following the website builder market for more than five years now and creating a simple website is not really much of a problem these days. But does the same hold true for mobile apps? Can it be possible to create a mobile app without having a clue about programming languages? While my wife

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Volusion Review: Is it the best all-in-one eCommerce platform?

Volusion is one of the oldest players in the eCommerce builder market: it was founded in Austin, Texas in 1999 and employs over 250 people. So far, Volusion’s merchants have generated an impressive $28 billion in sales, putting them ahead of their direct competition. According to Volusion, their platform powers more than 30,000 online stores.

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Wix Vs WordPress: Fast and Flashy Vs Full Features?

If you’ve heard of Wix, it’s probably through their massive advertising campaigns that include A-list movie stars, pyrotechnics and million-dollar budgets. You will have an idea of their platform as fast, fun and flashy. In a way, they’re quite like the Apple of web builders. The one for the cool kids. WordPress, on the other hand

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The Best Game Engines For Beginners

Here’s the thing with technology: the longer it’s around, the more people will access it. For instance, 10 years ago, nobody would have dreamed of creating a website without programming knowledge. Now everyone can do it in minutes. You can even build a smartphone app in the same way! So what about creating computer games? Well yes, it

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Weebly Vs WordPress: Your Complete Guide

According to some reports, WordPress runs more than a quarter of all the websites on the Internet. That’s an insane number of websites! So does it mean you should definitely go with the popular option? Well, if you’re reading this article, you’re already considering one alternative in the form of Weebly. Which is great because

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Is Wix’s SEO really that bad?

You may have heard (or read) someone saying: “Don’t go with Wix, their SEO sucks”. You’re not the only one: So we decided to thoroughly check the ins and outs of Wix’s SEO and let you in on our findings. We’ll also show you where we identified weaknesses (for certain types of projects even we would advise against

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Shopify Vs BigCommerce: The Ultimate Knockout Ecommerce Deathmatch

Ladies and Gentlemen, the gloves are off. Shopify and BigCommerce are both competing for the top spot as your next ecommerce platform, and they’re not scared of fighting dirty. Just look at these two pages! Shopify Vs BigCommerce (according to Shopify) BigCommerce Vs Shopify (according to BigCommerce) Not exactly objective / helpful, are they? Luckily for you,

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Shopify Vs. WooCommerce – We Compare Them in 13 Different Rounds

Fully updated on 23 Apr 2018 Have a look at the Google Trends graph below. See the little blue and red lines shooting up in recent years? Yep, they represent the public’s interest in Shopify and WooCommerce, two solutions for creating a fully-fledged online store. And since you can’t really decide which is the best one

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Why you should prepare to have your site down – lessons learned from going offline

I love my weekends, who doesn’t right? A couple of Saturdays ago I had some popcorn in the microwave and I was ready to enjoy a film. I can’t remember exactly why I checked WebsiteToolTester.com that night, but strangely, the website wasn’t there. At first I thought it was a problem with my old laptop,

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Squarespace Vs. WordPress: Can The All-In-One Site Builder Compete Against The Most Trusted CMS?

Congratulations, you’ve finally narrowed it down to two options: WordPress.org Vs Squarespace. So, which of these two website builders is the right one for you? Well, that’s a little bit like asking what kind of car you should drive. The short answer is: it depends. We know, that’s not exactly helpful, but hopefully by the

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Are website builders good for SEO at all?

Overview of this guide: What is SEO? How SEO works SEO recommended tools The best website builders for SEO Final comments Many people are complaining about the performance of website builders in search engines. Some argue that it’s impossible to rank well with them. But the truth is that they’re not too different from other

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Top 7 Ecommerce Website Builders for Creative Entrepreneurs

If you’re a creative entrepreneur trying to set up shop, you might wonder what website builder is right for your business. You may have custom needs to make your business and ecommerce shop run smoothly, like a quick and easy store software with simple themes to get up-and-running quickly, or robust design and customization tools.

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WP Engine vs Flywheel – The Story Of How We Almost Switched Our Hosting Company

It’s not that we were unhappy with the service WP Engine provides. Their servers are fast, they have every comfort you can imagine, a proper staging area being one of them, and their support usually answers promptly. But… Their prices: when you have between 100,000 and 250,000 visitors per month, you find yourself in a

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Appointlet Review – How An Online Scheduling Service Can Help Your Business

It’s surprising how much time can be spent on something as mundane as scheduling appointments. Many workplaces have someone employed full time just to keep on top of staff timetables. This organisational time-sink got developers thinking: what if there was an easier way? What type of business can benefit from a scheduling service? This is

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How Reliable Are Website Builder Servers Really?

Nothing is more irritating than not being able to load a website because the server is unavailable. Because we, too, are annoyed by this, we tested the server availability for popular website builder providers back in 2011. In our test, Jimdo came away as the winner, with only 33 minutes and four seconds of downtime

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Website Builder Market Report 2014: From Whipping Boy to Investor’s Darling in 6 Years

In 2008, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch published an article about a brand new website builder called Webnode: “Webnode appears to have been on mars for the past few years as it is launching a Web site building tool ignoring moves by some little-known players called Google, WordPress, Six Apart and others.” That quote pretty much

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Too Slow Across the Board: A Review of Eight Website Builders’ Page Speeds

Whether at home or on the go, when users look up information on the web, they expect an immediate response. Initial content such as headlines and navigation should ideally be available within two seconds, giving the user the opportunity to interact with the website. Your website offers relevant information, is SEO optimized, and user-friendly, too?

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Re-Launching Our Website – Why We Switched to WordPress

It’s done – it has been nearly four years now since we began our work, and now we are proud to present our brand-new layout. It was a fair deal of work – after all, we started working on it in May! Why the change? Our old website, which was based on Webnode, had been

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The Complete Guide to Making Your Website Accessible

  As the web evolves, the software we use to access information becomes more sophisticated. With the evolution of web browsers, smartphones and tablets come powerful tools that make the web available to anyone. But software can only get us halfway towards the goal of a fully open, accessible web. In order to ensure disabled

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Is my website secure with a website builder?

We recently received an interesting question via our contact form: Hello! […] I would be interested to know how long the various site providers have been on the market – in other words, how “sure” can I be that my site provider will still exist in x years. Well, I’m not asking you to look

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Weebly launches site search, header slideshows, more social icons – and new (pricier) plans

In this post we would like to show you Weebly’s new bundle of features and let you know what we think of them. Site Search If you’ve read Weebly’s blog comments, you likely noticed there was constant demand for one feature: Site Search. Although it is possible to add a Google-powered search feature to your

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Wix html5 Website Builder – Let’s Compare It with the Flash Version

As the first maker of a website builder, Wix released their HTML5 editor by the end of March. Over the Easter holidays we finally took the time to experiment with this new powerful tool. Here’s what we think of it. Flash versus HTML5 The fact that one of the largest website builder makers creates a new editor

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Our review of Yola’s new online store

More and more small-business owners are using platforms like eBay or Etsy to sell their products online. And many do so very successfully. For a lot of them it also makes sense to create their own online store so that they are more independent when, for example, eBay decides to increase their sales fees again. It’s great

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BaseKit (now called Sitejam) review – first impressions and a comparison with Squarespace

BaseKit started out in 2008, so is still a relative newcomer to the website builder market. The British company has positioned itself in the high-end category, somewhere between WordPress.org and Weebly. BaseKit doesn’t use a Freemium model, and in this it is similar to the longer-established New-York-based provider Squarespace. Indeed, comparing the websites of the two, you can’t

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Four months of continuous testing: Server availability of five major website builders

Note: here you’ll find the results of our server availability test 2014! How often does your website look like this? A website that’s off-line is not a great first impression for your business. With online website builders we usually have no control over where the site is hosted. We are therefore at the mercy of the web host

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Find out Which Website Builder Is the Best at Mobile-Friendly Sites

Mobile internet usage is on the rise: projections show that by 2015, more people will use mobile devices than computers to get online. Thanks to the iPhone, iPad and Android devices among others, this market segment is growing at an unstoppable rate. Mobile versions of websites will soon be essential for a range of location-based businesses,

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7 Great Free Tools To Build Website Forms

Contact and registration forms are used a lot online, and it’s easy to see why. Coding forms can be tricky for beginners. You’ll need to tweak the HTML and add some script server-side. The options below will make this much more accessible. Four reasons why a contact form is better than an email address on

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Our Latest Review: Homestead, the Tyrannosaurus Rex of Website Builders

There are website builders that are fun to review. And then there are those that require a steady supply of cookies if our human testers are to perform at the best of their abilities. Today’s contestant certainly features high in the cookie-consumption league. Homestead claims that more than 12 million people have used its website

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