In this post we will go through a brief introduction to different platform that will help you build your website. We use them for designing websites for our customers all the time. Hope this will give you some inspiration.
We love Squarespace and its great designed templates. It is clear to see that Squarespace really do a lot of work to create beautiful templates with focus on the visual side. Images are in focus and easy editing and customization is a plus when building your site with Squarespace. Their support is also great and always willing to help you with questions. You are also able to build your webshop with Squarespace. But since we are from Denmark and Squarespace do not support Danish currency it is not recommenable to build your webshop with Squarespace. We have informed Squarespace about this issue a couple of times, but unfortunately no updates yet.
Go visit: http://squarespace.com
We use format to build websites for photographers or designers that want to showcase their work or portfolio. Format is easy to use and get started with and it is build to showcase images the best possible way. We do miss some updates on themes and more opportunities within the templates. But in general it is a great platform for photographers.
Go visit: http://format.com
Shopify is for you that want to build a webshop and sell online. Shopify is a easy to use tool for managing your websshop. Shopify is a template based platform with a build in e-commerce. We do think that the templates in general are a bit old school in look and design, but they work. The platform is also not very intuitive, but after a while you get used to working on the platform. Ones signing up with Shopify and choosing a theme, you will have to sign-up with a service payment provider to accept Visa, Mastercard and other payment meathods. If you are new to selling online it will take you a while to understand how the system works, and we do think that the support and explanation of pricing etc. from Shopify is not very clear. That being said, we love that you are able to track, accept payments and proceed all your orders from the Shopify app directly on your phone.
Go visit: https://www.shopify.com
WordPress is by far the most customizable platform for building your website. You can choose from thousands of themes and templates and start from there, or you can start from scratch and build everything from the bottom. If you want a special feature on your site, there will most likely be a plug-in for it. But with that also comes a lot of hours, frustration and problems before your site will be ready.
WordPress is open source meaning that basically everyone can make a plug-in that often either will not work as intended, have no support or even worse will be installing malware on your site.
WordPress has no support to help you when the damage is done, therefore we don’t recommend everyone to start using WordPress since it takes a lot of time knowing how the system works. Every theme is different and uses different plug-ins so it’s kind of like starting all over every time you purchase a new theme.
All that being said, WordPress is a great website tool with a lot of really great and beautiful themes. This very site is build with wordpress. And it’s free! You pay for your template and hosing and then you are ready to go!
Go visit: https://wordpress.org/themes/
We recently discovered Page Cloud that soon will be released. If it does what it promises it could be the biggest invention in building websites in a very long time. We cannot say much, but we will for sure check it out as soon as Page Cloud is out there. See this video for presentation.