This is a highly curated list of resources and tools which I try to keep up to date, to help you build your next website without code. It’s like a yellow page for non-technical entrepreneurs, freelancers and any independent creative!
Hint: Use the navigation on your left to quickly navigate between sections.
While website building once used to be a large-scale company investment and a major financial commitment, there are now many platforms that allow you to build a website in a more simple fashion. These sites, called website builders, typically use drag-and-drop style templates which take care of a lot of the heavy design work for you.
Finding the perfect website builder can help you save a great amount of time and effort so I made a list of the best website builders out there.
Squarespace is probably the most well-designed website builder out there. The platform lets you build a modern and beautiful website for desktop and mobile viewing.
On Squarespace, templates are fresh and designed for any purpose; commerce, blogs, galleries and more. Images are automatically optimized. Markdown is supported by default. The editing engine is powerful but yet so simple. It’s the industry standard for a reason.
Squarespace plans start at $12 per month with a 14-day free trial.
Wix is one of the biggest players in the market today. It was launched in 2006 and has improved significantly since then. The platform offers an easy-to-use editor that gives you full creative control. No coding skills needed.
With Wix you can use ADI, a tool that can automatically generate a website for you based on artificial intelligence. You can also start with a blank canvas, then you drag and drop any element anywhere on your website.
There are a bunch of ready-to-use themes and you can create a blog, an online shop, a restaurant menu, a membership system and much more.
Wix offers a free plan for life. Premium plans start at $4.50 per month.
Weebly is a well known and solid brand in the website builders industry. This website builder has managed to offer a robust and extremely easy-to-use editing engine.
Weebly’s drag and drop interface is incredibly intuitive, enabling everybody to build websites in a very flexible and painless manner. Weebly offers a free but limited lifetime plan. Premium plans start at $7 per month.
Are you a photographer or a storyteller? Then this tool was solely made for you. Seriously. Exposure is a website builder for photos. It helps people tell engaging stories and photo narratives in a stylish and elegant way thanks to their well-designed templates and interface.
The platform was created by Jake Lodwick (the guy behind Vimeo) and features many options like drag and drop for media, WYSIWYG system, custom domain, responsive design, story embedding and much more. Plans start at $9 per month with a 14-day free trial.
Adobe Portfolio enables creatives to quickly and simply build a website to showcase their work/art. No web design or coding knowledge required.
The awesome thing about Adobe Portfolio is that it lets users import content from Behance or Photoshop and use Typekit service for free to add nice looking typefaces to their portfolios. Plans start at $9.99 per month (free if you already have an Adobe Creative Cloud account).
Dunked is a website builder for portfolios. It was made for independent creatives, artists, designers, illustrators, and photographers who like to showcase their work. Quickly after its launch, the platform gained attention because it provides users a great interface (drag and drop, media embedding, etc.) to create and maintain an online portfolio without any technical knowledge.
Dunked offers a selection of ready-to-use templates which not only looks stylish but are also fully responsive and retina-display-ready. Plans start at $8 per month with a free 10-day trial.
Forms & Surveys
Sometimes, you need to create various forms in order to collect information about your visitors, capture emails, gather user feedback, take payments, etc. This can be complicated and time-consuming, especially if you don't have the coding skills. Wouldn't it be great if you could create functional, nice-looking forms in no-time? With a drag-and-drop option to add multiple fields? And an interface where you could visualize all the data collected?
Each of the options below is unique in its own way so make sure to pick one that fits your needs.
JotForm is a fantastic and easy-to-use form builder. It’s got a ton of one-click integrations and apps. It connects with almost all of the email marketing software from AWeber to MailChimp as well as payment processors including PayPal, Stripe and more.
JotForm offers a ton of templates that you can use for any variety of forms and can be integrated on any website, HTML, WordPress, Squarespace, Weebly, Wix, anywhere.
Plans start at $19/month with a free but limited lifetime plan.
Typeform specializes in online form building and surveys. Using a simple well-designed drag-and-drop interface, Typeform lets you create any kind of form, questionnaire, or survey, and even take credit card payments.
The platform is unique from other competitors as typical survey forms show you the entire format at once. Typeform’s forms feel like an interactive conversation, allowing you to get better engagement and more responses.
Typeform offers a free lifetime plan with 100 responses per month and 10 questions per form. Premium unlimited plans start at 30€/mo.
Building forms online shouldn’t be a painful job, especially when you’re busy and want your form up and running asap. Wufoo makes it fast and easy to build a form in just few minutes, but also has all the power and features you need in a form builder.
The platform is user friendly and makes things like adding logic, preventing spam and integrating what you collect with other services a kid’s job. A pleasure.
Wufoo has a free lifetime plan with 5 forms and 100 total entries per month. Premium unlimited plans start at $19/mo.
Newsletters are an amazing way to reach out to your followers. Basically, you send a broadcast email every week or month to your subscribers with something interesting. If you don't have an email list by now, you are probably missing out on a ton of marketing and advertising opportunities. Plus, it’s a great relationship building tool between you and your audience.
There are a ton of newsletters and email marketing services out there. Finding the right one for your particular needs can be tricky.
Revue is a light and pleasant tool to use to send periodic newsletters. If you are a writer or publisher then you will love this tool. You can curate content from various sources and Revue will automatically generate a list of links from tools that you can add to your newsletter with just one click, saving you a lot of time.
With Revue, you can import existing contacts from MailChimp or a CSV/Text file with just one click. You can also connect your Revue account to social networks and tools like Stripe or Zapier for automation. I use Revue to send you my weekly newsletter and I couldn’t recommend enough.
Revue is free up to 50 subscribers. Premium plans start at $5 per month.
MailChimp is a popular and complete email marketing platform. One of the key features I like about MailChimp is that it lets you easily create nice looking mail templates with their drag and drop interface.
You can do a lot of awesome things with MailChimp. For example, if you have a complicated business with several products, you can run fully automated and segmented email campaigns without the need for staff or virtual assistants.
MailChimp is free up to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails per month which is amazing. Premium plans start at $10 per month.