WordPress powers almost twenty percent of sites online today. But it's not the only solution out there, particularly for those who don't want to rely on a developer to customize its templates or nervous about performing the periodic updates that may break their site. Below are 3 alternatives you may not have heard of that are tailored for non-technical people who want to quickly get a site up and running - whether it's for personal or business use.
1. Strikingly specializes in helping non-techies build mobile-optimized websites quickly. With options to add an ecommerce store or blogging page, the site boosts you can be up and running in 30 minutes. The service includes built-in analytics, 24/7 email or live support and a 14-day free trial. You can opt for a free plan (though you'd be stuck with a strikingly.com domain) or pay $12 or $20 a month depending on the features (there's also the option to save with an annual plan). For those that want are looking to build a personal site, Strikingly created this beautiful step-by-step guide.
2. Need to build your own custom social network? An alternative to BuddyPress (built on WordPress) is SocialEngine. It powers thousands of online communities and doesn't require hosting or coding skills either. Add features found on Pinterest, Reddit, Twitter or Facebook by using it as a stand-alone service or easily integrate it with your existing site. The site has a nice Demo page where you can test out the features for yourself. Businesses leverage it for customers and employees. For customers, it's useful to provide feedback or to grow brand ambassadors. And for employees, by building a private network where they can connect. SocialEngine provides a 14-day free trial and has a cloud service for $29/month or a plan to use your own server at $299 (one-time).
3. Squarespace is used by millions of websites and may be the most popular alternative to WordPress. The service is adaptable for many cases - individuals looking to build a personal branded site, hobbyists who want to feature their work or passion, bloggers who want to spread a message and businesses who want to sell their merchandise. Featuring thousands of design templates with built-in analytics and SEO optimization, it's easy to select between categories and get started with their click and drag interface. Try it free (without needing to input a credit card) or choose between the $12 personal plan or $18 business plan.
Is there an alternative you're using? Let us know in the comments.