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    You don’t always have to do things the hard way. Even if you have experience with HTML5, CSS, or building websites from the ground up, shortcuts can give you great results while saving you a ton of time. If you’re looking to build a sleek, pro website in just a few days, there are some shockingly great tools and platforms that will totally rock your world.


    1. Squarespace


    Squarespace seems to sponsor nearly everything on the internet – you probably can’t get through an episode of your favorite podcast or YouTube series without hearing that it was brought to you by Squarespace. Despite the constant advertising, their product really speaks for itself. It’s the perfect tool for startups.


    Squarespace offers tons of templates that all feel clean and professional. They integrate mobile optimization, too. The customization is especially easy – it’s a series of clear menus that allow you to make and test small changes before applying them to your website. You can heavily modify a template for truly custom results, or you can keep it simple by choosing a template family designed to work specifically with your web niche.


    2. WordPress


    Managed WordPress hosting is drastically underrated. They power over a quarter of all websites, including a significant number of websites for major international businesses and news organizations. Their broad reach has allowed them to offer a wide variety of customization options for every industry. Whether you want to start a personal blog or a specialty b2b sales business, WordPress has what you need to get off the ground quickly and easily.


    3. Shopify


    Shopify is a wizard for eCommerce businesses. It comes with a ton of tools to help manage the back end of the business for people who sell online. While they’re a little pricier than the alternatives, they also automatically update software and security while providing you with things like inventory management tools. You’ll be able to cut down costs in other areas in order to justify the slightly higher expense. Shopify is an excellent pick for people who are less focused on content and more focused on products.


    4. Wix


    Wix is fairly basic, but that’s exactly what makes it so beginner friendly. The drag and drop style site building options offered by Wix make it easy for people who are better with exploring things from a visual standpoint, rather than a technical one. They also allow a lot of app integration. Some of the apps are provided by Wix, and others are third party apps that are used by tons of major websites. Wix keeps things as simple as possible.


    5. Weebly


    Weebly is very basic, but it’s perfect for blogs and event oriented websites. You don’t need even a vague understanding of code to use it. Everything is fully hosted – some people might not like that, because they lock you into everything they offer. If you don’t need or want a ton of fancy design elements or apps integrated into your website, Weebly offers one of the most affordable solutions to creating something simple. They also support very basic eCommerce, which makes them a top contender for small local businesses who have some things they’d like to offer for sale online.


    If you want to take the lazy approach to creating a website, there’s no shame in that anymore. With all of the tools and platforms available, you can have a great site without having to do anything complicated.

    Top 5 Platforms and Tools for Building a Website

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