Best Drag 'n Drop Web Site Editor?
September 7, 2016 7:06 PM   Subscribe

Hey all, I used to do a lot of web dev. I don't anymore (Hooray!) and I like to keep it that way. However, my new gig requires me to keep a pretty active portfolio. I've been using Squarespace for a year or two but I find the "template" system to be super cumbersome and unwieldy. What's the state of the art in the drag 'n drop, no-admin-necessary website (Wix et. al.)?. More criteria inside.

Things I don't love about Squarespace: Templates are unwieldy and non-standard (i.e., the one I'm currently using requires you to use Galleries to manage content, but others require Pages). Customization is awfully limited. Limited to 20 pages/galleries unless I cough up more cash.

Things I like about Squarespace: No admin necessary and it works well across mobile/desktop.

I'm open to Wordpress if it doesn't mean having to admin it myself, but I'd love a drag 'n drop, customization approach.
posted by GilloD to Technology (5 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
After 12+ years of WordPress , I recently gave Wix a try for a simple business website . I was pleasantly surprised at how simple and flexible it was .
posted by davidmsc at 11:54 PM on September 7, 2016 [1 favorite]

So this may be more complicated than what you're looking for, and I haven't used its publishing features before, so I don't know how well they work, but you might give Webflow a shot. It's kinda of geared more towards designing a site than managing a site, I think, so again, not sure it fits what you're looking for exactly. It has a pretty sweet drag and drop design mode though, which is what made me think of it.
posted by ashirys at 6:20 AM on September 8, 2016

To piggyback, is there an self-hosted tech that I can install on my webhost that gives me Wix functionality/simplicity?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 9:09 AM on September 8, 2016

You could also check out Blogger.
posted by Michele in California at 11:01 AM on September 8, 2016

Divi 3.0 was just released yesterday! It's a visual page builder for Wordpress.

Here's a video about it.

Divi has been one of the most flexible, responsive themes out there. I'm thinking 3.0 looks really promising. There's also a lot of support for Divi on WP forums and Facebook groups and the like.
posted by Ostara at 1:02 PM on September 8, 2016

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