What are the best planning software websites

Homepage construction kits in comparison

Updated February 10, 2021
The only objective comparison of software for a simple website. If you want to set up an online shop, you should click here.
to compare
First select tariffs by clicking on the red circle
Show all
  • classification
  • training
  • Examples
  • Price incl. VAT.)
  • Short review
  • Basic features
  • Undersides
  • Blog
    A blog offers space for news about your own projects
  • Include videos
    Can videos from YouTube be integrated on your own website?
  • contact form
  • PDF for download
    In exceptional cases it can make sense to provide a PDF. For the visitor, text & images on the website are the better solution.
  • Password protected pages
    Pages that can only be viewed after entering a password.
  • Visitor statistics
  • Multiple users
    Approve contributors to edit the page without sharing your own login.
  • domain
  • Own domain
    Register the domain with the provider or transfer it there
  • Domain price
    Cost per domain. Usually domains are included in the package price in the first year. From the second year onwards, domains will be charged additionally.
  • Connect external domain
    Connect externally registered domain to the website hosting
  • Professional features
  • External JavaScript
    Many external services are integrated as JavaScript code. The code just needs to be copied and pasted. However, not every construction kit offers the possibility to do this.
  • Google Analytics
    Google Analytics is a professional analysis software for visualizing visitor statistics. The software is free, but not every package allows integration.
  • Google Tag Manager
    The Google Tag Manager is a tool for professionals to integrate external marketing tools on the website.
  • Own HMTL / CSS
    Every construction kit has limits in terms of design freedom. However, these limits can also be overcome with your own HTML / CSS.
  • SEO
    Basic functions to influence the appearance of your site on Google. Make sure you think of the viewer first, not Google. Structure your pages clearly and, if possible, only with relevant information.
  • Meta title
    With this title your page will appear on Google. At best, you can customize it for each subpage. For example, the meta title can deviate from the title of a page.
  • Meta Description
    Define the text excerpt for display in Google Search.
  • Edit url
    Automatic URLs on your sub-pages are not always short and beautiful. With this option you have the possibility to adjust them. But never change the url of an existing subpage without forwarding. Otherwise your ranking will be lost.
  • Url redirects
    If you ever have to deactivate a subpage, an internal redirect before 404 error messages (page not found) helps.
  • Image compression
    Images are automatically downscaled to improve loading time
  • Loading time
    Server response time, computing power, code structure and compression affect the loading time. A fast page improves the user experience, which can also have a positive effect on Google.
  • GDPR
    The General Data Protection Regulation requires the responsible handling of user data. Cloud software must create the technical requirements for its users.
  • Hosting
    More than 50% of all cloud solutions are hosted by AWS, an Amazon service. It is important that the location of the web server is within the EU.
  • Cookie Notice
    We differentiate between essential cookies (necessary for website functions) and cookies for analysis and advertising purposes. The latter should only be allowed to be set after approval.
  • Customer support
  • phone
  • Email response time
    Every provider offers e-mail support, but how long does it take on average to find a solution to the problem? I tested the support.
  • FAQ - Help area
    Help for self-help offers a well-structured area with solutions to the most frequently asked questions. This is often the quickest way to solve a problem.
    • Construction kit with most functions and external extensions. Could be more intuitive to use.
    • about two hours
    • Examples
    • 121 € / year
      According to the price list € 8.50 / month (plus VAT), debited annually in advance. From the 2nd year onwards, the domain will be billed additionally. Withdrawal period: 14 days.
    • Review (01:55)
    • unlimited
    • You can also use your own forms. For example, to register for an event.
    • Optionally even with a member's area. For example for video courses. More on this
    • 15 € / year
    • 6/10
    • AWS
      Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's largest cloud host. Data center: California, USA. Website calls from Europe are served via the Frankfurt location.
    • -
    • 1-3 days
    • 10/10
    • Offers more functions for experts (own HTML, CSS, JavaScript). For laypeople, however, Jimdo Start is the better choice, as the creator is slowly becoming outdated.
    • about two hours
    • Examples
    • 108 € / year
      9 € / month with a 12-month contract period. Debit annually in advance. From the 2nd year the domain will also be banned. Withdrawal period for cancellation: 14 days.
    • Review (00:57)
    • unlimited
    • -
    • 20 € / year
    • -
    • -
    • 7/10
    • AWS
      Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's largest cloud host. Data center: Dublin, Ireland. Website calls from Germany are served via the Frankfurt location.
    • -
    • 2-4 days
    • 7/10
    • Thanks to its intuitive usability, the new Jimdo editor is ideal for simple websites and quick results. There is still room for improvement in terms of functionality.
    • about an hour
    • Examples
    • 108 € / year
      9 € / month with a 12-month contract period. The debit takes place annually in advance. From the 2nd year the domain will also be broken. Withdrawal period for cancellation: 14 days.
    • Review (01:47)
    • 10
    • -
    • -
    • 20 € / year
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • The title for the appearance in Google search results can only be adjusted for the homepage.
    • The description text for the appearance in Google search results can only be adjusted for the start page.
    • -
    • -
    • 8/10
    • AWS
      Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world's largest cloud host. Data center: Dublin, Ireland. Website calls from Germany are served via the Frankfurt location.
    • -
    • 2-4 days
    • 5/10
    • Fully equipped kit, also for larger projects. By far the best customer support. No extra costs for domain and mailbox.
    • about two hours
    • Examples
    • 180 € / year
      Billing of 0 EUR in the first month, then 15 EUR per month. 30 days money back guarantee. Billing: monthly. Minimum contract term 12 months. Each contract is extended by 12 months.
    • Review (01:22)
    • unlimited
    • included
    • 9/10
    • IONOS
      1 & 1 Internet AG with server location in Germany.
    • on the same day
    • 7/10
    • Reduced range of functions, but very intuitive to use. Not for blogging. Comparable to Jimdo START. Functionally, there is still room for improvement.
    • about an hour
    • Examples
    • 108 € / year
      9 € / month with a 12-month contract period. Monthly debit. Alternatively, a 1-month term. Withdrawal period for cancellation: 30 days.
    • unlimited
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • included
      A domain with the ending .de, .com, .org, .online, .eu, .me, .biz or .net is included in the package price. Other endings cost 2 to 5 euros extra per month.
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • 9/10
    • IONOS
      1 & 1 Internet AG with server location in Germany.
    • -
      Since no analysis and marketing scripts can be used in this tariff, this website works entirely without cookies.
    • on the same day
    • 7/10
    • A system without limits. Ideal for blogging. Can be operated like a construction kit through themes such as Divi.
    • approx. 12 hours
    • Examples
    • 48 € / year
      The "Essential" hosting plan is completely sufficient. In the first 3 months you pay 2 EUR per month and a one-time flat rate of 10 EUR. Thereafter 4 EUR per month.
    • unlimited
    • included
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
      Ideally, reduce the size of the images on your computer before uploading them to reduce loading times
    • 9/10
    • IONOS
      1 & 1 Internet AG with server location in Germany.
    • When using tracking or marketing scripts, a cookie plug-in with opt-in should be installed. One-time costs of approx. 39 euros are to be expected.
    • on the same day
    • 7/10
    • Intelligent modular system with many features. The server location in the USA is critical.
    • about two hours
    • Examples
    • 132 € / year
      With annual debit in advance. The monthly payment is possible for 15 € / month. Withdrawal period: 14 days.
    • unlimited
    • 20 € / year
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • 7/10
    • Squarespace, Inc.
      Corporate servers of the software provider. Server location: New York, USA
    • -
    • 2-4 days
    • 10/10
    • Managed WordPress with limits but more suitable for lay people who want to blog.
    • approx. 12 hours
    • Examples
    • 48 € / year
    • unlimited
    • -
    • 20 € / year
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • 8/10
    • Automattic, Inc.
      Corporate servers of the software provider. Server location: San Francisco, USA
    • -
      Since no analysis and marketing scripts can be used in this tariff, no corresponding notice with opt-in is necessary.
    • -
    • 1-3 days
    • 6/10

Wix - full freedom of design

Wix offers the largest range of functions and almost unlimited design options. A selection of over 500 templates offers templates for every industry. All important SEO settings for Google optimization are available. An individual display for mobile devices is optionally possible. The Combo tariff offers the best value for money for € 9 / month. Shop features are only available from the Business Basic tariff (€ 25 / month). More about the Wix in the test report

IONOS - the best overall package

In addition to the intuitive modular system for websites and shops, the inexpensive mail and domain service is the biggest plus point at IONOS. So everything is in one place and there are no hidden additional costs. IONOS also offers really good support through personal contact persons. A real unique selling point compared to the competition. To the IONOS test report

Jimdo - super easy

It's fun building websites with Jimdo. As a user, I am optimally guided through the operation. No matter what I do, the site always looks good. A lean editor that effectively guides me to my goal. My experiences with Jimdo

Scalable websites for bigger goals

WordPress - ideal for blogging

Installing WordPress is a matter of a few clicks and is no longer a challenge even for beginners. Web hosts like IONOS make it possible. Choose from hundreds of free design templates or buy a theme for your individual needs for less than 50 euros.

Compared to a pure website construction kit, however, it takes significantly more training time. But the possibilities are almost limitless. Even a fully stocked online shop can easily be added. All for just € 4 / month in the Essential tariff.

Wix - Complete freedom of design

Wix offers the largest range of functions and almost unlimited design options. A selection of over 500 templates offers templates for every industry. All important SEO settings for Google optimization are available. An individual display for mobile devices is optionally possible. The Combo tariff offers the best value for money for € 9 / month. However, shop features are only available from the Business Basic tariff (€ 25 / month). More about the Wix in the test report

With a modular system, anyone can easily create a website that looks professional. In a comparison of the best website builders, IONOS achieved very good results in the test. Closely followed by Wix and Jimdo.

Answer questions

Which provider is the best?
Each provider has its strengths and weaknesses. And that's why the question of the best software cannot be answered across the board. Compare the pacts and check whether the available functions cover your needs. How to find the best software for your website for you.
Where does the comparison data come from?
I have 5 years of experience in dealing with all website builders and website software such as WordPress compressed into this comparison. I am constantly working with the homepage software listed in this comparison and expand the table as soon as there are developments. If you still have questions, please feel free to send me an email to [email protected]
Why are providers and tariffs missing in comparison?
Despite all the details, the comparison should be as clear as possible. Therefore, I concentrated on the best providers and only included the tariffs that also offer a reasonable price-performance ratio. Jimdo and Wix have countless premium packages, some of which differ only minimally. So what I would not recommend does not take place here either. Do you have a question about another provider or tariff? Then write me an email to [email protected]
Can I also create a free website?
Basically yes, but the process is partly different. Jimdo and Wix offer permanently free plans, but the functionality is limited. For example, the shop functions cannot be tried out extensively in this way.
IONOS does not have a free package, but encourages its customers to revoke it within 14 days if you are not satisfied. In this phase, all functions are fully available to you.

JIMDO hacks

Save over € 100 with 3 tricks