11 Best Website Builders for Nonprofits (Reviewed & Compared) For 2021

11 Best Website Builders for Nonprofits (Reviewed & Compared) For 2021

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As a nonprofit organization, your website is crucial to your fundraising efforts.

Potential donors will look to your website in order to learn more about your organization and its mission and decide whether they believe in it enough to contribute their time or money.

As such, you want to find a website builder that will help you convey the values of your organization and encourage donations.

With so many options available, it’s hard to decide which website builder is best suitable for your nonprofit organization.

To make it easier for you, we have compiled a list of what we believe are the Top 11 website builders for nonprofits, taking into account factors such as ease of use, functionality, and flexibility.

We hope this helps you out on your quest to build your perfect nonprofit website.

11 Best Website Builders For Nonprofit Organizations in 2021:

  1. Wix
  2. Weebly
  3. Squarespace
  4. Morweb
  5. Jimdo
  6. WordPress
  7. Wired Impact
  8. IM Creator
  9. GoDaddy
  10. Moonfruit
  11. PageCloud


wix - website for non profit

1. Wix

Builder Type: Drag and drop

Personal View: I thought the Wix interface was very easy to navigate and pleasing to the eye.

All the different widgets and features are easy to locate on the left-hand sidebar, the and drag-and-drop interface lets you position them wherever you so choose on the page, with a grid outline to help guide you. You can easily preview your website or switch to a mobile editor, so there are no unwanted surprises when you choose to publish your website.

Ease of Use – Great
Wix has an intuitive user interface and provides a large variety of pre-made templates, so you can build a professional-looking website with no coding skills or experience. It has a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, so you can get a complete preview of what your website will look like before publishing it. Wix even offers a form of artificial design intelligence (known as the Wix ADI) that helps you build the first version of your website automatically!

Functionality – Good
Wix offers mobile-responsive templates so that your website can look as good on mobile devices as it does on a computer screen. It also has strong SEO features to help you optimize your website’s pervasiveness on search engine searches. Unfortunately, once you’ve picked a template for your website, you can’t change it without having to re-insert all of your content – so pick wisely! Also, you can embed a Wix donation button with the help of Donorbox.

Flexibility – Good
Wix offers blank canvas style editing of its templates, which will allow you to customize each page and element to fit your organization and website’s needs. Not only does it provide a large variety of templates, but it also has a large range of widgets to choose from in the Wix App Market. Finally, Wix has a “code” element that you can use to embed custom code into your website, giving you even more flexibility than the App Market already provides.

Wix Nonprofit Pricing:
Although Wix offers a free basic plan, it comes with a fairly large Wix logo displayed at the bottom of every page. Paid plans start at $5 a month, although you have to upgrade to the $10/month Combo plan to get rid of the Wix advertising. However, we recommend the $14 Unlimited Plan, which provides unlimited bandwidth and 10GB of storage, among additional apps and a $300 ad voucher.


weebly - websites for nonprofit

2. Weebly

Builder Type: Drag and drop

Personal View: I found Weebly’s interface to be by far the most straightforward. The different widgets are clearly laid out on the left-hand side, with the different types of editors located at the top of the page. When you drag and drops elements onto the page, they snap to a pre-made grid, ensuring that your website looks as clean and professional as possible. It is also very easy to download a new app straight from your website editor if you find yourself needing something that is not offered in the basic set of features.

Ease of Use – Great
Weebly is known as the easiest to use website builder out there – so if you’re a beginner with little to no technical experience, this is just the thing for you. It provides a variety of pre-made templates to help guide the creation of your website and a WYSIWYG editor that shows you what your website will look like as you are building it and before it is published.

Functionality – Good
Weebly provides mobile-responsive templates, as well as basic SEO capabilities. In fact, SEO optimization for page titles, descriptions and URLs is directly available in page editors, and more SEO apps can be downloaded from Weebly’s App Center. It also gives you to option to add membership pages to your website, which allows you to limit the visibility of a page to members.

Flexibility – Good
Weebly’s App Center provides a good selection of apps, separated by purpose and function. In addition to these, Weebly does allow you to add an “embed code” element to your website that you can use to add your own custom code, allowing for added flexibility when it comes to apps. You can even embed a donate button on your Weebly site with Donorbox. However, Weebly’s templates are very structured, and apps or elements can only be added in designated spots on the templates, which limits flexibility in terms of the design of your website.

Weebly Nonprofit Pricing:
Weebly offers a free basic plan, with the first paid plan starting at $8/month. However, we recommend getting the Pro plan, at $12/month, which gives you access to site search, membership page creation, password protection, and HD video and audio.


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squarspace - nonprofit website builder

3. Squarespace

Builder Type: Drag and drop

Personal View: When you first get started with building your Squarespace website, it’s difficult to pick from the different templates that are offered because they all are so appealing to the eye – but at least you know you can’t go wrong. One thing that I found slightly inconvenient was that, after you’ve chosen your template, all of the pages assigned to the template appear on your editor as “demo content” that you must delete and recreate on your own. I understand that these pages and their content simply serve as guidelines and inspiration, but it would be helpful to be able to keep certain demo pages and edit their content instead of having to recreate them entirely. Apart from this, I found the Squarespace interface fairly easy to use and navigate, although not as much as Wix’s and Weebly’s.

Ease of Use – Good
Squarespace is known for its beautiful, minimalist templates. These allow you to create a professional-looking website with minimal effort or experience required. The user interface for the Squarespace editor is also very intuitive and straightforward, making it easy for you to find the functions you need and understand how to use them. However, Squarespace’s lack of support for 3rd party apps and extensions makes it so that basic coding skills are required to add 3rd party features.

Functionality – Good
Like Wix and Weebly, Squarespace provides mobile responsive templates as well as SEO capabilities. However, Squarespace only provides one level of sub-navigation, or subpages, which may restrict you in terms of website design. In addition, Squarespace does not provide a preview mode to help you see what your website would look like before you publish it.

Flexibility – Great
Squarespace provides extensive styling options with lots of attention to detail. For example, it even allows you to crop image thumbnails, something most website builders don’t offer. It also allows for custom code, like Wix and Weebly, which allows you to embed outside widgets and apps. To embed a Squarespace donate button, you can use Donorbox to easily integrate it.

Squarespace Nonprofit Pricing:
Squarespace is one of the few website builders on this list that does not have a free basic option (although you do get a 14-day free trial). Their plans range from $12 to $40 a month, although we believe the $12 personal plan is sufficient for most nonprofit websites.


Morweb - websites for non profit

4. Morweb

Builder Type: Drag and drop

Personal View: If your nonprofit is looking for a user-friendly, nonprofit-focused website builder, Morweb has what you need.

I found their drag and drop website templates really easy to get a hang of, especially for a web design newbie like myself. Not only is it intuitive to get started with Morweb, but once you’re in the thick of building your website you’ll find that they have a wide range of modules, elements, and widgets that make personalizing your site a breeze. Because they offer ready-made nonprofit website templates, all I needed to do was pick my favorite template and get started customizing.

Ease of Use – Great

Morweb is perfect for nonprofit website building because the platform doesn’t require coding to master. That means your nonprofit doesn’t need to hire a web developer or web design firm to manage your site for you. Anyone can build and customize a Morweb site, no special training required.

Functionality – Good

What makes Morweb stand out from the crowd is that they balance ease of use with premium functionality. Your nonprofit’s website has to do a lot of things: process donations, share events, tell the story of your mission, and more. With Morweb, you can build a nonprofit website that checks all of your boxes without having to sacrifice a user-friendly content management interface.

Flexibility – Good

When you start designing a Morweb site, your team can choose from ready-made nonprofit website templates designed for community groups, associations, international nonprofits, and even environmental organizations. From there, you can customize your brand’s color scheme, logo, typeface, and other identifiers to make the theme your own. As you drag and drop modules onto the page to give it the functionality you need, you can see the changes made in real time on their Live Editor. This means you don’t >have to blindly make page updates on the back end before seeing your work come to life.

Morweb Nonprofit Pricing:

Although Morweb isn’t free, their entry-level package is priced affordably for up-and-coming nonprofit organizations. You can choose their Start plan for just $99/month. As your organization grows, you can upgrade to their next level plan for just $149/month, or their premium plan for $199/month.


Jimdo - website builders for nonprofits

5. Jimdo

Builder Type: Ready-made templates

Personal View: Although it wasn’t overly complicated, I expected Jimdo to be slightly easier to use. When you are editing page content, there is no sidebar to clearly lay out your options for you. Instead, you have to place your cursor over certain areas of the page and wait for an editor to pop up. Some of the options in these editors are just symbols that you have to learn to understand after clicking on them, so there is a learning curve that comes with using Jimdo. However, the structure that comes with this system does ensure that your website stays very clear and organized, with everything in its distinct place.

Ease of Use – Good
Jimdo has a simple, intuitive user interface and provides suggested layouts to make it as easy as possible for you to build your website, whether or not you have any previous experience or coding skills. You can also edit your website from the mobile Jimdo app, something that many other website builders do not have or have not perfected as well as Jimdo.

Functionality – Good
Like the previous website builders, Jimdo provides mobile responsive templates and SEO capabilities. In fact, Jimdo uses SSL-encryption, which is a ranking factor for SEO. You can even pay for their “Ranking Coach” tool if you need help to better understand SEO. In addition, a domain name and email hosting are included in all paid Jimdo packages, which is not the case for most other website builders.

Flexibility – Good
Jimdo has a decent variety of elements and add-ons, and provides a “Widget/HTML” element that allows you to add your own custom code. However, Jimdo does not have an extensive app center like Wix’s or Weebly’s. Although Jimdo’s templates are partially customizable, they are still subject to restrictions, unlike a blank canvas style editor.

Jimdo Nonprofit Pricing:
Jimdo offers a free basic option in addition to its paid plans that start at $7.50/month. Free basic option, paid plans start at $7.50/month. We recommend the starting JimdoPro plan for most nonprofits, as the more expensive JimdoBusiness ($20/month) is more adapted if you have an online store.


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6. WordPress

Builder Type: Backend editor

Personal View: As someone with very limited coding and web-building experience, I naturally had a more difficult time using WordPress than I did with the drag-and-drop builders. Everything on the sidebars is clearly labeled, so there is nothing to decipher, but there are a lot more options and just overall a lot more text to sift through. If you are someone with lots of experience looking to build a highly customized website, I can see how this would appeal to you, but I can also see how this would be overwhelming to those with as much or less web-building experience than I have. The learning curve is pretty steep, but once you get the hang of it, it really does offer more flexibility. I do wish, however, that is was easier to visualize your website before publishing it.

Ease of Use – Average
Wordpress uses a backend editor as opposed to drag-and-drop, which comes with a steeper learning curve as it requires some experience and coding skills. The editor is not “WYSIWYG,” in that you cannot see what your website will actually look like as you are building it.

Functionality – Good
Like the others, WordPress has mobile responsive themes and provides SEO capabilities as well as additional SEO plugins for download. However, WordPress requires regular updates in order to keep your website secure, which may be seen as an inconvenience.

Flexibility – Great
The main perk of a back-end editor is that you can change anything in your website’s code, which gives you full flexibility and free reign on how you want to design your website. In addition to this, WordPress has a large range of themes and plugins (almost 50,000!) that you can choose to download and add to your website.

WordPress Nonprofit Pricing:
Wordpress offers a free basic option, and its paid plans start at a very low rate of $2.99/month. However, we recommend the Premium plan for $8.25/month, as it provides you with extra storage space as well as advanced design customization.


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7. Wired Impact

Builder Type: Block Editor (drag-and-drop meets backend editor)

Personal View
Wired Impact is filling the gap that exists between DIY builders on the low end and expensive agency rebuilds on the high end. Think of it as website tools built specifically for nonprofits coupled with the support they need to actually be successful using them.

It’s powered by WordPress, but imagine if WordPress was built solely for nonprofits from the ground up. All of their plans also include ongoing support and their Marketing Ally Program, which gives you access to ask nonprofit marketing experts any questions you have about getting results from your online marketing.

Wired Impact is on a mission to get powerful websites in the hands of every nonprofit that wants one. Their website builder is a big step in that direction.

Ease of Use
Wired Impact takes usability seriously, and it shows when using their system. The block editor allows for a visual editing experience, making it easy for non-technical users to see what their pages will look like before publishing. All of their plans include support from actual nonprofit marketers, so if you have any trouble, they’ll quickly get you back on the right track. And on their Amplify plan, they’ll even make website changes for you on an ongoing basis at no additional charge.

Functionality
This is an area where Wired Impact’s experience in the nonprofit space really shines. Their features are built for nonprofits, so things like online donations and integration with popular nonprofit tools come standard. For nonprofits with more sophisticated needs, they also offer higher plans with features like volunteer management, event registration, and integration with donor management systems.

Flexibility
Wired Impact talks a lot about balancing flexibility with ease of use. They offer enough flexibility so you can easily tailor your site to feel unique to your nonprofit, but not so much that you get bogged down in settings or constantly break key pages of your site. The block editor allows you to take control of your pages and make them uniquely your own. And if their system doesn’t have a feature you need, request it. They’re constantly updating their tools based on actual requests from nonprofits.

Wired Impact Nonprofit Pricing:
Wired Impact is trying to fill the gap between DIY and a custom agency site, and they reflect that approach. Plans start at $69/month and scale up to $329/month, but unlike many others out there, Wired Impact has no upfront fees. And without contracts, you’re free to switch plans at any time as your needs change.

They also offer a variety of optional add-on services so you can build the project that’s right for your organization.


8. IM Creator

Builder Type: Ready-made templates

Personal View: IM Creator’s editor interface reminds me of Jimdo’s. There are limited features listed on sidebars, instead, you have to scroll over different sections of your template in order to edit it. When you click on one of your elements, a list of symbols drops down that you have to learn to decipher. Many of them are fairly straightforward if you have a decent amount of web experience (not necessarily website building, just general web use), but again there is a slight learning curve. There are a fair amount of elements to choose from to add to your website, but the overall interface makes the web-building experience feel very minimal – depending on what kind of website you are trying to create, this can be seen as either a good or bad thing.

Ease of Use – Good
IM Creator provides pre-made, professionally designed templates that are separated by industry to make it easier for you to find the right template for your website. However, IM Creator’s interface is seen by some as being too minimal, and therefore making it hard to use different functions.

Functionality – Average
Once again, IM Creator provides mobile responsive templates and has SEO capabilities. However, like Wix, once you have created your website, you cannot change your template without having to re-insert content. In addition, IM Creator does not provide any e-commerce tools.

Flexibility – Good
IM Creator does give you the option to design a template from scratch, allowing for more flexibility than just their pre-formatted templates. It also allows for custom code, so you can embed third-party widgets of your choice. However, like Jimdo, it does not have an extensive app store.

IM Creator Nonprofit Pricing:
IM Creator offers a free basic option for all, as well as a free premium plan for registered nonprofits. For others, the premium plan starts at $7.95 if billed annually.


9. GoDaddy

Builder Type: Drag and drop

Personal View: GoDaddy’s interface is as simple as you can get. You have 6 different themes to choose from, all with the same basic format. You do get the option to change the theme’s main color, as well as remove, edit, or add sections to your pages. However, while the different section options cover the basics, they are very limited. I can see how this builder would appeal to those wanting to quickly put together a simple but professional-looking website, but I would recommend taking a little extra time to learn how to use another builder on this list in exchange for more functionality and flexibility.

Ease of Use – Good
You likely know GoDaddy as the main platform for purchasing website domain names. Many enjoy the convenience of purchasing their domain name and creating their website through the same website hosting service. In addition, GoDaddy’s website builder has an intuitive user interface and provides pre-made templates. It also provides easy photo importing and editing, something which is not easily found in other website builders.

If you don’t want to host your website on Godaddy, check out this guide by Digital.com on the best web hosting providers in 2021.

Functionality – Average
GoDaddy’s website builder has SEO capabilities and can create backups and restore the website at any time, something not found in the other website builders on this list. However, it does not allow you to change templates without having to reinsert content. In addition, the mobile responsive templates it offers are extremely basic and are only offered with more expensive plans.

If you want to accept online donations on your GoDaddy site, here’s a complete guide.

Flexibility – Average
GoDaddy provides the option of using a blank canvas editor, allowing for flexibility in page design. It also allows for custom code so you can embed your own third-party content. However, it does not have an extensive app store, and the features it offers are limited and simplistic.

GoDaddy Nonprofit Pricing:
GoDaddy is the last website builder on this list to not offer a free basic option, although it does offer a one-month free trial. Plans start at $5.99/month, with the recommended Business plan costing $9.99/month with added PayPal integration, SSL Security, and SEO.


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10. Moonfruit

Builder Type: Drag and drop

Personal View: There’s no denying it, Moonfruit’s interface is outdated. That said, I also found it unnecessarily complex. There are no complete templates, just templates for certain page sections (header, body, footer, etc.), which makes the design process more difficult for those with little to no web-building experience. Having used Moonfruit before their recent Beta release, I am under the impression that they have made their interface even less intuitive. There are two main editors, the home page Beta editor and the “Page Master”, but they don’t seem to work together (the changes made on one were not visible on the other). I most likely need to spend more time getting familiar with the interface, but there seems to be a very steep learning curve regardless.

Ease of Use – Poor
Moonfruit provides pre-made section templates that allow you to build a website with no previous web-design or coding experience, although there are no full-website templates. Unfortunately, its interface is not very intuitive and is also very outdated. There is also no “snap to grid” for its blank canvas editing, which essentially allows you to place an element anywhere, including outside the actual page.

Functionality – Average
Moonfruit has SEO capabilities and includes Google Analytics and Google Webmaster, to better help you manage your website. Like Weebly, it also gives you the option of creating membership pages with limited visibility. However, like Moonfruit and Wix, you cannot change your website template without having to reinsert your content. In addition, mobile responsive templates are currently only available in Beta. That said, they are supposedly working on adding a variety of new features, so be on the lookout for those.

Flexibility – Good
The blank canvas type editor makes for a high level of customization within Moonfruit’s templates – some even think it allows for too much customization. The HTML Snippet tool allows for custom code, however there is no extensive app store and the number of features and tools offered by Moonfruit are limited.

Moonfruit Nonprofit Pricing:
Moonfruit is the second website builder on this list to not provide a free basic option. Its plans start at $6.75/month, although we recommend the Standard plan ($9/month if billed annually) for unlimited pages on your website and increased storage, bandwidth, and admins.


11. PageCloud

Builder Type: Drag and drop

Personal View: When first using the PageCloud editor, I was blown away by the level of freedom to customize. Every element, including (text, images, videos, forms, etc.) within PageCloud can be styled and positioned however you want.

Although PageCloud did not have as many starter templates as some of the other website builders on this list, they definitely make up for it with the virtually unlimited options you have to customize your template out of the box.

Another great feature was the 100+ app integrations that help you accept donations, manage events, chat with your site visitors, and so much more.

Ease of Use – Great

PageCloud’s WYSIWYG editor (what you see is what you get) is second to none. It’s the closest thing you’ll get to editing a live website without having to use code. Although the editor is intuitive and very easy-to-use, it comes with a slight con: the level of freedom can be overwhelming for people with little to no design experience. This is especially true when using their mobile layout builder. Sometimes too much freedom can be a bit overwhelming.

Functionality – Good

PageCloud offers mobile responsive websites so your website looks great on every device. They also offer everything you need for SEO including Automatic Image Optimization so your website always loads as fast as possible. While PageCloud doesn’t currently have as many features (eg. membership options) as other tools, it does have a lot of amazing features like the ability to copy and paste content directly on your pages as well as full access to the source code allowing unlimited customization for more advanced users.

Flexibility – Great

Whether you choose a blank canvas or a pre-built template, PageCloud gives you the ability to customize whatever you want. Users without coding experience can leverage PageCloud’s 100+ app integrations and editing menu to create their unique website. On top of that, PageCloud’s flexibility goes to a whole other level if you know how to code. Because you have full access to the source code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), experienced users can basically create whatever they want!

PageCloud Nonprofit Pricing:

PageCloud currently offers a single plan for $24/month or $240/year if paid upfront. This includes hosting, security, unlimited pages & storage, expert support, team members, and more. The annual plan comes with a free domain name and G-Suite for 1 year. PageCloud’s world-class support team makes their plan worth every penny. Their team has mentioned that other price plans will be available in the near future.


Bonus: Boxmode

Builder Type: Drag and Drop

Personal View: I really liked how convenient this website builder actually is. You get what you expect since Boxmode is mainly focused on business users and their needs. Boxmode allows you to create an unlimited number of projects, so it’s all up to your creativity and, well, your time. If you’re into Nonprofit SEO, Boxmode can offer great opportunities in this regard, as well.

Ease of Use: Great

With this service, anyone can build and run their own nonprofit website without any coding knowledge. The service has more than 50 niche templates for nonprofits, customizable widgets, a drag-and-drop editor, and the ability to bind a domain.

As for Boxmode’s integration capabilities, you might want to know that tracking your website performance is possible by integrating famous analytics tools. The latter include Google Analytics, Hotjar, Facebook Pixel, and GTM.

Functionality: Good

Boxmode is constantly working on improving its platform and expanding its functionality. Here are some prominent features:

  • Ready to use niche templates
  • Customizable widgets
  • SEO tools
  • Free custom domain
  • Premium support via ticket system

Flexibility: Great

You can use tons of beautiful templates perfectly suitable for different nonprofit niches and spread across several categories. You can also use customizable widgets as building blocks. Simply drop them on the canvas to get a fully-fledged website in a matter of minutes!

If you have the right skills, apart from the mentioned drag-and-drop editor, you can also use Boxmode’s Code editor! Drop HTML, CSS, or JS code directly in it to add new design elements, features, and integrations.

Boxmode also saves all the work progress on the go, allowing you to experiment with your site design as much as you want!

Pricing

Boxmode offers a free (Starter) plan with no time limit! You will get a free Boxmode domain, mapping (connect your domain name for free), 1GB of storage, handy SEO tools, support via ticket system, and pre-made templates.

For paid plans, you get a free custom domain for one year, domain mapping, increased 5GB of storage, pre-made templates, SEO and Marketing tools, SSL certificate, priority support, unlimited bandwidth, and no Boxmode branding. It costs just $33/year.


Closing Notes:

Once you’ve selected the best website builder for nonprofits, you’ll need a way to take in donations.

Head over to donorbox.org to create your recurring donation form and you’ll be ready to receive donations in no time.

These donation forms can be customized to fit with your website design and can be easily embedded onto your nonprofit website!

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