By Taz Bareham — 8 Aug 2014
While it’s a task that’s often pushed to the bottom of your to-do list, keeping your website functional and fresh is so important because it is the best booking channel for your tour or activity business (Source).
Since we get plenty of enquiries about which website creation tool to use, we thought we’d write a blog post about it.
Here are our top 3 picks.
Weebly is one of the most top-rated tools in the market, because it’s so user friendly and simple to use.
Not only that, but it has a freemium model and never pressures you to upgrade. If you want to keep your site for free, you’ll have to let them put an ad in your footer (but it’s small enough that it doesn’t steal attention away from your site).
While there are a limited number of designer-quality templates, you can always hire someone to edit the HTML/CSS, so it’s very flexible.
Learn more about Weebly’s features here.
Squarespace’s key strength lies in its sophisticated designer templates. If you want a beautiful, minimalistic website, Squarespace is the way to go.
However, it can be hard to rearrange content, and formatting the website’s content isn’t all that easy (when you edit the page, the preview screen looks different to when it’s live, so you have to keep checking the live preview screen).
Learn more about their features here.
WordPresss is a completely free solution to build websites. You can choose between multiple themes, designed by professionals. Some of these have paid plans, and others are free.
A theme that is getting a lot of attention is DIVI, a drag and drop wordpress theme which is easy to manage without being able to code. You can install almost any plugin including Rezdy.
Please note that these tools are more suited to ecommerce sites, so we wouldn’t recommend selling your tours through them. You’re selling an experience – not an item – so you need more flexibility than the business plans on these platforms will allow for.
Instead, you can create your site using one of these tools and integrate with a third party booking system like Rezdy, which is built to meet your specific needs.
To take a free trial of Rezdy, click here.
Or if you want to learn more about choosing a booking system, download our buyer’s guide.