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Landing pages are one-page marketing websites. Think of them like an online flyer for your business—except you can directly sell your product or service, or get your potential customer to sign up to your email list.
You can create different landing pages for each of your offerings or use different landing pages to target different kinds of customers. For example, Apple has a landing page for students that highlights their back-to-school free AirPods offer and another for business owners that showcases how different companies use their products. Instead of trying to reach every customer all at once, Apple uses their landing pages to fine-tune their marketing efforts.
But you don’t have to be one of the biggest companies in the world to do this well. With a great landing page builder, you can get results too.
The 9 best landing page builder apps
Google Sites for making free landing pages
Carrd for building landing pages quickly
Mailchimp for driving email newsletter signups
KickoffLabs for competitions and giveaways
Unbounce for small businesses with a budget
Wix for building a landing page that you can expand on later
Leadpages for selling products on a landing page
Instapage for easily making lots of landing pages
Landingi for professional marketers
Some of our picks integrate with Zapier, so you can connect them to your other favorite apps and do things like automatically send form responses to your email marketing or database tool. Zapier’s automations are called Zaps, and you’ll see several Zap templates throughout this piece. To get started with a Zap template, just click on it, and we’ll guide you through setting it up. You can read more about setting up Zaps here.
What should a landing page builder include?
A landing page does one thing well: focuses visitors’ attention on whatever you’re promoting, with a single call to action (CTA) that gets people to sign up for more information or directly purchase your product. Landing pages support your marketing campaigns, helping you capture leads and present targeted messages to a specific audience.
You could hand-code a web page, and you could add a single page for your product in any standard CMS like WordPress. But you’ll do better with something simpler. When you want to build a landing page to launch something new, you need:
An app to build a one-page website that’s easy to customize without coding
Templates and other tools to help you make the website quickly with a great design
A way to integrate different CTAs, whether you’re trying to collect email addresses, get customers to contact you, or directly sell your product
Analytics tracking to know how many people visit your page and how they got to it
The option to use a custom domain name for your site
And these are just the must-haves. The best landing page builders help you to put together a site in about 15 minutes—as long as you have the copy written and images ready to go. They’re also quick to edit and iterate on, and may even let you create two versions that get tested against each other so you can find out what works best for marketing to your customers. Also, they have to be good value for money: an expensive service has to justify the extra cost by helping you get a better return on your marketing.
After testing well over 30 different apps, these are our picks for the nine best.
What should you include on your landing page, and how can you ensure its success? Check out our guide to making a great landing page for more tips.
Best free landing page builder
Google Sites (Web)
Google Sites is one of Google’s lesser-known products, but it’s one of their best. If you want to throw together a quick landing page without spending a penny, it’s the app to use.
There are a few themes, but they all have the same basic look: there’s a large graphic header with your page title at the top, and underneath that, you drag in sections for text, images, or uploaded files. You can customize the colors and typography of the themes, and the layout tools are powerful enough that you can build almost any landing page you need. Just don’t expect to have a wildly unique design.
The editor itself is a joy to use. The stock layout options make it easy to add nicely formatted text and images, and you can quickly embed any document, image, form, or other file from your Google Drive—just click the Drive button and you can browse everything. I loved that when I added a background image, Sites adjusted it so that the text over it was still readable; it’s a small feature, but it shows just how polished the app is.
Because of its tight integration with other Google products, you can also use Zapier to connect your sites to your other tools. For example, you could easily embed a Google Form that sends responses to your project management or team chat app.
See all the Google apps that integrate with Zapier.
Google Sites price: Free
Best for building landing pages quickly
Carrd is one of the fastest landing page builders out there. You don’t even need an account to start building a page. Just head to the Carrd website, select one of the themes, and get to it. Once you’re ready to publish your site, that’s when you’ll need to sign up.
Most of Carrd’s editing tools are simple to use. Click an image block, and a sidebar opens where you can upload a new image and add alt text and a link. Editing text is a bit confusing since you can’t edit it inline—again, you click the text then edit it in the sidebar—but it does support Markdown formatting for a quick way to customize your copy.
Many of Carrd’s themes only let you move items up and down to reorder them. That’s a bit restricting, but it keeps your content lined up. Or you can add a container from the + menu and set it to have multiple columns if you want to have items side-by-side. That’s also how you can add more text, videos, and other items to your page.
Carrd’s free version limits some key landing page features: you can’t use Google Analytics; embed third-party widgets from Stripe, PayPal, and Gumroad (so you can take payments); or add forms so you can collect email addresses. To get the most out of it, you’ll need to upgrade to at least a Pro Standard account.
Carrd price: Free for 3 sites with basic features; from $9/year for Pro Lite which unlocks more templates, but you need the $19/year Pro Standard plan to use advanced features like embeds, forms, custom domains, and Google Analytics.
Best for for driving email newsletter signups
Mailchimp is mostly an email marketing app, but its landing page builder is surprisingly capable. It’s certainly great for collecting email newsletter signups, but you can also sell products by connecting your account to Square.
To start, go to Create > Landing Page. Give it a name, select your audience (or create one if it’s your first time), and click Begin. There are only 10 themes to choose from, but they’re all excellent and highlighted by their main use case: accept payments, grow your list, generate leads, or promote your products.
Once you’ve got a base theme, it’s time to build your landing page. Mailchimp uses a system of Blocks: they’re things like text, images, and signup forms that you can drag around to reposition and arrange. Just hover your mouse over anything on the page and click on the drag handle.
When you’re done, click Save & Close and then Publish to publish the page. You can use a Mailchimp domain or your own custom domain—although you’ll need to configure that.
If people use your landing page to sign up for your email newsletter, Zapier can automatically let you know or track the information somewhere else. Here are a couple examples of how that might work.
See more ways to automate Mailchimp with Zapier.
Mailchimp Price: Free for 2,000 contacts and 10,000 emails a month; from $9.99 for the Essentials plan for 500 contacts and 5,000 emails and premium features like more email templates, custom branding, and A/B testing.
Mailchimp isn’t the only newsletter service that offers landing pages. We also considered both GetResponse and ConvertKit, but we preferred Mailchimp’s super polished offering. However, if you already use an email marketing tool that also has a landing page builder, we wouldn’t recommend switching just for that.
Best landing page builder for competitions and giveaways
Sometimes you need to give people a bit of an incentive to sign up to your email list. One of the best ways to do it is with a competition or giveaway—which is where KickoffLabs comes in.
KickoffLabs is a bit more involved than some of the other apps on this list. It’s not designed for quickly launching a simple landing page. Instead, you’ll start by creating a campaign with a specific goal (perhaps launching a new product or getting new leads for your business). Then, pick how to gather leads: you could make a pop-up or form for an existing site, but here you’ll likely want to make a landing page. You can then choose what kind of competition or promotional strategy will work best. If you want, you can just give people points for how many people they refer, or you can give them a discount code, reward dollars, or entries into a sweepstakes.
All that’s left is to design the landing page, something that’s faster than in many other landing page editors. Select text and edit it directly, or hover your mouse over the edge of the columns that divide your page and click the + button to quickly add an image, video, logo, or file download. There are also pre-made content blocks to help speed up your page design. You can then publish the page directly—or, download an HTML copy of it to host on your servers for a simple way to use KickoffLabs’ features with any site.
You can take it one step further by connecting KickoffLabs to Zapier, so you can do things like automatically adding new leads to your email newsletter list or database.
See more ways to automate KickoffLabs with Zapier.
KickoffLabs Price: From $29/month for the Hobby plan, for one campaign with up to 2,000 unique visitors per month.
Best landing page builder for small businesses with a budget
Many landing page builders are aimed at digital entrepreneurs and other people whose business is done mostly online. Unbounce, on the other hand, offers a lot for small, offline business owners like dentists, lawyers, and plumbers.
At $80/month for up to 500 conversions (which can be as little as people clicking on a link to your app, filling in a form, or joining your newsletter) and 20,000 unique visitors, Unbounce is only for people who are making real money from their leads. You can see how close you are to your plan’s limits at the top of the screen as soon as you log in.
There are 101 templates to choose from, and they do a lot of the heavy lifting of designing your landing page. There are even industry-specific templates for restaurants, dentists, coaches, travel guides, and other small businesses.
The editor itself is one of the most powerful out there. Unlike a lot of apps, you aren’t forced to place your content in aligned boxes. You can drag and drop things anywhere you want—though whether or not you should is up for debate.
Unbounce’s real power, however, is in its A/B testing and targeting tools. You can create multiple variants of your page from the Variant menu in the top toolbar. Unbounce will then test them against each other to see which one gets you the most conversions. There’s also an option to dynamically replace text on your page with whatever the person searched for, so you could change your headline to say “Human Resource Management Apps” or “HR Management Tools” depending on what they were looking for.
With all these features, Unbounce has a steep learning curve. So make sure you take it slow, explore all the options, and don’t forget to customize all the example graphics and text—including the text in the “thank you” box after someone fills out a form.
Since you’re spending a pretty penny to make it happen, you’ll want to be sure you get your leads where you need them. Unbounce integrates with Zapier, so you can add your new leads to your CRM or email marketing tool. Here are a couple examples, but you can connect it to whatever app you use.
See more ways to automate Unbounce with Zapier.
Unbounce Price: From $80/month for the Launch plan, for up to 500 conversions, 20,000 monthly visitors, and one custom domain.
Best for building a landing page that you can expand on later
Wix is designed to help you build websites of any size without coding. And if you start out that site with one of Wix’s landing page themes, it can also be one of the fastest ways to make a one-page site. Find the template you want, and click its Edit button, then sign up and you can immediately start editing your new site.
The Wix website editor keeps things simple. Double-click text, and you can edit it right away, with formatting options in a pane right beside. Adding new items is easy too from the buttons on the left. The Add button opens a menu with options to add formatted text, icons, social media embeds, forms, and more. With the Add Apps and Start Blogging options, you can even add a store, blog, or third-party app to your page—which would be too much for a landing page, but might be a helpful way to grow your website over time.
Mess anything up? Hover over the Save button and click View Site History for a Google Docs-style revision history where you can roll back any change on your page.
There are lots of other full website builders available if you want to start with a complete site, but for launching a landing page with the option to expand later, Wix is our favorite option.
Wix Price: Free for a basic site with 500MB bandwidth/month; from $13/month for a Combo account for 2GB bandwidth, no Wix ads, and a custom domain name.
Best landing page builder for selling products
Want a landing page where people can learn about and buy your product in one place? Leadpages has the tools you need for both. It even helps you stay focused as you’re building your page. Start with a template, then click anything on the landing page design, and the rest of the page will fade out a bit so you can focus on that one thing you’re editing. Each item includes a few options in a floating panel for you in future to the item you’re editing, so you can quickly change how things look. It was one of our favorite editors to work with.
Get creative with the widgets and page options in the left sidebar, where you can add videos, images, forms, and the like. You can even embed an OpenTable booking form if you run a restaurant. From the Sections menu, you can add pre-styled blocks of content such as an about section, plan pricing, or a standout call to action.
Then, with a Pro or higher plan, you can add a checkout form to your landing page. Add a Stripe account to process the payments, then drag the Checkout box from the Widgets sidebar to add a payment form to your page. It’s one of the quickest ways to build a one-product store.
Plus, Leadpages integrates with Zapier, so you can do things like automatically reply to anyone who fills in a form or add them to your email marketing tool. Here are some examples.
See more ways to automate Leadpages with Zapier.
Leadpages Price: From $37/month for the Standard plan for one site.
Best landing page builder for easily making lots of landing pages
If you’ve got a lot of different products to offer or markets to target, you might want to make a lot of landing pages. That’s where Instapage is at its best.
Every landing page is built around different blocks: things like the header, an image and some descriptive text, an FAQ section, or even just two buttons side by side. By combining different blocks, Instapage makes it really fast to build pages. But here’s the best bit: you can save your own blocks so they can be reused later. Did you make a nice About section that you want to reuse on more landing pages? Click the three little dots, then Save to My Blocks. Now, whenever you click Insert Block, it’ll be available for you to use. Enterprise customers can even save blocks as Global Blocks that can be updated all at once. In a few moments, you can add new information to dozens or hundreds of landing pages.
Similarly, if you’re making lots of landing pages, it’s nice to have help. Instapage is the best app for working with a team because of its handy collaboration tools. Everyone can edit the page in real-time, much like in Google Docs, or they can add re-action to any section of the page to highlight things they think need to be changed. Instapage also includes heatmaps (so you can see how people interact with your sites), dynamic text replacement, and A/B testing—great for fine-tuning as many pages as you need to.
And by integrating Instapage with Zapier, you can automatically sign people up to your email list with no added effort. Here are some examples, but you can use almost any CRM or email marketing tool.
See more ways to automate Instapage with Zapier.
Instapage Price: Instapage starts at $199/month for a Business account with unlimited landing pages and up to 6 team members. Enterprise pricing is customized based on your needs.
Best landing page builder for professional marketers
If you’re a professional marketer working for a few different clients, Landingi‘s wide range of professional templates is hard to beat. There are dozens of templates that target different industries, like wedding photography or construction work, or offer different products, like a free eBook download or a webinar signup. Most importantly, these templates aren’t all just slightly re-skinned versions of the same basic idea. Each of your clients will have a unique landing page.
Landingi also has one of the most powerful editors, so once you start with a great template, you can really push things where you want them to be. Click on any design element, and you can edit it in the sidebar on the right. If you know a little code, you can dial in different CSS options or just use the visual editor. For example, you can drag a text box or just enter a width value to resize it, and select a color with a standard color picker or with a hex code. It’s perfect when you want to use a client’s brand colors.
And if your clients want to host their own landing page, you can export whatever you make in Landingi to either WordPress or a custom server—and still use all its analytics and tracking features.
If you use the $89/month Create plan or higher, you can use Landingi with Zapier, so you can automatically add new leads to your email marketing tool.
See more ways to automate Landingi with Zapier.
Landingi Price: From $47/month for the Core plan, limited to 5,000 unique visitors; from $199/month for the Agency plan with up to 10 sub-accounts for different clients.
This article was originally published in April 2018 by Matthew Guay.
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