No lock-in with DreamHost’s site builder.
I’ve been reviewing non-WordPress website builders over the past month and have more reviews to come.
These site builders make it easier for non-techies to build websites than using WordPress. But there’s a big drawback: lock-in.
Each builder is proprietary and they are designed to limit the ability to export to a different platform and/or webhost. In return for an easy-to-use site builder, you agree to be locked in indefinitely with the service.
But hosting company DreamHost announced today that it is opening up its Remixer site builder. Customers that use Remixer to build a site can export it to WordPress on a Dreamhost shared hosting account. Even though the initial export is to a Dreamhost account, customers could then use the WordPress export feature if they wish to change hosting companies.
Being able to start designing a site in a simple site creator and then harness the customizability that WordPress offers seems like a big win.
DreamHost says that it is the first company to allow exporting from a standalone website builder to WordPress.
Although I haven’t tested Remixer yet, I will do so in the future.