It’s possible to spend a ton of cash on a website. But with a small amount of skill, it’s also possible to build your own for free. Below we list the best sites to visit to quickly create your free website.
When you create a website, you need to register your domain name (such as www.freebusiness.com), find a web host to provide storage for your site and link it into the web, then finda way to add content to the site – usually by using a content management system or CMS. That used to be a complicated and costly process. But there are sites that provide all these and more for free.
Quick and free all-in-one site builders
WordPress.com allows you to quickly build your site and use their free tools to create content. The basic account allows you to create your own domain name such as www.wordpress.com/freebusiness. You can pay a little to use your own website name though (our domain www.mappo.co.uk is hosted using wordpress.com).
Google’s Blogger is very simple to use while Tumblr is another popular and very sharing-orientated builder that’s particularly great for visual content. Other builder/blogging tools which are becoming popular include Anchor, Feathers (great for distraction-free article writers) and Medium.
More fully-featured free builders
These offer free versions but may serve ads on your site or require small, usually monthly payments to add extra functionality (e.g. adding your domains name is always extra). However, they’re all easy to get up and running quickly. Wix, Weebly and Jimdo are all similar with attractive themes and e-commerce options.
Advanced (but free) CMS solutions
If you have your own domain name and hosting, using one of these content management systems (CMS) makes building, designing and managing site content easy.
WordPress.org is hugely powerful and allows you to add ecommerce and new content by using free third party ‘plugins’, as well as design your site using ‘themes’. Similar open source systems are offered by Drupal and Joomla – all are used on gazillions of sites worldwide.