4 Great Free Online Website Builders for Beginners
When it comes to building your own website, whether it is a personal blog, an artistic portfolio, an online store or a company website, you have three options to go with. The first one is to build it yourself, that is, if you have the skills, the time and the desire to do it on your own. Not everyone has the talent or skills to design and develop a fully functional website, which makes hiring a professional web designer to build your website for you a sweet second option, if you have the budget. As a side note, if you are not in a hurry and if you don't have much requirements, you may also get your website designed for free.
The third and last option is to use a website builder tool without having to design anything or touching any code yourself. There are many tools, desktop or online, free or paid (see, free WYSIWYG web design software) that you can use for building your website, but as a beginner, it will be better to start with a free online tool that will give you a good idea about how websites work and teach you how to manage a live website.
In the below list, I handpicked 4 of the most popular online website builders that have a free plan and I explained what they offer in detail.
Free Online Website Builders
I will start the list with Wix, which you may have already heard about.
Wix is probably the most well-known online web publishing platform that is used by millions of website owners from all around the world. It is available in over a dozen languages and it has a detailed support portal where you can find answers to any questions you may have.
With Wix, you can create a website in a wide variety of categories like small business, online store, photography or design portfolio, restaurant, hotel, event, blog and more. Free users of Wix have access to the full design platform as well as to hundreds of website templates, images and icons. It provides 500MB of storage and bandwidth, which should be more than enough if you are just starting.
The Wix platform automatically creates a mobile optimized version of your website which is a must have nowadays. Some of the things you should know as a free user are that, free Wix sites display the Wix logo and can't have a custom domain, i.e. your site will be hosted on yourusername.wix.com/yoursitename.
You can visit Wix to learn more about their free plan's features and limits.
Weebly is another highly popular online website builder that I personally used for quite a while and worked on some of my clients' websites. With the latest improvements, their user interface became pretty easy to use and manage the files and layout of a website.
Their drag & drop design interface, which is also accessible on tablets and mobile phones, allows you to quickly insert content to your website and publish it easily. Weebly offers dozens of free beautiful themes that are responsive so that your website will display equally well on all devices.
The free plan of Weebly offers all the functionality of the design platform and the themes as well as 500 MB storage and unlimited pages on your website. As a beginner, this will be a nice platform for you to start with.
Here is the link to Weebly.
Webs is one of the oldest free, browser-based website builders that has a powerful design platform which will make your life easier while building your website. Webs offers hundreds of mobile friendly, professionally designed customizable templates that you can use for any type of personal or business website such as automotive, education, real estate, retail, travel, art, fitness and more.
You can create beautiful photo and video galleries on your website with Webs and you can easily integrate your social profiles by displaying social media icons, Facebook like button or your Twitter feed.
In the free plan of Webs, your site will be hosted on a Webs subdomain and advertisements will be displayed on your site. The storage will be enough to start with but you can always upgrade to an advanced plan if your site grows.
Here is the link to Webs.
Jimdo is the final online website builder tool on our list, that is designed to make building your own websites fun. It has an intuitive interface that simplifies all the steps from choosing a design to uploading your images and editing the text content. You can use their editor to edit your website on the go, as it is also available on iOS and Android devices.
You can build a personal website, a small business site, a travel blog or even an ecommerce store with your free account using one of the many templates.
Jimdo's free plan provides 500MB of storage, mobile optimized version of your website, a password-protected area and basic SEO meta tags and up to 5 products if you are building an online store.
Here is the link to Jimdo.
Keep in mind that if you are running a business and if you are planning to establish a long term online presence, having your own custom domain name (e.g. example.com) is highly recommended. The above platforms provide domain names and hosting with improved features in their paid plans, but if you prefer to register a domain name and get web hosting to host and control your own website without using any of the above tools, you can do that too.
I hope that one of these free online website builder platforms will help you get started with building and publishing your very first website. I wish you all the luck with your site!
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