Every business – big or small – needs a website. But not every business wants to, or in most cases, needs to invest in professional website development services. Here are 10 website builders where startups and small businesses can create their business website for free.
Wix takes the cake as the best, the most popular and most frequently-used website builder. Wix offers a highly intuitive and user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. There is a large degree of customization provided, with ready-made templates for every conceivable business, as well as robust integration with numerous third-party services such as social media feeds, calendars, maps, etc. For the more daring, Wix also allows you to create your own template from scratch with an Advanced Design Interface.
The free installation provides you with 500 MB of storage and 500 MB bandwidth. One can then upgrade to premium plans that start from $4 a month.
WordPress easily ranks second on our list of free website builders, for the sheer amount of customization, robust back-end and comprehensive analytics system that it provides. While WordPress is largely used for its Content Management System, the free version – hosted on WordPress.com – comes with a variety of themes and page templates that allow you to create every kind of website – from a blog, to a business page, to a complete shopping portal. There are free as well as premium plugins that will help you add more professional features to your website.
WordPress provides easy-to-use add-ons for almost every conceivable website feature, be it e-commerce, online learning systems to job portals, etc.
You can build and host a website on WordPress.com for free. If you want to, however, flex your digital presence a little more with a highly customized user experience, you can opt for the self-hosted version of WordPress, where you would have to pay for the hosting of your website.
Weebly is a great place to start building your website if you are an absolute beginner. While there are limitations on the number of features you can add to your website, Weebly provides a clean and easy drag-and-drop interface that allows even a novice to create a reasonably decent looking website. You can even set up a storefront via Weebly’s commerce tools. The best thing is that you can ZIP all your files and download it to your computer, allowing you to create your own backup mechanisms.
The free installation provides you with unlimited storage and bandwidth.
Webnode is useful if you need a quick website with a simple set of features. Their setup process is easy and you can have your website up and running in a matter of less than 2 hours. They also do not insist upon placing their own ads anywhere in the site and provide a repository of stock images that you can use in your website.
The free installation provides 100 MB of storage (hence the simple website) and up to 1 GB bandwidth. The premium plans start at $5.95/month.
Webflow is not for the tech newbie, but is meant for freelance designers and agencies that are looking to build a website that is interactive and responsive for their clients. The interface is almost like working with Photoshop, which means designers can translate their designs into code instantly. The site provides a limited set of themes and templates to choose from. However it provides the HTML and CSS to the developer, so customization becomes simpler for seasoned developers. It provides widgets for basic website features such as maps, social integrations, audio/video, along with design customization for responsiveness.
The free plan is fairly limited in terms of storage and bandwidth with just 50 MB of storage. Premium packages start at $16/month. Webflow also provides hosting, with plans starting from $12/month.