Question: How to create a website free of cost?
Answer: Using a website builder
Looking to create a website, but don’t know where to start? Congratulations! You’ve come to the right place. On this website you’ll find everything you need to easily build a website from scratch, free or at an affordable price.
Here at SWB, we believe that online website builders are probably the best option for those who have no programming training, but want to get full control over the process of website creation. Site builders are easy-to-use, fast and affordable. These web services let you focus on what really matters – your product/business, doing all the heavy lifting for you.
Using a website builder is as simple as creating a social media account – just sign up, upload your content and start sharing.
Question: So, are these services free?
Answer: They are.
Most site builders use a ‘freemium’ (free+premium) business model, which means you can sign up and use a basic feature set free. Is it enough to build a decent website? Well, it depends on a site builder and what you mean by ‘a decent website’. In most cases, free users can’t use custom domains, add more than 5 or so pages, enable eCommerce and remove adverts that the builder places an all free websites.
To get rid of the ads, connect a custom domain and unlock more features, users have to upgrade their accounts.
In other words, technically, you can design and publish your website without spending a cent, but in reality, this website will either display a noticeable advert or will be placed on a subdomain.
In my opinion, free plans should be taken as free trials, not real options. To create a professional looking website, you’ll HAVE to pay, sooner or later. The price can be as low as $3/mo, but you’ll still have to invest into your web presence. Paid packages remove adverts, let you connect your own domain and unlock more customization options.
Let’s take a look at the 6 best website builders that balance the ease of use with flexibility and affordability:
Wix is a great option for anyone looking for a freebie. This website builder has an impressive collection of modern templates in over 70 industry categories, what makes the site builder especially popular with creative professionals.
The free version of Wix lets you build a good-looking website on a Wix-branded subdomain. With a free package you can use almost all functional of Wix website builder.
To get rid of the ad and connect a custom domain, you should select one of five paid plans; the cheapest one ‘Connect Domain‘ starts at $4.50/mo.
To see what real Wix-based sites look, take a journey through my collection of Wix blogs.
uKit site builder is the perfect pick if you’re looking to build a website for a business. The platform was specially designed to meet the needs of micro- to medium-sized businesses. Speaking about uKit in a couple of words, we can describe it as the best and the cheapest alternative to Wix.
Full-featured uKit website will cost you around $4/mo, or even less ($3/mo), if you enter our special code SWB-25 during checkout.
What it takes to build a website with uCoz site builder? Basically, it takes four steps:
- sign up, choose a responsive template and start building your website without entering your payment details;
- activate any module (except for the E-shop) free of charge, including such modules as Users, Ad Board, Web poll, Forum, and Mini Chat, among others;
- upload your content;
- connect your own domain and publish your website at no extra cost.
Your free plan will never expire, if you regularly update your website.
The only drawback is that your free uCoz website will display a pretty noticeable ad. You can remove it through upgrading your website. The cheapest ad-free plan is $5.99/mo.
Fully responsive website builder – XPRS proposes a new way of drag&drop website creation. A new Polydom technology allows you to compose content blocks much faster.
This site builder has a tasty free-of-cost package, however the only one limitation for this free plan is its availability for artists and other creative people, students and non-profit organizations.
Thus if you want to build a commerce website you should choose paid plan for $6/mo, but in cases mentioned above, using XPRS will cost $0 for you.
Weebly is one of the easiest site builders out there. Just like with Wix and uCoz, you can create your site with Weebly without entering your payment information and keep your account on a free plan as long as you wish.
The strongest side of Weebly, in my opinion, is its customer-oriented philosophy. Many of the updates they make are inspired by feedback they get from customers. You may want to check out real Weebly-powered websites.
In case you decide to upgrade your free Weebly plan, that will cost you $8+/mo.
Site123 is a good example of how commerce website builder can be free-of-use. Site123 is easy-to-use for most users – the builder’s interface and all main website customizing options are on the right places. From the UI/UX point of view it looks user-friendly.
With Site123’s free package you receive a website on a system subdomain. Its URL will look like yoursite.site123.me.
You can create any type of website, blog or landing page using a free plan, even a webstore (but you will be limited with 10 orders/mo). There are also limitations of website size with a free plan – it can’t be more than 500 Mb, and bandwidth – no more than 1Gb of traffic per month. But those restrictions can be reduced with a paid plans. The higher plan you choose – the size and bandwidth volumes are growing up to unlimited level.
To wrap it up, all these site builders give you their website creation software for free. You will only pay for hosting in the long run (if you choose to remove the ads and go with a paid plan), so technically, you can still create a functioning website without paying a cent.