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How to Select the Best Free Website Builder

I’ve already reviewed 50+ online website builders and what I’ve learnt so far is that it’s impossible to agree upon the best free website builder ever.

Some platforms work better for small businesses, others are meant for webstores, while some are targeting both the end user and entire design agencies. It all depends on your needs, experience and budget.

As you may have seen from the homepage, I offer my own rating of site builders which is based on my personal experience. My background and expectations may differ from yours, so take this rating with a pitch of salt. My award of five stars for a super flexible site builder that opens up the codes doesn’t mean that people who expect to find a simple, drag-and-drop interface will also enjoy it.

Today, I bring you a bit different rating. In this post I will list some of the site builders which offer the most feature-rich free plans, as I’m often asked which is the best free website builder through the comments on my website.

Tips on Selecting the Best Free Website Builder Software

Choosing a site builder is a very important step. Your website’s look and performance will directly depend on the chosen web service.

So take your time to do your homework and find the site builder that suits your needs best.

#1. Know your needs

Once you have a blueprint of your future website in your mind, you’ll see which site builders don’t work for you, and which can be a good option.

#2. Read user comments and testimonials

Check out the official blog and/or forum of the chosen site builder to see how satisfied the audience is. Forums will show you the most common issues associated with the site builder.

Important: Even though you’re looking for a free site builder, pay attention to the paid add-ons. These will become crucial when your business grows and gains more clients.

So, now let’s see at the 5 most popular website building software that allow to create a website for free:

#1 Wix

I like this platform for its incredibly intuitive interface. With Wix you can create a website and go live in mere minutes! Another strong side of Wix is their rich collection of beautiful designs – there are hundreds of templates in over seventy industry categories.

Wix Website Builder

Wix is a versatile site builder – you can create literally any kind of site with it, thanks to the rich Application Market that provides access to both Wix-made and third-party widgets that you can add to your site with a few clicks.

Take a look at these Wix-powered website examples, handpicked from users comments and Wix’s official site.

Cons: You can’t change the template midway through the editing process.

Pricing:  A free ad-supported version; ad-free Wix sites start at $8.50/mo.

#2 uKit

In my opinion uKit is one of the easiest DIY website builders, developed with small businesses in mind. You may choose from hundreds of templates created by professional designers. The designs are divided into a number of categories, each of them featuring texts, images and set of pages specific for a certain business niche.

uKit Website Builder

What I liked the most is that you do not need to be a Guru of Coding, just drag and drop widgets and blocks around the page to create a unique website pattern, and edit content in the visual mode.

Take a look at some websites made with uKit.

Cons: free-plan absence. But your website will be active for one year since your trial period is expired.

Pricing: simply one plan – everything is included for only $4/mo ( $5/mo if you choose month-to-month subscription). If you use a promo-code, you can discount that price by 25% – up to $3/mo.

#3 Weebly

Weebly is also one of the easiest site builders out there. It works for simple webstores, blogs, portfolios and business websites. But with a free plan most of Weebly features like website membership, e-store or connecting domain are unavailable.

Weebly Website Builder

What I like most about Weebly is that its free plan has a really tiny advert in the footer, which is almost invisible comparing to those of the competition. Take a look at my collection of Weebly-powered websites.

Cons: The free plan of Weebly is rather limiting.

Pricing: A free plan that never expires; ad-free Weebly sites start at $8/mo.

#4 uCoz

When I’m asked to build a website, I build it using uCoz site builder. I prefer this web service for its flexibility and scalability. uCoz opens up some the technologies that in most site builders are hidden from the user-side of the system.

uCoz Website Builder

To put it simply, I have full control over my site’s look and work. Besides, the platform offers a range of ready modules that you can enable anytime. Some of these are Blog, Forum, Eshop, Web Polls, Ad Board and more.

uCoz provides both responsive and standard templates, which means you can get a mobile-compatible website automatically, without lifting a finger. Another strong uCoz’s feature – you can connect your own domain name within free plan, that is not possible to do within free tariffs of other popular website builders.

Cons: The free plan of uCoz comes with a noticeable advert.

Pricing: uCoz has a free version that remains so until you decide to upgrade your account; ad-free uCoz sites start at $5.99/mo.

#5 Site123

Site123 is looks as simple website builder, but for most Internet users, easy-to-use is one of the key requirements to the website building software. With Site123 you can create websites of different types – from one-page site (landing page) to small or mid-sized e-store.

Site123 Website Builder

When you create an Site123 account you can create as many sites as you need. What’s interesting – the Site123’s ad flag that appears with a free plan is so small, that at first you may not catch sight of it.

Cons: website size and bandwidth limitations don’t allow to create a big site with a free plan.

Pricing: if you decide to upgrade your free plan, you can start from $14/mo (Basic Plan). but if you need a website with no limits of size and bandwidth you should select Gold Plan – $38/mo. I think that all pricing options are fit to services, provided by appropriate packages.

Bottom Line

Creating a website using a website builder is a smart choice: site builders are fast, simple and affordable. Though most site builders offer ‘never-expiring’ free plans, I would not take those seriously; these must be treated as free trials which let you explore the system, before making the purchase.

If you’re taking your website seriously, you’ll want to remove the copyright and attach a custom domain name. In most cases you can easily do that at a price of a cup of coffee.

Have a site built with a website builder? Share your experience in the comments!

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  • Aman Khani

    Thanks for this useful post but you didn’t mentioned the other free website builders available free like wix and webstarttoday both are providing good services and webstarttoday also offering superior cloud hosting with reliability and speed which is offered by amazon AWS cloud service.

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  • Daniel Brown

    There is no such thing like free website builder. Everybody charge

    • Hi Daniel,
      I’m afraid you’re not fully right. Free site builders do exist – you can set up a functional site without paying a cent. The downside is that you’ll have to display the site builder’s advert on your site. Take Wix, uCoz or Weebly for instance – you can use their free plans without having to upgrade them as long as you wish.

    • Iain Maciver

      Wrong, Daniel. Zoho Sites is completely free. They don’t charge for connecting your own domain name or removing their own ad. Amazing.

    • Gev Balyan

      We at ucraft don’t charge anything for the free version. You may even connect your domain for free, check: http://superbwebsitebuilders.com/ucraft-review/

  • Bruk

    Try site.pro and you will see how good responsive builder should be. It is very easy to use and it is free.

  • Tomasas

    Thanks for a useful article. I made my personal page very easy, quickly and for free with http://www.site.pro
    It was worth to try. I enjoyd creating my website

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  • Barby White

    Hi Howard, if you have built your site correctly on wix (not just used their drag and drop but actually had someone write the files) could you not just use your hard copy of the files to migrate to another either similar service, or just your own domain hosted on something like godaddy? From what you wrote here, ucoz would be a similar service.

    • Hi, Barby,
      If you have a hard copy of your files used in your website, then you can use it at any website builder. uCoz in this case is a similar to another platforms but it has much more functions to customize your website (in terms of editing HTML/CSS code).

  • Sai Samvrita

    Thanks for this post, nice information you have covered. Check out nice articl eon web designs -: http://www.quadone.com/blog/web-designs-whats-hot-and-for-how-long/

  • David

    Which is the best builder to use when it comes to publishing using my own isp?

    • Hi, David,
      It all depends on your needs and what kind of a website you want to create. If you need a business site – than you may try uKit, porfolio or blog – Wix and Weebly would be a better deal, ultimately customizable website – uCoz.

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    • Hello,
      The advertising within comments is prohibited here.
      If you want to promote your website builder, you should email me first.
      With regards,
      Howard Steele.