Best low-cost and free website builders
If you’re strapped for cash but believe you can make a good job of building your own small-business website (or at least want to give it a try), here are just a few of the best website builder options (although many others are available, so search online before making your choice).
Used in 190 countries and available in 30 languages, Wix is reported to be the world’s biggest website builder, “powering more than seven million websites”. Wix offers 800+ website templates to “help get you started on your website creation journey”. Every day, about 45,000 people start to build a new website using Wix.
GoDaddy started as a website domain registration company, but it expanded into website creation and e-commerce. It’s reportedly “trusted by 21+ million customers around the world”. GoDaddy offers online tools for building your own website, as well as hosting, email and marketing options to “help owners grow their business”.
With Ionos, you can choose from 400+ website design templates to create a website with your own domain (free for the first year). Template designs offer plenty of flexibility and you can choose images from a large royalty-free library. Create your website with the Ionos website builder and you’ll pay between £9 and £25 a month, depending on your package and the features you need.
According to Site123, its “advanced wizard, with its ready-made styles and layouts, will teach you how to make a website and help you set up a perfect online presence with practically no effort”. You upload your words and images and Site123 will help you to “come up with a totally responsive, search-engine-optimized website”. Most choose Site123’s Premium Package, which comes with a free domain for one year and e-commerce functionality.
Use Squarespace and you get access to award-winning customisable website templates and free library images. After a free 14-day trial, monthly subscriptions start at £10. According to Squarespace: “Every website or online store comes with integrated features and useful guides that help maximise [your] prominence among search results.” Squarespace users also get access to a free online business logo maker.