Whether you’re looking to set up a new website for your small business or refresh your existing one, there are a range of free website builders online that can help you do it. Here’s our pick of some of the best.
Over 85 million people in 190 countries use Wix, a cloud-based development platform. One of the best things about Wix is that they offer hundreds of templates specifically designed to suit a variety of businesses. This includes restaurants, accommodation, freelance creatives, designers, consultants, event planners and community and education providers.
Wix offers a range of premium plans. Wix’s free website builder option includes 500MB storage, secure hosting, a mobile site and a handy drag and drop editor function.
Launched in 2005, WordPress is the popular hosted version of the original Open Source WordPress.org system. WordPress claims that 26 per cent of the internet runs on their system. WordPress allows users to create a website quickly and easily, making it a good choice for small businesses and sole traders.
Their free website builder includes access to hundreds of free themes, a customised WordPress address, unlimited pages and blog posts, 3GB of space and community support. They also offer the option to upgrade to other plans, such as their Premium and Business options. Both of these come with a range of additional features.
Launched in 2007, there are currently over 30 million Weebly sites around the world. Weebly sites are easy to create and were designed with the first-time business user in mind.
They offer a range of plans starting with their free website builder. Each plan offers additional features and benefits. Small business owners opting for the free option have access to hosting, unlimited pages, chat and email support and 500MB storage space.
Launched in 2001, Webs have over 50 million customers around the world. Their motto is: ‘We’ve been making small business simple since day one.’ Businesses and individuals can create professional websites by signing up, choosing a site name and a free theme, then using the drag and drop function to build a free website. Webs have three paid plans in addition to their free one, which includes access to complementary themes and hosting.
A free website builder is a good place to start. Over time as your business and its needs grow, you may choose to upgrade to a paid plan or work with professionals to develop and design a new, customised website.
Keep your free website up to date, refresh it with new images and content regularly. Use any features available to you – such as site analytics, connecting it to your business social media platforms and blogs – to make it the best it can be.
If you’re looking to grow your small business and need some funds to help you do it, speak to Prospa about a business loan.