If you’re looking to create a new website for personal or business reasons but don’t want to splash out on a web developer, where do you start? Creating a website free of cost is entirely possible! The easiest and (in my opinion) best way to do this is to use a website builder.
Using a site builder, you don’t require any form of training or IT background. It’s easy to gain full control of the entire web design and development process with the click of a button.
Most site builders have free plans so that you won’t have to pay a penny to get started. What’s more, if you like what you’ve created, you can usually pay a small fee to upgrade and gain access to even more tools at your disposal!
In 2019, using a website builder is about as easy as updating your Facebook status! You can save thousands of £££ by not hiring a professional to create your website for you. Why? Because you can do it yourself, and you can do just as good a job with the technology that’s available.
Free Website Builders
Creating a free website really is quite simple! Following these quick and easy steps will ensure that you are able to create your perfect website, absolutely free of cost.
Choose a website builder. There are lots of website builders to choose from. Simple drag and drop builders are at your disposal and have free services available (as well as paid).
Purchase a domain name. You’ll need a domain name in order for the world to access your website. A domain name should represent what your website is about, whether it’s for personal or business use. Domain names should be memorable, and easy to type too! Most free website builders will allow you to connect your domain name to their services so that you don’t have a branded URL.
Design your website. Website builders tend to come with preset templates and themes. You should take the time to research all the templates available to you so that you can pick one that you’re going to love. Remember, most website builders will allow you to customise their templates so you can create exactly what you want.
Choosing a Website Builder
Choosing the best website builder for the job can sometimes be a challenge in itself. Knowing where to begin is half the battle, as well as what to look out for. You’ll want to make sure you choose a website builder that suits your needs. Some things to consider when creating your free website are:
Ease of use. Website builders are notoriously easy to use. That’s kind of what they’re designed for! However, some website builders are more advanced than others, which could be off putting for a beginner. Most website builders will give you an indication as to how user friendly they are from the sign up process. You should be guided through each stage, having access to answers should you need them.
Templates. Choosing a template that suits your needs is very important. The range of templates available varies from website builder to website builder. It may be worth having a look at what’s accessible before you sign up.
Customer support. If you’ve never used a website builder before, you may want to choose one that has excellent customer support. If you have any questions or queries, you’ll be able to get them answered by helpful advisers as opposed to being lost! Many website builders will have a live chat or telephone option, so you can always test their knowledge before signing up.
Signing up to a Website Builder
Signing up to your chosen website builder should be a simple process. As previously mentioned, the signup process is often a reflection of how user friendly the website builder actually is. Let’s take Wix as an example of how simple it is to sign up to their freeplan and start building your website within minutes.
Start by selecting your favourite template as a basis for your website. This should be something that represents the type of website you’re creating. For example, if you’re starting a blog, select a blog template. Or if you’re planning on a new business, choose a template that compliments your niche.
If you already have an existing account, you can login once you’ve selected your template. Alternatively, you can sign up by entering your details, or login via Facebook or Google for quick access.
You’ll be taken straight to your chosen template for you to edit and add your own content. There’s plenty of tools to get started and lots of helpful hints should you find yourself stuck at any point. It really is as simple as that – create a free website in a matter of minutes!
Connecting your Domain Name
Choosing and connecting your domain name to your free website is the next step in getting your site live. Domain names are important as this is what people will remember (or at least you would hope)! They should represent what your website is about, or what your business niche is aiming for.
Some website builders offer free domain names but more often than not they will be branded. For example www.domain.mysite.com which doesn’t look very professional. But, it’s a start if you’re trying to keep costs down! Some web hosts will offer a free domain name when you sign up to their hosting plan, from as little as £0.99 per month.
Website builders like Wix will offer users a domain name who sign up to their annual plan. Obviously this means that your website wouldn’t be free, but if you’re looking to upgrade in the future, it could be an option worth considering. If you choose a domain name when you sign up to a free website builder, you most likely won’t have to do any leg work to get your domain connected.
The next steps
Once you’ve created your website for free, you may want to consider some other factors. These factors are really dependent on what your website is going to be used for. Some users may not be interested in advertising their website or generating traffic, whereas others will want to focus on this heavily.
Making your website live is one of the very first steps to developing your website. Once it’s accessible to users around the world, you may want to take into account the following:
SEO: Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) focuses on boosting your website’s ranking so that it appears nearer the top of search engines. The purpose of this is to make your website more accessible by a wider range of users, thus increasing it’s popularity. Businesses in particular will want to embrace local SEO to ensure that their business details are visible when users search for specific terms.
Content: The content that appears on your website is as important (if not more) than your website’s design. Relevant and up-to-date content should be a priority, especially if people are citing or linking back to your website. Content, whether visual, video, or written, is king.
Social Media: Social media connections to your website are incredibly useful. When you think there were 4 billion internet users in 2018, and 3.1 billion of those were social media users, you’d be silly to miss out! Social media can be a great marketing tool in generating more traffic to your website. It also has very close links to content, giving you access to technology like live streaming and live commenting for further user engagement.
Creating a website for free is entirely possible in 2019. There are many avenues you can go down to achieve this, without spending lots of money on web developers and designers. Now you can gain control of what you create, and it can look just as professional as a professional doing it for you!
Free website creation is not only free, it’s quick and simple. You can get a website live within the space of a few minutes. What’s more, there is so much choice available, meaning you can achieve pretty much anything you want to. If one website builder doesn’t quite cut the mustard, it’s almost guaranteed that another one will do. That’s the bonus of having such a competitive market!
And remember, free doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. Many people believe that getting something for free means that they won’t get the bonuses or benefits that paid users do. Now, in some cases, yes that’s true. However, it really depends on what you want to achieve with your website. It’s about weighing up the pros and cons of free versus paid website builders, and only you can make that decision. Carefully evaluate what each website builder can offer you and make a decision from there!