10 Best Free Website Builders in 2019

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“This guide is for anyone who wants to create a free website but doesn’t know which website builder to pick.”

They may all be free, but sometimes this comes at a price – join us as we sort the good from the bad.

You might be thinking that a free website builder sounds too good to be true. We thought so too, once upon a time – but there’s actually some real quality out there. The trick is knowing where to find it.

That’s where we come in. We’re here to make your life as easy as possible by giving you the lowdown on the best free website builders – yep, they really are free! – as determined by our own independent research.

We also get people like you to test each website builder and give us their feedback, which we use to rate each builder on factors like ease of use and template design.

Plus, we’re always sure to look at the ‘price’ you pay for your free site in the form of a tradeoff. Whether it’s garish advertising, a dodgy-looking domain name, or restricted storage, we’ll cover each free plan’s ‘cons’ in plenty of detail so you can make an informed decision.

10 Best Free Website Builders

Based on our research, the top free website builders are:

  1. Wix – Best All-Around Website Builder (read review)
  2. SITE123 – Great Design Assistance (read review)
  3. Weebly – Ideal for Small Businesses (read review)
  4. Strikingly – Made for Simple Websites (read review)
  5. Jimdo – Small Online Store Builder (read review)
  6. WordPress.com – Perfect for Blogging (read review)
  7. IM Creator – Great for White Label Businesses (read review)
  8. Webnode – Quick and Easy Setup (read review)
  9. Mozello – Create Simple Multilingual Sites (read review)
  10. SimpleSite – Great Mobile Editor (read review)

Wix has a very generous free plan, which is super easy to use – it combines creative freedom with tons of features.  SITE123 is very beginner-friendly, with a focus on helping you get online. Weebly’s simple, stylish designs and handy tools make it ideal for small businesses.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what makes a good free website builder, which are the best platforms to use and how to choose the right one for you.

We conduct our own research to decide which website builder is best for different purposes. Take our quiz to get a recommendation that’s personalized to your needs.

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Wix

Best All-Around Website Builder

Wix is by far the best all-round free website builder on the market today.”

What we like
#1 Easy to use drag-and-drop functionality
#2 Wide range of templates
#3 Majority of features available on free plan
#4 Ultimate customization
What needs improving
#1 Free plan domain names look like this: https://yourname.wixsite.com/yoursite – they’re not the catchiest!
#2 The free plan sticky ads are very noticeable
#3 Can’t change your theme once your site goes live

With Wix, you can create and publish your site without spending a cent. You don’t have to upgrade after a certain time – if you’d prefer, you can keep your site free forever. This is what makes Wix’s free plan unusually generous for a website builder, and is the reason why it tops our list!

Wix came out top in our user testing for ease of use. With its selection of more than 500 templates – most of which are free – and a huge choice of tools and elements, like galleries, buttons, and social media icons, Wix makes creating a website easier than ever.

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Most Wix templates are available to users of its free plan – including this one, ‘Landscape Photography’

You will find limitations to Wix’s free plan, though. For starters, there’s a banner ad for Wix which stays in place as you scroll down the site. It’s fairly subtle, but a bit intrusive. 

You also can’t use a personal domain (aka your personal website address) your domain will follow the format www.yourname.wixsite.com/yoursite. So instead of www.lucycarneyphotography.com, you’ll be stuck with www.lucycarney5.wixsite.com/lcarneyphotography (you’re restricted to 20 characters for the ‘yoursite’ part of your address). 

With the free plan, storage and bandwidth are both capped at just 500MB. This will prevent you from using too many images or videos on your site, as well as potentially limiting how many visitors you can get. You also can’t sell any products through Wix on its free plan.

Premium plans start at $13/month. Based on our research, Wix is the best value for money website builder, so if you do ever decide to upgrade you’re in good hands!

For more information on Wix, read the following:

  • Wix Review – If you’re looking for more information on Wix then this is a great place to start.
  • Wix Pricing Guide – We take a closer look at the costs of each Wix premium plan and what you get for your money.

Wix’s most popular paid plan is its Unlimited plan, aimed at entrepreneurs and freelancers. For $17/month, it removes all ads, lets you use a personal domain, and provides unlimited bandwidth – as well as 20x more storage space!

SITE123

Great Design Assistance

“SITE123 is a simple to use website builder that focuses on helping you get online.”

 

What we like
#1 No adverts visible when you first land on the site
#2 Brilliant 24/7 help and support via live chat
#3 Site123 chooses a template for you, making it a good option for non-creatives
What needs improving
#1 Free domain name ends ‘.me’, instead of the stronger ‘.com’
#2 Little creative freedom
#3 Limited choice of website templates, which look dated compared to competitors’

 

An immediate drawback of SITE123 is that it doesn’t give you a choice of templates. So unlike WixWeebly, and other free website makers, who let you choose a template that takes your fancy, with SITE123 you can’t choose from various pre-populated designs.

Instead, you pick the type of website you want from 11 different categories (including portfolio, blog, music and CV), before being presented with a default website design. You’re free to edit this using the platform’s various tools, which are easy enough to get to grips with.

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When you first land on the site, no SITE123 ads are visible – a huge plus
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When you start to scroll down the site, a simple banner appears

SITE123’s free domain name format is www.yoursite.site123.me. The .me ending is less powerful than a .com option, but otherwise it’s pretty reasonable. 

SITE123 gets you online quickly, provides decent customer support via live chat. That said, it’s definitely not as versatile or modern as other free website builders in this list.

But if you want a simple, no frills website building process, then it’s worth trying out. 

Read more:

  • Our SITE123 Review tells you all you need to know about this top free website builder

Weebly

Ideal for Small Businesses

Weebly is one of the easiest to use free website makers around, with a great plan for small businesses.”

 

What we like
#1 A reasonable free plan domain name: www.yoursite.weebly.com
#2 Easy to use
#3 Good SEO prompts – ideal for businesses that want to be found through Google
What needs improving
#1 Limited features on free plan
#2 Not as much creative freedom as Wix
#3 Pop up ad in the corner is quite distracting

 

Weebly has a similar ‘drag-and-drop’ editor to Wix, which is extremely user-friendly. Combine this ease of use with its great SEO tools, plus lots of room for growth to scale your website, and Weebly stands out as the best free website builder for small businesses.

You get a decent choice of templates to pick from – although not as many as Wix – which cover most niches, including businesses, blogs, events, and portfolios. You can easily get a professional-looking site live in just a couple of hours.

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With a free Weebly plan, you’ll have a small slideup ad in the corner of your site. It’s pretty subtle, although when you scroll over it, it ‘slides up’ to look like the image below:
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Whether you’d prefer this or a bigger ‘sticky’ ad (as with Wix) is up to you!

Templates are also mobile responsive so your free website will look good on any device, without any input from you! With over 50% of traffic originating from mobile devices, it’s important your site is fully optimized.

Not only will you find Weebly easy to use, but the whole platform makes website building very quick and efficient. Your user dashboard is clear, the tools are easy to master and the support guides are very helpful.

You only need to spend a couple of hours one evening and you’ll be ready to publish your site to the web before you go to bed. Sounds good, right?

The free version is good, but if you love it enough you might want to think about upgrading. This is essential for anyone who wants to sell online, as you have to upgrade to unlock Weebly’s ecommerce features.

Weebly’s cheapest option is the Starter plan from just $5 a month. This removes ads, gives you unlimited storage, lets you sell online, and connects your domain, plus more!

For more information on Weebly, read the following:

  • Weebly Review – Our in-depth look at Weebly will tell you everything you need to know about this free website maker!
  • Weebly Pricing Guide – We take a closer look at the costs of each Weebly paid plan.
  • Wix vs Weebly – We compare the differences between Wix and Weebly to help you decide!

Strikingly

Made for Simple Websites

“An easy to use free builder which creates simple, stylish, one-page websites and offers great value for money.”

Strikingly Pros
#1 Subtle advertising on the free plan
#2 24/7 customer support from ‘happiness officers’ via live chat
#3 Ability to sell one product per free plan
Strikingly Cons
#1  Sites built on the free plan don’t include an SSL certificate
#2 You can only create one-page sites
#3 Limited ability to edit templates, meaning a lack of creative control

 

Strikingly’s core focus is getting you online cheaply, easily, and quickly. Because of this, you don’t have the same level of creative control as some of the more intuitive website builders, like Wix.

Strikingly creates one-page websites with a pre-formed design of your choice. Unlike many other free website builders, you can change your template as many times as you wish once your site is live.

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No adverts are visible when you first land on a free Strikingly site, and the templates are pretty stylish
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As you scroll a little down the page, this tiny ad appears at the bottom of the screen

With Strikingly’s free plan, you can create as many free websites as you please. You’ll also get a 5GB monthly bandwidth, 24/7 customer support, and the ability to sell one product per site through the Simple Store function. 

Strikingly’s advertising is arguably the most subtle of any builder so far, and the domain name format – www.yoursite.strikingly.com – is especially decent. For example, for this site, our domain name was www.lucyssupersidehustle.strikingly.com.

The downside, however, is that – unlike all the builders listed above – Strikingly’s free plan doesn’t include an SSL certificate. This means your site will be flagged as ‘Not secure’ to anyone trying to visit it – not good! 

For that reason, we’d suggest trying out Strikingly’s free plan, then upgrading to the ‘Limited’ paid plan for just $8 a month once you’re happy. You’ll get a custom domain, up to 50GB of bandwidth per month, and the ability to sell up to five products on your site, making it very good value for money.

Find out more:

Jimdo

A Good ‘Pre-store’ Option

Jimdo is a good choice of free website builder if you want to set up an online store and sell through your site at a later date.”

 

What we like
#1 Nice aesthetics
#2 Charges the least to remove adverts from your site
#3 No Jimdo banner or pop-ups ads, just a note in the footer
What needs improving
#1 Difficult to use drag-and-drop functionality
#2 Lacks design and creative control 

 

The team behind Jimdo are very passionate about helping you build a free website, and things are kept simple so you can jump right in.This can be really handy if you’re new to the world of website building.

If you’ve tried out Wix and Weebly though, you’ll find Jimdo a bit lacking in comparison. The template selection is also much more limited.

The prompts at the beginning do mean you can get a website set up really quickly, and avoid the problem of being overwhelmed with choice. There are also no banner or pop-up Jimdo ads with the free plan, just a tiny note in the footer.

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Here’s an example of a simple website we created using Jimdo
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A tiny note in the footer is the only giveaway that you’re not using a paid plan

The domain name format is fairly standard: www.your-site.jimdosite.com. For this site, for example, ours was www.lucy-bakes.jimdosite.com

All in all, we’d recommend Jimdo if you need a quick and easy website to provide a backdrop for an online Facebook store or similar. It’s really easy (and fairly cheap) to upgrade your plan to enable ecommerce through the website itself, if you choose to do this later down the line. 

To get the lowdown on Jimdo, check out the following:

  • Jimdo Review – For more information about Jimdo, you can’t go wrong with our in-depth review.

WordPress.com

Perfect for Blogging

“Made for blogging, this free platform has all the features you need for your blog, combining powerful tools with a simplified website builder design.”

 

WordPress.com Pros
#1 Perfect for blogging
#2 Best domain name format of any free plan
#3 Wide range of free templates
WordPress.com Cons
#1 Some coding may be required – not very beginner-friendly
#2 Templates and designs are focused on blogging


WordPress.com is built for blogging, and it shows. Extensive blogging features are automatically built-in, such as analytics, a search feature, comments, display categories, archiving, and more.

WordPress.com has all the power of its big brother WordPress.org, but with the simplified design of a website builder.

You might still find it a little tricky to use if you don’t have much technical knowhow, though. You can get by without needing to code, but chances are you’ll need to know the basics to get the most out of WordPress.com.

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WordPress.com is the best free website builder for blogging, with its powerful blogging features and streamlined design.

That being said, if you’re fairly tech-confident but don’t want to pay a dime to create your blog, then WordPress.com is a top choice. The WordPress.com free domain is also the only one to not include the name of the builder – for the site below, our domain name was www.lucyskitchennightmares.food.blog (the food.blog is automatically assigned based on the ‘purpose’ you set for your site).

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Here's the food blog we created. It's pretty simple, as you can see

However, if you aren’t a blogger, you may struggle to customize your site to your liking. This is where WordPress.com falls – it starts to feel limiting when you try to create anything other than a blog with its templates.

Because of this, we don’t recommend WordPress.com for those who need a highly customized business or personal site.

For more information:

  • Read our full WordPress.com Review to find out about its detailed features, help and support, and pricing.

IM Creator

Great for White Label Businesses

“If you’re looking to create an eye-catching free website with lots of images then IM Creator could be for you.”

 

What we like
#1 Eye-catching templates
#2 Students, Artists and NGOs can apply to use a premium, ad-free theme free of charge
#3 A good range of basic features
What needs improving
#1 Large advertisements on free plan (available to everyone else), and a clunky domain name
#2 No ecommerce feature

 

IM creator focuses on helping you make a free website FAST (and I mean fast!).

Students, artists, NGOs and charities can apply to use the premium IM Creator software for free by filling in this form. The community enrichment team will then review your application, normally within 72 hours. If approved, the license will then be added to the first site you publish, and will be ad-free. You’ll also be able to connect your own domain name. 

Templates are pre-populated with content that you can quickly switch out with your own in the ‘drag and drop’ editor. This saves you the job of having to build or design anything from scratch.

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IM Creator’s simple templates make it easy to switch out demo content for your own, saving you time and effort!

If you’re a student, artist or NGO, IM Creator offers a generous way to access premium features for free, making it a great choice. If not, you might do better to look at builders featured higher on this list.

For more info on IM Creator, read:

Webnode

Quick and Easy Setup

“Webnode is a popular choice of free website maker with more than 30 million users around the world.”

 

What we like
#1 Get online quickly – can take as little as 5 minutes!
#2 No Webnode banner or pop-ups ads, just a note in the footer
#3 Almost no learning curve
What needs improving
#1 Lack of creative freedom
#2 Not very flexible template design

 

It’s really easy to get set up with Webnode. The whole website building process could be done in about five minutes – now that’s quick!

Webnode’s editor is very easy to use, but a lot less flexible than other free website builders like Weebly or Wix. It’s almost a drag-and-drop editor, but not quite.

You can move elements around, but they will conform to predetermined designs. For example, if you move an image from the middle of the page to the right, the page design will change to accommodate this, rather than simply letting you drop the image where you want it. It lends itself really well to building simple, minimalist sites: 

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The modern and minimalist designs makes Webnode a great option for an event website, like a wedding or party
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The subtle footer banner blends in well with the site’s aesthetic

Webnode is a decent choice of free website builder if you can’t commit much time to working on a template design, or want a builder with virtually zero learning curve – but it does limit your creative potential compared to other builders on our list.

Webnode is definitely geared towards ‘event’ websites, like parties or weddings. We can see the appeal, and in the end, we liked the look of the website we created.

Mozello

Create Simple Multilingual Sites

“Mozello is a basic, easy to use website builder which allows you to create multilingual sites totally free.”

 

What we like
#1 Create multilingual sites for free
#2 Ecommerce is enabled on the free plan
#3 Most subtle advertising of any free website builder
What needs improving
#1 Very limited editor
#2 No SSL Security
#3 Lack of flexibility and customization

Mozello is an easy to use and basic website builder. It has simple features such as blogging tools and even ecommerce functions. You can set up an online store on the free plan and sell up to 10 products.

One of the best things about Mozello is you can create multilingual websites for free. This means you can reach a wider audience by making your content available in other languages. This is a rare feature to be included in a free plan, so Mozello definitely deserves this shout out.

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Being able to create versions of your pages in different languages is very generous for a free plan. See how we’ve added French and Spanish options for this homepage?
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Mozello’s free plan advertising is subtle - just a little text note in the footer

The domain name format is www.your-business.mozello.com.  For this site, ours is www.lucys-architects.mozello.com.

With these features, you might be wondering why Mozello isn’t higher in the list of the best free website builders. The main drawback of Mozello is its limited editor – it’s simple and beginner friendly, but this simplicity is reflected in its features and flexibility.

Mozello also doesn’t include SSL security like other builders do. This is the encryption that lets users and search engines know your website is secure and trustworthy. It’s really important to have if you want your website to be safe for visitors, and to be taken seriously online.

SimpleSite

Great Mobile Editor

SimpleSite is one of the oldest platforms around, and lets you easily edit your site from your mobile.

 

What we like
#1 Very easy to use
#2 Generous free plan
#3 Supports mobile friendly editing within mobile browser
What needs improving
#1 No SSL certificate included
#2 No access to third party integrations
#3 Limited customer support
#4 Outdated editor

 

SimpleSite is a mobile delight. It has a really impressive specialism – it gives you the ability to create a website to the same extent as on a desktop, but from your mobile device.

This makes it ideal for busy users who are always on the move.

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SimpleSite is designed primarily for someone looking to promote a self service, so you can see how the flexibility provided by its mobile editor can help

It’s designed primarily for someone looking to promote a self service, so you can see how the flexibility provided by its mobile editor can help. There’s just one small ‘sticky’ ad, and again, a decent domain name structure: www.yoursite.simplesite.com (or in our case, www.lucycarneydaycare.simplesite.com).

However, there are some big downsides. You aren’t actually able to amend the mobile version of your website when you’re working from a desktop, while SimpleSite’s premium plans are relatively expensive overall compared to other website builders should you want to access more features. While it does have a free plan, the premium options range from $9.99 to $28.95 per month.

And as with Strikingly and Mozello, SimpleSite’s free plan doesn’t include an SSL certificate, leaving your site exposed – a big disadvantage in our eyes. 

All in all, SimpleSite may suit someone constantly on the go, or without access to a computer or laptop – but ultimately, it’s in last place for a reason.

Is It Worth Upgrading to a Paid Plan?

As you’ve seen, while some free website builders are fairly generous, they are generally pretty limiting.

Creating an okay website may be free, but creating a great one can be super cheap. Your website is worth putting the time and money in to make it exactly how you want it.

Although it differs depending on the individual website builder you’re looking at, there are a load of great features which you can unlock on pretty much any paid plan. The main ones include:

Remove Ads

On free plans your website builder will advertise on your site. Whether this is through a subtle banner or an annoying pop-up, this can ruin your professional image if you’re promoting your own brand or running a business.

On paid plans, such as Wix’s Combo plan, these adverts are removed, leaving your website clear of any distractions. This is similar to using the free version of Spotify compared to having a Premium account – you can still listen to music on both, but on the free plan you’re interrupted with adverts!

Connect a Custom Domain

On a free plan your website address will look something like this: https://mysite.strikingly.com or https://joebloggs.wixsite.com/mysite. These web addresses can be long, confusing, and difficult to find if you’re a visitor searching for your site online.

A custom domain allows you to choose a more personalized address, such as www.mysite.com which is a lot better for promoting a brand and getting found by potential visitors to your website! Even if you buy a new domain for your site or already own one that you want to transfer, you will need to be on a paid plan to actually connect and use it as the address for your website. Usually you can buy and connect your custom domain on the cheapest upgrade available, such as Weebly’s ‘Connect’ plan, so it’s an affordable option.

Set Up an Online Store & Accept Payments

On some builders like SITE123 and Strikingly, you can create an online store on the free plan, and sell one or two items, but to sell any more you have to upgrade. On some you can create a store, but you must be on a paid plan to actually accept payments through your website, (like Wix). Others won’t let you create a store at all unless you’re paying, such as Weebly.

So it varies, but one thing remains the same: in order to have a successful and scalable online store, you will need to upgrade to a paid plan sooner or later. Once you’re on a paid plan you can unlock features such as connecting different payment types, (for example PayPal, credit/debit cards etc), get rid of transaction fees, track and manage your inventory, and more!

Get Increased (or Even Unlimited) Storage and Bandwidth

It is common for your storage and bandwidth to be capped on free plans. The amount you get often increases as you work up through price tiers, which allows you to scale and grow your website at your own pace. A lot of website builders like Wix will give you unlimited bandwidth and up to unlimited storage too!

Advanced Marketing Tools

Marketing is a massive part of promoting your website – whether it’s your own portfolio, brand, or business, you want people to find you! While free plans do often have basic marketing or newsletter tools, if you’re paying then you will have access to much more advanced marketing tools such as email campaigns and better site analysis and statistics. This way you can reach out to your visitors and then track how successful your campaigns have been to help spread the word!

Just from these features it’s easy to see how it’s worth upgrading to unlock the best for your website. And the good news is, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg! Most basic plans start from around $5 a month. Moving from a free plan to a basic plan is a really affordable way of growing your site and adding these great features to maximise your online presence.

Read more:

If you’re interested in upgrading or just want to find out more, read our reviews and pricing guides for a full look at what these top free website builders’ have to offer in value for money, price plans, and more:

Best Free Website Builders: Conclusion

We’ve guided you through the pros and cons of 10 free website builders, as well as the advantages of upgrading to a paid plan when possible. You’re now equipped with everything you need to pick a website builder, and to put your digital pen to digital paper. 

Let’s have a quick recap…

The 10 Best Free Website Builders Are:

  1. Wix – Best All-Around Website Builder.
  2. SITE123 – Great Design Assistance.
  3. Weebly – Ideal for Small Businesses.
  4. Strikingly – Made for Simple Websites.
  5. Jimdo – Small Online Store Builder.
  6. WordPress.com – Perfect for Blogging.
  7. IM Creator – Great for White Label Businesses.
  8. Webnode – Quick and Easy Setup.
  9. Mozello – Create Simple Multilingual Sites.
  10. SimpleSite – Great Mobile Editor.

Our list of the top 10 free website builders ranks Wix as the best all-around builder, with tons of free features. Weebly is ideal for small businesses, while WordPress.com is perfect for blogging.

Just remember that free website builders nearly always limit the features and functions that are available to you – you may be ok with this now, but it could prove extremely frustrating further down the line.

We nearly always recommend subscribing to a premium plan.

Think of it as an investment. You pay a little extra up front and reap the benefits over a longer period of time. Plus, it’s an investment that costs as much as large latte or fast food burger each month!

Still, if you aren’t entirely convinced that paying a monthly fee for a premium account is for you, then we recommend taking advantage of website builder free trials.

Using these trials is a great way of testing out different website creators and seeing which best suits you – and you can do so without it costing you a cent!

FAQs

How does the website builder make money if I use it for free?

It’s done in a number of ways. The main method is through a ‘freemium’ model, in which the paying users can sustain everyone else. Another way for website builders to make money is through advertising on your site (the ads can be removed by upgrading your plan).

Are free websites good for SEO?

Free websites are not very SEO-friendly because you cannot connect a personalized domain. This means your website is actually part of the website builder’s own site, which makes it harder for search engines like Google to find, crawl and index your web page.

Are free website builders any good?

Yes – website builders make it super easy to create professional looking sites for no money at all. With these free platforms you get most of the features you need to get your site up and running, but, of course, upgrading your plans gives you access to better tools.

Can I upgrade my website in the future?

You can upgrade to a paid premium plan whenever you want to. Doing so will provide you with far more tools, templates, storage space, and other important features for growing your website. All of our recommend free website builders come with paid plans if you’d like to upgrade.

Are free website builders actually totally free?

Yes, they are totally free to use. You can sign up, create, customize, and publish your site without paying a thing. However, most website builders lock certain features unless you upgrade to a paid plan, but these costs are completely optional, so the overall costs are up to you.

Which is the easiest free website builder?

Wix came top in our research for ease of use. Its intuitive drag-and-drop design makes it easy to create a professional looking site without any tech knowledge. It also gives you tons of creative control so you can build a really developed, personalized site.

Which free website builder would you recommend for blogging?

WordPress.com is one of the best blogging platforms out there. It’s really easy to use and has excellent built-in blogging tools, including social bookmarking and an RSS feed, and offers a more advanced blogging functionality overall than website builders like Wix or Weebly.

What is the cheapest website builder?

Wix is came first in our ‘Value for Money’ testing. It’s the best overall website builder on the market today, with an average monthly premium plan cost of just $5.80. Weebly works out as cheaper on average, but it doesn’t quite match Wix in its overall website building prowess.

Which free website builder is best for ecommerce?

It kind of depends on your needs. Strikingly is great for creating modern websites quickly, but only lets you sell one product through its free plan. Mozello is more limiting in terms of design, but lets you set multiple languages for your site, and lets you sell up to 10 products on its free plan great for selling internationally!

Further Information

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Please note the insight contained within this article is for general information purposes only. We’re glad to answer any questions you may have about this article and its supporting research. For further information, please contact Website Builder Expert directly via email at info@websitebuilderexpert.com.

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    Can any of these sites have a POS system included. I am trying to start a small at home food delivery service in my small town, and would need to be able to accept payment and orders through the website. If not could you point me in the right direction of a website company that would have this capability. Thank you
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    • Lucy Carney
      Lucy Carney
      Hi Eric, Thanks so much for your comment! Wix and Weebly both have integrations with POS systems - but only if you're based in the US. However, you won't be able to use this on a free plan - you'll need an ecommerce plan, which lets you accept payments and orders through your website, or to connect a POS sytem as you said. On Wix, the cheapest option would be the $23 per month Business plan (billed annually), and on Weebly this would be the $12 per month Pro plan (also billed annually). If you're setting up a serious ecommerce business and you want more selling features to support you, I recommend checking out Shopify, as it's specifically designed to support online stores. I hope this has helped, and I'll link to some reviews I hope you find helpful too: - Wix eCommerce Review - Weebly Ecommerce Review - Shopify Review Many thanks for reading, and all the best! Lucy
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    Miguel
    I think you should consider mentioning some of the options available for the open source version of WordPress (WordPress.org). The most notable option we have now I think is the page builder plugin Elementor from Pojo. The free version has tons of widgets one could use to build a responsive website for free without touching a line of code. I believe the space in WordPress.org is no longer for just for Developers. Anyone in the beginner stage can build sites on WordPress with much more flexibility than anything like WIX could ever offer since they are a closed platform. Mathew from LaunchParty has provided an amazing FREE course that will guide you how to build amazing sites with WordPress and Elementor. And he even provides you with amazing Elementor templates that you can use. Lastly, please note that not every thing that is meant to be sustainable is truly free. Last time I checked, in order to have a proper website with WIX, it was only free when you use their domain extension. If you ever wanted to remove WIX from the domain name, then you would have to pay for that. On the other hand, WordPress.org is open source, meaning free. But hosting is not, neither is your own domain name. There are many WordPress plugins that are worth paying for as well, including Elementor as well as others that will handle other important features such security.
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    • Hannah Whitfield
      Hannah Whitfield
      Hi Miguel, Thanks for joining the discussion! You're right in saying that WordPress.org has a lot to offer, particularly for blogs. That said, it still can't really compete with builders like Wix in terms of ease of use. You can read more about our thoughts on WordPress here: https://www.websitebuilderexpert.com/wordpress/. Thanks, Hannah
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    Khalid
    Which is the best website for start affiliate website Free
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    • Charlie Carmichael
      Charlie Carmichael
      Hi Khalid, There's not a lot in it with these platforms when it comes to affiliate marketing. We'd personally recommend Wix purely for its ease of use and value for money. You can always sign up to the free plan and see how you go. Thanks, Charlie
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    Emily Sharp
    I have personally built two different sites using WordPress and found it very easy to use, setup and configure. Once it is initially setup, maintaining the site is as easy as logging into the WordPress admin site and adding your content. I was initially very surprised by the ease of the setup to get my sites up and running. I was able to get the site online and running on a customer domain within 15 minutes. This was a welcome surprise to me the fist time I used WordPress. While WordPress sites are not as simple as drag and drop configuration for the novice computer user, average users will find it easy to edit text and add content using the built in templates. The price is possibly the most attractive feature of WordPress. The word free will often attract users but the usability and ease of the software is what will make users stick with the platform. After building two sites on WordPress, I would strongly recommend it and will surely use it for my future website building projects.
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    • Charlie Carmichael
      Charlie Carmichael
      Hi Emily, Thanks for your input! WordPress.com is a great option for blogging websites as it's what the platform is designed for. But, as you mentioned, there are easier options out there. WordPress.org is where you can really build powerful websites but the platform itself isn't really suitable for beginners. We definitely agree with you that the price is attractive either way though. Thanks for sharing and we're glad you've found a home online with WordPress! Charlie
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    Elyza Cornor
    Nowadays Wordpress such a trending Web builder in terms of scalability & cost effectiveness....
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    Jim
    These are not really free
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    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac
      Hi Jim, in what sense are they not free? Many do have free plans but to access greater flexibility you need to upgrade.
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    Nirav Dedhia
    Really great post. Had got to know about different website builders which can help to build free websites and also even blogs. Keep it up.
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    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac
      Thanks Nirav, glad you found the article helpful!
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    Lisa
    Great writeup Tom! What do you think of clickfunnels as a website builder? A lot of my friends keep telling me to use it but I don't think its a website builder from what I can see. I'm willing to pay the money for only if it's a good website builder. I was doing some research and found these share funnel things. I like that fact that I can import template that are all ready to be used. What do you think of it? Just trying to look for some real opinions so doing some research first.
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    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac
      Hi Lisa, We've not had much experience with Clickfunnels, but will be sure to check them out. Thanks for the comment.
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    Toddp
    Problem is most of those so called free website builder have a hidden agenda. You can create your pages but if you want to use or export them you have to pay for it either a monthly fee or a one time fee. Basically they are free to use but unless you want to pay you wont be using your newly created website.
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    Sarah
    It is quite smaller than the list above, but as good as them and even better than most of the builders on the list. From my own experience exai has fulfilled the most of my needs. My clients are happy and it is easy for them to use it. The price is reasonable and they offer discount coupons as well.
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    • Fred Isaac
      Fred Isaac
      Thanks for the comment Sarah, we've not reviewed Excai but glad to know it's worked for you.