10 Best Free Website Builders in 2020

Not sure which free website builder is best for you? Our carefully researched list brings you the 10 best free builders, with Wix emerging as our top recommendation overall.

We tested every website builder on this list, and created demo websites so you can see the results for yourself. Read on to visit these demo sites, see screenshots, and discover our expert insights on the top 10 free builders.

Wix impressed us most in our testing, while Weebly comes a close second as an ideal choice for small businesses. SITE123 places third in our list for its beginner-friendly, design assisted editor. Check out the full list below!

Here are the 10 best free website builders:

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

Why is Squarespace not on our list?

We really rate Squarespace as a website builder, but unfortunately it doesn’t offer a free plan, just a 14-day free trial. The ten builders featured on this list all offer a free plan you can stay on for as long as you wish, with no pressure to upgrade.

We used our own independent research to create this list, to provide you with accurate and reliable recommendations. We always aim to be as honest and transparent as possible – and in this spirit, we won’t gloss over the fact that free builders aren’t the best way to build a website. You deserve all the facts, so you’ll find drawbacks as well as pros for each builder in our list.

Ready to find your perfect match? Let’s jump straight in!

We’re pretty proud of our research process, because not many sites can say they’ve carried out such in-depth testing before making recommendations. Here’s how our in-house research team go about finding the best website builders on the market.

Every single builder goes through our thorough research process. We investigate important areas such as:

  • Ease of use
  • Design flexibility
  • Value for money
  • Feature quality
  • Help and support
  • Customer satisfaction

This helps us rate and compare the builders fairly, focusing on important factors that users have told us matter most.

We even get groups of everyday people to test the builders out and give us feedback, which we then analyze. This helps us:

  • understand exactly how easy (or difficult) beginners find the builder
  • uncover any issues within the builder
  • judge customer satisfaction

We’ve applied this process to over 50 website builders so far – all so we can bring you the most accurate results and recommendations!

Still got questions? Read our report on How We Conduct Our Website Builder Research for a more detailed explanation.

Further Information

Best Free Website Builders Comparison

In a rush? Get all the key information you need at a glance with our helpful comparison table!

Storage On-site Advert Sell Products For Free? SSL security?
Wix
500MB
Sticky top banner

✔️
Weebly
500MB
Slide-up ad
✔️ (Unlimited products)
✔️
SITE123
500MB
Bottom banner

✔️
WordPress.com
3GB
Top banner and button

✔️
Strikingly
500MB
Slide-up ad
✔️ (1 product)

Jimdo
500MB
Footer disclaimer

✔️
SimpleSite
None: 15 page max instead
Button
✔️ (5 products)

Webnode
100MB
Bottom banner

✔️
IM Creator
Unlimited
No ads


Mozello
500MB
Bottom banner
✔️ (5 products)

Three of the big drawbacks to free website builders are limited storage space, having adverts displayed on your site, and the lack of ecommerce tools. It’s also worth checking if the builder offers SSL security, otherwise your site gets flagged as non-secure.

The standard storage allowance for free plans is 500MB, although some builders like WordPress.com are more generous.

Wix

Best All-Around Website Builder

Wix is by far the best overall free website builder on the market today.

How Wix scored in our research: 4.7/5 stars

What about ads?

There’s a fairly noticeable banner ad across the top of free Wix sites.

What will my domain name look like?

yourname.wix.com/customname

How much storage will I get?

500MB

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$14 per month

Our demo website: Lucy’s Cupcakes

Wix Pros Wix Cons
Easy to use drag-and-drop functionality Free plan domain names look like this: yourname.wixsite.com/yoursite – they’re not the catchiest!
Wide range of templates The free plan sticky ads are very noticeable
Majority of features available on free plan Can’t change your template once your site goes live
Endless scope for customization Cheapest plan costs $14 per month if you want to upgrade to a paid plan

Wix: At A Glance

Wix is extremely easy to use, comes packed with features, and gives you total creative freedom over your site’s design thanks to its drag-and-drop editor.

Although Wix’s free domain isn’t the catchiest, you can customize it to reflect your brand. This gives Wix an advantage over other builders such as SITE123, where you’re given a domain you can’t edit.

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We created a free Wix website for an imaginary business called Lucy’s Cupcakes. You can see the Wix banner advert across the top of the page – but it's still pretty attractive!

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using Wix

We used Wix to create a free website for an imaginary business called Lucy’s Cupcakes – the whole building process took about half a day. Wix was easy to use, but still gave us all the creative freedom we needed to make our site look exactly how we wanted it to. We especially like the fact that our template came with the Wix Restaurant app already built-in!

What we liked: 

  • The creative freedom – we could drag anything anywhere, making it easy to line things up exactly how we wanted them!
  • The template choices and designs – our chosen template already had a menu section built-in.
  • The undo feature – simply hit CTRL and Z to undo changes you’ve made. This is a small but surprisingly useful feature.
  • How easy it was – changing text, images, and backgrounds only took a few clicks. Wix even has an image library on hand, which made it even faster!
editing text wix free website builder
Wix impressed us with its easy to use drag-and-drop editing tools, and the amount of creative control it gave us over our site’s design.

What could be improved: 

  • Onboarding – although Wix is super easy to use, when the editor first loads, it can look a little confusing because there are so many options. This can make Wix look more tricky than it actually is. A quick tour would make it even more beginner-friendly.
wix free builder editor
When the editor first loads, it might seem a little overwhelming or daunting for beginners, which is a shame because Wix is actually very easy to use!

Wix had the highest customer score of any builder we put through user testing, meaning it was the platform people were most likely to recommend. It’s simple and intuitive, and scored 4.3/5 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.

Wix guides you through the setup process. You choose the type of site you want to create, your industry, and your template before starting to build.

We chose the Restaurants & Food industry during setup, which gave us 68 tailored templates to pick from. (We chose the Ice Cream Parlor template).

wix free website builder choose template

Our chosen template came with the Wix Restaurant feature pre-installed, which made editing the example menu quick and easy.

wix free builder menu editing

Most Wix templates are available to users of its free plan – including the one we used to create our demo website, ‘Ice Cream Parlor.’

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 not too in-your-face, and it’s pretty subtle compared to other builders, but still – it’s a tad intrusive and hard to miss.

wix best free builder banner advert

You also can’t use a personal domain (aka a custom website address) – your domain will follow the format yourusername.wixsite.com/yoursite. So instead of lucyscupcakes.com, you’ll be stuck with a much lengthier domain, like this one: carnagelucy.wixsite.com/lucyscupcakes

Make sure to choose a professional username, and a short brand name – 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 $14/month. Although this may sound pricey, Wix is the best value website builder with a value for money score of 4.5/5, so if you do ever decide to upgrade you’re in good hands!

Among other things, Wix’s $13 per month Combo plan removes any adverts from your site, lets you use a custom domain, and increases your storage to 3GB instead of 500MB.

Wix’s most popular paid plan is its Unlimited plan, aimed at entrepreneurs and freelancers. For $18/month, it removes all ads, lets you use a personal domain, and provides unlimited bandwidth – as well as 20x more storage space than the free plan!

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Wix is the builder our users were most impressed by

88% of people in our user testing would recommend Wix. Build your free site to find out what all the fuss is about!
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.

Weebly

Ideal for Small Businesses

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

How Weebly scored in our research: 4.1 / 5 stars

What about ads?

There’s a small slide up ad in the bottom left hand corner (see screenshots below)

What will my domain name look like?

yoursite.weebly.com

How much storage will I get?

500MB (with a 10MB limit per upload)

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$6 per month

Our demo website: Lucy’s Cupcakes

Weebly Pros Weebly Cons
A reasonable free plan domain name: yoursite.weebly.com Limited features on free plan
Sell for free (currently US only) Not as much creative freedom as Wix
Good SEO prompts – ideal for businesses that want to be found through Google Pop up ad in the corner is quite distracting

Weebly: At A Glance

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, semi-professional free domain, plus lots of room for growth to scale your website, and Weebly stands out as the best free website builder for small businesses. It achieved the best features score of any builder we’ve tested (4.2/5). If you’re in the US, you can even sell from your free Weebly site, although you’ll pay a 3% transaction fee on each sale.

weebly free demo website lucys cupcakes
We created a free demo Weebly website for Lucy’s Cupcakes. It was a quick and easy build, although we missed the creative freedom that came with Wix.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using Weebly

When we created our demo site with Weebly, it felt very beginner friendly – setting up the site was easy. It felt a lot more limited than Wix though, with fewer templates to choose from and more dated looking editing tools.

What we liked about Weebly: 

  • The structured themes – yes, we did find Weebly’s structured themes frustrating at times, but they’re helpful for following design best practices.
  • How easy it was to set up – like Wix, Weebly asks you what sort of website you want to create, and provides you with tailored themes to help you get started.
  • Its beginner-friendly prompts – Weebly makes it difficult to accidentally delete anything; it always double-checks first, which is helpful!
weebly free builder editing helpful prompts
Prompts like these make Weebly a great choice for beginners as well as businesses.

What could be improved: 

  • Lack of creative freedom – the one thing we’d ask Weebly to improve would have to be its level of creative freedom. Having more control over the color and size of your text shouldn’t cause a headache – or require you to code.For Lucy’s Cupcakes, Weebly’s limited editing style proved frustrating when trying to arrange text over an image background, as you can’t simply drag a text box a few millimetres up.
weebly free builder text over image formatting
Weebly’s structured designs are great if you need creative guidance – but it grew frustrating when formatting text over images.

To put it briefly, Weebly is very easy to use. It uses drag-and-drop building tools like Wix, meaning anyone can create a site using Weebly without needing any coding skills.

weebly free builder editing buttons

That said, Weebly is more limited, offering less creative freedom than Wix – which can cause problems when you’re trying to make your site look exactly how you want it. Weebly is easiest to use when you’re sticking pretty closely to your template’s design.

Weebly has a small but stylish selection of templates, with around 50 designs covering a range of industries including businesses, blogs, events, and portfolios.

weebly free website builder template selection

 

They’re not the most groundbreaking in terms of design, but they do look good, favoring large image backgrounds and grid layouts for a clean and simple aesthetic. Below is the template we chose for our demo cupcake website:

weebly free builder theme preview

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.

You can switch your Weebly template any time you like, as many times as you like – this is a huge win over Wix, which doesn’t let you switch templates at all without totally redesigning your site.

Our main gripe with Weebly’s templates is the lack of creative freedom they allow. In short, Weebly’s customization options are more limited than Wix’s.

One of Weebly’s key features is that it lets you sell on the free plan (US only), which is perfect for setting up a new online store. You can sell an unlimited amount of products, and access some pretty useful selling tools such as inventory management and an automatic tax calculator.

The free version is good – very good – but if you’re serious about selling online, then you’ll want to consider upgrading. Not only does a paid plan remove adverts, it also unlocks more sales options, including the ability to sell digital goods, use Weebly’s shipping calculator, and send abandoned cart emails.

For more details on selling with Weebly, check out our Weebly Ecommerce Review.

Weebly comes with the usual free plan limitations – on-site adverts, no custom domain, and limited storage at 500MB.

weebly free website advert example 2

Weebly’s adverts come in the form of a bright blue slide-up box that opens when you hover it.

But Weebly also reserves phone support for paying customers – you only get access to a community forum, chat, and email support on Weebly’s free plan.

Weebly’s cheapest plan is the Personal plan, which costs $6 per month when billed annually.

We have to be honest, though – we don’t recommend the Personal plan. It won’t remove adverts from your site, and you don’t get a free domain or access to phone support. Its main attraction is that it lets you connect your own custom domain.

Weebly’s $12 per month Professional plan offers much better value for money, which is why we recommend skipping the Personal plan and heading straight for this one. You’ll get unlimited storage and remove ads from your site, among other things!

weebly_logotype

Weebly's free plan is one of the most generous

Weebly is the perfect platform for small businesses, and one of he easiest website builders to get to grips with.
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!

SITE123

Great Design Assistance

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

How SITE123 scored in our research: 4 /5 stars

What about ads?

There’s a very subtle banner along the bottom which appears after the user scrolls a little down the page.

What will my domain name look like?

A random mix of numbers and letters, ending in site123.me. Here’s the free domain for our SITE123 demo website: 5f35237f568e3.site123.me

How much storage will I get?

500MB

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$12.80 per month

Our demo site: Lucy’s Cupcakes

SITE123 Pros SITE123 Cons
No adverts visible when you first land on the site Free domain name looks unprofessional, is not customizable, and ends ‘.me’, instead of the stronger ‘.com’
Brilliant 24/7 help and support via live chat Little creative freedom
Site123 chooses a template for you, making it a good option for non-creatives Limited choice of website templates, which look dated compared to competitors’

SITE123: At A Glance

SITE123 is ideal for beginners who want to create a nice, simple website. It’s super easy to set up, but if you want to get creative and push the boundaries of your site’s design, then SITE123 isn’t for you. It’s very limited, and the free domain you get is a jumble of letters and numbers, which is a huge downside.

free site123 demo website lucys cupcakes
SITE123 makes it easy to create a simple website, but it doesn’t have the sleek designs or wow factor that Wix and Weebly provide.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using SITE123

The main thing we noticed about SITE123 was how much it tries to help you while you build. From creating your basic site for you, to providing font pairings and complimentary color suggestions, it feels like someone holding your hand from start to finish.

What we liked about SITE123: 

  • How friendly it was – if you have zero tech skills and want a fairly hands-off building experience, SITE123 is a perfect choice.
  • Its chat support – SITE123’s live chat is there to help throughout the building process, which is great if you get stuck.
  • All the creative help – simply choose your industry and site name, and SITE123 creates your basic site for you. It has pre-paired fonts and color suggestions to help you too!
site123 free website builder image and color choices
When you choose an image, SITE123 automatically provides complimentary color suggestions, so you don’t need to worry about clashing color schemes!

What could be improved: 

  • The quality of design – it’s no secret that SITE123 provides limited creative freedom. This would be less frustrating if the designs were more modern and attractive. Our Lucy’s Cupcakes site was easy to build, but the result looks a little dated and bland, especially compared to the Wix site we made.
site123 lucys cupcakes bland design
While SITE123 ticks off all the basics and lends a huge helping hand with your design choices, its templates just aren’t as exciting as Wix or Weebly’s.

One thing that makes SITE123 so easy to use is its design-assisted technology. All you have to do is choose your industry from the 16 options provided, enter your website name, and SITE123 does the rest. It creates a basic site for you, which you can then customize.

site123 free website builder adi

When customizing, you don’t need code – SITE123 is suitable for beginners with zero building experience.

An immediate drawback of SITE123 is that it doesn’t give you a choice of templates. So unlike Wix, Weebly, 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.

While this certainly makes it quicker and easier to set up, it also gives you less control over the look and feel of your website.

Design assistant

Instead, you’re relying on SITE123’s design assistant. You pick the type of website you want from 16 different categories (including portfolio, blog, music and CV), before being presented with a default website design. Although you can amend the default design to some extent, SITE123 scored poorly for design flexibility overall (2.9/5).

site123 free website builder page layouts

SITE123’s customization options aren’t the most attractive or exciting around – if you want a stunning website, SITE123 isn’t really for you.

Not being able to connect a custom domain is a common drawback with free website builders, but with SITE123, it’s an even bigger problem. That’s because SITE123’s free domain is a randomly generated jumble of letters and numbers – and you can’t customize it.

The result is an unprofessional, impossible to remember domain that looks like this: 5f35237f568e3.site123.me

When you view SITE123’s plans on its website, you’ll see two options: its free plan, and a premium plan that costs $12.80 per month billed annually.

Once you’ve created a free account, however, you’ll discover a wider range of four plans, ranging from $12.80 to $34.80 per month (billed annually). SITE123 often has a sale running, so it’s worth checking for discounts if you do decide to upgrade.

site123 logo

SITE123 gives you a helping hand with design

SITE123’s design assistance takes the hassle out of finding the right look for your site.
Read more:

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

Strikingly

Made for Simple Websites

An easy-to-use free builder which creates simple, stylish, one-page websites.

How Strikingly scored in our research: 4/5 stars

What about ads?

Very small scroll-triggered slide up ad in the bottom left corner.

What will my domain name look like?

yoursite.strikingly.com

How much storage will I get?

500MB

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$8 per month, billed annually

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

Strikingly: At A Glance

Strikingly is a simple, easy to use free website builder that’s best for personal rather than business websites. 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 example site lucys cupcakes
Strikingly has some fun, modern templates, and makes it easy to create a basic (but stylish) one-page website.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using Strikingly

One of the first things we noticed about creating a website with Strikingly was how friendly it feels. You get a quick onboarding tour that shows you around, and customizing your template is super easy – as long as you’re happy to stick to the design.

strikingly free website builder editor tour
Strikingly’s free builder is very user-friendly, and caters for beginners with a quick welcome tour to help you get started.

Strikingly isn’t just easy to use – it’s also enjoyable. It has a fun, friendly feel to it, along with a simple and uncomplicated editor. Anyone could build a site with Strikingly, and quickly too!

Strikingly would have scored higher in our ease of use testing if it offered more control – our users wished for a more intuitive editor with more creative freedom.

Strikingly creates one-page websites with a pre-formed design of your choice. The first thing you do is choose your template. We chose the template ‘Pastry Corner’ for our practice site.

strikingly free website builder pastry corner template

Unlike many other free website builders, you can change your template as many times as you wish once your site is live.

You’ll find editing Strikingly’s templates a piece of cake – as long as you don’t want to change things up too much. In just a few clicks, we’d customized our template to look like this:

strikingly free website builder easy customization

Customization is pretty limited – when building our test site, we would have liked a little more control over our page layout.

strikingly free website builder formatting

Moving the right-hand text box up a little would make it easier to read, but the template’s structure wouldn’t allow it.

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 – yoursite.mystrikingly.com – is especially decent.

Don’t worry if your free domain looks odd to start with. Our domain for Lucy’s Cupcakes started out as site-2866940-7308-879.mystrikingly.com – but we easily changed it to lucyscupcakes.mystrikingly.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!

You can also only build one-page websites on the free plan. If you want to build multi-page sites, you’ll need to upgrade.

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.

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Strikingly is a great choice for one-page websites

Easy setup and subtle advertising make Strikingly a winning choice for any simple website.
Find out more:

Read our Strikingly Review for an in-depth look at this top free website maker!

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.

How WordPress.com scored in our research: 3.7/5 stars

What about ads?

Small white banner across the top of the site, with a WordPress button in the top right corner.

What will my domain name look like?

yoursite.wordpress.com

How much storage will I get?

3GB

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$4 per month, billed yearly

WordPress.com Pros WordPress.com Cons
Perfect for blogging Some coding may be required – not very beginner-friendly
Best domain name format of any free plan Templates and designs are focused on blogging
Wide range of free templates You don’t get to choose your industry or template during the setup process

WordPress.com: At A Glance

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. There’s also 3GB of storage on offer, which is six times that of every platform on this list. If you want to build anything other than a blog, though, you might struggle. It’s also not the easiest builder to use, so we don’t recommend it for beginners.

wordpress.com free website builder example site lucys cupcakes
WordPress.com is perfect for blogging, and lets you create a stylish website – especially if you have some technical confidence.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using WordPress.com

WordPress.com has a much steeper learning curve than the top three builders – in fact, WordPress.com only scored 3.2 stars out of 5 in our ease of use testing. It’s great for blogging, but trying to create a cupcake website was slow going and often frustrating.

Heads up: WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

This review covers WordPress.com, which is a simplified version of WordPress that functions like a website builder. WordPress.org, on the other hand, is a content management system (CMS) that can organize and store a lot more content, but demands a bit more technical know-how. We’ve written a full comparison of these two WordPress platforms if you’d like to learn more! If not, then read on for our review of WordPress.com.

You might find WordPress.com 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 this platform.

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.

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. It was the platform our users were least likely to recommend after testing, and also came out last for ease of use with a score of just 3.2/5.

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

When we first made Lucy’s Cupcakes on WordPress.com, our free domain looked like this: lucyscupcakes73345094.wordpress.com. This was less than ideal!

However, after a bit of digging in our site settings, we were able to edit our domain name. Lucy’s Cupcakes wasn’t available, so instead we changed it to: lucysyummycupcakes.wordpress.com.

free website builder wordpress.com domain name

On WordPress.com’s free plan, you don’t get access to its email and live chat support, and you don’t get any SEO tools either. You do get a generous 3GB of storage, but you can’t use it to upload any videos to your site – that’s reserved for paid plans.

WordPress.com has four paid plans ranging from $4 to $45 per month, billed annually. The $4 per month plan offers a competitive starting price, although it’s also worth noting that while the Personal plan does remove adverts, it won’t remove WordPress branding from your footer.

To remove all traces of WordPress.com branding, you’ll need at least the $25 per month Business plan, which seems a little steep.

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Do you want to build a blog?

WordPress.com is the best free builder for blogging, and is especially good if you can code a little bit.
For more information:

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.

How Jimdo scored in our research: 3.6/ 5 stars

What about ads?

Tiny note in the footer of your website to say it was built using Jimdo.

What will my domain name look like?

your-site.jimdosite.com

How much storage will I get?

500MB

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$9 per month, billed annually

Jimdo Pros Jimdo Cons
Nice aesthetics Difficult to use drag-and-drop functionality
Charges the least to remove adverts from your site Lacks design and creative control
No Jimdo banner or pop-ups ads, just a note in the footer Could do with some more tailored templates

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.

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. You can sell up to five products for free with Jimdo, and it’s really easy (and fairly cheap) to upgrade your plan to scale up your store later down the line.

jimdo free example website lucys cupcakes
Jimdo’s designs are visually pleasing, but hardly breathtaking. Simplicity is at the heart of this builder – it’s easy, but not super scalable.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using Jimdo

Jimdo values simplicity, and this is obvious as you build. There are question mark tool-tips scattered throughout the editor to help you along, and uploading images, changing text, and replacing backgrounds is all effortless.

Good to Know…

During setup, Jimdo asks how you want to create your site, and gives you two options:

  1. Create a beautiful site, no coding required
  2. Use the editor for coding experts

We used Jimdo’s “coding” editor, and let us assure you that you do not need to know any code to create a good-looking site using this method! The first option uses ADI, which is easier, but gives you less control over your site’s design.

The second option “for coding experts” is just the same as using any of the builders on this list – no coding needed.

Jimdo is generally very easy to use – it was pretty smooth, but didn’t knock our socks off. It’s easiest when you’re simply replacing and adding content in the template, rather than trying to reformat it or customize it too much.

In user testing, 56% of users said they’d recommend Jimdo to a friend. We enjoyed its simplicity, while simultaneously growing frustrated at its limitations.

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

For example, we chose our industry during setup, and were then provided with a selection of templates. But the designs weren’t all relevant to the food industry we’d picked – it would have been nice to receive more tailored designs, like you do with Wix and Weebly.

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.

The domain name format is fairly standard: your-site.jimdofree.com. For this site, for example, ours was lucyscupcakes.jimdofree.com. This is nice and simple, but it does signal to all your visitors that your website is free, as it’s right there in your domain name.

There are also no banner or pop-up Jimdo ads with the free plan, just a tiny note in the footer.

jimdo free website builder subtle advert

On Jimdo’s free plan, you can sell up to five products, but you’re limited in terms of SEO functionality. You also don’t have access to the helpful analytics dashboard that comes with premium plans.

Jimdo has two sets of plans – one for its ADI builder, and one for its Creator editor. We used the Creator editor when testing and building with Jimdo.

The ADI editor plans range from $9 to $39 per month, billed annually.

The Creator plans range from $10 to $40 per month, billed annually.

Upgrading guarantees you faster support response times, a free custom domain, more storage and bandwidth, the removal of adverts, and more features, such as adding email accounts.

Looking for a simple storefront?

Jimdo is ideal for building a simple storefront for your ecommerce business, whether you’re already selling on social media or just starting out.
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.

SimpleSite

Great Mobile Editor

SimpleSite lets you easily edit your site from your mobile.

What about ads?

Small white button to the left which says ‘Get Your Own FREE Website. Click here!’

What will my domain name look like?

yoursite.simplesite.com

How much storage will I get?

No storage cap, but limited to 15 pages

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$11.25 per month, billed annually

SimpleSite Pros SimpleSite Cons
Very easy to use No SSL certificate included
Generous free plan No access to third party integrations
Supports mobile friendly editing within mobile browser Limited customer support
Thorough onboarding process Designs feel outdated

SimpleSite: At A Glance

SimpleSite is – you guessed it – a very simple website builder, which nevertheless has some surprising perks built into its platform. Its mobile editor in particular is a great feature for those on the go. Other than that, we’d go so far as to say this free builder is a little too simple. It’s only suitable for hobby websites rather than anything serious.

simplesite free example site lucys cupcakes
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

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using SimpleSite

If you want a builder that walks you through setting up the different parts of your website step by step, then you might enjoy using SimpleSite.

Its onboarding process uses an animated beaver character to guide you through setting up each page, before you get to enter the main editor. While this is helpful for ensuring you don’t miss out anything important, it can become tedious if you’re after any amount of creative freedom.

SimpleSite has a very thorough onboarding process, where it walks you through each step of setting up your website before you even reach the editor. This is good for nervous or first-time builders who aren’t sure where to start.

simplesite free website builder onboarding

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.

But what about the designs themselves?

As part of the setup process, you have to choose your website layout. There were only two options to choose from, which felt extremely limiting – especially compared to builders like Wix and Weebly!

free website builder simplesite layout editor

Showing the mobile preview alongside the desktop view is a nice touch, but more template choice would be even better!

SimpleSite’s free plan limits you to 15 pages on your site, which should be fine for a new hobby website. You can sell up to five products on the free plan, and your site will be mobile optimized, too.

However, you have limited design options, and will need to upgrade if you want to remove adverts – as well as get rid of that page limit.

There’s just one small ‘sticky’ ad, and again, a decent domain name structure: yoursite.simplesite.com (or in our case, lucysyummycupcakes.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 $11.25 to $26.25 per month, billed annually.

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.

SimpleSite has two premium plans, and both are pretty expensive for what they offer. Its cheapest plan costs $11.25 per month when billed annually – for that much, you may as well look at Weebly’s $12 per month plan, because you’ll get much more for your money.

Do You Like to Keep Things Simple?

SimpleSite is a good option if you need on-the-go editing, or if you want your hand held while you build.
Want to find out more?

Webnode

Great for Events Websites 

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

What about ads?

Gray banner in the footer section that says ‘Make a free website’ and ‘Webnode’

What will my domain name look like?

your-site.webnode.com

How much storage will I get?

100MB

Starting price (if you want to upgrade)

$3.90 per month

Webnode Pros Webnode Cons
Get online quickly, with almost no learning curve Inflexible template designs
No Webnode banner or pop-ups ads, just a note in the footer Small amount of storage space
Great designs for events Slightly awkward registration process

Webnode: At A Glance

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 lucys cupcakes home
Webnode’s modern and minimalist templates make it ideal for events sites, and for making the most of bright and fun design choices.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using Webnode

Despite the slightly clunky sign-up process – Webnode publishes your template straightaway, and you need to go to your email to access the editor so you can start customizing – once you’re in, it’s a smooth and simple builder to use.

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!

There’s no real learning curve with Webnode – it’s easy to quickly find your way around and start editing your template. Some design controls are located in the settings dashboard, which can take a minute to find, but other than that, everything is where you’d expect to find it.

webnode free builder easy editor

There’s nothing in Webnode that’s likely to cause you headaches – unless you try to do too much with it.

Webnode has clean, minimal template designs to choose from during the setup process.

webnode free builder templates

You can’t change your template, so make the most of Webnode’s preview feature before you commit to a template and start building.

webnode free builder template edit or preview

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 – we recommend it for events websites rather than, say, business websites.

That said, we chose the ‘Joe’s Coffee Palace’ template for our cupcake website, and were pleased with the results.

One of the big drawbacks to Webnode is the limited storage you get on the free plan. You only receive 100MB storage, which is five times less than most of the other builders on our list.

Webnode has a helpful storage tracker in the settings dashboard, which shows you just how much storage you’ve used. This is good for knowing when it’s time to upgrade.

webnode free builder free settings

Your free Webnode domain will represent your brand to a certain extent, but you can’t customize it like you can with Wix.

The domain we got for our cupcake website looked like this: lucy-s-cupcakes0.webnode.com – not so bad as the SITE123 free domain, but not ideal either.

webnode small advert

Luckily, Webnode’s advert is very small and subtle, placed in the footer of your site and not at all “in your face.”

Webnode’s free plan doesn’t provide password protection, backups, or ecommerce – you’d need to upgrade to unlock these features.

Webnode’s cheapest paid plan costs $3.95 per month – this is a basic plan that’s main benefit is letting you connect your own custom domain.

To increase your storage you’d need the $7.50 per month Mini plan, and to remove the small Webnode advert from your site you’d need the $12.90 per month Standard plan.

Do You Need a Basic Events Website?

Webnode isn’t powerful, but it is quick and easy to use – and perfect for events websites!

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 about ads?

No ads displayed

What will my domain name look like?

im-creator.com/free/yourname/yoursite

How much storage will I get?

Unlimited

Starting price (if you want to upgrade) 

$7.95 per month

IM Creator Pros IM Creator Cons
Eye-catching templates Very clunky domain name
Students, Artists and NGOs can apply to use a premium, ad-free theme free of charge No ecommerce feature
A good range of basic features Minimalistic editor can be hard to navigate

IM Creator: At A Glance

IM Creator is a sleek free website builder – sometimes a little too sleek, as it can be hard to navigate at times. It has attractive templates, catering to plenty of industries, and its modern editor stands out from the crowd against more dated platforms.

im creator free builder customized site
IM Creator is a very aesthetic builder, with visually pleasing templates and a sleek editor.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using IM Creator

IM Creator can take a little getting used to compared to some of the easier builders on our list. Its editor feels very modern and minimalistic, which can be tricky to navigate at first – for us, it involved a lot of clicking to try and get the right menu to appear. Once you’ve got used to it though, IM Creator is a pretty cool builder with some nice touches.

IM Creator isn’t as easy to use as other top free website builders, such as Wix or SITE123. It feels overcomplicated, which is why we don’t recommend it for beginners.

Its learning curve is due to its modern and minimalistic editor – you have to click in the right place to bring up the correct menu, and then it takes time to learn what all the symbols mean.

im creator free builder minimal editor

You can ‘t really drag and drop items – for example, no matter how much we clicked, or where we clicked, we couldn’t move that “Your Subtitle Here” box below the main heading.

With Wix, moving that text box would have taken a second – with IM Creator, it became a frustrating challenge.

There’s no denying it – IM Creator’s templates are nice. Large images, plenty of white space, and bold blocks give IM Creator’s designs a modern and eye-catching effect.

im creator free builder templates

Customizing IM Creator’s designs is easy to a certain extent – uploading images and editing text is a breeze, and adding new sections is surprisingly cool. You get a preview of each section, and you can scroll through the different options until you find one you like.

im creator free website builder add new section

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.

Just make sure you take the time to learn your way around, rather than expecting to jump headfirst into whipping up a site in a day.

IM Creator really has two free plans. It has its basic free plan, which gives you 50MB storage, basic support, access to all IM Creator’s templates, and a free domain that looks like this: im-creator.com/free/lucycupcakes/lucys_cupcakes

You won’t have any IM Creator ads on your site, which is very rare and a huge plus! That said, you also don’t get any SSL security on the free plan, which is a big downside.

However, if you’re an artist, NGO, or student, then you can apply for IM Creator’s other free plan. This is where you get premium features – including unlimited storage, a custom domain, and ecommerce – for free!

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.

If you want to access IM Creator’s premium features, but you’re not an artist, a student, or an NGO, then you’ll need one of its premium plans.

The cheapest plan costs $7.95 per month, billed annually, and unlocks unlimited storage, ecommerce tools, a custom domain, and premium support, among other things.

Are You a Student, Artist, or NGO?

If so, IM Creator has some generous perks just for you…
For more info on IM Creator, read:

IM Creator Review – We explore IM creator in more depth so you don’t have to.

Mozello

Create Simple Multilingual Sites

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

What about ads?

Gray banner in the footer section that says ‘Make a free website’ and ‘Webnode’

What will my domain name look like?

your-site.mozello.com

How much storage will I get?

500MB

Starting price (if you want upgrade)

$7 per month, paid annually

Mozello Pros Mozello Cons
Create multilingual sites for free Very limited editor
Ecommerce is enabled on the free plan No SSL Security
Helpful hints when building Lack of flexibility and customization

Mozello: At A Glance

Mozello is an easy to use but basic website builder. It has simple features such as blogging tools and even ecommerce functions. Its standout feature is its multi language functionality. You can also set up an online store on the free plan and sell up to 10 products.

lucys cupcakes mozello free website builder
Mozello is a good, but basic builder that’s let down slightly by its limited editor, but shines when it comes to multilingual functionality.

Expert Insights: What We Thought Of Using Mozello

Mozello is a good builder – it made our best list, after all – but it’s nowhere near as impressive as the top five builders we’ve looked at. It’s a very limited builder that takes some time to get used to, and its designs struggle to really impress. Trying to customize and format the template to get it exactly how you want it quickly began to feel like a struggle.

Mozello is a classic case of sacrificing power and creative freedom for ease of use. Sure, it’s simple and beginner friendly, with helpful prompts to get you started, but this simplicity is reflected in its features and flexibility.

The truth is, it’s pretty limited – we preferred the ease and intuitiveness of Wix’s editor over Mozello’s basic but beginner-friendly builder.

Mozello has 48 templates to choose from – the ones with large image backgrounds typically look the best, while the more block-based designs sometimes look a little dated.

mozello free website builder template selection

We chose the ‘Sky is the limit’ template, and easily customized it to represent Lucy’s Cupcakes:

lucys cupcakes mozello free website builder

However, you won’t find much creative freedom, and may struggle to format it exactly how you want, like we did in the example below:

mozello free website formatting

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.

free website builder mozello french editor

Here, you can see we’ve added a French page to our Lucy’s Cupcake website, and it’s ready to start editing in multiple languages!

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.

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

Mozello has two premium plans – the cheapest costs $7 per month. This increases your storage to 50GB instead of 500MB (that’s 25 times more storage space than the free plan!)

It also lets you sell 15 products instead of five, and removes Mozello ads from your site.

Last - But Not Least?

Mozello could be your perfect builder if you want something basic, with solid multi language features.

What’s Important in a Free Website Builder?

Free website builders may have once seemed too good to be true, but we set out to demonstrate that this is not always the case.

A question we often get asked is just how do these free website builders make their money? Is there something sketchy going on? Luckily, it’s all super safe and above board. These website builders operate on what’s known as a ‘freemium’ business model, whereby the customers who want to pay for extra features effectively fund those who are happy with a limited plan – no strings attached.

That said, there are some elements that you should pay close attention to when deciding on which free website builder you choose.

To create this ranking of the best free website builders, we drew upon our extensive research and user testing for each website builder as a whole, and combined this with a specific focus on their free plans, paying close attention to whether or not the builder ticked these boxes:

Clear domain name

Free website builders won’t let you link up a custom domain name – but what does the auto-generated one look like? For example, a format like IM Creator’s (im-creator.com/free/yourname/yoursite) could make your site look quite unprofessional.

Low upgrade cost

Upgrading to a paid plan comes with clear benefits, so it’s good to know how much this would cost.

Minimal advertising

You don’t need us to tell you that a website plastered in ads won’t look as good as one without! Our screenshots should help you evaluate the ads of each website builder, and decide on the least intrusive option for you.

Free SSL certificate

Most website builders include a free SSL certificate as standard, but a couple don’t (we’ve flagged when this is the case). Without an SSL certificate, your website will display as ‘Not secure’ to visitors. You can buy an SSL certificate separately for around $10/year.

Sufficient storage

Most free website builders have a cap on the amount of content you can upload to your site. If you know you want to include lots of images or videos, be mindful of how quickly you’d hit this cap.

Easy to use

There’s no point in finding a website builder that ticks the boxes above, only to discover it’s clunky and frustrating to use. We’ve given an indication of how easy each website builder is to use, based on our research and user testing.

Ecommerce functionality (optional)

If you need to sell through your free website builder, this limits your options a little. Keep an eye out for website builders we’ve flagged as allowing you to sell on a free plan, like Weebly.

By going through the process of creating a free website with each builder for this article, we’ve been able to give a really accurate first-hand account of the process.

How Do I Create A Free Website? (Step-by-Step)

One thing all the website builders in our ranking have in common, aside from being free, is that they are easy to set up – they wouldn’t have made the cut otherwise! The process and learning curve differ slightly from builder to builder, but here are the steps you can expect:

  1. Sign up with the website builder. This will require an email address, password, and possibly a username.
  2. Choose a template, or answer questions for the design assistant. This is the first fork in the road – most builders will let you select a template to work off at this stage, but some will use design assistance to mock up a website for you based on your answers to a few questions. We’ve specified when this is the case.
  3. Add in your own content. Get rid of placeholder text and images, and replace these with your own.
  4. Tweak and customize your design. If you want to, you can customize your design further by testing out new layouts and colors, or even switching to a new template. Most builders let you switch templates after publishing, but keep in mind that Wix doesn’t.
  5. Press publish! At this point, your domain name will be generated, and your site will be live for the world to see.

This process could take anything from 15 minutes to a few hours, depending on how much you switch up in steps three and four.

Is It Worth Upgrading to a Paid Plan?

As we’ve seen, free website builders can do a lot – but paid plans allow for a lot more. And paid doesn’t have to mean expensive; you can take advantage of premium features from as little as $6/month.

The most common advantages of paid plans include:

Removing ads

When you’re trying to give a professional image, no ads is a whole lot better than subtle ads – and upgrading your plan will leave your site ad-free.

Connecting a custom domain name

Again, yoursite.com is a whole lot better than yoursite.yourwebsitebuilder.com, and a whole lot more memorable, too.

Access to more storage and bandwidth

As your site grows and your traffic increases, you may find you simply outgrow your free plan. You may need to upgrade to have enough storage, and so that enough people can access your site at once. Many paid plans offer unlimited storage and bandwidth, so you can have total peace of mind.

Advanced marketing and sales tools

The features and tools needed to take your business or hobby to the next level will often be waiting for you in that premium plan, so make sure you at least take a look!

While there’s no pressure to upgrade to a paid plan at any stage, we think it’s always worth checking out or trialling at some point. It can be nerve-wracking to invest money in a new business, project or hobby, but there’s an element of ‘fake it till you make it’ here; with the added professionalism of a paid site, nobody needs to know that you’re not far more established.

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

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.

While we always recommend making the most of free plans to build, play, and experiment with different builders, we never recommend staying on a free plan forever. 

If you’re serious about your website, and want other people to take it seriously too, then at some point you will need to upgrade to a premium plan.

There’s no rush, though – none of the builders on this list have a time limit on their free plan, so you can stay on them as long as you like, until you’re ready to take your site to the next level.

In the meantime, enjoy trying out your favorite free builders – come back and let us know which one you liked the most!

FAQs

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

WordPress.com comes out cheapest, with prices starting at just $3 per month when billed annually. It’s closely followed by Weebly, which starts at $6 per month, billed annually.

It’s also worth noting that Wix came first in our ‘Value for Money’ testing, despite its higher starting price of $13 per month (billed annually). You get what you pay for – it’s the best overall website builder on the market today.

Weebly takes top spot for best free ecommerce builder – it lets you sell an unlimited number of products on its free plan! (This feature is for US sellers only).

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!

No! Hosting is all taken care of by the website builder, so this isn’t something you’ll have to buy separately. Keep in mind though that, like storage, free plans often have a cap on bandwidth, so you may need to upgrade to a paid plan in order to access more resources once you start getting higher traffic levels.

Yes! All the platforms featured on this list should reformat your site so it displays properly on mobile. It’s always worth double checking this though, either as a preview or once your site is live.

Looking for a hosting provider rather than a website builder? Why not check out our article on the Best Web Hosting Services to help you find the right one.

There are currently no free services, but check out our article on the Best Cheap Web Hosts if price is your main consideration when choosing a provider.

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  • Vivek Sharma
    Thanks for sharing this blog. I learned a lot from your blog.
    1 reply
    • Maura Monaghan
      We're so glad you found it helpful, Vivek! Maura
  • Lucky
    I didn't see any free plan from GoDaddy. Just 1 month free trial only.
    1 reply
    • Lucy Carney
      Hi Lucky, We're very sorry about that! GoDaddy launched a free plan back in April which is why we added it to this article, but since then it's become apparent that this free version is no longer available. We are in the process of updating this article to remove GoDaddy - sorry for the confusion! GoDaddy offers a 30-day free trial, but no free plan, so we will be removing it from this review. Many thanks for reaching out, Lucy
  • Mike
    Does SITE123 have an email component that is easy to populate?
    1 reply
    • Lucy Carney
      Hi Mike, Thanks for your comment! SITE123 does have an email marketing tool, which comes with a choice of templates for you to choose from. This tool is designed to make it easy to create and send emails to your subscribers. I hope this has helped! Best, Lucy
  • Bea
    WordPress boasts of being easy to use for amateurs. However, their support is ludicrously awful--forums only, no backup for more difficult situations. I had an 5 yr plus site that, several dead laptops later--a lost passord & original receipt, pre-2-factor, a free site--that I have lost access to . WP kept repeatedly sending the same canned messages that gave no help at all. I've been at it for WEEKS, & though onechat person offered to send me to customer help, that never happened. I strongly recommend avoiding WordPress.
  • MikeA
    SITE123 no longer allows for a customized sub-domain. There are plenty of online how-to vieos to do this, which is what made me jum at this site. However, after a good 45 minutes of chat sessions (or bots), they simply state that is no longer a feature. Please note these instructions are on thewir own website... (https://www.site123.com/support/edit-your-subdomain-after-publishing). They won't even allow someone from support to make the change for me on their back-end systems (which has to be somethnig that can be done). As an aside, the subdomain name I received was a sequence of 13 charachters (seems to be a hexadecimal code).mysite123.com.
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    • Lucy Carney
      Hi Mike, Yes you're absolutely right, SITE123 no longer offers personalized free domains - this is a real shame, and we'll be updating the content to reflect this. If you want a custom domain you'll either need to upgrade to a paid plan, or switch to a builder like Wix or Weebly that allow some customization within the free subdomain. Sorry you've run into this frustration with SITE123 - unfortunately this is the downside to a free website, but other builders do allow customized subdomains if you were willing to switch. Hope this has helped, and thank you for highlighting the issue! Best, Lucy
  • Eric
    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
      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
  • 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
      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
  • Mark
    I agree. they are not free in the true meaning. They put a sticky that roams on your site and that can be annoying. Why do they call them free sites when they really are not?!
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    • Lucy Carney
      Hi Mark, I'm sorry to hear you're unhappy with the free plans! However, I like to think we make it clear about the downsides to free plans, so that our readers know fully what to expect - from advertising to clunky domains. These plans are free in the sense you truly don't have to pay anything, but you're right in thinking they come at a different price - professionalism! It's why we always suggest starting out on the free plan, but upgrading when you want to share your site with others. Can I direct you to our Best Cheap Website Builders review instead? It might be more in-line with the sort of service you're looking for. I hope this has helped! Best, Lucy
  • Khalid
    Which is the best website for start affiliate website Free
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    • 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
  • 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
      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