5 Best Free Website Builders of 2018

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You don’t necessarily need to invest any money into building a website. While it’s easy enough to outsource website design and development to a skilled professional, it’s also just as easy to do everything yourself with the help of a free website builder.

These platforms are designed for beginners, meaning you don’t need to have a programming background to create your own website. They’re also the perfect choice if you want to keep initial costs low before investing more in the design, hosting, security, storage, and additional features.

Check out the list below for a roundup of the best free website builders available today.

1. Wix: The Easiest Website Building Platform To Use
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If you’re looking for a dead easy way to create a stunning website as quickly as possible, you can’t go wrong with Wix. It’s one of the most popular website builders out there, offering over 500 design-worthy templates in categories like business, photography, blogs, travel, health, and more.

What We Like:

  • The choice to pick either an existing template or start from scratch with a blank one, then use the Wix Editor to add desired features.
  • The finished website is lightning fast and optimized for both search engines and mobile platforms.

What We Don’t Like:

  • Ads are displayed on free plans and two of the paid premium plans. To remove those pesky ads, you’d have to upgrade to the third most costly plan at $14 a month.

2. Weebly: A Great Place To Start Your Online Store

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Weebly is right up there with Wix, but what makes it really stand out is its free eCommerce features you can integrate into your website. Whether you’re selling a product or service online or offline, Weebly offers a host of features to help you run your store, including product listings, gift cards, customer reviews, orders, coupons, and store emails.

Of course, if you just want to build a regular website, you can do that too!

What We Like:

  • The multiple choice questionnaire Weebly gives new users to help them take the first steps toward getting their websites set up.

What We Don’t Like:

  • You’ll see ads on your website if you stick with the free plan and will have to upgrade to a premium plan for $10 a month to remove them.

3. Webnode: Create A Simple, Ad-Free Site Or Online Store In Minutes

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Webnode is a powerful site builder similar to Weebly, with its online store builder and questionnaire you get to run through when setting up your site. There’s nothing overwhelming with this platform. It’s very simple and straightforward to use.

What We Like:

  • You get a totally ad-free website without having to upgrade to a paid plan.
  • The website building process is so simple you can have a basic site completed in as little as five minutes by working with one of the hundreds of gorgeous templates.

What We Don’t Like:

  • A free plan with Webnode doesn’t offer a whole lot besides the very basics, especially if you want extra customization features.
  • You’ll have to upgrade to the $4 a month limited plan to get 100MB of storage and 1GB of bandwidth.


4. WordPress.com: The Best Choice If You Eventually Want A Self-Hosted Website

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There are two versions of WordPress: WordPress.com, which is free, and WordPress.org, which is the open source CMS you can use to host your site yourself with a paid host provider and domain registrar. If you think you’d eventually like to move your free website to a self-hosted one where you have full control and freedom to make your site as awesome as possible, WordPress.com is the way to go.

What We Like:

  • The convenience of transferring a free WordPress site to a self-hosted WordPress site.
  • The vast selection of free templates you can use to make your free site look amazing.
  • Can manage multiple sites all from the same dashboard.

What We Don’t Like:

  • While the template selection is huge, design customization is quite limited unless you’re fine with installing several plugins.
  • You’ll have to upgrade to a premium WordPress.com plan for $10 a month to get rid of ads.
  • Given the customizable freedom of WordPress.org, you’d most likely get a better deal by moving to a self-hosted site.


    5. Bookmark: Enjoy A Powerful Web Editor With A Variety Of Features

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    If you like the idea of having your website builder practically build your website for you using artificial intelligence, like Jimdo’s Dolphin tool does, you’re going to want to check out Bookmark, too. This platform has its own AI tool called Aida, which helps you build your site in as little as 30 seconds.

    What We Like:

    • Built-in library of royalty-free stock images and videos you can use on your site, free of charge.
    • Its powerful editor packs a lot more features than some others on this list, including a wide variety of modules you can drag and drop anywhere into your site.

    What We Don’t Like:

    • You’re limited to 500MB of storage.
    • Website footer will include a branded ad.
    • You can make a small upgrade for $5 a month to get a few extras, but for unlimited storage and to remove the aforementioned ad, you’d have to upgrade to the professional plan for $12 a month.
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