Creating your own website is today easier than ever, and, what’s more it can now be done free of charge! This is great news if you are just starting your own small business and cash is a little tight at the moment and you want to make every penny count.
Many people have created beautiful websites for their businesses for free without a hitch. There are so many free website-making services out there that will help you to create the website of your dreams. They are really easy to use, any you need not have any previous web-building experience, and your new website could be live within minutes.
Figuring what type of website you want is the first step as this will determine what kind of hosting you will need. If you are going to be conducting business through your website, then you will need to select a host that can offer support for online stores. If not, then a good, reputable host will do just fine.
Once you have a host, you can go shopping for a free, online web-building service. For many, this is the most difficult part as you are literally spoilt for choice. Some of them are really good, while others not so much. Some are expensive, some cheap and others somewhere in between. Some reputable services include Webs, WordPress, Drupal, Moonfruit and Angelfire.
Your website address will be a sub-domain of the site, i.e. yoursite.host.com, instead of yoursite.com.
When choosing your free website service provider, always carefully check what they are offering. For example, if you are going to be needing a media-rich site, some of them may not be suitable due to the amount of data available. Some service providers do not support online stores, so check the policy carefully. If you want to upload your own websites, check this too as most free services have web page creation tools and don’t allow you to upload your own custom code. This works for most basic needs, but if you want to be able to create your own site, make sure that the host allows it.
And now for the fun part – choosing a template or theme for your website! Many of the website themes or templates are grouped according to business types and are easy to select. You can use the software’s own available themes, as well as browse theme-selling marketplace websites like Theme Forrest. Many hosts have specialized designs for their sites that help maintain a brand identity with that host. Find the design that fits your website’s needs the most.
Although the service is for free, the free website builder has to make money to provide it to you, so it might use adverts, or it might try to entice you to upgrade to get more features, which might come at a significant monthly cost. Whichever one you choose, make sure you know how much it might cost in the future if you decide to upgrade to get more features.