By Rae Steinbach
Running a small business comes with a lot of costs. When you add it all up, you often find that you are working with razor-thin margins. This is why free resources for small businesses are so valuable. With the right free resources, you can still achieve your goals while also bringing down costs.
Since a website is a necessity for most modern businesses, small business owners need to find a way to build one without spending a lot of money. Fortunately, there is a variety of tools that can help you build a website at no cost.
Read on to learn more about some of the free tools for building a small business website.
Most of you have probably heard of WordPress. It is one of the most popular platforms for building a website and it has a lot of features that can be useful for small businesses. WordPress offers a range of free templates that can help you get started and they can walk you through the steps of building a basic website. Along with that, you also have thousands of WordPress plugins that can add features and functions to your site.
With more than 180 million users, Wix is one of the most popular website builders. Part of that popularity comes from the simple drag-and-drop website editor. It is very easy to use and it also comes with a range of free templates to help you get started. The only knock on this platform is that the free version posts a Wix ad on every page of your site. If you want to remove the ads, you will have to pay for a plan.
Weebly is a very simple website builder that operates on a drag-and-drop system. It is easy to learn and it comes with a range of features that make it particularly good for eCommerce businesses. As an advantage over some of the other options on this list, Weebly’s platform is ad-free.
Just like many of the other free website builders, Mozello uses the drag-and-drop system to make it easy for users. As a downside, it doesn’t have quite as many options as some of the competition. With that said, it does offer the ability to build a free multilingual site, which is something that you will not find with many of the competing platforms.
Squarespace is a platform that is good for professionals or for creating a website that focuses on visuals. The website editor is easy to use and it has free themes that make it easy to get started. It also constructs websites in structured blocks, which can be limiting, but it can also make it easy to put together a website that looks good and flows well.
This is another simple website builder that uses the simple drag-and-drop design style. It comes with a range of features for supporting eCommerce businesses and it even offers basic analytics with the free version. Best of all, this website builder is totally ad-free.
While GoDaddy is best known for its web hosting services and as a domain registrar, they do offer a free website builder. It is limited when compared to some of the other options on this list, but it is easy to use. You can build websites that look good and function well for a wide range of purposes and the system walks you through much of the process.
All of these website builders are free, but they all have their own pros and cons. If you are not sure which one is right for your business, you can test a few. You might also want to consider the paid features some of them offer. You might be building a free website now, but some of the paid services could be valuable in the future.
Rae is a graduate of Tufts University with a combined International Relations and Chinese degree. After spending time living and working abroad in China, she returned to NYC to pursue her career and continue curating quality content. Rae is passionate about travel, food, and writing (of course).