45 Web Builders to Create an Insanely Awesome Free Website

Looking for a place to create a free website?  There are plenty of resources that allow you to create you own website, blog, wiki, or social community without having to know any programming language.  These free website creation sites allow you to easily create a site, customize the design, add content, and have your own domain name.

It is crazy how many people don’t even have a website even as freelance web designers. If you don’t know where to start – start here! Start by having online presence and establishing your own branding.

We created simple step by step video to show exactly how to have your own website in around 10 minutes! This is the cheapest option we know to have your own professional website. You could go with Wix, Tumblr, WordPress free website, but this will NOT look professional. Especially if you need to brand yourself to your clients or followers, you need to have professional website. Also if you are freelancer, having online presence will easily help you charge more as clients will respect you more.

Without further ado, check out this step by step video how to make your own website. If you want to watch video on Youtube, here is the link.

If you aren’t ready yet or cannot afford to have your own domain and website, take a look at 45 best web builders. This is not the best starting point, but it is still good. Downsides is that you don’t really own your content or don’t have really full control over your website until you get your own domain and hosting.

But it’s better than nothing, so much better!! Good luck!

Wix

I personally don’t have a lot of experience with Wix, but it seems like a very neat way to create free Flash websites.  They have separated themselves from the rest, since most of the free site builders only let you create html pages.  One of the most advanced solutions for people without any coding experience to build powerful and good looking site easily and fast.

Google Sites

Hey, its Google and they are letting you create a free site….so do it.  As usual, Google makes it extremely easy to build a free website with cool integration features like Google Docs, Google Calendar, and RSS.

Windows Live Spaces


Webs

Google Knol

Google Knol came out about 2 years ago and even though it has not gotten the same praise as Wikipedia, it is still a valuable resource that you should take advantage of.  Free easy to create your own free knol and help position yourself as an industry leader.


Jimdo

Jimdo is a new free website builder that is very clean and easy to use.  As you can see in the screen-shot you can create your own URL and add text, photos, and custom design.

AngelFire


Edicy

Squidoo

One of my favorite places to create a free webpage is Squidoo.  Not only do these pages tend to rank well in the search engines, but you can monetize them by adding Amazon affiliate products and links, share easily through Facebook and Tweetmeme buttons and much more.

Yola

Tripod

Wetpaint

Wetpaint is the place to go to create your own free wiki in a matter of minutes.  Similar to the other website builders out ther but, like a wiki, anyone can add, edit, and remove content from the page.

WikiSpaces

Blogsome


Weebly

Hubpages

Hubpages is very similar to Squidoo, in the fact that you can build free pages and they tend to rank very well in search engines.  You can also make money by adding affiliate products, links and Adsense in your hub.  It has all of the cool features that you would need, including adding images, videos, ratings and reviews, and the ability to comment.

Piczo

Webnode

Moonfruit

Let’s Eat

For anyone in the restaurant industry, Let’s Eat is for you. Let’s Eat lets you create your own restaurant website where you can add information about your restaurant, menu, hours, location, and more.

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Sauropol

GoGoFrog

Launch Splash


Nexo

Roxer

Viviti

Ever

DevHub

SnapPages

SnapPages is the easy drag and drop website creation service.  No need to know css to position your site!

350

WebStarts

BlinkWeb

Thoughts

ClutterMe

DoTemplate

ComfyPages

Moogo

GetShopped

Groupie Guide

Hyper Web Enable

Notanent

Blogetery

Blogster

Flooha

FreeWeb

We have tired our best to include all the great services which allows you to build free websites. Don’t forget to give your thoughts about the article via comments section or tweet us at @1stwebdesigner . We always love our readers feedback.

Mark Thompson

Mark is the President of Search Creatively a Raleigh Internet Marketing company. He also is the creator of StayOnSearch, a search marketing blog dedicated to SEO's and Internet Marketing professionals. He also contributes to a number of industry blogs including Search Engine Journal, ProBlogDesign, and 1stWebDesigner. Follow Mark on Twitter (@m_thompson)

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Comments

  1. says

    I am kind of wondering why webstarttoday name is not in this list. There are so many beautiful designs on http://www.webstarttoday.com and the site builder is very user friendly. it is free and costs you just $1 for the hosting for an year. I am pretty sure you will love the designs.

  2. Jason says

    I’ve made several websites over the last year and have had the opportunity to use a few different website builder services. I’ve found that the ones that are easiest to use also have the most limitations. So be sure that the website you need to build warrants using an easy website builder before you begin.

    • Robin says

      Please, I need to know which web host I can use that allows me to build sites that look like those on wix and moonfruit. I don’t now jack about web building and I wasn’t impressed by the fonts and gloss on weebly.com; at the same time, I don’t want a site that takes ages to load like wix and I want a WYSIWYG builder that’s sleek.

      thanks.

  3. Harlequin says

    I did a website on Wix and found it very slow to load. However, everything else impressed me. One of the best free sites which allows you to get really creative without having html knowledge.

    edicy is another site I am currently looking at and ezweb. I don’t like sites that only allow you to create within columns lie weebly and jimdo. I like to be able to move content anywhere on the page, rather then being restricted to columns.

    Great review site, best on the net. Thank you so much for you time.

  4. Sean Dempsey says

    Hey, Mark. Truly awesome post!! This is the most thorough list of mobile platforms I’ve found yet. Must have taken forever to pull together in a coherent list like this. Well done. :-)

    However — if I may be so bold, allow me to toss my hat into the ring here and offer a mobile builder/CMS which I think rises above the rest (that I’ve tried anyway). It’s much more easy-to-use and “web 2.0″ than all the other big ones I’ve found. Plus for the money I can’t find one better as… it’s FREE! :-)

    The tool is called Qfuse (www.qfuse.com) – and it’s a mobile website builder/CMS AND also a QR Code Generator which links to the mobile website you create. Obviously what makes a platform “great” is all about experience, flexibility of the UI, and personal opinion of course…but that’s my $0.02.

    The platform also serves to provide analytics around number of times the site is viewed and the QR code scanned. So a pretty cool service overall — especially since, again, it’s FREE. They also have a pretty cool cartoon video on the homepage showing how the site works. I would be very interested in your opinion/review when/if you have time.

  5. says

    I’m a big fan of webs.com because you can knock yourself out with a custom Dreamweaver site and upload the whole thing without compromising using a template. The best thing is the tiny button required to make the site free! Unobtrusive and very flexible.

  6. Stan says

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  7. Vikas Kumar says

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  8. Fleur Rivas says

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  9. Smith Warren says

    I am a blogger for over some time now and I am very grateful that there are a lot of free blogging sites that we could utilize. It helped me through being a freelancer. Of course, what I know about these blogging sites, could not be all that is, you know, and I am really happy to have read this posts as nothing is more helpful when someone took the liberty of summarizing the information that you need in one page. Thanks for this one buddy, I might sort these out and choose another site to start on with my new blog.

  10. Taylor says

    I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back sometime soon. Really enjoyed reading through. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back sometime soon.

  11. Rob says

    This site is going directly into my favorites! Thank you so much for all the links. Great information for people trying to start up a website or two for very little or even free. Great post.

  12. says

    wow i am impressed and now overwhelmed…this will take me one week to check them all out..is there a place where i can choose according to my needs?

    after my experience with pretty rigid template that never look like the samples they show, i have become a little skeptical…because i need

    to show my own domain on url and not the hosting company’s ,no dumb non paying advertising, download my blogs easily; and i i need to have a place for people to connect with some control;i need to sell sell sell and i need real people saying real things on the other end( with customer service); i would like an easy uncluttered drag and drop process

    .. have not found yet all of the above and frankly this will take at least 3 days to figure out.

    i would love to have your opininon of ning types of web sites too…because i need to grow with social media but i cannot be sucked in completely by it.

    jovanna

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  14. Liza says

    Really cool list! This is the first time I’m hearing about about half of these :S There’s also a new Australian website builder built with Drupal that’s pretty awesome – http://www.pagebuild.net

  15. says

    In order for me to really get an idea of how difficult it was to use each site, I went ahead and built free websites from each so you can click on each link to see what you get with a free site. Notice how some has obnoxious advertisements and some have modest advertising. Also notice how long each takes to load up. These were all made for practice so don’t take the content too seriously. :)

  16. says

    Wow, I didn’t even know half of these options existed. It’s almost overwhelming for anyone new to web design to choose where to begin. Personally I’m sticking to wordpress for any future design.

  17. says

    great information, thank you! so far I have been using Webs.com, which I really like, and also tried Wix. Wix is a flash website, so looks really good, but is a bit slow uploading. I am worried it may put vistors to my site off.. I would try it for a simple site, with optimised images, and probably no videos.

  18. Lesley Devany says

    Maybe you have considered adding more videos for your websites to maintain your readers more entertained? I mean I just read the whole article of yours plus it was very great speculate I’m more of a visual learner,I discovered that to become more helpful well tell me how it ends up! I adore that which you guys will always be up too. Such clever work and reporting! Maintain up the great works guys I’ve added all of you to my blogroll. This is really a great article thanks for sharing this informative information.. I will go to your website regularly for many latest post.

  19. Anonymous says

    I would be very wary of any website builder that didn’t allow me to easily export my content.
    Curious you didn’t mention the most popular WordPress.com.
    Or Blogspot.com.
    The most advanced site builder is DrupalGardens.com by far.

  20. Glo Gianos says

    I am a Wix Pro. I started creating for my own interior design business and after submitting 3 sites for evaluation I became a Pro. This is the coolest one. You can take the shapes, cliparts and modify them with “elements”, “behaviors” and “animations”. With some practice you can make a site look like Photoshop work but fast.

    • janine says

      I’m trying moonfruit.com, yola.com and now I’m looking into indigloo and wix. Is it true that unless you PAY for an upgraded site, that your FREE site comes with wix.com ads? Thanks for your help.

      • Ambreen says

        I have been working with WIX to build my website and absolutely fell in love with it. it is the best drop&drag out there. However, they do not host and so i was unable to publish the site..also, i couldn’t find it after publishing??? I am trying Weebly at the moment but i am not sure if I need separate hosting??
        to answer you question…yes the ads for wix stay on unless you get the premium and it is a bit expensive…

  21. G Schuler says

    Thank you for taking the time to make a comprehensive list for us would be website makers! I wish I would have had this at my fingertips before today!

    Also, I wanted to give you my personal feedback on the WIX flash site builder. I love it! It’s easy to use, fun (even my kids do it). My daughter uses it for her personal website as well as her charity website and we have had nothing but EXCELLENT customer service form the support staff and hours of fun creating different looks. They offer a plethora of images, clip art and animations to really personalize your website. Also, there are many base templates to get you started if you’re in a hurry.

    My only not so pleased response to WIX is that because it’s FLASH, it takes some time to load (depending on the users internet speed and the computer’s capabilities).

    In conclusion, if someone is new to website creating, be they young or not so young, WIX offers a fun and simple way to create attractive, interactive and cheap websites in the blink of an eye. You are only limited to your own creativity.

    Thanks again for your article!
    G. Schuler

    • says

      Oh thanks a lot for your personal insight in Wix – I never really tried it myself..since I like handcoded sites, but as you said – great for people without coding knowledge to simply do it for fun and go public easily! :)

      Thank you again for feedback!

  22. says

    wow what a great article this is :) i have searched for many pages of Google to know what are the free websites available in net and unfortunately i found one 3 to 4 and that too which i know already :) but after seeing this i have no words :) i love u bro :) u are really worth to donate some thing :) love u ;) and thanks a lot :) thank thanks and thanks :) love u bro :)

  23. uma says

    hey
    i’m a wix user and i think its great i’m a cat lover and it was pretty easy to create. i’m proley lazy but i have been creating my site for about 2 months probley cause i have so much to put on. the only down part i think is we can’t have users for our sites and blogs i really want those two things but i havn’t found a site close enough to wix to try.

    ps. i will be trying the websites your wrote notes about and the ones in the comments

  24. nick says

    this is very informational site.
    tnx to you….
    most of the sites listed here were not listed in my records, then i should try it.
    very cool site! tnx…

  25. Casey John says

    Hum, I havent heard of most of these. Cool! time to try some out.

  26. Aaron says

    Don’t forget to add blogReaction.com to the list. It would be good to update it with all of the new services that are out there. Maybe make a top 100 list even, and put it by category?

  27. sanjeev jha says

    Nice list.Thanks a lot.I will suggest if you are looking for more power or want to create a complex website.

  28. Shannon says

    “I wouldn’t consider some of these websites though. HubPages, Squidoo, Knol.. these are just single content pages”

    Agreed.. But they are better than nothing.

  29. Mike says

    Besides there is a free website builder – http://ucoz.com. It offers such modules as a blog, a forum, catalogues (more than 20 in total). Design can be customized via Drag&Drop.

  30. Geri says

    you mentioned feedback on wix. I am a wix user and have absolutely loved it. I am a teacher and I built a great website for my classes that enables me to share info, provide documents, presentations, etc., easily communicate with students and parents. plus the site looks great! As I have become more technologically savvy I have encountered some limitations, ones that are bypassed by upgrading for a fee, but the limitations include embedding html, analytics, widgets and gadgets. things that I didn’t even know existed when I first built the site.

    overall I recommend wix to others when they are looking for a simple way to build a great looking site!

  31. anada says

    nice list. I’ve sampled couple of them, but seldom of the sites would support international languages well. Forgot it.

  32. Sarah J says

    Few different websites I maintain, Easiest by far is the Wix one, which you stated you didn’t have alot of experience with. Its a well done flash builder site. It helps users create stunning pages with very VERY little knowledge. My aunt currently adds content to the small site I made for her using it. They even have options to upgrade accounts, which is more than most need, to include shopping carts fully supported on site or buy/register domains. The only problems I’ve seen with Wix is occasionally the massive amount of flash can slow down loading for the “editor”. Fully intergrated paypal, google maps, contact content make it a nice place for people just getting started on the web. Though it is a “flash site” that is created so it wont show up well in current search engine content. Search engines still have issues with crawling and ranking flash sites.

  33. HotnCold08 says

    I am currently using WIX to make websites I find it really user-friendly and playful as most of the websites are made of flash. Thanks for this info I would definitely check up on others.

  34. David says

    How useful is this?
    Awesome, well done on the post.
    Wish I’d known about a few of the above before embarking on some of the sites I have set up

    Well done on the collation and presentation. ‘Hats off’ in a salute!

    Have a great day

    David

  35. Thierry Ruiz says

    Best compilation so far. Thanks a lot for listing doTemplate among this cool tools.

  36. says

    Very comprehensive list. I wouldn’t consider some of these websites though. HubPages, Squidoo, Knol.. these are just single content pages with third party framework.

    Surprised to see Angelfire, wonder what they’ve changed since 1997 :D

  37. Powen says

    Wow, what a list! Really glad that Jimdo made it on there :-)

    The feature we just launched last week that might be of interest is the online store. It’s totally easy (just as easy as the rest of Jimdo) to add items to a store and start selling stuff on your website.

    If you have any feedback, Mark, or anyone else, we’re always happy to hear on ways we can improve.

    Powen

  38. Nishant's Blog says

    Really nice collection there Mark. I really understand the effort and time u’ve put into to it, but its worth it !

  39. says

    Great post, thanks!

    I am focusing on very small, hyper-local businesses that are still weary of the internet, or are just starting to get their feet wet. I’ll check these out, some look like they would be a great to recommend as a next step.

  40. says

    A really great selection. Very useful info. I’m actually using wix an pretty happy with that so far. Though sometimes some more flexibility in terms of being able to access the code for more customization won’t hurt.

  41. says

    Thanks, Mark, for mentioning Moogo in the list! We are constantly developing the service by adding new features and designs, we really appreciate all our users who have made awesome looking websites.

    Among the newest features everyone will be soon able to make a mobile site with Moogo. We believe it is really going to be great addition to our already existing features. We will announce it on our homepage (http://moogo.com).

    All the best,

    Helena @Moogo

  42. says

    Great article.

    If I may add… our tool is free for any designer to build websites for their clients. It’s a professional tool — not based on templates — and no programming is involved. The client is the one who pays a very reasonable monthly fee for the hosting and the ability to manage all the content. The design can be easily modified at any time.

    If anyone is interested in checking us out and getting a free demo, please go to http://www.yourwebdepartment.com

    We already have several designers and studios on board, not just here in Canada but around the world, creating hundreds of sites for their clients.

    Thanks!