Creating a website used to be the domain (geddit?) of professional designers and coders, but thanks to free website builders, these days it’s something anyone can tackle.
The problem is that there are so many website creation applications and services vying for attention that it can be difficult to know which one to opt for – this is where we can help.
We’ve collated the very best free quick website builders available, including a mixture of offline software and online tools. It’s usually quicker, easier and more efficient to create and edit a site entirely online with a WYSIWYG editor, but if you want complete control over every aspect of your site’s design and hosting, you’ll need a desktop-based free website builder.
So whether you’re looking to create a site for your business, a new blog or you just fancy creating an online presence for yourself, here are the best website builders to help you out.
The easiest way to build a website, with a wizard and a WYSIWYG editor
Wix offers you two ways to build your website. Both involve creating it online, and both are as quick and painless as possible.
The simplest option is to use the Wix ADI (Artificial Design Intelligence) website builder which will guide you through a series of questions before automatically creating a site for you. There is scope for customization, but the focus here is really on fast results for anyone who is terrified of designing websites.
WordPress is ideal for static sites, portfolios, online stores and blogs
Causing a slight degree of confusion, there are actually two different versions of WordPress. The more complex version can be downloaded from wordpress.org, and you will need to upload it to your own web space and install it using the automated online installer. You can then customize the templates and use add-ons to make the site your own. T
Ideal for hand-coding, Free HTML Editor is packed with time-saving extras
CoffeeCup Free HTML Editor is one of a dying breed of web building programs that don’t use a CMS (content management system). While not in the same league as the likes of Adobe Dreamweaver, Free HTML Editor packs quite a professional punch. With split screen code/preview views, it’s possible to see the effect the changes you make have straight away.
Another free website builder with online and offline versions
Joomla is a well-known name in the CMS world. It may not be as popular as WordPress, but it offers the same two options: build a site using the web app at joomla.com and having it hosted on the company’s servers, or download the software from joomla.org and host it yourself.