How any business can build a website. Quick ways to create a website, and how to build a website for free.
If you are considering starting a business, you will need a website. This can seem daunting, but the good news is that these days it is easy to build a smart website that fits your needs.
In this article we’ll outline the best website building packages for non-technical types. Need to make a great website? You’ve come to the right place. All of the packages we describe here are what is known as ‘WYSIWYG’, or ‘wizzywig’. That means that you don’t need any coding skills or technical knowledge.
Each also takes care of the hosting of your website, so you don’t need to know about that, either. Nor buying a domain name and URL.
Let’s get into it: here are the best website-building packages for everyone.
How to build a website: SquareSpace
SquareSpace is the current Daddy of the easy-to-use website builder world. It is beyond easy to use, getting you straight into building via a drag-and-drop interface. SquareSpace prides itself on ease of use, loads of features, and quality of design. And it is certainly true that it is possible to have a great-looking and full-featured website live within minutes.
That’s because SquareSpace does domain name registration and web hosting as well as web design. The down side to this? Cost. All in registering a domain and setting your site live will cost you around $12 a month, depending on the name and the features you need. But if you need a genuinely professional looking website and you don’t have any web-design or building skills SquareSpace is about as good as it gets.
Best of all it offers a no-quibble two-week free trial. So there really is no reason not to try SquareSpace.
Find out more: https://www.squarespace.com
How to build a website: Wix
Wix goes one-step better even than SquareSpace, offering a free website builder forever, built with drag and drop wysiwyg templated design. Hosting, and domain-name registration cost more, however. And despite offering unlimited pages the free service is quite limited, with only 500MB of storage and Wix brand ads.
Still, if you own a domain name you can get a simple site live for just £2.55 a month. Plans that include domains scale through £5.16 a month for a personal site, and £7.76 for a professional site. eCommerce costs £10.10 a month, and the full bells and whistles VIP site with 20GB storage costs £15.57 a month.
Good-looking and relatively inexpensive Wix is worth your attention.
Find out more: http://www.wix.com/
How to build a website: WordPress
WordPress is the big beast of the self-build, self-host world of websites. Lots of professional, big brand sites are built on WordPress sites. At its simplest WordPress lets you get a blog online in minutes.
If you want a more sophisticated site you can add your own registered domain name and hosting. Design is not as immediately easy or flexible as it is with Wix or SquareSpace, but WordPress is great for those who want to get their hands dirty. There are tonnes of plugins and third-party widgets that allow you to build the perfect site.
A basic blog is free forever, and a simple hosted website with a custom domain name costs only £2.50 a month. Scale up to Premium for £7.08 a month, and Business for £20.83.
Find out more: https://wordpress.com/create/
How to build a website: Weebly
Weebly is another drag-and-drop website builder for which you don’t need to know a line of code. It really is as simple as selecting a template and then using a simple tool to build your site. There are myriad themes and styles, and all the features you would need including e-commerce and business features.
If you own your own domain name you can set up a site for free, forever. A fiver a month gets you a personal site with a domain name. A business site costs £17 a month and a fully fledged e-store £33. All require a one-year commitment.
Find out more: https://www.weebly.com
How to build a website: MrSite
MrSite was the original drag-and-drop website builder, and it is still worth checking out. But where once it led the field it is now looking a little shabby around the edges. Mainly because of the account limitations.
You need to provide your own domain name, but set up is easy. For £2.50 a month you get a tiny site with four pages and 50MB of web space. Move up to £5 a month and you get 20 web pages and 500MB. And a tenner means 75 pages and 1GB.
Find out more: http://www.mrsite.com/
How to build a website: 123Reg
123Reg is, as the name suggests, principally a domain-name registration company. But these days it offers pretty good options for those looking to get online.
Basically you buy your name, and then select some or all of 123Reg’s own Website Builder tool (£4.99 a month), and then to use WordPress or 123Reg’s own hosting, at £2.99 or £2.49 a month. All the prices are ex VAT, which shows the business focus here. Basically, if you run a small business and need a simple web presence, this is worth your consideration.
Find out more: https://www.123-reg.co.uk/
How to build a website: 1and1 Internet
1and1 is another web host and domain-name seller that offers a wide range of features for small businesses looking to get online. Hosting and website building both start at a tiny 99p per month ex VAT. And there are other useful features such as 1and1’s own local listings.
Like 123Reg this is a service mainly aimed at local businesses who need a simple but effective website without having to put in too much effort.
Find out more: https://www.1and1.co.uk/
How to build a website: Moonfruit
Moonfruit takes us back to the world of drag-and-drop templated website building. But we are in the somewhat limited world of MrSite rather than the newbies such as SquareSpace. Four quid a month gets you a basic site with up to five pages and – impressively – a 20-product store. Stretch up to £8 a month and the pages become unlimited, with 1GB storage and a store of up to 50 products.
Find out more: https://www.moonfruit.com/
How to build a website: SimpleSite.com
SimpleSite really is simple, and also totally free for simple sites. Probably the very easiest way to get online in a very short time is using its site-building wizard. The number of templates and themes is limited, but that might be a good thing if you are leery of technology. Prices scale up to $11.95 a month for business sites and $29.95 a month for online stores.
Find out more: http://www.simplesite.com/
How to build a website: GoDaddy
GoDaddy is another internet domain registrar and web hosting company that doubles as a website builder. Personal websites cost £4.99 a month and offer unlimited pages and 1GB storage, but no mobile site. Small business sites have more design options and 10GB of disk space at £8.99, and the top level option is £12.99 for more storage.
Find out more: https://uk.godaddy.com