What is the Best Free Website Builder?
When it comes to creating your website, you want to be sure that you choose a platform that will provide you with everything that you need. So, what is the best free website builder? The answer to this question is going to depend on you and what you want to do with your website.
However, we are going to determine as we go throughout this article the best free website builders that are available. Then, you can let me know what you think.
SiteRubix is the first on my list for the best free website builder because I have had the opportunity to personally use this platform. This website builder is powered by WealthyAffiliate.com which is an affiliate marketing training community.
Creating a website with Siterubix is a unique and different experience as it offers something that many other website builders do not; training, 24/7 support, and tools for enhancing your site.
Siterubix websites are responsive which means they are mobile ready. More than 75% of my website visitors are on smartphones or tablets so it is crucial that the platform being used is fast for mobile users or they will leave your site.
Another Siterubix benefit is that there are thousands of professional themes to choose from as well as the ability to add functionalities as your website grows and evolves.
With Siterubix you can build your website in minutes. There is no coding that you need to learn. You can build your own simple website or premium websites which are on your own domains. Siterubix is the whole package as their websites are built on a WordPress platform and very user-friendly. Not only do you get an awesome website, you are also enrolled as a Wealthy Affiliate Starter member which opens up a world of access to training for online business and how you can make yours evolve.
The second on my list for the best free website builder is WordPress. I am probably a bit partial to this platform because I use it on my websites, and for good reason. WordPress is very user-friendly which makes it easy to use for those who are not comfortable with technology.
This platform can be used to create virtually any type of site such as social networks, membership sites, eCommerce store, forums, etc. Get this, WordPress has over 10,000 themes to choose from and 50k free plugins that can be used to add features to your website. That is more than enough as far as options go.
There are 2 different WordPress platforms, WordPress.org and WordPress.com. There are many differences that set the two apart. WordPress.org is self-hosted and is the worlds most popular website building platform and is used by 31% of all websites and for a very good reason.
In a nutshell, WordPress.org has far more functionality and fewer restrictions than WordPress.com. With WordPress.org you can customize your themes, add plugins, showcase ads, and it is your responsibility to manage your domain. With WordPress.com you have no access to branding, plugins, and limited SEO and theme support.
If you want more details about the differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com click here. I have also written a detailed review article about WordPress and all their benefits, you can check out my WordPress review by clicking here.
Overall, I think that WordPress.org is the superior product which gives you the option of scalability whereas WordPress.com is far more limited. Both are great platforms because they are WordPress.
There is another free website builder that I cannot leave out, it is Weebly. The interface is user-friendly with a drag & drop builder to use when designing your website. There is no need to learn any coding skills, the drag & drop builder makes sure of that.
All Weebly’s plans come are fully hosted and come with SSL security so you don’t have to pay for those separately. Weebly does have some limited features; storage is limited to 500mb and there are Weebly branded ads. Another thing that you should be aware of is that Weebly charges a 3% transaction fee on eCommerce sites when purchases are made. This applies to all plans except for the Business plan.
Next up is Wix, which is another very popular website platform. One great feature about Wix is that it has its own hosting, so you will not need to pay separately for web hosting as you do for many other website builders.
This platform has over 500 templates that you can choose from as well as apps that can be added for more functionality. There is a drag and drop website builder that is easy to use for many.
There is an unappealing feature that comes with all Wix plans. They have Wix branded ads that cannot be removed unless you upgrade to the Combo or Unlimited plan.
Wix’s free plan may not have sufficient storage or bandwidth because it is limited to 500MB storage and 1GB of bandwidth. With the premium plans, you will have unlimited bandwidth and up to 50GB of storage.
GoDaddy is a large, well-known name as they are known for servicing domain names and web hosting. The website builder is an easy-to-use drag & drop block layout. The websites are professional and have a photo gallery integrated with photos that can be used for your website designs from Getty Photography.
Although the websites produced on this platform are of a professional caliber, the features are limited, and you will not have the flexibility that you have on other platforms that are on this list. For websites that are rich with content, I would go with another platform like WordPress so you have more functionality and control. Additionally, if you ever decide you want to move your website from the GoDaddy platform moving your website from GoDaddy to another platform such as WordPress can prove to be quite difficult.
GoDaddy does offer a free trial so you can build your websites for free, however, you will have to pay a monthly fee which includes your hosting and support.
My Final Thoughts
In this article, I have outlined for you some of the pros and cons of just a few website builders that you can choose from. In my opinion, WordPress, Weebly, Wix, and GoDaddy are all great website building platforms, however, I do have a favorite.
So, what is the best free website builder? Hands down I would have to say that WordPress is the best platform available. I love the flexibility and control that I have in designing my domains. I also love being able to add a plugin to acquire a new functionality if my domain does not currently possess the ability to perform a specific task.
I do use the WordPress that is self-hosted so yes, I am responsible for the hosting on my sites, however, I also have that more than covered. I am a member of Wealthy Affiliate’s online community so, with my membership, my web hosting, SSL, websites, and domains are included as well as many other features. If you want to know how I get web hosting, web security, and website support for free click here.
I know the best website builder for me is WordPress. What is the best free website builder for you based on the information that you have read? I would love to hear your feedback. If you have any further questions, comments, or anything that you would like to add please feel free to do so.