Free Web Sites

  • Below we review services that provide free Web sites on the Internet.
  • Producing a Web site is less complicated than people imagine. And with so many FREE services that automate the process, even inexperienced users can produce a site worthy of an audience.
  • With the services below, you don't need to learn code or even have a flair for graphic design.
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Website.com

Website.com

At Website.com, you can set up an attractive, functional website at no cost. The service is an easy to use website builder that requires little to zero technical prowess. It comes with a variety of templates to suit different industries and uses. The “free” plan supports 10 website pages, 1GB data transfer, and 500MB storage. Please note: the “free” plan is advert-supported. Commercial upgrades are available.

Site123

Site123

This easy-to-use website builder lets you create a basic personal site free of charge. If you’ve ever wanted to dabble in setting up your own blog or something more exotic, Site123 is a decent starting point. You can choose from loads of attractive mobile-friendly templates and then customise them to meet your needs. Need more features? You can upgrade. The “free” plan is limited to 250MB storage and 250MB data transfer.

new Jimdo Website Builder

Jimdo

The basic “free” plan at Jimdo lets you create a simple, free subdomain website (yourname.jimdosite.com). It includes 500MB storage space, 2GB of data transfer, a limit of 5 pages, https encryption, and access to templates. This free plan is supported by advertisements. Commercial upgrades are available that give you access to customer support and allow you to connect a top level domain name.

Wix

Wix.com

If like many people, you want to set up a simple website, but struggle with the technical aspects, try Wix.com, the stylish and easy way to establish a quick Web presence, whether that be for personal or business use. This free, advertisement-supported service includes a “drag and drop” editor requiring no technical expertise, plus hundreds of ready made templates.

Yola

Yola

Do you want to set up your own personal or business website? Yola makes it quick and easy to get started. The "free" plan offers 1GB of storage, a mobile-ready 2-page design, and a Yola subdomain. There’s a wide range of attractive templates to choose from. Commercial plans are available and extend the functionality of the service (e.g. if you want to use your own domain name and have extra pages).

SimpleSite

SimpleSite.com

Want to establish a simple website but don’t have the technical know-how? You needn’t worry with SimpleSite. This provider lets you create a functional website in minutes. A wide range of attractive, mobile-friendly templates are available. The "free" plan is advert-supported and limits you to 15 pages, but you can unlock loads of other features, like unlimited images, access to every template, and a free domain name, all for a small monthly fee.

000Webhost

000Webhost

Free web hosts are few and far between nowadays, but 000Webhost by Hostinger is one of the exceptions. They offer a basic free hosting service for a small, single website. This includes a website builder, 300MB space, 3GB bandwidth/data transfer, 99% uptime, cPanel, and perks like PHP and MySQL support. The service is free from advertising. If you need more resources, commercial upgrades are available.

Strikingly

Strikingly

Strikingly’s “free” plan lets you set up an attractive and feature-rich website without having to code and design images. The free plan includes a "yourname.strikingly.com" web address, 5 GB monthly data transfer, 500 MB storage limit, and free customer support. Various ready-made templates are available for different types of sites. Upgrade to gain even more functionality.

Weebly

Weebly

Do you want to create a functional website free of charge? At Weebly, anyone can create a website, and no technical skills are required. Just "drag and drop" the elements to create your page. The service supports websites, blogs and online shops. You can be publishing online within minutes and add your own content and photographs to personalise the look and feel of the pages.

Webnode

Webnode

A polished (and free) online website builder with over 20 million users. If setting up your own personal or business site leaves you scratching your head, give Webnode a try. With this free service you can have a fully functioning site with minimal hassle. With over 200 template designs, selecting the look of your site is easy, then it’s simply a case of moving elements to their required position.

Neocities

Neocities

This free website service has over 120,000 members and aims to bring back “the lost individual creativity of the web” by offering free personal homepages. Sign-up to create a website on any topic you like, edit the code, upload files or select from templates. Better still, since Neocities is funded entirely by donations and supporters, it is entirely free from advertising.

WordPress

WordPress.com

Are you looking to set up a personal or small business website? WordPress.com gives you all the tools you’ll need to establish a remotely hosted, feature-rich site, free of charge. It’s fast, easy-to-use and achieves excellent results. WordPress.com lets you quickly set up a free website without the need to download and install the popular WordPress CMS (Content Management System) software.

Free Websites & Hosting: Frequently Asked Questions

There are several providers online that let you set up a website free of charge. If you operate a business, an appealing, functional website is vital to help you attract customers. But you might also want to set up a site for other purposes. Typical examples include a blog to cover your interests, a CV/resume site to help you enhance your career, a sports/activity club site, or even a hobby site. A number of providers also make the storage and presentation of photographs a breeze. Below, we outline some frequently asked questions covering free websites and hosting.

I have no technical knowledge. Can I still set up a website?

Nowadays, you don’t need to have bags of technical know-how to set up and maintain a website. Most of the free providers will do the heavy lifting for you. In most cases, you will not need to write a single line of code. The only requirement is some basic Internet knowledge. If you can write and send an e-mail, you can set up and run a basic website.

What is a website builder and how can it help me?

Website builders are easy-to-use online tools that streamline the process of website design. In most cases, they allow you to “drag and drop” web page elements directly onto a page, enabling you to create any design you like. You can add images, text, headings, video clips, pricing tables, categories, and many other elements. The advantage is that you can create websites quickly without having to learn to code.

What limitations does free web hosting have?

Free hosting is cost-effective, especially for new websites and businesses. But it does have its limitations. What you gain on cost, you lose on flexibility. There may be restrictions on the amount of visitor traffic you can receive; you cannot take full control of every element of your pages, and you may be restricted in several technical areas (i.e. the provider may not permit you to install certain software on their systems). This is why most people eventually out-grow free hosting.

Can I use free website hosting for business?

For the most part, you can. But some free hosting providers may not permit business use in their terms and conditions. It is always best to check first before registration. If you operate a small business, it is likely you will not encounter any problems using free hosting. However, it may be worthwhile exploring some low-cost hosting options.

When it is worth paying for website hosting?

If you need plenty of flexibility with your hosting and know you want to expand your online project, it is best to choose commercial hosting at the outset. Paid hosting will usually be more reliable, faster, and feature-rich. That said, if you are just starting out and want to test the waters, free hosting can help you improve your design and development skills. If then you wish to move to a commercial provider, the jump will seem a lot less daunting.