If you’re a small business without a website, I have one question for you: What the hell are you waiting for? If the idea of high costs or technical know-how is still stopping you, then you need to pay attention to the list below. These are my top five free or inexpensive easy-to-use web building services that can get you up and running your own website in minutes!
No. 1 – WordPress
My all-time favorite. I’ve written countless times about my love affair with WordPress and how it can be used not only for your blog, but for your company website. The platform is incredibly easy to use and comes complete with a wide selection of templates and widgets, site traffic stats, spam filtering, and much more. And it’s all free. You can have a site up and running in less than 5 minutes.
No. 2 – Weebly
Weebly lets you create a free website and blog in little time. It has an incredibly easy drag-and-drop interface, and offers lots of design templates and themes to choose from, as well as free domain hosting. Add pictures, videos, music, documents, and photos with ease.
No. 3 – Bravenet
Want to add message forums, online calendars, guestbooks, or other web tools to your website? Check out Bravenet. Bravenet offers these and lots more, along with free hosting and optional professional hosting. You can either build a pre-existing website and upload it through FTP to Bravenet to host, or use Viviti, their drag-and-drop site builder and content manager to build your site with them.
No.4 – Wix
Looking to build a stunning Flash website for free? Then Wix is your answer. Simple drag-and-drop editor, lots of customizable Flash templates to choose from, and apparently search engine friendly – I don’t have proof that it is, but very important when building Flash sites, which are notoriously unfriendly to search engines.
No. 5 – Squarespace
Okay, this service is not free but it’s damn good so I’ve included it here. Starting at $8 per month, Squarespace offers you a fully hosted and highly professional custom looking websites that are easy to build. If you’re looking for greater control over the look and feel, as well as the content of your website, Squarespace is the right choice. Celebrities like Jamie Kennedy, Dane Cook and Kevin Pollak use it, as well as fashion giant Marc Ecko Enterprises.
Rajan is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BIG Marketing for Small Business. He's an award-winning marketing strategist who is passionate about branding, digital marketing and social media. He spent nearly a decade as the marketing executive at global IT firm Peer 1 Hosting and was instrumental in their explosive growth.