5 Easy Website Builders for Your Small Business or Freelance Site

Building your own WebSite!

A recent small business study from Yodle revealed some startling findings: 52 percent of small businesses don’t currently have a website.

What makes this so surprising? Not only is a website an essential tool for marketing any business, but there are plenty of easy-to-use site building tools, ranging from inexpensive to free, that make creating a professional-looking website a snap.

If you’re not happy with your current freelance or small business website—or you don’t have one yet—take a look at these full-featured services to find out if one of them is right for you.

SnapPages

This DIY website builder comes with a drag-and-drop page editor and a large library of website themes and customizations—colors, fonts, typography, and more. There’s also a sizable collection of social plugins and an integrated blogging platform.

Cost: Free for limited pages and file storage with SnapPages branding; $8 per month for a Pro account with a personal domain, extra features, and more.

Squarespace

Designed especially for businesses, Squarespace comes with a 14-day trial that includes a free domain. A user-friendly interface allows you to add pages, customize font and colors to match your brand, and integrate an ecommerce store. There’s also a full blog platform, social media integration, analytics, a built-in mobile website, and more.

Cost: Starts at $8 per month, up to $24 per month for fully integrated ecommerce, advanced options, and unlimited features.

Jigsy

At once website builder and content management system, Jigsy has a drag-and-drop editor for simple page creation, and unique designs with mobile-friendly templates. Blogging, photo sharing, drag-and-drop ecommerce, and more are included.

Cost: Free for a single website with advertisements and limited storage. Ad-free Pro memberships with unlimited features and storage are $8.25 per month.

Wix

This free website builder comes with a huge library of slick, professional website templates, and many selections that are designed with types of businesses in mind—restaurants, sellers, service providers, consultants, and many more. The drag-and-drop editor allows integration with a wide range of web apps for social media and comments, online stores, email marketing tools, live chat, and more.

Cost: Ad-supported Wix websites are free, with ad-free plans starting at $8.25 per month.

WordPress

Perhaps the most popular platform for building websites, both WordPress.com and WordPress.org offer fully featured website tools that include practically everything you’ll ever need for your site. For those who lack technical skill, WordPress.com is often the better choice—it’s an easy drag-and-drop interface with premade templates, while WordPress.org is a platform that requires a domain host (though the platform itself is just as easy to use).

Cost: The WordPress platform is free, and there are hundreds of free templates to choose from. While free domains are WordPress branded (yoursite.wordpress.com), you can purchase a personal domain through WordPress starting at $18.00 per year. There are also premium templates available for a one-time fee, typically starting at $75.

 

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