Build a Website on a Small Business Budget
Just because you’re a small business doesn’t mean you need to settle for a bad website.
There are a lot of free website builder tools out there for you to use. Here, we walk you through five of the more notable choices to give you an overview of what’s out there.
Free Website Builder Tools
These five website builder tools offer free plans that can provide a simple website for your small business. Here they are:
Yola is a solid choice for anyone looking to create a professional business website. There are, however, always two sides to consider before making a decision.
Let’s get started with some of the good things about Yola:
- Site Creation Wizard – This Yola tool gets your 3-page website up and running in around 30 minutes.
- Customize … or not! – Yola’s website builder tool features a drag-and-drop format, making it easy to customize your own hierarchy of content blocks. Yola can also automatically create a very simple website for you.
- No ads – There won’t be any third-party ads on your site with Yola’s free plan.
Although there are benefits to choosing Yola, there are some drawbacks to Yola’s free plan:
- Just three pages – Depending on your business, three pages might not be enough!
- No blog – Blogs are great for SEO and can drive tons of organic traffic to a website. With the free plan, you won’t have enough pages to create a blog.
- Yola branding – On the free plan, Yola brands each page on your website. In order to get rid of this branding you’ll need to upgrade to a paid plan.
Webnode boasts 30 million users, making it one of the more prominent website building tools. Let’s explore the positives of Webnode’s free plan:
- Multilingual –Webnode supports more than 20 languages.
- SEO – Webnode has resources for helping website owners boost their SEO; it automatically creates a sitemap and allows for enough pages to create a blog. You can also customize title tags, meta-descriptions and URLs.
Some drawbacks of Webnode’s free plan:
- Basic blog – The blog feature, while more than what Yola offers, isn’t anything special. There’s no option for allowing comments or tagging posts. Categorizing posts is also difficult.
- Limited features – No chat or telephone support integration and no native newsletter tool. There are only three levels of website navigation. It’s also missing social integrations and a search bar.
A big name in website tools, Weebly offers a free plan as well as three paid plans, putting it right up there with Webnode in terms of options.
There are some pretty cool aspects of using Weebly’s free plan:
- Responsive themes – Weebly’s themes translate well for mobile browsing.
- App center – Add additional features (native to Weebly or third-party) to your website. This is where Yola and Webnode are primarily lacking in comparison with Weebly.
- Team integration – If you’re not the only one working on this website, Weebly allows you to assign editors and control access to certain content.
These characteristics sound awesome, right? Before you make your final decision, here are a few drawbacks to Weebly:
- Design flexibility – While Weebly offers a large number of free templates, not all of these templates are easily customized.
- Can’t go international – Where Webnode exceled, Weebly falters. Weebly does not have a multi-language feature. In fact, it sometimes even blocks traffic from certain countries!
WebStarts is a website builder tool geared toward the more technical among us. While you don’t have to be a software developer to use WebStarts, it’s a little more complicated than the other tools mentioned here.
Here are some of the good things about WebStarts:
- Image editor – WebStarts offers a very inclusive editor, allowing you to edit lighting, effects, blemishes and filters.
- Great support –24/7 support, video tutorials, live chat, phone support and more.
- Unlimited pages – Compare this with tools like Yola and Webnode. Think of all the blog posts you can publish!
The downside of WebStarts:
- Steep learning curve – WebStarts’ editor is complex and cluttered.
- Ads – With the free plan, ads appear on every one of your web pages.
- SEO – WebStarts doesn’t offer a quality SEO tool. In order to have access to SEO, you have to belong to the $40 Business Plan.
Wix arguably has the most features out of all the free website tools we’ve covered. Its paid plans can get pricey, but your simple business website should be fine on the free plan.
Some of the great features of Wix’s free plan:
- Templates – Wix does a great job offering aesthetically pleasing designs for a number of different industries.
- App market – Add apps like newsletter tools and live chat bots to your website from the app market.
- Automatic backup – Your website and editing history are stored on the cloud, and can be restored at any time!
There are some drawbacks to choosing Wix:
- Price – For those who may need to upgrade to one of Wix’s paid plans, you may want to consider a cheaper website tool.
- Flexibility – Once you choose a template, you’re pretty much stuck with it.
As a business owner, you’re free to choose how you want to create your website. If you want to hire a professional designer to add that extra flair to your small business website, PointA can help. With our small business services, we’re able to meet your website needs and fit inside your small business budget. For any website or small business concerns, reach out to PointA today.
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