Maybe you’re a freelancer and you need a "hire me" page with some portfolio samples. Or perhaps you have some products or services you want to sell—applying your talents to design jewelry, knit sweaters, paint portraits or do people's taxes in your spare time. Nearly everyone has a website (or at least a web page) today–but what’s less well known is this: only some of those folks shelled out their hard-earned cash to get it. If you want to begin building your web presence, free is always the best price. These totally free website builder tools have everything it takes to get you there.

1. Moonfruit

Moonfruit is a UK-based company with an international presence and ever-expanding base of satisfied customers. Their initial package is totally free as long as you’re okay with a bit of Moonfruit advertising on your site.

2. Wix

Wix has been written about in the likes of the New York Times for their fast, free, visually appealing web interface—and for its price (FREE). Wix is social media-friendly, easy to use with no coding necessary and comes complete with phone-based customer support.

3. Google Sites

Google Sites is part of the ever-expanding package of free services provided by the browser giant, Google. Google Sites requires a Google login and password and offers "from scratch" as well as template-based options. Your new Google Sites website also integrates seamlessly with Google Calendar, Google Documents and other popular tools—bonus!

4. Webstarts

Webstarts offers several pricing packages, including a KCL’s favorite—a free package! You get all the functionality of a paid site without paying for it, including the ability to customize your email and domain name (these may come with separate charges) and up to five webpages before charges kick in.

5. Jimdo

Jimdo has been written up by Inc., The Economist, U.S.A. Today and others. The site advertises a simple, three-step process for building your free site: sign up, create a password, and get started. What could be easier?

6. WordPress

No discussion of free website builders would be complete without including that megalith of all things web, WordPress. WordPress is a robust platform with a built-in following, which means you’ll get all the safety and security of pro-grade web services, plus the chance to network with other WordPress users.


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