How to Build a Website for Free – Forbes Advisor
Once you’ve chosen a website builder, the next steps are simple. First, you will create an account using your email, Google or Facebook account. You may be prompted to specify the type of website you’re creating, such as an e-commerce store or a personal blog.
Create an account with Wix
If you choose Wix, you’ll be asked a series of questions, including what type of website you’re building and whether you’ve ever created one. Then you can choose between creating your website with Wix ADI (artificial design intelligence) or a template. The Wix ADI route is faster and less personalized. After answering a few questions, they’ll create a full website for you with custom images and text that you provide. The template route still gives you a lot of structure for your website, but plenty of customization options so you can design your website the way you want.
Create an account with Weebly
Once you have created an account, you will be asked if you want to create a website for business or personal use. On Weebly, you can only create a free website if it is for personal use. When choosing a personal website, you will be asked to select a theme.
Weebly offers different themes depending on the focus of your site, such as company portfolio, personal, event, and blog. Once registered, you will be redirected to the Weebly website editor. This is where you will build your website, from images to text. Depending on the theme you have chosen, certain elements will generally remain in place (titles or fonts for example) but all other aspects of the site will be customizable.
Finally, when you’re happy with your website and want to publish it, click “publish” and select your domain name. The free version will have Weebly in the URL (e.g. www.mybusinessname.weebly.com), while Weebly will offer suggestions for the paid versions if your proposed domain name is taken.
Create an account with WordPress
WordPress will ask you to create an account with your name, email and username. Next, you will be asked to find a domain. Using the same example, when you search for “mybusinessname”, WordPress will provide you with available alternatives that you can purchase.
The completely free version will look like this: www.mybusinessname6838183.wordpress.com. Of course, it’s not exactly pretty or easy to remember, which is good to keep in mind and may make Weebly or Wix a more desirable choice.