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Top 10 Quick Website Builders

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Web Development

With the ongoing growth of the Internet, trends in website hosting and design have seen significant progress in terms of quality of services offered and their value for money. Today only those who are not well informed still pay huge amounts of money to web designers and then later spend a fortune in monthly fees for a webmaster to update their website. Fortunately, there is no need for that anymore. Easy online website design is available to anyone.

Now there are quite a few online services that offer free website builders, quick and complete website solutions, fully customizable and designed not only to accommodate every customer need, but to suit every pocket. Actually, most of the services listed here offer a free basic account that still lets you take advantage of numerous features of a professionally designed web site.

  1. Wix

    Wix is a simple yet powerful platform to make flash websites, myspace layouts, widgets, newsletters, banners, flyers, etc. No downloads or programming needed. With a simple click, drag and drop you can arrange the layout of your pages, their design and content. Although Wix websites are flash, they are fully compatible with search engines. You can host your own domain, and hosting is also free. Wix seems to be geared towards the designers, photographers and musicians.

    Wix

  2. Homestead

    Homestead is one of the pioneers in quick and complete website solutions, and they’ve stayed on top by keeping up with the trends. They offer a comprehensive solution for various online needs. With their award winning website building software, affordable web hosting and toll-free customer support, Homestead makes it easy to build a website. They also offers several types of inexpensive e-commerce solutions, so you can build an e-business from scratch, or easily take your existing business online.

    Homestead provides everything you need, including online catalogs, shopping cart, real-time transaction processing, integration with eBay, custom shipping tables, support for instant PayPal payments and much more. And if you need real-time credit card processing, high-end inventory management or sophisticated supply chain communication, a Homestead Storefront can meet your needs.

    Most impressive are the online tools to help you increase your website traffic. Homestead SearchLight package uses advanced website promotion techniques, including search engine submissions and advertising on Google, Yahoo and MSN.

    Homestead

  3. Site Build It!

    If you are looking for a way to set up your small business online, and have little or no experience on the Internet, Site Build It! is probably the best solution. It is a reputable company that has been online since 1997, helping hundreds of thousands of regular people build online businesses.

    Site Build It! is the all-in-1 package designed specifically for small business owners. It gives you the tools necessary to create a professional online presentation of your business and provides a platform to easily run your web site and online sales. Step-by-step video and written instructions guide you every step of the way. Overall, it is very easy to use, point and click through any web browser.

    You can get SBI! 2.0 for USD $299 for one full year, or for US $29.99 per month. All SBI! software updates are free and automatic. Support and business-building assistance are available 24×7, and there are the “help and be helped” SBI! forums, a very active community of success oriented entrepreneurs.

    Site Build It!

  4. Weebly

    Weebly was featured in many popular newspapers and magazines, and was named one of TIME’s 50 Best Websites of the year in 2007. Its powerful drag & drop editor makes it easy to build a website in minutes, there are many content elements, powerful blogging features, and hosting is included in the FREE account. Best of all, there is no advertising. You can even host your own domain at no extra charge.

    Weebly

  5. Get My Website

    Get My Website is one of the big guys in the business. They have multiple solutions to fit various individual needs, like alumni, community, real estate, restaurant, church, etc. Each website type has specific built in widgets, such as calendar, coupons, directory, and shopping cart which utilize databases to maintain the information you enter. The content management system is so easy to use that you have the ability to create and maintain custom pages.

    Get My Website is successful also because their customer support is really good, and can be reached on a toll free number or by email. If you want to try them out, go for the free website trial offer.

    GetMyWebsite

    Get My Website

  6. Webs

    Webs offers three different website types: personal, business, and organization (group), and over 300 templates to choose from.  Once you make your website, you can easily add a blog, forum, calendar, photo gallery, video gallery and much more. You can even turn your site into a social network, add members and create personal profiles so you can turn your site into a community where friends, colleagues and family can connect and collaborate. If you need to set up a web store, you can upload multiple images, set your prices, and collect payment via PayPal and/or Google Checkout.

    Webs

  7. Yola.com

    Yola offers critically-acclaimed, easy-to-use tools and web hosting in free and paid packages. Yola free builder will still allow you to make professional looking websites. It comes with a variety of built-in features. You can choose from over 100 customizable website templates, add online forms, google maps, pictures, videos, etc. Furthermore, the Yola widgetbox provides more than 60,000 widgets so you can pimp up your site nicely. The only downside relates to Yola shopping cart; you can only use PayPal to sell items. Finally, Yola offers great customer support with online tutorials, videos, and webinars. They also offer 24/7 online help available on every web hosting plan.

    Yola

  8. Viviti

    Among the easy website builders, Viviti stands out as the easiest one. It was designed to let you edit your website while looking at it, right in your browser.

    Viviti serves personal blogs, small business websites, news portals, bands, churches, pet groomers, artists, musicians, etc. With over 175 themes and a huge selection of applications and widgets, they are enabling people to create and maintain great looking dynamic websites.

    viviti

    Viviti

  9. XSitePro

    This is one website builder with quite a following. XSitePro is a powerful website designer software product, easy enough for the beginners, and geared toward business owners, affiliate marketers, adsense site builders, website designers, educational users, information marketers, etc. Straightforward design interface gives you complete page control, there are hundreds of website templates, and there is no limit to how many sites you can create.

    XSitePro

  10. SnapMonkey

    SnapMonkey claims to offer more features than any other site builder on the Internet. Among those are multimedia, calendar, contacts, feedback forms, mailing lists, message boards, Q&A page, redirects page, polling booth,  etc, etc. You can choose from over 1200 pre-formatted templates, and there is an integrated shopping cart that accepts PayPal or credit card processing.

    SnapMonkey

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About Dubie Bacino

Always on the lookout for new, original and innovative, Dubie loves spotting upcoming trends in cyber culture, discovering useful tools and innovative start-ups and inventions. To the Google+ crowd, she is known as the curator of stunning photography.

Comments

  1. good selection of sites!

  2. Isabella_OTeam says:

    Another great website building service is Microsoft Office Live Small Business. It is template-based, so no knowledge of code is necessary. It is also inexpensive and ad free, which cannot be said for most free website hosting services. With Office Live Small Business, you can also set up an e-mail account that is affiliated with your website. To learn more about Office Live Small Business, check out http://smallbusiness.officelive.com/en-us/.

    Cheers,
    Isabella
    MSFT Office Live Outreach Team

  3. collans says:

    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of providing a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

  4. Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  5. Tommie Galbiso says:

    Hello, I’m trying to find things to improve my website! I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

  6. This really answered the problem I had, thank you!

  7. This is a great find for me. I am a total newbie here, just got myself a domain and was looking for the cheapest option to make a quick website. This list sure helps. Thanks!

  8. Great selection, Keep up the Good work.

    thanks

  9. Hurrah, that’s what I was exploring for, what a stuff!
    present here at this blog, thanks admin of this site.

  10. Excelent list, but you should try http://www.site.pro and you will see how good responsive builder can be. It is very easy to use and it is free.

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