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3 Tips for Building a Free Website

Not sure where to begin when building a website? The good news is, most free website builders are great options if you want to start simple, and they offer varying levels of upgrade packages as you scale your site.

These tools were created with non-technical users in mind and provide easy-to-use templates that let you point and click your way to a new website.

Building a successful site using these tools can be even easier by following these three steps before you get started:

1. Identify Your Website Needs 2. Pick a Domain Name 3. Select the Right Website Builder

1. Identify Your Website Needs

Websites can be as simple as a one-page flyer for your business, or as sophisticated as a multimedia marketing and sales hub - make sure to determine your must-haves before you begin.

Generally, what is included in a free package versus a premium package will vary from provider to provider, so knowing what you need now – and what you might need later – will help narrow down the list of potential website builders.

2. Pick a Domain Name

Your domain name (e.g., JudysGoodies.net) will be your virtual address, and your online identity, on the web. Try to come up with a descriptive and memorable domain name that represents the essence of your business and choose a domain extension that is highly recognized and trusted1, such as .net.

Although some website builders suggest skipping this step (and instead offer to host your site using their domain name), we recommend putting your website on your own domain name for the following reasons:

  • Gives you a consistent web address so customers can easily find you, even if you switch website providers
  • Provides a memorable web address to use for marketing
  • Enables you to have a branded, professional email address that includes your domain name

Don’t overlook brainstorming domain names with family and friends; this method has helped many small business owners. Or try our domain name brainstorming tool here.

Don’t overlook brainstorming domain names with family and friends; this method has helped many small business owners.

3. Select the Right Website Builder

Make sure to do your research! We recommend taking time to compare a few different website builders and carefully consider the premium packages. You never know – you might end up scaling your website with them in the future!

Remember, not all tools are created equal, and selecting the right website builder for your needs may save you time and frustration down the line. Many of the companies that offer domain name registration services also offer free website builders, or you can simply do an internet search for 'free site builders' to find available tools to help you now.

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