Making Your Own Website for Free

My preferred free website host is Weebly.
My preferred free website host is Weebly. | Source

Free Website Hosts

There are probably dozens of hosts that offer free website construction, but I've found one I like and will stick with for now. That is Weebly. Weebly's site tools are fantastic. They are easy to use, fun to play around with and you practically get instant results. No need to pay someone to build your website. Simply set aside 1-2 hours and get started at Weebly.

Below is a list of free website hosts for you to compare:

  • www.wix.com/
  • www.webs.com/
  • www.moonfruit.com/
  • www.ucoz.com/
  • www.webstarts.com/
  • www.zoho.com/
  • www.intuit.com/


Weebly's Plan Options

Weebly offers 3 options. The first one is free and for me, that is all I need. The next 2 plan options charge a monthly fee but even so, these are small in comparison to other website hosts.

Free Hosting: Advertised as "Everything you need to create your own quality site." I agree! They do charge for use of pictures, (other than the ones built into the page design you've chosen) so you will need to find another source for that. I use my own pictures and use Free Digital Photos when I don't have a picture of something that I need. When doing this, you will need to attribute the photos according to copyright laws.

Starter: Advertised as "Adds custom branding options, expanded site stats & premium support." This option costs a whopping $4 per month!

Pro: Advertised as "The complete package. Our most powerful & professional features." This option is double what the starter option package costs, at $8 per month.

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Examples of Free Websites with Weebly

So far, I have created 2 free websites and am working on a 3rd one as well. They have been surprisingly easy to create taking less than 2 hours each. Here are a few tips should you decide to take the plunge and create your own free website.

  • You will create a unique domain name. When prompted to do this, you will be informed if your choice is already taken and will have to revise it, so have some names in mind.
  • You will also be given the option to purchase your site name, so that it does not contain the word weebly at the end. Example: www.dogsrus.weebly.com (free), www.dogsrus.com (cost to you). I just chose this name randomly, but they are both published sites! Interesting! Makes for a good comparison.
  • The tools on Weebly are drag and drop. You will automatically be prompted should they cost anything, so that you can easily stay with the tools that are free.
  • Once you choose a feature such as "text" and drag it into the space, you can click on it to get other options such as font, size and color.
  • Every change or addition automatically saves, so you do not have to worry about losing your work. You do need to click "Publish" for the changes/additions to show on the web when you go to your site.
  • Weebly will send you emails letting you know how your site is doing, such as how many visitors you've had. These emails contain an automatic logon button which is convenient to use, getting you to your sites for editing very quickly.

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LindaSmith1 3 years ago from USA

Weebly is great for those who do affiliate marketing and don't know what to do with the HTML codes provided by their merchants. Everything is drag and drop. Don't know HTML. Drag the HTML box down on your page, paste the code and you are done.

I think their prices are high compared to Host Gator and others.


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

LindaSmith, thanks for reading. I don't know HTML either, so anything that makes website creation easy is important to me. Take care!


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beaddve1800 3 years ago from Toronto

Personality, I have very bad experience of wix.com for my clients. I suggest people to use Wordpress / Weebly.


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

Thanks for your imput beaddv1800.


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Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

I see that some of your free hosting site has been tried before. I didn't know that some are still open and still available online.

Thanks for sharing this hub.


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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Free website hosting is such a great option for people who want to give website building a try. It's good to know that there are so many choices!


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

Yes randomcreative, it didn't use to be that way. Now they hook you in with the basic setup and try to sell you add-ons. But for many, the basics are enough.


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Felisa Daskeo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I tried weebly two years ago, tried wix 2011, tried webstarts 2012, tried webs 2012 and nothing happened. I don't really know how to make a website so i am sticking with blogging in blogger and wordpress with domain names. Good share, many people out there need such tutorials.


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

Felisa, I had never tried Weebly before this summer. Over a 2 year period they may have changed it quite a bit. Thanks for reading.


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Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

I've heard of Weebly before and it does sound very interesting as well as easy to use. This appears to be perfect for those that don't know much HTML and would like a simpler way of creating a website. How would you compare this to a Blogger blog or WordPress site in terms of how easy it is to use the platforms?


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Rosie writes 3 years ago from Virginia Author

I think a young child could figure Weebly out as it is very easy to maneuver. You learn as you move things around, making it fun as you understand how to do more and more.


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LindaSmith1 3 years ago from USA

Weebly is much easier now than in the beginning. It just takes a bit of time to get things the way you want them. No different than learning new platforms or changes to one you already use.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

i can see where this can be very helpful for new businesses and ideas ..saving money. I did attempt to do it once and thought the instructions were easy to follow.


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Mark Johann 3 years ago from Italy

I have tried also Zymic but suddenly my hosting domains were banned due to spamming but I did not spam anything. That is the problem with free hosting and the like, if you commit mistake, they ban you easily, it's free so they have the full authority.

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