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How to Set Up a Free Website

Updated on August 5, 2017
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An Ebay seller since 2005, so we have some collective wisdom under our belts! We've shared some advice here, hope it helps.

How to Create Your Own Free Websites Using These Trusted and Easy to Use Web Companies!

Are you looking for your own website, but don't know where to start? Did you know that there are hundreds of websites that offer your own free domain? You can start your own blog, your own website, or just a single page on the web at no cost to you. Listed here are some of the best ways to create your own free websites, whether you already have a site or would like to start creating web content today without paying for it.

Create Your Own Free Websites Using One of These Free Services

A list of 100% free websites for you to use!

Webs.com

Webs.com allows you to create your own free website ("that's as unique as you"), and gives you simple tools that anyone can use to upload your photos, create blogs, online profiles, and encourage interaction from visitors.

Weebly.com

Weebly is similar to Webs.com, allowing you to create your own free website from scratch. It doesn't require any technical skills at all, you'll just use their easy creation tools to add the photos, text, extra pages and any other content.

Wetpaint.com

I was impressed by some of the customization that was allowed with this website! There are impressive fan pages set up for TV shows like American Idol and Terminator that look just as great as any other website I've visited. This means you can do the same thing! So go ahead, get started on this free website and upload your content.

Geocities.com

Unfortunately, Geocities has closed for good. Here's what it once was:

Geocities is Yahoo's free website builder, where you can build free webpages with the "geocities.com" domain attached to it. For example, if you wanted your own domain name called billschairs.com, your geocities URL would be geocities.com/billschairs.

Synthasite

No ads, no banners. That's a big thing! Synthasite doesn't have the distractions of ads being placed on your website, it's yours, and that's that. It's soon becoming Yola.com, which is a little easier to remember.

Jimdo

Jimdo is another site allowing free webpages, with 500MB storage, unlimited usage, unlimited pages, and easy integration of pictures and videos.

Sampa

Sampa is also free, but is used mainly for people looking to share photos, stories and events with family and friends. A great way for family and friends to keep in touch!

FusiveWeb

Create a flash photo player, upload your own music, and create as many FusiveWeb pages as you desire with the easy to use page builder that FusiveWeb offers.

Webnode

Webnode.com is a free website builder that has progressed with the modern times of the web 2.0 world. You can add widgets and gadgets to your site to offer polls, offer PayPal, customized templates, and simplistic drag and drop technology.

Learn HTML and CSS Easily and Quickly - Build your own website that's fully customized by learning HTML and CSS

These are two terms that sound incredibly scary to anyone that's not familiar with them: HTML and CSS. How can you possibly learn to code a webpage, it must be difficult, right? No, it isn't! HTML is just a short series of codes that can be copied and pasted from many tutorial websites. This book covers some of the basics to getting started, and learning the right way so your website looks professional and draws search engine traffic.

Build Your Own Web Site The Right Way Using HTML & CSS, 2nd Edition
Build Your Own Web Site The Right Way Using HTML & CSS, 2nd Edition

Not only will you learn how to write with CSS and HTML, but this book covers everything there is to know about websites, like blogging, customer signups, making pages load quickly, and keeping people on your website. Of course, it also tackles making your website look attractive to visitors, while still being search engine friendly. If you're a beginning web designer, or you would like to get started in building your own website, this is the place to start!

 

Create Your Own Free Web Page on Hubpages

Sites that allow you to make your own web page at no cost to you!

There are a number of websites that allow you to create your own free web page and have an excellent online community.

Hubpages

Hubpages is an established website that allows you to make your own personal web page on any subject matter. Your royalties are generated through your own Google Adsense account, supplemented by your Amazon affiliate account and eBay Partner Network account.

Build Links and Traffic to your Existing Website!

Creating a free website can be a great way to draw traffic into your existing website. Build up links, write about similar content, and get people interested in what you're doing!

Expand Your Reach Across the Internet and Establish an Online Presence!

Spreading yourself across several websites can establish more links to your website and create a bigger presence online. However, you must remain active and continue to promote these sites over time for them to be successful!

A Poll on Using Free Websites - Have you created a free website?

Have you ever set up a free web page online using one of the services mentioned here?

See results

Free Blog Hosting Websites

Blogs are free, user friendly websites that can create a buzz, traffic, and some leads!

Everybody and everyone has a blog, maybe even a few of them. Blogs are easy to update, and search engines love them. One of the best parts of blogging is that

LiveJournal.com

LiveJournal is run by Microsoft, and integrates with your other Microsoft accounts like Hotmail easily.

Blogger

Blogger, or Blogspot, is one of the two most popular blog hosting websites. It's completely free and easy to use. Blogger gives you gadgets that you can add to your blog, like news feeds, links, photos, videos, and other useful gadgets.

Wordpress

The most respected of all blog hosting sites, Wordpress is also free, and allows you to have complete creative freedom over your site. There's also a helpful writing community within wordpress, and many external help websites offering free plug ins and downloads to help customize your blog.

Tumblr

Tumblr is an easy way to get started blogging and focuses on adding media to make your posts interesting.

Yahoo 360

Yahoo 360 was Yahoo's blog and social networking platform which launched in 2005. It isn't recommend that you use this site, however, since bug reports will go unanswered as the site is being abandoned by Yahoo.

Blog.com

Blog.com offers free blogs and easy to use posting formats.

More Free to Use Websites to Create Content

Create interesting content and get noticed on these simple to use websites!

These websites don't exactly fall under the term "blog," so they're listed here. They might be magazine style "wikizine" sites like Zimbio, or a "wiki" style site like Wikihow and Google Knol.

Zimbio

Zimbio allows you to create your own content in article style formats called wikizines. You can even pull entries from your blog to be showcased on Zimbio, a great feature!

Wikihow

Wikihow is a mainly volunteer based community to generate how to manuals on the web. You can edit existing wikihow pages, or create a new one. These shouldn't be created to advertise yourself, however.

Google Knol

Google Knol is Google's answer to Wikipedia. Over time, the goal of of Google Knol is to provide the top resource for internet users when they search any topic online. Google Knol frowns upon spam, and nofollows every outgoing link, so don't count on a backlink!

Recommended Books on Search Engine Optimization - Get more traffic from search engines by reading these recommended books!

Search engine optimization is a tricky thing, and it changes constantly. The fundamentals of SEO stay the same. You should concentrate on building links, creating useful, user-friendly and keyword rich content, and expanding your website. These books will tell you how exactly do this, along with a lot more insider tips to take your website to the next level.

Thanks for visiting! If any of these websites are not working for you or have made changes in their terms of service (are no longer allowing you to create a site), let me know and I can update this page with that information.

© 2009 Kiwisoutback

Which Free Website Format Do You Prefer, and Why? - Tell us about your favorite free website building site here, or tell us about another one you recommend!

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      Sumit 2 years ago

      I think from above discussed platform, weebly is best one to use. In case one need flexibility and a professional look then choose none other than Wordpress (self hosted).

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      Bruce Anderson 2 years ago

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      trevord88 2 years ago

      You can easily build a website on your own using one of the cool web builders from http://www.webbuildersguide.com I always use it for my purposes, and it works really great every time

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      There sure are a lot of familiar names here. Squidoo and Zujava are my favorite publishing platforms.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @KathleenS: They have to be fairly strict about duplicate content or everyone sitewide could get penalized. Did you email HQ about it to see if they could rectify?

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @A Few: That's something I haven't really considered, because building larger sites via mobile can be a little difficult. I'll have to check out those other sites and see what i can add to this list. Thanks!

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      A Few 4 years ago

      Good review of some of the website builders out there. There are a lot more now, I count over 100, and many of the new ones are good. SquareSpace can produce beautiful websites, as can Breezi, Sidengo, Moonfruit and others. And there are some coming with Apps for iphone, iPad and Android. Weebly has an app which can perform some of the functions of it's online builder, and SimpleDifferent (http://www.simple-different.com) has an app which can build sites from scratch on iPad and iPhone.

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      szemi lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the collections! I prefer Squidoo, Blogger and Weebly.

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      KathleenS 4 years ago

      I'm sorry I ever read this SQUIDOO page. You can NOT make your own web page with SQUIDOO. That is NOT with your own content. I am an author. I made a page featuring my books. Well guess what my books are for sale on Amazon. That means the information - my books and my author bio - exist on Amazon. Not all in one pretty picture but mixed in with a million other books. I tried to use my SQUIDOO page to showcase me - and my books. They shut me down for duplicate content. Go figure. I spent a lot of time setting up that page. You can be I'll let my author friends know all about it. Why would they want to waste there time with SQUIDOO. Sorry Meghan.

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      Kiwisoutback 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      @FreedomGrrl: Yes. Usually free sites are on subdomains, because they could not possibly pay for every member's own full domain. Still, free sites or subdomains can be very useful at driving traffic. Blogger is a prime example.

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      FreedomGrrl 4 years ago

      Good info. However, even with "free" websites you still have to pay for a full domain name in place of the less professional looking free subdomain name issued by the sites. When I read things about sites like Weebly or Yola, that fact always seems to get left out.

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      pharaon001 5 years ago

      Great, very good lens. I was just looking for information how to create a free web site.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very informative lens with a huge list of sites. Thanks for sharing.

      I have tried some of the sites you have listed, but Jimdo is not actually free, they force you to go for a paid one and the free site comes with just one page and you can't have an image too. Personally its not worth the time. If you are looking for Drupal hosting, check out my lens.

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Jim_Juris: Thanks! There are a lot of free ones available. So far, Wordpress is still my favorite for blogging.

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      Jim_Juris 5 years ago

      Fantastic information! You provide a lot of great resources for creating a free website. Out of all of the free website building sites that you listed here, the only one that I knew about is Weebly.

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      pitter2x 5 years ago

      You put very good information.... how to increase back links? Thank you for your very useful information regarding create free websites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens you have here. Well done.

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      tonyb65 5 years ago

      Great information here, I shall be back as this is a reference site

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      missyc2112 6 years ago

      Thank you for the info...I was actually just getting ready to look into free website builders, so this was perfect. I'm not sure what I will use yet, but I love all the options that you have here.

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      @WiseMerryFashio: Thanks for all of this information and your experiences with Yola, Webstarts, and Google Sites!

      As for having more than one free site, it's not necessary per se, but might be beneficial. I use Blogger blogs to drive traffic to Squidoo lenses, for example, and have created quite a few that focus on different niches. It seems to work out much better to have one for each niche (assuming you have plenty to write about and plenty of other online work to promote). This same tactic can also dilute your work and make the site a little thin, so you have to weigh out the benefits.

      Most of the Blogger blogs I've set up have performed fairly well, and have driven plenty of traffic over the years.

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      FreelancinFran 6 years ago

      Thank you for this informative lens!

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      WiseMerryFashio 6 years ago

      Update: apparently Google sites is a little too advanced for me, the beginner. I thought I was just signing in to start the process, right after I chose my theme, but it published it right then, with no changes made to it. I'm not as impressed with their themes as I was with Yola's either. As for WebStarts, the site is really super cool but I can't figure out how to publish it to the web and I'm not exactly sure it's free. I'll update you on that later, for now though, gotta go catch some zzzz's. Question for you, Kiwisoutback, is it really necessary to have more than one website? I've basically decided I'll get as many free ones as I can then switch it to a paid site with my own domain when I have more biz capital (spelled "moolah"). By then I should know which one is the best performer.

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      WiseMerryFashio 6 years ago

      Some feedback... I went to WebStarts, Google Sites and Yola to create a site. My Yola site is published (I think it's pretty cool. Go here if you want to check it out: http://uniqueeyeattransformations.yolasite.com). I'm still reading tutorials and such to try to figure out how to get the other two up and running. I checked out WetPaint.com too, but I didn't see any way of creating a site there. Hope this is helpful. Thanks to Kiwisoutback for this informative article!

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      GordyM 6 years ago

      Super list of assists to marketing......! Thanks

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      shaleigh 6 years ago

      Fantastic list of resources! I just started using webs and weebly, I thought I would try them out before gong through host gator or such. I do use blogger and squidoo also ;)

      Thanks again!

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      five thingsabout 6 years ago

      Fantastic list of sites! I knew about a few of them, and will definitely be creating more free sites on each. The more I can promote my main site by creating a "fan site" with free sites, the more traffic I will receive, in theory.

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      Torquise 6 years ago

      a good page to start with, i will do one thank you

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      greenlife17 6 years ago

      Weebly, blogger, wordpress & hubpages..though I'm here mostly on squidoo. The others I will try. Thank you.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      Nice list of free websites.

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      dragonlow 6 years ago

      Great lens with huge info. Thanks!

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      TheCountrySignS 6 years ago

      Great resource! Thanks for the information.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great tips and excellent lens

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      timsoulo 7 years ago

      thanks! that's a lot of great resources for launching a website! :)

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      fawz 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Why should you make your own websites?

      There are many reasons for this one of the most frequently cited is cost efficiency. Some designers can charge significant amounts of money which can literally prove economically unfeasible for some.

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      smallbizcat 7 years ago

      For small businesses or individuals wanting to develop a reputation online, a free website is a great way to get started. Eventually, a customized domain name would be helpful to continue building your brand.

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      Teri Villars 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool site! I will be using this....*5*'s all the way!

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      MoneyMakingTopSites_blogspot_com 7 years ago

      Thanks.Very informative and helpful lens!

      I've learned a couple of new things here and will begin implementing them right away!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lots of great info, 5*

      Thanks,

      Debra

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Lots of great resources. Thank you!

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      A very helpful lens with a great list of useful resources to create free websites with. Thanks for linking to my DevHub lens.:)

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      Anna Grim 8 years ago

      I am hooked. This is the second lens I found with great information. Now do you have any tips on managing time. Its seems there is so much to do and not enough time to do it all. lol I really enjoyed your lens. You have been an inspiration to this newbie.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      What a wonderful list of resources! Faved, Fived, Bookmarked and ~Blessed by a Squid Angel ~! Thank you for all this information.

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      LisaJo1 8 years ago

      Thank you so very much for sharing all of this information. I've learned a couple of new things here and will begin implementing them right away!

      Many continued blessings,

      Lisa Jo

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      Mary 8 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for making this lens for us newbies learning everything we can they are so helpful. Im saving it under my fav. great lens.

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      Popabroad 8 years ago

      Thanks this was helpful for building awareness about free websites.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is a a tremendous source of information,got this page bookmarked.

      Thank you.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very informative and helpful lens! 5 Thank You!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      This is excellent! I had only heard of a few of these sites until now. Thanks for compiling all this information into one helpful page.

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      Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

      Where was this when I was looking for a free webhost? Would have saved me a lot of time. lol As it was I recently decided on Weebly and although not fancy, it serves my purpose and for a $10 domain from GoDaddy I'm set for a year. I love the "Hourtown" module that lets people make appointments through my website.

      Great lens! 5*