brace yourself this may surprise you companies aren't exactly jumping at the opportunity to give you something for free whoa hold on I know but the good news is with a little research you can actually make a free website builder work I've spent the last month trying the top free website builders and this video is gonna be a rapid tour through them I'll show you the ads some put on free websites I'll cover domains feature limitations and anything else relevant my work is supported by affiliate commissions so if you'd like to try one of these website builders you can click a link to them in the video description below and I may earn a commission okay I don't want to waste your time so I'm gonna move quickly through the free website builders that I don't recommend Constant Contact Constant Contact puts a big blue banner ad on free websites honestly it's way too big strikingly striking least free plan doesn't include SSL so when you browse the free website you'll get a not secure message in browsers like Chrome not ideal strikingly also includes this ad that appears when you start scrolling it's pretty large Wix Wix has strong paid plans but their free plan is it's bad for starters there's a big ad that Scrolls along your website also the sub domain they give free websites is clumsy this is your username and this is your site name I'd rather the URL look something like this wordpress.com first things first wordpress.com is not wordpress.org wordpress.org is what most people mean when they talk about WordPress it's the free open source CMS and it's not what I would call a website builder wordpress.com on the other hand is owned by a totally separate company and it actually feels more like a website builder than it does a CMS for example Hosting is provided the major downside is that wordpress.com randomly inserts ads into your content there's no way to control where the ads show it's just random you can't even anticipate and design around the ads all right next we're going to talk about the just-okay free website builders X PRS X PRS doesn't put advertisements on free websites which is awesome that alone makes it very worth considering unfortunately the subdomain they provide free websites is pretty unusable and there's no way to edit it Jim due in 2019 Jim do launched a totally new editor where you build your website by stacking sections unfortunately these sections are pretty cookie cutter for example you can only show or hide elements you can't add new elements to a section this is just too simple which is unfortunate because the add-on free Jim do web sites is really quite small Google Sites here's the thing Google Sites is not really a website builder for like a small business it's more of a way to connect Google services for a collaboration tool for example the elements you used to build your website are mostly Google products like YouTube calendar map Docs that kind of thing there's only one template to choose from and it has six style variations you can choose a font color but there's no real meaningful design customization here so what's the upside of Google Sites well there's two number one there's no ads on your website that's awesome number two you can connect to a custom domain but just a heads up adding a custom domain name will require you to modify your cname records and that takes some technical know-how but it's also not as hard as as you might think Weebly Weebly is really easy to use so if ease of use is important to you you'll want to try it many website builders limit features on free plans but Weebly actually includes quite a bit there's ecommerce forms unlimited pages and you're even able to use the Weebly app store the downside of Weebly is the ad that Scrolls along your page it's bright blue and pretty intrusive so only use Weebly if you can live with this all right onto my top three recommended free website builders web flow web flow is really powerful but it has a learning curve I personally love web flow but it's not what I suggest if you're looking for easy to use instead it's what I suggest if you want complete control and flexibility the web flow designer gives you the flexibility of front-end coding without actually requiring you to code you will need to understand the fundamentals of web design but it allows for far far more design flexibility than any other website builder on this list plus web flow includes a CMS in the free plan the CMS lets you create collections which are custom content types think of them like a customizable data so for example you could define an article collection and then you'd add articles and then automatically you'd get new pages for every new article beyond that web float just includes this small scrolling add-on free websites now navigating web flows pricing plans can be a little confusing so here's how to do it you want to sign up for their free account planned and then choose the staging plan for your free website I wasn't sure what to make of the staging plan so I asked web flow to confirm that it could be used for publishing a web site for free here's what they had to say hey Steve I would think of it like this web flow is free until you want to have more than two projects if you want to host a website on a custom domain name or if you want to export from a project so yeah I take this as approval that the staging plan is essentially a free plan –card –card is for building one-page websites that's it because of that focus it's also the best website builder for one-page websites for example all card themes are specifically for one-page websites and while technically you can make one-page websites in Weebly or Wix they're just not as intuitive this card Weebly and Wix are tools after all for building websites with multiple pages card was designed around a single purpose creating one page websites card also has a very small hardly noticeable add-on free websites finally if you do decide to upgrade you'll find that card is extremely affordable plans start at nine dollars a year that's not per month nine dollars per year that is way way cheaper than website builders like Squarespace or Wix you craft my last recommended free website builder the number one reason to use you crafts free plan is that it allows you to connect your own domain name that's sweet otherwise you craft is a pretty solid free package unlimited pages Google Analytics SSL and a decent free subdomain should you decide you don't want to connect to a domain name the biggest downside is the add if you choose you craft you'll need to live with this alright so in conclusion there's no single best free website builder instead I think there's trade-offs to each and I hope this video has given you a good overview of those trade-offs ultimately the right tool is going to be the right tool for you it depends on what you need like I said earlier in the video my work is supported by affiliate Commission's so if you would like to try one of these website builders you can click a link to them in the video description below and I may earn a commission let me know in the comments if you spot anything that's out of date website builders tend to be experimental with their free plans and things tend to change fast so I'll probably have to redo this video again in a year thanks for watching .
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Written Guide to Free Website Builders:
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I've spent the last month testing free website builders and here's the truth: Companies aren't jumping at the opportunity to give you something for free.
I know. Surprising, right?
Fortunately with a little research you can actually make a free website builder work. This video is an overview of the 10 most popular free website builders. I cover everything you'll to know about their free plans.
Ucraft let's you connect a custom domain name (awesome!) but has a pretty big ad.
Webflow has a great free plan but has a learning curve.
Carrd is excellent for one-page websites.
Weebly has a solid free plan but their ad is bright blue.
XPRS has no ads on their website— which is awesome! Unfortunately the free URL is quite long.
Jimdo has a solid free plan but I find their website builder too simple.
Google Sites is intriguing— you can add a custom domain, which is great! The only other free website builder to allow this is Ucraft. Unfortunately Google Sites isn't really for small businesses. They only provide one template.
Constant Contact's ad is just too big.
WordPress.com randomly adds advertisements to your website— there's no way to control where the ads show. Not great!
Wix has a great paid plan but the free plan is pretty limited. The free subdomain is long and unwieldy, the ad is pretty intrusive and they have an aggressive bandwidth limit.
Strikingly doesn't include SSL so your website will appear unsecured in browsers like Google Chrome.