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14 Free Resources To Help You Build Your Own Website

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This post is a guest post by Lin Edwards

Did you know that the majority of customers use the internet to research before they purchase? Did you know that online purchases are one of the fastest growing parts of our economy?

Every business or organization needs a website ­ a professional digital presence. But for many small businesses, it’s hard to justify hiring a web design firm ­ they need a low-cost or free way to create their website.

If you are looking for free resources to help you build your own website, here are 15 of the best available ­and they won’t cost you a penny.

Free Website Solutions

These are all-in-one packages that include a tool to design your website, a subdomain or subdirectory website address, and free web hosting.

Weebly
http://www.weebly.com
This website provides an easy-to-use drag-and drop interface you can use to build your website. You can choose from 70+ custom templates or customize your own. Highly recommended.

WordPress.com
http://wordpress.com
Setup a blog or website in just a few minutes with this handy blogging software.

Webs.com
http://www.webs.com
This is another services that allows you to create a website for free. It offers over 300 templates, plus robust add-ons and premium features.

Google Sites
https://sites.google.com
Google also offers a free service you can use to create a website, called Google Sites. Frankly, we don’t think their templates are quite as nice as the other sites we listed above, though. On the plus side, they do offer some handy options for sharing and accessing content.

Free Blogging and CMS Software

These software packages are most suitable if you have your own domain name and hosting, and you are already familiar with building or running a website. Each of these uses a template system that a designer can use to create a completely custom design for your website.

WordPress
http://wordpress.org
This is the same software used on WordPress.com, but since you download and install it on your own domain, you have much more control over your website. You can install plugins and themes to add features or change how your website looks or functions. WordPress is a perfect CMS to use for any blog or simple website.

Drupal
http://drupal.org
If you need a CMS that is more robust than WordPress, Drupal is a great option. It is a full featured CMS, with plenty of modules you can add to further customize it.

Joomla
http://www.joomla.org
Joomla has a similar feature set to Drupal ­ whether you use Joomla or Drupal is largely personal preference. It is also a full featured CMS, with plenty of modules you can add to further customize it.

Free Tutorials and Help

Digital Point
http://forums.digitalpoint.com
Digital Point has one of the largest online forums dedicated to websites and online business. You’ll find help on topics ranging from web design to Google SEO.

W3Schools
http://www.w3schools.com
Need to lookup an HTML tag or find out how to change a simple PHP script? W3Schools has excellent courses on most web technologies – you can use the tutorials to learn a new language, or just to help you resolve an issue.

Warrior Forum
http://www.warriorforum.com
An online community of webmasters and business owners. Join in the discussions to learn from others and get your questions answered,

Free Graphics Resources

Photoshop Express
http://www.photoshop.com/tools
If you haven’t purchased PhotoShop, you can use the online web app version for free.

Gimp
http://www.gimp.org
If you need something more robust that the free online PhotoShop app, you can download Gimp, an open source photo editing program.

Icon Finder
http://www.iconfinder.com
This website is a wonderful source for free icons and graphics, with about 150,000 icons in their collection.

Other Free Stuff

Google Analytics
http://www.google.com/analytics/
This free and easy to install program will provide you with detailed reports on what visitors are doing on your website.

Lin Edwards the chief content and technical writer for SmallBusiness-Domain.com, a website offering articles and reviews related to domain names and web hosting. They also offer a directory of coupons and discounts, including Yahoo website promo codes.

4 Comments

  1. hi i am looking to start making websites and selling them. I just need to know how to start. I need help figuring out what sites need built and all of that can u help me

  2. I’m new to IM and boy oh boy have l learned a lot in the past few months. At first, I couldn’t wait to get my credit card out to spend money on a software which was going to ease my journey up that great big learning curve and believed all the bull and “honest reviews”. It was some time before I cottoned on the reviews were written by affiliates and let’s say the review was maybe not as balanced as I first thought. Hey Ho – at least now I’m a bit sharper and know there are no 2 places to go for some integrity – this site and the Warrior Forum. Keep up the great work. Thanks. Patti

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