website builders for small business

Whether you are a small business owner who wants to create an online presence or looking to share your personal experiences with the world, building a website is the perfect way to introduce yourself online. Lucky for you, there are plenty of free website builders available which make it far easier to create your site without having extensive web development knowledge. With so many services to choose from, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 DIY website builders available today and which one suits you best.

Wix

You may already be familiar with Wix as they market themselves aggressively across multiple platforms. Wix is an extremely popular service and is so for a number of reasons. The platform offers hundreds of templates to choose from and make website design as user friendly and simple as possible.

The service offers a lot of customisable designs to avoid a certain ‘look’ being defined with their sites allowing users to fully express their creative side while building their website. If you are a creative type who is interested in the most up to date website designs and innovations to help you find your online presence, Wix is perfect for you.

Free Version Available

 

Weebly

Weebly is a super easy-to-use platform that allows users to create basic websites using a drag-ang-drop interface with somewhat limited customisation capabilities compared to services such as Wix, but definitely enough to make your site your own. Due to its basic interface, many users get the hanf of the design process faster than other platforms and auto saves every edit in case you make a mistake while building your site.

The service is perfect for a basic online presence for a small business owner who requires a simple yet attractive website with functioning commerce tools to sell your products online with ease.

Free Version Available

Squarespace

Squarespace is a user favourite and is so for many reasons. It’s affordable, adaptable and offers great customer support for those who are less experienced in the field of web development. Unfortunately, there is no free version available, although prices start as low as $8 a month for basic packages which will properly accommodate a small business or sole trader, allowing 500GB of bandwidth, up to 20 webpages and 2GB of online storage.

The templates, while visually appealing, are somewhat restrictive with no third-party widget space, keeping a lot of the sites looking similar, especially with mobile devices. There are 26 templates to choose from which is far less than competitors such as Wix who brag more than 500 options. Having said that, the templates are modern and completely responsive and the web developer tools that are available are ideal for an online store.

Free 14 Day Trial Available

 

Voog

Formerly known as Edicy, Voog is a straight forward website builder that helps users easily build multilingual sites. It is an ideal platform for business owners who are seeking a content platform in multiple languages with minimal effort required in the design process. The platform is especially convenient for those who don’t have a lot of online experience as they offer round the clock support for any issues you may have.

While the website builder may not have as many features as platforms such as Wix or Weebly, it is extremely easy to use, making life easier for businesses who simply want to have a personalised presence online without extravagant extras.

Free Version Available

 

WordPress

Finally, we get to one of the most common site builders on the internet, WordPress. While a  more advanced version of WordPress exists, which involves installing the software onto your own server, there exists alongside it, WordPress.com, a simple-as-anything site builder that anyone can wrap their head around.

The WordPress.com platform is considered a lighter version of the open source software, although very easy to set up and can have your content online within minutes. The service is absolutely perfect for business blogs and content pages, making it extremely easy for companies to keep their customers and fans updated.

The most favourable aspect of WordPress is that it’s free service doesn’t bombard your site with ads and plug ins that you don’t want. As long as you keep the “.wordpress.com” subdomain, everything is free. Of course, they have the option to create your own “.com” domain for $129 a year which offers another 10GB of space and direct email support.

Conclusion

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Website builders are perfect for the DIY business owner who has time to devote to their web presence without having to go through a steep learning curve which is necessary for more advanced websites. The issue with website builders that affects businesses in Australia is that while they create nice looking websites, many users don’t know how to market these sites to be found by future customers.

For this reason, here at DLook, we have designed an affordable website package for business owners which offer a complete service from creation to maintenance. Our websites are optimised by SEO experts to ensure that they appear as high up on Google’s search results as possible, making sure that you are where you need to be to find new customers.

If you’d like more information about our cost-effective website packages which are designed for excellent Google ranking, contact us today on 02 9290 2821 or online through info@dlook.com.au

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dLook are online advertising specialists at the forefront of the advertising on the Internet. Combined with their flagship business directory, dlook.com.au, dLook have been providing online advertising solutions to Australian businesses for the past seven years, from branding pages, to multimedia videos, social media strategies to customised websites. Talk to dLook for more.

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