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11 Best Free Website Builders (Yes, Totally Free – No Payment)

So, you’re interested in free website builders. And why not? There’s a ton of free stuff on the internet, after all. Unfortunately, quality free website builders are a little more difficult to find.

There are a lot of free website builders. But the truth is, you’re going to have to be ready to make some concessions if you want a free website builder—because most free website builders are part of “freemium” models.

Here are a couple of things you should know about this list…first of all, I give a lot of weight to domain names. Many people will view a website they visit differently if it’s on a subdomain, and justly so. It looks less legitimate.

Almost every free website builder is going to come with ads for the company, a subdomain, and only a few features.

But, there are always exceptions. So without further ado, here’s my list of the best free website builders.

Best Free Website Builders
  1. Site123 (My Favourite)
  2. WordPress.com
  3. WebSelf
  4. Wix
  5. Elementor
  6. WebStarts
  7. Weebly
  8. Blogger
  9. Google Sites
  10. Jimdo
  11. UCraft

Free Website Builder 1: Site123

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Site 123

Site123 is not exactly a top choice for free website building, but it’s certainly an option. Site123 strongly markets itself as a free website builder (seriously, just Google it and you’ll see what I mean).

Site123, of course, runs on a freemium model, but unlike many others, it only has one premium tier instead of a few.

Aside from that, it kind of falls into the general pros and cons you’d expect of a half-decent site builder: it’s free, the builder works, but you won’t get a domain and you’ll have ads.

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  • Basic eCommerce functionality (including an email marketing tool) and SEO tools. Interestingly, you can only accept offline payments with the free version (taking a customer’s phone number or wire transfer details).
  • Access to an app store, which includes apps available for free users. This is important because some of what Site123 lacks by default (and keep in mind Site123 doesn’t make as many tools available from the get-go as the higher ranked names here) you can get in the app store.Site123 Apps
  • 24/7 live chat support—even Wix and WordPress don’t offer this (for free).
  • Decent drag and drop editor: nothing to write home about, but certainly functional.Site123 Interface
  • Surprisingly little pressure to convert to a paid plan.


  • A noticeable Site123 banner, even if it’s small. But hey, that’s pretty common.
  • Limited in terms of templates, and while the editor works well, you are still a bit restricted in how much you can edit.
  • Generally speaking, Site123 doesn’t have a ton of features available out of the box.

Free Website Builder 2: WordPress.com

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WordPress is enormously popular—so much so that it’s hard to understate. It’s been around since 2005 and since that time, it has grown to support countless millions of sites.

One estimate credits WordPress with servicing 30% of internet bloggers, and WordPress is the 50th most popular website in the world. Even more impressively, CNN, CBS, BBC, Reuters, and Fortune all use WordPress.

So yeah, it’s a pretty successful platform. And of course, a large reason for its popularity is its free option.

My placement of WordPress.com as number one does not come lightly or easily. Wix and Weebly both have far more features and customization than WordPress.

As overall website builders, they take it. However, WordPress is so enormously popular that having a subdomain with WordPress may affect your blog far less than if you used another site.

Moreover, being part of the WordPress community brings several advantages of its own. It certainly depends on what you want out of your website builder, but if it’s a blog, WordPress is probably the best free option.

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Further Information
  • Wix vs WordPress – We have compared the differences between both website builders to help you decide!


  • For a free product, there is a fairly good selection of themes/templates. Although editing is mediocre, you can still do a fair amount of customization.
  • It’s very easy to import and export content, including between your WordPress blog and a blog with another platform (such as Medium or Wix).
    Import in WordPress
  • Solid blogging tools (obviously), as well as basic insight tools and testimonial and contact page functions.
  • The popularity of WordPress means you’ll find way more advice on using WordPress than with pretty much any other platform.
  • Also because of its popularity, having a subdomain on WordPress might not hurt you as badly. Many bloggers use a WordPress subdomain and so having the subdomain wouldn’t necessarily hurt your site’s appearance (at least, not as much as with other free builders).
  • Also following from this—WordPress.com supports a more social community, like Blogger. It’s very easy to follow and interact with other blogs in the WordPress community, and for them to interact with you—a good way of driving traffic and gaining popularity.


  • While the customization tools are okay, you are really limited to the smaller items (such as colors). You’d basically need to sift through themes to get a layout you prefer.
  • Apps (known on WordPress as plugins) are not available for free plans.
  • Even basic SEO (Search Engine Optimization) tools are unavailable for free plans.
  • No live chat.

Free Website Builder 3: WebSelf

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WebSelf is a Canadian Website Builder that also offers its services in French, English and Spanish. They specialize in offering a Site Builder solution that’s easy to use with effective tools to create and run a website. As part of their approach to making building the site accessible for everyone, WebSelf also offers a totally free website builder plan.

The best part about WebSelf’s free plan is that you still get access to (almost) all the platform’s features. That includes professionally-designed and mobile-responsive templates, SEO tools, Facebook integration, custom HTML, forms, and even support. However, you’ll miss out on multilingual capabilities, the stock photo library, and password protection.

The usual limits for free sites also apply. Your site will be hosted on a WebSelf subdomain with ads. You’ll also be restricted to 5 pages as well as low bandwidth and storage allocations.


  • You won’t miss out on a lot of premium WebSelf features by subscribing to the free plan. You can still use the templates, your site will be optimized for SEO, and you can make custom changes using HTML or JavaScript.
  • You get access to a massive library of nearly 200 templates. Generally, the templates are really attractive with a bit of artistic flair. However, they are still really easy to use and customize as well. Not to mention they are mobile responsive out of the box.
  • The drag-and-drop visual page builder is an absolute joy to use with a simple and intuitive interface as well as easy-to-learn design tools.webself pro
  • WebSelf encourages using the free plan, and doesn’t barrage you with upsells.


  • You’ll be limited to only being able to create 5 pages for your website.
  • The free plan has very low bandwidth and storage limitations.webself cons
  • If you do plan to upgrade, even the paid plans have relatively tight restrictions.

Free Website Builder 4: Wix

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Wix is without a doubt one of the most popular free website builders. As a matter of fact, it’s simply one of the most popular website builders.

Like Weebly, it was founded in 2006. However, Wix has over twice as many users as Weebly, at 110 million.

Wix is known for being a fantastic and flexible editor, and is thus used by a wide range of people, from ordinary bloggers to top-tier businesses.

The gist with Wix is that you get a very functional editor and a lot of features—but of course, you’ll still have to pay for the most important things, a custom domain name and the removal of Wix ads.

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Further Information
  • Wix Review – Read the in-depth review to know our honest opinion with pros & cons.


  • Wix has a very large community of users, which could be a useful resource if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Very robust editing tool. It’s not just easy, but powerful and even the free version allows for a great degree of customization. Wix ranks highly because this editor is truly one of the best available for free.
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  • On that note, Wix has a wide selection of quality templates.
  • Wix has basic SEO, contact management, marketing, insights, and even blogging tools. The blogging tool is especially impressive. For a free builder, Wix is almost as fully featured as a full builder—of course, the key bits are still missing.


  • Wix advertisements are part of the free plan.
  • One such item Wix lacks is a contact form, which many free builders include.
  • Wix’s price model up until recently was more affordable. Namely, the first premium-tier was only $5 a month and allowed you to connect a domain. That has been removed and now the first tier is $11, which means the free website builder is even more removed from the premium plans. It also means if you want to use the site builder for free and just pay for the domain, you’re out of luck.
  • No live chat. But this is true for even paying Wix customers, so it has nothing to do with having a free account.

Free Website Builder 5: Elementor

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Designed to empower web creators, Elementor boasts a dynamic visual editor. You can enjoy the platform’s intuitive drag and drop features to customize your website.

This way, Elementor users can design and create professional WordPress websites at scale.

Elementor users can choose from pre-designed, fully-responsive website templates. They can also leverage Elementor’s popular Hello theme.

Hello is a ‘super’ WordPress starter theme. Its minimalistic, blank theme that users can mold to fit their desired end goal website.

Elementor has a vast and powerful network of web creators and developers.

With Elementor you control all design elements with custom code thanks to 800+ addons.


  • Total personalization control. You can edit using the drag and drop editor or access the code for advanced personalization.elemetor
  • Elementor allows you to maintain total control and ownership of your website. You are free to choose where to host your website. If you decide to switch platforms, it’s easy to migrate your website in a few steps.
  • Elementor plays nice with WordPress. WordPress users can build WordPress site with Elementor and still enjoy thousands of plugins.


  • Free version doesn’t include all the existing functionality. While Elementor Pro has more than 90 widgets, the free version has 30.
  • Doesn’t include web hosting. As with any WordPress-based builder, hosting is a separate issue. However, the upcoming Elementor Cloud will provide interesting hosting opportunities.
  • It’s a bit harder to create some types of websites like blogs. Elementor does offer template kits that help with this if you are a beginner.

Best Free Website Builder 6: WebStarts

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WebStarts is a company frequently mentioned on lists of top website builders. When I first visited their website, I was pretty skeptical. Why? Because their home page displays this: “As seen on…Facebook, Bing, Google, Yahoo.” Really?! Being seen on a search engine is significantly different from being seen on a magazine.

But hey, it has a free option, so I tried it. It turns out, it’s a pretty underrated, robust free website builder. Most companies oversell themselves on their websites—WebStarts is the opposite.

Some stuff on the website’s official pricing page is out of date, and the result is the actual product is even better than you’d think. I would say WebStarts is on with Weebly and Wix in terms of its abilities but has much less name recognition, and it’s even faster to get started with than its bigger rivals.


  • Basic eCommerce/store functionality.
  • WebStarts has a contact management tool that is not super robust but still pretty useful, considering it’s free.
  • WebStarts has a decent blogging tool that works well within the builder.
  • The WebStarts advertisements aren’t overwhelming.
  • Overall, the builder/editor tool is easy to use and functional, plus decently featured (on par with Weebly and Wix).

webstarts pros

  • Simpler to manage than Weebly or Wix, which feel overcrowded at times.


  • As is common for free builders, no unlimited storage.
  • The builder interface is overall good, but can be a little clunky or unintuitive at times. Plus, I’m not a fan of the aesthetic, but that’s just my opinion and not a serious flaw.

Free Website Builder 7: Weebly

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Founded in 2006, Weebly has become one of the most popular site builders around with more than 50 million customers globally.

I often think of Weebly as an alternative to Wix. The two are very similar in a lot of ways in that they run on freemium models, are known for being some of the best website builders around, and have cultivated a popularity for their free products.

Here’s my summary: Weebly is one of the best free website builders, but falls short of being as fully featured as Wix. Having said that, it does have a thing or two Wix does not, so I encourage you to try both anyway.

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Further Information


  • The editor is very robust and close to or on par with Wix’s editor.
    Weebly editor
  • Weebly has basic SEO, blogging, and even ecommerce/product tools. This is very unique for free products. Naturally anyone who’s really interested in ecommerce probably shouldn’t go for a free site builder, but it’s an impressive set up nonetheless.
  • Weebly has a few apps available for installation even by free users. These aren’t weak apps either, but useful things like price charts, Eventbrite, FAQs, and so on.


  • Even once you’re signed in, Weebly has a ton of upselling. You can expect upselling on just about any free website builder, but it’s extra annoying on Weebly because Weebly is one of the best free site builders.
  • Customer support isn’t as good as Wix’s. However, Weebly does have a live chat.
  • Weebly’s editor is very good, but you are a little more constricted than with Wix.

Free Website Builder 8: Blogger

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Blogger gives me nostalgia. I first started using Blogger as a young guy, excited to test out easy web creation tools. Going back to Blogger to test it, I was surprised to find that a lot was still the same.

If you look up lists, you won’t usually find Blogger on them. This is probably because Blogger is focused mostly on building blogs (duh) rather than more general types of websites.

Still, Blogger is much more fully featured for free than most website builders, and at the end of the day, you’re still building a website even if you’re restricted to the blog format.

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  • Upgrading is completely optional, and there is a strong community of free users. One of the reasons I ranked Blogger this highly is because it’s very common for people to have blogs on the __.blogspot.com domain. A visitor might be less likely to scoff at your website because of the subdomain with Blogger.
  • Users can create 100 blogs per account.
  • Although customization options are limited, one can still rearrange certain page elements and choose colors, fonts, etc. HTML editing is available, but most people don’t want website builder so they can edit HTML.
  • Users can connect a domain without having to upgrade. This alone is probably one of the best things Blogger has going for it: a person who just wants a straightforward blogging format but still wants their own domain can compromise by using Blogger and thus keep the actual editing platform free of charge.Bolgger for free domain


  • As stated, it’s only a blog format.
  • Themes are very limited, as are customization options. The smaller details (colors, fonts) are customizable, but larger control of pages and the overall site basically counts on selecting a theme and toggling the colors.
  • No live chat or even comprehensive ticketing system–Blogger is too big and based on free users. However, the large community of users can kind of fill in for most problems.

Free Website Builder 9: Google Sites

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Google truly does have software for everything. Google Sites is much like the Google Docs of website building. It’s easy to use and good for collaborating, plus it’s completely free.

The only problem? It’s too simple.

Google Sites is best for making very simple web pages, nothing too dynamic or even important. Because of its collaborative nature, it’s good for building informational or wiki-style pages.

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  • Extremely free: Google Sites is built to be an unpaid tool. This can be a downside for some—Google Sites doesn’t even have the option of upgrading for more features. As far as free website builder go, it’s hard to find a platform that is intended to only be free.
  • Google Sites is very good with collaboration, like its cousin, Google Docs.
  • Very easy to use. Many site builders are, but Google Sites is one of the most straightforward and simple.
    Google sites interface


  • Very basic. Google Sites has only the most basic tools and sometimes it feels like you’re editing a PowerPoint or Google Slide more than a site. Customization tools are particularly limited. For this reason, Google Sites is really only good for making simple looking websites.
  • As mentioned, Google Sites does not even have the option of upgrading, or adding premium features. There is only the free version. Some might find they like Google Sites but just need a little more of an ability to customize. Sorry, no dice.
  • While most free website builders have low storage capacities, Google Sites’ figure is particularly low at 100MB.
  • This should probably go without saying, but Google Sites is so simple it has almost no customer support.

Free Website Builder 10: Jimdo

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Jimdo is less of a household name compared to Blogger, WordPress, or even Wix, but it is still known for being one of the strong free website builder.

Despite being on the smaller side in terms of its name, Jimdo has still helped create over 20 million websites.

Jimdo is, like many on this list, based on a freemium model. One thing I like in particular about Jimdo is that it’s very supportive of its free product, in contrast to other sites that offer a free product but seem to almost hate it at the same time in favor of their premium versions.

Jimdo is essentially one of the best free website builder with the usual limitations.

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  • The Creator option lets you start building pages instantly. It’s the typical website building tool that you’re used to.
  • A fairly wide selection of templates (over 100) for a free website builder.Jimdo templates
  • Jimdo app available for Android and iOS
  • Very basic SEO tools and online store tools (also, no transaction fees!)
  • 500MB of storage. Nothing huge, but not bad for a free website builder.
  • LogoMaker to help you create/customize your own brand logo image.


  • Must upgrade to use a domain.
  • While overall their editor is okay, sometimes it can be clunky. People have mixed feelings about it.
  • Jimdo has improved their site editor, but at times it can be a little unintuitive.
  • No live chat option, but there is a ticketing system.

Free Website Builder 11: UCraft


UCraft is another company that isn’t super well known outside of those with an interest in website building companies.

UCraft also has a minor reputation for their free website building tier.

In my opinion, UCraft is underrated. It’s not that UCraft’s free product deserves to be extremely highly rated, exactly, but it deserves more credit. As is common, UCraft runs on a freemium model.

However, the free product is just a landing page. So, it’s not exactly a full website builder for free. Nonetheless, that landing page builder is pretty capable, and perhaps most importantly, you can connect a domain for free.

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  • Users can connect a custom domain even on Ucraft’s free plan. This alone makes it, in my opinion, one of the best free website builder options.
    Ucraft connect domain
  • Pretty good customization capabilities, though in fairness that’s mostly because of the fact that you’re editing a single page rather than an entire website.
  • Basic SEO tools, Google Analytics, and SSL. Not overwhelmingly impressive, but still solid.


  • eCommerce functionality requires upgrading.
  • The 24/7 live chat can sometimes be unresponsive, though overall it works fine.
  • Your website builder is really just a landing page builder. It can still be useful, especially because you can connect a custom domain, but you’re still limited to essentially one big page.

Special Item: 000Webhost

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000Webhost is a hosting service, which is why I’ve separated it from the other options on this list. But hey, if it’s hosting, why even bring it up at all?

Well, first off, because 000Webhost is one of a few free hosting services, and of those is probably the most well-known. Secondly, 000Webhost offers website building capabilities.

To put it simply, one could create an account for free and begin using those website building capabilities for free. 000Webhost is intended to be a free hosting platform, but a side consequence is that it’s a free website builder as well.

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  • Because the hosting is taken care of, you could simply purchase a domain and then connect it for free. While Weebly, Wix, WordPress, and others would have you pay to connect a domain you already own, 000Webhost would let you get off with only paying for the domain.
  • In addition, because 000Webhost is primarily a hosting platform, you can choose between using 000webhost’s site builder or you can install WordPress.org and use that to build a blog. The site builder is pretty well-featured and handle a high degree of customization.
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  • For connecting to WordPress.org: WordPress.org is different from WordPress (mentioned above), namely in that WordPress.org is a free service.WordPress.org is very similar to WordPress, except that it is much more fully-featured and is completely free. However, to use WordPress.org, you have to take care of hosting…and if you use 000Webhost, then you can even do that for free. Meaning connecting to WordPress.org on 000Webhost gives you the most fully-featured blog building software you can get for free.


  • The drag and drop editor can be a little complicated and sometimes annoying to use. The learning curve isn’t tremendous but it’s still much less user friendly than the other options here. Though if you’re using WordPress.org to build a blog, it’ll become easier again.
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  • You’ll need to be more tech-savvy to navigate your account settings. There are a lot of resources available, but it could still be a pain because you have to configure certain things manually (e.g., connecting a domain).
  • Because of the space allocated to your free account, you probably won’t be able to create more than one or two websites.
  • Unless you upgrade to one of Hostinger’s paid plans (Hostinger runs 000Webhost), you might suffer from poor uptime.

Free Website Builders Comparison:

Website Builder Storage Bandwidth Usability Support Our Rating Totally Free? Paid Plan Price
Site123 500MB 1 GB ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★ Yes, with subdomain $5.80/mo.
WordPress 3 GB 1 GB ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ Yes, with subdomain $4 to $45
Wix 500MB 500MB ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ Yes, with subdomain $13 to $39
WebStarts 1 GB 1 GB ★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★ Yes, with subdomain $7.16 to $19.99
Weebly 500MB 250MB ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ Yes, with subdomain $6 to $26
Blogger Unlimited Unlimited ★★★ ★★ ★★★ Yes, with subdomain Totally free
Google Sites Unlimited Unlimited ★★★ ★★ ★★★ Yes, with subdomain Totally free
Jimdo 500MB 2GB ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★ Yes, with subdomain $4 to $39
UCraft 100 MB Unlimited ★★★★ ★★★ ★★★ Yes, with subdomain $10 to $39

Free Website Builders: Conclusion

So, in conclusion, which is the right website builder for you?

If you’re interested in building a straightforward Wiki or a simple informative page (and perhaps with other people), I’d suggest Google Sites.

If you want to build a solid blog, I’d suggest Site123. Blogger isn’t bad either—it gets second place for those who want to create a free blog (though Weebly and Wix also have decent blogging tools).

And if you just want to build an overall fully-featured website (and you’re okay with only having a subdomain), I’d suggest Wix first and WebStarts and Weebly as close seconds.

But hey, all these sites are worth a try—and the because they’re free, there isn’t much of an obstacle to doing so.

Happy hunting!