For folks who are just starting to blog, wordpress or blogspot are the two default blogging platform that they would use. However, there are actually quite a number new free website builders that comes with free website hosting. These services allow new bloggers to create a free website so that there is no financial risk to them. Of course, most of these new websites services do not have nice themes from a design point of view.
Hence, to help people new to blogging, here are a list of free website building services that have nice templates and free website hosting.
Webeden offers a free website builder option for beginners who are just starting their own websites. Their strength is their huge number of nicely designed themes that are comparable to some of the premium wordpress themes that you need to purchase. For most interest, you can click here to make a free website from Webeden.
SquareSpace is another website builder that has excellent themes for you to choose from. The first 14 days of the service is free but there is USD8/month charge that you need to pay if you want to continue. I think this is a good way for people to testdrive the software and see if it is something that you like. Excellent for people who wants to know how to setup a free website.
With almost 20 million websites already building using wix, there is no denying that this is a popular alternative when it comes to building free websites. They have gorgeous templates that will make any websites look professional and beautiful. Worth checking out.
Webs.com is another up and coming service that you can consider. You can create your own free website that comes with free website hosting that you don’t have to spend a single cent. There are so different templates to cater for different industries and niches.
Another website builder with a slick interface. The funny thing I noticed was that webeden and moonfruit has the same themes so I am not sure what is the relationship there. Nevertheless, this is another alternative for those who are thinking of “how do I create my free website”.
Shopify caters to a slightly different crowd. It is meant for folks who wants to create a few ecommerce website. So if you are thinking of making a website to sell things, this is a good option to choose from. Many of the beautiful themes here are suitable for building ecommerec websites.
Breezi is a relative new website builder that specifically caters to designers. There is a test drive period but no permanent free website hosting service. (Updated: Chris from breezi.com just clarify that they do have a free hosting plan so there you go! Thanks Chris!)It gives designers more control to fine tune how their website will look like. Pretty neat service.
I am sure most of the readers here are similar with Behance, the design community that allows users to showcase their design work. Prosite.com is a spinoff whereby designers can hosted their portfolio individually. The service says it is you can setup a free website but you need to pay when you want to publish it live. Seems like an interesting model but not sure how it will fare against the free ones I have highlighted above.
If you want to set a personal website for free, then snappage provide a free hosting option that you can use. The designs are fine although they might not be as beautiful as the top few highlighted above. However, this is still a nice option to consider who wants a no frills service with good looking templates.
This is an interesting service as it provider a free website builder for restaurants only. If you are looking to start a food related website, these themes will be great for you!