Can I Design a Website for Free?

If you are starting a new business and are looking at all the options available when it comes to designing a website, you might be asking yourself “Can I design a website for free”? The answer is YES! You most definitely can design a website for free and you can even do it yourself, but should you? Well, that answer is a little more complicated as one can easily end up with a website disaster.

In this article, we will discuss why you should stay away from web design that is free as well as which tools to use if you are brave enough to attempt website design.  

Why You Should Stay Away from Web Design that is Free

There are two main reasons why you would be looking at designing your website for free. The first is to save costs for your business and the second is because you are curious and want to learn a new skill. If you are designing a website for your business and have never attempted to do so before, it is advisable to hire a professional web designer. There are multiple skills and concepts such as user experience (UX), mobile optimisation, navigation, section breaks, and the back end that web designers have studied and practised for years. They know what works and are able to provide you with a website that is appropriate for marketing and that will convert users. 

Free Web Design Tools

If you are willing to learn and explore, or are courageous enough to try, there are a few popular free web design tools that can be used to design your own website.

  • Wix: Known as a simple website building tool, Wix is a good place to start. There are both free and paid versions of this tool. The paid versions do offer a lot more support to the user than the free version.
  • CMS Hub: This is an all-in-one web design tool that allows you to create a website without having to code. There are a variety of templates available and one can integrate them with a variety of other platforms linked to HubSpot. It should be mentioned that this tool is only free for the trial period, after which one will have to pay.
  • WordPress: As an open-source content management system this tool is perfect for blog design. There are multiple free plugins available for WordPress. 
  • Figma: This tool is known as a good collaboration tool, meaning multiple people can work on and design the website together.
     

There are many other free web design tools and software that can be used for a variety of features and applications; however, it is advised to speak to a professional web design agency when considering a new website as they will be able to build a website that is fit to compete in the digital landscape of today's world. Contact the team at Starbright to find out more.