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The 5 best free website building tools available online

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Written by: Amy Shaw


As an artist, your website defines who you are, illustrating your work online and displaying your brand for the world to see. Your website should be somewhere your fans can visit in order to find out the latest information about your career, including recent releases, tour dates, and you may even want to sell merchandise. Creating a website gives your brand more legitimacy in the eyes of the masses, and demonstrates that you are a long-term artist with ambition and drive, somebody who will do what it takes to reach the top. Due to this, it is imperative for all artists to establish a presence on the web with an effective website. Regardless of the stage your career has reached, everyone should have a quality website to showcase their brand.


Evolution of website creation


Over time, the process of creating a website has evolved completely. Whereas in the past users had to build websites from scratch using code, in the present climate, anyone can create their own website in a matter of hours. This process has been made almost effortless by the introduction of online tools, allowing users to use templates in order to craft beautifully designed web pages without the need for prior experience in web design. For this reason, creating a website does not necessarily require a great deal of spending, simply dedication of time and attention. In fact, there are plenty of tools online that allow users to create a fully functional website for free. Let’s take a look at some of the best tools available.


Wix


Wix is a free website builder, and is definitely one of the most popular tools of its kind, with 110 million users. As one of the most user-friendly website builders on the market, Wix uses drag and drop functionality, allowing users to effortlessly edit set templates to build a seamless site. The platform also offers built-in Google Analytics, allowing you to track statistics including visitor numbers. The only catch is, when using Wix for free, your created site will display adverts on each page, advertising Wix itself. However, there is the option to pay for an ad-free version that won’t force you to display adverts on your website.

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Weebly


Weebly is a platform that offers everything from domain registration to web design. With every step of the process included in the same platform, it is ideal for those who have not made a website before. Weebly, like Wix, is designed to help beginners create their own site using templates. Included on the platform are SEO tools and Google Analytics, ideal for making sure your website is perfect down to the finest detail. Unlike Wix, Weebly is completely ad-free and free to use, making it an ideal choice for building a website.

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WebNode


A platform perfect for e-commerce stores is WebNode, which offers the capability to create sites compatible with Android, Mac and iOS. Like Weebly, WebNode does not force users to includes ads when using the free version. The platform also allows users to track statistics behind the site. With over 30 million users, WebNode is certainly a popular choice.

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Jimdo


German platform Jimdo is ideal for artists as it offers the option to create sites in multiple languages. This way, fans from every country are able to visit and understand your website. Jimdo has no limit on the number of pages you can create and offers effortless social media integration. The platform, like most others, also offers the ability to create a website compatible with smartphones and browsers.

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Mozello


Mozello is another popular choice and like Jimdo, it also offers the option to create sites in multiple languages. Mozello offers users the option to build a site including a blog, an online store and includes SEO features. Unlike the other platforms, Mozello’s editing tools aren’t quite as comprehensive and don’t offer as much freedom in the design. Although this is a drawback, Mozello does give users 500MB of storage, and only includes a small advertisement in the footer.



Although each platform offers a slightly different package, each is highly effective in putting together a quality website. With the right time and dedication, any of these sites can be used to create a website ideal for your brand. In this day and age, it is not always necessary to pay a high volume of money to a web design company. An artist without an effective website will see their branding suffer as a result. With a website to showcase your brand, sell your merchandise and illustrate your tour dates, you will be in a better position than ever before.


With so many different platforms available offering users the chance to effortlessly build their own website, it is now easier than ever to represent yourself online. Building a site does not necessarily need to be time-consuming, and can be done using free platforms like those mentioned above. Creating an effective website is imperative for artists, as it assures your audience that you are a legitimate musician with high aspirations. Websites also allow visitors to find out more about you and understand more about your brand. Without a website, you are left unrepresented online, which can negatively affect public opinion around your brand. It’s a no-brainer, even with a limited budget, setting up a seamless website is an easy task. Whether you decide to use one of the free programmes available or to use a more costly platform, an effective website is now easier to create than ever before.



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