3 BEST FREE Do It Yourself (DIY) Website Builders

3 BEST FREE Do It Yourself (DIY) Website Builders

In today’s modern era if you are in business and you don’t have a website, your customer might think that you are aren’t a “REAL” company.  As a new person starting out, it’s best not to get too held down by technical terms.   Simply let the technical people in the background worry about the coding and technical specifics for you.  Here we review the 3 BEST FREE do it yourself (DIY) website builders

As the website owner, just be clear about a few basic goals for your website.  My goals include the ability to add new content and update content when I can.

Everyone who wants to attract an audience (get traffic) and sell something on-line needs a website.  So let’s get started with which platform would be right for you.  If you would prefer to learn how to make a website that makes money, please click hereFREE trial, no credit card required

As you develop your website you will want to put lots of different information (posts) onto your website to help “build it up”.  The technical way for adding and storing all this new content is called via “Content Management System” or CMS for short.

The top 4 Key Criteria that I use when I select which platform to build a website on.

Do you need a free DIY website builder

No Money, Source Pixabay, 1820796

Key Criteria #1 – FREE

When you are starting out you may not have very much money to spend on having someone create a website for you. I know that this was certainly the case for me.

The WWW has 3 great platforms for building free websites.

Internet, Source Pixabay, HypnoArt

To help overcome this I researched some website builders that I could use for FREE.

Key Criteria #2 – Apple v Windows

Another key thing for me was that I spend my time using both Apple and Windows based computers.  Because of this I needed something that could work on the Internet and be compatible with both operating systems.

Key Criteria #3 – I need technical support.

I am not a technical person at all. I didn’t want to be up at 2am solving issues with coding.  Because of this I have focussed on solutions which have been around for a while and have built up a loyal following of supporters and users.  The groups I have focussed on all have online forums and different methods of getting support. This is invaluable when you run into problems.

If you need a free website builder, look no further

Solution, Source Pixabay, FreeGraphicToday

Key Criteria #4 – Able To Add Options Later On

In the beginning my website will be small, but overtime it will grow and the website will need to respond to changing customer needs.  I want the option to add things like

  • Shopping Cart
  • Membership Newsletter
  • Customize the Menu’s (also called “user experience navigation”)
  • Photo Galleries or Video Galleries
  • and more which I haven’t even thought of yet!

The platform that I select must be flexible enough to handle the growing needs of my clients.  The options must still remain either free or little / no cost to me.

 


In this post we will look at the top 3 FREE internet based website builders to help you get a brand new website quickly and easily.

The top 3 programs on the market today that I think meet this need are:

  1. WordPress

  2. Joomla

  3. Drupal

 


WordPress is a great free website building platform

WordPress, Source Pixabay, HypnoArt

WordPress

WordPress was initially created to house Web Blogs (also called a “Blog” for short). It has grown over time and is now used to create full websites.

The website creator (you) selects a pre-built “Theme” for your website.

You then create pages and posts to be displayed on your WordPress site.

Customising WordPress can be done using “plug-ins”.  WordPress has thousands of “plug-ins” which are either 100% free or for a small charge. These plug-in’s include Newsletter sign ups, Shopping Carts, Photo Galleries etc…  For a sample of the type of plug-ins available via WordPress, please see my article on the plug in WP Review.

For Your Information (FYI) This website has been built using WordPress.

The Great Bits

  1. It’s free
  2. It’s web based
  3. Has been around for ages
  4. Has a passionate community of people using WordPress who are willing to help you out when you get stuck
  5. Plug-ins (or extensions) are created all the time, so you can customize your site as you wish.
  6. WordPress is the easiest for people with no technical skills to learn and master. You can literally create a WordPress Website in around 30 seconds.

The Bad Bits

  1. WordPress can do lots of things but Joomla can do more.
  2. WordPress still requires hosting to operate fully.  This may confuse some people.

Free 30 Second Website Challenge

Create a Website in Under 30 Seconds, Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle

Create a Website in Under 30 Seconds, Wealthy Affiliate, Kyle

The WordPress website could have you up and running on the internet in as little as 30 seconds!  Yes really.

I was pretty slow by these standards, it took me around 2-3 minutes to create my first basic fully operational website.  How close can you get to 30 seconds?

Take the challenge today and then leave a comment in “comments” section at the end of the post to let us know how long it took you to create your first basic website.

If you would prefer to see a step by step tutorial on how to make a WordPress website for FREE, please click here.

 


Joomla is a great website building platform

Joomla CMS, Pixabay, Jarmoluk

Joomla

Joomla has been around since 2005.  I has been downloaded over 81 million times (source Wikipedia, 2017).  This is important because it satisfied criteria #3 on my list, I need support when I get stuck.

The main theme of the Joomla website is called a “Template”.

The main plug-in’s of Joomla are called “extensions” and include Newsletter sign ups, Shopping Carts, Photo Galleries etc…

Joomla is very, very customizable, many people say it is more customisable than WordPress.

Joomla offers solutions for people from the beginner to medium to advanced technical users.

The Great Bits

  1. It’s free
  2. It’s web based
  3. Has been around for ages
  4. Has a passionate community of people using Joomla who are willing to help you out when you get stuck
  5. Extensions (plug-ins) are created all the time, so you can customize your site as you wish.
  6. Joomla is more flexible and fully customizable compared to WordPress.

The Bad Bits

  1. Because Joomla is so flexible it takes more coding than WordPress.  This can be overwhelming for new people.
  2. Joomla needs different hosting requirements which may not suit everyone’s needs.

Drupal is a free website building platform

Drupal Logo, Source Wikipedia, Drupal

Drupal

Drupal started in the year 2000 by some University of Antwerp students (source Drupal, 2017). Drupal is a free and open source modular framework and Content Management System (CMS) (Source Wikipedia, 2017).

Drupal is great for people who already have website programming skills.  It is perfect for people with medium to advanced website users.

Drupal DOES not come with “Editor” controls, so you need to add this as a plug in before you can start manipulating your text.

The Good Bits

  • It is Free
  • It has been around for a long time
  • The community is supportive
  • If you have advanced skills, this programme will do exactly what you want it to do.

The Bad Bits

  • It doesn’t have as many plus in’s or extension compared to Joomla or WordPress.
  • It needs more actual coding to work.
  • It has a much smaller community than Joomla or WordPress.
  • It takes a while for new users to get their head around what is required to make Drupal operate properly for you.

In Conclusion

Personally, I am not a website developer and I don’t have formal web development qualifications.  Because of this I found WordPress to be really user friendly and really helped me to get a website up and running simply and quickly and for free.

I have several websites and use both Joomla and WordPress all the time. They are both wonderful systems.

If you are just starting out and lack technical skills, then WordPress is quickest and easiest system to create a basic website on.

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Did this article on the 3 BEST FREE Do It Yourself (DIY) Website Builders help you with any ideas about which platform you will choose to build your website with? Do you have any more ideas for things you would like us to cover?  Have you tried WordPress, Joomla or Dupal previously?  Did they work, did they not work? Please feel free to leave your thoughts comments and suggestions in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “3 BEST FREE Do It Yourself (DIY) Website Builders”

  1. Thank you for the review and new information regarding Joomla and Drupal which are the first time I am introduced to.word press is the number one website builder program because it is newbie friendly.But, the other site builders you list are a little complex for someone like me, average internet user.Anyways you provide me with a lot of knowledge and I bookmark your website for further reference and update.
    Thank you so much again.

    1. Hi Abraham,

      Thank you for stopping by today and for sharing some of your experience with us. I really appreciate that.  Thank you for saying that WordPress worked for you, because you were someone new to creating websites and the technology is very user friendly. 

      You are right Joomla and Drupal are pretty complex and not idea for people who are just starting out with building internet sites. People new to internet marketing are better off spending their time on learning what their customers need / want from them so that they can offer quality products that match there solutions.

      New people are better off leaving the internet coding to programmers instead.

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  2. Personally, I use WordPress, for so many of the reasons you listed. I love the community of folks who are using it and can answer questions. There are a lot of plugins available that can do just about anything you can dream up. So, as someone with very little technical knowledge of how to build a website, WordPress makes it pretty easy. I think there is a lot of functionality built in, and that is why so many people use it. Joomla sounds like a very interesting alternative, but I am not so good with coding, so maybe I will stick to what I know. Anyway, WP hits on all the points that I need.

    1. Hi Steve and thank you for visiting us today, I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also for saying that you like WordPress, I agree that it really is the #1 choice for people who want to have a website, but don’t want the headaches of learning all the technical jargon that comes with lots of other programs.

      I am happy that you have found something that really works for you – that is what it’s all about.  Now you can focus on delivering value to your audience.

      If you are looking for ways to help improve your website rankings, please click here Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking

  3. Hi! Interesting article Thanks for the information you shared here. I never heard about Joomla and Drupal before. But I am familiar with WordPress. I built my website using wordpress. I am not good at website building, I haven’t learned enough, there are still many things I have to learn. I want to explore Joomla but I think I just want to stick with WordPress so as not to confuse myself. True, WordPress is suitable for people like me with limited knowledge about website building.

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for visiting my website, I really appreciate that.

      First things first – well done on creating your very own website and getting it up and running, that is a massive achievement in itself.

      Thank you for your honestly that when you first built your website, you didn’t really have any coding skills. We all have lots to learn. We are lucky that WordPress makes it all really simple for us. 

      If you are looking for ways to help improve your website rankings, please click here Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking

  4. Hi Glenys,
    That’s a very encouraging posting especially for people like me who are not web developers but would like to have a website for their business. When starting out, would you recommend WordPress or Drupal or Joomla?I’m asking because I’ve never tried the last two and would like you to assist me find out if they are more suitable or not.
    .
    Thanks for really showing that this can be done by virtually any interested person from any part of this planet!
    .
    – SmileAfresh

    1. Hi SmileAFresh.

      Thank you for visiting our website today. I really appreciate that.

      Thank you also for your kind words they will encourage me to try and achieve more.

      When starting out I TOTALLY recommend WordPress. Mostly because it is so user friendly and easy for anyone to get started in as little as a minute or two!  This takes all the pressure of them needing to be a “tech guru” and this then lets them just focus on creating content and helping out their customers.

      Joomla and Drupal are more technical and you should consider this two if you enjoying building websites on the internet and you really want to “challenge yourself” and crank up your skills.

      I really like your comment that building websites can be “done by virtually any interested person from any part of this plant!”

      Thanks again for stopping by, if you are looking for some great tips on how to increase your website rankings, please click here Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking

  5. It sounds like WordPress is the way to go for someone without a lot of programming experience. I’m curious, you mentioned that there are some things that Joomla can do that WordPress can’t…what kind of things?

    Is it because Joomla allows you to program you own widgets and components? Because WordPress allows that.

    I guess it depends on what you are looking for. If you want an easy to maintain website with tons of options, I think WordPress is always going to win. Plus as you mentioned, companies like Wealthy Affiliate offer inexpensive hosting with support.

    You did me curious about Drupal…I’m going to have to go check it out!

    1. Hi KMV,

      Thank you for stopping by our website today, I really appreciate that.

      WordPress is the #1 got to website of choice for people on the World Wide Web.  The reason is that it is SUPER user friendly because most of the hardcore HTML programming has been done by someone else.

      Joomla on the other hand does not have the same level of back end pre-programming. that is why it is a little bit harder for new people.  A quick example is that a basic text based Editor comes included with every WordPress website automatically, so you can start blogging right away.

      In Joomla you have to install this as an optional extra. In Joomla these “extras” are called “extensions” and in WordPress they are called “plug-ins”.

      You sound like you have some website programming experience, as such if you are looking for ways to improve your website rankings, please click here Top #3 Ideas of How To Improve Your Website Ranking

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