BlogDIY Web Design Tools

Hiring a professional web design team isn’t always in the budget, but that shouldn’t prevent you from establishing yourself online. Whether you’re setting up a personal blog or a site for your business, there are plenty of free web tools that can help you.  Below are 5 of the best tools for doing it yourself.

WordPress.com

WordPress

WordPress is one of the most widely-used content management systems on the Web. You can set up a free WordPress site on WordPress.com. This gives you access to a rich suite of blogging and other page-building tools. You will not be able to run Google AdSense or other ads on your free site; to do this, you’d need to arrange your own Web hosting.

Weebly

WeeblyWeebly is an established, popular site host with plenty of DIY site-building tools. Its drag-and-drop interface is easy to use. Weebly allows you to set up your own website quickly and easily; it also provides support for blogs.

Blogger

BloggerBlogger.com enables you to host a free blog and includes the functionality needed to create a full blown website. It’s one of the longest-established blog hosts on the web and is now owned by Google.

Tumblr

TumblrA relative newcomer to the web, Tumblr was developed to host “tumblelogs”: short-form weblogs consisting largely of brief entries with lots of multimedia content.

Google Sites

Google SitesGoogle Sites offers tools and resources for collaborative, internal and external websites. It is a little more complicated to use than some other free hosts but has plenty of features. It also integrates nicely with a range of Google products, including calendar, docs, and other aspects of Google Apps.

I’m obviously a bit biased, but I believe paying for a website is well worth the investment.  When you’re just starting out, however, free tools are often more accessible and easier to get started with. A free site lets you find your feet on the web and helps you determine what you will need from a professionally-created site.

Do you have experience with any other free (or low cost) DIY web design tools? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments. I know there are a lot of great tools out there that didn’t make this list.

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