What is the easiest free website builder

Create a Free Website - Two Easy Tutorials for Your Website

Create a free website with the Jimdo kit or with HTML templates. This article shows two tutorials for a free and professional website.

The easiest way to design a website for free is with a website builder

The fastest and easiest way to build a free professional website is to use a website builder like Jimdo or Wix. The advantage of these homepage builders is that you can create a professional website in just a few minutes. You can choose from a free template, e.g. for your business or school website, and then simply create the first pages with a click of the mouse. After that, all you have to do is add your content: more pages, images, texts, downloads and so on.

A simple tutorial on how to create a free website using Jimdo

1. Go to jimdo.com/de/ and click on "Start now for free".

2. Register for free on Jimdo

3. Confirm the email Jimdo sent you by clicking "Confirm Now" in your email.

4. Please click on "Create website now" under "Website".

5. Now decide on "The system for professionals with coding function". This decision is very important. You are choosing a Creator product that is just as simple as a Dolphin product. The advantage, however, is that you can optionally use your own code, i.e. HTML, CSS or JavaScript.

5. Now select the industry for which you are creating your website. Please click on "You can skip this step", as this will give you a larger selection of design templates.

6. Choose the template for your website that you like the most. You can choose from over a hundred design templates. You can always change parts or all of the template later. Your best bet is to click the Rome template that works for most websites.

7. Select your plan for building your website. Here you choose "free of charge". You can upgrade to a higher tariff with more functions at any time later. But for building a free website and testing it in detail, the Free plan is great. You can get precise tariff advice in the article "Jimdo costs: overview of prices, interactive tariff finder in just 5 mouse clicks".

8. Choose a free subdomain, e.g. my-free-homepage.jimdofree.com. Later you can always switch to any domain that does not end in .jimdofree.com, such as "my-homepage.de".

9. Your free Jimdo website is now ready to go. In the Jimdo backend you can now easily download your free Design the Jimdo website.

10. In the Jimdo backend you can easily access all kinds of content such as texts, images, galleries, downloads, Google Maps, forms, tables, social media, calendars, newsletters, pdf files, RSS feeds, videos and many, many more add and edit with a click of the mouse:

11. If you want to change the layout of your Jimdo website, simply click on a new design template. Or you can only change parts of your current design template - such as colors, lines or images.

The easiest way to design websites is with the Jimdo website builder

In a matter of minutes, you can create a free website and put it on the Internet. After that, all you have to do is focus on your content and optimizing your template and the overall design of your website. Plus, if you need even more features, you can compare the Jimdo plans and choose the plan that best suits your needs. Have fun with Jimdo!

School homepage template - free, professional with Jimdo

With the Jimdo School homepage template you can create a copy for your free (school) homepage in a few minutes. You will receive a free copy of this professional design template, which you can use for a school homepage but also for any other website:

The article "Create a school homepage - free and professional with the Jimdo template" shows you step by step how you can easily copy the Jimdo (school) homepage template and start your own homepage in a few minutes.

How to use an HTML template to create your homepage

A second way to build your website for free is to build your website with a free HTML template, domain, and web host. This type of website building is straightforward too, but you need to be more technophile than using a website builder. The reason for this is that you need a basic understanding of HTML and CSS.

The advantage of using an HTML template, however, is that you have full control over your website. There are technically no limits to what you can do with it. The following tutorial explains in detail how straightforward it is to create a free website using an HTML template.

Web hosting and domain

1. To start building your website, you first need a web host and a domain. You can buy these at webgo.de or linevast.de, for example, two excellent web hosts who offer you a domain and fast hosting from 2.50 euros / month. The web host provides you with a part of his PC on which you can save your files. The domain is the address that directs a visitor to your files. For example, if you go to Schulhomepage.de in your browser, the files on this website will be displayed.

2. You need an FTP program like the very useful and free FileZilla. This tool basically works like your Windows Explorer. It copies files from your computer to your website that is a part of your web host's computer.

3. Download a free HTML / CSS template to get your website off to a professional start and make it look great. There are thousands of free templates to choose from. Personally, I like the WebMag template, which you can use for any type of news blog or school website. This template is designed to be used with Wordpress, but it is also very useful as a simple template for a free HTML / CSS website.

4. Upload the template to your web host using FileZilla. To do this, you have to start FileZilla, open the site manager and enter the login data that your web host has provided you with. If you run into any problems, just give your web host a call. It's easier than it looks. After FileZilla has started a connection to your web host / website, you can simply upload all files of the template by drag and drop.

5. Now you can open your website in your browser, like the free Firefox, by going to your domain, e.g. https://schulhomepage.de. If it doesn't work, call your web host again.

6. To edit your website's files / pages you can use a WYSIWYG HTML editor like the excellent Dreamweaver, but it is expensive as you can only rent it for a fee of 30 euros per month. But with just 30 euros you can buy the very good Coffecup HTML editor and use it all the time. And the Coffeecup HTML editor is free if you don't need WYSIWYG (a live preview of your website). If you are satisfied with just a textual HTML editor then use Notepad ++, which is free and brilliant.

7. Your websites, e.g. your-domain.de/blog-post.html, now all end with ".html". Since this doesn't look nice to your visitors, you can create a file called ".htaccess". Use your editor, e.g. Notepad ++, to write the following in this file:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond% {REQUEST_FILENAME}! -F RewriteCond% {REQUEST_FILENAME}! -D RewriteCond% {REQUEST_FILENAME} .html -f RewriteRule ^ (. +) $ $ 1.html [L, QSA] RewriteCond% {THE_REQUEST} ^ [AZ] { 3.9} \ /.* \. Html \ HTTP / RewriteRule ^ (. *) \. Html $ / $ 1 [R = 301, L]

8. Then upload the .htaccess file to your web hosting account. If you now go to your-domain.de/blog-post.html, the URL (address) should show your-domain.de/blog-post without ".html". If it doesn't work, please call your web host again.

Conclusion: Creating web pages is easy with both a builder and an HTML template

The free website builder is the best method for you if you are new to web design and want to focus on the content and your design. Then you can have a free website up and running in minutes. The advantage is that you don't have to deal with web hosting and HTML code, and you get a great free and professional website.

If you want full control of your website and have a basic understanding of web hosting, FTP programs, and HTML, or if you want to become familiar with them, then using an HTML template is your best bet.

No matter what you prefer, have fun with your website!

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FAQ

Is Jimdo really free?

Jimdo is completely free with the "Free" tariff for a "Creator" website and the "Play" tariff for a "Dolphin website". There are no hidden costs with these tariffs, you pay nothing permanently. However, these free plans show little advertising and you are limited in the functions. Nevertheless, these two tariffs are ideal for getting to know Jimdo and familiarizing yourself with the vast majority of functions such as creating content and a news blog.

How much does Jimdo cost?

How much Jimdo costs depends on what features you use and whether you want to avoid showing ads. Jimdo is completely free when you choose the "Free" tariff for a "Creator website" or the "Play" tariff for a "Dolphin website". These two tariffs are ideal for getting to know Jimdo and familiarizing yourself with the vast majority of functions such as creating content and a blog. However, the "Pro" tariff for a "Creator website" or the "Start" tariff for a "Dolphin website" for 9 euros per month make sense. With these tariffs you get more functions, no more advertisements are shown and you get fast premium support by email. In addition, Jimdo offers other tariffs with more functions: all Dolphin tariffs and all Creator tariffs.

A detailed price overview of all Jimdo tariffs can be found in the article "Jimdo costs: overview of prices, interactive tariff finder in just 5 mouse clicks"

Which free website is the best?

The best free website can be made with Jimdo. Jimdo is the best website builder and, alongside Wix, the market leader in Germany. Both have great features and they are very easy to build a website with.

However, Jimdo has two key advantages over Wix:

1. Web design. You can edit HTML and CSS directly on Jimdo, but not on Wix. With Jimdo, you can change the entire design of your website - 100 percent. With Wix, however, once you've decided on a particular web design when setting up your Wix website, you can change most of the design, but not the entire layout.

2. speed. Website tooltester speed tests have shown that a Jimdo website loads, on average, more than twice as fast as a Wix website, on both mobile and laptop devices. This is another compelling argument for using Jimdo instead of Wix.