Choose a website builder with free hosting and domain
Which designer to choose?
For those who want to create a high-level site, the uKit service will be the best option. He has everything in order with the functionality, there is a complete set of modern tools for business cards, portfolios, landing pages or a small online store.
In addition, the hosting itself actually comes out free, and disk space is unlimited. At the end of the two-week trial period, you will be offered to choose one of four premium rates, which, by the way, are the cheapest in Runet.
Agree that to get a website with free hosting and unlimited disk space for 3-4 dollars per month is almost for nothing.
Reasonably good conditions for free use are provided by the Wix designer. Without financial investments, you can make an online store that will work normally. Visitors will see two service advertising banners: a small one at the top and a large one at the bottom.
Important information copyright service designer does not overlap, but the bottom line is striking a huge word “FREE”, which may adversely affect the attitude of visitors to the online store.
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The best option for creating a free website will be uCoz designer. The domain name will be third level, but uCoz has been on the market for so long that its mentioning in the address does not confuse anyone. Even if you do not go to the paid rate, the available tools will be enough to create a quality portal.
The only restriction is the impossibility to collect an online store, since the necessary module for adding a basket and payment is available only for money.
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If you need a small website, then a good option would be to use the tools that the Setup designer provides. By filling out 3 pages, you will receive a second level domain for a year as a gift. In a year it will have to be renewed for money, but the site will work for 12 months without financial investments.
The disadvantage is a disastrously small amount of disk space – only 100 MB. Information about yourself, dozens of photos, videos – and the limit is reached.
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What are the limitations?
All designers at free rates have approximately the same restrictions:
A small amount of disk space.
The limit on the number of pages.
The inability to bind a purchased domain, work with a third-level domain.
Advertising designer on the pages of the created site.
If you are going to build an online store on the designer, then you will encounter a restriction on the number of products that can be added to the site. Some services set a limit on downloaded photos at a free rate.
For example, in the constructor Nethouse at a free rate you get unlimited disk space, but you can upload no more than 10 products and 20 photos to it.
How seriously do these restrictions affect the performance of the site? It depends on what type of site you are creating.
A large online store with a large number of visitors cannot be built for free: the limit on disk space and traffic will be quickly exceeded. But a small business card or company website can be done without problems.
Usually, at designer’s free tariffs, users are given several hundred megabytes – 100, 300, 500. If you don’t meet the limit, you’ll be asked to switch to a paid rate to remove restrictions.
The problem is solved by deleting unused files and storing data (music, video, photos) on third-party services. But it’s still impossible to turn around for 100 MB: it’s enough for a business card with several photos.
Some designers set a hard limit on the number of pages, the excess of which is possible only when switching to a paid rate. The minimum number of pages in this case is usually three, which is enough for a small website.
This restriction is not so common, but do not forget to clarify the terms of free use, so as not to unexpectedly encounter the fact that you cannot add the “Contacts” or “About Us” page.
Third level domain and advertising
All designers at a free rate provide third-level domain names. To change a domain or attach a name registered on another site, you need to fulfill some conditions (for example, fill in the pages with the content in the Setup designer) or pay money.