You don’t have to hire an expensive website design firm or manage your own WordPress installation to make a nice-looking site to promote your business or your personal brand. Here are three hosted website building tools to get you going quickly: Weebly, SiteKreator, and SynthaSite.
Weebly provides an easy-to-use drag-and-drop interface for creating your website along with more than 30 design templates to choose from. You can add a blog and RSS feeds. Weebly lets you use your own domain or even buy a domain through them. And it’s all free.
SiteKreator offers all the capabilities of Weebly plus a bunch more. It’s priced in four tiers of service: Free, Personal at $7.95 a month, Business at $19.95 a month, and Power at $39.95 a month. The Business offering that small businesses might choose offers 50 design templates, all the basic website elements you want including text and images plus support for advanced features like discussion forums, site search, and web forms.
Jump up to the Power offering and you’ll get the ability to create page-specific menus, an internal employee area, and 20 email accounts.
SynthaSite makes it easy to build web pages with text, images, and video. You can host the results as a subdomain at synthasite.com or download the pages and host at your own domain. It’s more like a web app version of DreamWeaver or FrontPage and less a full-featured hosted solution like SiteKreator.