Businesses, big and small, need to be online. We’ve seen a massive shift where brick and mortar businesses are investing more resources into their online marketing and online presence. The online space also provides smaller companies with the opportunity to start a business with little to no funding. If you’re taking the route of just starting with what you have right now, which may not be much, you’ve probably considered using a free website service provider.

Getting a free website builder for your small business may seem like a cost-effective way to get your business online, but there are some downsides to using free web builders. 

Free web builders contain ads.

Free web builders and even free domains are saturated with advertisements, and you never really have full control over the placement and frequency of the ads.

Can you remove ads from free web builders?

No, not really. Free website builders contain advertisements because the company has to make money somehow because you are not paying for the website builder. If you want an ad-free experience, you have to pay for it. 

Are there ad-free web builders?

There are web builders that claim to be completely ad-free, but then they have certain features that you need to subscribe and pay for to ‘unlock’. 

SEO is tricky

Most free web builders available have limited SEO capabilities and plugins. SEO is essential in growing your business and getting organic traffic to your site.

E-commerce capabilities limited

With free website builder software, the e-commerce features may be limited. 

Free website builders posture as completely free but try to finesse you at every turn to get you to subscribe and pay to unlock all the ‘premium’ features. Why not just get a web builder from 1-grid where you’re aware of all its capabilities and get to use the elements for a low price. 

The best website builder for small businesses is a few clicks away, and your e-commerce website can be live in under 10 minutes. With our feature-rich web builder you get the following starting at R109 a month:

  • Free web hosting
  • Easy website editor
  • Easy drag and drop mechanism
  • Free domain in our Large package
  • Business email accounts 
  • Special widgets

Watch this detailed web builder demo to get a full view of what our product can do: