A good basic option for simple websites
Founded in 2013, Strikingly is much younger than the other website builders on this list. It’s probably not a great option if you’ve already built a few websites and like to tinker. But if you just want a tool to build a basic website, its simple editor keeps things uncomplicated.
How it works
To get started, you sign up for a free Strikingly account. Then, it drops you into an interface where you choose from the ~27+ available templates:
Ease of use and time investment
Once you select your template, Strikingly dumps you straight into the editor. This free website builder tool is a lot simpler than Wix. And while, to be honest, it does look a little dated, it’s actually pretty intuitive for most of the things a small business needs.
One especially handy feature is built-in spots that suggest adding a specific element. For example, on the template I chose, it suggested adding a button to the hero section:
Strikingly’s editor definitely sacrifices some flexibility for ease of use. But if you don’t have a ton of experience and just want to build a great-looking small business site, that may well be enough for you.
Strikingly has a free plan if you’re ok with using a Strikingly subdomain. After that, paid plans start at $8 per month.