February 08, 2011

Free & Easy Website Builders

Thinking of creating your own resume/portfolio website but don't have the time, artistic inspiration, or coding knowledge to create one from scratch? I've compiled a short list of free site builders that are simple to use.

Weebly - Drag and drop interface, customizable themes, password-protected pages
Google Sites - Themes and templates (based on purpose such as classroom, blog, portfolio, family, etc), easy integration with other Google services (Picasa, Calendar, AdSense)
Moonfruit - Themes and templates based on site purpose, others can become members of your site
Wix - Create an animated Flash site (If you opt for this one, please note that although Flash is shiny and sparkly, it doesn't work on mobile devices or on computers that don't have flash player)
Carbonmade - mostly for creating portfolio sites, friendly interface, supports uploaded images, video, and flash files

With the money you save on building your site, you should seriously consider buying a web domain (eg jsmith.com or smithdesigns.org). Domains are not very expensive and are an easy way to make your website seem more professional.

Katie Hazard | Digital Artist, User Experience Designer
khazard@internlikearockstar.com | @katie_hazard
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