In the UK, 49% of sole traders still don’t have a website to promote their business – that adds up to almost 1.7 million businesses.

As well as that, over a quarter (27%) of businesses with 2-5 employees also don’t have a website. Some businesses say that it’s too difficult, or too expensive to get started building a website of their own, but with Website Builder from Fasthosts, it’s easy to build a website for free.

Follow these steps on how to start creating your own beautiful website without paying a penny:

Choose your domain name

Finding the right web address for your business website is the first step in building your online presence. You want to make it easy for your customers to find you online, so choose a domain name that is short, memorable, and matches your business name.

Website Builder includes a .uk/ domain name free for the first year. Read our blog for more information on choosing the right domain name for your business.

Choose a free website template

Build your free website with a template to suit your industry. Website Builder includes a range of free website templates for a wide number of different industries, from fashion and photography, to restaurants and travel blogs. All of the free website templates are responsive to mobile devices, so your website will look great on any device.

Customise your website with drag and drop

Each template can be fully customised and personalised so you can create a free website that is bespoke to your business and branding. You have total control over the look of your website, and with drag-and-drop functionality it’s easy to change fonts, add your company logo, or change the colours of the template to make your website instantly recognisable to your customers. With Website Builder’s mobile quick-edit you can make changes to your website from wherever you are on your smartphone or tablet.

Add extra features to your website

The free stock image library allows you to add beautiful imagery to your website. As well as content and imagery, you can add extra features like contact forms, photo galleries, and video clips. Giving your customers more to interact with on your website will increase the likelihood of them getting in touch or purchasing something.

Create a free website with multiple pages

Your website homepage should outline all of the important things about your business: what you sell, what you stand for, and how people can get in touch with you. But to give your users more information you should add multiple pages to your website. Website Builder Complete allows you to add unlimited pages to your website, meaning you can have a page for each product you sell, a page for reviews and testimonials, a contact page, a blog, a help section and so on.

Sell your products online

Take the next step and start selling online. Website Builder Complete makes it easy to add a shop to your website, meaning you can start selling products in just a few clicks. A built-in ordering system lets you sell unlimited items, take secure payments, and manage stock and delivery options all from the same place.

Get your business found online

Included with the Website Builder Complete package are tools for marketing and search engine optimisation that will improve the chances of getting your website found online. Edit and update your content to match the tips, and you’ll be flying up the search rankings in no time.

With a domain name, email account, SSL certificate and a range of customisable templates included, Website Builder gives you everything you need to create a free website.

When you sign up to Website Builder from Fasthosts you can start to create a website at no cost for up to 3 months. Our support teams are available 24/7 to help you and give advice on how to build your perfect website, but if for any reason you’re unsatisfied with Website Builder you can cancel your contract in the first 30 days without paying anything.