How to create a small business website?

You have a small or medium-sized business – for example: a café, an independent shop, studio or workshop – and you want to create a simple, low-cost website. In true entrepreneurial spirit you want to create it yourself.

You also need a professional email address along the lines of And, of course, you want good technical support who responds promptly if you have any questions or problems.

 Your requirements:

  • You can update the site yourself at any time
  • Small- to medium-sized site (about 7 to 50 mainly static pages)
  • Domain name and email address included
  • You want to be able to use your own corporate design
  • Mobile-optimized templates (iPhone, Android)
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Contact form and location map
  • Technical support offered by the provider
  • The option to offer basic online shopping capability and/or a blog
  • The option to include a separate, possibly password-protected section for downloading files
  • Cost: US $7–20 per month

Our recommendations:


Weebly’s Pro plan offers highly professional features such as header slideshows and site search. Their templates are about as flexible as it can get. Their online store enables you to sell both physical and digital goods. Find our review here.


Jimdo’s PRO and BUSINESS packages include not only a proper domain name but also email accounts for your business. For details about the pros and cons please take a look at our full Jimdo review.

You have further requirements? Here you can find even more providers and further information about them.

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Hi, my name is Robert Brandl and I am the founder of WebsiteToolTester. If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

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  • Linda

    Nice simple comparison of builders. I have a site made with IWeb, can it be transferred? Is SEO or Google ranking affected? Can you use a builder and have the site hosted elsewhere?