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Build a small business website on a budget

A simple and attractive website to attract new business needn’t break the bank. Here’s our rundown of the best cheap or free website platforms and templates for local tradesmen and small businesses.

Why should a local tradesman or small business be online?

The internet isn’t just for businesses that sell products and services online. Customers today want to find tradesmen and women in their area by typing their requirements into a search engine, rather than flicking through directories or newspapers.

A website also gives your business credibility and enables you to showcase your offering.

Three DIY website builders for local tradesmen and small businesses


1. Squarespace (£5-£15 per month depending on package chosen)

Squarespace is a good solution for tradesmen and small businesses that want an attractive, minimal website with strong images and bold typography.

Unlike many other other website builders, the business templates don’t look tacky and the platform boasts 40 million high quality images for use via its partnership with Getty Images. 

Other features include an analytics platform for website statistics, mobile apps to enable you to update your website on the move and a logo-builder tool to create your brand identity. Plus, there’s award-winning 24-hour support included in all of the packages.

2. Weebly (free to £16 per month depending on package chosen)

Weebly suits tradesmen and small business owners with little online experience and limited time to create their website.

The platform has a drag-and-drop interface for putting content elements such as text, images, videos, maps and forms onto templated website pages.

A number of one-page templates can help to get a website live in minutes, allowing for addition of extra pages and features when time permits.

Wix has the advantage of a marketplace for useful modules and embeddable widgets, many of them free, via its Wix App Market. These include form builders, image galleries, embeddable maps, email marketing platforms and more.

3. Wix (£2.55 to £10.10 per month depending on package chosen)

For businesses without a visual brand identity, Wix provides a number of templates which can be edited and refined with the colours, fonts and photographs you choose. Templates in the ‘Home & Garden’ and ‘Maintenance Services’ section are especially useful for tradesmen and local businesses.

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