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Better than a free website builder

Professional service at a reasonable price
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Plenty of mobile optimized templates and images
Reliable hosting, free 24/7 support – without ads
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A website from 1&1 IONOS offers greater advantages than a free website

Professional website with domain

Creating a website for your business is much like establishing a digital business card – at a glance, your potential clients and business partners can see precisely who you are and what you do, and find the information they need about your organization. There are many free website creators that allow you to do this, from a variety of providers. However, these free options often lack the high quality features and standards you receive at a low cost with MyWebsite from 1&1 IONOS. For example, modern users expect a website to have its own custom domain rather than using a generic free website domain. This is not only more visually appealing, it also signals trustworthiness to your target audience. Furthermore, reliable hosting is important for ensuring content of your site is available around the clock and works seamlessly on mobile devices. All of these elements for a professionally credible website are available with 1&1 MyWebsite: your own domain, secure webspace, professional design templates, marketing tools, and plenty more.

The strengths of our website packages

Your own website without the need for programming knowledge

No matter if you want to create a private site, an online store, or an informational portal, with 1&1 IONOS you don’t require any prior programing knowledge! With all the tools and design templates at your disposal, 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite allows you to create your professional site in no time at all. Test different designs and adjust color schemes, fonts and other elements at will. Plus, add text and let your creativity run wild by integrating multimedia elements such as images and videos. Your needs are well provided for with 1&1 IONOS, with many features that are missing from free website builders for beginners.

Great service at competitive prices

1&1 IONOS offers low-cost website packages for every purpose, and with everything you need – from your own domain to a customizable design. The included design templates provide clear page navigation and page layout, while giving you the freedom to drag and drop elements and make your site unique. 1&1 IONOS packages also offer several other features. For example, it’s straightforward to add an online store to your site, allowing you to sell products and manage your customer’s orders and personal data. Additionally, the 1&1 IONOS marketing tools help you boost your internet presence and to make your site easier to find on search engines.

Optimized for mobile devices

Today, having your own website is practically essential for marketing your business, gaining publicity, and for winning new customers. Since more and more users are using their smartphones and tablets to surf the web, optimizing your website to display properly across all these devices is also essential. Unfortunately, with free website builders, mobile optimization often isn’t included. With the 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite packages, however, mobile optimization of your digital content is included as standard at no extra charge.

30 day money back

MyWebsite packages offer you a versatile tool and all the ingredients you need to build a successful internet presence. Give it a try: choose a website package and design your site exactly how you want it. Although it’s not a free website, if you are unsatisfied during the trial month, you can simply cancel the package and only pay for the period you actually used it for. Discover for yourself how easy MyWebsite is to use: the packages include a range of website customization tools, professional design templates, image editing tools, industry-specific text suggestions, and much more. These features are easy to use and enable you to configure your website extensively in just a few clicks.

1&1 IONOS MyWebsite and free providers in comparison

1&1 MyWebsiteFree website providers
Free version available
Custom domain
Unlimited storage spaceVaries
24/7 expert supportDepends on the provider
Marketing tools
1&1 IONOS MyWebsite packages


Build a website for yourself, your passion, or club

6 months $1/month then $7/month

Website builder
Includes templates prefilled with text and images related to your hobby, club, etc.

1 free domain and email account Included free domain extensions: .com, .biz, .org, .me, .online, .net, .ca, .info.Close

Social media widgets Connect your social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram. Integrate videos with YouTube and Vimeo or upload and manage images from your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts.Close


Build a professional website for your business

12 months $1/month then $10/month

Website builder
Includes professional templates prefilled with text and business-related images

1 free domain and 5 email accounts Included free domain extensions: .com, .biz, .org, .me, .online, .net, .ca, .info.Close

Social media widgets Connect your social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram. Integrate videos with YouTube and Vimeo or upload and manage images from your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts.Close

Business widgets Easy drag and drop business widgets like customer reviews and online scheduling.Close


Online Store

Website with built-in online store and marketing tools

6 months $1/month then $25/month

Website builder
Includes professional templates prefilled with text and business-related images

1 free domain and 10 email accounts Included free domain extensions: .com, .biz, .org, .me, .online, .net, .ca, .info.Close

Social media widgets Connect your social media accounts like Facebook and Instagram. Integrate videos with YouTube and Vimeo or upload and manage images from your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts.Close

Business widgets Easy drag and drop business widgets like customer reviews and online scheduling.Close


Tailored content Create individual experiences for your visitors: pop-ups based on location, device, or time e.g. for holidays or special events, and for first-time or returning visitors.Close

SEO tutorials Analyze your website and learn how to get more visitors from Google and other search engines.Close

Email marketing tool Send up to 300 emails with real-time campaign statistics and professional mobile-optimized templates.Close

Online Store
List up to 5,000 items. Includes a range of payment and shipping options Other highlights: Facebook Store, multi-currency, Pay via credit card, PayPal, bank transfer, Vouchers and discountsClose

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What are the limitations of free website builders?

Free website builders and hosting

Free website builders let you create a simple, attractive website easily without prior experience. But do they always offer hosting services? The answer, unfortunately, is no: In most cases, free providers don't offer hosting as part of their basic package. Web hosting requires expensive hardware, which means it's often not financially viable to carry out yourself. To have hosting included as part of your free website builder package will come at an cost. The other option is to source an external web hosting provider independently.
Some free website builders do in fact offer website hosting as part of their free package. But this normally means that other features are limited. The free basic package may come with hosting, but doesn't offer a custom domain name, SEO tools, additional users, or an eCommerce function. Other free website builders that offer hosting may place other restrictions, like removing the sign-up function for site visitors, stopping offline page maintenance, not offering SSL security, or blocking certain payment functions, like PayPal or credit cards.
Lastly, some free website builders that offer hosting run ads on your site. This is their way of funding their company to be able to offer you a free website builder – and you'll typically see no commission for these ads, regardless of how well your website performs.

Free website builder templates

Templates are a great way to give your website consistency and style. If you're a beginner with no prior experience in programming or web design, templates are crucial to making sure your site is attractive and has a clear layout.
If you find one that suits your needs perfectly, then it makes sense to use it. But unfortunately, they don't offer a great degree of flexibility, and they won't be exclusive to your site. So if you have an exact idea in mind but lack the programming and web design skills to make it a reality, or if you just want a nice, smart design that is unique to your brand, then a free website builder template probably isn't the answer.

Free website builders with email capability

When setting up your company website, you might want to have your own, domain-specific email address incorporated into it. For example, if you were to acquire the domain name 'bestcars.ca', then it can add an extra level of professionalism to have emails for all your employees and customer services using this domain name (for instance: miranda@bestcars.ca or info@bestcars.ca), rather than using a centralized email address domain. Unfortunately, free website builders don't offer this email address feature free of charge.
In fact, many free website builders don't offer an integrated email service as part of their basic package, meaning that you'll need to either use plugins to integrate an email function yourself, or run your email service externally from a separate place entirely.

Technical limitations to free website builders

What do I need to consider?

Free website builders usually come with certain technical limitations that can impact creativity, design flexibility, security, and general functionality. Free website builders often limit certain technical requirements, like CSS, mobile optimization, JavaScript, PHP, private databases, and video upload. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself when choosing a free website builder:

Can I optimize my site for mobile devices?

Mobile optimization is an increasingly important factor in customer retention, because mobile browsing on smartphones and tablets is growing. This then affects the Google SERP (search engine results page) rankings: Sites that are not optimized for mobile devices are punished with lower rankings. Most free website builders only offer mobile optimization for premium customers.

Is it possible to create in HTML5?

HTML5 is the latest version of the classic text language format used for content presentation on the web. If you want your website to stand out, it's important to make sure your free website builder of choice offers HTML5. Some don't.

Can I customize my HTML doc with CSS?

CSS is a language that takes care of the style in your HTML text document. It describes how HTML elements are displayed, with regards to color,size, font, and more. Customizing using CSS is how you can make your website look individual.

Does the free website builder offer JavaScript?

Along with HTML and CSS, JavaScript is the third part of the holy trinity of web design. Just as with the other two, being able to edit with JavaScript will make a big difference to the final presentation of your website.

Can I embed videos?

Multimedia features like videos are crucial for retaining customers and offering site visitors added value. Some free website builders don't let you embed videos unless you pay for a premium package.

Is it possible to use PHP?

PHP is usually embedded into HTML code or combined with pre-existing templates or frameworks. It adds further flexibility to your code and allows you to personalize content. Some free website builders don't offer PHP editing free of charge.

Can I easily connect to a database?

Free website builders often feature their own database for you to use, but this is normally restricted to only a small amount of data storage. To extend your storage options, you'll need to either connect to an external database or pay for an upgrade.

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Free website builder - FAQ

A free website builder is software that allows you to create a free website quickly online. These programs work in your browser, so you don't have to download additional software to your computer – you just have to log in and design your site. The best free website software out there are designed for you to create a simple website as quickly and easily as possible. Typical features include:

  • A WYSIWYG editor ("What You See Is What You Get"), which lets you work with a real image representation of your site.
  • Drag-and-drop tools and other step-by-step solutions, with ready-made text boxes and images to help simplify the creation process.
  • No installation needed – the storage space is provided via an external database.
  • Simple, intuitive operation.
  • Free website creation and use.
Yes, package upgrades of your 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite are possible at any time. This means you can flexibly choose between different price categories according to your exact needs in terms of features. Simply try out our website builder and decide for yourself. Select the tariff option that caters best to your requirements. For example, perhaps you may need more features for a professional website than for a personal one.

However, if you decide that you want to upgrade or downgrade your tariff, you can do this simply:

  • Log in to your 1&1 IONOS account.
  • Navigate to "My Contract", then "Contract Change".
  • Here, you will be forwarded to the 1&1 IONOS Shop, where you can take care of your tariff change. Please note that your new selected tariff must be in the same product category.

When you change tariff, all the content of your site will be retained. Your data is in good hands – to protect you from data loss, it is stored in high-performance 1&1 IONOS data centers, which are well-secured against cybercrime and outages. It is also possible for you to create a local backup for your own purposes. Simply follow the steps listed in the 1&1 Help Center.
No, but instead you can create a professional website with a wide array of features at a reasonable price. While free websites will often not meet the expectations of your target audience, 1&1 IONOS packages offer you comprehensive tools for customizing your private or commercial website. This way, you can tailor it more easily to your target audience, and to your own needs.

Unlike with some free website builders, you benefit from attractive designs, comprehensive functionality and numerous extra features, such as secure web hosting and your own custom domain. These strengthen the credibility of your online presence. With 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite, you have a completely customizable website at your disposal that you can design, modify and expand whenever you want - even without any programing knowledge. The numerous additional features are included in the monthly price.
Free website builder software is better suited to beginners who are creating a website for the first time and need only a few features, rather than advanced users. Since no budget is required, these free websites are good options for private projects or smaller professional projects, such as:

  • Personal websites – e.g. for students, artists, blogs, etc.
  • Freelancers
  • Startups
  • Small businesses

A comprehensive website builder like 1&1 IONOS MyWebsite, on the other hand, is more suitable for applications that require higher quality and a wider range of functions. For example, MyWebsite is capable of creating a better, more sophisticated corporate website than a free website builder. Nevertheless, it is still easy to use without any programing or design knowledge, so it's also perfectly suitable for beginners, or for personal blogs, student portfolios, and other similar projects.
Here are just a few of the types of project that 1&1 IONOS is suited to:

  • Private individuals – e.g. for students, artists, blogs, etc.
  • Freelancers
  • Startups
  • Small to medium-sized businesses
  • Large corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public authorities
  • Clubs and societies
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