One of our main goals at SMEspree is to make it easy for small business owners to get their business online.
Website creation can be very expensive, and for business owners who need to keep costs as low as possible sometimes a DIY approach is the best option.
In this post, we’ll be covering how to build your own website for free using Mobirise, free software offering an easy drag-and-drop system.
> How Does Mobirise Work
> What Kind of Websites Can Mobirise Build
> Step 1 – Download and Install Mobirise
> Step 2 – Build Your Website
>> Add Blocks
>> Create New Pages
>> Set Page Meta Information
>> Set Website Logo and Other General Settings
> Step 3 – Publish Your Website
How to Build Your Website for Free Using Mobirise
Let’s start with a quick introduction to what Mobirise is.
Mobirise is a software tool that can be installed on your Windows or Mac computer. It’s not made by SMEspree, we’re simply fans of the software.
Mobirise operates on a freemium business model. This means they have a free offering with optionally paid extensions available if required.
Our team has spent significant time trialling the free version of Mobirise, and we’re confident that their free offering is very strong and you’ll be able to build a beautiful website without feeling pressured to pay for any additional blocks and templates.
How Does Mobirise Work
In a nutshell, you create an account at the Mobirise website and download their software.
Once you’ve completed the setup on your computer, you’ll need to enter your Mobirise account information when you run the program for the first time.
Once you’re up and running, you use Mobirise to drag-and-drop prebuilt content blocks onto your pages. It’s very easy to build a great looking business website really quickly.
Your website is stored locally on your computer (offline) while you’re building it. When you’re ready to publish your site, Mobirise allows you to upload your website files straight to your web hosting account with the push of a button.
What Kind of Websites Can Mobirise Build
While Mobirise is great for easily building beautiful business pages, it’s not a good fit for every project. Sometimes it’s a matter of picking the right tool for the job.
Mobirise is very well suited to “brochure” websites and static websites. By this, we mean simple websites with a few pages that introduce your business and talk about your key products/services. Usually, these types of websites won’t require any advanced functionality and their content won’t update often (if at all).
Mobirise is not well suited for more complicated websites, such as dynamic websites (ie, sites with frequently changing content/functionality), and websites with advanced functionality such as eCommerce websites.
If your business requires a simple, beautiful “brochure” website, then Mobirise is a great fit for you.
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Step 1 – Download and Install Mobirise
Download the software from the Mobirise website. You’ll be asked to create a free account during the process (you’ll need an account to use the software).
Step 2 – Build Your Website
Mobirise will give you a quick demo and walkthrough of how the software works when you first load the program.
Use this time to play around with the software and get a feel for how it works.
Use the red + button (bottom right corner) to add pre-built content blocks to your page. Each block has individual settings, which you can access by mousing over the blocks and then clicking on the options that appear in the top right corner of that block.
Create New Pages
You can add new pages to your website via the menu in the top left corner. You can either clone your current page or create a new blank page.
Set Page Meta Information
Each page has settings available to set your page title, description and URL. These settings are what will appear in Google search results and when shared online via social media.
There’s also an option to set the image used when sharing the page on (for example) Facebook.
These settings can be tweaked on a page-by-page basis, so you can structure your website appropriately.
Set Website Logo and Other General Settings
Your website also has some overall settings that can be configured. For instance, you can set you site logo (which will appear in your menu bar and again as your favicon).
You can also enter your Google Analytics tracking code to link your site to your Analytics account.
There are some more advanced features too, such as editing your robots.txt file and sitemap.xml file.
Finally, you’re also able to easily make your website GDPR compliant and enable cookie alerts, if required.
Step 3 – Publish Your Website
When you’re ready to publish your website to the internet, Mobirise makes it super easy to do this.
Please note, that you will require a web hosting package to store and serve your website files. We recommend the Lite web hosting plan for those just getting started – it offers plenty of storage and bandwidth to power your website, plus it includes a free domain* and matching business email.
Click the Publish button in the top right corner and choose FTP as the upload method. You’ll need to enter your FTP details for the first time, so click on the green Edit button.
- Set the Protocol as FTP.
- In the Host field, enter ftp.yoursite.com (remember to replace yoursite.com with your actual domain).
- Your Username and Password will be the details associated with your cPanel account. These details are emailed to you when you purchase a new hosting package (look for the email titled “New Account Information”).
- Click Test Connection – if successful then click Save.
- Replace [root folder] with public_html and then click Publish.
- If you’re not sure about your username/password or FTP details, or you’re having some trouble overall please contact our support team for assistance.
Final thoughts: Mobirise free page builder gives you a solid option for building your own static/brochure website on a tight budget. Simple use the drag-and-drop blocks, replace the text and images with your own content and then publish your site to your web hosting account.