Free Website For Local Businesses

Google officially released their very own single page website builder which has been designed with local businesses in mind. They are calling it by the super original name of “Website” and are really focusing on making it a useful tool for small businesses that don’t currently have a website and simply can not afford to have one built by a web designer.

“60% of small businesses world-wide do not have their own website”

Although free websites are nice, they rarely provide your business with much value. There is nothing better than investing in good website design from a reliable New Zealand company and having something that actually works as a part of your business as opposed to the perceived “digital presence” a free website might bring you.

However, some people just don’t have the luxury straight away. 

What is great about Googles website builder will be how easy it is to set up. Google Website is free, integrates perfectly with GMB, is mobile responsive (of course), and is also ads-ready for AdWords.

All you will need is to have a Google My Business Page set up, and then you can access the new Website feature from within your verified Google My Business account. To access the new feature, log in to your GMB account and select Manage Location, from there you will be able to select website from the menu and Google will pull your data from Google My Business into the one page website. You can also access the new feature by going to the Landing Page.

If you do not have a Google My Business page set up, you will be prompted to add the new Website upon creating a listing. “yourcompanyname.business.site.” will be the url structure of the free included domain name but alternatively you can purchase a more custom domain which Google will automatically link to your free website.

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Once you have published your new Google Website, any changes that need to me made are done through GMB and the Website will be automatically updated.

Although there are better places you can find a free service to build your own website, Google’s new Website feature is designed with user-friendliness in mind I guess in order to encourage more businesses to jump on board and get their own site up and running. Nothing free will be perfect, but for those who simply don’t have the budget or the know-how this is a great option.

To find out more about the new free website builder you can read more on Google’s Help Doc, or you can visit the Website Builder landing page.

If you are in need of assistance in creating a more in-depth website with a range of additional features, I am happy to help and you can get in contact with me (Kyle) here. My web design site is currently under construction as part of an experiment to release it early and document the process, you can read more about my experiment here.

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