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Screenshots: Build your website with one of these five free apps

Introduction

Without a web presence, your business--be it small, medium, or large--is missing out. But you probably already know that. What you may not know is where to begin or even how to build the site you need. Most people new to the idea of a web presence assume they'll have to dig into some cryptic coding language to build their site. Fortunately, that's not the case: There are plenty of tools out there ready to do that job for you.

Before I get into the tools, I should mention that, yes, there are lots of web services that will build a site for you. If you can connect with a reputable developer or service, and you can afford it, that could well be your best bet. However, if you can't afford it, and you have the time to build a site of your own, these five tools will do a great job of helping you to easily create a site for your business.

With one exception, these tools are skeleton frameworks that can be hosted on your own server or on a third-party server. Some hosted services even offer tools like Softaculous, which can install the framework with just a couple of clicks.

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By Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.