We all agree: you need to have a highly responsive, accessible website as a nonprofit. But we also agree that not all hands are the same. While some nonprofits have the budget and the human resources to build and manage their websites, others don’t have the right resources to.
Thankfully, there’s a way to get your nonprofit a website if you’re just starting out, don’t have the budget, or just looking for something to start with and then scale later. That’s where website builders come in.
These website builders do not need web development knowledge. So as a nonprofit manager, you can get your organization’s website running in a couple of days or weeks. Remember, however, that if you’re building something huge, it’s always good to turn to a great web development agency for help.
There are hundreds of website builders out there. However, we’re going to cover the cheapest yet some of the best out there (in no particular order).
If you need something simple and a website builder that has little to no learning curve, then Weebly is the answer. With Weebly, you can get your website running really quickly with a rich app library, built-in search engine tools, and great templates.
For starters, you get a free SSL, 500 MB of data, and basic search engine tools. It also allows you to integrate with other third-party platforms.
One downside could be the presence of ads, especially for the free version. But if you upgrade, you could get pretty great features.
This is the only website builder in this list that’s built purposely for nonprofits. Morweb is a content management system that works with you from purchasing your domain and hosting, to creating a stunning website.
They become part of your website building process and give you a hand whenever you need it. It also has great tools and allows for a lot of integrations, such as maps, navigation help for accessibility, impact numbers, and donation buttons, event management, among others.
A downside to Morweb is that you have to purchase your domain name somewhere. While this may not be much work for many, it could be a little daunting for someone who isn’t tech-savvy.
Squarespace has earned a name in the website builder industry as one of the simplest platforms to get your website up and running. And since it isn’t that expensive, it’s a great choice for nonprofits just getting started.
Squarespace has a drag-and-drop editor that makes building a website easy, even for beginners. There are also stylish templates to choose from, and a myriad of features to build a nonprofit call to action, even calendars, donation buttons, and signup forms.
While this is a relatively new website builder, the number of features added by the team all the time makes it a great option to check out.
Carrd is very cheap, easy to use, and comes with a lot of features that you can use to create nonprofit donation forms, impact-driven landing pages, volunteer profiles, and more.
The many website templates it offers and its clean UI make it a great option for any nonprofit on a low budget.
When it comes to offering high-quality website building features at a cheaper rate, Wix may very well be crowned as the market leader. Not only is it easy to use, even for beginners into tech, it also provides visually stunning imagery, templates, and a whole lot of features.
One other good thing is that with Wix, you don’t have to buy a domain name somewhere. The platform provides domain names, so you can get a domain, get hosting, and get a website builder all on Wix.
If you want a simple and all-in-one solution, Wix is your best bet as a nonprofit.
Zoho Sites it’s another great yet cheap website builder out there for nonprofits on a budget looking for something simple.
Apart from the many stunning templates that Zoho Sites offers, it also has section templates that helps you build a unique website. You can also create membership portals, allow for integrations with other platforms, and more.
One good thing about Zoho Sites is that it’s part of the Zoho community, where you can get an email, a CRM, sales CRM, customer service tools, and more.
Providing hosting, thousands of great themes and templates, and offering great support, WordPress.com is one of the best website builders for nonprofits.
If you decide to go with this for your first website, you would get a free domain for the first year, about 13 GB of webspace, and an SSL certificate.
One issue with this website builder is that it may need time to get used to since it doesn’t come with drag and drop features.
A pretty new name in the industry, Ucraft has made its name as one of the cheapest yet great website builders out there with it block-based building and editing features. It’s simple to start, even for beginners and it’s cheap too.
There are a lot of features ideal for nonprofits on Ucraft, including the ability to build multilingual websites, a logo maker, and integrations with other tools. With Ucraft, you can build contact forms, donation buttons, maps, event calendars, and even create e-commerce pages if your nonprofit wants to sell something.