best methods to build a free web site without knowledge of html

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Sam JacobsCitrix Technology Professional / Director of TechDev Services, IPM

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You may want to look into the free version of Microsoft Expression Web:

While I haven't used it myself, I've heard good things about it.
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Just run a local copy of WordPress.

You can always make it public later, if you like.

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I agree with David, Wordpress is a good choice. And you do not need a local copy, but you can play at home if you wish.

You can run a cheap website on their servers. Just go to wordpress.com and follow the instructions. You can use their hosting account to create a $4/month  Wordpress site. That is very cheap.

GoDaddy also has some decent tools for building simple starter websites on a hosting account with them as well.

Other options are to find a hosting site that offers cheap starter rates (some as low as $10 for the first year) and they almost all offer a Wordpress install.  I use Siteground, and have had very good luck with their inexpensive service. Look at their twitter page for deals: https://twitter.com/SiteGround or go to their site for more info:

Now, that said, what exactly do you want the website to do? And where do you plan on running it?  More info on what you want to do would help answer this question better though.
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Imal UpalakshithaIT System Administrator

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I actually want to publish IT related technical articles in my own web site

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Then I think Wordpress is the best bet. You really do not want to run it from home, and be careful as some ISPs do not allow you to run a server from home. I recommend a cheap hosting service that will grow with you. So i am back to Siteground. They have very good help on getting Wordpress up and running, and you can play for a while on a setup before it goes live. And their customer service is very good. (I do not work for them, I just use them. )
David FavorFractional CTO
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If you're publishing articles, just find some inexpensive hosting + setup a WordPress site.

This is the easy way to publish content.

I'd personally stay away from WordPress.com unless you're 100% sure you'll never, ever, ever monetize your content. Read their TOS very carefully if you every plan on living from the proceeds of your content.

Best to usually stick with WordPress.org (WordPress running on some hosting somewhere).

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David, I agree that Wordpress.com is a pain if you want to sell stuff, but IF he wants to monetize, just about any hosting provider will move the site off Wordpress for free when you sign up,  when he is ready to do that. So not such a problem after all IMHO as a starter place.

But I will agree, find a hosting provider that makes Wordpress easy, and go that way, There are lots of them. The one I suggested has Wordpress installs easy to do already on their sites, as I suspect many of them do. But I would check that before using a service.
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Wordpress is an option - but be careful - it is not what it is made out to be. It is actually a very bad framework. Started as a blogging tool and then got ahead of itself.

Saying use WP and you don't need to know html is a bit of a misnomer. It is possible to build a WP site with point and click ... if you are not fussy about what you get or have no specific design ideas.

Another option is the Site builders like WiX, Weebly, SquareSpace, Shopify, Duda to name a few.

Google Wix alternatives if you want more options.
I often suggest to start using a Facebook page, this cost nothing and you will have nothing to code, nothing to install.
You can make some money from it.
You can grow rapidly with follower or group members.

If you really want a web site with a domain name without coding you have to take online services.
I recommend using Ghost https://ghost.org/
 
See this article for the reasons to select it
https://www.troyhunt.com/creating-blog-for-your-non-techie/

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