Microsoft launches free website hosting

Microsoft is set to compete with Squarespace and Wix by offering businesses an easy way to set up an online presence, and unlike those companies, their offering will be free.

Microsoft Digital Marketing CenterThe new website builder service provides a free and easy solution that small businesses can leverage to get started with a website, with unique features such as importing your website information from a Facebook page. or an existing advertising campaign.

Businesses can choose from a number of templates without having to know any code.

Sample website created with Digital Marketing Center’s new website builder.

How to Build Your Free Website with Digital Marketing Center

When companies create a Digital Marketing Center account they will be asked to provide a website when creating your advertising campaign. Users simply need to select the option: I don’t have a website. Help me create one for free. At this point, you will only need to decide on your website URL and can proceed with creating your campaign. After signing up, you can start building your website.

Microsoft says according to the Small Business Association, more than 36% of small businesses do not have a website but a recent study shows that 80% of customers research a business online before visiting or making a purchase with it. Therefore, without a website, a small business risks losing these potential customers.

Learn more about creating a free website with Microsoft here.

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