How to Set Up a Website for Free

By | November 14, 2014

How to set up a website for freeBuilding a new website is much easier than you may think. With the right tools, you can learn how to set up a website for free in a matter of minutes.

If you don’t believe that it is easy… keep reading and we will have a free website set up for you in no time at all. Better yet, we can set you up to start making money off your website as well.

Let’s not waste any more time so let’s get started…


Get Started: How to Set Up a Website for Free

Before we jump right into setting up your website we will need to handle a few admin tasks first. We will need to sign up for free web-hosting and navigate to the right page on our hosting site.


Get Free Web-Hosting…

To set up a free website, you need to find a service that offers free web-hosting. There are several sites out there, you just need to know where to look. If you’re not sure on a site then I recommend signing up with Wealthy Affiliate. Click here to go to their sign-up page. 

Wealthy Affiliate is the best service that I have found. They not only have free web-hosting, but they have free training as well. You will need to establish a FREE account with Wealthy Affiliate before you can start building your website (click below). If you are want to learn more about their program first, you can read my review of their program by clicking here

Click to Create your FREE Wealthy Affiliate Account.

Verify Email. You will need to verify your email address to create your account. You may need to check your spam folder if you don’t see the email within a few minutes.

I made a step-by-step guide with screenshots. If you prefer to follow along with a video, click the image below to go to the Wealthy Affiliate website to watch the video “Create a Website in Under 30 Seconds” (the website has been updated since the video was made so things may look slightly different).

Create a Website in Under 30 Seconds

Log Into Wealthy Affiliate…

Log into Wealthy Affiliate and navigate to the section where you can build your websites. Here’s how to get to the right page:

  1. Click on “Build Your Websites Here” (it will be on the left sidebar underneath Live Chat). After you click on this more options will appear.
  2. Under “Site Builder” click “Build your website.”

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You will now be taken to the “Build My Website” page and we can get started!


How to Set Up a Website for Free

Step #1: Chose a domain name.

On the “Build My Website” page look at “Step 1” at the top. There are two options, you will want to pick “A Free Website” on the left (the option on the right is for those who want to buy the domain name for $10 or more).

  1. Click “A Free Website” and a box will appear below.
  2. Enter your domain name in the text box. I entered “davestestsite.”

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If you need ideas on choosing your domain name check out this article: How to Choose a Fantastic Domain Name.

Take some thought into choosing your domain name because this is the one thing that you cannot change once your site is setup.


Step #2: Name your website.

Here is where you name your website. If possible, I like to make it identical to my domain name to help establish my brand and to avoid confusing my visitors. Enter your website name in the text box. I will enter “Dave’s Test Site.”

If you are unsure on the name for your website, don’t stress yourself out because this is something that you can change later on.

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Step 3: Pick a theme.

There are several themes to choose from. Browse through the themes until you find one that fits the vision for your website. If you have a hard time choosing a theme, I recommend going simple at first. You can easily change your theme later on.

I chose the Twenty Thirteen theme but you can choose any one that appeals to you.

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Step 4: Build your website.

One you found a theme, click “I’m Ready, Build My Website Now!”

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It will take a minute or two for Wealthy Affiliate to build your website.


Congratulations! You have just created a FREE website.


Click “Log Me In!” to go to your website.

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Once you login, you will go to the dashboard page in WordPress. In the dashboard is where you will do all the behind the scenes work on your website like add pages, pictures/video, add blog posts, and literally everything else.

If you want to see your basic website, click on your website’s name in the upper left corner. Then click on “Visit Site.”

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This image below is the website that I just created, yours will look differently depending on the theme that you chose.

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Great job!!! In just a few minutes you have learned how to set up a website for free. While this is a great start, there is more work to do before you start making money off your website.

Fortunately for you, the FREE Starter Membership with Wealthy Affiliate gives you 10 lessons and a ton of other training on how to make money off your website.


Conclusion: How to Set Up a Website for Free

You probably first visited this webpage about 10 minutes ago with no experience in web design and have never set up a website before. In just a few minutes you were able to learn how to set up a website for free. This is an amazing first step in making money online.

While this is a great start, there is still more work to do to add content to your website and begin generating revenue. I mentioned earlier about the FREE training with Wealthy Affiliate (click here for their website in case you missed it before). Follow along with their first 10 lessons to get your website ready for visitors. While there is other training, it is important to stick with those first 10 lessons to establish a foundation. Otherwise you could become easily distracted and overwhelmed.

If you are unsure of yourself, just look at how simple it was to set up your first website. The rest of the training at Wealthy Affiliate is just as easy to follow as this guide.

Once again, great job on setting up your website!!! Before you go any further, sit back and congratulate yourself on what you have accomplished in just a few minutes. 

You still have more work to do on your website, but don’t worry, I’ll be here to help you out. I frequently publish tips and pointers on how to maintain and make money off your website. 

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