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Weebly: an Easy Way to Create a Website for Free

Updated on October 18, 2011
Weebly makes creating websites really easy
Weebly makes creating websites really easy | Source

A hassle-free way to get yourself a website

Sooner or later everyone who uses the Internet, wants to have a website. Even complete computer novices dream of having their own website or blog. However, a lot of people never get one simply because they are put off by the fact that they have to learn how to create a website and figure out things like hosting, CMS, php, CSS, and other stuff. True, you don't need to learn any programming languages to create a simple blog using Blogger, but what if you want to have something that looks more professional?

Weebly is a free service that makes it easy to create websites. With its help you can easily create professional-looking websites using easy to use drag-and-drop functionality.

How to create a website with Weebly

To create your first website, you need to join Weebly. You will be signed up under the free plan, which allows you to have up to two websites. Once you've signed up and activated your account, you can start creating your website. First of all, you need to decide whether you want it to be under the Weebly subdomain (for example, www.mysite.weebly.com) or you want to get yourself a domain (for example, www.mysite.com). You can either register a domain through Weebly or use a domain you've registered elsewhere. That's a better option, since Weebly charges quite a bit more for domain registration than other registrars.

Once you've set up the domain, you can start creating your website. The first step is to choose a theme. There are hundreds of themes for all types of sites and you can customize them with your own images and fonts. And if you can't find a theme you like, you can always ask Weebly designers to create one for you. That costs money, though.

OK, so you have a theme. Now is the time to create some pages and content. Creating new pages can be done in literally a couple of clicks and customizing the layout of your website is as easy as drag-and-drop. You can add text, images, various widgets, and even monetize your website with AdSense and create an online store that accepts payments through PayPal and Google Checkout. Not bad for a free service. Weebly will take 50% of your AdSense revenue, though, but it's only fare since they provide free hosting and all. On top of that, you can add custom HTML to your website, which means that you can add pretty much anything.

Weebly also offers you the option to upload videos, files, and music to your website, but you need to upgrade to their paid service to be able to do that. Embedding YouTube videos is free, so you might consider using YouTube to add videos to your website.

All in all, Weebly is a good website building platform that enables users to create professional-looking websites in a quick and easy way without having to pay for hosting and hiring professionals. You can view sites built with Weebly here, here and here. I think they are pretty good.

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    • L.L. Woodard profile image

      L.L. Woodard 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I'm glad I found this hub. I'm one of those people who has long wanted a website, but have been unsure what direction to take. Weebly sounds like the solution for me.

      Voted up and SHARED.

    • cebutouristspot profile image

      cebutouristspot 

      6 years ago from Cebu

      Thanks for introducing me to Weebly. I will surely give Weebly a try. Thanks very informative voting up :) Thanks for sharing

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      6 years ago

      Thank you! In fact, Weebly is becoming powerful enough to suite people who want a portfolio website or such without having to pay anything for hosting. Weebly's websites are fully customizable and editable (CSS and HTML). And their hosting is pretty good too.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      6 years ago from Thailand

      Voted up and useful, it really is a great way for people to 'experiment' with their first website!

      Thanks for SHARING.

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, Tina!

    • thougtforce profile image

      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Very good information! It is always good to create something yourself and save some money too! I will check Weebly out.

      Voted up!

      Tina

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      6 years ago

      ComfortB - thanks for your comment. Well that's exactly why I didn't create a WordPress website with hosting yet. I would just be making a loss, considering the price of hosting.

      Plinka, thanks for your comment. The great thing about Weebly is that you can create new themes and the existing ones are highly customizable - all you need is a bit of CSS knowledge.

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      plinka 

      6 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      I know this site, I think, this is the best one if you want to create a website for free. The themes are well-sorted and the result is really nice.

    • ComfortB profile image

      Comfort Babatola 

      6 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Good info. I do have a couple of websites hosted thru godaddy, cost quite a lot per year considering I'm not selling much few handmade accessories), maybe its time to give Weebly a try.

      Thanks for sharing! Voted up.

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      MarkupBox.com 

      6 years ago

      A blog is also a good choice after the website to have a online presence

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      6 years ago

      neilwilston, thanks for your comment. Weebly keeps improving their service, so a lot of people might start moving to them from WordPress and Blogger.

    • neilwilston profile image

      neilwilston 

      6 years ago from California

      Good information share. I also like weebly a lot when it comes to create free website.

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      7 years ago

      2uesday, thank you for your comment and votes!

    • 2uesday profile image

      2uesday 

      7 years ago

      This hub gives a useful and easy to understand explanation of how to set up your own website, voted up and useful.

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