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Building your own website with Weebly
A couple of years ago, my parents asked me to look into building a website for them to advertise their apartment for rent in Austria. At the time, I knew absolutely nothing about web design, coding, computer programming or anything like that, but I discovered that there are many websites out there which can help you to create your very own website.
I decided to try Weebly as I liked the look of the site and its interface and I've been hooked ever since. On this lens, I will take you through some of the basics of making your own site using Weebly.
Photo courtesy of Weebly - The Easiest Way To Create A Website
Weebly is extremely easy to use and anybody can get a simple website up and running in very little time. My first website was created and published live in a couple of evenings. Obviously, a lot of further work is required to make your site as good as possible and to get it ranking highly on search engines, but for most people, that first leap into actually sitting down and creating the website is the hardest. That's what makes Weebly so useful.
The photo shows a screen shot of www.wilson-altenmarkt.com, the first website I made using Weebly.
Websites I have created
Before you start looking into Weebly, why not have a look at some of the websites I have created using it?
My favourite website and the one I have spent most time on, Doingmaths is a maths resource website full of free maths worksheets, powerPoints and other resources for teachers, pupils or parents.
- Apartment Wilson, Altenmarkt, Austria
The website that started it all, this is the one for my parent's apartment in Austria.
- Online Tower Defence
A website I built using the HTML code box to embed tower defence games.
- DoingMaths Resources
A sister site to DoingMaths, this is a site full of Amazon links to maths classroom equipment and text books.
Once you have created a Weebly account, the first thing to think about is the design of your website. You can choose from a vast range of ready-made templates for your website. These come in a variety of different colours and designs. Some come with a horizontal menu across the top of the page, some come with a vertical bar down the side, some have a large home page picture, some have a small one; the choice is your's and the design can always be altered at a later date if you are unhappy with your choice.
Photo is a screen print from my Weebly account.
The next thing to think about is adding the content of your site. To do this you add things called 'Elements'. These are just like the modules on Squidoo and you use them as the building blocks for your site. To pick an element you simply drag it onto your page from the menu.
There are many types of element. The most useful ones to begin with are the text, image and title elements. These work exactly as you'd expect them to from the names. The text element is for typing into and allows basic formatting of your text, the image element allows you to use an image from either your own computer or from elsewhere on the web and the title element is where you put titles and subtitles. Very easy so far.
Other elements include videos, html, slideshow, search box, documents and many more. The more you use Weebly, the more chance you have to explore how each of these elements work.
Once you have created your website (the help options on Weebly are great if you get stuck with this), you can then publish it to the internet. You now have the option of going with a free address of the format youraddress.weebly.com; buying a .com address through Weebly (I wouldn't recommend this as it is quite expensive) or using your own domain name bought elsewhere. You can buy a domain name from GoDaddy or many other sites and there are easy to follow instructions on Weebly as to how to get this attached to your website.
The photo is a screen print of the website editor for my DoingMaths site, with the elements bar open on the left of the screen.
One thing that Weebly makes very easy is using Google AdSense to make money from your website. There is a Google AdSense element which can be dragged onto your page. You need an AdSense account, which is then linked to your Weebly account. Once that is done you can start placing adverts and earning revenue every time somebody clicks on an ad.
This is completely optional and, even with a free account, if you don't want adverts, you don't have to have them.
The photo is a screen shot of www.onlinetowerdefence.co.uk, which I made and inserted AdSense adverts onto each page.
The brilliant thing about Weebly is it is completely free to get started. Once signed up, you can create your site, publish it to the web, earn advertising revenue etc. without having to pay anything. Furthermore, if you own your own domain name, you can direct it to your site without any cost as well. For example, my DoingMaths site was originally published as doingmaths.weebly.com, but once I bought domain I redirected it and I now have the much more professional www.doingmaths.co.uk.
There is a pro version, which costs $3-5 a month (depending upon whether you pay for 6 months, 1 year or 2 years) and for me this is well worth it. You are allowed 10 sites on your account, instead of the 2 allowed with the free account, you lose the 'Weebly' tag from the bottom of the page and gain extra elements such as HD videos, search box and audio files. One of the biggest difference for me is, as a Pro user, I can now add AdSense adverts using HTML instead of the ready made element. I now get 100% of the revenue earned from adverts, instead of only getting 50% as I did with the free account.
Click on the link below to sign up for Weebly and start making your own website.