I have already created few tutorials on how to create a website using different tools and software. Here you can learn more about how to build your website with WordPress and here you can learn about how to create a website using Joomla.
Today I will teach you how to make your own website with Weebly in 3 easy steps. Before we jump on the “technical” part, first let me quickly talk about Weebly.
Weebly is one of the fastest growing website builder platforms today. It was founded in 2007 and has been constantly improved to meet customer expectation and latest web design standards. Weebly makes website building easy and accessible to everyone. With this tool you can create and customize your website, be it a simple company presentation, a blog, membership site or online store.
Quick Overview of Weebly
At Weebly you can choose from 4 different plans. If you want to try it out, you can sign up for a free account. This plan includes a free sub-domain, free hosting, you can create unlimited pages and store up to 500 MB. Online support is available through chat and email.
The paid plans are starting from $8.00 per month and come with lots of features: free one year domain registration, no storage limit, support via chat, email and phone, website traffic monitoring, remove Weebly branding, site search, audio and video player, membership and ecommerce platform, free SSL certificate, option to add unlimited products or have unlimited members, integrated shopping cart, shipping and tax calculator and coupon code management.
Now, let’s get back to building your website. As mentioned before, you can start your site in 3 steps. You don’t need to know programming, nor have web design skills. Weebly is a tool that everyone can use:
- Step 1: Choose a Professional Theme
- Step 2: Drag & Drop Elements, Customize Design
- Step 3: Publish Your Website with One-Click
1. Choose a Professional Theme for Your Website
Obviously you need to sing up for a free account at Weebly before you get access to the design database. The signup process is very simple, just fill in your name, email and password and you will get instant access. You can also login with your Facebook or Google+ account.
The next step is to choose a nice design. Weebly offer hundreds of high quality templates at no cost, that you can use for your website and customize it as you like. You can filter themes by categories: blog, business, online store, personal, events or portfolio. The niche does not have much importance, because you can fully customize and modify the template; just choose a theme that fits your needs the best.
You can also preview each design, so you will get an idea of how your website will look like. All templates are mobile-ready, so your website will look great on smart phones and tables too.
2. Customize your Website – Drag and Drop Elements
Once you pick a design, you can modify it in the Weebly builder. You will be able to edit text, buttons, menus, background and featured images, basically everything.
You can also remove elements from your current design and add new ones. You can drag and drop text boxes, images, galleries, slideshows, Google maps, contact and newsletter forms, buttons, dividers and you can also embed custom code. You can also embed Youtube videos, or upload your own media files (audio and video). The list goes on, but I won’t enumerate all of them.
You can create multiple pages too and edit each page as you want. Each theme comes with few standard pages. You can remove, edit or add new pages. You can also choose the layout of each page. There are hundreds of layouts you can choose from which will automatically populate your page with boxes, making your job easier.
3. Publish your Website with One-Click
Once you are done with all of your pages, the next step is to make your website public. For this, you will have to click on the “Publish” button at the top right side of your screen.
You will be asked to choose a subdomain, register a new one, or use your own domain. While we are only testing Weebly, we won’t register a domain just yet, so we will choose a subdomain to publish our website. Click on “Continue” button to proceed.
It will take just couple of seconds for the system to save and publish your website. Once it is done, you can access it on the provided URL.
Congratulation, you just created your own website for free, without even writing a single line of code!
I hope that this quick guide was beneficial for most of you. Now you see how easy is to create a website or even an online store without knowing programming. Certainly, Weebly is not for everyone and has its own limitations. If you build your online shop with Weebly adding extra functions is not possible, unless the Weebly developer team decide to add that extra feature to the whole system. Moving your website to a new hosting company is also impossible.
Is Weebly right for your website needs and budget? The decision is yours! Try out Weebly for free and see if meets your expectations.
Create Your Own Website with Weebly Website Builder!
No coding or technical skills are required! Build and customize your website using Weebly’s professional themes.