How to Build a Website From Scratch for Free

by Daniel Ketchum

It is possible to build a quality website from scratch, with no special software needed and no setup or maintenance fees. The key to doing this is opening a a free account with one of the many companies that offer them, such as Tripod, Yahoo Geocities or Blogger. Using the site-building editor that usually comes with the account, you can have a site up and running in no time. The following steps will show you how.

Go to the main page of the site you want to use and sign up for a basic free account. This site will probably come with banners, but most sites you go to have ads of some sort; it's part of the tradeoff for the free service.

Log in and click on the site-building editor, such as Sitebuilder in Tripod or Page Wizard in Geocities.

Go to the help section, and carefully review the information there to understand the particulars of the editor you will be using. This will tell you anything you need to know about setting up the site.

Choose what type of site you want from the various templates offered. This will give you a preset template already loaded with content that you can keep, delete, or replace with your own content.

Give your homepage a name or title. This is more important than you might think, since it can have an impact on how well you are picked up by the search engines.

Decide which of the subpages that may come with the template you want to keep, if any. You can always change this later.

Pick the theme or design of your new site. Where the template helped you decide on the structure of your site, this option helps you determine its appearance. And that's it. You now have a basic website you built from scratch that can be further refined and expanded later.

About the Author

Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.