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Many people are looking for ways to create a free website. You might be one of them and fortunately you're not misplaced. This article will help you make a free web. 
Websites can indeed make anything you do look more convincing. Whether you are a freelance photographer, graphic designer, article writer or blogger, businessman, culinary businessman. Website can make you more serious, professional, and wow! Especially if it's all achieved without spending a dime or free.
If you really want to improve your reputation and personal branding , you can't ignore the website anymore. Moreover, if you have the main goal of earning money via the internet . The website is obligatory, period.
Moreover, 88 percent of potential consumers look for their needs via the internet. When they find what they need, they will usually contact the store or even buy products directly from the website. 
Websites have also become more important because 56 percent of people don't believe in businesses that don't have websites. If so, are you willing to lose customers? Especially if the reason turns out to be just trivial.
Well, this article intends to help you to be able to create a free website. Here is how to create a free website that will be explained further in this article:

How to Make a Free Website in 6 Steps

  1. Determine the type of website you want to create;
  2. Set hosting and domain;
  3. Install WordPress;
  4. Install the theme;
  5. Install the required plugins;
  6. Perform web optimization.
Immediately, let's discuss in more detail all the ways above in the next section. 
You can create a free website with WordPress! No wonder that 34.5 percent of websites in the world or 60 million websites use WordPress. 
There are many other reasons why you need to use WordPress. Later you will find the answer in another section of this article. For now, let's first discuss how to make a free web.

1. Determine the type of website you want to create

This first step sounds corny. However, you must not miss. Believe me, you will save a lot of time when actually doing this one step.
When the process of making a web and designing, later you will find lots of choices. Whether it's from the technical side like a matter of hosting packages, disk space, bandwidth, and others. Likewise in terms of design and functionality such as themes, plugins, sliders, columns, widgets, newsletter subscriptions, and so on.
All of these options can be too confusing and overwhelming for you. Especially if you don't have a clear idea what kind of website you want. Therefore, at least at the beginning you already have a sample website the desired .
To make it easier, you can make the questions below as a reference to make a website:
  • What kind of website do you want? Blog? Online store? Company profile? Portfolio? Reservation?
  • What kind of website do you need? Static website that hasn't changed much? Dynamic website whose content is always updated regularly?
  • What parts need to be highlighted on the web? Picture? Headline? Article? Products for sale?
  • What features should a website have? Slider Newsletter subscription column? Video and audio player? Interactive illustration?
When you can answer each of the questions above, you really know what is needed. That way, let's continue to the next step.

2. Manage hosting and domain

Okay. Don't be already angry. We did say that the WordPress website can be made free of charge. Moreover, WordPress.com based website. However, in the long run, having a website on WordPress.com is not profitable. 
Customization and theme choices are very limited, there are ads that cannot be removed, there is no custom domain, plugins are also not available, SEO tools are not included, and many other limitations. Also, to upgrade the features is still rather expensive. It ranges from $ 8 to $ 45 per month and is paid annually.
Instead, we recommend you use WordPress.org. WordPress.org itself is open source , free to use, can be modified, and it's free. In addition, there are a myriad of choices for themes and plugins that can be installed.
However, to truly be able to get the benefits of WordPress.org, you need to spend a little * ahem * investment. There isn't much. You only need to subscribe to the hosting or server where the data is stored. Then, there is also a domain to make it easier for users to access your website.
how to create a free website hosting package
If you still want to try, you can choose the Baby hosting package from Niagahoster. At a cost of Rp 10,000 per month, you can already get 500MB of disk space, unlimited bandwidth and databases, website security via SSL, and other cool features.
It's just that, if you subscribe to the Baby package , you still have to spend investment on the domain. Take it easy. This investment is again not expensive. For example, the domain extension below:
  • SITE ━ Rp. 14,000 per year ━ suitable for personal websites and online stores;
  • . ONLINE ━ Rp. 15,000 per year ━ suitable for personal web, online stores, and internet services;
  • .XYZ ━ Rp. 18,000 per year ━ fits a unique personal website or blog;
  • .CO.ID ━ Rp110,000 per year ━ suitable for the website of agencies, organizations or companies based in Indonesia;
  • .COM ━ Rp 125,000 per year ━ suitable for commercial websites;
  • .NET ━ Rp155,000 per year ━ suitable for networking websites, creative agencies, and other institutions.
  • .ORG ━ Rp175,000 per year ━ good for the organization's website;
  • .ID ━ IDR 200,000 per year ━ just right for personal or professional websites based in Indonesia.
In addition, there are several popular domain extensions to choose from at Niagahoster. As shown in the list below.
create a free domain website
Another case, if you choose the Student, Personal, or Business package When you choose one of these three hosting packages, you already get a free domain. More practical, right?
In general, the difference between the three hosting packages above only lies in disk capacity, bandwidth, number of websites, number of email accounts, spam protection, and SSH access. 
If you are interested in using a bundle package, we recommend subscribing to a Personal package The price is only 1.5 times that of the Baby package, but you already have a free domain, unlimited disk space, unlimited number of websites, as many email accounts as you want, SSH access, and many other interesting features. 
Once you are sure of the hosting package and domain of your choice, please proceed by clicking the Add to Cart button Then, it's time to move on to the next step.

3. Install WordPress

After entering the hosting package and domain into the cart, you will be taken to the Niagahoster feature page. Here, you can add several supporting features at once to the website. Starting from the website builder, security features with SSL certificates, and privacy recommendations.
To install WordPress automatically, you can check the Free Auto Install Website WordPress section Even better if you also check additional features at the bottom, namely WordPress Accelerator . 
After Checkout Now and complete payment, you already have access to your own website.
how to create a free web install wordpress
On top of that the easiest WordPress install scenario. However, what if you accidentally missed it? Take it easy. You don't need to worry.
You can install WordPress through Softaculous Apps Installer. Here's how to install WordPress and make a free website:
  1. Open cPanel. Usually cPanel can be accessed by adding / cpanel to your website address. Example: domainname.com/cpanel ;
  2. Enter your username and password;
  3. In the search field, type Softaculous Apps Installer and double-click;
  4. Next type WordPress on the Softaculous page;
  5. After meeting, click Install.
  6. Then fill in the required information according to the column requested;
make a free wordpress website
  1. Continue by clicking the Install button at the very bottom of the page.
Instantly, you get the needed WordPress website. It's easy, right?

4. Install the theme

If you notice, at the bottom of the installation page via Softaculous, there is a choice of themes that can be installed. You can use that part if you want a quick and easy theme installation.
But the method above is not the only one. Apart from Softaculous, you can install themes through the WordPress Dashboard directly. 
For that, you just go to Dashboard> Appearance> Themes . Then click the Add Newbutton in the top corner of the page and look for the theme as desired. Directly click the Install button on the targeted theme.
create a free website theme
If you have already searched for a theme and got it from WordPress Directory or another theme buying and selling platform, all you have to do is upload the theme in question. 
For that, please go to  Dashboard> Appearance> Themes. Then click the Add Newbutton and click the Upload Theme button again Select the theme file in the .ZIP extension then click Install Now .
Wait a minute until the theme is perfectly installed. Then you can preview the theme by clicking the Live Preview button When it's established, you can activate the theme on the web with the Activate button Now, you already have a website with a neat appearance.

5. Install the required plugins

Plugins make everything possible. Add security features ? Can. Add chat feature ? Come on! Make a website mobile friendly ? Gas! Designing under construction pagesKuy lah ~
In essence, whatever additional features you want can be obtained through the plugin. Starting from the technical nature such as enforce SSL and maintenance , design and display of various galleries and page builders , to social media and share buttons .
make a free website plugin
To install the plugin, you can go directly to the Plugins> Add New menu Then find the plugin needed. When you find it, click the Install Now button Wait a few moments until the Activate button appears , click the button in question. Just customize and do the settings for a while, then the plugin is ready to operate.
No problem, like you only have files from the plugin. You can still install it. The method is actually the same. Just visit the Plugins menu > Add New> Upload plugin . Then select the file in the .zip extension and click the Install Now button .

6. Web optimization

Basically, with just the five steps above, your website is ready to operate. You can already fill it with writing content, photos and videos, portfolios, even products that you want to sell.
However, you also need to know that websites need optimization. Predictably, just as the term says, optimization makes the website run more optimally. Both in terms of speed and ranking in search engines.
Therefore, we will introduce you to two types of optimization. First, speed optimization. Then second, SEO optimization.

Speed ​​Optimization

Time is money. That principle is also held in the world of websites. The faster the loading time of your website, the more likely it is to get cuan. 
This is not just a figment. Just 100 milliseconds slower load time, the possibility of customers buying products is reduced by up to 7 percent . The loading time is only 2 seconds, it has a bounce rate of up to 9 percent. This percentage increases to 38 percent when the load time increases to 5 seconds . 
The data above was concluded by a survey, 46 percent of users don't like to wait too long to open a website. As many as 79 percent of them, who are shopping at online stores, claimed they would never again open a website that was loading for a long time.
To avoid long loading on the website, you need to do a few things:
To find out more about the matter of speed optimization, you can download the 20+ebook Tips to Make WordPress Super Fast .

SEO optimization

SEO optimization makes it easy for your website to get top rankings in search engines. So when someone searches for keywords related to your business, for example: selling bomber jackets, your website can appear first. 
The higher your position on Google, the greater the possibility of potential customers to buy on your website. Ranking one search result on Google managed to master 32.5 percent of traffic.
If ranking one seems too difficult, at least you only need to be on the first page of search results. At least on this first page, there is a 91.5 percent chance for you to share traffic with other websites. 
To find out complete SEO optimization tips, you can download the 30 Powerful SEO Optimization Steps

Why Use WordPress?

That question was mentioned earlier. Why do we recommend WordPress? In fact, right, there are many CMS and blog platforms to choose from?
Without lingering any longer, here are the things that made us fall in love with WordPress:
  • Open-source and free ━ WordPress is easy to modify and can be used at no cost. You have the opportunity to have as great web performance as world-class companies.
  • Can be used to create any type of web ━ from static to dynamic, from full HD images to text, from portfolio to online stores. All can be handled by WordPress.
  • Supports all types of media ━ images, photos, videos, audio, interactive animations, writing with various formatting, and a myriad of other media.
  • Can personalize and display the uniqueness of the brand on the website ━ themes and plugins make all customizations possible.
  • Beginner friendly intu Intuitive user interface allows anyone to create, organize, and publish content via WordPress.
  • SEO friendly ━ WordPress has built-in settings that ensure a website operates according to SEO principles. With this, the possibility of you occupying the first page in Google's search results is even greater.

Make a Free Website, Easy Right?

That was a complete way to make a free and easy website for beginners. Hopefully you are convinced to immediately create a WordPress web at Niagahoster.
If you have questions about making a website, don't hesitate to ask us. Niagahoster's Customer Success Agent is ready to answer your questions anytime.
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