How to Build a WordPress Website From Scratch in 5 Minutes? (Completely FREE!)

How to Build a WordPress Website From Scratch in 5 Minutes? (Completely FREE!)

Congratulations for making it to my step-by-step guide on how to build FREE WordPress websites from scratch.

If you prefer a video walk-through, watch the video above. It's about 8 minutes long but the actual website building process is a lot less than that.

If you prefer to read, I've documented all the steps you need to take in this post below.

So, what I need you to do is to follow closely step-by-step because after this, you're going to have a fully-functioning website of your own, which is a really exciting thing!


FREE Checklist!

If you're new to WordPress, this is your Ultimate Checklist to follow. It has everything you need to know about setting up your fully-functioning WP website.

All you need to do is simply follow step-by-step and complete each step documented in this Checklist 🙂

wordpress website setup checklist

3 Biggest Misconceptions

Before we dive into the actual process of building your WordPress website, let's understand and get rid of the 3  biggest misconceptions regarding building a website...

#1 Building Websites Require Coding & Programming Knowledge

That's true but only in the past.

The technology today has enabled ordinary people like you and me to build beautiful & professional websites without actually touching a single line of code.

Personally, I know nothing a coding & programming. Literally nothing at all.

Yet, I'm still able to build such a beautiful website that generates a 4-Figure monthly passive income stream for a 21-year-old.

So, please don't let this be an excuse for you not to take action in this online world with massive potential!

#2 Building Websites Need A Lot of Money

If you want to hire someone to build website for you, of course it's going to take a lot of money depending on the website you want to build and the experience level of the designer.

However, like I've mentioned, the technology today has really minimize the entry barrier to building websites.

You can literally build your first website without paying a single dollar, which is what I'm going to show you in this tutorial.

#3 Building Websites Take A Lot of Time

Indeed, building a website to the point it is generating you an income takes a lot of time and commitment.

Money won't just come in because of you having a website. You still need to drive traffic, provide value and convert visitors into customers. It's a continuous process but that's not what we want to focus on today.

Our focus here is to setup your website from scratch so that you can be open for business.

And once again, with the technology today, you can literally setup a website from scratch in just less than 5 minutes.

Let me show you...

2 Main Website Components

1. Web Hosting

We human beings need houses to live in. Similarly, websites also need their own houses.

Web Hosting is kinda like the house for websites to stay.

2 of the most common web hosting companies in the market include BlueHost & HostGator.

2. Domain Name (URL)

Your house needs an Address for people to find you, right?

Same for websites, the Domain Name of a website is kinda like the address of your house.

If not, no one can find your website online.

One of the most common platform for you to purchase a domain name is GoDaddy.

Here's a quick recap:

relationship between domain name and hosting

Here's the thing...

Normally, you need to pay separate fees for Web Hosting and Domain name of your website.

The fees vary. But web hosting is normally around $10/month while domain name is around $14/year.

But fortunately, I found a way out without you paying a single dollar in the beginning.

Count yourself lucky for landing on this tutorial.

Now, let's move on and I'll show you how...

Introducing Wealthy Affiliate...

To build your website from scratch, I recommend checking out Wealthy Affiliate.

Here's why...

Wealthy Affiliate is an All-in-One platform which has literally everything under one roof!

You don't have to purchase your Web Hosting and Domain Name from separate providers.

Instead, Wealthy Affiliate has everything you need to build a successful website of your own.

Wealthy affiliate logo

This includes:

  • Web Hosting
  • Domain Name
  • SSL Certificate (to make your website more secured)
  • Step-by-Step Training
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • And many more!

Some of you may feel that I'm just promoting Wealthy Affiliate to you.

But what I'm actually doing is I'm sincerely recommending this awesome platform to you. Personally, I build and host all my websites in Wealthy Affiliate starting from 2016.

It's one of the best places for beginners because you can get started for FREE.

If you go straight to any other platforms or even service providers, you'll have to pay right away.

So, the next step for you is to sign up for Wealthy Affiliate here and then I'll guide you in the next section on how to setup your website for FREE in 5 minutes...

Step-by-Step Website Setup

Step 1: Go to "Websites > SiteBuilder"

wa site builder

Step 2: Choose to build website "On a Free Domain"

wa free domain name

Wealthy Affiliate offers you FREE Domain for you to get started.

The reason WA is able to offer Free Domain is because it is a subdomain, meaning that you don't fully own the website.

So, instead of, you'll have

Eventually when you've decided to take this business seriously, you can then purchase your own domain name which usually costs $14/year.

The benefit of purchasing your own domain name include:

  • Fully own your domain
  • More brandable & professionally-looking name
  • More trusted by search engines

Having said that, a Free Subdomain is a good way to start, which is what I recommend you to do as a beginner.

You can always switch to a paid domain name that you fully own in the future when you're ready.

Step 3: Build Your Website

wa build website
  1. Enter the domain name you want - Spend some time to think about this with regards to the type of website you want to start, the niche you want to go into. You cannot change this domain name later on but you can always create another one.
  2. Check for availability - Your domain name must be unique and hasn't been used by anyone. (Just think about this...Is your home address unique?)
  3. Enter you Site Title - This will usually be the same as the domain name. Don't spend too much time on this as you can change it later on.
  4. Choose a Theme - Theme will determine the overall layout and design of your site. But don't spend too much time on this as well because you can always change it later.
  5. Click on Build This Site - Give it a couple of seconds and your site will be up.

(P.S. Here's my top recommended WordPress Theme if you're interested!)

Step 4: Your Blank Website is Ready

After that, you'll be able to login to your site and see your WordPress Dashboard.

Your Next Step: Basic WordPress Setup

If you've followed my instructions in this tutorial, you should have a blank but functioning website right now.

The next step for you is to complete all the WordPress Settings and install essential plugins, themes, etc...

But don't worry!

I have another tutorial to guide you through the WordPress setup process so you can follow step-by-step just like this tutorial.

FREE Checklist!

If you're new to WordPress, this is your Ultimate Checklist to follow. It has everything you need to know about setting up your fully-functioning WP website.

All you need to do is simply follow step-by-step and complete each step documented in this Checklist 🙂

wordpress website setup checklist

Custom Done-For-You Website

If you're someone who doesn't have the TIME or PATIENCE to build a website yourself, I can help you with that.

Basically, I'm offering a Custom Done-For-You Website service for people who don't want to go through the tedious process of building a website from scratch.

My promise to you is that you'll have a beautiful and professional website that you truly LOVE.

If you're interested and it's something you would like to invest in, check out my Custom DFY Website service here!

Jerry Huang

Jerry is a young aspiring Internet Entrepreneur who started his online business at the age of 18. He is currently a Full-time Affiliate Marketer at Wealthy Affiliate, a community to help anyone start their own online business without prior experience. He actually achieved Financial Independence at the young age of 21. Read more about his story here!

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