How to create a professional free website

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Judit Llordes
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Aruba SuperSite

Would you like to create a professional website through which to promote your business and / or sell your products but you don't have great programming skills? Then I really think you should take a look at SuperSite of Aruba.

SuperSite by Aruba is a service that allows you to create professional websites, complete with blog ed E-commerce, through an extremely intuitive graphic editor. All you have to do is select the page to be modified, choose the contents to be included in it and drag them to the desired point.



With the blog function, you can then easily create new articles or import existing ones from WordPress, while with the e-commerce functionality you can build your store, add product cards to sell (with their variants) and configure your methods of preferred payment (eg bank transfer, PayPal or Stripe); all working directly from the browser, without installing programs on the PC and without writing even a line of code.

Another important thing to underline is that the sites created with Aruba SuperSite are automatically optimized for mobile devices and search engines, include the cookie policy and free 24/7 assistance.

Aruba SuperSite can be tried free for 30 days with a plan that includes a third level domain (e.g. your site.mysupersite.com); after which you can decide whether to switch to the plan Professional (39 euros + VAT for the first year for those who activate by 30 July 2020 and then 99 euros + VAT / year), which includes a second level domain (e.g. iltuosito.com), 5 email accounts and DV SSL certificate, or plan Easy (39 euros + VAT / year), which however does not include e-commerce. From the expiry of the trial you have 10 days to make your choice.



That said, we can take action. To activate the free trial of Aruba SuperSite, connect to the official website of the service and click on the button to start the 30 day trial. Then create your Aruba account, or, if you already have one, log in.

Next, accept the Conditions of supply of the Aruba SuperSite servicefrom specific approval of clauses of the conditions of supply of the Aruba SuperSite service and press pulsating Continue. Within a few minutes, you will receive an email confirming the activation of the service.

At this point, log in to Aruba's SuperSite with your account, specify what kind of website are you creating, Then the name of your website, choose it style and the type of pagina iniziale to use (there are many predefined themes to choose from, you can also change many parameters manually) and click on the button Build your website, top right.

You are now in the presence of the actual editor of Aruba SuperSite. Select, therefore, the page to edit (using the appropriate drop-down menu located at the top, in the center) and modifies the standard contents simply by selecting them with the mouse and using the functions that appear on the screen.

To add new items, click on the button with the icon four squares located at the bottom right and choose the widget to insert: you can choose between images, texts, buttons, maps, forms, PDF documents, YouTube videos, Facebook and Twitter social widgets, blog posts and comments, product / category lists for e-commerce and much more. If, on the other hand, you want to add a new section to your page, click on the button capacitor positive (+) lead, also located at the bottom right and choose the desired option from the menu that is proposed to you.



To manage the blog, click on the ☰ button located at the top left and select the item Blog from the menu that appears on the side. The same goes for the shop, for which you will be offered a simple guided configuration procedure (in which to set the accepted payment methods, products, etc.).

For more information on Aruba SuperSite and how it works, consult the tutorial I dedicated to the service and the official SuperSite guide on the Aruba website.

Shopify

Shopify is a well-known platform that allows you to create professional e-commerce sites in a few clicks through customizable themes. It offers unlimited hosting, free unlimited bandwidth, free SSL certificate, the ability to create blogs and stores with unlimited products, and includes a free shopify.com domain name (with the option to purchase a custom one or use an existing one).

With over 1.000.000 stores already active worldwide, Shopify allows you to easily manage orders, inventory, customer lists, marketing campaigns (via Google, Facebook, email or SMS), sales (with detailed analytics) and much more. still. You can use it for free for a limited trial period (without entering payment details or renewal obligation), after which you can choose one of the available paid plans, starting at $ 29 / month.

To create a free e-commerce with Shopify, then connect to the official website of the service, type yours email address in the field provided and click on the button Start your free trial; then enter the Password you want to use for your store, the name you want to assign to it and click the button Create your shop, to move forward.


On the next page, specify if you have already started selling, what your current income is e if you are creating a store for a customer, provide the rest of the requested information, click on the button NEXT (or your Salta, to skip the step) and provide theaddress to receive payments.


Once the registration is complete, you will find yourself in the management panel of your e-commerce. Here, on the left, you will find all the links to access the various sections of the service: Home, to view the main dashboard; Order Process, Products, Clients e Analysis, to manage orders, products, customers and sales; Marketing, to set up marketing campaigns; discounts, to set discount codes; App, to install the apps that allow you to expand the functions of e-commerce, e Online shop, to customize the look of the store.

If you want, Shopify is also available as an app for Android and iOS / iPadOS, to create and manage e-commerce on the go. To learn more, check out my guide on how to create an e-commerce with Shopify.

Wix

For the making of a professional website in a free way it is possible to use one of the many tools for the creation of Internet sites in a graphic way, which allow you to build and customize your Web space in a simple, fast and immediate way without necessarily having to deal with the code.

In this regard, I recommend that you contact the service offered by Wix, a platform that has a free tool that allows you to create a website thanks to customizable templates. Sites created with Wix have a third level domain (www.selectedname.wixsite.com) but eventually it is possible to purchase a web space including a second level domain (www.nomescelto.com), with prices starting from € 4,08 per month.

To create a free website with Wix, go to its home page, click the button Sign up now and, first of all, register on the platform by pressing the button Subscribe. Then create an account by typing an email address and a password, or perform a quick registration using the buttons Continue with Facebook o Continue with Google.

Now, if you want to create your website automatically, click on the button Sign up now and, subsequently, answer some questions for the automatic generation of the same. Alternatively, click on the button Choose a template, in order to start the manual creation of the website. In the latter case, you will be asked to choose the aesthetic aspect of your website, by selecting a theme that can be modified and customized at any time.

To carry out the customization operations, and to start publishing content within the created site, refer to the step-by-step tutorial proposed by Wix during the site creation phase.

In fact, you can see on the screen numerous tools for editing the created site: for example, the right toolbar is useful for making fine adjustments to the site interface. At the top of the screen there is, instead, the menu bar which is dedicated to the primary settings. Also, most of the tools dedicated to editing the user interface are visible in the left section with items such as Menu, Pages e Background: these allow access to the respective customization menus for the various main and secondary areas of the site.

WordPress.com

Among the useful resources for creating a professional looking website, there is also the one offered by the site WordPress.com, a platform known for its eponymous CMS. WordPress is in fact the most famous and used tool for the creation of Internet sites, since it offers vast possibilities for customization and can also be used without specific computer or programming knowledge.

Through the website WordPress.com it is possible to create a site for free and get a storage space of 3 GB. However, there is no possibility to insert advertising banners and there are some limitations regarding customization through the use of themes and plugins.

Alternatively, you can take out a subscription to remove the limitations of the free plan and also get a second level domain (for example www.nomescelto.com), instead of a third level one (www.nomescelto.wordpress.com).

To start the creation of a website through WordPress.com, connected to its home page, click on the button Sign up now and fill in all the required data, such as the name to be given to the site, the topic you intend to deal with and the goal to be achieved.

Next, click Continue, type in the domain name you want to give your website and click on Select, corresponding to the item WordPress.com, to continue for free.

Now press on Get started with free and register, indicating yours email address it's a Password, then press on Continue. You can also press the button to register an account Continue with Google and authenticate via Google account to speed up the procedure.

To finish creating the account and be sent back to the login page of the created website, confirm the e-mail address by clicking on the link in the e-mail that will have been sent to you and finally click on the button Continue present on WordPress.com.

Once the registration is complete, you can refer to the step by step tutorial that is shown to you on the screen for using the WordPress CMS. In particular, if you want to apply advanced cosmetic changes to the site interface, please refer to the section Customize. If, on the other hand, you want to start writing immediately, click on the section Articles.

However, if you want to know more about the use of this content management system, I suggest you deepen the subject by reading my guide in which I explain in detail how to customize a site with WordPress.com, or you can read the other guides that I wrote related to this CMS.

Altervista

For the free creation of a website in a professional manner, you can also contact the portal Altervista.org, which allows you to create sites using the very famous WordPress CMS platform.

Unlike the basic service offered by WordPress.com, which I told you previously, the use of WordPress with the free hosting space offered by Altervista allows you to apply advanced customizations to the site created, through the installation of themes and customizable plugins. It is also possible to insert advertising banners, in order to obtain profits thanks to the published contents.

To create your site on Altervista, first go to the home page of the service, click on the item Create site, Then Continue and create an account, indicating the required data (name, last name, year of birth e sex) in the respective text fields. Alternatively, click the button Facebook to register quickly through your Facebook account.

Then use the text field at the top, in correspondence with the wording http://, to type in the third level domain name you want to give to your website, in order to obtain an address like www.nomescelto.altervista.org. If, on the other hand, you want to get a second level domain, you have to take out a subscription at a cost of € 19 + VAT / year.

To continue, verify your identity by ticking the box I'm not a robot, accept the terms of use and the privacy policy by clicking on the boxes relating to these terms and clicking on the button Continue. Finally, to complete the registration, click on the link in the email received at the email address provided.

Once you have completed creating an account, you will be redirected to the login page of your website and you can start writing via the screen Articles, or customize the user interface, through the section Appearance of the WordPress CMS. If you don't know how this content management system works, I recommend that you refer to one of my tutorials related to the topic.

Weebly

One of the most popular tools for creating websites in just a few clicks is the one offered by Weebly.com. Through this platform, you can create a professional-looking website for free and you can put your Web space online quickly, customizing it according to your needs.

To get started, go to the main page of Weebly and press pulsating Start. Then create an account indicating yours name and yours last name,email address to use and the Password, then press the button Create your site. You can also subscribe by pressing the buttons Continue with Facebook o Continue with Google, so you can perform this process even faster via your Facebook and Google accounts.

Next, answer the question Do you want to sell online? as this request is to help you choose the basic template of the website to create. However, you can skip this option and later add a product sales module to your website.

Now, choose the theme of your web space by clicking on one of those shown on the screen and press the button Start editing. To continue, click on the box Use a Weebly subdomain and in the text field https:// type the name you want to give to your website, to obtain a third level domain (for example www.nomescelto.weebly.com); press on Continue to finish.

The Weebly website also has paid plans for the purchase of a second level domain whose costs start from € 4 per month with annual billing.

As for the customization of the newly created website, you can refer to the tutorial you see on the screen that will guide you step by step in using the platform Weebly. The user interface of this sitebuilder is quite simple: in the top bar you can choose the various sections to customize (for example the Pages) while in the left sidebar there are several icons: hover the mouse over them, to understand which specific section of the site they allow you to change. Have fun creating your website!

Other useful resources to create a professional free website

Thanks to the tools for creating websites like the ones I told you about in the previous lines, it is now possible to easily create a professional website. The resources I told you about in the previous lines are in fact some of the most famous platforms, but there are also many other noteworthy Web portals suitable for the purpose, such as those I talk about in the next lines.

  • Jimdo - is another very famous service that offers the possibility of creating a professional website for free. The website can be created in an automated way, through the tool Creator, or you can perform a manual creation, thanks to the use of the tool Dolphin. Jimdo offers free hosting space and, consequently, a third level domain.jimdofree.com. To obtain a second level domain, it is necessary to take out a subscription, the cost of which starts from € 6,50 per month with annual billing.
  • Yola - is one of the many services for the creation of Internet sites that can be used for free to set up a professional website. The use of its website creation tool does not require any technical skills, as several predefined templates are made available that can be customized according to your needs. Yola allows you to get a website with space and traffic equal to 1 GB and with a third-level domain (for example www.nomescelto.yolasite.com) but you can purchase a subscription plan to remove these limitations and get a second level domain. Pricing starts at $ 4,95 per month billed annually.
  • Blogger - this is Google's free platform that allows you to create professional-looking blogs quickly and easily (with a third-level domain .blogspot.com), thanks to the presence of various customizable themes. Blogger requires the use of a Google account and allows you to insert advertising banners on the site created to earn money through integration with Google Adsense. I told you about Blogger in detail in this guide of mine.

Article created in collaboration with Aruba.

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