When you need a simple website there a lot of options how to make one and don’t pay tons of money. It’s much easier to copy the existing website and personalize it than to do design and coding one from scratch. I will show you what options do you have that fit budget under $50.
5. Manual HTML copy
This method is my #5 because it involves a lot of manual work and more than basic knowledge in coding. But this one is the cheapest one and will cost you $0.
Step 1: Choose the website to copy
Find the website that already looks as close to what you need as possible. It’s very important, because changing layout would be very hard and sometimes impossible.
Step 2: Copy HTML code
Open the page you want to copy and press ctrl+s and select the place where you want to store this code. The file with code along with folders with all connected files will be stored on your computer. You can edit it in notepad or any .html editor.
Step 3: Edit content
Change all text content in this file to the one you need. Please note that there are might be text in code that is not visible on the original website, but consider changing it to relevant one too, because it might be used by search engines to index your website.
Step 4: Change images and graphics
You can also change images and any graphics on this pages. Prepare all graphics that you want to change and either change files using the same file names or add new files and write new file names in HTML code. Always keep the same dimensions of new files! If you will use image with different dimensions it will brake the mark-up.
Step 5: Change links
Examine each link in the code and change it to new destinations or delete them if you don’t need it.
Step 6: Upload files to the server
At this step you need to have ftp access to your hosting. You also need to own domain name that you will use for your new website. Make sure the domain is pointing to the hosting you will be using (it is usually done automatically if you buy domain and hosting in one place).
Upload .html file and folders with graphics to server in “public_html” folder. Make sure the homepage is named index.html.
After you type your domain name in browser address bar, you should see your homepage.
Step 7: Improve and add new page
Web-sites always need some changes – either content update or design improvements. Continue to change things you don’t like or add other pages to your website. The best way to do this would be to clone your homepage and make necessary changes in it.
Don’t forget to link new pages from homepage and vice versa.