Blogging 101

How To Build Your Own Website At Wealthy Affiliate

Lesson 1 Module 1

In this lesson, I am going to teach you how to build your own website at Wealthy Affiliate.

If you don't have an account yet, you can sign up.

create a website now

Go to Websites, then Site Builder.

wealthy affiliate website site builder

Choose what kind of website you want to build.

Choose on "a free domain."

Type the name of your website. You can change your website name in the future. For now, the extension would be

temporary website in wealthy affiliate

If you are already decided on a domain name and would like to check its availability, go to websites, then "Site Domains."

register and manage your domains

Type the name of the domain name you want to buy. If it's available, you can add it to your cart.

buy a domain name

Type another domain name you have in mind if your chosen domain name is not available.

Add to cart, and buy it.

Domains bought in Wealthy Affiliate "Site Domains" already include privacy protection and SSL certificate. Press continue.

wealthy affiliate site domains

The price you see is already good for one year. The renewal price is the same.

Select "one year" and continue.

buy domain name for one year

Input a contact email address.

register a domain

Choose your payment method. Complete the payment to register your domain name.

choose a payment method for domain

Wealthy Affiliate "credits" can be easily earned by creating lessons and tutorials. This is one of the "side income" opportunities available for Premium members.

Domains registered in Wealthy Affiliate are almost instantly available after registration. To check, press "build my website."

build website in WA

You'll see a green check here if it is ready to use.

wealthy affiliate domain registration

Again, enter the name of your site. Don't worry about it if it's just temporary. You can change it later.

Next, let's choose a theme. This can also be done in an instant. You can change it later.

choose a wordpress theme

When choosing a theme, select one with black (or dark grey) readable texts and white background. Also, avoid choosing a super fancy theme - it's going to slow down your website speed loading.

After choosing a theme, press "build my website."

build website in Wealthy Affiliate

Your website is going to be ready in less than a minute. Take note that if you install a free website in the Wealthy Affiliate server, the website will only be usable for 30 days.

After that, you either upgrade to premium to officially host your website inside or back up your work to host somewhere else.

Try Wealthy Affiliate Premium for $19*

*instead of $49 on your first month. Cancel anytime.

Now you have a free WordPress website hosted inside the Wealthy Affiliate platform.

You'll see the WordPress login details from the dashboard.

login to wealthy affiliate

I'll change the "site speed" from "accelerated" to "extreme." This will eliminate the need to install a caching plugin or a WordPress plugin that makes websites faster.

how to make a website faster

Some of the famous caching plugins are "W3 Total Cache" and "WP Fastest Cache." You need not install them since Wealthy Affiliate's caching is built-in. 

By default, the free SSL or the padlock beside your URL is already activated.

where can i see the SSL

You don't need to worry about it because the Site Support will automatically renew the license before it expires.

If the license is expired, or the website do not have an SSL certificate, your website will display a "not secure" notice in the browser.

SSL certificate is already included in the price you pay for. All you have to do is to make sure that it's switched on (it is by default).

wealthy affiliate free SSL

The site protection and spam blocker are also already built-in. This eliminates the need to install two plug-ins just to protect your site from hackers. Just make sure the "Site Protect" is always switched on (again, it is by default).

website security in Wealthy Affiliate

One of the famous WordPress plugins for blocking spam comments is called "Akismet Spam Protection." For WordPress security, one of the most used is the "Wordfence."

Athough they are free, you do not need to install these two as you already have them built in place.

The lesser the plugin you have, the faster your website will load.

Accessing the page speed of your newbie website can be done inside your Wealthy Affiliate dashboard or you can type "Google Pagespeed Insights" on Google.

website security in Wealthy Affiliate

To check the speed of the empty website, enter the URL and press "Analyze." 

mobile speed

Mobile Score: 93

desktop speed

Desktop Score: 96

The purpose of this is to check if your chosen WordPress theme is good to go or is it too heavy and will slow down your site speed.

As you can see here, the theme is good to go.

If you need to change a theme, go to your WordPress dashboard. Select "Appearance," then "Customize." Press "Change."

customize wordpress theme
customize website

Upload a theme you have or select themes to choose a free one. Install and Preview. Activate. Test the speed. 

free wordpress theme

Again, choose only a theme if it's not heavy. Avoid fancy animation, large images embedded in the background, and all that glitters. Choose a theme. Activate and publish.

If your website is already existing for quite some time, you can instead use to check your page speed.

Since your hosting comes with a built-in caching plugin, you should be able to quickly find a clean theme that loads fast.

If your hosting provider's speed is enhanced by a WordPress plugin, check for that specific plugin's name.

For example, the "Breeze" plugin is recommended for websites in Cloudways server. Your caching plugin should be compatible with your server.

It is best to consult your hosting provider before installing a WordPress caching plugin to speed up your site.

To speed up finding a fast theme, make sure that caching is enabled in your website. 

Check out Wealthy Affiliate!

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