How It Works
We build beautiful WordPress websites for free.
Most of these we build in around 7-10 hours of work. We don’t build highly complicated websites with lots of advanced functionality as part of our free-website offer. But most types of business and personal websites apply.
In practice, this means that we’ll get your website online, set up everything on the back-end, get you lined up with an amazing theme so your website looks stunning, and set up analytics so you can monitor your website traffic.
2. Back-end Setup.
If your application is accepted, we’ll set you up with web hosting and then configure the back-end of your WordPress website, including installing key plugins for SEO and mobile speed, and setting up automatic backups so you’ll never risk losing your website data.
3. Select a Theme
To make your website look amazing, we’ll help you to select a professionally designed website template. We’ll also show you how to easily edit it yourself so that you never have to hire a web developer when you want to make tweaks or changes.
4. upload content & haND IT OVER.
We’ll work to customize your website’s layout to meet your specific needs, making sure it’s SEO and mobile ready, and then we’ll hand it over to you with detailed instructions about how to use it effectively.
What you'll get
A cutting-edge website
We will set you up with a professional website design that incorporates the latest and most cutting-edge design innovations.
We'll install all of the key plugins you'll need for your website to be optimized for SEO, load speed, and security.
We'll install Google Analytics and Google Search Console so you can track your visitors and your popularity on search engines.
Over 50% of website traffic comes from mobile phones. We'll help ensure your website looks stunning on mobile.
Up to 10 hrs of developer time
We'll dedicate up to 10 hours of developer time in building your website and customizing it to meet your needs.
We'll teach you how to edit your own website so that you won't have to hire a developer to make updates or changes in the future.
The reason we do this is simple: it’s a great way for us to build connections with people who might hire us for larger paid projects. 97.4% of the people for whom we’ve built website for free have been happy with the results, and 10-20% go on to hire us for other paid projects down the line. They might hire us to build more complicated websites, build them an app, or do ongoing development work for them.
To put a website online – and to keep it online – you’ll need web hosting, which costs a few dollars per month. We cover our website development costs by asking you to sign up for web hosting with one of the most popular web hosting providers, Bluehost, using our affiliate link. (That affiliate link also has a special discounted rate that we’ve negotiated with Bluehost specifically for our clients.)
When you use our link, we get a commission. This commission is paid to us by Bluehost. You pay nothing extra yourself. Bluehost has a Money-Back Guarantee so if you change your mind (for example, if you start with us and then decide you don’t actually want a website), you can always request a refund from them.
That’s it! We simply recoup some of our costs by receiving the affiliate commission when you sign up for web hosting.
The Free Website Guys is the top rated web development agency on Clutch (of nearly 8,000 agencies around the world), #1 on G2, and #1 on Trustpilot. We’re also rated 4.9 stars on Facebook. We encourage you to take a read of our clients’ reviews, and you’re welcome to reach out to them for more information.
You’ll need to sign up for one of our preferred web hosting companies to get access to our free-website service. With Bluehost, there’s a one-year plan for just $57 USD which you can access using our discount link. This means that you’ll be getting a full professional WordPress website for which other web agencies charge several thousand dollars for less than $60. (You can see some examples of our clients’ websites here.)
We also work with DreamHost, which has a great service as well. When you apply, just indicate that you’d prefer to sign up with DreamHost.
If you’re already paying for Bluehost or DreamHost, we can still work with you under certain circumstances. Go ahead and submit an application and indicate that you already have web hosting set up with one of these companies. We’ll reach out if we think we can still build you a website.
BlueHost is very affordable – just a few dollars per month for the first year – and they generally get great reviews. They’re also officially endorsed as the web host of choice by WordPress. If you change your mind on wanting a website, though, or wish to use a different hosting company, you can get a refund from BlueHost at any point within 30 days.
Since we finish most websites within 12-15 days, you’ll have plenty of time if you change your mind.
To have a website online, you have to pay for web hosting. The only alternative to this is services like Wix. With Wix, however, your domain will look like yourdomain.wix.com (that is, it’ll have the word “wix” in it). If you want your own website (not a sub-domain of Wix), with an actual URL (yourdomain.com), web hosting is required.
You can learn more about how websites are set up here: https://websitesetup.org/ You’ll see that the first step is to get website hosting.
We won’t request your credit card. We won’t have you sign any kind of payment contracts with us. Nothing like that.
What you will need to do is to sign up for website hosting (which is what you’ll need to put any website on the internet, and a one-year plan is just $59). But the commission we receive from the hosting provider is paid by them, not you.
If you want, you can also pay for a professional website template for us to build your website on. We usually recommend Divi for this. But you can also choose a free template, like one of the ones offered by WordPress. That’s 100% up to you.
If you’ve already bought a domain name, that’s great. If you haven’t chosen one yet, that’s completely fine. We’ll show you how to do that.
We carefully review every application that comes our way. In reviewing applications, we look for the following characteristics:
- Do we like the concept for the website?
- Is it ethical?
- Does this person want a simple but beautiful website?
- Are they ready to get started soon?
We review most applications within 48-72 hours, and accept approximately 18-23% of those who apply.
We use WordPress, the most popular content management system for websites. In fact, about 30% of the internet runs on WordPress! It’s the best platform to use for the vast majority of websites (unless you’re looking to build something that’s super complex).
WordPress is free to use, and we’ll be able to load it onto your web hosting platform once you’ve signed up for web hosting.
We build 5-7 page professional WordPress websites with pages like About, Services, Contact, Home, Shop, etc (you can customize these however you wish). You can see some samples of our clients’ websites here: https://thefreewebsiteguys.com/examples/
Nope, definitely not. We walk you through everything you’ll need to do in a clear, step-by-step way. Plus, once we’re done working on your website, we’ll send you a detailed instruction video showing you how to make additional edits and changes to your website so that you won’t ever need to hire a website developer.
The best way to ensure that your website looks really good is to use a professionally designed template. These are website designs built by professional graphic designers and they will make your website look great.
We give people the option of either using a free WordPress template, their own pre-purchased template, or Divi, which is a hugely popular webpage-builder that we love. You can check out Divi’s template library here. You can pretty much do any kind of customization you want with a Divi theme including color, layout, font, photos, buttons, etc.
There is a whole world of amazing professional WordPress themes out there, and we’ll explore that all with you and help you to make a decision about which website template is right for you. Once you’ve decided, we’ll ask you to let us know how you’d like the template changed or edited, and we’ll get to work on getting your website to look the way you want!
Assuming you get back to our emails promptly and don’t request any complex additional features, we aim for a completion time of no more than 3 weeks. If you take longer to think about your content, design, logo, etc., that’s no problem for us and we can work at your pace.
Yes, 100%. Once we’re done working on your website, you’ll delete our user account (which is what gives us access to the back-end of your website) and we’ll have no additional ability to make edits or changes. We will not own your website nor control it in any way.
Absolutely. When we finish the website, we’ll send you a detailed video breaking down how to make additional edits yourself (so you don’t need to hire a web developer). You’ll be in full control, in other words, and you’ll have the training you need to continue to make refinements and updates yourself to whatever you wish: the buttons, text, content, photos, and every other element of the website.
We set up the website for you, including doing both backend and frontend work. At that point, all you have to do is to edit the text on your website, upload photos, etc. We send you a very detailed instructional video showing you how to do this, including some great resources for where to find high quality free photos you can use.
Nope, there’s no rush.
You’ll be able to update/change the content on your website whenever you like. We’ll show you how to upload and change content so that you can do it at at your own pace once your website is ready. It’s quite easy, and you’ll need no knowledge of coding!
We don’t provide long-term support for free, no. However, unless you’re building something highly complex, you shouldn’t need our support. We’ll be showing you how to make edits to your own website so that you’ll never need to hire another web developer. WordPress is quite easy to use, and we’ll be providing you with the training you need in order to manage your own website (which is pretty easy).
Ready to get started?
Apply now. We accept 2 out of every 5 applicants.