How to make a Social Media Website like Facebook
- on Jun 17, 2023
|How to create social media website like Facebook|
Hello! Are you looking for ways to build your website like Facebook? Search no further, because we’ve compiled this tutorial to guide you on how to create a social media website that look like Facebook. The Meta-owned platform, Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world with over 3 million active users.
So, making your website like Facebook can helps drive more traffic and build authority in the competitive market. Furthermore, you don’t need to worry about coding such as knowing HTML, CSS, or Python. Instead, you use a CMS (content management system) such as WordPress, WIX or Squarespace to build your Facebook-like website.
Meanwhile, I’m going to be using WordPress in this tutorial because it has some exclusive plugins (add-ons) that can helps create social and community website. 40 out of 100s of websites on the world-wide-web uses WordPress as a website builder. Besides, it serves as great CMS platforms to host social and community platform.
This quick and easy tutorial will guides you on how to make a website like Facebook without HTML or CSS, but using WordPress. Hence, let’s dive into the primary reason of this tutorial.
Here is how to make a website like Facebook;
1. Buy a Web Host
Buying a web host from WordPress trusted and reliable platforms is the first thing to do when creating Facebook-like website. Bluehost, Siteground, and Dreamhost are one of the best platforms recommended by WordPress. Hence, get a web host from any of these hosting platform and proceed to the next step.
2. Choose and Buy A Domain Name
A branded domain name especially the one that has a .com or .net or .org extension is most suitable to create a Facebook-like website. Take for instance, Facebook.com is a branded domain name. However, a simple way to come up with a good domain name is to combine “your niche” + “a related word” together.
For example, if you’re creating a Facebook-like site, you can name it “zikokosocial.com”.
Furthermore, a good registrar to get a domain name is Namecheap. Google Domains was once a good registrar too but the assets has been transferred to Squarespace. Once a domain name has been secured, then proceed to next step.
3. Install WordPress
The next step of building a Facebook-like website is to install wordpress. To do that, head back to your hosting provider and navigate to ‘set up a website‘ to begin the installation process. You can choose to install WordPress manually or automatically. I strongly recommend automatic installation for learners.
|WordPress Manual Installation|
Once you’ve completed your installation, connect your domain to your hosting. If you bought domain and host in the same platform, that will be done automatically during installation. But if you bought a domain from different registrar, you’ll need to point the IP address to A-record of the domain.
However, domain setup process differs on domains registrars dashboard. You can connect with me via our contact page for more enquire about how to point to Namecheap domain.
Once you’ve installed wordpress and domain has been propagated successfully, you can then process to the next step.
4. Choose a Theme
To choose a theme for your Facebook-like website, you’ll first need to login to your WordPress dashboard (Backend) through https://yoursite.com/wp-admin. You’d have created a unique username and password during installation.
|Best Social Media Themes for WordPress|
There are lots of social and community WordPress themes on Themeforest that you can choose from to make your website like Facebook. For instance, there’s Socify designed by Buddy Press, and there’s Discy, a social question and answer WordPress template.
Once you’ve choose a theme for your Facebook-like site, then proceed to theme appearance to customize your website to your taste. To do that, go to your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Customize. More so, to install your theme, go-to your WordPress dashboard > Appearance > Themes > Upload Theme.
In addition, you can contact me if you need help customizing your site, and if you need branded logo. However, you can use Canva to create a good website logo for free.
5. Manage your Facebook-Like Website
After completing the step 4, your Facebook-like website is now ready to launch. Do social media marketing to create awareness for your site. In addition, here are some tips to manage your Facebook-like website;
- Keep your Facebook-like website clean, easy-to-use, and minimal.
- Like Quora, give room to create-a-community around discussions—ask questions, provide inspiration, and share your experiences.
- Like Facebook, set rules and don’t hesitate to ban people who break them.
- Do SMM in order to get audience and member. For example, promote your Facebook-like site on Twitter, Quora, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit, Nairaland and other social media platforms.
- Lastly, as the owner of the social platform, you need to try all your possible best to be online as much as possible and contribute to discussions to keep members engaged.
6. Monetize your Social Media Website
Once your Facebook-like website start gaining traffics and becoming popular, you can start making money from it by apply for Ad-network such as Google AdSense or Ezoic. The easiest way to monetize social media website is to serve ads on it (you can earn $5 to $20 per 1,000 visitors).
|Spice up your Facebook-like site with Ad-Network Monetization|
Google AdSense and Ezoic are some of the best in the industry. You can earn x10 more than AdSense using Ezoic because of it Technology and Ad manager implementation that it’s being used in serving ads from different Ad-Networks.
Furthermore, Mediavine and Adthrive are better in monetizing a social media website. They are both premium Ad networks, but you’ll need to reach 50k or 100k monthly visitors before they can accept you into their network.
In summary, creating social media website like Facebook is easy. However, one thing you should have in mind is your purpose for creating this Facebook-like site. Is it that you want to make money or you want to build a brand like Meta’s Facebook.
Whether you reasons might be, please share your thought in the comment section and lets share ideas. For more question and enquires, publish them in the comment section below. I promise to reply as fast as possible. Cheers and enjoy creating your Facebook-like social media website.