How to create a website/e-shop for free (Webnode tutorial)

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Have you ever wanted to create your own website from scratch? Do you want to create a website or e-shop and make it visible on the Internet? Get started right now and learn how to easily create your first custom website.

 

Creating a website with Webnode is so simple – even your grandmother can do it 😀

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a website without any technical knowledge or computer experience. If you’re computer beginner – this tutorial is just for you.

We will use the very popular Webnode CMS online tool, which has been on the global market for over 10 years and has more than 30 million users.

This awesome CMS that will allow you eg. edit website with “drag and drop”, multilingual website or e-shop, you can choose from more than 100 templates and you can activate e-shop modul in already created website with one click and more…

Webnode CMS can also be used in the Free version for free (lifetime).

 

Content

Step 1

Free version & Choosing “right” template

Step 2

Create a website in 3 steps (1 min max)

Step 3

Connect own domain

Step 4

Search Engines Optimalization

Step 5

Pros/Cons of Webnode CMS (Webnode review)

Step 6

Summary + mini Webnode FAQ

#1 Let's start

Everything you need to know before you start creating a website / online shop with Webnode

Free version & Choosing “right” template

In the Free version you can create a website with 100 MB storage. You will get a subdomain e.g. “mydomain.webnode.com” for free. You can use Webnode CMS in free version for as long as you want and you don’t have to pay anything. For Lifetime.

You can choose from more than 100 responsive templates. Take your time, pick a good template for you!

Warning: Once the project is created, it is no longer possible to change the template. To change the template, you need to create a new project (you can create an unlimited number of projects).

When choosing a template, I recommend to look mainly at site layout, font type, headline color, or buttons because these will not be editable later on.

Free Version (freemium)

The Free version is best for users who need a website but do not take their website/eshop as a priority of their business.

The Free version is often used for a personal mini blog, a pet website, or website for kennel. The free version is also useful for wedding websites or teacher sites with student information, etc.

Storage: 100 MB

✔ Own subdomain such as. “mydomain.webnode.com”

✔ Custom contact form with 5 fields (such as name, email, phone number, message)

✔ Excellent customer support by e-mail

If you are really serious about creating your website, the Free version will not be enough. For example, it is not possible to use your own domain, such as “webgrow.cz” and I take it as a big disadvantage. Own domain is the basis of every good site!

Another disadvantage in free version can be link to “Webnode” at the bottom of the website.

 

Premium versions

My parents once told me that nothing is for free and they were right. And this also applies to the Webnode CMS.

Webnode editor is completely free, but if you want to use your own domain (instead of the address like “mydomain.webnode.com” you want something like “wpromotions.eu”), you have to pay extra.

The good thing is that Webnode is about 100 times cheaper than paying a programmer 🙂 Webnode offers 4 types of Premium packages: Limited, Mini, Standard or Profi for websites and 2 types of Premium packages for e-shops: Standard and Profi.

Let’s now take a look at these Premium Plans in more detail.

Webnode Premium Services for Websites in detail

Premium Plan: Limited

 

Plan Limited is the most basic (cheapest) premium package. The Premium Limited package is mainly for users who don’t need any advanced Premium features, but need to show their website on their own domain like “wpromotions.eu”.

 

If you have your own domain registered with a different company, and you want to connect this domain to the Webnode project using DNS records, so the Limited package is just for you.

 

✔ Storage: 100 MB

 

✔ Possibility to attach domains to website and connect domains with DNS records

 

✔ Perfect customer support via email or phone

 

Price of Premium Plan LIMITED:

 

42,95 $ / 1 year

$ 68,75 / 2 years $ 128,85 / 5 years $ 214,75 / 10 years


*ANNUAL PAYMENT IS A MINIMUM

 

*YOU WILL GET A DISCOUNT IF YOU WILL BUY A PREMIUM PLAN FOR MORE YEARS

Premium Plan: Mini

After purchasing the Premium Mini Plan you will get a free domain for one year.

The Premium Mini Plan is suitable for a simple corporate website with 1 email account and 500 MB of available storage. Detailed statistics or adding a video from (YouTube, or Vimeo) is another great advantage.

✔ Storage: 500 MB

Free domain for 1 year (after purchasing Premium plan Mini you will get a domain for free like “mydomain.com”)

✔ Email account: 1

✔ Using of a domain

✔ Website statistics

✔ Form builder (contact forms, reservation forms) without any limitations

✔ Possibility to add a video into a background of a sections.

✔ Perfect customer support via email or phone

The price of Premium Plan MINI:

$ 71,35 / 1 years $ 114,25 / 2 years $ 214,15 / 5 years $ 357 / 10 years

*ANNUAL PAYMENT IS A MINIMUM

*YOU WILL GET A DISCOUNT IF YOU WILL BUY A PREMIUM PLAN FOR MORE YEARS

Premium Plan: Standard

Premium Plan Standard is a great choice for any website or e-shop. With a free domain and all the features of the Mini package, it also offers 2 GB of storage, up to 20 email accounts, Google Analytics integration, user registration, or a multilingual site or backup and recovery features and many more.

✔ Storage: 2000 MB

✔ Free domain for 1 year (after purchasing Premium plan Standard you will get a domain for free like “mydomain.com”)

✔ Email accounts: 20

✔ Using of a domain

✔ Website statistics

✔ Form builder (contact forms, reservation forms) without any limitations

✔ Membership registration (max. users: 100)

✔ Multilingual website

✔ Google Analytics integration

✔ Backups

✔ Removal of Webnode branding from you website

✔ Online shop features (activating e-shop modul in one click)

✔ Perfect customer support via email or phone

Price of Premium Plan Standard:

$ 142,95 / 1 year $ 228,75 / 2 year $ 428,85 / 5 years $ 714,75 / 10 years

*ANNUAL PAYMENT IS A MINIMUM

*YOU WILL GET A DISCOUNT IF YOU WILL BUY A PREMIUM PLAN FOR MORE YEARS

Premium Plan: Profi

Premium Plan Profi is for profesionals who need more storage (5 GB) and more emails accounts (100). Unlimited user registration or backup creation is also a great advantage of Profi Premium Plan 🙂

✔ Storage: 5000 MB

✔ Free domain for 1 year (after purchasing Premium plan Profi you will get a domain for free like “mydomain.com”)

✔ Email accounts: 100

✔ Using of a domain

✔ Website statistics

✔ Form builder (contact forms, reservation forms) without any limitations

✔ Membership registration (max. users: unlimited)

✔ Multilingual website

✔ Google Analytics integration

✔ Backups

✔ Removal of Webnode branding from your website

✔ Online shop features (activating e-shop modul in one click)

✔ Perfect customer support via email or phone

Price of Premium Plan Profi

$ 237,95 / 1 year $ 380,75 / 2 years $ 713,85 / 5 years $ 1 189,75 / 10 years

*ANNUAL PAYMENT IS A MINIMUM

*YOU WILL GET A DISCOUNT IF YOU WILL BUY A PREMIUM PLAN FOR MORE YEARS

Webnode Premium Services for Online Shop in detail

Free version of Webnode E-shop

For Free, you can only try Webnode E-shop 2.0, but the sale process itself is limited. For full use of e-shop you have to pay extra and buy Premium Plan Standard or Profi.

Premium Plan: Standard

Premium Plan Standard is a great choice for any website or e-shop. With a free domain and all the features of the Mini package, it also offers 2 GB of storage, up to 20 email accounts, Google Analytics integration, user registration, or a multilingual site or backup and recovery features and many more.

✔ Storage: 2000 MB

✔ Free domain for 1 year (after purchasing Premium plan Standard you will get a domain for free like “mydomain.com”)

✔ Email accounts: 20

✔ Using of a domain

✔ Website statistics

✔ Form builder (contact forms, reservation forms) without any limitations

✔ Membership registration (max. users: 100)

✔ Multilingual website *but just in one currency like €

✔ Google Analytics integration

✔ Backups

✔ Products import

✔ Removal of Webnode branding from your website

✔ Online shop features (activating e-shop modul in one click)

✔ Perfect customer support via email or phone

Price of Premium Plan Standard:

$ 142,95 / 1 year $ 228,75 / 2 year $ 428,85 / 5 years $ 714,75 / 10 years

*ANNUAL PAYMENT IS A MINIMUM

*YOU WILL GET A DISCOUNT IF YOU WILL BUY A PREMIUM PLAN FOR MORE YEARS

Premium Plan: Profi

Premium Plan Profi is for profesionals who need more storage (5 GB) and more emails accounts (100). Unlimited user registration or backup creation is also a great advantage of Profi Premium Plan 🙂

✔ Storage: 5000 MB

✔ Free domain for 1 year (after purchasing Premium plan Profi you will get a domain for free like “mydomain.com”)

✔ Email accounts: 100

✔ Using of a domain

✔ Store statistics

✔ Form builder (contact forms, reservation forms) without any limitations

✔ Membership registration (max. users: unlimited)

✔ Multilingual website (unlimited) *but just in one currency like €

✔ Google Analytics integration

✔ Backups (unlimited)

✔ Removal of Webnode branding from your website

✔ Products import

✔ Product feed

✔ Products variants

✔ Conversion tracking 

✔ Perfect customer support via email or phone

Price of Premium Plan Profi

$ 237,95 / 1 year $ 380,75 / 2 years $ 713,85 / 5 years $ 1 189,75 / 10 years

*ANNUAL PAYMENT IS A MINIMUM

*YOU WILL GET A DISCOUNT IF YOU WILL BUY A PREMIUM PLAN FOR MORE YEARS

#2 Create own website

Create a nice, modern and responsive website that will represent your business, and you won’t have to be ashamed 🙂

Simple tutorial for creating own website

 

Webnode is a very simple website/e-shop creation online tool. It allows you to create and edit website just with using your mouse (overwriting texts) and with simple drag&drop editor.

First step to create a brand new website in 1 minute is to register here —–> Webnode <—–

In registration process you will:

  • Set the name of the website
  • Use your existing email address
  • Set your password

Second step is to choose the type (Website or Online shop) and a template.

If you choose a template for the website and later you want to add an e-shop, just activate the e-shop in your website you have already created – with one click

Third step is just a click on the “Choose template” button.

 

3 easy steps to a new website will take you about 1 minute.

Fourth step – Wait for few seconds and you will see the Webnode Editor, which allows you to manage the content of your new website / e-shop.

Now you can just overwrite the predefined texts, and change the images.

Read a few basic tips on how to work with WEBNODE or watch a short video tutorial.

#3 Register (connect) own domain

Register new domain, connect (attach via DNS) existing domain or transfer your domain to a Webnode. 
Remove “webnode” from the address of your Webnode website easily.

Using your own domain is a feature in Webnode Premium Plan.
After activating (paying) one of the Premium Plans, you will be able to use your own domain.

Your options are:

1. After purchasing a Mini, Standard or Profi package, you will get your 1 year free domain from Webnode.

2. If you already have a domain purchased from another company, you will be able to use this domain like “mydomain.com” to Webnode website with DNS records. Check my tutorial how to get DNS records.

3. You can transfer your domain from another company to Webnode, so Webnode will then set everything for you (so-called registrar change).

After the domain is transferred to Webnode, you will pay Webnode for renewal of your domain so you should check the pricelist – here

*Note: For transfering your domain to Webnode you have to be an OWNER of a domain and you need an authorization password (so-called EPP code, Auth-id, Auth-info), which you can get from your domain registrar.

Get free domain for 1 year

 

TIP: Premium Packages (Mini, Standard or Profi) also include one-year free domain.

After you activate Premium Services, you will receive a voucher code on your Webnode login email to register a new domain or use the code to transfer an existing domain from another company to Webnode (to get 1 year prolongation of your domain added to the current validity)

#4 Search Engine Optimalization (SEO)

Basic info about Site names (page titles), Descriptions and Keywords and easy tutorial how to register your website in Google or Bing.

It always takes a while for your website/e-shop to get a good rank (position) in Google…

The search engine must first know that your website exists

The next step is to customize your website in order of SEO. Local search engines are using also keywords, but Google or Bing are not take “keywords” seriously. Google or Bing will mainly check the content of your website – so you should create relevant and good content for your readers.

You can find SEO (Search Engine Optimalization) settings in Webnode Editor (CMS). You can modify Page names, Descriptions and Keywords of every individual page of your website. Do it please!

You can find the SEO page setting here:

 

  • Page title (site name) is displayed in Google, also in the browser tab (this should be a concise phrase describing the page). *I recommend about 50 to max. 70 characters in the title.
  • Description is very important, it should be two to three short sentences describing the page again, appearing in search results (when you search on Google) *I recommend about 130 to 165 characters in the description.
  • Keywords are more or less ignored, for local search engines, it’s a good idea to fill these keywords. I wouldn’t select more than 15 keywords for each subpage, they should also be very specific and separated by a comma.

Page names and descriptions are important. Do not forget to fill in up.

In Google search results it looks like:

However, there is no guaranteed procedure for your website to be “first in Google”. The search engines are also ranked by other criteria and their algorithms. Most search engines also have personalized searches, so for each user is shown a bit different results depending of f.e frequently searched keywords, location, and so on.

If your website is regularly updated and so-called. “live“, you will have filled in keywords, page titles and descriptions that are relevant to your website content, your search engine position should definitely improve.

Register your website in best search engines… 🙂

A very important step will be to link the site to Google to index it to Google. Please follow my instructions or this tutorial from Webnode.

SEO TIPS:
1. You can register youw website into Google My business (Google Maps).

2. Helpful links with SEO tutorials:

#5 Pros and Cons (Webnode review)

Pros/cons of Webnode CMS online tool for creating a websites/e-shops

Pros

  • More than 100 modern responsive templates
  • Free version for free lifetime
  • SSL certificate (Lets Encrypt) for secure connection (https: //)
  • One-click activation of e-shop on already created website
  • First activation of Premium package (Mini, Standard or Profi) includes a gift code for registering your own domain for 1 year (free)
  • Email inboxes included in the Premium Plan (Mini, Standard or Profi)
  • Simple visits statistics in administration and the ability to link the site to Google Analytics
  • Possibility to fill in the SEO setting of the page in each version.
  • Multilingual Website
  • User Registration
  • One-click backups/recovery

 Cons

  • After creating a project and selecting a template, it is not possible to change the template. Site content cannot be automatically converted to another template (must be “manually”)
  • It is not possible to connect your own domain in Free version and you need to use so-called. a subdomain e.g. “Mojweb.webnode.sk”
  • Webnode does not yet have a mobile application and therefore it is not possible to edit the web from a mobile or tablet.
  • You can have Webnode E-SHOP in several languages, but only in one currency f.e: “€”.

#6 Summary and MiniFAQ

A brief summary and my personal opinion about Webnode CMS + 10 top frequently asked questions

Webnode has been on the global market for over 10 years and is used by more than 30 million users. It is one of the largest, and most importantly, one of the best web design tools.

The system is translated into more than 29 languages.

The templates are responsive and the editor works with the “drag and drop” principle 🙂

Webnode is a great website builder for 99% of small businesses

If you need a quick and easy solution, and you don’t want to spend hours learning to work with any webdesign software, I’ll definitely recommend Webnode. Just insert your own text and images on the website (and use my SEO tips), register your own domain, and you are DONE.

So try it NOW and create your first website on Webnode.com

For all others who need a more technical solution, I recommend a different system like Wix or WordPress.

But if it is all too complicated for you, we can make a deal and i will create a website for you from scratch. Do not hesitate to contact me.

 

My Webnode rating:

  • Promotion and marketing 85% 85%
  • Customization 95% 95%
  • Simplicity 99% 99%
  • Customer Support 90% 90%

10 frequently asked questions about Webnode CMS

1. What is Webnode?

Webnode is an online tool for creating and managing websites or e-shops. The system has features for creating web presentations, without the need for installation or advanced configuration. By dragging and dropping your mouse, you can place many interactive elements on the web, such as forms, videos, images, text, blog, articles and more.

Create a website with Webnode

2. Is Webnode really for free?

Yes – Webnode can be used completely free with 100 MB of available space and subdomain like “mydomain.webnode.com“.

Using your own domain in the form of “mydomain.com” is charged with a funny price starting at $ 42,95 / year.

3. Does Webnode provide FTP access?

No – Webnode can only be used via an online interface called “CMS” (Webnode editor)

Webnode does NOT provide FTP access to hosting, or MySQL database.

4. I bought a domain with Webnode, and I want to change the DNS records. It is possible?

Webnode does not provide editing of DNS records to users.

If you have registered a domain with Webnode, you must request a change of DNS on the Webnode customer support with an authorized request send through the contact form in the Menu or by sending an email from the owner’s email.

In case you need to change DNS records for a domain at Webnode, or you want to add TXT records or something else, always send the request as a project owner.

Project owner is a person who created a website.

5. I want to add a Facebook link to my website, but I haven't found a feature for it. What should I do?

If you need to add a Facebook “window” or an Instagram or a combination to your Webnode website, please read these my tutorials:

 

6. Does Webnode have customer support over the phone? I didn't find their phone number....

Yes – Webnode has professional customer support by phone for all Premium users.

If you have purchased Premium Plan from Webnode, you can contact them by phone. Webnode Customer Support phone number can be found in the email which you received after you ordered Premium Plan.

Phone customer support is for Premium users only.

7. Can I connect my own domain to a project in Webnode using DNS records?

Yes – with an active Premium Plan (Limited, Mini, Standard, or Profi), you can attach your own domain to a website in Webnode using DNS records. Please follow these instructions: 

 

8. I created a website in Webnode, but I don't like the template. Is it possible to change the template automatically?

No – template cannot be automatically changed after creating website in Webnode 2.0.
If you want to change the template for your website, you will need to create a new project. You can then choose a template that will suit you best. If you have purchased Premium Plan, you can contact Webnode Support with an request to move a Premium Plan to a different project.

Before creating a project, I suggest you preview all templates using the “Template Preview” button.

9. I bought a Webnode Premium Plan and I want to return the money. It is possible?

Yes – within 14 days of purchasing the first Premium Plan.

Send a refund request as a project owner from your login email to Webnode Support.

10. Is it possible to create an adult content page (erotic (porn) sites) on Webnode?

No – you cannot.

Its againts Webnode terms and conditions.

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Jednatel at Webgrow s.r.o.
I enjoy the Internet and especially content management systems like Webnode or WordPress with Divi Theme. I have created the Wpromotions.eu portal to help you build your website or e-shop. If need be, do not hesitate to contact me, I like to advise you.

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