How to Build a Commercial Website in 37 Minutes or Less

How to Build a Commercial Website in 37 Minutes or Less

This video shows a 100{f60a19ca4822ea5083709910a03c8f9e50ac3abaf19315a89f25f66a4b2e306d} complete website build walk-through including:

1) Buying domain,
2) Buying hosting,
3) Downloading and manually installing WordPress (including setting up MySQL database user),
4) Installing a free theme,
5) Setting up pages, plugins and widgets.

I shot this video to demonstrate just how quickly you can setup a WordPress website even without shortcuts like 1-Click Install scripts or even simple things like registering domains during hosting setup.

The finished website is a complete, commercially viable business website for a hypothetical local business, in this case a coffee shop, featuring everything that coffee shop needs on a simple but effective website site. It is built at a total cost of $15, $10 for the domain registration, $5 for the first hosting payment. All content is licenced correctly, to the best of my knowledge.

The video doesn’t show the planning stages, which can be quite significant. In fact, I’d argue that this is where 80{f60a19ca4822ea5083709910a03c8f9e50ac3abaf19315a89f25f66a4b2e306d} of the website professionals value comes in, the actual build is only 20{f60a19ca4822ea5083709910a03c8f9e50ac3abaf19315a89f25f66a4b2e306d} of the value.

I did not create this video to denigrate the value of web designers, I did it to demonstrate simply the speed and ease of setup of a properly planned website using a modern Content Management System like WordPress, even when doing things “the slow way” like I’ve done here. It can be done even quicker – I reckon at least 12 minutes quicker, more if a simpler resulting site is chosen.

This is a demonstration only, not a training video. I do have training videos which walk the viewer through every single step of design, planning, and setting up an awesome website using WordPress. The proper training videos are far, far easier to follow than this one because they are are broken up into distinct steps and are properly edited. I deliberately didn’t edit the primary content of this video in order to demonstrate the speed of setup.

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The actual build starts after a short intro. Here’s a very approximate breakdown of time of each task from the start of build:

0-2mins Register domain
2-7mins Setup hosting
7-13mins Upload WordPress, Create Database and Database User
13-15mins Install WordPress
15-18mins Setup WordPress Theme
18-24mins Setup WordPress Plugins
24-30mins Setup Pages (content)
30-31mins Setup WordPress Menus
31-32mins Setup WordPress Widgets
32-33mins Change Header Image
33-36mins Content Tweaks: Test and Fixing
37mins Done.

(Important note: all passwords have been changed, the ftp user deleted, and database username and passwords have also been changed since recording this screencast)

I prepared content – i.e. planned the site – and I am quite familiar with WordPress (as I’ve been using it since 2004 ­čśë

I’m not claiming everyone can build a site this quickly, but just that it’s possible. Using a 1-Click Install script like Installatron, I think this could be built in less than 20 minutes.

If you’d like to see more videos like this, including the next one where I do a super-quick build using a 1-click installer, then subscribe to this channel and check out the blog at – you can also find me on Twitter and Facebook at and respectively.

Finished site:

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