How to Build a Dating Website for Free

Building a dating website is no ordeal anymore. You simply need to know a few basic things about the Internet and computers to get going. Many companies now offer a free online platform for amateurs to build and run their own websites, free of charge.

Ning.com is an online service that provides a free web platform for you to create, customize and share a social network. All you need to do is choose the subject for your website--in this case, dating--and use the wizard to build a full-fledged site.

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Access Ning by following the links in Resources.

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Choose a name for your dating website and enter it in the text box that reads "Name Your Social Network." Choose a convenient web address and enter it in the second text box, which reads "Pick a Web Address." Let us choose "EDATING" as the name of our dating site and use the same letters for its web address. Click the "Create" button. We have thus created a dating website called "Edating" and whose web address is www.edating.ning.com.

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Fill out the brief online form displayed on the next page and click "Sign up."

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Describe your social network. Select "Public" or "Private," depending upon the type of access you want your users to have. For a wider audience, select the "Public" option.

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Select a phrase to use as a tagline.This phrase will appear in the header of your network. Let us choose "Best Online Dating Site."

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Describe your site briefly. Don't forget to enter the keywords. Keywords will help pull your site into Internet search engines. For our "Edating," we will use the following keywords: dating, friendship, relationship, mate, marriage.

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On the next page, choose the features you want your dating network to have by dragging them from the displayed list. If you are not sure about this, leave it as it is and click "Next."

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Choose a theme for your network and customize it. There are many templates to choose from. You can alter the color, text color, font and other details of your website on this page.

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Click "Launch" to publish your online dating site. You can now begin to recruit members and let people interact.