How to Start a Website Like Craigslist

By Jackson Lewis

Craigslist is an online classified ads website that allows users to buy and sell a wide range of goods and services. Due to the popularity of Craigslist, there are a number of classified scripts that have emerged on the market if you desire to start a website like Craigslist. Qualities to look for when choosing a script include the price, ease of customization, whether or not the script supports search engine optimization when saving new advertisements, and the ease of posting a new sales advertisements.

Step 1

Choose a web hosting provider that will service your website and sign up. Popular choices in the United States include,, and

Step 2

Log in to your web hosting provider and enter the desired website name in the domain name registration section of the site. The specific steps will vary by provider, but primarily consist of entering the website name you desire in a search text field to check availability. Once you discover a website name that you are satisfied with, make the appropriate menu selections to purchase the name.

Step 3

Review and choose a classified advertisement website script. Some of the classified ad website scripts similar to Craigslist include: SoftBiz SEO Auto Classifieds Script,; E-Classifieds Script,, and the iLister General Classified Ads Script, The script sale websites will permit you to view demo versions of the administrator panel and website view before purchasing the program.

Step 4

Purchase the classified ads website script that meets your requirements and follow the website instructions for downloading the software package to your computer.

Step 5

Log in to the cPanel (control panel) of your website by entering the website name/cPanel in your computer's web browser address text field. Enter the login identification and password provided to you during web hosting registration.

Step 6

Double click the "File Manager" icon on the cPanel menu followed by the "Go" menu option. The icon will be located on the top level of the cPanel menu icons, but the specific location will vary depending on the web host provider you use.

Step 7

Choose the "Upload" menu option to select the software package that you have purchased to load on your web server.

Step 8

Enter the website configuration URL provided by the software company you purchased the classified ads script from. This will be a URL similar to or

Step 9

Follow the default menu options for configuration of the classified ads script and select the "Finish" or equivalent menu option to complete the installation of the classified ads script on your website.