How To Make A Social Networking Website Like Facebook For Almost FREE! Within 1 Hour [4 Easy Steps]

social network website example
social network website example

Do you want to create a social networking website like Facebook? or want to build a social media site? but you don’t know where to start or no coding knowledge? It is easier than you think..! You don’t need to learn programming or anything extra. Just follow the below steps. You can create your own social networking websites like Facebook for your college or organization or public or any type you want. Today we have advanced software & tools, everything made easy. You can customize settings within the social website as your imagination to change the functions or anything. Just a few clicks are enough to do everything you want..! Even you can build a social website that makes money fast by using Google Adsense or any sponsor ad or games or subscription or any other proven online earning methods. You don’t need to learn Web programming like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP etc. You can even make money from your website. There are many people already making enough money, but it depends on how do you make your website popular. Creating a website is easy but marketing is difficult.

(You can also see my real-life story of how I became a big fan of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg & I wanted to create something like Facebook. I launched a social website on my college publicly at the age of 19 just because Zuckerberg also launched at the age of 19..!! exactly I followed how Mark did when he launched If you are interested in my life story, See –How I Created a Social Network Website & Made A Profit In 26 Days.

This is my news – appeared on Deccan Herald.

My Social Network Website like Facebook Launching Program News With All Online Business Functions & details was published In Deccan Herald
My Social Network Website Launching Program News was published In Deccan Herald

(I have 2 names. Niranjan Bhat is my birth name & Jack Cox is my pen name. In the newspaper, my birth name is taken, because that is my registered name in the college.)

But that social website is not live now. I created social websites using many techniques, finally found this method is the best

There are several methods to create a social website. For example the popular one WordPress- BuddyPress method. But that method is old, difficult & outdated. Below I used the latest & the easiest method.

There are many web applications and software like Ning, Socialgo, Kickapps, SocialEngines and so many tools. But Here I am going to guide you the best method, in that method more than 20+ Ning like ready made social web applications available in a single dashboard..! So that you can switch or create any type of social site or exactly like Facebook like website with almost all FB features or even create many social websites without paying extra. You can also start to monetize to generate revenue. You can get Google Adsense, buy/sell marketplace withing the social website, subscriptions,  ads, etc. You can make money, but you need good traffic.

Okay, Let’s follow the 4 steps.

Step -1:

1. Create An Account On Membership Site Configured Hosting

I researched a lot of web hosting that should have the capacity to hold many concurrent users on the website without crashing the site. SiteGround hosting is more stable even from its starting plans.

Visit SiteGround

Note: SiteGround Accepts a few types of debit cards & all credit cards, If your card not accepted, then just go for Bluehost . All the guide is the same and it applies perfectly for Bluehost aslo

Go to (This is 60% OFF Link) or Bluehost
(You can also use Bluehost. This guide applies to Bluehost also. Just follow this guide even you sign up for  But don’t choose other web hostings. Because most of the hosting companies give you a lot of storage & they say unlimited visitors capacity, But it is not true. They limit RAM, CPU, etc or they slow down the site. Their hosting doesn’t have the capacity to hold more concurrent users than the SiteGround.  In 2020, SiteGround & Bluehost are the best hosting services with great support. That’s why I used  SiteGround)

SiteGround Reviews

Siteground reviews
Siteground reviews

Once you clicked the above SiteGround link, You will see this page.

Choose startup Hosting plans to create your own social network website
Hosting plans to create a social network website

& if you expect millions of visitors, then here Siteground offers Cloud hosting, dedicated hosting and very high volume plans. SiteGround is capable to handle your website even you get a huge unexpected traffic.

cloud & higher hosting plan for social website
cloud & higher hosting plan for social website

Don’t buy the costly plan, Because if your site gets millions of traffic, then you can upgrade later or transfer to any other hosting. There are many different plans. I recommend GrowBig Plan $5.95 for your social networking site.

If you assume, your website gets less than 10,000 visits per month, then order startup. But I recommend you to Order GrowBig plan even your website gets fewer visitors. Because you can create many websites and it included backup-restore up to 30 days and more premium features for free. However, If you choose the Startup Plan, then there is no harm. If you get more or fewer visitors, you can upgrade or downgrade the plan at any time.

Once you clicked Order, you will see enter your domain page.

type your social network website domain name
choose your social network website domain name

The domain is your website name or URL address. Create your website name. Type any name you want to give your website. You are creating a social networking website, right? so I think it is better to choose .camp or .club domain extension instead of .com, .net, .org etc. The .com is so boring and also difficult to get the name you want. Because someone already registered the domain you wanted with .com. You can give names like,,, etc.

domain name for social website
domain name for your social website

Usually, domain name costs $10- $15. 

Different domain name costs vary a little bit. For .com $15. But .academy like domain little bit costlier than others.

Enter your details for your hosting account order confirmation
Enter your details for your hosting

Just enter the details. Give your email properly, because all information & receipt will send to that email after you paid. Choose a strong password with 8 or more characters that included at least one Letter of lower & uppercase, number, and special character. Otherwise, you can’t pay.

Click pay now to order your hosting get start to create your social website
Click pay now to get started to create your social website

If you want domain privacy and hack alert monitoring, you can select it. I don’t think you need the domain privacy & SG site scanner in the beginning. You can get it later. Click Pay Now button.

Order successfully submitted message after you paid
Order successfully submitted message

It takes some time. Once your transaction is completed, you will see “Your order successfully submitted” message. Then go to your email. You will see your hosting account login information. Click login to customer area.

website hosting customer details on the email
website hosting customer details

Once you clicked login to customer area button, you will see enter your username & password fields. Enter & click sign In.. Once you entered, you will see this page.

click thanks & proceed to create your social website quickly
click thanks & proceed to create your social website

Don’t select the first & the second option. Click on the third option – “Thank, But I don’t need help” & click proceed.

If you find any option, just skip it & you will see the Siteground dashboard homepage.

Step -2:

2. Access Softaculous

Go to My Accounts, Click Go To cPanel.

Attention: SiteGround Changed its Dashboard Recently. If you don’t find cPanel, then Just ask their support team to install the “Open Source Social Network” Application from softaculous for your domain name. They will do everything for free & Skip To Step – 4 
web hosting dashboard. See options
web hosting dashboard. follow red arrows

Once you entered Cpanel,  You will see a lot of options. Click softaculous located under the auto installer menu. (Follow the red arrow)

once you entered cpanel, click softaculous on autoinstaller
cpanel click softaculous

Once you clicked on softaculous, you will see many software categories.

Step -3:

3. Install Any Of These Social Networking Site Software

Look at the left menu. Click Social Networking Tab & click “Open Source Social Network

go to social networking tab, click open source social network & install it. follow arrows
go to social networking tab, click open source social network & install

Under the social networking menu, you will see Dolphin, Oxwall, pH/CMS, Jcow, Elgg, Open source social network and more. “Open source social network” is completely free forever. Dolphin is a premium software and gives you a 15-day free trial only. In this example, I selected “Open Source Social Network” Software, Because it is free as well as it is really a great web application with all facebook like features. You can select any software. You can see the demo. Don’t worry, even if you choose different software, the method is exactly the same as below. You can change any software or take backup & restore original. (That I explained later)

Once you clicked on “Open Source Social Network” , then you will see this page.  Admin username & password are very important. Write down.

Follow the red arrows.

install social network website software and it is free
install social network website software and it is free

Next click the install button. It may take up to 1 minute. You will see the progress bar. Once the installation finished, then you see your admin login URL. The username & password are the same that you typed above.

Social network website login URL
Social network website login URL

Next, enter your username & password.

Login to your social network website
Login to your social network website

Next, you will see the dashboard. You are the admin of your website. You can change anything on your website.

You can click on the homepage to see the real your own Facebook website..!!  You will see similar to like this.

social network website demo
social network website demo


4. Get Started With Your Own Social Website

After you signed up, you will see very similar to the Facebook

social network website like facebook
social network website like facebook

Here are the essential social profile features. You can control all user’s profile or activity. You can ban or delete anyone’s account. Because you are the owner of the social website and you have the 100% control over the website..!

social profile, images, timeline and other settings
social profile, images, timeline and other settings

You can control all your users from the admin dashboard

your social network website admin dashboard
your social network website admin dashboard

You can add many premium features. After you get some accounts, then it looks like this screenshot.

social networking website like facebook
Your own social networking website like Facebook

Now you can share your own Facebook-like website with your friends..!

Visit SiteGround & Create your Own Social Networking Site

If you don’t like this, you can change it again. You no need to delete the website.

You can create a new website without paying anything extra.

Just add a subdomain & install another social network software to that subdomain to test it. SiteGround provides you unlimited sub-domains for free. Just ask their support if you don’t understand. Siteground support is really good and for beginners, they care even more..!

You can buy a new main domain. Go to Add services & check domain names.

I suggest you take a backup before removing it. So that if you want it again, you can restore it in just 1 click. So that all your previous settings will back. But taking the backup is not necessary if you just tested it. Because you can install it again at any time.

If you build it for a niche community like particularly for Musicians or Photographers or Business, then you can attract many people and generate a significant profit. Once you get enough traffic, (Atleast 1000 visitors /month) then you can apply Google Adsense. Otherwise, Google may not approve. You can sell items for Musicians or any particular niche.

The website is responsive. It is subscription payment also mobile-friendly. That means your revenue will not affect which device people use.

social network website mobile view
social network website mobile view

You can control your social site users here.

social website user manager
social website user manager


If you got any doubts, comment below & get a response within 24 hours. If you got any problem while you are installing a social website, then you can get support from Siteground. They provide you 24X7 live chat support & ticket system. I suggest the ticket system because you can view it anytime. But in chat, once you close, everything will delete.

All the best.

Visit SiteGround & Create Your Own Social Website
Like Facebook Today..!

Visit SiteGround &
Create Your Own Social Website
Like Facebook Today..!

Related –How I Created a Social Network Website & Made A Profit In 26 Days

55 thoughts on “How To Make A Social Networking Website Like Facebook For Almost FREE! Within 1 Hour [4 Easy Steps]”

  1. Is it possible to turn the site into a wholesale market where people can advertise what they are selling and in order for them to be a marketer they have to pay a fee.. Similar concept as alibaba..

  2. and i also want to link the phone app to the website so that those online on app will be seen on the website and those online on the website will be seen on the app
    exaactly like facebook please i need urgent answer

    • Hi.. Ayodele
      Sorry for the late reply. (Due to my marriage)
      I came back to work & usually, I don’t take a break.
      We can convert your website (any type of website) to ios & Android app. Feel free to contact us or reply here.
      Thank you
      Have a nice day!
      Jack Cox

  3. Hello Admin! can i make money from people through advertisement placement with any of this program and how will the money from the ad get into my account.

    • Once you created your social website using the above guide, then share your website on other social media, promote & get some visitors. Then just apply google Adsense. Once they approve, you will get infinite ads continuously & generate passive income while sitting on your home. But if you don’t get enough visitors, then you may not get enough earnings.

  4. Just a quick question, if I go ahead and follow the steps outlined above, which is the best, preferably free, software to install whereby I’m able to 100% customise the look and feel of my new platform/site

  5. hello
    Mr Jack Cox
    Thanks alot for your information.
    Can a simple phone be used to create a strong social network websit?

    Thanks God bless you.

  6. hi Jack your growbig plan on your post is $5.5 when i open it to start it increases to $71.40 you said i can start with $60 but what i am seeing in is telling me that total is $87.35 what can you say about that?

  7. Hi Jack,according to your post you said domain plan for growbig cost $5.95 and hosting price cost $19.95 but once ï want to start my mission growbig is shoping me that (Regular $19.95) and hosting price jump to (From Régularisation $19.95 to Nos Bill $71.40 but you earlier said if ï follow your procedure i Will about $60 why am i now seeing total $89? What else can you say about it?

  8. Mr Jack, after clicking on siteground to start my mission it works smoothly but after filling all the informations and clicked on Pay Now nothing loading and no debit Alert what could be the solution?

  9. Hi Jack Cox
    Thanks for the information.
    I wanted to make a social media website and I was thinking of using WordPress with the BuddyPress plugin. Then I read your article and discovered that there are softwares dedicated to this purpose.
    My Question:
    Is using this software love ke Dolphin better than WordPress with BuddyPress?

    • Open source social network is easier than buddypress. You get a lot of fully optimized features for a social network those all work and compatible with one another. but in wordpress you need to find the best plugins to match your imaginations. But those will never work well in a sensual manner. I mean, If you use both, then you will slowly understand open source social network is better than buddypress

    • Just follow this guide. In step 3, 1st screenshot you see “Open source social network” software. (“Open source social network” is the name of that software)
      Install it and customize it. Very easy. Just do it. If you get problem, you get help from us or Siteground or Open Source social network. So don’t worry.

  10. Hi! Can I use SiteGround to create something new? Can I imagine something and create in in real life? Can I make startup with it or I should better find programmers?
    Please I really need a reply! Thank you for your time!

  11. Hi!
    Can I use SiteGround to build a new social website?
    Can I imagine something and create it with it or I should better learn programming or apply programmers?
    Can I make startup with it?!
    Please I need reply!
    Thank you for your time!!!

    • Hi Nikita
      You can use SiteGround to build your new social website. Siteground team is really friendly, you can launch your new startup with it that I can guarantee you. Because I am running several websites on Siteground.
      If you need any help later, the Siteground team will help you or you can contact me if you feel I can solve your problem. Thanks.
      My best friend’s name is Nikita!, Are you from India?
      Siteground doesn’t accept all debit cards from India. If you have any international debit cards (ICICI, Axis, HDFC provide you these debit cards), then you can buy their plans. You can also ask their support team for Paypal payment. So you don’t need to worry about cards.
      All the best for your new startup.

  12. Hi Jack.
    I was able to set up my social networking site following your guide. A big Thanks to you for that. I encountered a problem because SiteGround no longer use cPanel but Site tools, but the SiteGround support team is the best.

    Keep the good work.

    • Yearly subscription.
      You can stop your subscription at any time. You can cancel it at any time from your dashboard or just ask their help. They will do it for you for free.
      You can even delete your account permanently. You can upgrade or downgrade your plans at any time.
      SiteGround is a good company. You can trust it. If SiteGround don’t accept your card, then try Bluehost. Their services also good and honest.

  13. Hi Jack,

    I would like to know how can i, following your steps to build a social media type facebook site, implement my own pages i encoded (welcome page, signing up page, content pages etc) while still being able to add chat “messenger like” and others adds-on ?

  14. I do not see softaculous, or Cpanel, help desk was great but they didn’t say they would be able to install open source social netw or etc

    • Yes. first,go to Siteground, buy a plan, then you get a free domain & a dashboard. Ask Siteground support to install “open source social network” application. then publish your website.
      If Siteground doesn’t accept your card, then go to Bluehost an follow the same guide

  15. But bro if my website gets 1 million users and first domain is present only for 1lakh users then can I buy a new big domain which can handle all uaers

    • The domain name is just an address for your website. It doesn’t do anything with users.
      Yes. You can upgrade or downgrade plans. You can upgrade up to 10 million user capacity hosting plan within a minute. Please read this post properly. You will get all the information. See Siteground plans to know number of visitors/month
      If you want millions of visitors capacity hosting, then see Siteground cloud plans here You can upgrade at any time


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