How To Build A Compelling Brand Website From Scratch In Less Than 2 Hours | by Neeramitra Reddy | December 2022

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In the 1970s, a simple web page required lines and lines of painstaking HTML; Hosting it on the web was a worse nightmare.

Now? Zero code and drag and drop to create an aesthetic and functional website, and 5 minutes to publish it!

Whether it’s recruiters looking for talented candidates or clients looking for quality products, it’s everybody in the online landscape right now.

So no matter who you are and what you do, claim your share of the Internet.

Thanks to my friend Niharikaa Kaur Sodhi for bringing this amazing web app to my attention.

Head over to Carrd, sign up for free, and let’s get started:

Step 1 → Decide your template type:

What kind of website do you want? Is it a landing page for an ebook, course, or newsletter?

Or a profile page to list all your top links? A blog to host SEO-optimized written content?

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Or a complete website with payment gateways and such?

Please choose accordingly.

Step 2 → Choose a pre-made template:

As you scroll through the templates, look for an approximate match.

This is because we can always edit the template to look exactly like what you have in mind.

To preview a template, hover over it and click “Demo”.

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Step 3 → Customize the Living Heck out Of the Chosen template

Open the template and start editing.

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Click on the background: to add/modify/reposition the background image

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Change the positioning, gradient, and overlay texture of the background image as you like.

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Change the title and subtitles by clicking on them; I removed them because I already have a brand logo.

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Now, let’s go to the buttons: click on them. For each button, change the text, icon, and screen link to redirect on click.

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You can also change the button color, width, height, text color, hover color, and other attributes.

Uncheck “They cover several lines so that your button text stays on a single line.

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Once you’re done with the buttons, hover over the outer box to change the “page” setting.

I expanded the buttons and moved them down; you can also change the vertical and horizontal padding.

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For the bottom social media icons, the editing steps are the same as for the buttons.

Delete the social networks you don’t use, add the ones you want, change the icon shape and align them to the center if you want.

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Play around with various fonts, colors, and styles until you end up with something you like.

Add/remove/modify buttons and double-check the links for each labeled button.

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Unleash your creativity and play patiently – you’ll end up with something clean.

To explore Carrd complete arsenal of tools, take a look at this ultra complete video tutorial.

PS Please check the mobile view before finalizing your design.

Step 4 – Publish your website on the Internet:

Give yourself a pat on the back as it is now.”Go to live!” weather.

The site will take a few seconds to publish; once this is done, you can head over to the url and see your finished beauty.

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If you want to make changes, you can always go back to your site, edit it, and republish it.

To make your website look premium, you need your own domain.

While Carrd allows you to post to a free domain, a “xyz.carrd.co” The URL doesn’t sound professional.

Compare manximize.carrd.co vs manximize.com – both URLs lead to my website.

So, here’s how to buy your own domain:

  • Go to Google Domains.
  • Search for your brand name or the phrase you would like your URL to have.
  • Scroll through the different domain extensions, and if you get a “.com”, “.in”, “.net”, “.pro” or “.org” for an affordable price, buy it as soon as possible.
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  • Do all decent domains have a hefty price tag? Change the search keyword to something more unique.
  • Thanks to the rarity of “manximize”, I got a .com domain for less than $12 a year!

Once your domain is finalized, add it to your cart and checkout, for an annual recurring fee.

You can also unlock a professional email address — for example, I can get neeramitra.reddy@manximize.com.

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But I don’t need a professional email address yet; Plus, it costs 10 times more than the domain itself!

Now, there are two ways to link your new domain to your Carrd website:

  • Add site forwarding to your new domain to redirect to the Carrd website. Go to Website → Edit Forward → Forward To → Enter Carrd URL → Forward.
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  • Edit your Carrd website and publish it on your new domain (requires paid upgrade).

If you’re just starting out, it’s 100% okay to stick to the “carrd.co” domain, no big deal.

But as your brand or business scales, consider getting your own domain and email.

In today’s web landscape, all it takes is a little fiddling to build just about anything.

Carrd is just one of hundreds of no-code website builders out there – Wix, WordPress, and Squarespace are other popular options.

While this guide can help you get a website up and running, I encourage you to do it on your own.

Begin with “Hows. Experiment with other no-code website builders. Find out web domains and hosting. Look at web ranking and SEO. Understand basic Internet security.

Such tweaks will teach you more than most expensive titles and fancy courses.

Then share your findings in an article like this one.

Happy building!