Meme culture has taken the world by storm and at this point, there’s no way to escape them. And as a result of their growing popularity, many have opted to create their own meme website to great success.
However, while the website may focus on memes, in truth it’s not that different from creating a standard website. Today, I will cover how to build your very own meme website to make everyone laugh.
What Is A Meme Website?
A meme website can mean two things. First, it could mean the generation and sharing of memes between users. Alternatively, it could just be a joke website that is actually a meme by design.
For this guide, we are going to focus on building a website to help share memes with other users.
How to Build A Meme Website
Step 1: Figure Out How Your Meme Website Will Be Unique
First, you need to figure out how your meme website will stand out from the crowd, because there is no shortage of meme websites. They are free to use, have thousands of memes, and some of them even help users make their own images.
On top of this, many meme enthusiasts have become adept at using programs like Photoshop to make simple, but hilarious memes. As you can imagine, it’s not going to be easy to get your website off the ground.
So ask yourself, how can you improve the current meme website formula?
That’s not a question I have the answer to, but anyone serious about building such a website probably has a plan in place. But I do have one piece of advice; try to find a niche or focus to start with.
It could be something similar to creating memes from a specific movie or series. Starting off as a smorgasbord of memes will not work well.
Step 2: Pick A Web Hosting Company
With a plan in place, the first real first step of creating a new website is to select a web hosting company. A web host is a company that rents you server space to store your website.
When someone is viewing your website, they are actually connecting to that web server.
As you can imagine, the quality of that server directly affects the performance of your website. Thus, this is one of the most important decisions you will make. And to make matter worse, the web hosting industry is exceptionally crowded.
Yet, not all web hosts are created equal. That’s why here at GreenGeesks we strive to deliver the best customer experience possible, and we have been recognized as one of the best in the industry.
Nevertheless, what matters even more to us is that we were able to achieve these accolades without compromising on our commitment to the environment. Our web hosting services are green, unlike much of the industry.
We carefully calculate how much electricity each website we host will use. After that, we use that information to purchase three times that amount in clean energy. Thus, the websites we host are actually carbon negative.
On top of this, for every new account, we will plant a tree somewhere in the world.
Step 3: Pick A Domain Name
Next, you need to pick a domain. This is essentially the URL of your website. It’s what the visitor needs to type into the URL bar to find you. And the thing about meme sites is that most of them have strange names.
For example, consider GIPHY or Tenor. These are some of the largest meme websites available, but they didn’t start as a meme website. If someone was to ask me what these sites were about based on the name, well, I wouldn’t guess memes.
And that’s why this is important. You need to come up with a name that will let people know what you are about.
Some general tips to keep in mind include keeping it short, easy to spell, and making it catchy. If you can do this, your domain name should be fine.
Step 4: Choose A CMS (WordPress)
Now you need to take a second and select the platform you want to build your website on. While there is no shortage of choices, let me save you a lot of time and focus on WordPress.
WordPress is currently the most popular CMS on the market with a market share of over 40%. Or in other words, more than 40% of websites on the internet use WordPress.
It has gained such popularity by being the most customizable and accessible CMS platform.
Most importantly, you can build any website with it. Blogs, eCommerce, social networks, and anything else you can imagine is possible in WordPress.
Oh, and did I mention that it is completely free? Well, it is. Thus, it can help keep the initial costs of building a website low, which is definitely a major factor in its popularity. Better yet, you don’t need any coding knowledge.
It’s perfect for beginners.
Step 5: Choose A Theme And Select Plugins
Once you install WordPress, you need to select a theme. At the time of writing this, there are well over 4,000 free themes you can choose from.
So what is a theme?
A theme is a collection of stylesheets and templates that dictates your website’s appearance. Basically, the theme will make your website have a uniform appearance through posts and pages.
Each theme is customizable, so you are free to change the colors as you see fit. In this case, you probably want to find a theme that specializes in images.
Next, you need to pick out some plugins to use. Plugins are like apps for your phone. Each one serves a specific purpose or adds a feature to your website.
For example, want to create a slider to show off the newest memes? If so, then try downloading a slider plugin. In WordPress, if you want to do something, there is probably a plugin that does it.
Step 6: Create Memes
All that’s actually left to do is to start creating content for your website. Or in other words, start making memes. And if you want to make the best meme website, you need to create the best memes.
Now, there are a few ways to go about it.
First, you can create your own memes and it doesn’t take much. You’ll just need photo editing software like Photoshop. Then, you can create and upload them directly to WordPress.
But this is just one way to go about it. Another way to do it is to use a meme generator. This is a website dedicated to helping users make their own memes. There’s a ton of them, but three that come to mind include:
All of these have user-friendly options to create your own memes for free. A meme website is not much of a site without memes, so be sure to build up a huge library.
Step 7: Market Your Website
Marketing a meme website is not that different from a normal website. You just need to make sure it reaches the right audience.
And with that in mind, I highly suggest using Reddit to promote your content. There’s no denying that Reddit and memes go hand in hand. Posting your best memes in the appropriate subreddits is a terrific marketing strategy.
You can also lean on other social media websites like Facebook and Twitter to share memes with users.
There’s really no wrong way to go about this.
Build A Meme Website Today
A website about memes may sound like a joke, but it’s actually a very profitable venture. And there are a lot of websites out there that can prove that. Assuming you can gain a big enough following.
Just keep in mind that you do need to have a knack for creating memes to be successful. A stellar sense of humor can also take you pretty far.
What are some of your favorite meme websites? How does your website stand out from the crowd?