How to Make a Website Like Fiverr [No coding required]

Want to launch your own version of Fiverr?

I’ve got some good news:

It’s never been easier.

With the tools available now, you can make a site like Fiverr from scratch for $154.40, or only $89 if you already have a domain and hosting.

Even better, it’s not going to be a buggy, mediocre Fiverr clone, it’s going to be a gorgeous kick-ass Fiverr competitor.

The site you’ll create

Here’s the site you’ll be making:

MicrojobEngine demo site

Here’s a link to the demo site if you want to browse it for yourself.

What you can’t see is all the functionality. That includes allowing sellers to register and list jobs, payment gateway support for PayPal and Stripe (and more), and a full review system for providing feedback on jobs.

The look of the site is customizable, but you can expect your site to look like the demo featured above.

To be clear before we move on: you won’t need to write any code to create any part of the site.

How to create a site like Fiverr

There are 5 steps to create a website like Fiverr:

  1. Purchase a domain name
  2. Get hosting for your site
  3. Install WordPress
  4. Install & configure MicrojobEngine
  5. Launch your site

In this tutorial, I’ll help you create your own WordPress site, and introduce you to the best solution for adding a gig marketplace to a site.

What you need

These are the best tools available for making a site like Fiverr. They’ll let you make an awesome site and you’ll do it with the smallest financial investment possible.

There are two things you need.

A WordPress site

First, you need to create your own WordPress website. I’ll explain exactly why I recommend WordPress in a moment, and show you how to do that.

MicrojobEngine

To add the necessary functionality to the site and make it look like Fiverr, I recommend MicrojobEngine by EngineThemes. I’ll explain my recommendation and share some alternatives as well later in the guide.

Let’s tackle the WordPress site first. If you already have a WordPress site or know how to set one up, you can skip to the second part.

Why you should use WordPress

To make your site, you have two approaches.

First, you could hire a developer/agency. Due to a large amount of functionality required, the site would likely take months and tens of thousands of dollars to have custom made.

The second option is to use existing software. This basically leaves you with WordPress or PHP scripts. Platforms like Weebly and Squarespace simply don’t have the functionality you need to create a site like Fiverr.

Here’s why I believe WordPress is the best choice for your site.

Reliable

First, WordPress is a solid and reliable platform with billions of dollars worth of development invested in it (WordPress itself is free).

There’s a reason why it now powers 27% of the web.

Reusable

If you learn WordPress now, you won’t have to relearn it for your next site. There’s always a next site 🙂

Community

Lastly, the community is great.

You can always find answers to your WordPress questions with a quick Google search, or by posting on one of the support forums. And of course, there are lots of great products built on top of WordPress like MicrojobEngine.

How to setup a WordPress site

I go into detail on how to create a WordPress site here, so follow along with that guide first if you’ve never made your own WordPress site.

That will get you up and running. Once you have the site setup, you’ll be ready to transform it into a multi-vendor job marketplace like Fiverr with MicrojobEngine.

Why you should use MicrojobEngine

There are a handful of solutions for creating a gig site like Fiverr, but MicrojobEngine is by far the best.

Example job page with MicrojobEngine

Here’s why I recommend it over other solutions.

Aesthetics

First of all, the theme looks great. Aesthetics aren’t just for the vain – they affect trust and the visitors’ purchase decisions.

Also, it looks awesome on mobile devices which is an ever-increasing factor for successful websites.

Design

Every element from the job listings to the checkout flow is really well done. Often times, WordPress themes will look nice, but the way they work doesn’t make sense. MicrojobEngine is intuitive for visitors and sellers alike to use.

Comprehensive functionality

MicrojobEngine has a mind-blowing amount of functionality. It includes all the essential features you’ll need for a site like Fiverr.

  • Two-sided order tracking
  • Safe payment system
  • Design optimized for conversions
  • Review system
  • Direct chat box
  • Interactive user dashboard

Reviews, dashboards, chat boxes – everything you need is included. Plus, there’s a ton of secondary features you’ll likely want too.

screenshot of MicrojobEngines many features

How to setup MicrojobEngine

EngineThemes has a comprehensive knowledgebase with all the tutorials you need to get started.

They’re extremely detailed from explaining the page flows to showing how to customize the theme.

Screenshot of the support center

You should have no problems working through the tutorials setting up your site how you want.

Alternatives to MicrojobEngine

If there’s something you can’t find in the MicrojobEngine theme, there are some decent alternatives available.

SiteMile makes the Pricerr theme and it would be my second pick. While it doesn’t look quite as good and the admin menus are a little more complex, it would likely still work well for your site.

Tasker is another decent alternative and the folks at AppThemes usually do good work. Lastly, we have the Micro Jobs theme by PremiumPress.

We have a few other micro job themes you can consider for your site as well.

While I think any of these solutions would work well, I still can’t recommend you use a PHP script for the site. You’ll get a more reliable, easier to use, and likely more feature-rich site with a WordPress theme.

Launch your Fiverr site

If you want to make a blog or basic e-commerce store, there are many products to choose from. However, when making more complex sites, like a job marketplace, you quickly run out of options.

Not too long ago you’d be stuck hiring expensive developers. Luckily, the scale of WordPress has enabled companies like EngineThemes to make feature-rich, niche themes like MicrojobEngine.

I hope you’re excited to make a site like Fiverr, especially if it’s your first site! If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help out how I can.

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46 Comments

  1. Mohamed Mohamed

    Hello
    Kindly if I want to create a website like Fiverr with all its functionality, even with “Fiverr Mobile ” , so how much does it cost with WordPress?
    Note: I’m not well known with development technology at all .
    Regards
    Mohamed

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hey Mohamed,

      Thanks for stopping by!

      The $154.40 figure I quoted above covers everything you need – domain, hosting, WordPress, and the MicrojobEngine theme. The theme works well on mobile, but if you wanted to create your own app too, I would recommend AppPresser ($199).

      You won’t need to learn web development to set up a site with these tools. You’ll need to learn how to use WordPress and MicrojobEngine which will take some time, but they are well-designed interfaces (no coding necessary).

      • Mark Ballester Mark Ballester

        Hi Ben im interested in doing something with this but I need to know that the app presser you have suggested is going to do the job on this site and work flawlessly as I wont have the capital to fix it if it starts bugging

        • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

          Hi Mark,

          AppPresser is a well-designed tool and has been around for some time now, but I can’t make a guarantee that there won’t be any bugs and it will always work flawlessly.

  2. Stephen Abiodun Ijeluola Stephen Abiodun Ijeluola

    Please does this package come with different language?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Stephen,

      MicrojobEngine has a built-in translator you can use to change the text in the theme to any language. There’s a tutorial here in the knowledgebase on how to do that.

  3. franchise for sale franchise for sale

    Hey,
    This is a great tutorial. I really enjoyed that you provided both WordPress and MicroJob Engine options to make the website and went through the pros and cons of each! This is full of excellent, in depth explanations and very helpful screenshots. I will have to try this out!
    Best,
    Dennis

  4. Amit Biswas Amit Biswas

    Hi!

    Can I use 2checkout payment gateway for my website?
    Unfortunately, PayPal and Stripe are not available for my country.
    What can I do please?

    Thanks

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Amit,

      Thanks for reading! MicrojobEngine only supports PayPal and Stripe right now, but they’ve got support for Braintree, Authorize.net, and a few other payment processors on the way.

  5. Steve Steve

    You give us the tools to get the site up and running but what should we do to get the freelancers on board and traffic to our site.

    Thanks for all your help.

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for reading!

      The focus of this guide is more on how to build the site, but I can share some resources on growing the user base too. Two-sided marketplaces have a classic chicken and egg problem which can make early traction difficult. There’s some really good discussion and resources here about how to get started with the marketing, and I would recommend reading up on networks effects for growing the userbase.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Ko Min Ko Min

    Dear Sir,

    My name is Min and I am from Myanmar. I would like to create a platform like Fiver and have done some study how to do it.

    However, I have zero knowledge on developing websites and IT stuff. So is it possible for me to do it on my own?

    I also understand from your blogs that I need to have a domain then buy a wordpress script and micro-job engine etc.

    So here’s the thing;

    1) Do I need to hire an IT expert/ agent or a part-time web developer to help me create the website?

    2) I would like to start off locally first, I mean only for Myanmar Seller and Buyer. So can it be done in Myanmar Language?

    3) Payment methods are different in Myanmar. Very few people use online payment gateway such as PayPal, master/ visa. So is it possible to use local payment method such as bank transfer, mobile pay, etc.

    4) Since culture is different in here, I also would like to charge seller monthly as in monthly subscription for a small amount on top of 10% fees on each service sold? Is that a bad idea?

    5) I am not going to use all categories available in Fiver. Like I said about cultural difference, only some of the categories such as graphic design, music, translation etch will be useful in here.

    6) Once the website is completely up, do I need a team comprising IT and admin staff to monitor traffic, screen messages containing contacts information, handle complaints etc?

    7) Later on, if I like to invite international sellers to my site, how will I close the gap in different currency and payment gateway? Is it ok if local people transfer to my bank account, then I use PayPal to pay the international seller (I have a PayPal account) once service is deemed satisfactory between buyer and seller?

    8) Should I engage professional marketing agency to get more traffic on the site? Such as SEO, digital marketing etc.

    9) The last question is if I hire your good service to help me solve all above miseries including from looking for a domain to maintain the website, what are the steps and how will you be able to help me.

    Thank you and I look forward to your reply.

    Regards,

    Min

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Thanks for reading! To answer your questions:

      1) I wouldn’t hire a developer until you try the steps in the guide first. You’ll either end up with the site you want or you’ll get very close. Then when you hire a developer, you will have very specific tasks for them which will make it cheaper to outsource and also easier to communicate.

      2) The solutions suggested here are all translatable. You may have to translate some of the text yourself (or outsource), but that is fairly straightforward (not too technical).

      3) Besides PayPal and Stripe, MicrojobEngine also has an integration with Authorize.net.

      4) I wouldn’t start with a monthly fee. It is hard already to get sellers before you have a large audience of buyers. I would wait and then add a monthly subscription in the future.

      5) That’s totally fine. You’ll be able to create whatever categories you want on your site.

      6) If you’re not interested in maintaining/managing the site yourself, a service like WP Site Care is a great solution. It’s more affordable than a team and they’ll take care of everything for you (including some small customizations).

      7) I don’t have much experience with setting up a polylingual site, but I know there are plugins like WPML and Polylang that can help a lot. Accepting payments globally won’t be hard. On the checkout page, you can simply offer a few options. Customers who choose PayPal will see the price in your currency, and PayPal will charge the correct amount regardless of whatever currency they use.

      8) You’ll need some sort of campaign to get sellers and buyers to the site. Some of the best advice I’ve found is in this GrowthHackers.com thread.

      9) I won’t be working with you to build the site, but I can answer any questions you have about it. Setting up a hosting account with Bluehost is fairly straightforward and you will find a lot of tutorials from EngineThemes on how to setup MicrojobEngine

      • Ko Min Ko Min

        Your feedback and advice helps a lot. Thank you so much for your time.

        • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

          You’re welcome 🙂

          • Ko Min Ko Min

            Hi Ben,

            Sorry I have one more question, at least for now : )
            is there a way/ efficient way to invite international sellers to my website?
            I have no problem doing campaign locally but as to acquire international sellers onboard, I have no clue. Thanks.

          • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

            If your local campaign is online (rather than offline) then it shouldn’t be any different running it internationally. It depends on what marketing channels you are using.

  7. Princewill Princewill

    Hello Ben

    Immediately I saw this wordpress theme, it knew it was what I was looking for. I want to setup in my locality, so that people can provide small door to door chores. These means people need to be able to sort by location and service.

    1) Can I set sorting by location before sorting by categories too??
    2) Can I Add Google Map location to each vendor on my website?
    3) When are other payment options going to be added ?
    4) Is there a possibility to develop and add other payment options myself??

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      I don’t think there is an option for sorting with two criteria like that. I think you may need a custom update to the theme to allow location-specific results to show up.

      The vendor profiles do allow them to add their location, but there isn’t a map auto-generated for that location.

      I’m not sure when the additional payment options will be added, but I know they are working on it and have added more since I published this post. I would contact EngineThemes directly about this. You could add integration with a payment processor yourself.

      • Princewill Princewill

        Hello Ben
        Thanks for your reply. I am setting up a service business locally. To be able to provide such a service cheaply and reliably, the user needs to select suppliers from around him. 1km apart, 5 miles apart ect. How wil;l you advice me to go about it.

        Thnaks for your help.

        • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

          Hmm you will definitely need to do some custom development for this. I would recommend finding other sites that have this same functionality and copy the way they do it for your site.

  8. Max Max

    Hello, I’m currently working on a website for volunteers to complete microjobs free off charge. Is it possible for me to remove the payment option?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Yes, you’ll be able to enter $0 as a price for a job.

  9. Peter Peter

    How about the databases running behind the site? Included?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hey Peter,

      That comes built-in with WordPress. When following the steps in this tutorial, the database will be automatically created and hooked up with WordPress for you.

  10. Benjamin Barker Benjamin Barker

    When you have set up the microjob engine, can anyone post jobs on there or do you have total oversight over the jobs that are available to potential customers?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      You can review all of the jobs so that nothing gets posted to the site until approved first.

  11. Lorraine Lorraine

    I’d like to make a purchase. Where do I purchase the site for $154?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hi Lorraine,

      You can click here to get the MicrojobEngine Theme and click here to signup for Bluehost.

  12. Helen Helen

    FiverrWP theme also is a good option.

  13. Alfredo Alfredo

    I’ve a question, do you really think that a regular Web Server is enough to manage a site like Fiverr?
    I’m asking this because of the traffic and processes a site like this would need if it has a lot of users, isn’t it better to recommend a VPS hosting, or something better?
    What do you think?
    I’m about to invest in a project of this kind, and we are looking for the best performance, so with your advice we can maybe save some money if a Web server is enough.

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Any managed web host should be able to handle the site without issue. WPX is a solid choice if you want a recommendation. As the site scales, you may need to transition to enterprise resources, but that probably won’t be an issue until your monthly visits are well in excess of 100,000 and you have hundreds of concurrent visitors.

  14. Leon Leon

    Hello Ben

    I have a few questions

    1)I have a problem, the problem being the payment plan I’m not sure it is a good idea to get commission for every job done because i believe other clients will want their money in cash so what do you think of a subscription based business

    2) https://themeforest.net/item/hireo-job-board-freelance-services-marketplace-html-template/22202212?s_rank=1

    This is a very nice template but is not supported by WordPress but instead html so how do i go about this predicament

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      I would recommend copying the payment plan that existing businesses in this niche use. They have likely already tested a lot of pricing and revenue models, so you can benefit by simply copying them.

      Secondly, I highly recommend you choose a complete WordPress theme instead of an HTML template like that. The template you linked to only has the design. None of the functionality required for creating a gig website is included.

  15. Spiritwalker Spiritwalker

    If I purchase the MicroJobEngine and upload it to my WordPress.com Business site, will that work?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      MicroJobEngine should work with a wordpress.com install if you have a Business account.

  16. Nyugen Nyugen

    Will I be able to edit the source code to my needs? For example changing the code that writes to my database?

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      WordPress themes always use an open source license which they are required to inherit from WordPress, so yes you will be able to edit the code in the theme if needed.

  17. Ahmad Naamneh Ahmad Naamneh

    Thanks for the cool article. Well, I have a study for something pretty similar to the explained theme here and maybe will use it really soon, however, I have many questions I hope that you can get them cleared for me:
    1- Is the theme MjE is fully customizable? I went through the developer’s website and I realized that the theme comes with only two colors ( red & blue), does it mean that I can not change it to my own colors?

    2-For future expansion, I may need to add some features, remove some and change some, is that possible? In other words. Is the source code editable and can I outsource a developer to change some of the codes in it?

    3- How to switch between Seller/Buyers in the main profile page.

    4- The most important part is how this theme can handle the payments, we know that the money will be held in escrow until the seller finishes the job and get approved by the buyer, then the website will release the payment and keeps the commission, is that function available without human control?

    Thanks and have a great day.

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hey Ahmed,

      MjE doesn’t have custom colors but this can be edited with CSS. There are a few child themes included that make changes to the style of the theme and you can edit those for further code customizations. I believe the sellers have an option in their dashboard to withdraw funds, so they can do it on their own without you needing to manually release it.

  18. Jake Jake

    Hi Ben, thanks for all the work youve put into your blog, its fantastic. Im looking to do a fiverr type site, but for very specific work ie accounting or financial work only. Will this still suffice, can i customise the microjob engine to have only specific type of work in this field? eg, profit and loss, or maybe book keeping or trial balances etc… Please advise

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hey Jake,

      Thanks for the kind words! MicrojobEngine can certainly help with this. All of the content is fully customizable, so you’ll be able to create your own categories like bookkeeping on the site.

  19. Salim Hoy Salim Hoy

    Hey Ben,
    this is totally amazing and you have no idea how happy I am to find your blog and read all of this. Of course, like some I want to do a Fiverr website locally for Belize which is found in Central America and the only English speaking country in Latin America.
    Here are some problems i need to solve though:
    1.) Rather than making money from taking out a percentage when the customer purchases a service, is there a way to link directly to the local bank? I be using Atlantic Bank. This is because, apart from services, i would like to have the sellers also advertise their land and apartments and much more, so i would rather make money from the sellers creating an account and paying a small fee every month, of-course for first time users, a 1 month free trial and then a charge after that. Can I adjust that in MicrojobEngine where the seller making the account pays a fee monthly and linking it to a bank? if yes, please let me know how as I am not an IT guy or deal with any of those technicalities.

    2.) Just to verify with you, which of all the things i buy to do this entire website will be a monthly payment and a one time payment?

    Thank you soooo much for your time!

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Hey Salim,

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m glad you found my tutorial so helpful 🙂

      This first question is tough, but I think you may want to consider the DirectoryEngine theme by EngineThemes based on your revenue model. That theme makes it easy to charge businesses to list themselves on your site rather than taking a commission from the services they sell. Otherwise, if you are more focused on the the Fiverr features, you could start off with just that functionality and then hire a developer later with your profits to add the monthly subscription option.

      Your hosting and domain will be annual expenses. Bluehost will be about $60/year and your domain will be around $12/year. The theme is a one-time payment but after one year you may choose to renew your license if you want to continue receiving updates.

  20. Salim Hoy Salim Hoy

    That sounds great, thank you so much for taking your time to answer all my questions. I just want to clarify, if i didn’t want to use Directory Engine theme, and still the one that Fiverr uses, you are saying that after i install the Fiverr theme which is MicrojobEngine,i can hire a developer to change just the charging part to subscription? Just wanted to verify that. (Because i really am focused on the Fiverr features)
    Thanks

    • Ben Sibley Ben Sibley

      Yea it will be a simpler job than creating the task functionality, so I would have that part custom-developed for the site later. Actually, you may be able to use a membership plugin for the subscription functionality and then simply hire someone to integrate that plugin with the theme. That would be cheaper and probably more reliable.

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