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.

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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21 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

    • 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).

  2. Stephen Abiodun Ijeluola Stephen Abiodun Ijeluola

    Please does this package come with different language?

    • 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. 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. 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

  5. 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.

    • 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

    • 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.

        • 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.

          • 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??

    • 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.

        • 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?

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

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