Do you want to create your own website to launch an online contest for a local market, or even a worldwide audience? If you’re looking for fun ways to promote your business, you should consider holding some fun contests or giveaways. Contests can help get customers involved, and provide them with incentive to support your business.

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Creating a wonderful looking website does not have to cost thousands. There are many templates and free tools you can use to save time and money these days. You do not need to pay web designers anymore!

Follow the simple step-by-step instruction below on how you too can make your own professional-looking contest website in the shortest time possible and by spending as low as RM40.

You can own a professional-looking website for a contest in just a few hours, and at a price you can afford. The steps below is the same for contest website or any other types websites. If you want to build a website for your clothing business, electronic or hardware shop or even personal blog, the instruction below can save you thousands.

If you are starting a contest, think of a prize within your current budget to give away, and follow the four steps below.

STEP 1: Get a Domain Name

If you want to look professional and trustworthy, you need to have your own domain name for the contest or campaign. Get a unique domain name that reflects your campaign or your brand. A domain name is like the signboard outside of a restaurant. It should be a name people can easily remember. It may include your brand and the name of the contest.

A contest or giveaway that is hosted on a unique domain will look more legitimate than the ones hosted on a free hosting or blog. It costs only about US$10 to get a .COM domain name.

If you already registered your name or do not want to be on your own domain name, you can skip to Step 2.

Why Pay Hundreds When You Can Pay Only $10

Local domain names such as .COM.MY and .MY can cost a lot. Just go to one of the International domain registrars such as Namecheap or Godaddy. They are even cheaper than registering at local companies in Malaysia. They also have better DNS management panels (where you login to configure and to connect with your web hosting).

You can search for a desired domain name. If it’s available, buy it ASAP before somebody else grabs it.

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Cost: RM40 – RM100

STEP 2: Get a Website Hosting

You also need a website hosting for hosting the pages for your contest. This is like the space or shop unit that you rent to open a restaurant.

There are many kinds of web hosting space that you can rent. It really depends on your needs, the complexity of your contest or website, and the traffic to your website. is a good place to learn about the various kinds of web host service available.

If you are building your first website, we will assume you either want to use a simple site builder or to get a multi domain shared hosting to create a more robust website.

To decide on which web hosting to use, you will need to ask yourself, “what are my requirements?”.

Choose a Site Builder if… Choose a Multi Domain Shared Hosting if…
  • You want to build a website rather easily and quickly
  • You don’t have time to learn and become proficient with technical stuff like HTML, WordPress, FTP etc.
  • You don’t want complex website of application (since sometimes you may need to add-on extra functionalities on the website for a contest)
  • You don’t mind having a simple, yet elegant website that you can build by yourself
  • If you want flexibility to customize a ready-made template or a theme
  • You plan to have more than one website in the future
  • You want have more than informational site, i.e have more functionalities (such as shopping cart, discussion forum, membership area etc.)
  • You don’t mind learning some technical stuff so that you are able to build your ideal website
  • You plan to hire somebody else to create your website
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If you already have a hosting for your main or product website, then there is not cost for this step.

Cost: RM0 – RM300

STEP 3: Build and Customize Your Website

The next step is to build your website.

If you go with the multi domain hosting path above, the best platform to use to create your website is WordPress. With WordPress, you can easily install it using one-click installer like Fantastico and QuickInstall that can be found in your cPanel. WordPress also have huge selection of themes and plugins that you can choose from to minimize coding your site manually.

If you choose the multi domain hosting method instead of using Weebly or Wix, you have the flexibillity to customize your website. If you want stunning themes, you can go to Themeforest. Here are some of the gorgeous themes suitable for contest websites:

Create the Pages for Your Contest Site

Next, you want to create the pages for your contest or giveaway website. Some of the common pages you may want to add are:

  • About the contest or giveaway
  • About the prizes
  • Terms and conditions
  • How to enter and winners are selected
  • Contest page (see next section how to create online contest)

Cost: RM0 – RM150

STEP 4: Quickly Build Your Giveaway or Contest

There are many things to consider when creating a contest, lucky draw or giveaway for your brand. There are any factors such as:

  • How to verify entries and frauds
  • How to restrict by country
  • How to integrate with social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram etc.
  • Analytics
  • Notifications
  • Picking of winners
  • Building email lists
  • How to engage the userbase

When it comes to creating contest, the best solution is to use a contest app such as, Woobox or Rafflecopter. We prefer Gleam instead of the others because it has the most features and highly customizable.

Good news! provides an easy way to create contests at no cost. The free plan actions include Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram, Soundcloud, Vimeo, visiting a specific URL, questions and multiple choice polls, and bonus entries. They also allow a seamless experience across devices & platforms that not only looks great, but allows you to syndicate your contest in a way that fits the image of your brand perfectly.

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To create a contest you will first need to add a site at Gleam. Each site has access to individual instances of their apps, you can also use the left menu to switch between sites.

Multiple sites have the following advantages: You can keep your data separated, ensure your campaigns are branded from that site & also allows you to have site specific integrations.

How to create a new contest:

  1. Navigate to the site you want to use
  2. Click on the contests tab in the left navigation
  3. Click on the New Contest button on the top right

Inserting the Contest into Your Website

You can embed your contest inside any page that allows Javascript. This means you can install it on your own site or perhaps give to a web designer to include the code for you.

You can view more detailed instructions in the add to a page installation guide.

Cost: 0

Promote Your Brand Today

The prize for your contest should be enticing enough to lure in new customers, but not so expensive that your expenses outweigh your gain. A good and commonly used idea is to offer the winner credit towards an item or service you offer.

Contests and giveaways are tried and true ways of building brand exposure and gaining precious eyeballs in today’s attention-scarce world. Commit to promoting your business or brand – start by registering a domain for your contest because domain names are very limited these days.

Once you are done with your website, we at can help you promote your contest to many contest enthusiasts on this site, and our contest FB page.