Your website comes pre-loaded with default web pages and content. As you customize your site, you will want to create additional pages. Below is an overview of the steps to create a new page, the available page layouts, and a description of the page creation options.
Adding a New Page
From the main menu click Edit Site, then click Manage My Pages.
Decide if you will be adding a Main Page or a Sub-Page. Main Pages appear as a link in the main menu of your site. A subpage will appear in the submenu that becomes available after clicking on the Main Page link.
- To add a Main Page, click the Add Main Page button at the bottom of the list.
- To add a Sub-Page, click the plus-icon next to the Main Page to which it should belong, and then click Add Subpage for…
The Page Layouts screen will appear, allowing you to choose the type of page you would like to create.
The Page Layouts screen provides a list of all available page types. The left column, Free-Form Pages, contains layouts suitable for creating custom content such as articles, new-stories, testimonials, a description of your services – or anything you like. The General Layout option gives you a blank page in which you can build your content layout from scratch. The other “alignment” layouts come preformatted to make it easier to insert images alongside your text in a pleasing layout.
The Special Pages column provides options for creating very specific pages types – such as a Listings Page, Lead Forms, an Open House Calendar, etc. Each of these page types will have unique setup options specific to their purpose.
To add a new page, click the appropriate type in the list of available layouts.
Page Creation Options
The Page Editor screen allows you to specifiy the settings you’d like to apply to this page, as well as create or select the content that will appear. The first three sections in the editor – Page Options, Web Boxes, and Lead Form – appear when creating most page types. The options available in the fourth section will vary depending on which type of page you are creating. These options also appear when editing an existing page.
This section allows you to specify your page’s name, title, description, and keywords to ensure search engine optimization. Click the Page Options button to expand the section.
- Page Name – Enter a name for this page. This is also the name of the link that your customers will click on to view this page. If you are creating a main page, this link appears on the main navigation area. If you are creating a subpage, this link appears along the side or immediately below the main navigation area.
- Page Title – The text that you enter in the Page Title box appears in the title bar of the browser when your visitor views your site. The website title is used by search engines to “file” your site in their index, and can affect search ranking.
- Page Description – Use the Page Description box to describe the content of your website or web page. This text could appear below your link in a search engine’s search results. Your site description should be no more than three sentences. Generally, only the first 250 characters of this tag are read by the search engines.
- Page Keywords – Keywords play a role in your website positioning on search engines. You can use individual words or phrases. Each word or phrase should be separated by a comma.
Note: For more information about optimizing your page titles, descriptions, and keywords, please visit the Search Engine Optimization section.
This section allows you to select the web boxes you would like included on the page. A Web Box appears in the left or the right column of the page, depending on the theme you have applied. You will be able to select from all of the Web Boxes you have previously created for your site. Click the Web Box button to expand the section.
Select an existing web box from the drop-down list and click the Add Web Box button. You may add up to 3 web boxes for each page.
Tip: When adding multiple web boxes, each will appear below the previous web box in the order specified. To change the order they appear, select a web box from the list and click the up or down arrow.
Click the Remove link if you wish to remove the added web box from the page.
This section allows you to choose if you’d like a lead form to appear before the visitor is allowed to see the current page. This is sometimes called a gated page. The visitor is required to fill in the form, including their contact information, and when they submit the information they are taken to the desired page. After they have submitted the form, they won’t be required to submit another if they decide to return to the same page later. If they visit your site again from another computer, they will be shown the lead form again.
Click the Lead Form button to expand the section.
If you would like to include a lead form, select the Show a lead form before displaying this page option, then select the lead form you’d like to use from the text box. Your website includes several default form pages, and you can always create additional lead forms.
Options Specific to Page Type
The last section will contain the options specific to creating the type of page you have selected. For example, when creating a Free-Form Page, you will be provided an editor box with formatting tools to enter your custom content. If you are creating a Listings Page, the area will provide options for selecting the types of listings to display.
At the bottom of the page, the Preview button will open your page in a new window so you can verify the content and settings. When finished, click OK to Save and publish the page to your site.