How to create a SiteBuilder website
SiteBuilder is a third party website publishing tool that allows you to create and maintain a professional website using a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) application. You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience with HTML coding or programming. Once you have chosen to publish your website, it is immediately available online and can be edited afterward.
We offer two versions
- SiteBuilder Lite (limited to 20 feature points)
- SiteBuilder Standard (unlimited)
To create a SiteBuilder website you first have to set up an account and order a Web hosting package.
Please note that if you have just ordered your domain or upgraded to a hosting package, you may see an error: ‘Could not log in to your hosting account’ when using SiteBuilder for the first time. This is due to DNS propagation and will resolve within a maximum of 2 hours.
- Select or search for the applicable domain name in the Hosting Service tab
- On the left-hand side, select Software > Manage SiteBuilder
- Select Launch to begin creating/ editing your site
The SiteBuilder Wizard will prompt you to select a Category, Business Type, Company Name and Slogan. This information can be changed at any time while you are building your site.
Complete this step in order to view the first draft of your website.
When you access the website editor, you will be prompted to take the SiteBuilder Quick Tour. As a first time user, you will find this very beneficial. The tour will help you get started and explain how to find all the tools you will need to build your customised website.
The application user interface consists of three parts, the Website Area; the Top Menu options and the Left-hand side menu options.
In the main part of your screen, you’re able to view your website the way it will look once published. Just click in the text and start typing to edit your website.
Top Menu Options
The top part of your screen gives you access to the tools you need to design your homepage.
- Add new content elements and images to your website
- Choose and edit your website design: Colours, fonts and assign general settings
- Including a mobile and smart device friendly version of your website
- You can also preview and publish your website using the buttons on the top right
Left-hand side Menu
Select the dark blue panel on the left-hand side of the screen to make available a menu with the following options
- The dashboard will give you insight into your website. You can view the top pages, the status of your website, the details of your last login, etc
- In the Website Content section, you can tailor the different pages within your website
- Website Structure allows you to add or delete pages
- You can tailor the SiteBuilder tool to your preference under Settings
- Feedback on your experience with the SiteBuilder product can be submitted under this tab
- A guided tour is available when selecting Help
The mobile version allows you to edit your website on mobile devices and obtain additional information e.g. on visitor statistics. This version includes a user feedback function and we encourage you to submit detailed feedback. This will improve future releases of the software.
Drag & drop
The website editor uses the principle of drag & drop. This means that you can add widgets and other content to your page by holding down the left mouse button while pulling an element onto your page from the menu at the top. Moving elements around works in the same intuitive way. Grab an item, move it to its new position, and let go of the left mouse button.
Drop elements in areas displayed with a green or a yellow ‘+‘. A green ‘+’ indicates that the element will appear on one specific page, a yellow ‘+’ indicates that the element will appear on all the pages within your website. Where an element can’t be dropped, a red ‘+’ will appear.
Certain areas on the screen offer tool tips when you pause over them with your mouse. These areas include:
► The main content area, where typically the majority of your website’s content can be found
► The title and subtitle area, where you can edit your page titles
► The footer area, where you can place links to important pages on your site, the date of the last changes, etc.
► The main graphic area, where you can place images
► The logo area, where you can optionally place your company logo/image
It is important to know that contents of some areas appear on all pages of your website (e.g., title, subtitle, footer, main graphic, logo) and some areas can have different contents for every page. The sidebar next to the main content area offers the option to place contents for a single page or all pages.
How to edit text
You can click in your main content area or in any of the other content areas and start typing, you can also copy and paste your text. To change the format of a text, insert a table or a list, all you have to do is to click the corresponding icon on the editor toolbar.
The editor toolbar
If you switch to Expert mode, you will have access to more text- formatting options. We recommend using these features only when necessary as overuse can easily make your website look messy.
While moving your mouse over content areas a menu will appear where you can insert a table. You can define the number of columns for this specific content area and define the spacing between them. Columns can contain text paragraphs and widgets.
How to edit the header and logo area
To add/change the logo or header area of your website, move your mouse over the corresponding image area. Select the Configure icon to open the configuration dialog.
You can select one or more images to be displayed within the header area. You can define the image transition, display time and controls to be shown and re-order your images. Every image can be linked to an internal page or an external website. Depending on the design template images can be adjusted and repositioned within the header area.
You can either use the same header area settings for all of the pages of your website (default) or you can set individual preferences on each page. Simply go to the page on which you’d like to make individual changes and select the Configuration icon. Select Individual settings for this page and configure the header area for this page. If you would like the subpage(s) to have the same settings as the parent page, select Inherit from parent page within the configuration dialog. You can set these pages back to default at any time.
The Button Bar
The button bar at the top right of the application interface provides you with options for working with your website, such as previewing your website, saving the changes you’ve made, publishing your website to the Internet or resetting your work.
Selecting Preview enables you to view the current saved state of your website, this is how your website will appear to visitors once published. The website preview will open in a new browser window. When using a responsive layout you can see what your website will look like on different devices.
Selecting Save will save the current state of your website. You are required to save your website before you are able to publish it.
Selecting Publish enables you to make the current saved state of your website available to everyone on the Internet.
Selecting Reset will remove all unsaved changes you have made to your website. This option can be useful when experimenting or when you would like to go back to your last saved version.
Important to Note:
- It is not possible to do a backup restore for an individual website. The SiteBuilder has ‘undo’ functions which enable you to revoke changes in each step of the process. In addition, the changes need to be confirmed before saving
- Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and Safari browsers are recommended for SiteBuilder