In this document, we will overview the process and available options that you have when making a website.
Your website is the primary point of connection between your business and the people who would like to do your experiences. Getlocal offers a variety of tools to make this process as fast and as painless as possible, allowing you to get online and sell your experiences as quickly as you can.
Creating Your Website
After you create your first organisation, or upon being added as an administrator to an existing organisation, you will be given an option to create a website. This process is broken down into two smaller steps in order to create a smoother experience.
To begin, navigate to your Organisation dashboard and locate the websites option on the left-hand navigation menu. If you already have a website, you will be able to see it in this list, along with the option to edit the site and view its products. If you are creating a new site then you need to click the green new website button. You will then go through the new website pipeline.
In the first step, you will be asked for the initial basic details that are required to set up your website.
- Title: This is the title of your site
- Domain: This is your preferred URL for your final site. Note: entering a URL here is not the same as buying the domain. You will need a purchaced domain in order to put your website live.
- Description: This is a quick summary of the website and what it is selling, which will be used for metadata.
After entering this information you will be brought to the next step, where we begin to make changes to custom elements of your finished site.
Once the first step has been completed - adding in the basic details of the website - you will be brought to the next page, which is your website dashboard. From here we can then access the advanced settings which allow you to set more custom options. You will also navigate to the settings section of this page if you edit the settings of an existing website.
From here we navigate on the lefthand menu to the settings page which is indicated by the gear icon.
The first section on this page is the Default Settings. These are the same as the options initially presented in step one, but you are able to make changes to them here.
Following the Default Settings you will then have a section for Domain. Here you will see instructions on changing your DNS settings with your domain provider which will be required before your site goes live. You are able to continue with the customization of your site without this, but you will need to make sure this is configured before you go live.
The next section is the appearance section, where you can set the following:
- Primary Color: This is the main brand colour you want to use for your site. It will be used in a variety of places to help add a sense of brand identity and cohesion to your site. If you know the exact Hex Code of colour you wish to use then you may enter it into the box, or you can use our handy color picker to select a colour.
- Website Logo: This is where you can add a logo for use on your website. This logo will be used to help identify the site within the Getlocal portal, and will also appear in the top left hand corner of your finished site.
The next section is the Hero Banner section, which allows you to edit the initial banner image of your home page. Here you can edit the following:
- The Header: This is the header or title of the page. It will be the first H1 piece of text that people see on your landing page, so it should clearly reflect what the page is about. If you leave this empty then the text will be taken from the title set in the default section. This gives you an opportunity to overwrite it for additional SEO benefit.
- Subheader: This is a small section of text that appears under the header and can be used to present the message or theme of your site/business.
- Hero Image: This image appears underneath the navigation bar, and behind the page title and tag line of your site.
The next section is the About Text, which allows you to enter a short description of your business or the types of experiences that you offer. This text will be used to automatically generate an "About us" page.
The final section is the Bokun API Keys section, which allows you to enter your Bokun API keys for this website and begin to import your products. If you require assistance in finding/generating API keys for this purpose, then you can consult our guide on this topic.
Once these steps have been taken, you are able to deploy a demo version of your website. It will be given its own temporary URL, which will allow you to observe how the site looks and make changes.
Beyond these basic options that are offered during the creation of your website, you will also be able to add additional pages or blogs to your website via the Website Dashboard.