Website Quick Start Guide
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016
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LAUNCH YOUR ZIBSTER WEBSITE IN 7 EASY STEPS!

Congratulations on your new Builder website! Creating a new website can be overwhelming, so use this guide for a quick guide on how to get started with setting up and publishing your Builder. Throughout the list, there are links to more detailed articles for step by step instructions.


1. SET UP YOUR PAGES

It's natural to want to dive right into design before you start creating your pages, but we recommend choosing a template and a design after your pages are created. With Zibster, everything you put into web pages will automatically be applied to every template, so create your pages first so you can "test drive" lots of different templates and see which one displays your work the best.

To start adding pages, click on the BUILDER icon and then the WEB PAGES tab and click on NEW PAGE to add a page, or click on a page name along the left-hand side of the page to add content to that page.

Below are some recommended page types most Builder sites should have:

  • Home Page: Custom Page or Marquee Plus Page
  • About (Info Page): A photo of yourself and 250 words about you and your business. Click here for more information. 
  • FAQ or Testimonials (List or Info page): Frequently Asked Questions and/or Raves/Testimonial page. Click here for more information. 
  • Examples/Portfolios Drop Down Menu with Gallery Pages: Gallery pages are a great opportunity to display a visual representation of your business. We recommend including no more than 20-25 images on each gallery page. Click here for information on drop down menus, and click here for information on gallery pages. 
  • Contact (Form Page): Include your contact information and a contact form. Click here for more information.

Click here for a guide to all the different web pages available on your Builder.


2. TRY ON TEMPLATES & PICK YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN

After you've added some content to your pages, you'll be able to better see what your website will look like when different templates are applied to your site, so go ahead and start "test driving" some templates! When choosing a template, keep in mind that you can change the colors, fonts, and background in Step 4.

To access the template collection, click on the BUILDER icon, then hover over DESIGN and click on TEMPLATES. Click the links below to learn how to preview, add, and save templates.


3. UPLOAD YOUR LOGO

The recommended logo size will change depending on the template you choose, which is why we recommend waiting until you have selected a template to upload your logo. 

Click here for step by step instructions on how to upload your logo.

If you don't have a logo for your business or you're ready to freshen your existing logo up, check out our LOGO DESIGN SERVICE.  Our team of world class designers can create or update your logo for $250.  


4. CUSTOMIZE YOUR DESIGN

After you've selected your template, there are default settings for your design, but all these can be changed under the DESIGN tab in your Builder control panel. 

  • Click here for help with changing your COLORS
  • Click here for help with changing your FONT selections
  • Click here to learn how to choose a BACKGROUND PATTERN
  • Click here to learn how to upload a CUSTOM BACKGROUND
  • Click here for information on adding a HEADER BACKGROUND
  • Click here for help with uploading a FAVICON

Want something that is more custom?  Don't have time to do it yourself?  Check out our CUSTOM SITE SERVICE.  Our team of in house designers will build you the site that matches your vision. 


5. ADD DOMAIN NAME & ALLOW IT TO PROGRAPIGATE (24-48 HOURS)

A custom domain name is recommended because it brands your site and makes it appear much more professional than having a shared domain like example.zibster.com. 


6. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION & SITE ANALYTICS

After all the major pages and content have been added to your account, we recommend adding meta information and setting up Google Analytics and Webmaster tools to make sure your website is in the best possible position for search engine optimization. Some helpful links for SEO can be found below:

If you prefer to hire our Google certified experts optimize your meta data and site content and make sure that your site is submitted to Google properly, our SEO SERVICE is an option for you at any time. 


7. PUBLISH SITEMAP

Your website's sitemap is like a roadmap for search engine bots to make it easier for your website to be crawled. This is the last thing you should do once the rest of your website is completed. You'll want to republish your sitemap anytime you make major changes to your website to alert the search engines that you've made changes that should be crawled to make sure the most up to date information is on the search engines.

For instructions on how to publish your sitemap, click here.


CONGRATULATIONS! YOUR ZIBSTER BUILDER IS READY FOR LAUNCH!

Now that you've got your Zibster Builder live, there's 3 things to remember about your membership. 

1.  CALL US - When you have questions, you can call our team of Web Consultants toll free 844-353-3412 Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm EST and we'll help you out. 

2.  ZIBSTER TO GO APP - Download the Zibster To Go app so you can manage your account from your phone/tablet.  You can easily send invoices and take payments with your Zibster To Go app once you've installed it. 

3.  REFER A FRIEND - You can take advantage of our REFER A FRIEND program and earn $25 for each person you send our way. 

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