Frankly speaking, I don’t know anything about managing the business.
I never started a little hand-made candy shop or candle factory, I have no idea how much money you need to spend, what licenses to get or when to pay taxes. I’ve never tried it and I consider it to be a complicated and time-consuming activity. But I have tried to create a website, and I know how much time one needs to spend on its development. I know which hosting is preferable, how to pick a domain name and a cool template, and I think that this is really easy.
I’m sure, that if I were a businesswoman, I would reverse my previous words and say something like: “Oh, come on, managing business isn’t hard when you know what to do, but creating websites is a really complicated thing”.
Of course, almost any person can learn to do almost everything he/she wants to (we have a detailed guide about how to create your website by yourself), but that will take some time and efforts, and business people can't afford to spend either.
So, you got a little business (let’s say you sell home-grown plants), you want a website, you don’t have time to sort it out and you have a small budget.
And you know what? That’s not a problem at all. TemplateMonster SaaS solution will help you with that and I’m going to lead you through the process and show how all the stuff works.
It means Software as a Service and that is a model of software distribution, where a company hosts different apps and give clients opportunity to use them. In simple terms, you don’t need to download and install something on your computer, instead, the company has them installed on the servers and you get an opportunity to use it.
You now think: “That’s sweet, but how it could help me?”, so I’ll give you answers immediately. Let’s go through your requirements:
So, let’s go through 3 simple steps and get you a gorgeous internet platform.
As we previously assumed, you are a happy plants distributor. Go to the TemplateMonster SaaS solution page and hit the big orange “Choose design” button. Everything starts with the appearance of your site.
The system will move you to the ready-made designs catalog, where you can choose your business category and then pick up one of the dynamite templates. You are a plant seller, so let’s go to the “Agriculture” tab and choose (our weapon) a nice theme.
Subscribe with any of your social media or type your e-mail to the bar and click on “Start trial” button.
If you need one – type your phone number in the bar and hit “Verify”. If not – just close this pop-up.
The free trial version could show you builder’s functionality. The created website won’t be visible on the internet and available for visitors. However, right after you send the payment, you will get a confirmation e-mail and a friendly (neighbor Spiderman) tech support specialist will contact you and ask about the domain name you would like to give to your site. If you already somehow get the domain name – you can keep it, tech team will bound your website to it.
While support is registering your website you can start customization process and add content. Don’t worry, all the changes will be saved.
Your website’s control panel has 5 sections: Pages, Design, Media Library, Settings, and Blog. Each of them will help you to make the website more suitable for your business. Let’s briefly go through their functionalities.
The left sidebar is a catalog of available designing blocks and widgets (marked “2” on the picture) you can put directly to the page that is placed on the center. After that, you can move and delete them without any issues using the mouse only.
When you choose the element and start working with it, right-hand sidebar transforms to a list of tools. According to the type of the element, you will get an option to change spacing, content width, adjustment, e.t.c. And beyond editing mode that sidebar (marked “3” on the picture) shows you page, publishing and SEO general settings. You can also choose layout and background in the “Design” tab.
Both “Pages” and “Design” sections have a set of buttons on the top of the screen that allows checking how the design will look like on different types of the screen and make some changes if needed.
Left-handed sidebar conveniently sorts the content according to its type (picture, audio, video, e.t.c) or the folder it is stored in. That helps you with navigation because every picture is located in the folder that has a name of the page you use it at. You can add, rename and delete the folders you don’t need and still be sure that necessary, protected folders won’t be deleted so easily.
When you choose a file, on the right-handed sidebar appear the information about it, such as URL, name, size, loading date and dimension. You can set the default title and default alt text there too.
The control panel you see in this builder is similar to the MotoPress administration dashboard. That’s why for some of its parts exist video tutorials that will show you what presented features are used for. After all, it is better once to see than hundred times to hear.
Every software needs updates from time to time. New security measures, faster and more powerful software, you don’t want to miss it, do you? This tab is created especially for that and there will be no problem updating MotoPress engine, especially if you watch this video:
A very rare website now doesn’t use search engine optimization. Everyone would like his site to be on the top of Google search results rating. This tab has a few instruments that help you (or a person you hire to optimize your website) it that task. You can decide if to use permalinks, add “html” suffix to the URL, create a sitemap and customize its settings.
This tab is for those ninjas that do Google or Yandex analytics and have an account there. Having a special code, tag od ID, you will be able to track it.
All the fonts you use for the website are listed in this tab. Here you can edit their titles, add and delete new, non-default fonts. Here’s a short, but detailed video about new font adding process:
Experienced website builders sometimes want to add something unusual to their creations. In that case, they can inject some objects typing the code to the fields of this tab. If you are a beginner – pass it, you won’t need this tab soon.
When a user writes you a message via Contact Form (if you use it on your website, of course), it is sent to the default e-mail you used for registration of the account. However, if you want those messages to come to another mailbox you can set it at this tab.
This tab you can integrate such convenient apps like Disqus and Image Editing Component of Adobe Creative SDK. To make it more clear to you – check out this video:
A website owner needs this tab when he changes his website URL. For example, for some reason, you decided to change the domain name. Surely, you don’t want your constant customers to lose you and start buying plants from another seller and that’s why you create a redirect from your old URL to the new one in this tab.
All the rest features that didn’t fit other tabs are gathered here. You can set up the time zone here, choose the Maintenance error and Loading error messages, enable lazy loading and cookies notification.
MotoCMS team shot a great video about blog functionalities, so if you need details – take a look:
Here are few little tips:
Of course, those are not all the advice you should use at getting to the top. There are much more of them in our article about increasing website’s conversion rate. And don’t forget that one of the best teachers could be a competitor.
Have you ever been to a situation I described at the beginning of the article? Do you ever use a SaaS solution? Did I give you enough information about this offer? Please, feel free to leave comments and feedback in the section below.
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