Creating a Site
Last Updated 3/6/2018
In this lesson we discuss how to create a new site, what information is required, and how to import an existing theme.
You can start creating a new site in Marketpath CMS by clicking Create a New Site on My Dashboard or from the settings drop down at the top right (i.e. the cog icon). Both will display the New Site Wizard.
First provide a unique, friendly name for the site, such as "ABC, Inc. Site". Agree to the terms and conditions and click Next.
All sites have a single parent Account which contains the contact and billing information of the customer. You don't have to enter billing information yet, however. That is only required when you take the site live.
Select the account to which this site should belong and click Next or click the Create a New Account button.
If you are with an agency, then the general rule of thumb is that each of your customers should have their own Account. Follow the New Account Wizard to create a new Account. Once you confirm and create your new Account the New Site Wizard will automatically advance to the next step.
Next, select or add a domain. The quickest way to get started is to add a development domain. You can always add your production domain before you take the site live.
Click Create a New Domain, type in a proper sub-domain (with only letters, numbers, or dashes). The sub-domain must be unique and will display an error if not. Click Save and the New Site Wizard will advance to the next step.
The next step is to select a Plan for your site. Review the available Plans and make your selection. You can change this later when you take your site live. You can also compare Plans by selecting one or more checkboxes and clicking View Details.
Finally, choose an existing, pre-built Theme or click the No Theme - Create a Blank Site button. If you're new to Marketpath CMS we highly recommend selecting a basic Theme. This will help you get a feel for how a site is built. If you select a blank site, however, you use the import engine to import a previously exported site or site partials.
The final step allows you review your selections. When your are ready, click the Confirm Site button to create your new site.
This should only take a few seconds to create the site. The following popup message will appear, if successful.
When you click OK you will be redirected to the new site. If you selected a theme, the theme will have to be imported and can take several minutes or more, depending on the load of our import agent. Typically, the new site is fully imported and published to preview within 5-10 minutes. You can monitor the import status by clicking Site -> Imports and occasionally refreshing. The import status will say "completed" when it has finished.
Free Until Go-Live
Free until Go-Live isn't just a marketing gimmick. You can take as long as you need to build your site and use the preview site until you're ready for the world to see it. The preview site is a great tool and provides an exact replica of the Live Site environment.
The preview environment is also a great way to learn Marketpath CMS. You can create a sandbox site to play around with, practice tutorial lessons, and test concepts.
But preview domains are long and ugly and the sites require a password if you're not editing the site in Marketpath CMS. It is perfectly acceptable to go-live early during your development process with the free development domain or using the custom domain you provided. If you do this, however, your site will begin to incur fees.
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