Getting Started With Your WebStarts Website
Once you’ve signed up for a Webstarts.com Account, you’re ready to begin editing your website. After logging into your account, the first page you see is called the Dashboard. You can begin editing the pages on your website by clicking on the icon labeled “Edit Website” or you can click the 'pencil' icon to the right of your page names which are listed on the lower half of the dashboard.
After you’ve clicked on “Edit Website” the page editor will load your home page. You can choose to edit other pages by choosing them from the drop down menu in the top left while in the page editor view.
Drag And Drop Any Object
You can move any object on your web page while in the page editor by clicking and holding down the left mouse button and dragging your object to the location where you would like it to appear on your webpage.
Everything Can Be Customized
If you have chosen to use a Webstarts.com Template, it’s important to remember that the entire design is completely re-arrangeable. So if there are any objects on the page you don’t want to use you can simply click to select them and then click the Red 'X' in order to remove them from your page.
Add Text To Your Webpage
You can also add any object you want to your page. For example you can add a text box to your page by clicking the 'add text' icon on the toolbar. A text layer will appear in the upper left corner of your page. You can then drag this text layer to where you would like it to appear.
Edit Text On Your Webpage
You can edit the contents of a text box by clicking the pencil icon which appears while a text box is selected. To change the font size, style, or color of your text, click and drag your mouse over the top of the text you want to change then choose the appropriate icon from the toolbar.
Add Images To Your Webpage
You can add any image you want to your webpages. To do this click on the 'insert image' icon on the toolbar. You can choose to add an image from the pre-loaded image library by clicking on the image library tab and then clicking on the image you want to add to your page.
You can upload images from your computer by clicking on the button labeled “browse”, then choosing the file you want to upload from your computer. Once the file is uploaded it will produce a thumbnail image in the file manager view. Click on the thumbnail image and it will be added to your webpage.
Edit Images On Your Webpage
To resize an image on your page, click on the small gray boxes which appear on the corners of the image while it’s selected. Click and hold the left mouse button in order to resize the image.
You can rotate and/or crop your image by clicking on the edit image icon while your image is selected. Rotate the image by clicking and dragging the slide control. Click and drag the handles around any image with the crop image tab selected then click the button labeled “Update Image” to crop an image and apply it to your page.
Add Any Object To Your Webpage
You can add virtually anything you want to your webpage including Webstarts.com Apps, widgets, forms, slideshows, forums, blogs, guestbooks, and more. Some of these features are built directly into your account while others while require you to embed code from other websites.
You can easily embed code from other websites by copying and pasting the code into your webpage while in the page editor view. Click on the HTML icon on the toolbar, paste the code in the area provided, and then click Ok. You will then be able to drag and drop your object where you’d like it to appear.
Saving And Publishing Your Webpage
You can save and publish your webpages anytime while in the page editor view by clicking on the ' save' icon on the toolbar. When you click this icon or choose to save and publish from the drop down menu your page will be updated and displayed live on the web. Whatever you save will be published to the web.
Finding Your Website On The Web
To find your website on the web you will have to type your web address into the address bar of your web browser. A web browser is the software program you use to view webpages. The most popular browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome. Please not that you will not be able to find your website immediately by performing a search in a search engine like Google, Yahoo, or MSN. To ensure your website can be found on search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN be sure to upgrade to a Webstarts Pro plan.
If you are using a Webstarts.com Free plan your web address will be something like YourSiteTitle.webstarts.com. Upgrade to a Webstarts Pro plan to get your own custom domain like YourWebsite.com.
Updating Your Website
You can make changes to your website at anytime by logging into your account and choosing the page you would like to edit. This can be done from any computer that has internet access.