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How to create websites

Use our website builder to create a seamless, functional website to take your business to the next level. With our Drag & drop website builder, you can have a new website online today! 

Websites are created on Sites under the Websites tab.

  1. Click Create or Create website.

  2. Give your website a name. The name you choose is just for internal use, and you can change it later.

  3. Select the groups you want to be associated with your website. These are the groups that will be attached to any forms you create within your website.

  1. Select a template to start building your website with.

  2. Drag and drop content blocks from the sidebar to build your website.

To edit the content and formatting of your text blocks, simply select the text block and start typing directly into the website builder. To edit the formatting, highlight the text you wish to edit. A formatting bar will appear. You can use these buttons to edit the formatting and add hyperlinks to your text.

To create a page, select the Pages tab on the right sidebar to access the Primary navigation editor. From here, you’ll be able to create and edit the features for the internal pages and control default pages.

Click Create new to add a new page to your website. 

Note: You can switch the Active page view in the top black header of the editor.

Page

This is a page with its own content and URL. You can include any content related to your business. 

Blog

A blog is a great way to drive traffic to your website and to grow your mailing list. For each website, you can create one blog. See How to create a blog post to learn more.

External link

You can link an external page on your site’s navigation header.

Pop-up

You can link any of the pop-up forms you’ve created on your MailerLite account. See How to create a pop-up form to learn more.

Landing page

You can link any of the landing pages you’ve already created on your MailerLite account. See How to create landing pages to learn more.

After creating a new page, you can edit and manage the following features: 

Page name and slug

Set up the name of the internal page and its slug (what comes after the forward-slash “/” in the website’s URL).

Hide page from navigation

Each page automatically appears in the website’s primary navigation header. You can choose to hide a specific page from this header. Even after hiding it, you can still reach the page using our smart linking system. Every call-to-action element, such as a button, can be linked to all the pages you’ve created within that website.

Mark as draft page

When a page is marked as a draft, its content is not accessible by the public. This is useful when you haven’t finished a page. Make sure to hide your draft pages from the navigation, so your visitors won’t get redirected to a 404-page.

Password protection

Every page can be protected with a password, meaning that the content of the page will only be accessible by entering a password that you’ve created.

SEO and social share settings

Each one of your pages can have its own SEO and social share settings. 

Insert your page title, description, and keywords for SEO settings so it can be visible on search engines. For social share settings, insert your page title, description, and image that will be visible when the page is shared on social media. 

Set as homepage

Any of the pages you create can be set as a homepage for your website.

Second-level navigation

If you have a page that is not of primary importance to be shown in the top navigation, you can add it to a menu.

To organize a page so it appears in a menu, drag it slightly on top of the page above it. You’ll see how the page will be positioned slightly more right. In the website navigation, you’ll see an arrow pointing down that unfolds a menu with this page.

In the image below, the Features page is on the second-level navigation and will appear in the Product page’s menu.

After you’ve successfully created a page, the Active page view will automatically change to your new page. Select the Blocks tab on the right sidebar to view all the blocks that you can add to the new page and start designing right away!

By default, every website has a few default pages that you can update to your liking.

404 or not found page

Visitors are redirected to this page if they:

  • Enter an invalid URL of your website

  • Try to access a page that doesn’t exist anymore

  • Try to access a draft page

You can edit the text on this page or add any content blocks.

Password protection page

If you decide to set up password protection for a specific page, visitors would first be redirected to this password-protected page. After they have successfully entered the password, they will be redirected to the specific page and see the content.

In this view, you can design the password submission form and add any additional content blocks, if needed.

Note: For all changes you make on a page, make sure to click the blue Save button after you’re done editing to successfully add the internal page(s). 

To save your changes without publishing your website, click the downward arrow in the top right-hand corner and select Save as draft.

You can then come back later to continue editing. To edit a draft website:

  1. Navigate to Sites.

  2. Click the Websites tab.

  3. Find the website you wish to alter and click Edit.

When you’re finished editing your website in the website builder and you wish to publish your finished product, click the Save and publish button in the top right-hand corner.

On the Website settings page, you will need to add your website’s URL and favicon. For free plans, your URL will be on the mailerpage.com domain. You can enter whatever value to the URL field that suits your brand/business. Your website URL will then appear as example.mailerpage.com.

If you’re on a premium plan, you can add a custom domain to your website instead of using the mailerpage.com domain.

After picking the URL, you can optimize your website SEO, manage social share settings, and set up custom analytics (all plans). 

If you did not set up SEO for each individual page, the SEO settings inserted here will apply to the entire website.

For detailed instructions on setting up your website’s SEO, see Setting up SEO which explains how to set up SEO for landing pages. The same guidelines apply to all website pages.

If you want your website to appear in search results, check the box labeled Allow search engines to index this website.

Finally, click Save and continue. That’s it, your website is now live!

If you’re not ready to publish your website, you can save it as a draft and publish it later from your website overview.

Still have questions?
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at support@mailerlite.com.
A member of our support team will gladly assist you.