SiteBuilder Tutorial - Basic Layout
SiteGround no longer provides the Zen Website Builder software as part of the standard hosting package.
The alternative solution we provide for our customers is the Website Wizard.
Please feel free to check our new Website Wizard Tutorial.
This SiteBuilder is an easy-to-use piece of software that allows every SiteGround customer to build a website without any previous knowledge in web design or programming.
The following text is an overview of the necessary steps for launching your first website.
In order to access your SiteBuilder, you will need:
- Internet connection;
- One of the following web browsers: MS Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari;
- Domain Name that resolves to your account on a Siteground server.
To access your SiteBuilder, you could either type the following address in the browser http://yourdomainname.com/zen or click the Go! SiteBuilder button in your Customer Area on SiteGround.com.
Whichever way you choose to access your SiteBuilder, you will see a login page that looks like this:
Please type your Siteground username and password (those were sent to you in the Welcome email) and click the Logon button. Your are now in the control panel. The first time you enter, it looks like this:
To create a website, please select the Start Building Now! button. You will be forwarded to a page with a choice of website templates:
You can see all the templates by scrolling to the right. Click on the image of the template you like, and a larger preview will appear below. On both sides of it, the color themes will be seen, as well as the choice of themes available for the template. The themes are the headings, seen at the top of each page.
When you have selected the design that you like, please click the Next button, so that you can continue customizing.
The next page shows a full-sized view of the template. You have a couple of options here. One is changing the website's main theme.
Next, you can decide what type of navigation will best suit your needs. The choices are Service (convenient for a company page), Retail (a business website with a template for an online shop) and Personal.
Last, but not least, comes the color selection. Each template comes with a choice of colors, and you can pick the one that appeals to you the most by selecting it from the respective drop-down box.
If you change your mind, you can always choose another option. Also, if the template is not the one you want, you can make a step back by clicking the Back button that will take you to the template library. If you have made up your mind, press Next to move a step further.
The new page shows an overview of the customizing environment and offers links to help resources, including a selection of useful Macromedia ® Flash movies.
Once you click a link, a new window will open. Please allow some time for the movie to load. The movie gives you audio and visual instructions how to do all the available customizations step by step.
Now you are ready to edit your site! Click Next to proceed.