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Taking your business online is a huge step towards success. To go online, you need an awesome and professional website, or at least a landing page where you will have a chance to show what you have: your service or products.
Luckily for all non-coders, it’s now possible to create a website without any coding skills. You can use online website builders which can help you easily create your own professional website or landing page with beautifully designed, customizable, and responsive templates.
Renderforest offers an amazingly simple solution which takes website creation to a new level. In this tutorial, you can find all the instructions for using the website builder and its functionality.
So, how to get started? Go to “Design Website” from the navigation menu and click the “Create Website” button.
Here you have 2 options: create your website from scratch or load a template.
To create your website with the help of our ready-made templates, click “Load a Template”. There are 14 template categories, including but not limited to Business and Agency, Marketing, Personal and Portfolio, Music, Travel and Hospitality, Photography, Fashion and Beauty, with customizable templates ready to be used.
If you want to create your website from scratch, click on “Add Component”. Choose from over 70 components (ready-made sections), which come with default texts and images. The components include headers, call-to-actions, simple text, testimonials, posts, sliders, videos, email forms, FAQs, contacts, footers, and more.
Select the component you like and click “Add”. Under each section, you can find a “+” button. Click it to add another component.
Customize each component by changing the texts, images, icons, buttons, and background color.
Click on a text section to type or paste your text. Note, that each text section has a limited number of characters. Please, write your texts within the character limits to keep the overall look and design.
To customize the buttons, click on the edit button that appears when you hover on the button. Here, write your text, choose the link type from the dropdown menu and add the landing page or section.
At the upper right corner of each section, you can find the section settings. Here you can change the background color, replace the background image, move the section up or down, replace it, flip the orientation, or delete.
To add an image or change the background image of a section, click on any image to open the popup with several options. You can add an image in 3 different ways: via image URL, choose an uploaded image from your Media Library, use stock images, or upload from your device.
Media Library is your storage where you keep all your media files.
Click on “Use stock images” to find relevant images for your website. Search for specific keywords or terms, select an image and click “Insert”.
Similarly, you can edit the sections with videos. Here you have 4 options: add via video URL, select an uploaded video from your Media Library, use a stock video, or upload from your device.
If your component has icons that you need to change, click on the edit button that appears when you hover on the icon. Here you can search for icons, select a relevant one and save.
Social follow icons are also fully customizable. Select a component containing them, remove the unnecessary icons, add the ones you need and edit to add your social profiles.
To find a social icon, simply edit it and find the one you need from the “Social” section.
The website components have their default text size and style that can be changed with one click. Go to the “Text” section from the left sidebar menu to select the text size and style of your choice.
In the “Style” section, you can select the style of your buttons, icons, and other shapes throughout the website. There are 3 options to choose from: rounded, cornered, and sharp.
To change the colors of your website, go to the “Color” section. Add your custom colors or choose one of the color palettes suggested by our professional designers.
If your website is not a one-page website, you will need to add more pages. To create a new page, go to the “Pages” section from the same left sidebar menu and click on “New Page”. Then, write your page name, which is also used as the page URL, and click on “Create”.
Your page will be automatically added to the navigation menu. You can then manually edit the name or remove it by clicking on the menu item.
Besides linking your internal pages, you can also link to external sites or landing pages. Click on “add link” and edit it by writing the page title, choosing the “External link” option from the dropdown menu and adding the link.
You also have an option of linking your menu item to a specific section on the page. For example, if you want to link your “Contact Us” menu item to the “Contact Us” section on your homepage, click on “add link”, then write the name, select “to section” option from the dropdown menu and the section on a particular page. Please note, that this option is recommended for one-page websites.
In the “Settings” section, you can edit the general website settings and the settings of individual pages.
From the dropdown menu, select the page you want to edit. Add the page title, meta description, and the keywords.
Please note, that these features will be unlocked once you get a paid subscription.
Click on “General” to start editing your website settings. Here, you can add a free or custom domain, upload your favicon and featured image for social, sync your company email, connect Google Analytics account and add Facebook pixel.
Please note, that some settings will be unlocked once you get a paid subscription.
Don’t forget to click the “Save” button once you update your settings.
Preview your website during the editing process to see how it looks and make all the necessary changes to improve it. Click the “Preview” button at the top right corner of the editor.
View your website on different devices: desktop, tablet, and mobile. Or, click “Preview in new tab”.
Once your website is ready to go live, preview it to see whether everything works as expected. Then, click the “Publish” button.
Congratulations! Your website is live!
Whenever you make changes on your website, don’t forget to save and publish them.
All your website projects are automatically saved on “My Websites” page which can be accessed from the top right dropdown menu.
Very simple and intuitive, isn’t it? Renderforest website builder has all the tools to make your creation process effortless and fun. Once your website is ready, go ahead and publish it. You can publish your website for free or subscribe to our paid plan (monthly or annual).
Before you start designing your website, make sure to prepare wireframes for all your web pages. They will help you to easily find the desired components. Then, use our easy-to-use website builder to bring your ideas to life.
Are you ready to start?
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