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Friday, July 15, 2016
By PhotoBiz Knowledge Base
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Launch Your PhotoBiz Site In 7 Easy Steps!

If you have any questions, please give us a call toll free 866-463-7620. Congratulations on your new Builder website! Creating a new website can be overwhelming, so use this guide for a quick guide on how to get started with setting up and publishing your Builder. Throughout the list, there are links to more detailed articles for step by step instructions.


1. SET UP YOUR PAGES

It's natural to want to dive right into design before you start creating your pages, but it is easier to choose a template and a design after your pages are created. With PhotoBiz, everything you put into web pages will automatically be applied to every template, so create your pages first so you can "test drive" lots of different templates and see which one displays your work the best.

To start adding pages, click on the BUILDER icon and then the WEB PAGES tab and click on NEW PAGE to add a page, or click on a page name along the left-hand side of the page to add content to that page.

Below are some recommended page types most Builder sites should have:

  • HOME PAGE: Marquee Plus Page or Custom Page
  • ABOUT (INFO PAGE): A photo of yourself and 250 words about you and your business. Click here for more information. 
  • FAQ or TESTIMONIALS (LIST OR INFO PAGE): Frequently Asked Questions and/or Raves/Testimonial page. Click here for more information. 
  • GALLERIES (DROP DOWN MENU) with GALLERY PAGES nested underneath: Include one gallery for each type of work you do, i.e. Weddings, Engagements, Portraits. We recommend adding no more than 20-25 images on each gallery page. Click here for information on drop down menus, and click here for information on gallery pages. 
  • CONTACT PAGE (FORM PAGE): Include your contact information and a contact form. Click here for more information.

2. TRY ON TEMPLATES & PICK YOUR FAVORITE

Now that you've added content to your pages, you'll be able to better see what your website will look like with different templates.  Go ahead and start "test driving" some templates! When choosing a template, keep in mind that you can customize the colors, fonts, and background to match your brand in Step 4.

To access the template collection, click on the BUILDER icon, then hover over DESIGN and click on TEMPLATES.

Click the links below to learn how to preview, add, and save templates.


3. UPLOAD YOUR LOGO

The recommended logo size will change depending on the template you choose, which is why we recommend waiting until you have selected a template to upload your logo. 

Click here for step by step instructions on how to upload your logo.

If you don't have a logo and you need one, log into your account and check out the PhotoBiz Logo Design service, we can design you a custom logo. 


4.  CUSTOMIZE YOUR DESIGN

After you've selected your template, there are default settings for your design, but all these can be changed under the DESIGN tab in your Builder control panel. 

  • Click here for help with changing your COLORS
  • Click here for help with changing your FONT selections
  • Click here to learn how to choose a BACKGROUND PATTERN/IMAGE
  • Click here to learn how to upload a CUSTOM BACKGROUND
  • Click here for information on adding a HEADER BACKGROUND
  • Click here for help with uploading a FAVICON

Want a website that's totally custom?  No time to design and build it yourself?  Log into your account and check out our Custom Site service.  


5. ADD DOMAIN NAME & ALLOW IT TO PROPAGATE (24-48 HOURS)

A custom domain name is recommended because it brands your site and makes it appear much more professional than having a shared domain like example.photobiz.com. 


6. SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION (SEO) AND SITE ANALYTICS

After all the major pages and content have been added to your account, we recommend adding meta information and setting up Google Analytics and Webmaster tools to make sure your website is in the best possible position for search engine optimization. Some helpful links for SEO can be found below:

Want us to do your Search Engine Optimization for you?  

Log into your account and check out the SEO ENGAGEMENT or SEO KICKSTART services on your control panel or give our Passionate Support Team a call to find out more. 


7. PUBLISH SITEMAP

Your website's sitemap is like a roadmap for search engine bots to make it easier for your website to be crawled. This is the last thing you should do once the rest of your website is completed. You'll want to republish your sitemap anytime you make major changes to your website to alert the search engines that you've made changes that should be crawled to make sure the most up to date information is on the search engines.

For instructions on how to publish your sitemap, click here.


Congratulations!  Your New PhotoBiz Builder is ready to launch!

Now that you've got your Builder live, there's 3 things to remember. 

1.  CALL US - Our Passionate Support Team is here to help you with any questions you have about your PhotoBiz account.  Don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about doing business online.  Call us toll free at 866.463.7620, we're here Monday - Friday 9am - 8pm EST. 

2.  PHOTOBIZ TO GO APP - Download the Free PhotoBiz To Go App to access your Client Conversation Tracker, Take Payments, Manage Forms, and Account details on your phone anytime you need to. 

3.  REFER A FRIEND - Remember our Refer A Friend program, you can earn $25 towards your membership by sending someone our way.