You know this by heart: save your work regularly! This advice also goes for your creations in the SiteW editor. Regarding a website, you enjoy two spaces to save your creation: a private space (Internet users can’t see your works) and a public space (your works are published online and everyone can see them).
In the SiteW editor, the private space where you save your creation is called draft. Saving as draft enables you to edit your website without impacting on the published online version.
To check the impact of your changes, you can preview the saved draft. Your website will be displayed in the browser as if it were published online, but it will have a secret and temporary URL.
As you can notice in the address bar of your browser, this URL has the Temporary link mention. It’s possible to share this secret address with other people while the validity period lasts, that is to say less than a day.
Publishing your website comes to saving it in the public space and making it available to all Internet users. Adding your website to search engines requires an additional operation described in the paragraph Finding my website on the Internet.
To see your website online, you can click on the eye-shaped icon: a new tab opens in your browser at your website address.
If you use blocks from a higher package, they will be saved, but they will be hidden for your website visitors.
As long as you are logged into your SiteW account, a panel enables you to see your website such as visitors see it, and such as they would see it if your website enjoyed the higher package.
The panel informs you that you have added a Blog block that is not included in the Starter package
Publishing your website is all well and good, but how to access to your website?
For now, your website is inaccessible by search engines.
Your visitors can access to your website using its address displayed on the My websites page.
First, your website has a title. In the example above, the website is called: “Follow the instructions!”.
You can change the website title by moving the mouse over the line where this title is displayed. The eye-shaped icon is shown and, by clicking on this icon, you can rename the website. However, don’t confuse the website title with its address.
The website address is shown under the title, in URL form, and is recognizable by the prefix www. In the example above, the website address is: www.follow-the-instructions-with.sitew.com.
The initial address will be automatically created from your website name.
For the packages with a domain name, it’s a temporary address that can be changed once the package has been enabled.
You can change this address and book a domain name (address without Sitew Ad) by moving the mouse over the line and clicking on the pencil-shaped icon.
At this stage, your website is probably incomplete to be directly shown to all of your visitors, but it’s interesting to know now how this step will go as it will take time.
Indeed, once the website is published and accessible through its address, search engines will spend a few weeks to browse it.
So, when you have created a first version of your website, the first step consists of enabling the Google automatic submission.
Go to My websites / Settings / Search engines and tick the appropriate box.
We will notify Google (immediately from the Premium package, or within 30 days) who will visit your website within 15 days. Then, Google will check your website texts and will add your website to the results page of the most relevant keywords depending on your website.
In the tutorial Optimize your website visibility, we will see in detail how to improve your website in order that it ranks on the first results and how to immediately submit it to Google.
Last update: March 31, 2021