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How do I create a new website using the ViUX SiteBulder @ sitebuilder.viux.com?
Posted by J.T. Smith on 13 December 2009 05:17 PM

1. Either follow a link from http://www.viux.com to the ViUX SiteBuilder; or go directly to http://sitebuilder.viux.com.

2. Within the ViUX SiteBuilder interface, either click the large [1 – Start] icon; or click the small [Start] icon at the bottom right corner of the page - to proceed to “Step 1” of the ViUX SiteBuilder.

a. This should create a new “trial web site” session for you; however if you have had a previous session, you will be asked to select from two options: “I want to work with my old trial web site”; or “I want to create a new trial web site”. Select the desired choice and click the [OK] button to proceed.

b. Access to your trial web site is controlled by browser Cookies, so make sure that both JavaScript and Cookies are enabled in your browser (they are normally enabled by default). Without Cookies, you will not be able to access your trial web site again and would have to start over, unless you make it all the way to “Step 5 (Publish)” and have your site key / alias URL. With Cookies enabled, whenever you return to sitebuilder.viux.com from the same system, it will recognize you and re-establish your trial web site session for you to continue working on the site.

c. Please note that ViUX does NOT use the SiteBuilder user login feature, so you cannot work on the same trial web site from different systems (i.e. from both work and home) until after the site has been successfully published, or you have reached “Step 5 (Publish)” to obtain your site key / alias URL. After publishing, access to make edits to the site is handled via the Control Panel at: https://hsp.viux.com/cp/, so the SiteBuilder user login feature is never used.

3. You should now be on “Step 1 (Start)”. Here you select the type of site you wish to create. Your choices are: “Create your site”; “Create your photogallery”; or “Create your blog”. Making the correct choice here will help pre-populate the default structure of your site based upon your selection (for most this will be “Create your site” for creation of a general purpose web site). After making your selection, proceed to the next step by clicking the small [Next] icon at the bottom right corner of the page.

4. You should now be on “Step 2 (Design)”. Here you select the desired template for your site. There are 500 templates to choose from. The navigation options at the bottom of the page allow you to browse the templates by thumbnail images. You can also use the search box or category drop-down box at the top of the page to narrow your selection by Category or to Search for a specific template by Keyword or ID Number.

a. When you see a thumbnail image of a template that you think you may like, click the image to load a slightly larger version in the preview section of the page, where you can then click that image or the [Preview] link to view the template in a full browser window.

b. With your desired template selected in the preview section of the page, enter your: [Site Title], [Sub-Title], and [Footer Message] (along the right side of the page).

c. You can also change the color scheme and menu style (if supported by the selected template), as well as, change the banner, and change the logo. At any time, you can click the [Preview] icon at the bottom right side of the page to see your changes applied to the template in a full browser window. When ready to proceed, click the small [Next] icon at the bottom right corner of the page.

5. You should now be on “Step 3 (Pages)”. Here you complete the structure of your site by adding pages and setting page order in the site menu. You can also add special pages to the site that add certain specific functionality, like a Blog or Image Gallery. Again, at any time you can click the [Preview] icon at the bottom right side of the page to see your changes applied to the template in a full browser window. When ready to proceed, click the small [Next] icon at the bottom right corner of the page.

6. You should now be on “Step 4 (Edit)”. Here you edit the specific text / content of each page, as well as, add modules to certain pages where desired. Again, at any time you can click the [Preview] icon at the bottom right side of the page to see your changes applied to the template in a full browser window. When ready to proceed, click the small [Next] icon at the bottom right corner of the page.

7. You should now be on “Step 5 (Publish)”. Here you upload / publish the trial site you have created in the prior steps into the actual web space of your domain for live viewing online. The trial site is available online for up to 60 days before it must be published to a paid hosting subscription on our network, or you must start over with another trial site. At this step you are presented with your trial site key / alias; which is in the format of “65d44310-24a4-4971-8dc3-bac7864b2700” (however it will be different than this for your specific trial site). This key / alias is also presented in the format of a full URL, such as: http://sitebuilder.viux.com/Wizard/HostingPreview.aspx?SiteID=65d4431024a449718dc3bac7864b2700, which will allow you to get back into the SiteBuilder to continue working on your trial site (prior to being published). This URL will work from the same or a different system, so it is a way of allowing you to work on the same trial site from different systems (i.e. from both work and home); or with Cookies disabled (see 2b & 2c above for more details).

a. ViUX Hosting subscriptions start at only $4.95 per month, and the recommended Shared Hosting Server subscription (Xpress SHS-W) can be purchased from our site at: https://store.viux.com/plan.php?series_key=25; or you can see all Shared Hosting Server (SHS) subscriptions on our site at: http://www.viux.com/Hosting/SharedHosting/SharedHostingServersSHS.aspx.

b. SiteBuilder requires a Windows SHS subscription. Linux will not work, and you do not need one of the ColdFusion enabled Windows subscriptions. Therefore the recommended “Xpress SHS-W” subscription can be purchased directly at: https://store.viux.com/plan.php?series_key=25.

8. During the ViUX Hosting subscription order process you will be presented with a field to “Enter Site Alias” under the heading of “Publish my trial Parallels Plesk Sitebuilder Site”. Into this field you must enter the trial site key / alias presented at “Step 5 (Publish)”; which has the format of “65d44310-24a4-4971-8dc3-bac7864b2700” (see 7 above for more details).

a. Once you have completed your hosting subscription order during which you entered your trial site key / alias, please see the next Knowledge Base article in this series, entitled "What steps must I undertake BEFORE trying to publish my SiteBuilder Trial Site?"

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