Get Started with Strato WebStarter (Latest Guide)

Strato’s WebStarter offers plenty of templates to give you the type of website that best suits you. Follow our step-by-step guide to using this useful tool.

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Making your own website is made easy using Strato’s services

Step 1

Open a web browser and go to the Strato Livepages website.

You can try the service free by signing up for a test account, with no need to enter any payment or personal details.

To do so, fill in your email address in the New Customer box and click the button labelled Test LivePages.

If you already have an account, use the Login box instead. On the next screen you’ll see the main overview page, which has some hints and tips along with statistics about your site.

You can choose a numbered part to edit but for now click the orange ‘Start now’ button. This button changes once the project has been edited for the first time.

Step 2

On this page you can choose an overall theme for your site. Strato offers a very wide range of templates suitable for various types of use and, helpfully, they’re named by the type of activity or hobby for which they’re appropriate .

We’ve chosen Hobbies (Music), then Guitar. Click the orange Continue button and you’ll be taken to the design page.

Here you can choose an overall look for the pages. You can stick to the suggested design theme, customise it or change it altogether. Click a design to preview it.

Step 3

Within each design there is a choice of colours; once you’ve found a suitable combination, click the Choose Design button.

Now click the grey Main Graphic tab – here you can choose the main image for the site.

We’re not going to have an overall image so click No Main Graphic on the left. If you do want one, click ‘Create own Main Graphic’ and follow the on-screen instructions to upload your image.

You can choose Menu Designs from the next tab, but we’re going to leave them as they are. Instead, click the ‘Title, logo, footnote’ tab.

Step 4

Within each design there is a choice of colours; once you’ve found a suitable combination, click the Choose Design button.

Now click the grey Main Graphic tab – here you can choose the main image for the site. We’re not going to have an overall image so click No Main Graphic on the left.

If you do want one, click ‘Create own Main Graphic’ and follow the on-screen instructions to upload your image. You can choose Menu Designs from the next tab, but we’re going to leave them as they are. Instead, click the ‘Title, logo, footnote’ tab.

Step 5

Once you’ve added the pages for the site, click the orange Continue button to finally fill in your pages. You’ll see the site as it will look when it’s published.

On most of the pages, you’ll see a large box in which you can type text, and you can add images and videos or change fonts, layout and colour using the panel on the left of the screen.

Videos can be added from Youtube – in our guitar website we might add a recording of us playing a tune. You can choose from several web-suitable fonts from the dropdown menu marked Font.

Step 6

Just as when your website is published, clicking one of the links on your pages will take you to another page on the site. You can then edit the text and design on that page.

Alternatively, click the dropdown list marked ‘Go to page’ and choose a page to edit. Once you’ve finished editing your site you can go to the next step – Publish.

Bear in mind that once your site is published, anyone can read it, but you can go back and edit or change it, then republish it.

When you’re ready, click the orange Continue button. If you’re on a trial you’ll be prompted to place an order – otherwise, follow the instructions.

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