"How can I create a custom intro page to separate my site from everyone else's?"
Although Webs does not offer an application to build an intro page, you can create one and add it to your site.
You will have to use an external application to create the file, and then upload that page using the File Manager. Knowing the basics on how to create an HTML for an intro will also allow you to get creative with other content, even Flash.
REMINDER: This is an advanced tip. If you are not comfortable with standard HTML, it is not recommend that you use this method. Additionally, Webs Support cannot troubleshoot any elective or third-party code you add to your site.
First, you will need to create the intro page on your computer. You can add your HTML code in a notepad document or if you do not know HTML you may want to use a program like Frontpage or Dreamweaver to create the intro. If you create your page using Notepad, you will be saving your file as an HTML file rather than TXT.
Here is an example of some HTML code that you can use to create an intro page. (You can use your own custom HTML as well if you prefer):
<title>ENTER A TITLE</title>
<center><br><br><h4>ENTER A MESSAGE HERE</h4></center>
<center><img src="ENTER A LINK TO AN IMAGE IN YOUR FILE MANAGER" border="0"></center>
<td align="center"><a href="http:// YOUR DOMAIN NAME /home"><img src="ENTER A LINK TO AN IMAGE IN YOUR FILE MANAGER" border="0"></a></td>
Enter your own information in these areas:
- ENTER A TITLE
- ENTER A MESSAGE
- HERE ENTER A LINK TO AN IMAGE IN YOUR FILE MANAGER (upload an image to your file manager for this purpose and copy the link)
- http:// YOUR URL /home (It is very important that you add /home to the end our your link back to the homepage, or it will not work)
Add the code to a notepad document and save it as “Index.html”. The regular homepage of your website is index.htm. The new index.html file will be picked up by the browser and display before your regular homepage.
Link to the current homepage. Make sure that your intro page (index.html) links to your homepage file (index.htm), either through an automatic redirect or a link for the user to click. Otherwise no one will be able to get from your intro page to the rest of your site!
Once you have saved the “index.html” document upload it to your File Manager and you’re done.
Want to create a Flash intro instead?
You can use the same method above but with a Flash embed code and a Flash Video (.swf or .flv) file. You will have to provide your own Flash (.swf or .flv) file, as they are not created using the Webs platform.
It is is also important to remember that the Flash embed must include a link to your homepage or no one will be able to get from your intro page to the rest of your site. (example: http:// YOURWEBADDRESS .webs.com/home). It is very important that you add “/home” to the end of your link back to the homepage, or it will not work.
NOTE:Use your best judgment when creating an intro or "splash" page, especially when using Flash. Flash intro pages typically don't have content that can be optimized for search engines. Additionally, many potential visitors may be turned off by a page that does not give them what they want upfront, as is the case with a standard Homepage.
First, upload your Flash Video File (either .swf or .flv) to your File Manager.
Then, open your HTML editing application or Notepad and add this code:
<object width="100%" height="100%">
<param name="movie" value=" Add your flash link ">
<embed src=" Add your flash link” width="100%" height="100%">
Replace the “Add your flash link” with a direct link to the Flash file in your File Manager.
The link to the Flash file in your File Manager is the website's address followed by the F file's name. (ex. if the file's name is "flash_file.swf",the link would be http://www.yourwebsite.webs.com/flash_file.swf. Or, if you have a custom domain name, it would be http://www.yourwebsite.com/flash_file.swf.)
Save the HTML file and name it “index.html” and upload the file to your File Manager.