The best place to start when putting your website together is the Create Design Studio. It’s here where you will choose one of our templates to set the look and style of your website. Don’t worry though, your template can easily be changed at anytime in Create.
This guide will cover the following topics:
A template sets the underlying look and feel of your website, including the colours, layout and font style. Create offers a wide selection of templates to choose from, each with their own distinctive look. Every template within Create is responsive, so will display correctly on mobile devices and customisable. You can easily change the template of your website at any time.
To begin, click on the ‘Design Studio’ option located in the Top Menu.
Clicking on the ‘Design’ option that is shown in the left-hand menu will open the Create Design Studio
A menu will open on the left-hand side of the screen. It is here where you can choose the template you would like to use for your website. You can preview all of the different themes here by simply clicking on the ‘Preview theme’ button. Nothing is set until you click on the OK > Save option.
**Create Tip!** Not happy with the new template you’ve just chosen? Simply click on the “reset” button to revert to the original template style.
Once you have chosen your template, you can edit your colour scheme by selecting "Colours" within "Design" in the left hand menu. By default, our templates come with a carefully chosen collection of colours that compliment the chosen template, but you can change these to your own choices if your prefer.
You can choose the colour element you want to edit and choose the colour you want from either the basic palette, colour wheel, RGB, Hex code or from your saved Favourites. This is great if you have a specific colour scheme in mind to match a logo or existing branding.
**Create Tip!** Looking to match a specific colour? You can enter a colours unique code in the Hex Code field.
With Create, you can either have a standard text logo which will be in the style of the template you have chosen or you can upload an image to be your logo, this is useful if you have made your own logo or had someone design one for you.
In the left-hand menu, you will see the ‘Logo Type’ option.
If you use the text option, you can type your company/website name here and it will be displayed in a font set by the template. You can change this font if you want to, this is covered in the next section.
If you have an image you would like to use as your website logo, then you can upload the file to Create. To do this, click on the ‘image’ button located in the Logo type area, followed by ‘Change logos’. You will then be presented with the option to upload your logo image from your computer.
Please note that logos need to fit a required size for the template (see this link) if your image is not the right size, Create will ask you to crop the image to fit using the built-in tool.
When you’re happy with your text or image logo, make sure to click on the green ‘Save’ button to confirm Create will save the progress. Your website now has a name / logo displayed at the top of the website.
**Create Tip!** You can upload several logos to your Create website and easily switch between them to see which looks the best.
The fonts used across your website are all shown in the Font section of Design Studio, in the left-hand menu, see below:
Much like the colours, these have been selected to compliment the template you currently have chosen, but you can change these to your preference if you wish. Just click on a font type you would like to change, to open up a selection of fonts to choose from.
You can also change the style of the icons used across your website, mostly in the top-right corner of your website. There are a few styles to choose from.
Some Create templates come with a wallpaper image to compliment the design, you can either use the template or replace it with your own. The following templates support wallpaper functionality:
If you would prefer to not have a wallpaper or to use one of your own with, you can easily change this in the wallpaper section of the Design Studio, in the left-hand menu, shown below:
Here you can either turn the wallpaper on/off or change it to something else. If you click on change wallpaper, you can pick from a wide variety of wallpapers provided by Create or you can select an image you have already added to Create to be used as a wallpaper.
**Create Tip!** A strong choice of wallpaper can really add a great dynamic to your website and compliment your content.
After completing the above steps, your website theme has now been selected, along with the colours and fonts. Remember that these can be changed at anytime if you happen to change your mind about any of the selections you’ve made. You’re now ready to move onto adding content to your website.