Splash Page Part 1

Lesson 14 Chapter 2 Module 2

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Hello, I'm Neil Morecraft and this is Autom8, and in this module, we're going to cover setting up your splash page. Now, this is really the start of your website. At first glance, when you look in Asana, this might look a bit scary, but actually it's pretty straightforward. So we're going to talk about what a splash page is. We're going to talk about what a splash page is. Why bother with a splash page, then we're going to head over to WP engine and configure our hosting. We're going to install WordPress. We're going to install Thrive Themes and then we're going to put up our coming soon page.

So first of all, a splash page is really just a page that is on your domain. Basically saying that your website is being built and will be online soon. The reason we do that now is that ultimately, if anybody stumbles across the site, you can, they can see that you've got a presence. You could also put in a coming soon opt in box and start collecting email addresses, and then notify people when the the new website goes live. Now, obviously if you're running this alongside your existing website, you may not need to bother too much about setting this up properly like that. But if you're doing it instead of a website, then you absolutely want to set that up. So that's the reason we bother. So you've got ultimately got an online presence. If someone sees your email address and decides to go and have a look at the domain, there's something there. Otherwise they're just going to see a page that says you know, this domain has been registered and is not in use or something, which is not what we want.

So as I say, that's what we're going to do with the splash page. But then as I say, going to head over to WP engine and and configure the hosting. Now, I strongly recommend that you use a WP engine for lots of different reasons, which we'll cover in a minute, but if you don't want to, you don't have to WordPress installation is pretty straightforward. Certainly on WP engine is just a one-click job depending on your hosting provider that may be different.

And then equally installing Thrive Themes is just a question of downloading the plugin and and installing it. So that's exactly what we're going to do. So if we look into your Asana task, you'll see that we are now here and we're on this particular task here and in there, you'll find a little bit of information about what I've just said, and then a click link out to WP engine.

Now, when you click that, that's going to take you through to this page here. Their pricing is genuinely very reasonable. It is a little bit more than you'd pay for something like GoDaddy or 123-reg, but there's a good reason for that. Mainly because it's a super secure and they really know what they're doing. So if you want to do your research on this company, by all means do that. But I, I wouldn't, I literally just wouldn't look anywhere else. I've used this company for a long, long time, and they're very good. So as an example with WordPress, there's a lot of plugins. There's a big ecosystem behind that. And if plugins aren't kept up to date, they can become vulnerable and people can get in through the back door. And ultimately that's where the security issues come from.

But someone like WP engine just simply won't allow any of those plugins even to be installed in the first place. So they're very, very secure, very easy to set up and I'll show you what that looks like now. So when you click that link, you're going to come here. You're going to need to obviously look at the pricing and pick your package. I think you'll find that the the entry-level startup is all you need at this point, and that will give you so, you know, one site, plenty of bandwidth, plenty of storage. That's all you need. Obviously, if you've got more than one site and you are looking to migrate your other site over, then you can obviously go for a different plan. It's entirely up to you and you'll get a discount. Of course, if you pay monthly, a lot like other companies are doing that sort of thing now, so you'll need to sign up, I'm going to sign in and then I'll show you what the dashboard looks like. And we'll talk me through setting up that that installation.

Okay. Once we're into the user portal you're going to see this similar layout other than the fact that you're not going to have any sites down here. This is going to be empty. And all you're going to need to do is come over here and click the add site button, and then we're going to call it whatever you want to call it, your company name.

And in this instance, it's 186Kloud, select a group, this is going to be client sites, and I don't need to make it transferable. That's fine. Name the environment, 186Koud.wpengine, now, what this is going to do here is just give you an address on their server whilst we're moving the domain over. So once you've done this and you create the the environment you will then transfer your domain over. So looking at this, it needs to be only letters and numbers. Yeah. Okay. Begins with a letter.

Don't worry about this. Actually, as I say, that's just the reference for WP engine that was going to see the other new you at this point, and you can then go and create that environment. And then we're going to link that with your domain name. So you can see that this is now being built. That's effectively putting your account on their server or given you some space. And then we're going to come over to this domain and we're going to tell it what domain we're going to link to that address. So we can so people ultimately can find you online with the domain that you've bought.

So we're going to add the domain and from memory, and of course, this'll be whatever you bought from from your Google domains and you've already purchased it. And that's fine. Now, of course, you'll see here, you haven't purchased a domain you could then ultimately buy the domain through these guys, but we don't do that for lots of different reasons that we've discussed already, but in the future, if you did want to, you can come here and create another signed by the domain from then, if you really want to. And if you're doing just a domain, you don't want the email services and all that behind it, then arguably, that's a simple solution that you might want to look at.

Okay? So we click the button, click next, click next.

And that's it. That is now being configured. And that's going to take a little bit of time for for that to populate. And ultimately what we're going to need to do is dive into Google and point the DNS servers at the new domain. So this video is going to stop. We're going to come back with another video in a minute, and I'm going to show you exactly how to do that.