In order to design landing pages and blogs in SharpSpring, you need to enable a landing page site. If you attempt to access the Landing Page Designer without creating a landing page site, then you will see the following message.
Here's how to enable a landing page site:
In the below example, bryantobin.com is our site currently being tracked in SharpSpring. Since landing pages require a landing page site, we need to create blog.bryantobin.com. This landing page site must be unique, you cannot use the same URL as an existing website. You can create multiple landing page sites, so we don't have to create every landing page with the URL blog.bryantobin.com Here are some additional examples of landing page sites that we could also use:
Step one: In order to create this landing page site, either click the orange Add Site button as shown above or from the top toolbar under the +New button select Site.
Step two: Under Short Site Name, enter a name or label for this landing page site.
Step three: Under Site Type, select one of the following
- Main Site
- Microsite or Brochure
- Blog or Informative
- Help or Forum
Note: Both Short Site Name and Site Type will not be public and will only be used for organizational purposes.
Step four: Under Domain Name/URL, enter the domain of your landing page site. For this example, we are using blog.bryantobin.com as our Domain Name/URL. The format of this should be word.yourdomain.com.
Step five: Click the Make available in the Landing Page Builder checkbox and then click Add Site.
Once your landing page site is enabled, you can begin creating landing pages in SharpSpring.
Every landing page will have a default .pages.services attached to the end of the landing page site. You will therefore need to add a CNAME record to your tracked site in order to get rid of the .pages.services within the URL. You MUST be able to log in to where your site’s domain is registered. For example, if you bought your domain through GoDaddy, you must have full access (admin username/password) to GoDaddy to create the CNAME record.
- For example, if your tracked site is domain.com and you’ve set up the subdomain subdomain.domain.com, then your landing pages will have automatically have the SharpSpring URL subdomain.domain.com.pages.services
Note: You will notice a timestamp (domain.com/landingpage?ts=123...) appended to the end of your landing page URL when you click to 'visit live page' from the editor. This link parameter is not necessary and can be deleted. This is simply a timestamp of that publication and is not intended to be used for sharing purposes. You can delete anything after the question mark (?) in your landing page URLs.
Adding/Editing a CNAME Record
Step One: Log in to your domain host (ie GoDaddy, NameCheap, BlueHost, etc)
Step Two: Locate domain settings, CNAME settings, or DNS management -- sometimes labeled as Manage Domains or DNS Records (may be under advanced settings)
Step Three: Navigate to where you are able you to add CNAME records/alias and navigate to where you can Add CNAME record
Step Four: Enter your landing page site as the host or alias, and the SharpSpring URL as the value destination or points to link
|Value Destination/Points To:
In the example below, the tracked site in SharpSpring is www.bryantobin.com and we have created learn.bryantobin.com as the landing page site. Here, we have created a CNAME record in GoDaddy where learn.bryantobin.com points to learn.bryantobin.com.pages.services.
That’s it! You have successfully enabled a landing page site and can now start creating wonderful, gorgeous landing pages in SharpSpring.