Configuring and branding the website Quick Creator

As a Mono partner, you have the option of adding a customizable Quick Creator to website creation, taking users through a guided flow where they can enter basic business information, do a bit of design and potentially acquire a domain before opening up their new website in the Editor. When their website opens, the Editor will by default show in simple editing mode.

The Quick Creator can be customized and branded to suit the specific needs of your business and clients.

 

Steps in the Quick Creator

The Quick Creator can contain a maximum of four steps that end users pass through. It's up to you to decide exactly which of these steps you wish to include in your flow and if you want each step to be mandatory or optional for the end user.

You can also decide in which order you want the steps to appear. The order of the steps in the flow outlined below is the pre-configured standard.

 

Step 1: Select a template

The user can browse and filter website templates, preview them and select one to use on their website.

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What can be customized in this step?

  • Texts: change the headline (default is "Select a template") and preamble texts.
  • Templates: the default set of templates in the Quick Creator are a selection of Mono's Global templates but you can choose to display any templates of your choice. If you want to use your own custom templates, please send us a spreadsheet with the template IDs you wish to use, thumbnail images of each template, and preview links for each. Download an example XLSX file for this purpose here.
  • Template categories: if you are using your own templates, please let us know which categories you want displayed on the filter on the left. This is easily accomplished by adding a column in the spreadsheet and inputting a category for each template on your list.

  Using custom templates

The Quick Creator is configured to make it simple for end users to change their primary website color and font family (see step 3). However, this only works well if the template applied has been set up with a consistent and logical color and text hierarchy using Global Design. If Global Colors or Global Texts have not been defined at all, nothing will happen when an end user selects a new color or font family in step 3. Therefore, if using your own templates, make sure to think carefully about color and font choices. Reach out to us if you need us to check your templates before you apply them.

 

Step 2: Add business information

The user can add basic business information that will be saved as Global Data and plotted directly into the template selected, which can be previewed in step 3.

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What can be customized in this step?

  • Texts: change the headline (default is "Tell us about your business") and preamble texts.
  • Field labels: rename the labels on the text fields. Please note that you cannot add any additional text fields to the form.

 

Step 3: Select general font and color

The user can make two simple style changes to their website by selecting a color and font family that will be applied throughout the website. The changes made can be previewed immediately before the user proceeds.

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What can be customized in this step?

  • Texts: change the headline (default is "Choose your own font and color") and preamble texts.
  • Selector labels: rename the labels on the font and color selectors.

 

Step 4: Add a domain

The user can acquire a domain for their new website. 

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What can be customized in this step?

  • Texts: change the headline (default is "Register a domain for your website") and preamble texts.
  • Field label: rename the domain name field label.
  • Domain acquisition source: the Quick Creator can be set up to be able to register the same TLDs or ccTLDs that you have available by default through RAI. Please reach out to your Mono Partner Success Manager to discuss the best options for you.
     

  Which language does the Editor open in?

Any new website created with the Quick Creator will open the Editor in your default Editor language, as set on your RAI account.

  

Branding the Quick Creator

The following elements within the Quick Creator can be customized to match your brand identity:

  • Logo: add your own logo in the top-left corner of the Quick Creator. If you have already supplied a logo in vector format during your onboarding process with Mono, we'll reuse that unless instructed otherwise. If we don't have your logo on file, we'll reach out to you and request it.
  • Logo background: add a custom background color that appears behind your logo in the top-left corner of the Quick Creator. It needs to be a single-color background and we need the HEX color code from you in order to implement it.
  • "Back" and "Next" buttons background color: change the colors on the "Back" and "Next" buttons at the top-right of the Quick Creator. The backgrounds can be single-color only and we need the HEX color codes from you in order to implement them.
  • Border color: pick a custom color for all borders throughout the Quick Creator.
  • Font family: select a font type for all texts throughout the Quick Creator.
  • Font color: select a font color for all texts throughout the Quick Creator.

 

Note that the following elements cannot be customized:

  • Icons: the icons that appear in steps 2 and 4 cannot be changed.
  • Texts and input fields: while you can change any existing headlines, preamble texts, and field labels on each step of the Quick Creator, you cannot add any custom bits of texts or text fields anywhere.

 

How do I proceed from here?

Before you start thinking about customizing and branding the Quick Creator, it's important to carefully consider the configuration and upgrade path(s) for websites. For example, what type of website subscription should a new website created with the Quick Creator start on? Should it be a paid subscription or a trial? Should the trial auto-upgrade to a paid subscription after one or two months?

Please reach out to your Mono Partner Success Manager to discuss these commercial scenarios and their business implications.

Once you're ready to start branding your Quick Creator, please submit the required content and configurations (outlined above) to us in a ticket.

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