Domain purchasing unavailable for a short time

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Hey everyone,

Just wanted to give you a heads up that domain purchasing won't be available for the next few hours; our domain registry is performing scheduled maintenance. This doesn't affect published domains in any way. The maintenance is scheduled to be complete at 10pm PST at which time you will be able to proceed with purchasing a domain name. We're sorry for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

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Hello Emmy: Just checking every thing out. It looks like what I have been looking for. I have never tried to set up a website before. I'm new at this, so one step at the time. Any info would help . Thank you E J Strickland
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Hello EJ Strickland

Welcome to Yola, we're glad you joined us! Emmy is not online at the moment. I hope you don't mind me stepping in on her behalf.

We would like to give you all the information you need to help you build your site. We strive to make Yola as easy to use as possible, and we are here to help you over the initial learning curve and support you when you need us.

Here are some instructions that may help you to get started:

After you log in to your account:

1. You will be taken to a page that will allow you choose a design for your site, you can choose a basic (or free) style, or you can select from our premium styles to give your website that extra edge. To select a style hover over it with your mouse and then click on the "Select Style" button.

2. This will take you to a preview of the style, so that you can see what your style will look like. There is a box towards the top of the page that says "Site Name". Fill this in with the name you wish. At this point you will also be asked to choose whether you want a webpage or a blog page. If you aren't sure choose a webpage to start with, it's easy to add a blog page later.

3. Once you have done this click on the "Continue" button. You can now chose to select a website address immediately (click on the "Get a Web Address" button if you wish to do this), this will take you to a page where you can publish your site. You can choose to buy a .com domain from Yola, or publish your site to a free subdomain name. Follow the steps to publish your site. If you don't wish to select a website address just yet, you can click on the button that says "Skip and start building" and you will be taken to a page where you can build your site.

4. Once you have either chosen a website address or chosen to go direct to building your site you will be taken to a page where you can start building. In the "Content" sidebar at the right of your screen, there are widgets. Widgets allow you to add things such as text (writing) and pictures onto your webpage. You add these to your page by clicking on them with your mouse and then, holding the button of your mouse down, dragging them across the screen. If you are doing it properly a grey image of the widget will move across the page. When the widget is over the page let go of your mouse button. You will then be able to start editing the widgets to add content such as text, images and videos. What is a Widget?.

5. If you want to make a new page click on "New Page" (the third button from the right above your page), you will be asked to give the new page a name, then you can add content to it using the widgets.

6. When you are happy with your site click "Publish" if you have not already done so and you will be taken through the steps to publish your site. Your site will be live as soon as you publish it. If you selected your web address when you created your site, simply click the yellow "Update My Site" button.

7. If you want to make changes to your site after you have published it, it's very easy to do, just log in to your account and open your site. You will be able to make all the changes you want. Don't forget to update (republish) your site at the end of each session.

For detailed, step-by-step instructions please search our help topics or check the tutorials.

My suggestion is that you start creating your site using our help topics and tutorials as a guide. Then, if you run into any particular problem, you are welcome to email us at and we will do our best to help you.

You have already found this great community forum. You will be sure to get lots of helpful, friendly advice.