New Template for Local Businesses: The One Page Website
As a local business, you need "Google insurance".
You want to control what someone sees when entering your business name in a search engine.
The only way to control your web presence is through your own website.
But you don't need all the bells and whistles an online business needs. You need a simple and clean solution to show off what you're doing, how customers can get in touch and provide some social proof.
What's a One Page Site Template?
A one page website is a homepage, landing page and website all in one.
Instead of creating a full blown site with different pages, you'll use this template as your homepage on your site. All important information about your business can be found on that same page.
Using a simple one page site like this has several advantages:
- Easy to update: You only have to think about updating one single page.
- Cheap: No need to buy a WordPress theme, this Thrive Architect template is all you need.
- Quick to install: As you can see in the video, loading this template only takes a few minutes. That's all the time you need to get your website up and running.
Here's how the one page site template looks like:
How to Use This One Page Site Template
1. Load the Template on a New Page
Video time stamp: 1.50 min
- Create a new WordPress page, give it a name and save it as a draft.
- Now, edit the page with Thrive Architect.
- Go to page setup and select the option "Choose a Landing Page Template".
- From here go to the "One Page Site"-set and select the dog walking template.
2. Customize the Template
Video time stamp: 2.42 min
Now that you have the template loaded on your site, you can start customizing it. You can replace the images, change the text, change colors etc.
How to Edit the Menu (3.05 min)
The menu on this page is not actually a real menu item. It's a list of links that are linked to specific sections on the page. When a visitor clicks on one of the links, the page will automatically scroll to the right section.
These links are called Anchor Links.
To use anchor links, you need 2 things:
- An "anchor" on the page
- A link
To create an anchor on a page, select any element on the page that you want the user to be scrolled to (usually a background section) and give this section an ID. You can do this in the Styles and Templates menu.
You don't need to confirm this entry by clicking on a save button. Whatever you enter in this field will be applied as the element's ID.
Now, you can link the menu text to this point in the page by linking to "#your_id_here". For the example above, the link would look like this:
The link format is the hash symbol (#) followed by the ID name, with no spaces in between and no http:// or www. before.
If you're looking to change the color of the links and the hover color, you can do this on landing page level.
Go to "Page Setup" and then "Landing Page Settings"
From here you can change all the font settings of the complete landing page. Hyperlinks are part of these settings.
This will change all the links on the page, including the menu links.
How to Edit the 2-Step Opt-in Form Lightbox (4.30 min)
Thrive Themes would not be Thrive Themes if we did not include an option for you to collect leads!
This template uses a 2-step opt-in form. There are 2 buttons on the page that are linked with a lightbox.
In order to edit the lightbox, click on the button and go to the animations and actions menu.
This will open up the Open Lightbox Action. From here you can click on edit the lightbox which will open a new tab and allow you to edit the lightbox.
You only have to do this for one of the two buttons on the page. The other button is linked to the same lightbox, so all the changes you make on the lightbox will automatically apply.
In order to be able to send the coupon, you'll need to connect your site with an email service such as Active Campaign or MailChimp. If you need help to connect the lightbox with your email service, we have detailed tutorials for you for just about any service.
Once you're finished with the customisations, you can save the page in Thrive Architect and hit the publish button (in WordPress).
3. Use This Template as Homepage
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Now there is one final step in order to be able to see this page as the homepage of your site...
In your WordPress dashboard, go to "Settings" >> "Reading".
From here select "Static Front page" and in the front page dropdown menu you'll find the page you just published.
Select this page and hit the "save changes" button.
That's it, you've just created your one-page website!
Dog Walking is Just the Beginning...
I hope you like this new template and the "one page site"-concept. If so, I would like to hear from you... What should be the next business we create a one-page site template for? Let us know in the comments below!