Thinkific's Site Pages let you quickly build a beautiful, customized website, including course and product pages, and additional pages containing any content you’d like. As a course creator, you can create on-brand websites quickly, easily, and without any finicky coding.
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About Site Pages
The Site Pages feature in Thinkific provides an overview of all your website's existing pages. It lets you quickly edit those pages, add new custom pages, and manage which page a visitor will see by default when they first open your site. By showing only those pages you're actively working on, Site Pages helps you stay focused on what matters most — creating a simple, engaging website to sell your courses!
How It Works
Site Pages can be found under the Design Your Site navigation section in your Thinkific admin panel:
When you first create your Thinkific site, Site Pages will show only a single page: the Course page (sometimes also called a course landing page) for your first course. When you're just starting out with your site, customizing the Course page for your first course is likely to be your main focus.
Of course, you can also further customize your website by adding new custom pages directly from the Site Pages home. Click the New Custom Page button on the top right and follow the instructions in our Custom Pages article.
To see a list of your site's default pages, select Filter and click the Default pages checkbox:
These pages are automatically created to make sure your website is equipped for its two main tasks:
- Selling your courses to visitors, and,
- Allowing enrolled students to access their courses.
Default pages include your Sign up and checkout pages, and a few others (get a full list of default pages.)
The Home Page Default Page
You may have noticed that one of the default pages created for your site is in fact labeled Home Page. If you haven't changed anything yet, it will also have a small Redirected tag on its card; this indicates that a different page is currently set as your actual homepage. If you want to start using this default page as your homepage (which we recommend once you have several courses), you can use the instructions in the next section to set it as your homepage, just as you would with any other page.
Setting and Redirecting Your Home Page
Another crucial element of your website that you can manage from Site Pages is your ability to choose which of your pages will act as your site's homepage: this is the page that a visitor will see if they enter your website's address into their browser, without any additional details. A house icon will appear next to the name of whichever page is set as your homepage:
When your account is first created, we automatically set the Course page for your first course as your homepage, because your first course is likely to be the main focus of your website early on. However, as you create more courses (which come with their own course pages), you may want to change which page visitors see first — or start using a separate home page that can promote your courses and your site in a more general way.
How to Change your Home Page in Site Pages
When your account is first created, we automatically set the course page for your first course as your homepage, because your first course is likely to be the main focus of your website early on. However, as you create more courses (which come with their own course pages), you may want to change which course page visitors see first — or use a separate home page that can promote your courses and your site in a more general way.
To change your site's homepage:
- Using Site Pages, locate the page you want to set as the homepage
- Click on the vertical ellipses menu (three dots) on the right of the page card
- Choose Set as Home
It's that easy! You should now see the house icon next to the new page, and visitors will now see that page first when they navigate to your website.
Redirecting your Home Page to a Custom URL
If you want to redirect your Thinkific homepage to a completely different website — for example, if you already have your own personal website up and running with a different hosting service — you will first need to make sure that the Home page default page is set as your homepage in Site Pages. Once you've done that, you can set up a redirect to a custom URL by clicking on the same menu a second time, selecting the Redirect to Custom URL option, and entering the address you want it to redirect to.
To read more about redirecting your Home page in general, check out our article: Understanding Home Page Redirects.
A reminder: the Site Pages layout is currently only being released to some of our customers, so some of our other Site Builder articles may look a bit different. Home page redirects in particular are handled quite differently in Site Pages — so if you're getting mixed messages about redirecting your homepage elsewhere, make sure to refer back to this article!
- Site Pages is part of a series of improvements we are making to our general Site Builder feature, and will be rolling out to all Thinkific creators by the end of April.
- While Site Pages changes how you can view and navigate between your different pages, it does not change any of the functionality of those individual pages. Once you open a page to edit it in the Site Builder, our page- and section-specific Site Builder articles will be accurate and helpful.
Site Pages in Thinkific Labs
Site Pages is part of a series of improvements to the site building experience that we will be launching shortly to all creators! But for existing creators who want to get in on the action, it's also available via Thinkific Labs!
How to Turn on Site Pages in Thinkific Labs
- Click on Settings on the left navigation of the Admin Dashboard
- Select the Thinkific Labs tab
- Locate Site Pages in the list of available labs and click on the Try Site Pages toggle
The page will refresh, and you should see a pop-up message confirming that Site Pages has been activated. You'll be able to access Site Pages in your left navigation, under Design Your Site.
Providing Feedback on Site Pages
Along with access to the new Site Pages design, opting in via Thinkific Labs also gives you the opportunity to provide feedback on this new feature in advance of its 2022 release. Just navigate to the Site Pages section under the Thinkific Labs tab and click the Provide Feedback button.
Let us know what you think, and help shape the direction of Thinkific's site-building experience!