Recently RE/MAX has introduced a new template to their website arsenal. It is super sleek, very “NOW” looking and ready for deployment. If you have never learned how to change your website in as little at 5 minutes then this post is for you. Below I outline the simple step by step instructions for changing your website to this awesome new layout and design
Step One: Log into your LeadStreet account and Click on “Site Builder”
Step Two: To see the design and template you are currently using simply click on the “View My Website” link to open your website.
Step Three: Now your site most likely looks like this right now, because this is the default template that is used when you first become a RE/MAX agent. We will be changing this one.
Step Four: That was fast… No not really. This is a peek at what the finished product will look like. Take a moment and really see what this site is all about. It is very easy to navigate, it is responsive (Which means it auto sizes for any device when being viewed), you can change the photo in the background to anything your wish, you can have featured properties right on the home page and so much more… Let’s get started.
Step Five: Once you have closed out your website window you will be taken back to the design window. Here you want to click on “Design” to access the template and layout pages.
Step Six: While in the “Design” mode, you can scroll through and choose your favorite template. You can click on any template you want. We are choosing Template Number Two for this design.
Step Seven: When you click on Template Two you can see it changes to the design we want to work with.
Step Eight: You must load the template into your sandbox (The sandbox is an area we use for editing the site before we publish it.)
Step Nine: Once you have chosen and loaded your new template design. You will be taken to the screen we use to edit our site and set up how we want the consumer to view and interact with our site.
Step Ten: As you can see from the following screen shots when you hover over a section to edit it turns yellow. This is to highlight the area you are about to edit. For instance in this screen shot you can see we are preparing to edit the text that reside in the photo area of the website.
Step Eleven: You would click here to edit the background photo and change it.
Step Twelve: You would click in this section to ad a small paragraph or two about you, your site and what you do. Make sure you put “Key Words” in your wording like “Homes For Sale”, “Home Values”, The area you work, that your are a “REALTOR etc. Some sample text might look like this.
“Hello and welcome to my real estate website. I am a REALTOR and serve the Roseville area. I work with buyers and sellers to help them achieve their real estate goals. On my site you can find all homes for sale on the MLS and even get the value of your current home. If you are in the market to buy or sell, give me a call. You make it home… I make it happen!”
Step Thirteen: Use this section to set your featured properties or to set up call to action links. Call to action links are links for home values, buyers reports, school reports, find a home etc.
Step Fourteen: Now that we have discovered the primary things we can easily change on our site. Let’s start with Featured Properties. Click on the bottom “Edit” link to get started.
Step Fifteen: Once you have clicked on the “Edit” link you will see a screen for setting up how you want featured properties handled. You can select to have just your listings, you can select to have your office’s listings, the company’s listings or you can choose various offices to be featured. The choice is yours. In our demonstration we will select office listings.
Step Sixteen: Click on “Preview” link to the right side of your screen and you can see how featured properties will be displayed.
Step Seventeen: We can also see our site is looking really good. Now let’s change the wording that sits above the search bar.
Step Eighteen: To change this wording you need to go back to the layout and click “Edit” in the top text section of your site layout. Like this…
Step Nineteen: Once you click “Edit” your screen open to a WYSIWYG screen (WYSWYG stands for “What you see is what you get”) also known as a text editor. In this screen you can type anything you want to be displayed on your site. Remember to keep this very simple. Phrases like ” Welcome Home”, “Find Your Dreams Here” or “Roseville Homes For Sale” . The more words you use the more crowded it will look.
Step Twenty: Once you have typed in what you want it to say. Simply click on the “Submit” link in the bottom of the text box and you are all set.
Step Twenty One: If you want to preview what the new text looks like. Click on the “Preview” link to the right.
Step Twenty Two: You can now see your new text. in our demonstration you see I typed “This is So Awesome!”.
Step Twenty Three: Now let’s choose a different or multiple photos for our background. To do this, click on the section called “Photo” and click “Edit”.
Step Twenty Four: RE/MAX has already given you some photos you can use. You can also upload your own. You just need to make sure the photo is sized exactly 2600 pxl by 1000 pxl. This will allow the photo to be viewed on just about any size screen and still look sharp. Select a photo you like or select multiple photos if you wish for the photos to be displayed randomly and then change as the site is live.
Step Twenty Five: Once you have selected the photo(s) you now need to click “Submit” confirm and close window.
Step Twenty Six: To see the photo change you need to click on “Preview”. As our final step we will now add text to our bio area.
Step Twenty Seven: Click on the middle section defined as “Profile” to get started.
Step Twenty Eight: This text box looks familiar and works the same as the other one. Here you can put more than just a couple of words. This is your personal message and a brief summary of what you do and the services you provide. Enter your message here:
Step Twenty Nine: Once completed simply click on “Submit” to make your changes to the site.
Step Thirty: Publishing your results. To do this all you need to do is instead of clicking on “Preview” click on “Publish”. This will make your site live. Let’s take a look.
I hope this “Opens Your Eyes” to the many possibilities available with your website. As always, feel free to leave comments, suggestions and please feel free to share this out to all your peeps.
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