Here’s announcing another update to Zoho Sites; Password-Protected Pages. You can now restrict access to pages on your website using passwords. This lets you share relevant content alone, with a closed group of people.
There are two types of passwords to use based on the instance:
- Site Password
- Page Password
Site Password is ideal when you want to share multiple pages with a group of people. One password for all the pages, so you share only one password with everyone.
On the other hand, Page Password lets you set separate passwords for each page. With each page having its own password, there is no possibility of accessing such pages with one common password. Read our help section on how to protect your webpages.
Linking External Pages:
Another feature that accompanies password protection, is linking your pages to external links. You can now link your pages to any other external websites. Particularly, if you own multiple websites, you could link to each of them from every other website.
Both these features have been repeatedly asked for, so we are eagerly looking forward to hearing your comments on them.
We have made minor changes to how you select a domain for your website. We believe this will streamline the process, and make it easy for you to choose between options. And of course, it is yet another reason for you to pick our PRO Plan. PRO users can now register their custom domain with us. When a domain is registered with us, all the mapping and configuration is automatically taken care of. The domain is ready to be used soon after registration.
When you attempt to publish your website for the very first time, you’ll be prompted to choose a unique domain name. Choose from the three options as in the image below.
This is ideal for beginners to get started with. You can learn the ropes of website building with a subdomain.
Map the custom domain you already own
Choose this option if you have an existing domain that was registered elsewhere and you want it hosted with Zoho.
Register a new domain now
Choose this option if
- you don’t have a custom domain already
- you are a PRO user.
By registering your custom domain with Zoho, you can escape the process of domain mapping and configuration. We handle it all for you.
Whether you choose a custom domain or subdomain, there are no restrictions on your creativity to building a great website with Zoho Sites.
This being the first feature update since the release of Zoho Sites, we tried to introduce something for everyone who wants to set up a free website. The most important feature is payment buttons from PayPal and Google to enable monetary transactions. Others include Duplicate pages, Sitemap and RSS feed.
Paypal and Google Checkout
Paypal and Google Checkout buttons are the first step of the e-commerce journey. Accepting payments and donations is now possible in Zoho Sites. Buttons are of three types – Add to Cart, Buy Now and Donate. We believe this will benefit all the non-profit organizations and websites specifically set up to receive donations for causes. Sellers can also find comfort in processing payments from within their website.
If you have been using our free website builder you know now how easy it is to build a website. Now wouldn’t the ability to duplicate pages be absolutely perfect? Duplicate Pages – saves time and is extremely helpful when you have to create many pages with a similar layout.
A sitemap gives your website an SEO advantage. How? Adding a sitemap to your website helps search engines to easily crawl, find and index pages on your site. With support for sitemap.xml, we are making websites primed for search engines. Take advantage of this feature to pull in more traffic.
Blog RSS feed
Your blog page too has an enhancement – The RSS feed. Followers can now subscribe to your blog. The feed eliminates the need to remember a web URL or bookmarking a page to catch up on later. A visitor has the simple option of subscribing to the blog via the RSS feed to receive all your blog updates through e-mail.
While we work on taking this higher, do try these features out and tell us what you think.