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Weebly - Guide to Settings and Publishing

Settings & Publishing

Once you have completed adding pages, content, and configuring the menu, the next step is to review the general and advanced settings before publishing the website. Addressing these items will provide the finishing touches. Not only will visitors to the site notice them but search engines as well. After modifying settings and checking the mobile version, you will be ready to publish.

The following topics will be covered in this tutorial to guide you through the settings and steps needed to publish your Weebly website:

Weebly Settings

The Settings for your website is located in the Settings tab. This section contains the General, SEO, Members, and Blog settings.

  • General: Standard site settings like title, favicon, site password*, navigation, and more
  • SEO: Site description, keywords, header and footer code, hide site from search engines, and 301 redirects
  • Members: Setup membership* options for the site
  • Blog: General and comment settings
    *Available with Pro or Business Weebley Plans

General Settings

In the Settings tab, select General on the left-side side. From here, you can change various pieces of information that appear publicly to your visitors.

  • Site Title - This is the title of the page that will appear in the browser title bar. It will also appear as the title text at the top of your pages. If you do not want the title to show, simply uncheck the box.
  • Site Category - Set the type of website you will have, such as an online store, business, personal, or blog, to get a custom experience.
  • Favicon(premium feature) - The favicon is a small logo that appears in your browser's address bar next to your site's URL. If you have a premium account, you will be able to upload your own icon.
  • Site Password - Here you can set a password that will allow you to password protect pages.
  • Navigation - This checkbox will group pages that do not appear in your site navigation under a More tab.
  • Archive - Enter an email address you would like to send a .zip file of your website to. The .zip contains the HTML, CSS and all images for the site.
  • Site Formatting - Set how the dates and times will be displayed as well as the timezone. Here you can also change the language of the site and the editor.
  • Cookie Notification - Allows you to add a notification about browser cookies and then the message that is displayed.
  • Un-publish - Shows the last date the site was published and the option to remove the site from publication.

HostGator Weebly screenshot of the general settings page

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

In the Settings tab, select SEO on the left-hand side. This page is all about making your site more visible to search engines. This is where you can provide keywords about your site for the search engines to index.

  • Site Description - In this field, you can give a brief description of your website. This description will appear directly below your search result in search engines, allowing your visitors to know what your site is about before clicking your link.
  • Meta Keywords - These keywords will not appear on your website directly, but they are visible to the search engines and will aid in indexing your site so that visitors can find your site in a search.
  • Footer Code - If you have code for services such as Google Analytics to assist in tracking visitors, this is where you will want to place that code.
  • Header Code - This area, similar to your footer code, is used for special services. Typically header code is used for Google Webmaster Tools. However, there are various other types of code available for use in the site header.
  • Hide Site from Search Engines - Checking this box will restrict search engine robots from indexing your website entirely.
  • 301 Redirects - This link will allow you to create a redirect to another page. This can be useful if you are moving your site to another platform.

HostGator Weebly screenshot of the seo settings page

Members Settings

Weebly's Members is a premium feature which is available with the Weebly Pro or Business plan. For more information on how to upgrade, please see:
  • Add from CSV - Uploads a CSV file of members' names, email address, and group. To send an email to the imported members check the box to Email members an invitation to log in.
  • Show "Log In" in site menu - Will let members that have registered on your site to be able to log in.
  • Allow people to register with your site - If checked this will let anyone register on your site as a Members. The following options will then be available.
    • Require approval - Require that new members be manually approved.
    • Default Group for New Members - New members will automatically be added a group.
  • Members - Manually add people as members to the site, allow which pages, and groups the member is allowed to access.
  • Groups - Here you can set up the various groups your site will use for its members. You can set the pages that the group can view and add existing members to the group.

HostGator Weebly screenshot of the seo settings page

Blog Settings

In this section, you can select and control how your blog will appear and handle comments.

  • Posts per page - Change the number of posts that are displayed on the blog.
  • Post share buttons - Toggle the social media share buttons for blog posts. Here you can select if the Facebook or Twitter icon appear.
  • Blog sidebar - Toggle the default blog sidebar to display or not.
  • Post head code - Add HTML code to be applied to the header of the blog posts.
  • Post fooder code - Add HTML code to be applied to the footer of the blog posts.
  • Commenting system - Choose between the Default, Disqus, and Facebook comment systems. Changing the system from Default will change the remaining options listed below.
  • Comment default - New comment threads can be set to be open to allow further discussion, closed for a single comment thread, or requiring approval.
  • Auto close comments - Comments can be set to never close or to automatically close in 30, 60, or 90 days after it was made.
  • Spam protection - Option to change CAPTCHA for comments to Smart, Always, or Never show.
  • Spam moderation - Select the type of moderation for spam comments to either be Smart Moderation or to Never Moderate.
  • Notify me of new comments - Sends an email to the email listed upon any new comments made to the blog.

HostGator Weebly screenshot of the blog settings page


When you are ready to publish the website, there are a few items to check before pushing the Publish button.

  • Website Settings: Review the settings to make sure they are correctly filled out.
  • Contact Form: Check the contact form options and confirm the email to address is correct and there are no typo errors.
  • Mobile: You may not have realized that while you were building your website with Weebly, you were also creating a mobile-optimized version of that website.

    To view the mobile version:
    • Select a page and click the icon in the top menu that looks like a monitor.
      Weebly desktop view button
    • In the drop-down menu, click on Mobile.
      Weebly mobile view button
    • Pending the theme, you may or may not have the ability to edit the mobile version. If it's a mobile responsive theme, you will have a message stating that the theme is a responsive theme and mobile options do not apply.
  • When you are ready to publish the site, click the Publish button in the upper right-hand corner.
  • A popup will appear to show the publishing progress.
  • When completed, the popup will provide the link to the published site.
  • Click the link for the published site and review it on your desktop and mobile devices.
  • Going forward, you can log into the Weebly editor to make any needed changes and updates to the site. Just click on the Publish button to push those changes to your live website.

Congratulations on creating, building, and publishing your Weebly website with HostGator!

Additional Resources

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