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Setting a homepage

Your homepage is the page that displays when you first visit your site. You can set any page on your site as your homepage.

Visitors can return to your homepage by clicking your site title or logo. 

Note: Folders, navigation links to external pages, and pages with Index Pages can't be set as the homepage.

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Step 1 - Check your current homepage

In the Home Menu, click Pages and find your homepage. Your current homepage has a home icon next to its title.

Step 2 - Set a new homepage

Note: If you haven't created the page you want as your new homepage, first add the new page and return to this guide.

Hover over the page's title, and click the gear-icon next to the page's title to open Page Settings.

In Page Settings, scroll down to Page Controls and click Set as Homepage. 

Click Confirm in the message that appears.

Click Save.

The new homepage will have a home icon next to its title. The old homepage will appear in your navigation, but won't have the home icon next to it.

Next steps

After setting a new homepage, you can:

  • Remove the old homepage or rename it in Page settings.
  • Click and drag the new homepage to the top of your Main Navigation so it's the first link in the menu.
  • Hide your homepage from navigation menus by dragging it to the Not Linked section of the Pages panel. For more help, visit Adding pages to your navigation. If your homepage is a Cover Page, learn more about this in Using Cover Pages.

Troubleshooting

An error message appears when I visit my homepage (“We couldn’t find the page you were looking for”)

If your domain can’t direct to an active homepage, attempting to visit your domain might lead to your 404 Error / Page Not Found message instead of your homepage. The default message looks like this:

"We couldn't find the page you were looking for. This is either because:

  • There is an error in the URL entered in your web browser. Please check the URL and try again.
  • The page you are looking for has been moved or deleted..."

If you set a custom 404 Error, you'll see your custom message instead.

There are a few reasons why this might happen:

1. You're previewing a template and deleted your live template's homepage

Sometimes editing a template preview and switching templates leads to issues with homepages.

If you’re previewing a template, you may have set a new homepage while editing your preview template and then deleted the page set as the homepage on your live site. Or, you might have installed a new template without setting a new homepage.

To resolve the issue, make your preview template live or restore the deleted homepage, depending on the template you'd like to use.

To learn more about previewing and switching templates, visit Switching templates. To check if you're previewing a template, visit What template am I using?

2. Your homepage is disabled

Check if your homepage is disabled by opening the Pages panel. The homepage has a house icon next to it. If the page title next to the house icon is light grey instead of black, it’s disabled and causing the error message to appear.

To fix this, enable the page or set a different page as your homepage.

The Set As Homepage button is missing

Pages within an Index can no longer be set as a homepage.

  • Drag the page out of the Index to set it as your homepage.
  • Once you've made a page your homepage, you can't drag it into an Index.
Note: If a sub-page is already set as the homepage, and you drag it out of the Index, you won't be able to drag it back in until you set a different page as the homepage.
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