Need help branding your PageLime account? Super Lime-Man to the rescue!
PageLime offers a robust way to rebrand your account, with a custom UI, login page and forms to add additional logins as needed. Here’s what we are going to create.
1. Customize the PageLime UI with new colors and a new logo.
2. Setup a branded login page for all users.
3. Setup a new CNAME record to create a custom URL for login.
4. Setup a help page.
5. Setup a logout landing page.
6. Setup secondary login pages for content pages.
7. Setup the Reseller Panel
Customize the PageLime UI
So lets get into it. PageLime allows you to change the colors and logo displayed. This allows you to bend PageLime to your will. The first thing you will need is your company logo. Check out our blog post on Optimal Logos to get this just right.
In a nutshell PageLime has a background-color of #f9f9f9. Place your logo on this background-color using a tool like Photoshop to give your account the custom built look. Make sure to keep your logo at 200px wide, the height doesn’t matter.
You can then change the colors of your account to match. We recommend using key colors from your logo to tie things together nicely. Make sure while your on the Account Settings page to give your custom version a great name to go along with your branding. When your done, hit save and refresh the page to see the changes!
Setup a branded login page
This causes a lot of confusion for our new designers and developers. Who just aren’t sure how the login page works and how users will use the login.
Let’s make this simple. Every PageLime account and their users can login via our normal PageLime login at cms.pagelime.com. However you want more! You want something sexier! Something with some limey-goodness! You want your own company branded login!
Premium accounts can setup a Custom Login URL for all their users. Keep in mind its one common login for all users on that account. Each of your clients will come to the same page to login. And this is a great thing. It keeps you and your company at the top of their mind when working on their own website. It keeps your brand front and center.
On a side note there are a couple ways to make additional login pages and we’ll discuss them later on.
To setup your Custom Login URL you’ll need to visit the Account Settings page again. Here you see a Custom URL field. This is where you can register your Custom Login URL with PageLime. You can make this whatever you want, but subdomains are the easiest to create. So for example if your business is called Frontview Designs and your normal website is at frontview.com you can setup your Custom Login URL as…
Get the point? You can make it whatever you want, just be sure to register it with PageLime on the Account Settings page. Keep in mind it won’t work yet, but feel free to see for yourself. Don’t worry I”ll wait for you.
Setting up a CNAME record
Next is setting up the CNAME. This seems to be the hardest part for most users and that included me the first time around. The reason its so darn frustrating is because this is done at your hosting company and each company has a different way to do this. On top of that you generally have to wait a day or so to confirm it worked. Not so lime-tastic huh?
Check out our docs at docs.pagelime.com. We have posted a few of the walk-thrus for popular hosting companies.
So lets explain whats going on here. CNAME is a really fancy way of just sending your users from one URL to another. Specifically the Custom Login URL you registered with Pagelime is pointing to our login page at cms.pagelime.com. When you use a CNAME you basically masking the original URL and using the new alias URL in its place. So your users will see your Custom Login URL rather than our PageLime login.
Here’s an example of this using IXWebhosting. You’ll see that we have created a new CNAME record. You maybe tempted to add your entire domain but you only need to add the subdomain portion in the “name” field. So I have added “cms” here. The cool thing is that your host will create this subdomain automagically for you so don’t manually create it.
In the “data” field we are going to add cms.pagelime.com here. This will make the connection between your custom login URL and PageLime.
Now normally you would pat yourself on the back for a job well done, close out of your webhosting account, close PageLime, grab some lemon-aid and come back for a quick test. But guess what. It didn’t work..
Thats because lemons are just so un-cool. That and because most web hosts have a the cache time set really high like 12 hours or something. So you end up waiting a day or so to see if it worked.
You can fix this! You can change the TTL to something much quicker like 300 seconds. This will speed up the DNS so you can see the magic much quicker. Unless you did something wrong then its back to step 1 for you. Once it is setup you won’t have to worry about it ever again.
Setting up a Custom Help URL.
By now you should have a wonderful looking Custom Login URL for all your happy users. But what if they run into a problem and need your help? Do they run up to the roof and flash the lime signal? Well sorta.
PageLime comes with a nifty little Custom Help URL that you can set. Lets go back to the Account Settings page. If you look towards the bottom right of the page you’ll see a little Advanced Settings button that will open up a few more options. We like hiding goodies.
Here you can set the Logout URL and the Help URL. These are also great ways to brand your business and connect with your users.
Unfortunately we don’t have any pre made help pages for you. You’re on your own here. We recommend you create this to fit your brand and need. But we have some great ideas. Your custom help page should live on the same domain as your normal business website. If your a web design company or freelancer, then adding in a contact us form for help, along with tips and tricks to using PageLime is a great way to show that you ready to help your users. Many of our designers and developers also create their own branded user videos and embed them on their help page.
Setting up a logout page.
While most users probably won’t ever hit the logout button, some do, and its a great way to pimp your services. You can set the logout URL on the Account Settings page. You can set your logout page to be anything from a google search page to your latest blog entry. Be creative and be good.
Setting up secondary login pages.
Every PageLime Pro account comes with one Custom Login URL where all your clients can login. However at times you may need to create another login page or two.
Lets say you want to combine your login page and your blog into one super bloggy login page! You can do that. We have created a login form that you can paste directly on to any webpage that will allow your users to login and see your branded version of PageLime. Visit our docs.pagelime.com page to grab the form code and learn more.
Simply paste the login form where you need it. Next we need to change the form action to point to your previously setup Custom Login URL. Replace ‘”cms.mydomain.com” for your Custom Login URL. Thats it. Now your free to use your ninja css skills to make that form look purty.
Business accounts have one additional benefit. They can have more Custom Login URLs!! Yup. Business accounts can also set up a Custom Login URL for each site along with a Site Theme.
So how does this work? Well you set up your account branding and login already, this your default styling and branding for your entire account. but lets say your company has a sub-brand or your client has a number of websites in PageLime, you can set a secondary brand for these clients specifically.
To do this you would go directly to the Site Settings page for the site, under the Advanced tab you’ll find the Site Theme section. Here you can add a new Custom Login URL, logo and colors just for this site. Keep in mind each new Custom Login URL will need to be setup via a CNAME as well.
From here you can still use our custom forms to create as many logins as you need.
Setting up the Reseller Panel
Did you know you can build your entire business around PageLime? Well yes sir you can! We have thousands of designers and developers who do just that and they make income in the thousands each year.
The Reseller Panel is optional and it’s optional per site. So you can bill some clients and not others. You can also set your monthly fee. We keep a small portion and pay you when you request. We will handle all the billing and dunning. What is dunning you ask? We’ll email your clients when they need to update their credit cards or if their cards declined. Don’t worry everything is white-labeled and we don’t have any staff members named Vinny.
Lets take a look at the Reseller Panel. You’ll find this under the Manage Account tab on your Dashboard. You’ll be asked to add some information so we can send you payments via paypal.
Next you’ll want to turn on the specific sites for reseller billing. You find this on the Site Setting Page. Enable Reseller billing and you’ll be prompted to set your monthly rate for that client. You can also set a yearly amount if you prefer. The next your client logs into your custom version of PageLime they will be prompted to enter their card and billing information.
Visit our Reseller page to learn more.
Well I guess thats enough for now. Hopefully you have a better handle on how to get your branding setup with PageLime, how your users will login and how to get the CNAME working.
Let us know if we can explain anything further! Later limers. @kjsampat