# Creating A Website 2019
To create a public website for your event, click Website at the bottom of the main Auction Dashboard menu.
The first time you access the Website manager page, there will be a message:
"No website has been created for this event."
Click the Create Website button.
After clicking on the Create Website button, the Add Website screen will appear.
There are two required settings (Template and Website Address) to configure initially:
The template will automatically set up your website with the elements that you will most likely need although you can still customize the website to suit your specific requirements. For more details on the specific templates see Website Templates 2019.
Select a template that includes the features you want on the website.
# Website Address
Your website will have a public address in the form of
charityauction.bid/SOMETHING You can chose the
SOMETHING portion of the address. The default address will be generated from the auction/event name.
You can only use letters, numbers and the
_ (underscore) character when creating your website address. DO NOT use spaces, or other characters such as punctuation marks, as these are not compatible with website addresses.
Check the preview of the website address to make sure it is user-friendly, not too long, and relevant to your event.
# Website - Comment:
You can optionally use this text field to add a descriptive comment about the specific website which can be useful if you have multiple websites associated with a single auction/event.
Click the Save Website blue button to complete the website creation process.
You can now click one of the blue hyperlinks to see what your new website looks like.
Your website will open in "edit" mode. To see what it looks like to the public, click View without editor.
To access the editor tools, click the tools icon (three cogs) in the left corner.
The example below uses the "event with ticket sales & online bidding" template. Your site may look different if you chose a different template.
# Important Footer Elements
At the bottom of the public page, the footer includes an email address to contact. This address defaults to the email address defined on the details page of your Organization.
To add more contact information and/or social media icons, see Contact Information and Social Media 2019.
To switch from public view to edit mode, click Edit Website link at the bottom of the page.