Adobe is known for some of the best creative publishing tools in the industry. However, most of their software are paid tools and you need to spend money to gain access to them. Not too long ago, Adobe released a tool called Adobe Spark. It allows you to create videos, social media stories, and design images. But most importantly, it is also a Adobe website builder that you can use to create free websites in a few simple steps. Here is a breakdown of how to use this Adobe website builder.
Step 1: Sign Up or Download the App
To get started, go to spark.adobe.com to create an account. Alternatively, you can download the spark app from the app marketplace. What’s awesome about your account or app is that it is synced across multiple devices. That’s because the Adobe website builder stores your work online. You can work on your projects in your home, studio and while you’re on the go without depending on flash drives.
Step 2: Choose Your Creation and Pick a Theme
When you start the process, you will be asked to choose between post, page and video. You want to click on page to start creating your website. From here, you’ll be able to add a title and subtitle for your page. On the upper right hand corner of the Adobe website builder interface, you’ll be able to select themes. The theme selection will allow you to choose the overall theme of the page.
You’ll notice right away that the font of the content you’ve put up will change as you browse through the themes. The Adobe website builder is more about themes rather than building the structure of your website. It is creatively driven, so the builder is a lot more challenging than the others in the market. That said, the Adobe website builder is not hard to use and it can be quite rewarding when you finish creating a site using the tool.
Step 3: Add Images to Your Site
After you’ve chosen your theme and set up a decent headline for your page, you can start adding photos. You can click on the + symbol to bring out the add photos option. The most common way to start adding photos to the page is to upload your own. Simply click upload photo and you can browse your computer to find one that is suitable for your page.
Don’t worry if you don’t have your own photos ready on hand. The Adobe website builder has a database that you can use to fill up your page with the right photos. You can also use the Creative Cloud, Lightroom, Dropbox or Google Photos to import photos on to your page. The first image will be set as your header. Once you’ve set it up with an image, the Adobe website builder will move you down so that you can add the next element.
If you don’t like the way that the builder has focused on your images, simply click on the photo. This will pull out a small menu where you can then click on focal point. This will allow you to choose where you want the Adobe website builder to focus on. Simply move the focal point to where you want it to go and the tool will center your image based on where you’ve set the focal point.
Step 4: Start Adding Elements
As before, the Adobe website builder will offer you an option to add elements with the + symbol. Once you click on it, you’ll be able to add text, photos, web buttons, videos, a photo grid or a slideshow. To make it easy to start creating your actual content and elements, some of the options will give you a template that you will simply fill in.
For example, if you are adding a video, the builder will leave a video slot as a placeholder on the page. You can then go to YouTube and add an embed link to add the video to the placeholder. Unfortunately, you can’t upload a video from scratch, so if you have something on your computer, you’ll have to upload it one of the video sites like Vimeo, Youtube and Veoh.
Adding the video would open up another option to add an element. Again, click the + symbol and add the element of your choice. This time, you may want to add text under the video to explain what the video is about. Everything is build in a linear path so that anyone can build and design a website.
Step 5: Choose Your Creation and Pick a Theme
Once you’ve finished setting up your page, you can click on preview on the top middle to get an idea of how your website will look. If you don’t like how it’s designed, simply go back and change the elements, images and content. Once you’re satisfied with how your website will look, you can go back to the top middle and click publish to pull out the share options.
The Adobe website builder will give you the option to name the title of the page, pick a category and make the page public. You can even choose to make the page available to the search engines. Once you’ve set your desired options, click on create public link. It will create the link and you will be taken to the share tab where you can grab the links to share on Facebook, Twitter and email.
That’s a quick guide to using the Adobe Spark tool. It’s not the most feature rich builder out there but it comes in very handy if you’re trying to set up a hobby page, create a portfolio page or get some experience on using simple website builder. If you want a minimal site that you can create for free, this builder will be perfect for you.