Building your website with Sprocket Rocket

Building Your Website with Sprocket Rocket

Welcome to Sprocket Rocket! You've taken the first step by installing a Sprocket Rocket theme on HubSpot. Wondering what's next? This guide is designed to help you navigate the process of building your website, from the initial setup to the launch.

Before You Begin

If you're planning to use the Sprocket Rocket App, it's essential to familiarize yourself with it first. Please take a moment to read through the First Steps guide and then return to this guide.

If you are utilizing a theme downloaded from the HubSpot Marketplace, please refer to the marketplace integration guide for proper setup and integration.

Setting your active theme

You can set an active theme to display that theme's pages as the default option for newly created pages.

  • Navigate to your content:

    • Website Pages: In your HubSpot account, navigate to Marketing > Website > Website Pages.
    • Landing Pages: In your HubSpot account, navigate to Marketing > Landing Pages.
  • In the top right, click the Create dropdown menu and select Website page or Landing page.
  • In the dialog box, enter a page name, then click Create page.
  • On the theme selection screen, search for Sprocket Rocket.

If you've tried multiple Sprocket Rocket products, you may see multiple themes. Theme from Sprocket Rocket App will have the (App) prefix

Setting an active theme

After you set a theme, you'll be brought to the template selection screen each time you create a new page; here, you can choose a starting point for your website. You might only see one template available initially, SR Page, a blank template designed for you to customize from scratch. To expand your options, install additional templates through the Sprocket Rocket App.

At this stage, go ahead and select SR Page as your template. When you enter the editor, the page is blank – this is your canvas to create on. The next step is configuring your theme settings and establishing your global header and footer. Please refer to the following two guides to set these up; once you have completed these initial setups, you can return to this guide.

  1. Edit Theme Settings
  2. Global Site Header and Footer

Building pages

Once you've selected and customized a theme or template, you can use it to build website pages. In the content editor, you can customize your content with images, videos, custom fonts, or other files you’ve uploaded to HubSpot.

To add modules, click the plus icon in the sidebar.

If you don't see any modules in the sidebar, please refer to this guide on how to install modules from the Sprocket Rocket App.

To view the content of the page, select the site tree icon. This will allow you to observe all the modules on the page, edit the global header and footer, and adjust the template settings.

  • Prototype Mode: This mode removes all colors and images, enabling you to concentrate solely on the layout structure.
  • Debug Mode: This mode highlights rows and columns with colors and padding to help you visualize the layout more clearly.
  • Body Class: Here, you can add a class to the body element of the current page for specific styling needs.
  • Enable Global Site Header: Uncheck this option to disable the global site footer for this page.
  • Enable Global Site Footer: Uncheck this option to disable the global site footer for this page.

page-editor

Blog Templates

Please refer to this guide to set up your blog templates on Sprocket Rocket.

System Templates

Please refer to this guide to set up your system templates on Sprocket Rocket.

Subscription Templates

Please refer to this guide to set up your subscription templates on Sprocket Rocket.

Customizing Sprocket Rocket

Customizing Sprocket Rocket allows for a tailored website experience that reflects your brand's identity.

Clone and Extend Modules

  • Find the Sprocket Rocket module you wish to customize, right-click, and select 'Clone'.
  • Rename and save the cloned module, then make your desired customizations within the module editor.
  • You can also sync custom modules into the Sprocket Rocket App. 

Add Custom CSS

For in-depth styling changes, add custom CSS to the 'custom-styles.css' files

  • In your HubSpot account, navigate to Marketing > Files and Templates > Design Tools.
  • Next, navigate to your Sprocket Rocket theme.
  • Create a CSS file in the css folder called custom-styles.css
  • Any CSS added to this file will be included on every page of your site.

Having a working knowledge of Bootstrap 4.6 can greatly enhance your ability to customize your website as Sprocket Rocket is built on this framework.

Adding Animations

Enhance the visual appeal of your website by incorporating animations using the SR Animations module. 

  • To add animations to your page, add the SR Animations module.
  • Select the type of animation you want to apply from the module's settings and configure it as needed.
  • You can add classes to modules to help target individual modules.

Taking your website live

Before taking your website live, conducting a thorough review and testing of your content is vital to guarantee a seamless and polished debut.

Content Review: Verify the accuracy of the text, ensure images are relevant and high quality, and all links and contact information are correct.

Site Testing:

  • Test for broken links.
  • Confirm that forms are correctly submitted.
  • Check the site's responsiveness on different devices.

Add Domain: Complete the launch process by connecting a custom domain. Link your website's domain to HubSpot, then update your DNS records with your DNS provider.

HubSpot's Knowledge Base - Connect a Domain