While there are many different settings to adjust and various products within Nucleus, there are 6 essential areas that are crucial to launch your building process of your Nucleus 💪
Every Nucleus needs a bit of branding, specifically a logo that people can quickly identify your church with. While branding encompasses more than just images, logos are a part of your church's branding.
This is the first step we recommend working on, uploading the various logos you may have for your church:
- Main logo
- Alternative logo
- Mobile logo
To learn more about each of these logos and best logo practices to follow (such as sizing, dimensions, and preferred image file types), check out this article.
If you're ready to tackle Step #1, click on the button below 👇
Every website needs a footer. Your Nucleus is no exception. A footer is a great place to include crucial information that any visitor would need to know about your church, specifically contact information. The footer is found at the bottom of every page on your Nucleus and looks something like this 👇
Every footer should include the following basic information:
- Physical address/location
- Contact email
- Phone number
Of course, you can add other information if you'd like! After all, it's your footer. Those are just the pieces of information we believe is essential to making the best Nucleus possible.
To learn more about editing your footer - including advanced edits with markdown code - check out this article.
If you're ready to tackle Step #2, click on the button below 👇
Social icons are images that appear in your footer that allow visitors to easily connect with you on the various social media platforms your church is active on. If you don't currently have an account on any social media platform, you can skip this portion, but we recommend that every church be present on at least one social media platform.
You can include any variation of the following social icons:
- Website URL
To learn more about adding social media icons in your Nucleus Settings, check out this article.
If you're ready to jump in and connect people with your social media accounts right away, click on the button below 👇
A website would be incomplete without a homepage, a type of home base for your Nucleus. A homepage is your main landing page and your best chance to make a great first impression to any visitor to your Nucleus. Your homepage can look something like this 👇
While there are various elements in the image above that comprise of your Nucleus homepage (such as the navigation menu and cards below that), your homepage settings focus on the following:
- Background image
- Headline & byline
- SEO title & description
- Social sharing icon
- Mobile layout
To learn more about editing your homepage settings, check out this article.
If you want to start updating your homepage immediately, click the button below 👇
Typography is just a fancy word that means the font you use on your Nucleus. Nucleus has a direct integration with Google Fonts, meaning you can choose from hundreds of fonts for both your heading and body text. Below are two examples 👇
The default font is Camphor Pro (not shown in the images above). If your church has a style guide, we recommend changing the default font to something that matches it. Otherwise, be creative and find something that's both legible and looks good!
To learn more about editing your typography, check out this article.
If you want to start choosing your fonts right away, click the button below 👇
The final step in this quick start guide is adjusting your Nucleus theme, the controls for your overall colors. Nucleus offers two standard themes: dark and light. Below are examples of both 👇
If you're looking to customize the look of your Nucleus beyond this, you can take control of various color elements of your Nucleus. This can be particularly helpful if you have a church branding guide that you need to follow.
To learn more about Nucleus theme options, check out this article.
If you want to start playing around with your theme options immediately, click the button below 👇
Keep in mind:
At any step in the process, you can click on the My Nucleus button in the top right corner of your Dashboard to go directly to your homepage to see the various changes you're making.
If you completed all 6 steps, you're well on your way to creating your Nucleus! The next step in the process is to start creating pages to populate your website. To learn more about how to create pages and the various elements in the page builder, check out this article.
If you want to start creating pages on your own, click on the button below 👇
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