This tour sets up your first site on CloudCannon, showcases some of the features and demonstrates different editors.

Download the creative site and follow along, or just read through the steps. The creative site is a free HTML template enhanced with Jekyll features.


Sign up for a CloudCannon account, then create a new site from the Sites List:

  1. Select Add Site
  2. Type a name for your site (e.g. Creative)
  3. Press Enter to confirm

Creating a new site from the Sites List

Adding Files

CloudCannon works directly with the static or Jeykll source files you provide. To upload the creative site source files:

  1. Select the Upload folder option
  2. Select the extracted creative folder

Alternatively, drag and drop files into the File Browser.

File Browser with Add Files menu open

Some browsers do not support folder upload. The best alternative in this case is syncing with a storage provider.

Each file uploads individually to CloudCannon through your web browser. After the uploads finish, CloudCannon builds the site and deploys it to a test domain.

File Browser with files

View the live site on the test domain by clicking the *.cloudvent.net link in the top left.

Keep a full history of changes and work on your local machine by syncing files with a storage provider instead.

Inline Editing

Open the Visual Editor by selecting Edit in the left sidebar.

The Visual Editor is for making content changes inline on the website. Yellow boxes indicate Editable Regions in each page. Navigate around the site to make changes to other pages.

Visual Editor

Front Matter is a Jekyll feature for defining custom metadata on a page (e.g. title or layout). CloudCannon provides the Settings Panel to update front matter within the Visual Editor. Open it with the Toggle Settings button in the top right for pages with front matter.

Editing front matter in the Settings Panel

Code Editing

The Source Editor provides developer-access to the raw source code of a file. To open files in the source editor, open files from the File Browser, or select Switch to Source Editor in the top right of the Visual Editor.

If you’re editing /index.html, the h1 and p have class="editable", defining those elements as editable in the Visual Editor.

Source Editor

Clients and non-developers don’t have access to the Source Editor.

Content Editing

Open the Explore section by selecting Explore in the left sidebar. This section contains your pages, drafts, posts, collections items and data files.

Explore section with Pages group open

Select the Drafts group and open the Second Blog Post draft. The draft opens in the Content Editor, a distraction-free WYSIWYG editor that saves to Markdown.

Draft posts are hidden on the live site until published. To publish the draft:

  1. Make final edits to the main content and front matter
  2. Select Publish Post in the top right

Make future changes to published posts with the Content Editor or inline with the Visual Editor.

Content Editor

Open the Explore section again and select the Services group.

Services is a Jekyll collection, a feature used to group related items in a scalable way. This collection is for listing the services offered on the creative site.

Collections section with Services group open

Open any of the collection items in Services. Collection items are updated in the Content Editor the same way as drafts and posts.

Next Steps

This tour only covers some of the features available to you.

Explore the features CloudCannon offers at your own pace through this documentation. Extend this tour by providing editing access to clients with Client Sharing or look through the overview for a summary of each section.

CloudCannon Academy has vast range of curated resources, guides and videos for Jekyll. Improving your Jekyll skills allows you to build better sites and editing experiences with CloudCannon for your team and clients.

Contact us at support@cloudcannon.com with any questions or feedback.