How to configure the Settings in your Softr app
Before starting to build your site, you might want to check the application Settings to apply some general configurations. The settings can be accessed from the left-side toolbar as shown in the following screenshot.
So, let’s go through the sections one by one.
When you create your application a random name and subdomain are automatically assigned to it, which can be customized in this section. The Application Name is for your own reference and will not appear anywhere after publishing the app. Next, you can customize your subdomain as follows: https://<yourname>.softr.io. You can also use a custom domain.
Next, you have the option of adding a favicon. Please, follow the provided size and format recommendations. There are numerous services (e.g. https://favicon.io/), that you can use to generate a favicon of the required format and size.
Here you can configure general SEO settings, while SEO details for individual pages can be set in page settings.
In the Google Site Verification field you need to add your ID to verify your ownership of the website and link it to Google Search Console.
To get the ID, on your Google Search Console dashboard, go to Settings => Ownership Verification, choose the HTML tag option, and copy the value of content as shown below.
Getting the verification tag
Lastly, you need to paste the code inside corresponding field, and hit Save. Don't forget to publish your Softr app afterwards.
Pasting the verification ID
Using this option, you can apply 301 redirects within your Softr app. To add a new redirect rule or edit the existing ones, you need to click on the Edit button.
Redirect edit button
Next, you'll see a pop-up with the list of all the existing redirects. To add a new redirect rule, you need to define the page that needs to be redirected (Old Path) and the destination page (New Path).
Adding a redirect rule
You can apply wildcard redirects using an asterisk in your path. Let's consider a few examples:
- /old-folder/* => /new-destination - This means that all the paths under "/old-folder" (such as "/old-folder/path1" or "/old-folder/path2") will be redirected to the same single destination.
In this section, you can add custom code to your app header and footer. The first one will be applied before the </head> tag, and the second one will be applied before the </body> tag. Within the <head> element, you can link external resources, add metadata as well as custom styles. The second piece will be added at the end of your <body> element and is meant for adding scripts.
Let's suppose we want to add a Facebook Messenger to our Softr app, so that users can contact our Facebook Page.
In the Page Settings, we are going to navigate to Messaging, and select Add Messenger to your website, as shown below.
Add Messenger to your website
In the next page, we need to hit Set Up and configure the chat plugin.
Set up the chat plugin
In the pop-up that appears next, you need to set your chat language, add domain and get the chat widget code as shown below.
Configuring the chat plugin
When you're done with configuring the plugin, hit Publish in the bottom right corner of the screen and you're all set.
Lastly, we'll go back to our Softr app's Settings and paste the chat plugin code into the footer area. Below you can see the process of adding the code and viewing the chat widget on the website.
Adding the code and publishing the widget
In this section, you can customize the name and email address from which your Softr app's emails are sent (e.g. when the user resets the password). By default the emails are sent from Softr.
As soon as you enter the new name and email, you'll receive a confirmation email to prove ownership.