Building and Publishing Websites with Notion


Jun 25, 2024


Jun 25, 2024


Publishing Your Website on Notion?

Have you ever thought about publishing your website on Notion? Over the years, people have used Notion for more than project and knowledge management.

Thanks to Notion's simplicity, intuitive web editor, and building blocks concept, users can go from idea to execution in minutes. Over time, this trend has grown, leading companies like Raycast to use Notion for their publishing capabilities, such as fully developing their user manual in Notion.

Notion has noticed this trend and decided to enhance the experience with their new feature release, Notion Sites.

What is Notion site and why should you care?

First of all, nothing has changed regarding how you create a site in Notion. It's still as simple as creating a document and hitting the share button. What has changed is the layout of the share modal, which now includes new features specifically for web publishing, such as custom domains, navigation, and a site design editor, which we will explore below.

Additionally, there’s a dedicated menu in your settings & members section where you can see an overview of all your sites across your workspace. Here, you can see the status of each Notion site, which Notion page it is linked to, and the domain name, which can be updated.

It’s worth noting that you have the ability to add up to 5 in the editor.

The site design editor

A new modal has been introduced with the new features specifically for web publishing:

  1. The ability to set your website to default to either light or dark mode, unlike before when it would switch depending on the user’s operating system theme.

  2. A new custom heading section where you can add Notion pages as your navigation links. Currently, you can’t add external links; only link Notion pages inside the page.

  3. A website Favicon that can be either the standard emoji or a custom one that you upload.

  4. Google Analytics to optimize the SEO on your Notion Site.

Search engine optimization

The ability to rename the title of your website as it will appear on Google, as well as customize the description. Making it more attractive and relevant to potential visitors.

Note: these features and Notion Sites are not available on the free plan; they are only available for the Plus, Business, and Enterprise plans.

Is a Notion site worth it?

Absolutely! Here's why:

  • Ease of use: Anyone even somewhat familiar with Notion can create a website, making it a perfect solution for small teams without dedicated web developers.

  • Speed: Building a Notion site is like creating a document with Notion's block system, allowing you to get a site up and running in minutes, not days or weeks.

  • Integration: Seamlessly integrate with other tools and services, such as Google Analytics, for enhanced functionality.

  • Cost-effectiveness: Avoid the high costs of custom development or third-party web hosting.

  • Collaboration: Thanks to Notion's collaborative features, you can easily update and manage your site with your team.

Using Notion Sites for your company

Notion Sites empowers teams to create and manage websites effortlessly. Whether you need a simple job board or a comprehensive help guide, Notion Sites offers the flexibility and ease of use you need.

Here are a few use cases:

  • Job boards: Quickly post and update job openings.

  • FAQ pages: Create a dynamic and easily updatable FAQ section.

  • Event pages: Share event details and updates in real time.

  • Help guides: Publish comprehensive guides to support your customers.

Key takeaways

Here's why Notion Sites could be the perfect solution for your company:

  • Ease of use: Build and manage websites quickly with Notion's intuitive interface.

  • Customization: Tailor your site's appearance and functionality to your needs.

  • SEO integration: Connect with tools like Google Analytics for enhanced performance tracking.

  • Cost-effectiveness: Avoid high development costs.

  • Collaboration: Easily manage and update your site with your team.

Discover the power of Notion Sites and start creating beautiful, functional websites today by checking out: