Public pages & web publishing

Camille Ricketts
May 9 '19 ยท 5 min read ยท 1357 views
Any page you build in Notion can be turned into a public page, accessible to anyone on the web. When you make a page public, its sub-pages also become public, creating a fully navigable (and searchable) website with links.
Publish a blog, your resume or portfolio, job listings, photo collections, a landing page... the possibilities are as wide as the web itself. You can also use this feature for quick and easy presentations that are clean and consistent, but still contain rich content ๐ŸŽจ

How people see your public page

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Note: When you publish a Notion page to the web, your first name, last name, and the email address you use for your Notion account may be included in the webpage's metadata.
When your Notion page is public, anyone on the web can read it and interact with certain components:
  • Sub-pages are also published, along with any of their sub-pages. They act as links.
  • For databases, viewers can toggle between views and open the pages they contain.
  • Your site's navigation appears as a breadcrumb menu at the top for all viewers.
  • At the top right, people can Search the content of your page (and all its sub-pages), or click Duplicate to add an exact, editable replica of your page to their own Notion workspace. (More on that here.)
  • If you have Allow editing turned on, folks who have your link and are logged into a Notion account will be able to make edits to your page. Here's what that looks like from their perspective after you share the link:

Make a page public

  • Click Share at the top right of any Notion page.
  • Toggle on Share with the web. Your page is now live on the web. Access will automatically be set to Anyone with the link can view.
  • You can also allow comments and edits so that other Notion users can work on your page with you. Folks who aren't logged into a Notion account will only be able to read the page.

Share your public page

Every Notion page has a unique URL, which you can share via email, social media, text, and other online channels. To copy your page's URL:
  • Click Share at the top right.
  • Click Copy link. The URL is copied to your clipboard for pasting or sharing wherever you choose.

Allow edits

You can allow any Notion user with a link to your public page to make edits. This is always turned off by default.
  • Click Share at the top right, turn on Share to the web, then Show link options. Turn on Allow editing.
  • Only Notion users will be able to make edits. Anonymous edits aren't supported. Anyone who isn't logged into a Notion account will see the read-only version.
  • Anyone signing up for a Notion account via your link will see an easier, shortened version of the sign-up process, so they can start working with you even faster.
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Tip: Allowing edits on public pages is a great way to work on something in a large group. For example, share the link with your classroom, social media followers, or friend group to build something together.

Allow comments

You can allow any Notion user who's signed in on their browser to comment on your public page:
  • Click Share at the top right, turn on Share to the web, then Show link options.
  • Toggle on Allow comments.
  • Only Notion users will be able to leave comments. Anonymous comments aren't supported. Anyone who isn't logged into a Notion account will see the read-only version.

Let people duplicate your page (or not)

When you make a page public, other Notion users can duplicate it by default. They'll see a Duplicate button at the top right. Clicking it will add your page exactly as you built it to the Private section of their sidebar. Here's what that looks like:
You can disable the duplicate option if you prefer:
  • Click Share at the top right.
  • Switch off Allow Duplicate as Template.

Add your page to search engines

By default, your public page will not appear in search engine results. But, you can allow Google and other search engines to display your page in results for relevant queries if you want.
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Note: You'll need to have a paid subscription to enable search engine indexing on your public pages.
  • Click Share at the top right, turn on Share to the web, then Show link options.
  • Toggle on Search engine indexing.

Examples of public pages

FAQs

  • Does Notion support custom domains?
    You can customize part of your URL by following these instructions. For example, if your company is Acme, Inc., you could customize your URL to www.notion.so/acmeinc, but not www.acmeinc.com.
    That said, fully custom domains would be a great feature to add in the future. If you'd like us to further prioritize this on our roadmap, send us a message or tweet at us with your vote ๐Ÿ“ฎ
  • Can you link to a specific section of a page, like an anchor link?
    Click the โ‹ฎโ‹ฎ icon next to any block and choose Copy Link in the menu. This will copy the anchor link to that block to your clipboard. Tables of contents works on public pages, so you can use that tool to create anchor links to headings on your public page. To add a table of contents, type /table of and press enter.
  • Is there a way to see a list of all my public pages?
    Not at the moment, unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜“We'll work on that!
  • Can I password protect a page?
    Not at the moment, but it's on our to-do list! For the time being, you can share your page privately by using the Invite a Person button in the Share menu at the top of a page, although they will need to have a Notion account in order to view it.
    If they don't have a Notion account, you can enable Public Access in the Share menu, and ensure that search engine indexing is disabled for privacy. That said, anyone who has the link will be able to see it on the web.

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