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## Milestone Overview

### Goal

Create a new channel in the _Experience manager_ application.

### Estimated Time to Complete:

2-5 minutes

### Summary

In this milestone you are going to use the _Experience manager_ application to create a very minimalistic new channel with a single page and add a single component to that page. This will serve as the backend for the frontend app you will create in the [next milestone](🔗).

## Create a Channel

Watch the video below which will guide you through the steps on how to create a channel. This will be followed by a detailed step-by-step tutorial with screenshots below the video.

First, let's create the channel. Open the _Experience manager_ application. In the _Channels_ overview, click on the _+ Channel_ button in the top right.

In the _Select blueprint_ dialog that pops up, select _Blank channel_ and click _Next_.


Next, enter a name for your channel (for example, "getting started"). Leave the other options (language, country, etc.) as they are and click on _Create channel_:


The new channel will now be listed in the _Channels_ overview:


Click on the new channel to open its preview!

You are now on the homepage. A standard skeleton frontend app is currently used to render the preview. In [Milestone 2](🔗) you will create your own frontend app and in [Milestone 3](🔗) you will go through the steps to configure the _Experience manager_ to use your app to render the channel preview.


## Add a Component

Note the black-bordered area on the page (if you don't see the area please click on the show components button in the top right). This is what we call a **container**


A **container** is a placeholder for components. Multiple components can be placed inside a container. A page can have multiple containers. See the [Manage Components on a Page](🔗) user guide and the [Site Configuration](🔗) developer documentation for more info.

Open the left-side drawer using the button in the top left and open the _Components_ tab. The component library for this channel contains only one component at the moment: _Content_.


Click on the _Content_ component in the left side drawer to select it, then click inside the container on the page to add the component. It will show standard "Hello World" content that is stored in the page object.


If you'd like to edit the text, open the _Page_ menu and select _Metadata_:


The right side drawer will slide open and show an editor where you can edit the different fields. The page preview will update automatically while you edit the field values.


Click on _Save_ to persist your changes.

At this point your changes are still unpublished and only visible in the preview. To publish the page and make it available through the [Delivery API](🔗), open the _Page_ menu again and choose _Publish_​​​​​.