24 Jun 2016

How To Easily Add Anchor Links On Your EverWeb Site

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When creating and editing your business’ website, it’s important to have certain features that take your site from looking like it was something you just threw together, to looking more professional and more polished. There are many different ways of accomplishing this. Today we’re going to talk about anchor links, which can add a bit more interesting detail to any website.

Built into EverWeb is the ability to add a quick jump anchor link – a link that will take your visitor from one section of your page to another. If quick jumping isn’t your cup of tea, the alternative is a smooth scrolling anchor link.

The video tutorial below will show you three different ways of adding anchor links to your site. Decide which method is best for you and then get started!

EverWeb is a drag and drop website builder for Apple’s Mac OS X. Easily make your own website with EverWeb, no coding or prior web building experience required.

23 Jun 2016

Analyze Your EverWeb Website with Google Analytics

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Once up and running, you may want to have some analysis and reporting on how your website performs in the real world. Website analysis tools will tell you all you need to know and with all the detail you could ever want. Website analysis tools are useful as they

  • Tell you how many hits your website is getting.
  • Tell you from where is traffic coming to your website from.
  • Show you which periods of the day, week, month or year generate the most traffic.
  • Show you which pages and links are used the most by visitors.
  • Enable you to fine tune your website SEO as you will see which Keywords generate interest and which don’t.
  • Help you track traffic by segment e.g. mobile device visitors, via social media links etc.
  • Helps you check your ‘Bounce rate’ i.e. how many visitors visit only one page of your website then ‘bounce’ away.

Using Google Analytics To Analyze Your Website
The tool of choice when it comes to analyzing website performance is Google Analytics. It’s a free app offering a wide range of tools for analyzing, profiling and reporting your website data. You can set up criteria to report on, create alerts to monitor events, compare data in date ranges and so on. Google Analytics works on a website by website basis so it’s easy to get and manage data from multiple websites. Setting up Google Analytics for use with EverWeb just takes a few steps…

Setting Up Google Analytics
To start using Google Analytics create a Google Account if you don’t already have one. If you already have a Google account, go to https://www.google.com/analytics to create an Analytics account.
Once you have created your Google account that includes Google Analytics, you’ll need to generate a Tracking ID which will be used in your EverWeb project to accumulate analytic data. To get the Tracking ID…

  1. In Google Analytics, click on the Admin menu
  2. Your Account is listed in the left hand pane. To the right is the ‘Property’ pane. Click in the Tab underneath the word ‘Property’.
  3. Select ‘Create New Property’.
  4. On the next screen create the Tracking ID for your website. Under ‘Website name’ enter the name you want to call the Tracking ID e.g. ‘My new website’.
  5. In the Website URL box, enter the website address you want to accumulate data for e.g. ‘www.mynewwebsite.com’.
  6. If you want, enter the type of industry that relates to the website, although it’s not obligatory.
  7. Finally, enter the timezone you want to report from. This will usually be your own timezone unless specifically need to use a different timezone.
  8. Once you’ve completed the above steps, press the ‘Get Tracking ID’ button.
  9. On the next screen you will see your Tracking ID code in the ‘Website tracking’ section. Copy all of the code that’s in the box to the clipboard (see screenshot below). Do not copy the ‘PHP Implementation’ box as it is not needed.
tracking ID

Google Analytics Tracking ID Code

Setting Up Google Analytics in Your EverWeb Project
Now that you have copied the code from Google Analytics, you need to paste it in the right area in EverWeb…

  1. Open the EverWeb Project file that relates to the Tracking ID code you have just copied to the clipboard
  2. Go to the Site Publishing Settings using the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu, or just click on the website name in the Web Page List on the left of the EverWeb UI.
  3. Paste the code in to the Footer area of the Head/Footer Code section (see screenshot below).
  4. Publish the website to implement the code.
  5. Once you’ve published the website, your data will begin to accumulate in Google Analytics.
  6. To find your accumulated data, go to Google Analytics and login to your account.
  7. You will see your website data available to view from your Google Analytics Home page. Note that you may not see any data in the 24 hours after setting up.
Tracking ID Code in EverWeb

Google Analytics Tracking ID Code pasted in to the Footer section of the Head/Footer Code area of the Site Publishing Settings

Tips on Using Analysis Tools
Analysis tools, such as Google Analytics, can be bewildering in the variety of ways you can track, accumulate and report data for analysis. If you’re starting out with this type of tool remember

  • Keep focused on the data you want to get out of the analysis tool.
  • Remember what your priorities and goals are… SEO? Mobile visitors? etc.
  • Check your analytics regularly so you can make any necessary changes easily and quickly to your website SEO.
  • Track changes you make to your website over a period of time – are they effective?

Analytics are an extremely useful tool for EverWeb website developers when used properly, and in a focused way, to get the data you want from your website.

17 Jun 2016

Using EverWeb in The Cloud

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The growth of Internet Cloud based services has been a boon to many people who now have the flexibility to work either in the office, at home or on the road. Cloud based services also make collaboration easier than ever. EverWeb developers who work in a mobile-centric way, or need to collaborate on website projects with others, can take advantage of Cloud based services. Working where you want has never been easier…

The best way to collaborate or share EverWeb project files is by using Cloud based drives such as Dropbox or iCloud as both offer easy, flexible and cost effective ways to work in anywhere, anytime.

Sharing EverWeb Project Files in The Cloud

  1. If you are going to be using Dropbox it must be installed on all the computers you want to share EverWeb Project files with. If you try to open an EverWeb Project file through www.dropbox.com in a browser window it won’t work properly. Once you’ve installed Dropbox on your computer, the Dropbox folder location is added to your Favourites in OS X’s Finder window (see screenshot below.)
  2. If you’re using other Cloud services, such as Apple’s iCloud Drive, make sure it’s been installed and configured properly, then log in to the service.
  3. After installing and logging in to your Cloud service, the next step is to locate the EverWeb Project file you want to share. When you create an EverWeb Project you give it a name, but this is really only an alias. The actual Project filename is a randomly generated alphanumeric name with a ‘.everweb’ file extension.
  4. To locate the Project file, go to the EverWeb Projects Window where all your Project files are listed. Click on the up/down arrows to the right of your Project’s name.
  5. From the menu select ‘Show On Disk…’
  6. You’ll see the Project file selected in the Finder window. Drag and drop the file to your the Cloud storage location. Typically the location is automatically added as a Favorite to the Finder window in OS X when you install your Cloud based service e.g. ‘Dropbox’, ‘iCould Drive’ etc.
  7. Once you have dragged and dropped the file in it’s new location, go back to EverWeb, close the application and relaunch it (or just close and reopen the Projects Window.) This refreshes the Projects Window and you’ll notice that the Project file you just moved is no longer listed.
  8. To access the Project file you just moved, go to it’s new Cloud location using OS X’s Finder window. Double click on the Project file name and it will open in EverWeb.
EverWeb in the Cloud

When moving EverWeb Project Files into the Cloud, it’s a good idea to first create a folder for it using the Project File’s (alias) name.

Tips on using EverWeb Projects in The Cloud

  1. EverWeb Project filenames are randomly generated when you create a new Project. In EverWeb itself an alias is used, initially ‘NEW WEBSITE’ until you change it. When accessing the Project file from The Cloud, you want an easy way to find the Project file using it’s alias rather than it’s real file name. To do this, create a folder in The Cloud using the Project’s alias name. Drag and drop the Project file in to this folder using the instructions above. This approach makes Project file easier to find especially when you have more than one Project stored in the Cloud. In the screenshot above, our Project alias is ‘Recruitment Co’ so we created a folder with the same name and dropped the Project file there for ease of use.
  2. When sharing a Project file, or when using it yourself on more than one computer, only have it open on one computer at one time. If you move to another computer, close the Project file on the first machine before opening it on the next computer.
  3. If you’re using any third party widgets install them on all the computers you are going to be using. If collaborating with others, check with your third party vendor about licensing and sharing third party widgets!
  4. The Project File may look different on different computers due to differences in screen sizes and resolutions. You may need to expand or contract the Project file window when you open it.
  5. If your Project file uses widgets, you may need to manually refresh the widget if it doesn’t automatically refresh (i.e. looks too large or small) on screen.
  6. Putting your EverWeb Project file in The Cloud allows you to work from almost anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. Whilst there are some caveats to it’s use, it’s a great way to remain productive when in the office, at home or one the road!

    Got a question or comment about using EverWeb Project files in The Cloud? Let us know below!

30 May 2016

Easy PDF File Downloading in EverWeb

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One of the ways in which you can attract more visitors to your website is by offering an incentive – something that’s free and of value to your visitor, but easy and cost effective for you to produce. Many websites offer PDF file downloads as such incentives to attract and retain visitors. Electronic incentives are also great marketing and promotional tools to use in social media to attract visitors to your website!

Creating PDF File Download Link in EverWeb
Creating download links to your EverWeb designed website in itself is the easy part. Most of your time and effort will be devoted to creating your content and preparing it in a format that’s suitable for downloading. Here’s how to create a PDF file download link with EverWeb…

Create Your Content

  • First of all create the content you want to use as download content. The content should be something that easily hooks your visitor to wanting to download the file. The content of the download itself also needs to be good. If you create poor content people won’t come back to your website!
  • Make sure the content is your own. Only use the work of others if you have express permission in writing to use their content in your work. If in doubt check first before proceeding as you won’t want to get sued later for breaching someone else’s copyright! Your own content that you create should be copyrighted with the copyright symbol, the year and your name or company name as appropriate.

Convert and ZIP Your Content

  • Once you’ve created your content, save a copy of it in PDF file format if appropriate to your content. Most word processing, spreadsheet and presentation apps export to PDF as an option. Once you’ve converted your content to PDF, open the resulting PDF file to check that the contents have converted properly!
  • PDF stands for Portable Document File and for good reason too as it can be downloaded, opened and read on either MS Windows or Apple OS X without needing any additional software.
  • Whether your content is in a PDF or another format (e.g. video or audio content) it’s best to ZIP the file that the download is as small as possible. Zipping a file will result in a faster download for your visitors and will use less bandwidth.
  • To create a ZIP file in OS X secondary click (i.e. a two finger tap) on the PDF file you’ve created and select ‘Compress’. This will create a ZIP file of the PDF in the same location as the original content file using the same file name as the PDF together with a ‘.ZIP’ extension.
EverWeb Hyperlinking

Hyperlinking in EverWeb

Creating Your Download Link in EverWeb

  • Now the ZIP file has been created we are ready to create the download link in EverWeb. Go to the page in your EverWeb Project where you want the download link to be. The download link object can be either text, graphic, button or even an image. Whatever you choose, make sure that your visitor can easily access the download link!
  • If you’re going to use text as your link remember your SEO. Try to avoid using stock phrases such as ‘Download your free file HERE’ (with ‘HERE’ being the link word in this instance). Try using text that’s related to the content itself e.g. “Download my ‘Guide to SEO’” where ‘Guide to SEO’ is the link text. If using an image file, remember to complete the ALT-Text with a description of the link.
  • Select your download link object and create a Hyperlink by ticking ‘Enable as Hyperlink’ from the Hyperlink Inspector. If you’re using text select the text inside the text box and not the text box itself.
  • In the ‘Link To’ box select ‘A File’. You’ll see that under ‘Name: No File Selected’ is the ‘Choose…’ button. Select this and then select ‘Choose…’ again. Select your ZIP file and select ‘Open’.
  • If using text as your download link object, you may want to adjust the colors and underlining in the Hyperlink Formatting section of the Inspector.

Always Test Your Work

  • Your download link is complete! The best way to test that the download link works properly is to publish the website to your server then try the link. When you publish in this way the ZIP file gets uploaded to your server and will get downloaded to your visitors PC when they click on the download link. If you try to test the download using EverWeb’s Preview or Folder option, you may get unexpected results.
  • If you want to play safe, create a test download link in an obscure part of a web page, publish to your server and see if it works from there first before trying it for real

Having downloadable content on your website is a great way to attract visitors to your website. Setting up PDF file download links in EverWeb is super easy so take time creating effective content for your downloadable freebie that incentivizes your visitors to come back to your website again and again!

22 May 2016

10 Tips for Trouble Free Publishing in EverWeb

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Publishing your website to the Internet takes just the click of a button with EverWeb. It’s satisfying knowing that your hard work’s almost paid off and your website soon to go live for the world to see. But what happens if it doesn’t work or its taking so long that you think the publishing process has stalled completely? Our Q&A session below takes a look at some common questions that get asked about publishing with EverWeb, and the steps you can take to help resolve such issues.

Q. How do I know that my website’s still publishing and not stalled?
A. There are a couple of ways to check that your website is still publishing. Once EverWeb has processed the website project file, the upload to server process continues in background. You’ll notice a progress circle indicator appearing to the right of your website name in the Web Page List. The circle should fill as publishing progresses. Alternatively, go to the Site Publishing Settings (use the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu) where you can see each file being uploaded to the server.

Q. When I publish my website it doesn’t appear on the Internet.
A. Check that you’ve published your website to the right location. It could be that you’ve published to your local hard disk instead of the Internet. In the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu check that ‘Publish To’ is set to ‘EverWeb’ or ‘FTP Server’ and not ‘Folder’, then try publishing again.

Q. I’ve updated my website project and published it but the changes don’t appear on the Internet.
A. Clear your browser history or try refresh the page a few times. In some cases you may need to quit and relaunch your browser.

Q. Can I publish my website to the Internet using a trial version of EverWeb?
A. The only difference between a trial version of EverWeb and a purchased version is that you cannot publish either locally or to the Internet with the trial version. You’ll need to purchase EverWeb to publish.

Q. I’ve uploaded a website using FTP but EverWeb publishes pages I’ve recently deleted. If I publish to ‘Folder’ it works fine. However, when trying to publish via FTP again the deleted pages get published!

A. Use File -> Publish Entire Site to republish the whole website again. You may have been using the ‘Publish’ button which only publishes changes. In this instance, a complete publish of the website may be needed.

Q. I’ve just switched to an EverWeb+Hosting account, but when I publish my website I still see the old one in my browser.

A. When switching to EverWeb+Hosting you need to update the ‘nameservers’ as they tell a domain which server to point to. The process can take up to 72 hours to completely update so bear this in mind when you are planning your switch over. An EverWeb tech note on nameservers will walk you through the process…

The second possibility is that you may be looking at an old URL for your old website. browsers often have autofill enabled when you start typing

Last but not least, quit and restart your browser as this will clear the browser cache.

Q. When I try to publish my website it gets stuck part way through.

A. This could be a firewall related issue. It could also be related to using networks in hotels or public places where certain types of Internet connection may be blocked or restricted.

Alternatively check to see if you are publishing via FTP over SSH. EverWeb only supports publishing via regular FTP or via FTP over SSL. In EverWeb go to the EverWeb-> Preferences… menu. In the Account tab deselect ‘Use Secure Publishing’. If you still have problems, uncheck ‘Use passive publishing connections’ in the ‘Publishing’ tab of the Preferences.

Q. I’ve published my website via FTP but hours later it’s still not visible on the Internet.

A. It’s possible that the directory/pathname is incorrect so the files don’t go to where they should go! Check the Directory/Path details in the File -> Edit Publishing Settings menu then try again.

Q. My website publishes but really slowly!

A. If you have a large number of images or if the image files you use are large, this may slow publishing. Large image files could also result in slow page loading in browsers. Optimize large image files before importing them in. When importing a large TIFF PSD or PDF file, EverWeb asks if you want to optimize it to web resolution.

If you’ve already imported large image files, remove them from the Assets List. This will keep the image place holder on the page. Drag and drop the optimised version of the image on to the placeholder to complete the task.

Q. Any general tips on publishing with EverWeb

A. Always keep your copy of EverWeb up to date with the latest release. There are always improvements, enhancements and optimisations with every release.

If you do experience problems with publishing, check the EverWeb forums to see if others have had the same or similar problems.

Check to see if the problem is related to your Hosting Provider

There’s always the option to log a ticket with EverWeb Support.

Do you have any publishing hints and tips that you’d like to share with the community? Let us know in the comments section below!