22 Feb 2018

Things You May Have Missed in EverWeb 2.6

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When blogging about EverWeb, it’s always the big features that inevitably win out when working at the keyboard. But what about some of the smaller features that get added or improved upon with each new release? Let’s have a look at some of those smaller, but nevertheless important, features that came out with EverWeb version 2.6.

Welcome The New Instagram Button
All of the buttons in EverWeb 2.6 received an update with new contemporary images. That wasn’t all though, as a new Instagram button was added too. Just use the Insert-> Button menu to add the updated buttons to your site.

Insert Buttons Are Now Scaleable
Again, a small but good step as buttons can now be scaled to the size you need instead of having only having 32px x 32px buttons to work with. By default buttons are now added to your page at 64x64px.

Predictive Search for Theme Templates
When you a page, directory or Master page, you pick your Theme from the Theme Template Chooser. If you already know the name of the theme you want, just start typing in the name when you see the Theme Template Chooser. As you type, EverWeb will refine the selection to take you to the theme you want.

New NEW Templates
EverWeb version 2.6 added 20 new Theme Templates and each one sports a shiny new “NEW” badge for you to more easily see what’s new.

New Features in Theme Templates
EverWeb 2.6 came out with 20 new Theme Templates. Some of the new Templates include a Blog page (e.g. the Bloggy Theme Template), whilst others use Google Fonts (e.g. Paws Theme Template) or use some of the newer features of EverWeb such as Scroll Position. New Themes can also give you ideas and inspiration e.g. the Apollo Theme Template has a fixed left column and a scrolling right column as a feature of its Home Page.

Make sure you’re up to date by using the EverWeb-> Check for New Theme Templates menu option.

Better Publishing Info
There have been improvements to the publishing process in EverWeb 2.6. When you click on Publish, EverWeb prepares the files to be published.EverWeb 2.6 now shows you how many pages it’s processing during this part of the publishing process.

Once EverWeb has processed the pages to be published, the resulting files are uploaded to your hosting server. During this phase you can see a detailed status of your publish in Site Publishing Settings.

In EverWeb 2.6, you now see the status of communication with the server, which file is currently being uploaded, the number of files already uploaded from the total number of files to be uploaded and the total size of the upload.

Duplicating Folders
Before EverWeb 2.6, if you duplicated a folder it would do so but wouldn’t duplicate any of the pages the folder may have contained. Now with EverWeb 2.6 any pages contained in the folder get copied as well when you duplicate the folder itself.

Animations with Shadows
Animating objects can bring fun to your website and help focus your visitors to where you want them to look on your page! In EverWeb 2.6 if you have any objects that use the Shadow option from the Shape Options tab, the shadow now gets animated as well as the object.

New PayPal Options
The PayPal widget is probably one of the most used and complex you can get, and with the EverWeb 2.6 the default buttons got a make over and a new Donate button was added. If you use your own custom button, you can also scale it manually.

These are just some of the smaller new features that came to EverWeb 2.6. I’m looking forward to seeing what version 2.7 has in store for us!

08 Feb 2018

Renovating Your Website

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Most of us are well into new year unless you’re just about to celebrate Chinese New Year! The change of year always reminds us of things that we didn’t do over the past year so maybe now is a good time to think about whether you need to update your website, or even consider a complete makeover. Here are some ideas you may want to consider when renovating your EverWeb built website:

  1. Change the Copyright Date
  2. You, your company or organization probably own the work that is your website. Always update your website’s copyright at the start of each year. Remember to use the Copyright symbol (©) and assign the copyright to the person, or organization, who owns the rights e.g. John Doe © 2018 or Acme Inc, © 2018.

  3. New Year, New Look?
  4. A new year may inspire you to update the look of your site. Often some small changes can make a big difference. For example, if you have used EverWeb’s buttons for social media on your website e.g. Facebook, Google+ Pinterest etc., you’ll probably know that they’re beginning to look a bit outdated. So why not give them a makeover by replacing them with the new buttons that were introduced with EverWeb 2.6. The new buttons have a contemporary look and are scaleable so you can now easily size them to your liking. When using the new buttons, you’ll have to replace the old ones, so make sure that you make a note of any settings your buttons use in the Metrics Inspector such as ‘Always on Top’ and ‘Fixed Position’.

    You probably use buttons in your website’s Master Page(s). This is the ideal place to find other areas such as logos, background colours, images etc. that can be easily freshened up without having to invest alot of time and effort making wholesale changes to your site.

    Website design trends for 2018 still favour bold colors and creative fonts. Flat design is still popular, but has morphed into a more 3D aesthetic with overstated gradients and some shadowing allowed, providing accents to web page giving them more depth than the 2D flat design approach of a couple of years ago. Asymmetric design is predicted to be more popular this year as well as animation. Mobile first is also still a key aspect in the design equation.

  5. Use New EverWeb Features
  6. Whenever EverWeb gets an update, it’s always worthwhile considering if any of the new, or updated, features introduced can benefit your website. One of the standout features of real use is the Contact Form Advanced widget which now has the power to create lists in a number of different ways, fill in text fields and much more. It’s a widget that keeps on adding new features. The widget can be used in many different ways giving you a compact way of asking your visitors questions without needing long explanations.

    New features, e.g. Scroll Position, may mean that you no longer need to rely on existing widgets or coding, therefore simplifying your work and saving time and effort in the process.

    The other major feature to consider if your website has been somewhat neglected is introducing a blog. Good blogging content is also good for your SEO as Google and other search engine vendors prefer original, quality content. Having up to date quality content also helps retain visitors and encourages you to invest more in your website and keep it regularly refreshed.

    Whilst having a blog sounds like a good idea, it’s also worth considering the investment in time and effort that it entails. Before you start, think about frequency of updating the blog, e.g. once a month, twice a month, weekly etc. Set an update frequency that’s manageable. Also plan ahead regarding what you are going to blog about as this will help you plan in a advance and be less stressed if you are blogging to a deadline.

  7. Check Your Content
  8. Nothing tells you more that a website has been neglected than out of date content. If you have a site that lists events that are years old, or has a long forgotten blog, now is the time to get up to date. How about setting up a regular update schedule for your website so stays fresh and up to date? New, quality content is alway good for attracting new visitors, retaining existing visitors and recapturing those who have stopped looking at your site. It’s also going to be good for your SEO!

    When checking your content, also think of your SEO, e.g. replace page titles and section headings with the Heading Tags Widget instead. Remember to only use the ‘h1’ tag once on each page (e.g. the page title), use ‘h2’ for all your sections on the page and ‘h3’ tags for sub-sections.

    Your website’s images may also benefit from an update too, so don’t forget to use Alt Text both on your regular pages and for images used in your blog.

  9. Put Mobile First
  10. Over the last few years, mobile sites have come to the fore. It’s often suggested that you should create your mobile site first before your desktop site. In reality, both are important especially with larger mobile phones and tablets being more popular. The type of website that seems to be less needed is one specifically targeted at tablets. So, when developing your desktop site, make sure it’s good to go for tablet users as well.

    When renovating your website, put the mobile pages first. With EverWeb version 2.6 you now have Scroll Position which makes mobile page navigation easy to set up. You can now create longform pages that are easily scrollable. Having fewer, but longer, pages is better for mobile users and also means that you have fewer pages to maintain.

  11. Review and Update Your SEO
  12. When revamping your website, revisit check your SEO. Over time your website content may have changed as your business, or project, changes. You may find that your SEO now doesn’t match your content, or your target market anymore. So now is a good time to look at the Page Details section of the Inspector Window for each page of your website and update it appropriately.

    To boost your SEO even further, add Language Localization in as well, either on a global level, in Site Publishing Settings, or at a local level in the ‘Language Localization’ section of the Page Details section of the Inspector Window.

  13. Secure Your Site
  14. EverWeb introduced Site Shield Addon last year so that your website can be data encrypted from end to end. If you have an EverWeb+Hosting account of 10GB or more, it’s also free! It’s highly recommended that you keep your website data secure. All you need to do is tick the HTTPS Secure Website checkbox in Site Publishing Settings then publish your entire website. If you have a 2GB Account you can purchase this feature in your EverWeb Client Area.

Renovating your website can be done simply, quickly and easily if you keep up to date with EverWeb’s new and updated features. If you look at your website and decide that a more radical update is needed, why not get inspired with updating your site with a new look for 2018!

25 Jan 2018

Fill, Fit, Stretch & Tile Images in EverWeb

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When building your website, the images you choose are important as they convey to your visitors what your site is about and what kind of business, or venture, you are. As such, thought should be given to the images you use so that you give your visitors the right impression right from the landing page.

When building your website in EverWeb there are a number of different ways to display the images you use. Images can act as either page or browser backgrounds, in a slideshow, an image gallery or just standalone within the pages of your website.

Displaying Images in EverWeb

In many instances, you can display the images you’re going to use in one of a number of different ways in EverWeb e.g. as the Original Size, Stretch, Scale to Fill, Scale to Fit or Tiled. If setting an image as Page Background in the Page Settings tab of the Inspector Window, all of the just mentioned options are available. The same options are available for standalone images using the Fill section of the Shape Options tab. If you’re using an image as a Browser Background all options except Scale to Fit are available.

Choosing the Right Image Display Option

When experimenting with the different ways to present an image, you may find that one option appears to do the same thing as another option. You may find that your image becomes distorted, or is too large or too small for the space you want the image to occupy. Here’s how each option works in EverWeb so you can choose the right display option every time:

Original Size

The image is displayed in its original size, retaining its original proportions. If you drag and drop your image onto the Editor Window, the image is automatically scaled down if it’s too large so it fits easily on the page. If you still want to import the image as its original size use the Insert-> Choose… option. This will bring the image in ‘as is’. If you find the image is too large to manipulate, don’t forget Cmd+Z to undo or use the Metrics Inspector to resize the image manually.

You can change the image display back to ‘Original Size’ at any time using the Shape Options tab and clicking on the ‘Original Size’ button in the Fill section. Alternatively, use the drop down menu beneath the ‘Image Fill’ dropdown. When you select Original Size, you may find that only part of the image is displayed in the selection box. in such cases, resize the selection box to view the whole image.

If you want to know the image dimensions, make sure that it is selected, then go to the Assets tab. The image file is selected in the Assets List. If you don’t see the dimensions (in pixels), click on the up/down arrows that are above, and to the right of, the first asset listed. Click on the up/down arrows and select ‘Show File Info’. Alternatively, use the Metrics Inspector to view the image’s dimensions.

Scale To Fit

Scale to Fit changes the size of the image to fit in the given height and width while retaining the image’s original proportions. All of the original image remains visible. You may find that when selecting this option that the horizontal and/or vertical sides of the selection box are not completely filled depending on the original size and proportions of the selection box. Try resizing the selection box using one of the vertical or horizontal grab handles (make sure that you have constrain proportions off when doing this). As you increase the size of the selection box, you should see some horizontal and/or vertical space appearing between the image border and the selection box border.

Scale To Fill

When you use Scale To Fill, your image will do just that within the selection box. The image retains its proportions but as the image has to fill in the whole selection box, it may get ‘zoomed in’. As a consequence, the image may be cropped either horizontally and/or vertically. If you resize the selection box, you’ll find that the amount of image you see changes as you resize. there is no way to manually move the image within the selection box, use will have to use the corner grab handles instead to see if resting gives you the result you require.

In some instances, masking your image may produce a better result than Scale To Fill. Alternatively Scale To Fill first, then mask the image afterwards.

Stretch

Use Stretch when you want to fill the selection box with your image and it’s not important to retain the image’s proportions. This can be useful when you have an image that’s just a bit too narrow, or too short, to fill the selection box. Stretch can be helpful in these instances but if an image needs too much stretching to fill the selection box, then it can appear distorted. If this is the case, it’s recommended to use a graphics program to resize the image properly. Sometimes, Apple’s Preview be the ideal solution if you don’t have. graphics package to hand.

Tile

When using Tile, the horizontal aspect of the image (x) is used in relation to the Content Width of the page. for example, if the image is 200px wide and the page is 1000px wide, the image will be tiled horizontally 5 times. The tiling on the y axis will depend on the image height. In this example, if the image is 200px high, you would see a 5×5 tiling as a result.

EverWeb’s image display options give you a variety of easy ways to display images how you want them to be on your webpages, or as a background to your page or browser. Although flexible to use, you may still need further image manipulation through either EverWeb’s Mask feature, or by using a graphics editing program. Getting the right look for your website is important so is worth investing time in getting your images just right!

11 Jan 2018

EverWeb in 2017: A Blockbuster Year!

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It hardly seems like a year’s passed since EverWeb 2.0 launched back in November 2016 bringing blogging to all EverWeb users. It was a great close out for 2016 so what great things would be in store for in 2017? Looking back at 2017, it brought a slew of new, and enhanced, features to the product. Here’s the best of EverWeb in 2017…

January 2017: EverWeb 2.1 Updated Blog and Contact Form Advanced widget

EverWeb’s first point release of 2017 came in January with EverWeb version 2.1. This release brought many improvements to the recently released blogging environment such as direct linking to the blog archive page from the main blog page.

Blogging wasn’t the only focus as the Contact Form Advanced widget, also added in the EverWeb 2.0 release, gained new SMTP features making sending and receiving email more secure and reliable as well as new options for the widgets controls. Lastly, two keyboard shortcuts were added: Command+Option and Shift+Command that help you more easily move and select objects about the canvas.

In February EverWeb 2.1.1 arrived with more updates for the Contact Form Advanced and the Audio widget got its first update since EverWeb 1.0 adding Default Volume Level, Mute Sound, Autoplay on Page Load and Audio Loop to its settings.

April 2017: EverWeb 2.2 Animation Engine Added to EverWeb!

EverWeb version 2.2 added an Animation Engine to the product in April making it easy to add great effects to objects on your page. 16 different animation effects are available to use from the Shape Options menu.

Distance to Object was also introduced in EverWeb version 2.2. If you need to know the distance between one object and another, just click on the first object, hold the Option key down, then mouse over to the target object and you’ll see the distance between the two displayed. It’s that simple…

April 2017: EverWeb 2.3 Speed and Code Optimizations

Hot on the heels of EverWeb version 2.2 came EverWeb version 2.3 in the same month with under the hood performance and code optimizations, as well as resolving publishing issues experienced by some FTP users.

July 2017: EverWeb 2.4 Adds Site Shield Addon & End To End Data Encryption

As summer got underway, EverWeb version 2.4 bowed in July with Site Shield Addon. For EverWeb+Hosting users, this new feature is a one click solution for end to end website data encryption. Site Shield Addon is great if your website transmits any sales, finance or personal data.

Site Shield Addon also boosts your search engine ranking results search engine providers give secure websites a rankings advantage over non-secure websites.

For EverWeb+Hosting accounts of 10GB or higher, Site Shield Addon is free. EverWeb+Hosting 2GB account users can purchase Site Shield Addon through their EverWeb Client Area.

EverWeb version 2.4 was great for EverWeb users who need great search engine ranking results. An additional SEO boost came with the addition of ‘Language Localisation’ to the Page Settings tab of the Inspector Window. Language Localisation uses language localization to better serve visitors searching the web with more relevant search results.

October 2017: EverWeb version 2.5: 64-Bit Support, New Widgets, Print Server, Improved Preview

In October, EverWeb version 2.5 debuted as a 64-Bit application. Whilst this is a mainly under the hood step, it’s important as Apple will only release 64-Bit OS’s in the future for. In addition, as a 64-Bit app, EverWeb will be able to take more advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s technologies.

EverWeb users who do not have a 64-Bit ready macOS have not been forgotten wither as there is still a version of EverWeb specifically for older macOS’s.

Also new in EverWeb version 2.5 were two brand new widgets: The Facebook Page Timeline widget and the Live Photo widget. Preview Server debuted (which we’ll be featuring soon) adding better, more accurate Preview functionality and there were also improvements to RSS feed speed and reliability.

November 2017: EverWeb 2.6 Brings Lightning Fast Publsihing and Scroll Position!

The end of November 2017 saw the last major EverWeb release of the year when version 2.6 was released to the public. This release introduced incredible speed and performance enhancements when publishing websites, especially large EverWeb Projects.

Publishing via FTP+SSH protocol was added to the existing FTP+SSL and FTP protocols. Such features enabled the use of multiple connections to the server during publishing resulting in some incredible performance increases, sometimes up to 30x faster than before!

As well as major improvements on publishing speed, EverWeb version 2.6 introduced Scroll Position, allowing you to add set up anchors anywhere on your web page that can be hyperlinked to from anywhere else in your website project. As such your hyperlinks can take you to the point on the page where you want the focus to be instead of just to the top of the page as in previous versions of EverWeb.

EverWeb really kicked in to high gear in 2017, but still added some great small touches whilst retaining its easy to use but feature rich approach. Check out the links above to find out more about each EverWeb version. Let’s see what 2018 brings!

29 Dec 2017

Super Fast Publishing with EverWeb 2.6

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The recently released EverWeb version 2.6 comes with a couple of significant features that’ll be a boon when previewing and publishing your website.

Faster Publishing, Better Publishing Information
The great news for all EverWeb users is faster publishing of your website with EverWeb version 2.6. When publishing, two things happen: first of all your website project’s files are processed and second, the processed files are uploaded to your Host Server.

As well as faster publishing, EverWeb version 2.6 gives you more information at both stages of the publishing process. During the first stage you’ll now have see an “‘x of y’ pages” processed in the ‘Publishing’ dialog box.

During the second stage, when the processed files are uploaded to your Host server, you’ll now see more detailed, realtime, information as to the status of the upload. To see this detailed information, use the File-> Site Publishing Settings menu option or click on the name of your website project file in the Web Page List when publishing.

The information you now see includes the number of files already uploaded out of the total number to be uploaded. Bear in mind that the number of files to upload depends on the contents of your pages e.g.images and other media files in your pages count as files to upload. You’ll also see how much of the total file size has already been uploaded and which files are currently being uploaded to the Host Server. Remember that the size of the file upload will vary depending on changes you have made to your website and whether you are publishing just changes to your site or the entire site.

Faster Uploading Through Simultaneous Connections
As well as having more information to hand during the publishing process, EverWeb version 2.6 allows you to upload files simultaneously by allowing you to change the number of simultaneous connections to your host server. You can find this setting in the File-> Preferences-> Publishing tab.

Adjusting the number of simultaneous connections can result in your publishing being up to five times faster than before. Remember that when it comes to publishing the speed increase occurs during the second stage of the publishing process, so bear this in mind when comparing publishing using EverWeb 2.6 against previous versions. You should generally find that the larger the project file, the greater the benefit of faster publishing. Many EverWebbers have already found significant improvements in publishing speeds over older versions of the product.

The number of simultaneous connections allowed ranges from 1 to 20 connections. Having only one connection is the slowest, but safest, way to publish your website. Setting the value to 20 connections is the fastest way to publish your website, but also the riskiest as there is a higher chance of connection failures. You may need to set a value somewhere between the minimum and maximum to get best results. You can do this by trial and error, or your Hosting Provider may be able to guide you. Often Hosting Providers set a limit as to the number of simultaneous server connections are allowed at one time.

If you get timeout messages when publishing try dialling back the number of connections used in the the Publishing Preferences. If you’re testing to see how many connections you can have without causing timeout issues, it may also be worth waiting awhile between tests as it may take a bit of time for the connections you’ve used in your first test to be freed up for use in your next test.

If you are publishing to your EverWeb+Hosting account, you will probably find a value of 3-5 connections the best for publishing.

If you are using FTP, check to see if you can use FTP+SSH to your Host Server as SSH allows for simultaneous connections. Again, check with your hosting provider as to what the best number of connections is advised and if your Hosting plan allows you to use the FTP+SSH option.

EverWeb version 2.6 is really speedy when it comes to publishing so it’s a highly recommended update!