22 Apr 2014

Adding An Animated GIF In EverWeb

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If you are interested in adding an animated GIF to your site made in EverWeb, you can easily do so with this free animated GIF widget.

All you need to do is choose the GIF from your hard drive. You can also specify the size of your animated GIF (note: the default size will be 450×450 pixels.) There is also a text field to add some alternative text if you’d like.

Remember to quit EverWeb before launching the widget. When you launch the widget, you will receive a message saying ‘Your widget has been installed’. You can then launch your website project and look at the widgets tab and see the newly installed widget.

17 Apr 2014

Justified Text In EverWeb – Free Widget

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I have just released a brand new widget for the new iWeb replacement application called EverWeb. This widget will allow you to easily add justified text to your website. Feel free to download and use this justified text widget absolutely free.

If this is your first time downloading a widget, all you need to know is that you should quit EverWeb, double click on the widget (which is a .ewwdgt file) and the widget will automatically install (you will see a ‘Your widget has been installed’ message). You can then launch your website project and look at the widgets tab and see the newly installed widget.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For this widget to function properly, you will need EverWeb 1.4 or higher. Version 1.4 is currently in beta and can be downloaded here.

The folks at EverWeb will be making a video tutorial on using this widget, but until then, what you need to know is that there are 3 paragraphs that you can add text to. If you need less than 3 paragraphs, you only need to use as many as you want. If you need more, then you should drag and drop the Justified Text widget onto your page again, and just make the first paragraph on that widget the 4th paragraph in total. To make any changes to the text, simply open up the Text window and make your formatting changes just as if you would do with a regular text box in EverWeb.

I hope you enjoy the widget. If you have any problems, please let me know. More widgets will be released in the next week or two so stay tuned.

For those who do not know, EverWeb is an easy to use desktop application that allows you to make your own website. No coding knowledge or previous website building experience is required. You can download and try out EverWeb for free.

10 Mar 2014

New Features in EverWeb 1.3 Brings it Closer to iWeb

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Last week EverWeb 1.3 was released with a ton of new features. Over the next few posts we’ll discuss these new features in detail (there’s a lot!). Here’s a quick list of what’s new in EverWeb 1.3;

1. Direct FTP Publishing
2. An ecommerce widget for adding a Paypal store and shopping cart
3. 404 not found error pages
4. 301 redirects (we’ll talk about why these are insanely useful below)
5. Password protection

There are a few more features and you can find more details on the ragesw blog post.

One of my favorite new features is kind of an advanced one to understand, but a simple one to use. EverWeb now lets you implement 301 redirects so you can redirect an old website to your new website without losing your search engine rankings and without requiring visitors to update their bookmarks. Don’t be intimidated though, these are very easy to understand and use in EverWeb.

What Are 301 Redirects?
When you update your site, you may add or remove pages, specifically if you are rebuilding them in EverWeb. The links for your old website may not work anymore. This means if your website is listed in search engines, users may be directed to your old, outdated site, or no site at all if your old site has been deleted.

301 redirects are a way to tell search engines, and your visitor’s web browsers, that a specific page on your site has moved and should be redirected to another page. The major benefit of 301 redirects is that you won’t lose your existing search engine rankings.

How do I use 301 Redirects
301 redirects are a new feature of EverWeb 1.3, so you’ll have to make sure you download the latest version.

301 redirects work on a per page basis, so you’re going to have to decide which page on your new EverWeb site should replace a specific page on your old iWeb site.

1. Open your website in EverWeb and select your new page.

2. In your web browser, visit the old page that you want to redirect to your new page.

3. In the Path bar at the top of your browser window, copy the entire URL to your clipboard.

4. Return to EverWeb and select the Page Settings tab in the Inspector (It’s the first tab). Scroll to the bottom where you see the Redirects section. Paste the full URL in that field.

5. Now publish your website and when you visit your old URL in your browser it will go to your new EverWeb page.

If you have any problems, post your questions here and I will try and help. The process should be very straightforward.

Stay tuned for the next release where we talk about some of the other new feature.

01 Feb 2014

EverWeb 1.2 Full Review; Master Pages/Templates

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A big update has been posted for EverWeb. As many of you know, EverWeb is so far the best alternative to iWeb, which was discontinued over 2 years ago. It follows the same interface as iWeb but comes with a lot of new features that iWeb never had.

EverWeb 1.2 Review

EverWeb 1.2 comes with one of the most exciting new features that many users have been asking for, Master Pages.

Master Pages lets you set up a global design for your website. Then you assign your Master Page to whichever pages you want to use this design. When you make a change to your Master Page, every page that uses your Master Page will be updated as well.

For users with large websites, this feature will be a life saver!

Now when you want to make a simple change to your Site’s design, you n0 longer have to go through every single page to make that change. Simply update your Master Page and you’re done.

Typically a Master Page should be used to create a header and footer for your site. Then each individual page will have a unique design within the content area. You can also use Master Pages to specify browser and page background colors/images.

This new feature makes designing and maintaining websites so much easier. If you haven’t switched from iWeb 09 to EverWeb, now is the time to really consider changing your web building tool. You can create your iWeb design as a Master Page in EverWeb and simply assign that to every new page on your site. This will dramatically reduce the time it takes to rebuild your iWeb site in EverWeb.

Multiple Master Pages

EverWeb lets you have as many Master Pages as you like. Typically you will only have 1 or 2, though it is good to know you can create an unlimited amount. One Master Page can be used for your desktop website and one can be used for your Mobile site.

When creating Master Pages, try to think if a group of pages have a lot of common elements. If so, consider creating more Master Pages for that group. That way you will always have less pages to update when you want to make a design change.

The only downside is that you cannot create a Master Page based on other Master Pages, though this limitation does not hinder you too much and for most users it will be a non-issue.

Master Pages in EverWeb

What’s Missing in EverWeb 1.2

A couple of features I was hoping for in EverWeb 1.2 include;

1. FTP Publishing Add in version 1.3

2. Blogging

3. More Widgets

Let us know what you think of the EverWeb update in the comments below.

06 Dec 2013

New Version of EverWeb adds Object Locking/Grouping

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Firstly, if you haven’t followed suite like many iWeb users and jumped over to EverWeb yet, now is the time!

A new version of EverWeb released a few days ago adds two new features users have wanted in iWeb for a long time. Grouping and locking objects!

Locking objects lets you lock the objects in place so they can’t be accidentally moved. This is really useful when you have many objects overlapping other objects. You can lock all objects in place so they are never accidentally moved or rotated.

The more exciting feature in version 1.1 of EverWeb is object Grouping. This means you can select a bunch of objects and group them so they all move around together.

For example, you can create a nice image gallery with captions and group all the images/captions together. Now you never have to adjust each object when you want to make a little change. This new feature makes editing web pages in EverWeb much more efficient.

Both locking and grouping can be accessed from the Arrange menu.

EverWeb Grouping Tips

Although you can’t resize objects that are grouped with the resize widgets, mouse gestures on our trackpad do work to resize or rotate grouped objects.

Grouped objects can be easily copied and pastes between pages which means updating sections of your site that are the same across multiple pages is much easier. Just delete the old objects and copy your grouped object from the “Master” page.

Let us know what you think of the new update by commenting below.