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21 Sep 2017

End To End Data Encryption and Better SEO with EverWeb

No Comments EverWeb, Software, Web Design

EverWeb 2.4 introduced a great new feature: end to end data encryption of your website. The new feature, EverWeb Site Shield Addon, is available exclusively to anyone with an EverWeb+Hosting account. Here’s a Q&A on all that you need to know…

What Are The Benefits of Site Shield Addon?
EverWeb’s Site Shield Addon benefits your website in a number of important ways:

  1. Data transmitted between the EverWeb Hosting Servers and the visitor’s browser window is encrypted and so will be secure on any device: desktop, tablet or mobile.
  2. Encryption means that data such as personal information, financial transaction data (e.g. E-Commerce) etc. will be transmitted securely reducing the risk of data theft.
  3. A secure website is professional and shows your customers that you care about data protection. Secure sites display a ‘Padlock’ symbol next to their URL in the browser search box indicating to the visitor that the site is secure.
  4. Site Shield Addon is great for your website’s SEO giving you an immediate rankings boost. Search giant Google actively promotes secure websites over non-secure websites in Search Engine Ranking Results. Microsoft and Yahoo have also followed suit.

How Does Site Shield Addon Work?

Site Shield Addon effectively upgrades your website from using Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to HTTPS which is the Secure version of the protocol. TLS, or Transport Security Layer, provides the security when transmitting data using HTTPS. Security Certificates are also used as part of process in enabling HTTPS for your website. You can find more information on HTTPS in the Google article Secure your site with HTTPS

How Much Does EverWeb Site Shield Addon Cost?

If you have a 10Gb or higher EverWeb+Hosting plan, Site Shield Addon is absolutely free. If you have a 2Gb plan, Site Shield Addon costs $29.95 per year.

What Version of EverWeb Do I Need to Use Site Shield Addon

You need EverWeb version 2.4, or higher, to be able to use Site Shield Addon in addition to your EverWeb+Hosting plan.

How Do I Purchase, or Add, Site Shield Addon?

To purchase, or add, Site Shield Addon you will need to go to your EverWeb Account profile. If you have EverWeb+Hosting 10GB, or higher, users you still need to add the Site Shield Addon to your EverWeb customer account even though it is free for you.

How Do I Make My Website Secure?

EverWeb always makes this kind of stuff really, really easy! If you’ve just added Site Shield Addon to your EverWeb account and have EverWeb open, quit and relaunch. Then, all you need to do is…

  1. Open your project file
  2. Go to File -> Edit Publishing Settings
  3. Tick the checkbox ‘Use HTTPS Secure URLs’
  4. Publish your website using File -> Publish Entire Site

The first time you publish your site using the ‘HTTPS Secure URLs’ option, it’s recommended that you publish the whole site. If you make changes afterwards to your Project file and republish, it’s OK to use the Publish button instead which publishes only the changes you have made to your website.

How Do I know That My Site Is Secure?

There are two ways you’ll know that your site is secure once you’ve published it:

  1. Instead of the site URL being prefixed with HTTP, it will be prefixed with HTTPS instead. If you don’t see the HTTP/HTTPS prefix at all, check your browser settings. Some browsers default to displaying only a shortened version of the URL.
  2. You’ll see a Padlock symbol beside your site’s URL name giving your visitors a visual cue that the site is secure.

Can I Use Site Shield Addon With More Than One Website?
Yes. Site Shield Addon is linked to your EverWeb Account so if you have more than one domain in your account they can all made secure.

What if I don’t have an EverWeb+Hosting Account?

If you have your own hosting provider and want end to end data encryption for your website, you’ll meed to contact your provider and work with them to implement this feature for you.

EverWeb Site Shield Addon is a real boon and is simple and easy to use, giving you added security for your website, better customer satisfaction, privacy protection and an SEO rankings boost as well!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us below in the Comments Section!

07 Sep 2017

10 Things To Do After Publishing Your EverWeb Website…

No Comments EverWeb, Software, Tips and Tricks, Web Design, Widgets

It’s a great moment when you finally click the “Publish” button in EverWeb and your website goes live on the Internet. All that hard work has finally paid off!

Now comes the difficult part, testing out your website to make sure it all works properly. This is something that seems to be a bit of a chore, but if you’ve prepared your website properly beforehand e.g. using the tips in the “10 Things To Do Before Publishing Your Website” blog, testing should be relatively quick and easy.

Here’s a checklist of things to look out for:

  1. Make sure your Navigation Menu is working properly. Check that the labels you’ve used (i.e. the Navigation Menu Display Name that you’ll find in the Page button of the Inspector tab) are correct and that each menu item goes to the page it’s meant to go to.
  2. If you’ve previously published your website, you may have made some changes and republished. Make sure that the updated pages in EverWeb have updated on the Internet correctly. If they haven’t, try full republish using File-> Publish Entire Site instead of the Publish button (or File-> Publish Site Changes menu option).
  3. If you have any hyperlinks in your pages, test out all the links to make sure they go to where they are supposed to go. Don’t forget to check out any hyperlinks you may have added to objects such as images or shapes as well as your text hyperlinks!
  4. Check that any contact forms you have added work correctly such as EverWeb’s own Contact Form Advanced widget. Check that form fields work correctly as well as the sending and receiving of the email itself. Although you may see the message “Your email has been sent” it does not necessarily mean that the email has been received! Remember also that problems can lie at either end, e.g. incorrect SMTP options set in the widget, or incorrect configuration options set in your email program.
  5. If you have an EverWeb+Hosting account and are using EverWeb Site Shield for HTTPS Secure URLs, check that the URL in your browser window starts with HTTPS and has a Padlock symbol next to the URL. Whilst you’re checking this, you may also want to see if any Favicon you’ve added is displayed (bear in mind that this may take a few hours to become visible due to replication round the Internet).
  6. Check that any widgets or code you may have used work correctly e.g. if you’re using icons from Font Awesome, make sure that these display properly.
  7. Check that your page layout works correctly e.g. you have a fixed header so that your page content scrolls under as your visitor scrolls down the page. Make sure that the content scrolls under the header and not on top of it! Check your Always On Top setting in the Metrics Inspector and make sure that Arrange-> Bring To Front is selected. Test any changes using Preview before publishing.
  8. Check that your website works properly on all device types: desktop, tablet and mobile. It’s extra work for sure, but it’s better for your users that you do this work! A professionally made website makes for a better user experience and is better for repeat visits.
  9. Test out your 404 Page Not Found pages. On both your desktop and mobile websites, check that the error page works. To test, just enter the website URL in your web browser’s search box but include a mistake in the page name you’re looking for. You should see your own 404 Page Not Found error page appear as a result.
  10. How about some documentation? It’s always worth having some documentation about your website project, especially if you’ve drawn content from a number of different sources. That can come in handy in future if you ever need to go back to find your source data. It’s also useful to note down all Hyperlinks references you’ve used in your website. Even basic information such as page layout items found in the Page tab of the Inspector can be useful to record.

    And finally, don’t forget your backups! Always have EverWeb’s own backup feature on in addition to any regular backup of your computer itself.

Once you’ve published your website it’s easy to want to just enjoy the fruits of your work, but making sure that your website is working properly is worthwhile in itself.

If you have any ideas or suggestions about this blog post, let us know! We’d love to hear from you!

24 Aug 2017

10 Things To Do Before Publishing Your EverWeb Website

No Comments EverWeb, Software, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Web Design

Publishing your website to the Internet is the culmination of many hours of hard work getting your site exactly how you want it. As you get closer to publishing, it’s easy to rush the final steps to get your site out for the whole world to see!

Sprinting to the project’s finish line is understandable, but too much haste can lead to a published website that’s full of errors or does not work as expected. It’s potentially embarrassing, unprofessional and can be a real negative to your site visitors. So why not take a breath then run through our checklist blow before hitting the ‘Publish’ button. Save yourself the hassle of having to go back to make lots of changes, corrections or fixes after you’ve published.

Here’s the checklist of things to review on your EverWeb website Project before publishing…

  1. Set up a Favicon for your site. The Favicon is the little square image that appears beside your URL in the web browser search box. It’s a nice professional touch to your website even if it’s not an essential feature to include.

    To add a Favicon, go to the File-> Edit Publishing Settings. Scroll down to the Favicon section and choose an appropriate image (preferably one that’s square!). EverWeb will do the rest when you publish. When including a Favicon in your site, it may take a few hours for replication around the web for it to show up in the browser search box.

  2. If you have EverWeb 2.4, or higher, set the Language Localization for your website and for any individual pages as necessary. This is a great feature to add as it will help serve your visitors searching the web with more targeted search results. Check out our blog Language Localisation in EverWeb 2.4 for Better SEO! for more details.
  3. Check that you’ve implemented a ‘404 Page Not Found’ error page for both desktop and mobile versions of your site.

    First, create a ‘404’ error page for both desktop and mobile sites then set up a mobile redirect using the ‘Mobile Settings’ section of the Inspect or tab. In this way, if a user gets a 404 Page Not Found error when using a mobile device, they will be directed to your mobile 404 Page Not Found error page and not the desktop version.

    Once you have linked your desktop and mobile pages together, go to Site Publishing Settings. Scroll down to the ‘Advanced Options’ section. There’s only one option ‘Not found page’. Click on the drop down and set the page to the desktop 404 Page Not Found error page.

  4. If you have any unused assets in your website project that you know you won’t be using in the future, now is a good time to remove them. When developing websites, there’s often experimentation that leads to some ideas that you move forward with and some that you abandon. As such, your Project file may get cluttered with extraneous image files so why not remove them and reduce the size of your Project file at the same time?

    To remove unwanted assets first go to the Assets tab. Select ‘Find Unused Assets’ from the drop down menu that’s to the right of the word ‘Assets’.

    Any unused asset will be highlighted. Review these highlighted assets before removing the ones your don’t want.

  5. As SEO is baked in to EverWeb you don’t explicitly see features labelled as ‘for use with SEO’. If you have not included SEO in the planning of your website, it’s never to late to include it. Using SEO is the best way to improve your Search Engine Ranking Results. For a better understanding of SEO and how to use it in EverWeb, or if you just want a refresher, check out the SEO for EverWeb Course.
  6. If you have an EverWeb+Hosting Plan and EverWeb 2.4 or higher, you can add end to end data encryption to your website with HTTPS. To add this, tick the checkbox ‘Use HTTPS Secure URLs’ feature in Site Publishing Settings. For more information about this feature, check out the EverWeb 2.4 Released Making Your Website Safer! blog post.
  7. If you use Social Media, add an image to your web pages for social media purposes in the Page Details settings of the Inspector tab of your webpage.
  8. Spelling, typos and grammar checking! If you’ve written your own text content for your webpages, it’s easy to miss out on finding mistakes in your own work. If possible, get someone else to read through your text to find typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical error. It’s also useful for another person to check your sentence and paragraph flow.
  9. Preview your website before publishing. Preview shows you how your site will look when published without publishing the site to the Internet. You can interact with Preview to test out most features of your website, but bear in mind that some features, such as sending email, only work when your site has been published.
  10. Before you press the ‘Publish’ button, check to make sure you’re publishing to the correct location by reviewing the ‘Publish’ section of ‘Site Publishing Settings’. It’s especially important to do this if you’ve been publishing to a ‘test’ location before going live, or if you have more than one website under your EverWeb account. Accidents can happen, and you don’t want to be publishing your site to the wrong location.

These tips should make your publishing easier and reduce the need to correct your site afterwards. If you’ve got a tip to share, please let us know in the Comments Section below! Thanks!

10 Aug 2017

Language Localization in EverWeb 2.4 for Better SEO!

No Comments EverWeb, Software, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Web Design

The latest EverWeb release, version 2.4, adds a new feature that uses language and regional localization to help boost your website’s search engine results rankings. Your website will be better able to target your desired audience as potential visitors will be served results that are more specific and relevant to their search than before.

EverWeb 2.4 can take advantage of geographic location and the languages used in your website, which when combined with HTML’s language features, provide an SEO boost. As you’d expect, EverWeb makes Language Localization easy with just a few mouse clicks.

You can use the language localization feature for either commercial or non-commercial purposes e.g. businesses may be focused on serving customers in their own region, country or internationally. Non-commercial websites, for example, non-profit organizations, local associations, hobbyists and so on, may gain better reach and more focused results when trying to attract their target audiences such as local or regional markets or specific language groups within their area.

How Does Language Localization Work?
Language localization works in three different ways:

  1. For the website as a whole, i.e ‘globally’,
  2. At the webpage level only or
  3. Using a combination of the above two methods i.e. the website has the global language set, but occasionally this is overridden at the webpage level when needed.

The following are some examples demonstrating how to use, and get the best from, Language Localization:

Going Global!
At the global level is where you set the language localization for the whole website only. As an example, a website has been developed in EverWeb to sell digital products globally only via the internet. In this case, you may think that no language localization is needed. However, if the website itself has been developed in Spanish, it may be advantageous to set the global language to Spanish as well to better target Spanish speaking visitors.

To set global Language Localization:

  1. Go to the Site Publishing Settings either by using the menu File-> Edit Site Settings, or by clicking on the website name in the Web Page List;
  2. In the Head/Footer section of the Site Publishing Settings is a new setting ‘Language’, just below the Favicon setting. Click on the ‘Language’ drop down.
  3. When the list appears you’ll quickly see that there are numerous languages listed together with lot of local variations based on country. To get quickly to ‘Spanish’, start typing the word itself. Predictive search is used, so as you type you’ll be taken down the list quickly. Locate Spanish.
  4. For our example, we can just use the generic ‘Spanish’ without specifying a country to target all Spanish speaking visitors.
  5. Once Spanish has been selected, publish the website. Use File-> Publish Entire Site to make sure that the whole website adopts the change you have made.

Global Setting, Local Market
In the next example, a national animal welfare organisation, based in Austria, has designed their website using EverWeb. In this instance, the website will probably want to target only potential visitors in the Austria itself. As German is the language spoken in Austria, the global language would be set to German (Austrian).

Global Setting, Multiple Markets
Switzerland is an interesting country as it has a population of about eight million people and four nationally recognised languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh. A Swiss company may build a website with webpages in some, or all, of these languages.

In this case, the developers might select the most appropriate, or dominant, language used in the website as the global Language setting in Site Publishing Settings. This could be German, French or Italian (Romansh is not included as it’s only spoken by 0.6% of the population and so not listed.) Alternatively, the website developers could decide to have no global language and set up language localization just on a page by page basis.

Whether the website uses a global language setting or not, it’s likely that this website will want to set up Language Localization on a page by page basis. To do this:

  1. Open the website Project file and go to first web page.
  2. With the Inspector tab of the Inspector Window selected, go to the Page Details section.
  3. In the ‘Language’ option, select the language that is appropriate for your page e.g. French, German or Italian. Leave the setting blank if the page is in Romansh, and use other EverWeb SEO techniques instead for this language for SEO purposes.
  4. Repeat the process for all of the other pages in the Project file that need localizing
  5. Publish the website using File-> Publish Entire Site.

Same Language, Different Countries
There may be instances where your website uses one language but targets different countries that speak the same language. For example, an English language based site may specifically target markets in the US, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Belize, South Africa, New Zealand and so forth…

In this case, you may want to set the global language setting in Site Publishing Settings to English without specifying a country, then have country specific web pages using the language of English, but with their own specific country identified e.g. English (United States), English (Belize) etc.

When using EverWeb’s Language Localization options it may take a couple of weeks to see if it has been effective on your website visitor stats. If you find no uptick in your website traffic, you may also need to implement some other measures as outlined in EverWeb’s own SEO Course.

28 Jul 2017

EverWeb 2.4 Released Making Your Website Safer!

No Comments EverWeb, Software, Web Design

EverWeb’s just been updated to version 2.4 adding a couple of really important new features.

The first is EverWeb’s new Site Shield Addon that provides ‘End to End’ data encryption of your website, from host server to end user browser window. This is especially important if your website handles financial transactions or sensitive customer data. It’s also a great confidence plus for your website visitors knowing that your website is secure with the padlock in place in the browser search bar.

Using the Site Shield Addon makes your website HTTPS, instead of HTTP which is great for your website’s SEO as Google gives HTTPS sites a rankings boost over HTTP sites.

Anyone who has EverWeb 2.4 together with an EverWeb+Hosting Plan of 10GB or higher gets this feature absolutely free. If you’ve got a 2GB EverWeb+Hosting plan, EverWeb Site Shield is available at $29.95USD/year. Check out the Addons section of your EverWeb Client Area to purchase.

The second key feature of EverWeb 2.4 is that you can use the Language Localization feature to help boost your SEO rankings even further. If your website uses one language only, set the Language option in Site Publishing Settings to that language your web pages are written in.

If your website includes more than one language you can setthe Language option on a page by page basis in the Page Inspector. You can even combine the global website setting with page by page overrides for localisation purposes,

Selecting the new language options enables Google, and other search engines, to look at your website pages and serve search results that are better targeted to the audience you want to reach.

So, two great new features to enjoy in EverWeb version 2.4: End to End data encrypted websites and Search Engine Ranking boosts through Site Shield and the new SEO Language support options!

As well as these two major feature additions, there’s also a new dialog box asking you to confirm page and folder deletions. If you don’t want this confirmation dialog box, just tick the checkbox to not show it again.

All this plus the usual maintenance and stability improvements makes this a great release!