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15 Apr 2016

Using Google Calendars in EverWeb

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Adding a calendar to your website is a simple, easy and effective way to let others know your agenda and availability. It’s also great in business situations where you want to show things such as available appointment times, room availability for meetings or if a piece of equipment is available for hire on a particular day. Including a calendar in your EverWeb made website only takes a few steps using Google’s calendaring feature.

In this example we’re going to create a calendar showing the availability of a music studio for hire.

  1. First of all you’ll need to have a Google account. If you don’t have one go to www.google.com and click on the ‘Sign In’ button located in the top right hand corner of the browser window and create an account from there.
  2. If you have not done so already, log in to your Google account and go to Google Calendar by clicking on the grid icon in the top right of the browser window. The grid icon displays all of Google’s cloud based apps you can access. Click on the Calendar app.
  3. You’ll see this month’s calendar displayed. Next create your own calendar that will be shown on your website the studio’s availability. If you’ve used Google Calendar before, you may already have one or more calendars set up already. Different calendars can be used for different purposes e.g. one for your own availability and one for studio bookings. To create a new calendar, go to the ‘My Calendars’ section and click on the drop down arrow. Select ‘Create new calendar’.
  4. On the ‘Create new calendar’ page, name your calendar e.g. ‘Studio Bookings’ and complete the form by filling in the fields you want include.
  5. It’s important to remember to tick the box to ‘Make this calendar public’. If you don’t no-one will see the calendar content on your website.
  6. When you have completed the form click on the ‘Create Calendar’ button at the bottom of the window.
  7. You’ll now see the calendar in the ‘My calendars’ list. Now the calendar has been added, hover the cursor over the calendar name and click on the drop down button to the right of the calendar name. Select the option ‘Calendar settings’ from the menu that appears.
  8. On the next screen you can edit the calendar display by selecting ‘Customize the color, size, and other options’ link in the ‘Embed this calendar’ section. Google Calendar allows you to change the display size of the calendar, has color and bordering options, the initial calendar view options such as weekly, monthly or agenda view and more.
  9. Once you’ve finished customizing your calendar, click the ‘Update HTML’ button, Select all the code in the ‘Copy and paste the HTML…’ box and copy it using Cmd+C. Having copied the code to the clipboard you can return to the calendar by clicking on ‘Google Calendar’ in the top left of the browser window.
  10. On the calendar view add in some events so you can see that the calendar functions properly on your web page. To create an event just click on the time you want the event to start and drag the mouse cursor to it’s end time. You’ll then be able to create the event.
  11. There are other options available on the calendar page such customizing the color of the events in the calendar. Just click on the drop down button to the right of the calendar name for the menu of options.
  12. The code snippet you copied to the clipboard is what you need to embed the calendar in to your page in EverWeb. If you change the customisation options in your calendar after you’ve copied the code, you’ll need to ‘update’ the HTML code, recopy the resulting code and reapply it in EverWeb.
  13. With the code copied to the clipboard, launch EverWeb and go to the page in your Project file where you want to add the calendar.
  14. Drag and drop the HTML Widget on to the page from the Widgets tab. Paste the code that you copied in to the ‘HTML code’ box and press the ‘Apply’ button.
  15. The widget will update. Move the calendar to where you want it on the page. The width and height of the calendar will be the dimensions that you chose in Google Calendar.
  16. Use EverWeb’s Preview to see how the calendar will look, you can even interact with it as well.

When you’re happy with the results, hit the ‘Publish’ button and you’re all done and will have a live calendar online!

07 Apr 2016

EverWeb version 1.9.6 Now Available

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EverWeb version 1.9.6 has just been officially released. It’s a maintenance and stability release so worth upgrading to! Don’t forget to check to see if you’re eligible for this update as part of your EverWeb software plan. You can check if your license is active from the Accounts tab of the EverWeb-> Preferences menu. If your license has lapsed and you want to renew it for another year of software updates and support, click on the Manage Account button to go to your EverWeb account where you can renew. If you don’t want to renew your license, you can still use the version of EverWeb you originally purchased.

25 Mar 2016

Creating and Using Video Content in EverWeb

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EverWeb has a great, updated Video Widget in version 1.9.5 that can be used to easily add video content to your website. Creating your own video content doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming as apps such as iMove and Keynote are both free and easy to use. There’s also QuickTime Player, which comes with OS X, that lets you screen record video then edit it with some basic editing features.

In this example, we’re going to create a video tutorial about EverWeb’s hyperlinking feature using Quicktime. The video will include an audio track narrative. Once the video and audio have been created, we’ll insert it into a web page in EverWeb. OK, here we go…

Planning and Preparation

  1. Before creating a video tutorial, plan it’s flow from start to finish. Keep in mind what the goal is i.e. what do you want to tell your audience?
  2. Your tutorial should focus on one subject or idea only if at all possible e.g. how to hyperlink a piece of text to take you to another page in your website.
  3. Try a few ‘dry runs’ to make sure the tutorial flows properly before you start recording. Doing this also helps you get used to the steps you’ll be recording. It’s also a good point to double check that the video flow is as simple and straightforward as you had planned. Remove any unnecessary steps or anything not directly related to what your subject is about.
  4. Once you have rehearsed your tutorial, close any open applications on your desktop that are not needed in the recording.
  5. Set your OS X desktop background to a neutral color and clear away any files you have placed on the desktop. This will help keep your audience focused on the video content and not what’s in the background.
  6. When making screen recordings, you may want to increase the size of the mouse pointer so it’s easier to see and follow around the screen. You can change the mouse cursor size in ‘System Preferences’. Select ‘Accessibility’ and then ‘Display’. When recording, remember to move the mouse at a steady, even pace at all times. Avoid jerky mouse movements and don’t go too fast or too slow either!
  7. Once you have set up your recording environment, go to the point where you will begin the recoding. In our example, this is the page in our EverWeb Project file with the text that we want to hyperlink.

Recording Your Quicktime Movie
With all of the preparation done, it’s time to start recording…

  1. Open QuickTime Player. If it’s not in the Dock use Spotlight to search for it.
  2. Select File > New Screen Recording from the menu and follow the instructions that appear in the middle of the screen.
  3. When you have finished recording your video tutorial, press the record button in the menu bar in the top right hand corner of the screen to end the screen recording.
  4. Next, play your recording back to make sure that it’s how you want it. You may need to re-record a couple of times to get things right. Remember that if you need to re-record, you may need to reset things that have changed in the recording e.g. in the example of Hyperlinks, you would deselect ‘Enable as Hyperlink’. If you find that re-recording keeps going wrong, take a break and come back fresh to it later on.
  5. To add a narrative audio track to your video you’ll need a microphone. This is easily solved by using the microphone included with your mobile phone, such as the one on an iPhone. Plug the microphone in to your Mac. Remember to plan and test your audio track in the same manner as you did with your video track.
  6. Before starting the audio recording, make sure the video recording is at the start of playback. Also, moving the audio and video windows close to each other will make starting and stopping recording and playback easier.
  7. Select File > New Audio Recording. Begin the audio recording and then start the video playback immediately afterwards so that your narrative recording syncs up with the actions of the video recording. Once finished, turn off the audio recording and save the audio file.
  8. To combine the audio with the video, drag the audio recording file you have saved on to the window that contains the video recording.
  9. If the video is too long, use Edit > Trim to edit it down.
  10. To edit down the audio track, select Edit > Trim followed by View >  Show Audio Track. This will allow you access and edit the audio.
  11. When you have finished editing, save the video file. It will have a .MOV extension.
EverWeb's Video Widget Settings

Video Inserted into a web page.

Adding Your Video Content in to EverWeb
With your video tutorial now complete, it’s time to add it in to your web page in EverWeb…

  1. Open your EverWeb Project file and go to the page where you want to add the video.
  2. From the Widgets Inspector, drag and drop the Video Widget on to your page. Position and resize the video placeholder as desired.
  3. In the Video Widget settings tab click the ‘Choose…’ button for ‘MP4 Video’ and select your .MOV video file. You’ll notice that there are two other file format options available: WebM and OGG. Use these options for compatibility purposes with older versions of Firefox and with Opera browsers. If you need to convert from Quicktime’s .MOV file format to WebM or OGG formats look for appropriate conversion programs on the Web.
  4. The updated Video Widget in EverWeb 1.9.5 has a variety of options for video content (see screenshot above.) Generally it’s recommended to go with the defaults most of the time unless you have specific reasons not to. For example, muting the sound is a good idea incase the video is accessed in a public area where you won’t want sound to upset people who may be nearby.
  5. Poster Image in EverWeb

    Example Poster Image in EverWeb which can be used as a Title Card for your video.

  6. It’s recommended to use the Poster Image option as the option places a picture at the front of the video whilst the video itself downloads in the background. It’s useful especially if the video is large and/or download speeds are slow to the device being used. Without a Video Poster Image the video needs to download first to supply an image. The other use of the Poster Image option is that you can easily make a title card for your tutorial, in our example, ‘Hyperlinking with EverWeb.’
  7. Remember that when using Video Poster Image it isn’t supported with Autoplay checked. You may want to advise your visitors that video downloads can be bandwidth hungry, especially from mobile devices before they hit ‘Play’ so they can choose to play the video or not.
  8. To see the results, use Preview in the EverWeb Toolbar before publishing to the Internet. Don’t forget that when you publish to the Internet to test your video content in different browsers to ensure video format compatibility.

Adding video content in to your EverWeb Project is quick easy and hassle free, all it takes are OS X’s native or free apps to get you there!

09 Feb 2016

EverWeb 1.9.5 Now Available! Faster, More Efficient!

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EverWeb’s just been updated to version 1.9.5 and the new release has many under the hood enhancements and tweaks to improve it’s speed and memory efficiency. If your website Project file has a lot of images, or is used for a large website, you should also see improvements in operation. Version 1.9.5 has also devoted a lot of attention to squashing bugs and issues.

This is a recommended update and comes in two versions, one for OS X 10.6 users and one for OS X 10.7 and later users. Updating your product is easy, just use the EverWeb -> Check for Update… menu.

Updated Video Widget
The Video Widget gets an overhaul adding some great new features:

  • Autoplay: Have your video play automatically when your page is loaded using the Autoplay option.
  • If you want continuous playback of your video, check the ‘Loop’ box.
  • Add/Remove Video Controls If you don’t want your visitors to access the video controls, you can hide them using this option
  • Poster Image. Use a Poster Image to add a default picture to the front of the video before your visitor clicks to play it. This feature can only be used when Autoplay is OFF
  • Volume Controls: You can set the default volume level of the video. If you want the video to play without any sound, use the Mute option

Remember that large videos may take a long time to load which makes the Poster Image a useful option. Don’t forget to test the page before going live to make sure that the page load time is acceptable!

Updated PayPal Widget
There’s one addition to the PayPal Widget in 1.9.5 and that’s the inclusion of a Global Shipping Settings option.

New Templates
And finally, there are three new templates: Cultivate, Food House and Gym Lite.

EverWeb 1.9.5 is a must have upgrade for all EverWeb users, so download it today!

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.