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14 Dec 2017

Easy, Advanced Hyperlinking with Scroll Position!

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Hyperlinks are something almost every website you design will include at some stage. In EverWeb, even the Navigation Menu widget is based on hyperlinks to specific pages in your website.

The Hyperlinks Inspector tab in the Inspector Window is used to link to other pages within your website, to your email program or to enable the downloading of linked files such as .pdf files. EverWeb version 1.9 added the ability to open hyperlinked pages within pop-up windows or in a new window. Now EverWeb version 2.6 lets you do even more with the new Scroll Position feature.

Introducing Scroll Position

Scroll Position places an ‘anchor’ in the place you want it on your web page that can be hyperlinked to, from any page within your website. For example, you may want to set up a Scroll Position to take your visitor to a particular paragraph on your page, or to an image or media object. You may also want to use it to create a ‘Back To Top’ feature for your page which we’ll come on to later…

Introducing Scroll Position

To set up a Scroll Position go to the page where you want to add it then click on the Scroll Position button in the Toolbar, or use the Insert -> Scroll Position menu option. You’ll see a turquoise line appear across the width of the page. This means that the Scroll Position line is currently selected. If you click on another part of the page, the Scroll Position will be deselected and changes to a dark blue color.

To select a Scroll Position line, just click on it. Its color will change to turquoise. Scroll Position lines don’t have selection handles as they’re a special type of object so if you want to move it just click and drag the line to where you want it. Release the mouse button to finish. You’ve now set up an ‘anchor’ that you can hyperlink to.

If you’ve added a Scroll Position to your page by mistake just select it then hit the backspace key on your keyboard to delete it.

Naming Scroll Position Lines

Each Scroll Position has a unique name. To see the name, select the Scroll Position then click on the Widget Settings tab in the Inspector Window. You’ll see the default name ‘scroll position-‘ followed by a number. The number represents the vertical (Y) position of the Scroll Position line on your page. Remember that the zero vertical ‘Y’ position is at the top of the page. If you move the line up or down the page, the Y position number will update when you reselect the Scroll Position.

The Scroll Position ‘Unique Name’ can be edited which is handy if you have several Scroll Positions on the page.Using a user friendly name will make it easier to identify the Scroll Position rather than having to remember its location on the page. It’s good to use Unique Names if you’re using Scroll Position to jump to different sections, or paragraphs, on a page.

Hyperlinking with Scroll Position

To Hyperlink an object to the Scroll Position you’ve created,

  1. Click on the object you want to Hyperlink to. This may be on the same page as the Scroll Position, or on a different page, in your website.
  2. Next go to the Hyperlinks Inspector and tick the ‘Enable as Hyperlink’ checkbox.
  3. Set the ‘Page’ dropdown to the page that includes the Scroll Position then click on the ‘Position’ drop down.
  4. Here you’ll see ‘Page Top’ and the Scroll Position Unique name that you added earlier.
  5. Click on the Scroll Position.
  6. Your Scroll Position is now set up!
  7. Use EverWeb’s Preview to test that the Hyperlink scrolls you to the location of the Scroll Position that you set up.

Creating a Back To The Top Feature

You can also use Scroll Position to add a ‘Back to Top’ feature on your page to smooth scroll from the bottom of the page to the top,

  1. Start by adding a TextBox to the bottom of your page with ‘Back To Top’ as the text.
  2. Next, add a Scroll Position and move it to the top of the page (e.g. at Y position zero).
  3. You may want to call the Scroll Position ‘Back To Top’ although this step is optional.
  4. Finally, link the Scroll Position to your ‘Back to Top’ text as described above.
  5. Again, use Preview to test that the Scroll Position functions as you expect!

Scroll Position is a great way to easily hyperlink to exactly where you want to take your visitors in your website! Have fun with this new feature and please let us know if you have any questions!

23 Nov 2017

Add Your EverWeb Blog To Your Home Page

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One of the most useful side benefits to EverWeb’s blogging feature is that you can add your blog’s index to any page in your website so your visitors can easily and quickly access your posts. This is achieved using your blog’s automatically generated RSS Feed file.

Many websites have their blog index front and center on the homepage. It’s a great way for your website visitors to discover more about your site and explore in-depth articles that they may otherwise be missing!

External Blog’s and RSS Feeds
Whilst this post focuses on the blog that you have created in your EverWeb Project file, you can easily adapt the instructions below to add a blog, or RSS Feed, from an external source to your site.

Some websites have pages dedicated to useful RSS Feed links that you can include in your site e.g. CNN or the BBC. To find out if a site has RSS Feed links available to use, simply search the company’s name followed by ‘RSS Feed’ in your browser’s search box e.g. ‘CNN RSS Feed’.

Adding A Blog Index To Your Homepage

To add your EverWeb blog index to your website’s Homepage:

  1. First make sure you have EverWeb version 2.0, or higher, installed on your computer. Blogging was introduced in version 2.0 so if you have an earlier version of EverWeb, you’ll need to upgrade.
  2. In your EverWeb Project file create your blog if you haven’t done so already.
  3. Once you’ve added the posts you want in your blog, publish your website. This step’s important as publishing creates the rssfeed.xml file. This file contains information about the blog and its posts and is also the ‘index’ that will appear on your Homepage.
  4. Next, drag and drop the RSS Feed widget from the Widgets tab on to your homepage. Size and position the widget as desired.
  5. In the Widget Settings for the RSS Feed widget, enter the full URL of the blog’s rssfeed.xml file. The URL uses the directory structure of your Project as the basis of the URL e.g. http://www.mydomain.com/blog/rssfeed.xml where ‘mydomain.com’ would be your site’s domain name, ‘blog’ represents the name you have used for your blog in the Web Page List and ‘rssfeed.xml’ is the ‘index’ file itself used to create the index on the homepage. In our example, the blog directory is at the top level in the Web Page List of the Project file.
  6. When entering the URL, you must use the exact name of your blog from the Web Page List, for example, if your blog is called ‘Blogging’ in the Web Page List, your URL must follow the same convention e.g. http://www.mydomain.com/Blogging/rssfeed.xml. In this example, ‘Blogging’ is capitalized in the URL as it is capitalized in your Project file.
  7. If you use spaces in your blog name in the Project file, they must be replaced replaced by an underscore character e.g. ‘My Blog’ in the Web Page List might look like this in the URL: http://www.mydomain.com/My_Blog/rssfeed.xml.
  8. Once you’ve added the RSS Feed’s URL, customize the look of the widget using the Widget Settings. The widget will update dynamically as you change settings in the Widget Settings. If you have never published your blog to the internet, the widget may appear empty as the rssfeed.xml file has not yet been generated for the first time.
  9. When you’re finished, publish your website. This will generate the rssfeed.xml file and the blog index will be displayed on the page.
  10. As you add, delete and update your blog posts, the index will also update when you republish so what you see on your homepage will always be in synch with your blogging!

Multiple Blogs In Your Website?
Sometimes your website may have more than one blog. This can be so if you have a blog for your desktop pages and a blog for your mobile pages. It can also be that your website has specific focus areas, e.g. a Sales blog, Tech blog, HR blog etc. In these instances you’ll have a different blog directory name for each blog.

As each blog has its own unique name in the Web Page List, just use the blog name you want to use in the URL in place of ‘blog’, for example, if you have an ‘HR Blog’, the URL may look like this: http://www.mydomain.com/HR_Blog/rssfeed.xml.

What If Your Blog Index Doesn’t Appear?
If you publish and find that your blog index does not appear the problem is usually that the RSS Feed URL has been incorrectly entered. Check the URL in the RSS Feed widget for typos then try a full republish of your website.

EverWeb’s RSS Feed widget is a very handy way to easily incorporate your blog index into the homepage of your website.

If you have a question or comment, please let us know in the Comments Section below. Thanks1

09 Nov 2017

Creating Your First Blog Post with EverWeb

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EverWeb version 2.0 introduced what was perhaps the most user requested feature ever: Blogging! If you’re familiar with blogging in iWeb, you’ll be immediately familiar with EverWeb’s blogging environment. Whilst looking familiar, EverWeb improves upon the iWeb blog by adding features such as Master Page support, Comment Engine support using Disqus or Facebook Comments, a dedicated Editor and Preview Window and more. There’s also a convenient Import feature so that blog posts from either iWeb or WordPress can be directly imported in to EverWeb.

Creating a Blog in EverWeb
If you have’t created a blog in EverWeb yet, it just takes a few clicks of the mouse button:

  1. First, open your project file in EverWeb if you have not done so already.
  2. Click on the ‘Add Page’ button in the Toolbar.
  3. Click on the ‘Blank’ Theme Template which is the first theme listed on the left hand side of the dialog box.
  4. Next select the ‘Blog’ page style from the right hand side of the dialog box.
  5. A new blog will be created in the Web Page List.

The Structure of the Blog
The blog you have just created has three components:

  1. The ‘blog’ page is also known as the Blog Index Page. It lists some, or all, of the blog posts that you have created depending on how you customize your Widget Settings. You can rename ‘blog’ to a name of your choice and it’s fine if you want to have more than one blog in your project file if you need it. Typically ‘blog’ lists only the most recent blog posts with older posts listed in the ‘archive’ page. The ‘blog’ page is a directory page containing the ‘posts’ and ‘archive’ pages. If you delete the ‘blog’ page, you delete the whole blog including all of your posts. Make sure that you have backup set up on your EverWeb Preferences just in case!
  2. The Blog Posts Page. This page is called ‘posts’ and is where you create, edit and delete your blog posts. You cannot rename, or delete, this page without deleting the whole blog.
  3. The Archive Page. The ‘archive’ page lists all the blog posts contained in your blog. As with the posts page, you cannot delete, or rename, the archive page without deleting the whole blog.

Creating and Editing Blog Posts
Creating blog posts is at the heart of your blogging experience. Begin by selecting the ‘posts’ page in the Web Page List. When you create a blog in EverWeb,the first post ‘New Blog Post’ is automatically created which you can directly edit.

There are three windows on the ‘posts’ page:

  1. The Blog Posts List. At the top of the page is the list of blog posts that have already been created. Here you can add additional posts, delete unwanted posts and import blog posts from iWeb and WordPress by clicking the appropriate button at the bottom of the list. You can reorder blog posts by title and date by clicking on the ‘Blog Post’ and ‘Date’ labels in the Blog Posts List header. To change a blog title, click on its title then edit it just as you would do for a regular page in EverWeb. To change the post’s date or time click in the Date field. To the left of each blog post you’ll also notice a red or green button indicating whether the blog post has been published or not.
  2. The Blog Post Editor Window. The middle section of the ‘posts’ page is the Blog Post Editor Window. This is where you directly enter your blog post text, or copy and paste text from the clipboard. You can apply fonts and colors to the body text and drag and drop in any images required for the post. The editor supports features such as ordered and unordered lists, hyperlinking, paragraph formatting, quote levels, justified text and more, all easily accessed from the Editor’s Toolbar. Remember, though, that the Blog Post Editor Window is just that – an editor. To see the fully formatted blog post in the Blog Post Preview Window.
  3. The Blog Post Preview Window is located in the bottom third of the ‘posts’ page. This is where you see the formatted results of the text and images that you added in the Blog Post Editor. The Preview Window is much like a Master Page. Any content added directly in to the Preview Window will be displayed on all blog posts. The same is true if you change page settings in the Page tab in the Inspector Window for the ‘posts’ page. For example, if you change the Browser Background color, Content Height/Width etc. these changes will be reflected in all your blog posts. The ability to add such Master Page type features to the Preview Window is a guaranteed time saver.
  4. If you want to change how much of each section is visible on screen just drag the splitter bar between sections up and down until you have the desired result.

Blog Post Widget Settings
Widget Settings are available to further customize your blog posts. Usually you’ll see the Widget Settings immediately when accessing the posts page. If you don’t, click on the Widget Settings tab in the Inspector and make sure that the blog content in the Blog Post Preview Window is selected.

Widget Settings are where you can set defaults for the Blog Post Preview Window e.g. Header Title font size and style settings, date formatting settings, and post specific options such as hyperlinks settings, post image, Comment Engine options and so forth.

Publish Your Blog!
Once you have finished your blog post, either preview or publish to the Internet.

We’ve only briefly covered how to create your first blog post in EverWeb. There’s a lot more to explore, the best way to do this is by experimenting to see what works best for you.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know, we’ll do our best to help! There’ll be more about blogging in the future so come back soon!

26 Oct 2017

Integrating Facebook In To Your Website

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If your business is tightly integrated with Facebook as a means revenue generation you’ll also probably want tight integration with your website as well. Integrating Facebook with your website can help improve your business’s reach as you target non-Facebook users through your website using EverWeb’s Facebook features. This may also be a timesaver as you as you may only need to update Facebook which filters through to your website automatically. This is a boon, for example, if you’re business runs classes or seminars, or has new or updated products to announce. There are numerous possibilities! It’s not only commercial concerns but non-commercial organisations, and even individuals, can also benefit in much the same way.

EverWeb’s new Facebook Page Timeline widget, introduced in EverWeb 2.5, adds more possibilities and flexibility to your webpage design in EverWeb. You now have a range of tools to use to bring your website visitors and Facebook users closer. It’s simple and easy to share what’s going on between the two different audiences. Facebook itself allows you to add your website URL, as well as other integration tools, to your Facebook account. You can also easily embed links from your website directly in to Facebook.

So, save time and effort by integrating Facebook in to your website with the following three EverWeb tools…

Facebook Page Button
If you just want a simple link to your Facebook page, just use the Insert -> Button -> Facebook Page option and enter in the full URL of your Facebook page. It’s best to copy the URL from your browser’s search bar and paste it in to the button’s URL field. If you enter the URL manually and make a mistake, you’ll have to delete and reinsert the button on to your page. Tip! Buttons such as these are great to use in Master Pages!

Facebook Like Widget
The Facebook Like Widget was introduced in EverWeb version 1.3 and allows you to add a more sophisticated and tailored button to your web page. Although the widget is called ‘Like’ you can in fact use it to include a Facebook share button. You can decide if you want the button to be ‘Like’ or ‘Recommend’. There are many different display combinations that should cater to everyone’s taste e.g. you can display the number of people who like your page. Once you have finished customising the widget, you may need to resize and adjust the placement of the widget on your page before previewing or publishing.

Facebook Page Timeline Widget
The newly introduced Facebook Page Timeline widget lets you add a Facebook page timeline directly to your web page. As you update your timeline, your webpage will update automatically. The new widget can be customized in a number of different ways so that you can display your Timeline just how you want it. Once you’ve drag and dropped the widget on to the page from the Widgets tab, enter your Facebook page URL in to the ‘Webpage Address’ field. Again, it’s best to copy and paste the URL from your Facebook page to avoid any typos. Once you’ve entered the URL press the enter key to dynamically update the widget to show the Page Timeline.

By default, all Widget Setting options except for ‘Hide Cover Photo’ are set on. If you deselect all the options, you will only see the most recent post displayed, so it’s likely that you’ll want to have at least ‘Show Timeline’ checked so that your visitors can scroll through your timeline. As you select or deselect the widget’s options, the Page Timeline widget dynamically updates. When you’re finished with customizing the widget, you may need to readjust the size and placement of the widget on the page. Preview or Publish the page to see the results of your work.

Depending on your specific requirements you can use any combination of Facebook Page button, Facebook Like Widget or Facebook Page Timeline on your page to give your visitors just the right experience. The Facebook Page Timeline widget will also help save you time and effort in updating your website as it’s all done in your Facebook Page Timeline!

07 Sep 2017

10 Things To Do After Publishing Your EverWeb Website…

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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!