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24 Aug 2017

10 Things To Do Before Publishing Your EverWeb Website

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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!

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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.

08 Jun 2017

Image Masking in EverWeb

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Masking has many different meanings, but is commonly used when describing something that is disguised or concealed. When used in EverWeb, masking is used to hide, or obscure, part of an image.

Masking is useful as you can display just the part of the image you want, without having to crop, or edit, the image itself. Masking keeps the original image intact so it can be used again in your Project. Having one image that you can ‘repurpose’ keeps your Project file size down as you don’t have to have multiple images of roughly the same image in your Project.

Masking and Unmasking Images
EverWeb’s Masking feature is accessed either from the Toolbar or from the Format-> Mask menu. If you have an image selected that has already been masked, the Toolbar button will be called ‘Unmask’. Additionally, the Format menu makes the ‘Unmask’ option available. If you prefer, you can use the Shift+Cmd+M keyboard shortcut to quickly unmask a selected masked object (Note that there is no equivalent shortcut key for Mask.)

Where and When Masking Can Be Applied
Masking is only available for images. You can’t mask other objects such as shapes, text, buttons etc. You can use masking in the Blog Editor Preview window if the image has been drag and dropped into the the Blog Post Preview Window. You can’t use masking if you have have drag and dropped images into the Blog Post Editor Window.

Applying the Masking
To mask an image, drag and drop the image you want on to the Editor Window if you have not done so already, either from its original source, or from the Assets List. All images in your Project should be optimized as best as possible before bringing them in to EverWeb. The image file size should be such that it doesn’t adversely slow page loading times and the file name itself should describe the image itself as this is better for your SEO.

Once the image is on the page, size and position it as desired. You can apply Shape Options to the image e.g. stroke and picture frame borders as these effects will generally be maintained when masking the image. However, it’s always advisable ti check the image once you have masked it to see if you get the effect you wanted. To apply the mask, select the image and click on the ‘Mask’ button in the Toolbar or using the Format-> Mask menu option.

The Editor Window will now have a grey semi-transparant ‘mask’ over it except for a square ‘window’ area in the center that you can see through on to part of the image underneath. This ‘unmasked’ area has a dashed line around it.

Moving and Resizing the Selected Image
When you apply the mask, the underlying image still retains its grab handles. This means that you can still manipulate the image as usual e.g. you can resize and reposition the image, apply Shape Options etc. To move the underlying image, click and hold the mouse button down whilst dragging the image to where you want it. Make sure that you don’t click inside the unmasked area itself or outside of the image’s grab handles.

Moving the Unmasked Area
To move the unmasked area over the top of the masked image, click and hold the centre of the unmasked area and drag and drop it to the desired location. When you have dropped the unmasked area in to place you will see its grab handles again so you can resize the area if you want.

Resizing The Unmasked Area
If you want to resize the unmasked area but don’t see any grab handles around it, click once inside the unmasked area. The grab handles will appear. Resize the unmasked area to reveal as much, or as little, of the image as you want.

Finishing The Masking
When you have finished positioning and sizing the mask, click on an area outside the image. The semi-transparent grey mask will disappear. The only part of the image you’ll see is the area you masked, the rest of the image will not be visible.

Masking The Same Image More Than Once
You may want to mask different parts of the same image. Once you have brought the image in to EverWeb, it is available in the Assets List so to reuse the image a second time, just drag and drop it from the Assets List on to your page. You do not need to drag and drop it again from the original source location.

Removing The Masking
Whilst there’s no visible indicator to show if an image has already been masked, you can easily find out by selecting the image and looking at the Mask button in the Toolbar. If it shows ‘Unmask’ then the selected image is currently masked. To remove the mask simply click on the ‘Unmask’ button. The whole image becomes visible again.

What Happens If The Mask Is Wrong?
If you have not masked the image how you wanted it, just reapply the mask. Additionally, it’s best not to use ‘Undo’ or ‘Redo’ commands as it may lead to unexpected results.

Masking is a handy feature, saving time, effort and Project file space! It’s worthwhile becoming familiar with how it works.

As always, if you have a question about this blog, feel free to comment in the Comments Section below!

25 May 2017

Handling ‘404 Page Not Found’

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‘404 Page Not Found’ type messages are a standard way that your browser reports that there’s been some sort of problem with a page that you are trying to load. The ‘404 Page Not Found’ message is an HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) standard response code and the message can be generated for a number of reasons such as

  • The link to the page you’re looking for is dead e.g. the page has been removed.
  • The link could be ‘broken’ e.g. the page has been moved or the page filename changed.
  • It’s possible that the URL has simply been mistyped into the browser search bar.

How to Respond to 404 Type Messages

As a website developer you’ll want to control how your visitors respond to ‘404’ type messages as much as you can if they encounter them e.g. your visitor could just hit the ‘back’ button in their browser or they could go to a different website altogether. Ideally though, you’ll want them to stay in your website, perhaps for example, by directing them back to the ‘Home’ page.

As well as keeping your visitor in your website, capturing and responding appropriately to a ‘404’ type message adds a professional touch. Even though many of us are Internet savvy, many people will be baffled or irritated by ‘404’ messages. Giving your visitors information on how and why the ‘404’ happened, and options on what to do next is informative and diffuses frustration and confusion.

Managing ‘404’ Type Messages

The easiest way to control ‘404’ type messages is to create a ‘404’ page in EverWeb. Just add a page to your website and call it something appropriate such as ‘404 Page’. On this page add information that explains to your visitor that they’ve come across a ‘404’ type error and what they can do about it. You may want to detail the possible reasons why they’ve come across this message in the first place (see the first paragraph above.) Remember to exclude the page from your Navigation Menu as it’s used solely for handling the ‘404 Page Not Found’ event.

Your ‘404 Page’ should link back to your Home page or include a Navigation Menu as this will help keep your visitor in your website. You may also want to include a contact email address if visitors want to contact you about the problem.

If you have mobile website pages, create a mobile version of your ‘404’page. Once you have created the page, go to the Inspector tab and then to the ‘Mobile Settings’ section. ‘Mobile Page’ should be set to ‘None’ and ‘This page is for mobile devices’ should be checked.

For the desktop version of the 404 Page again go to the Inspector tab for the page and scroll down to the ‘Mobile Settings’. Set the ‘Mobile Page’ as ‘One of My Pages’ and use the ‘Page’ drop down to select the mobile 404 Page counterpart. These steps ensure that the 404 Page is always properly redirected.

If you have an EverWeb+Hosting account go to your Project’s ‘Site Publishing Settings’ by clicking on the Project name in the Web Page List, or via the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu. Scroll down to the ‘Advanced Options’ section. In the ‘Not Found Page’ section select your 404 Page. Remember to select the desktop page unless your Project only contains mobile style pages. To finish, publish your changes!

If you don’t have an EverWeb+Hosting account you won’t have the above option in the Site Publishing Settings and so you will need to contact your Hosting Provider who should have information or guidance on how you can set up a page that handles 404 type messages.

As always, test your website to make sure that the changes have been put in to effect. It should be as simple as mistyping one of the names of your website pages in a browser window!

Stopping Errors Happening in the First Place

In the best scenario your website will be up to date so as to avoid 404 errors as much as is possible. Remember to test your links, especially those to external pages. And don’t forget to test links that you’ve set up manually just in case of mistyped URL entries!

404 error messages are here to stay, but with a few minutes work you can keep your visitors within your website if they ever get such messages!

11 May 2017

Easily Move & Resize Objects in EverWeb

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If you use EverWeb version 2.1 or higher, you may not have discovered a couple of new, really useful features for selecting, moving and resizing objects in the Editor Window. These new features save you time and effort, as manipulating objects will not affect other objects on the page you’re working on. So you can work more quickly, more efficiently and with fewer mistakes.

Here’s a walkthrough of these super new features!

  1. Moving objects that are partially,or completely, covered by other objects
  2. When designing web pages, you may find that you have objects such as shapes or images that overlap, or cover, most of another object. That’s probably because your design requires this, or that doing so solves a particular page design issue. Whatever the reason, there may be times where you want to change your design which requires you to move an object out from underneath a pile of others. Like playing ‘Jack Straws’ you want to take one object out without disturbing the rest.

    Before EverWeb version 2.1, the tricky part would be keeping the object you wanted to move selected. Once you selected the object, it would deselect when clicked on to move it. The only way round this was to select and move the objects on top of it out of the way first then put them back later. That takes time and is frustrating and can lead to your page design becoming unnecessarily disrupted.

    With EverWeb 2.1 or higher, things are a lot better. First select the object that you want to move. The best way to do this is to click on the overlapping area of an object that covers the one you want selected. When you do this the object on top is selected. Now right (secondary) click to bring up the menu of options. At the bottom of the list is ‘Pick Layer’. When you mouse over this menu option you will see all of the objects at the location that you clicked on. Choose the object that you want to select i.e. the one that is under the overlapping object.

    You should see the object beneath the overlapping object is now selected. Next hold down the Command+Option Keys and drag the selected object out from under the rest. That’s all there is to it!

  3. Moving objects up or down the page without disrupting the page layout
  4. The second keyboard short cut enables you to move objects down (or up) your page without the whole page layout needing to be reorganised e.g. you may want to insert an Image Slider or YouTube Video widget in to the middle of your page. To create the space for the widget, you will need to move some of the page content down en masse. You could select all of the objects then move them but this often leads to some objects being left behind. To solve this problem just use the shortcut instead.

    First select an object that’s at the place where you want to open up some space. The object should be one that you want moved down the page. When selecting the object, hold down the Cmd+Shift keys at the same time. With these keys held down, drag the object down the page. As you do this, all objects underneath it will also be dragged down the page in synch. Release the mouse and keyboard keys to finish.

    Note that it’s the selected object and those below it that get moved down. If you have other objects on the same (horizontal) level as the selected object, they will not move down.

    This is also a great option if you have too much space and need to drag page contents up the page en masse and in synch!

  5. Resizing an object without disrupting the page layout
  6. There may be times when you want to resize an object and want all of the objects below it to move down, or up, the page as you resize it. For example, you have a full width rectangle containing text. You want to add more text but need to size the rectangle so it is large enough to contain the extra text. In this instance select the rectangle, press the Cmd+Shift keys (i.e. the same keys as in the last example) and resize the rectangle using one of its grab handles. You’ll notice that all content below the rectangle moves down in synch.

Moving and resizing objects around your page becomes just became incredibly easy and effective using these simple keyboard shortcuts!