03 Mar 2016

All About Email in EverWeb

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It’s estimated that there are over 2.6 billion email users in the world today having 4.4 billion email accounts that send and receive 205 billion emails every day!* The growth of email is expected to continue at about 3% annually over the coming years even in the face of growth from social media and instant messaging platforms.

Email will continue to be of importance and will remain a core requirement for business in the 21st Century. For website developers EverWeb includes email features and links in many parts of the product e.g. in the Contact Form, hyperlinks and the PayPal Widget to name a few instances. If you have an EverWeb+Hosting Plan, you can even add up to five email addresses directly from within the product. Each email address has a flexible file space quota that’s initially set to 250MB per email address. Managing some basic email tasks from within EverWeb is a convenient and simple way to work. If you need to access more advanced email admin options, you can access them in the EverWeb Client Area of your account. Let’s start with what you can do from within EverWeb itself before exploring the Client Area options.

Add an Email Address in EverWeb
You can easily add an email account directly from EverWeb:

  1. From within an EverWeb Project file select File-> Edit Publishing Settings or access the ‘Site Publishing Settings’ by double clicking on your Project file name in the Web Page List on the left hand side of the Project Window.
  2. Scroll down to the section ‘Email Addresses’. Click the ‘Add’ button to create a new email address.
  3. When creating a password for the email address make sure it’s strong otherwise you will have to add the email account again from scratch. The following should help you with how to make a strong password:
    • The password should be between 8 and 20 characters long
    • Use a combination of letters, numbers and ‘special’ characters but avoid using spaces
    • Remember to use capital letters as well as lowercase letters
    • Substitute letters with numbers or symbols e.g. use 3 for E,@ for A 5 for S and so on.
    • Avoid passwords that are easy to guess such as birthdays, names and passwords such as ‘password’.

    Deleting an Email Address
    To delete an email address again use the Site Publishing Settings as outlined above. Click on the email address you want to delete to select it before clicking the ‘Delete’ button. When you click to delete the email address you’re warned that doing so will remove all the email associated with that email address. Use the Delete option very carefully and make sure that you have made an offline email back up before starting the deletion process.

    Client Area Email Options
    EverWeb makes it easy to add and delete email accounts from within the product, but if you need more advanced options, your EverWeb Client Area is he place to go.

    Email Quotas
    By default the amount of space allocated to each email address is set at 250MB. As such you have one email address set up you have allocated it 250MB of space within you 2GB, or 10GB, EverWeb+Hosting plan you have chosen.

    You can adjust the ‘quota’ if you need to from within the Client Area:

    1. Log In to your EverWeb Client Area
    2. Select Services-> My Services from the menu or click on the ‘Services’ button
    3. On the ‘My Products & Services’ page double click on your ‘EverWeb+Hosting’ service.
    4. The next page is ‘Manage Product’ which is where you can administer your domain. Scroll down and click on ‘Email Accounts’ which is listed in the ‘Manage Account’ area. If you don’t see it check that you have selected the ‘Hosting Information’ tab and not the ‘Resource Usage’ tab.
    5. The next page is where you administer your email accounts including the email address quotas. Click on the second button, ‘Change Quota’, which is to the right of the email account. Change the quota then press ‘Save Changes’.

    Remember that you can decrease the quota as well as increase it. This may be useful if you have email addresses that are only lightly used. This helps save you quota file space that can be allocated to more heavily used email addresses.

    Changing Your Email Password
    If you need to change the password of an email address use the steps 1-5 as outlined above. For step 6 select the ‘Change Password’ button instead of the ‘Change Quota’ button. Remember to create a strong password as outlined above in the ‘Adding an Email Address…’ section.

    Checking Email Online from Within EverWeb

    1. From within your EverWeb Project, go to ‘Site Publishing Settings’
    2. In the email section click on the ‘Check Email Online’ button.
    3. You’ll be taken to your default browser and a new window will open in the Rage Software Webmail server.
    4. Enter the details of the email address and password that you want to access through the webmail Portal
    5. Next, you will be offered a choice of two email browsers if it’s the first time you have used webmail
    6. Select either Horde or Squirrel Mail as your default. In future when you access your webmail, you will be taken directly to your webmail client screen from the login page.
    7. Next click on the webmail service that you have chosen to access your email.
    8. Don’t forget to bookmark your webmail browser or webmail login window for quick access in future!

    Checking Email Online from Your EverWeb Client Area

    1. Log in to your Client Area account (https://billing.ragesw.com/clientarea.php?action=services)
    2. Select Services -> My Services
    3. From the ‘My Products & Services’ page double click on the domain you want to access the email for.
    4. Scroll to the bottom of the ‘Manage Product’ page where you will find the ‘Log In To’ section. Select the ‘Webmail’ option. Note that if you select any ‘Manage Account’ options you will be able to ‘log In To’ your webmail using the option on the left hand side of the screen.
    5. Once you have accessed your webmail, it’s worth book marking the page in your browser so that you can directly open your webmail at any time.

    Forwarding Your Email
    There may be times where you need to forward email messages from one email account to another. To do this you can set up an ‘Email Forwarder’ in your EverWeb Client Area. This will forward a copy of an email sent to one email address to another email address that you have selected. To setup email forwarding:

    1. Follow the first four steps outlined above so that you are on the ‘Manage Products’ page.
    2. Select ‘Email Forwarders’
    3. Enter the email address you want to forward in the ‘Address to Forward’ dialog box. Your domain names are listed to the right after the ‘@‘ sign so make sure you select the correct one if you have more than one domain name in use.
    4. In the ‘Destination’ box enter the email address that the email will be forwarded to.
    5. Click on the ‘Add Forwarder’ button to finish. You will see the Email Forwarder listed below.
    6. To remove any forwarder, just click on the trash can icon beside the email forwarder you want to remove.
    7. EverWeb’s email admin functions are easy and quick to use both from within the product itself for a quick set up, or through the Client Area for more advanced options! As always, EverWeb makes this kind of thing a whole lot easier!

      Got a question or comment? Let us know in the comments section below, thanks!

      * Source http://www.radicati.com

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!

30 Jan 2016

EverWeb’s Heading Tags Widget Explained!

2 Comments EverWeb, Tips and Tricks, Web Design, Widgets

EverWeb’s Heading Tags Widget was introduced in version 1.7. The Widget helps coders easily insert HTML Heading Tags into a web page. That sentence probably makes sense to those of you who have coding experience, but to non-coders out there it may not make much sense. It’s worthwhile exploring the widget in detail as it may help improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), so bear with me…

What is a Heading Tag?
Before I get to answer that question, let’s put Heading Tags in context. When you develop your web pages in EverWeb, you just drag and drop the objects you want to use on to the page and customize them as you need to. When finished, you ‘Publish’ your website and your web pages are converted in to HTML (HyperText Markup Language) code and uploaded to the server that hosts your website.

The HTML code that’s generated is structured as HTML is a language and has rules and guidelines to follow just as any other language form has. The Heading Tag is an HTML ‘language’ element that can be used to explicitly add structure to the code generated by EverWeb. If you take this article as an example, it has a title at the top (‘EverWeb;s Heading Tags Explained’) and headings to break the content in to smaller more manageable parts (e.g. ‘What is a Heading Tag”). The headings could also have sub headings, or even sub-sub headings. If we want, we can explicitly make the titles and headings on our page in to specific HTML Headings using the Heading Tags Widget.

Six levels of Heading are allowed, ranging from the most important (called ‘H1’) to the least important (called ‘H6’). Following our above example we would use an H1 ‘tag’ for the title of our article ‘The Heading Tags Widget’ as it’s the most important heading on the page. The next level of heading, the section titles for the article (e.g. ‘What is a Heading Tag’) would be an H2 tag. Any subheadings would use an H3 Heading Tag and so on down to H6.

Why Use Heading Tags At All?
There are two good reasons for using Heading Tags: the first is that HTML tags can be useful for SEO as search engines can target the headings in the page using the tags you insert. Without the Heading Tags, search engines will just treat your headings as regular text. The second reason for using Heading Tags is to help structure your web page. This is especially useful for those who code in HTML, but less so for EverWeb users as it generates the code for you automatically at publish time.

How to Use the Heading Tags Widget
Probably the best way to use the Heading Tags Widget is to look at an existing page you’ve created and take the most important piece of text on the page and convert it into a Heading Tag. This will probably be the main heading or title on the page itself. To convert this text to a Heading Tag do the following:

  1. First drag and drop the Heading Tags Widget on to your page.
  2. Enter the text you want to use. In this case cut and paste the text e.g. the page title or most important heading on the page, in to the ‘Heading Text’ box.
  3. Next select the level of Heading Text. As this is the most important heading on the page, use H1.
  4. Align the text as you wish using the ‘Text Alignment’ drop down box.
  5. If you want the heading to use an HTML bold styling attribute tick the ‘Use Header Bold Styling’ box.
  6. Use the Fonts Panel to style the Heading Tags Widget text so that it recreates the look of your original page title, or heading, text.
  7. Once you finished creating the Heading Tags Widget, delete the original text title and replace it with the Widget.

Tips on Using the Heading Tags Widget

  1. Use Heading Tags sparingly. If you overuse them, search engines will notice and demote rather than promote your page!
  2. Have one H1 Heading Tag only on the page and some H2 level tags for your main headings. Use H3 tags for any subheadings. You really do not need much more tags than these.
  3. You can have more than one Level of tag on the page e.g. there is more than one heading in this article so I could use multiple H2 tags, one for each heading.
  4. Only use Heading Tags on pages that are important. You won’t need to use Heading Tags on pages such as Contact and About pages. Focus on the pages that are most important to put in front of your visitors.
  5. Don’t compromise your content for the sake of SEO. As with SEO it’s important to balance your visitor’s experience of your website against trying to improve your SEO page ranking result. And that’s especially true when using Heading Tags.

Heading Tags can be a useful addition to your SEO arsenal. If you want to know more on SEO itself, check out our previous post All You Need to Know About SEO in EverWeb.

15 Jan 2016

All You Need to Know About SEO in EverWeb

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If you’ve used iWeb you’ll probably know that it didn’t have any in built SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) capabilities. If you use EverWeb you may think the same, but EverWeb does have SEO! It’s baked right in to the core of the product. There are different ways you can easily take advantage of EverWeb’s SEO capabilities and we’ll look at how you can apply SEO to your web pages in a moment, but first a reminder about SEO itself…

The Importance of SEO
SEO is important to include in your website because…

  1. It improves your website’s visibility to Internet search engines.
  2. When used properly it’s the best way to get the highest search engine ranking result for your website.
  3. Using effective SEO ‘Keywords’ makes it easier for search engine ’spiders’ to find your website’s pages

What to be aware of about SEO
SEO gets a lot of press and hype. But in reality…

  1. It doesn’t guarantee anything but can help improve your website’s visibility when properly used.
  2. It should be used only on the web pages you want to bring attention to. Using SEO on generic pages such as on ‘About’ and ‘Contact Us’ pages may be just wasting your time.
  3. Prioritize SEO on your Mobile pages. This is important as search engines, especially Google, increasingly give mobile search preference over desktop.
  4. There’s no magic involved in SEO, you just need to know how it works to get the best search result listing possible.

Choosing Your Keywords
When planning SEO for your website you’ll need a Keyword strategy…

  1. Research your Keywords. Choose words that help your website stand out from the rest. Think of words that are specific and targeted rather than general and generic. What makes your company, product, brand etc. different and unique? Use words that reflect this approach on each page you use SEO on e.g if you are selling books you could use the Keyword ‘metafiction’ (romantic irony) to be more specific, focused and specialist rather than using the generic word ‘books’.
  2. Use only a few, well chosen Keywords. Too many Keywords (known as ‘Keyword Stuffing’) will likely reduce the impact of your SEO. Google tends to penalise those who Keyword ‘stuff’ so avoid the practice all together. Finally, don’t forget that too many Keywords may have a negative impact on your visitor’s experience of your website. Always remember to balance SEO with your visitor’s experience.
  3. Use Keyword Planning tools to help research and select your Keywords e.g. Google Keyword Planner. See https://adwords.google.com/KeywordPlanner for more information. Keyword Planners help give you ideas about which Keywords to use and those not to use!

Add Keywords in EverWeb
Once you’ve researched the Keywords you want to use, add them in to the following fields in the Page Settings Tab in EverWeb…

  1. File Name: The file name of your web page can act as a Keyword.
  2. Navigation Menu Display Name: As this field links to other pages, it’s good to use for SEO as search engines look for links.
  3. Web Page Title: This field displays the text at the top of the browser window about the page. Add some Keywords in this field but don’t sacrifice your visitor’s experience for the sake of SEO.
  4. Web Page Description: This field is not used for SEO but is still a good place for including some Keywords. As always, don’t sacrifice the visitor experience for SEO.

Add SEO to Your Images
SEO can, and should, be applied to any image files your website uses. Give your image files a descriptive name as search engines look at file names as well as Keyword text. If possible, rename your image files before bringing them in to EverWeb. It’s more SEO efficient. If you’ve already imported your images in to EverWeb, rename them in the Assets Tab. It’s not as SEO efficient but it’s better than not doing it at all. To rename an image file double click on its name and type in a new descriptive name.

Keywords can also be used in the ‘Alt Text’ field in the Shape Options as this may be of some benefit in SEO. ‘Alt Text’ is used to describe an image when it cannot be displayed. Keep the ‘Alt Text’ description short, and if you can mention what the page is about in the description.

Keywords are easy to add to your web page with EverWeb when you know where to place them. The difficult, time consuming part is in researching the most effective Keywords that will give your web pages the best listing in search engine results.

29 Dec 2015

Password Protect Web Pages and Websites in EverWeb

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

EverWeb features built in password protection to allow you to restrict access to some, or all, of the pages in your website. It’s a useful and powerful option especially when designing a member’s only website, a member’s only section or a ‘Downloads’ page that you only want privileged visitors to have access to.

There are a couple of ways in which you can restrict access to pages in your website. The first is to simply not have the page on the website. You may want to do this when testing a web page before going live, when you want to have a ‘hidden’ mock up web page for potential customers to experiment with etc. To make a page ‘invisible’ just make sure it’s not included in your Navigation Menu by toggling ‘Include page in navigation menu’ off in the Inspector tab. Also check that there are no Hyperlinks to the page you’re hiding. That’s all you need to do.You only need to give your visitors the direct link to the ‘hidden’ page for them to access it.

Whilst it’s a quick and easy way to restrict access to a page it’s vulnerable and easy to get round. Anyone who knows how to perform particular forms of Internet search will easily find the page. Many with coding experience could also easily find the page and search engine spiders will also still find the page. So be aware of the tradeoff between ease of use and security.

The second and best way to restrict access to web pages is with password protection which is safer and more secure. EverWeb includes this as an exclusive ‘in product’ feature for EverWeb+Hosting accounts. As the feature is in EverWeb itself it’s quick and easy to setup and administer. If you host elsewhere, ask your ISP if they have any password protection features for you.

Password Protecting Your Entire Website

  1. Make the first page of your website into a Directory. To do this right click on the first page listed in the Web Page List and select ‘Convert to Directory’. The page icon to the left of the page name changes to a folder.
  2. Although the page is now a directory, it still functions as a page, so you can edit it as normal. The option ‘Redirect to first child page’ should not be checked in this scenario.
  3. Next scroll down to ‘Password Protection’ in the Page Inspector. The dialog box should be available for you to add in user names and passwords. If ‘Password Protection’ is not available make sure the page has been converted to a directory. Add usernames and passwords as required. That’s all you need to do!
  4. All the other pages in your website have to be contained within the first page’s directory so you will need to move any pages you have previously created in to this directory. It does not matter if you have created other directories as they can be moved as well. See screenshot below.
  5. Password protected website using directories in EverWeb

    EverWeb uses directories to enable password protection. In this example, the directory at the top of the Web Page List has been password protected via the Page Inspector and so the whole website is password protected.

  6. Password protection is a server side function so you won’t be able to use ‘Preview’ or ‘Publish To Folder’. It’s best to create a test area in your ‘Site Publishing Settings’ under ‘Subdirectory’. Then you can publish and test the password protection without having to do so in a live website environment.

Password Protecting Parts of Your Website
If you only want to password protect one or more pages in your website follow the same process as above. Just convert the pages you want into a directory then add usernames and passwords via the Page Inspector. If a directory contains pages within it, they will also be protected as password protection works from the directory level down.

As already mentioned remember to test your password protection by publishing to a subdirectory on your ‘EverWeb’ Site Publishing Settings as ‘Preview’ and ‘Publish to Folder’ won’t function for this server side feature.

EverWeb+Hosting offers you an easy way to set up and administer password protection for your web pages or website from within EverWeb itself with just a few simple steps!