25 Apr 2017

News Flash! EverWeb 2.3 Out Now!

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Hot on the heels of the animation featured release of EverWeb comes the new version 2.3! This new version is essentially all about speed and performance with many optimizations to help make publishing faster and make your website’s performance that bit snappier! EverWeb version 2.3 includes lots of code tweaks and some important fixes and improvements.

You can download the latest version through the EverWeb-> Check for Update… menu or directly from the EverWeb website. Always remember to check that you have a valid software and support license before you download the new version. If you’re unsure, have a look at the EverWeb 2.3 release notes before you update your product. first!

Once you have updated to EverWeb 2.3, you may want to republish your websites (use File-> Publish Entire Site) to get the benefits of all the code optimizations!

As always, if you have a question let us know and we’ll do our best to help you out! Enjoy the speed and performance improvements in the meantime!

07 Apr 2017

Just Released! EverWeb version 2.2 with Animation Effects!

No Comments EverWeb, Software, Web Design, Widgets

EverWeb version 2.2 has just been officially released with some great new features added as well as lots of minor tweaks and fixes.

The main highlight of EverWeb version 2.2 is the addition of the new animation engine that lets you easily add animation effects to objects such as text, shapes, images and most widgets. There are 16 different animation effects to choose from in the Shape Options. Just select the object you want and tick the ‘Animation’ box!

In addition to animation effects, there’s a new ‘distance to object’ feature added to this release. Just select an object then press and hold the Alt key whilst mousing over other objects to see the distance (in pixels) between the objects.

The Audio and Image Slider widgets have also get some additional features in the new release.

Here’s the full list of new and improved features in EverWeb version 2.2!

New Features

  • New Animation Engine with 16 different animation effects
  • New Distance to Object feature
  • Updated Audio widget with looping, play audio on page load, sound level controls
  • Updated Image Slider widget with dark ‘previous/next’ arrows and centered thumbnails

Other Enhancements and Fixes

  • EverWeb work much better with large projects and uses much less memory
  • Fixed issues with copy and pasting styled text from Chrome into EverWeb
  • Fixed site wide Header/Footer code fields replacing certain characters automatically while typing
  • Fixed blank paragraphs in text objects having their font and style information removed when closing and re-opening a project
  • Fix for forward delete keys
  • Fixed Contact Form Advanced to use proper form address
  • Fixed minor blog archive widget issues
  • Fixed Blog post image with spaces in its name not being exported properly
  • Fixed issue with blog images breaking when moving a project to a new computer
  • Fixed a memory leak on macOS Sierra that would cause EverWeb to slow down after using it for a while and publishing your website
  • Images for regular, color filled rectangles are no longer generated on publish, making publishing faster.
  • Moving a Project to/form a retina screen will draw the images and widgets correctlty
  • Fixed error message when adding the blank template and EverWeb is in the Downloads folder instead of the Applications folder.
06 Apr 2017

Setting Up Your EverWeb Project

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If you’re new to EverWeb, you’re probably keen to start building your website straight away. However, it’s worth taking a breath before jumping in so you can set up your EverWeb environment properly before getting down to work on your website. Start by launching EverWeb and creating a new website project, or if you have already started your project, double click on it’s name in the Projects Window to open it.

Log In To Your EverWeb Account
Start by checking that you are logged in to your EverWeb Account using the EverWeb-> Preferences menu. The first tab is ‘Account’. Enter your account details if it’s not already pre-filled, or if you have not done so already, create an account. Logging in to your EverWeb account is important as it’s how EverWeb determines whether you have a purchased or demo version of the product. The only difference between purchased and demo is the ability to publish your website is disabled for the demo version.

Auto Save and Automatic Backup
Once logged in to your EverWeb account I recommend that you immediately set Autosave and Automatic Backup on. These features are also in the EverWeb-> Preferences menu on the ‘Backup’ tab. Autosave and Backup are invaluable tools that can save you lots of time, effort and frustration if you ever have problems with a Project file and need to ‘rollback’.

‘Autosave’ saves your work on the fly and ‘Backup’ creates a back up copy of your Project file in the location you choose on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You keep from one to 50 backups at any one time. This is useful if, for example, you’ve made changes to your website that you want to reverse out. You may need to go back a couple of backup copies to reverse out all the changes you don’t want.

When you use ‘Backup’ remember that if you delete your Project file, the backups are also deleted.

It’s also a good idea to backup your computer regularly using tools such as Apple’s Time Machine or a third party backup solution. In this way you have less risk of losing any valuable work.

Name Your Website
When setting up your Project file you’ll want to name it! It’s often a question on the EverWeb Discussion Forum, but easy to answer when you know how! By default, all new websites you create are called ‘NEW WEBSITE’. Double click on this text in the Web Page List that runs down the left side of the Project Window. Enter the name you want as the website Project and press Enter to finish.

Set Default Styles
When you start a new website Project you’ll hopefully know what fonts and color palette your website will be using. Set these choices up as defaults for the Project using the Format-> Default Styles menu to access the list of styling attributes that you can change. Click on the ‘Save’ button when finished. Note that ‘Default Styles’ are not applied retrospectively. If, for example, you have changed the ‘Body Text Font’ default, this change is only effective when creating new Text Boxes. For any existing Text Boxes, you will need to change the font manually.

Publishing Settings
There will come a time when you’ll want to publish your website! It’s worth setting up your Site Publishing Settings at the start of your project so when you are finished, or want to test, everything is already in place.

Access the Site Publishing Settings either by the File-> Edit Publishing Settings menu or by double clicking on your website name in the Web Page List. There are three ‘Publish To’ options on the drop down menu. Select ‘EverWeb’ if you have an EverWeb+Hosting plan and ‘FTP Server’ if you have your own hosting provider. Fill in the details as required. If you are using FTP Server and are not sure about the details to fill in, your host provider should be able to help. You can also checkout this video on Publishing in EverWeb. This video walk through is a couple of years old so the EverWeb UI may look a bit different to your version of EverWeb, but the principles remain the same.

The third Publish To option is ‘Folder’ which is useful for testing your website locally before publishing to the Internet.

Email. 404 Page Not Found and Favicon Setup
The Site Publishing Settings is also where you can add email addresses to your website if you have an EverWeb+Hosting plan. For help, click on the ‘?’ to the right of the ‘Email Addresses’ heading. If you have your own host provider use your host provider’s cPanel to setup your email addresses.

At the end of the Head/Footer Code section, is a section where you can select an image to use as a Favicon for your website.Checkout our article on Favicons for more information!

In the ‘Advanced Options’ section of the Site Publishing Section you can also set up a link to a ‘404 Page Not Found’ to capture instances where there may be broken links in your website. It’s a great safety net and we’ll feature this more in an upcoming blog.

Other EverWeb Preferences
The other settings that you will probably want set are the General Preferences in the EverWeb-> Preferences menu. Here you can set the guides that you see when moving objects around the page and whether you want to see the Hyperlink Indicator when you set up Hyperlinks in your web pages.

Spell checking is a great option to set up when you create your website so you don’t get misspellings on your pages! Use the Edit-> Spelling menu and tick the option you want to use. I usually recommend ‘Check Spelling While Typing’ is set on.

Finally, the Window menu can be used to set up whether the Layout is displayed or not and whether the Toolbar and Inspector Window are displayed or.

There may seem a lot that can be set up here, but with just a few minutes work, you’ll have the website project environment you want and you’ll be more efficient in process!

If you have a question about this post, please drop us a line in the Comments section below. Thanks!

22 Mar 2017

Coming Soon! Animation Effects in EverWeb!

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Breaking News! If you’ve been to the EverWeb website recently or to the EverWeb YouTube channel, you’ll see some great news. The next release of EverWeb will include animation effects!

Although it’s only a ‘Sneak Peek’, the Home, Features and Pricing pages of the EverWeb website use animation effect really effectively to make features on each page really pop. The teaser video clip shows us just some of what’s going to be possible soon!

It looks like this is going to be one awesome release coming up! There’s no news of a date yet, but we’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out! It looks as if this is going to be a big release…

16 Mar 2017

5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Master Pages

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

I was quite surprised recently when a customer sent me their EverWeb project file and I discovered that it didn’t have a Master Page. The website was only seven pages in total so maybe it wasn’t a big deal. When I started browsing through the project I immediately realised that a Master Page would reap benefits, even with a relatively small website project.

Why Use Master Pages
Master Pages were one of the first major features added to EverWeb back in version 1.2. It was one of the most requested features that iWeb lacked and rightly so as it immediately gives you these great benefits…

  1. Design Consistency. Presenting your website with a consistent design on every page is vital when you want your visitors to easily navigate your site to find and discover what you want them to. Placing objects in consistent locations on your web page and using the same style approach for things such as titles, buttons, logos and so on is really important so your visitors don’t get a frustrating experience. Consistency should also extend to page settings as well. Having a consitstent framework to design your site in is easier for you as well as being easier for your visitors.
  2. Design Accuracy. Web design also needs to be pixel perfect. Have you ever visited websites where things like titles and buttons jump around a bit as you move from page to page. Or the background color changes slightly when it really shouldn’t? Your website should focus your visitor on it’s content, not the distraction of a poorly placed objects on the design canvas. A Master Page will instantly take these issues away and you’ll have a more focused visitor as a result.
  3. More ProfessionalYour website is often the first place potential and existing customers go to when they want to discover more about you, your company, your products or your services. Often it’s your calling card for the digital age. Creating a professional appearance is a must. If you have followed the first two points above, you’re already getting there. Take time to think about the design of your Master Page(s) as and test the results on mobile, tablet and desktop devices. If necessary create Master Pages for each environment so that you offer your visitors the right experience on all platforms. It’s the professional approach!
  4. Easier Website Maintenance and Updates. Having one Master Page to maintain and update rather than all of your web pages is a no brainier. Having just one page to update means you’re less liable to make mistakes. Updating many pages with the same changes is boring and repetitive which is where errors start to creep in.
  5. Saves Time. We all know that time is a valuable commodity to most people. Using a Master Page is the perfect tool for this. If you do make a mistake, or need to make changes or a quick website update it’s faster and more efficient to do so using a Master Page. All changes immediately get applied to any page that uses the Master Page so it couldn’t be easier!

Creating a Master Page

Creating a Master Pages is very simple to do – just click on the ‘New Master Page’ button in the blue Master Page section of the Web Page List. If the blue section is not visible, it’s probably because the splitter bar (right above the Project name) needs to be dragged down to reveal it. Next you will see the the Theme Template Chooser, so select the Theme and Page Style you want as you would do when adding any regular page in EverWeb. Note that you can’t make a Master Page from of a blog page style.

Once the new Master Page has been created it’s added to the Master Page section. Name the Master Page in the same was as you would for a regular page. In fact, use the Master Page in exactly the same way as a regular page. The only difference is that you will only add objects that you want to appear on all pages that are going to be using the Master Page. Typically, this means that the body area of the page is usually empty as this is where regular page content will go.

In my customer’s case, I took her company logo, tag line, contact details from the header and footer and the social media buttons she used and placed them in the Master Page in the same locations as they were on the regular pages. I then made sure that the Page Settings for content width, content height, header, footer, background color and browser background were set correctly. Again, that’s another real benefit of the Master Page. You only need to set up page defaults once.

Using your Master Page

Once you have finished your Master Page, apply it to all of the pages you want to use it with. To do this, select the regular page that the Master Page will be attached to. Next, on the Page Settings tab of the Inspector Window select the Master Page to attach using the dropdown menu in the Master Page section. You’ll see that the page changes, adding in the objects from the Master Page.

The objects that come from the Master Page all have a black page symbol in the top right hand corner meaning that you can’t edit them from a regular page. You can only edit these objects by editing the Master Page itself.

Now that you’ve applied the Master Page, you’ll probably notice that you have the same objects twice on the page. As the Master Page objects ‘sit’ underneath the regular page and can’t be deleted unless you edit the Master Page itself, you can delete the duplicate objects from the regular page so only the Master Page objects remain on the page.

When you’ve completed this task for all pages in your site that are using the Master Page, publish the entire site using the File-> Publish Entire Site menu.

If you need it make changes in the future to all of your pages at one time, you’ll only have to do the changes to just the Master Page. Adding and working with Master Pages even on small websites is something that takes very little time, and will save you lots of time in the future!

if you have a question about Master Pages, please let us know in the Comments Section below. Thanks!